Month: April 2019

Up Your STEM Teaching Skills – FREE Training

Coordinated by PSAYDN, Afterschool Coaching for Reflective Educators in STEM (ACRES) is offering a free training in the summer or fall of 2019 to afterschool STEM educators to build STEM related knowledge and skills.

The training is approximately 10 hours total and consists of the following components. These are online, except for components two and four, which consist of practice time.

  1. Skills workshop (2 hours)
  2. Practicing skills and creating a video (2 hours over the course of a month)
  3. Coaching session (2 hours)
  4. Practice after first coaching session (2 hours)
  5. Coaching session (2 hours)

PSAYDN is looking for four to five highly engaged organizations. Participants who successfully complete and evaluate the training will be offered a stipend, earn contact hours and receive a certificate of completion.

Take advantage of this excellent opportunity for STEM educators in Pennsylvania. Contact us today!

Winnie Black or Nate Hafer

Include your organization name, interested staff member names, phone numbers, and email addresses.

Washington became the first state to get on board with Girls Who Code’s policy agenda when Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a bill written with the expressed intention of closing the gender gap in computer science fields. “This is landmark legislation,” Corinne Roller, director of advocacy and public policy at Girls Who Code, tells EdSurge. “It’s going to put Washington ahead of a lot of other states, in terms of closing the gender gap and all the other gaps that we know exist in computer science.”

As any afterschool professional will tell you, helping your students succeed is one of the most rewarding parts of the job. Sometimes success takes the form of staying out of trouble or overcoming adversity. Sometimes it is finding a new passion, something that will lead to a career or lifelong interest. And sometimes it is being there with them as they bloom into the capable young adults you know they can be.

One of Pointe Coupee Parish School District’s therapists approached the students in the STEM Academy’s robotics class in December after she noticed some of the children with special needs at Valverda and Rougon elementary schools often could not play with the toys on campus. The result of those discussions was the hive of activity in the STEM school’s robotics class, where the students are in the quality-control phase of their project.

Mighty Writers is an afterschool program that offers free writing programs to neighborhood children, from toddlers to teenagers. It has seven locations – six in the greater Philadelphia area and one in Camden, New Jersey. Mighty Writers uses practices such as journaling, yoga and meditation during its programs to help the students focus. “The kids come in to us during after school hours or after 3 p.m., and when they are coming in from a long day of school and being there for eight hours, they tend to come in scattered,” said Perez. She says that the mindfulness helps to make the students “a bit happier” and “enhances their views of the world around them.”

So often we forget about the power music possesses in our society, yet it is found in all we do. From faith to movies to family gatherings, music is a central participant in our lives. Music is a universal language and hip-hop provides culture kids can relate to. When we identify with hip-hop we say: “I am Hip-hop,” which is no different than saying “I am Mexican” or “I am Native American.” It is their identity. Giving them the platform to access culture and identity gives students an ownership on their own development.

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Haile Thomas is not your typical Gen Z teenager. The 18-year-old activist, health coach, vegan chef, and public speaker became the CEO of her nonprofit organization, Healthy Active Positive Purposeful Youth (HAPPY), when she was just 12 years old, inspired by witnessing her father fight off Type 2 diabetes with healthy eating and exercise. Since then, HAPPY has reached more than 15,000 children through programs in elementary and middle schools from New York City to Dubai.

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