November 3-6, 2020 | Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, Lancaster, Pa.
EMPOWER 2020 is Pennsylvania’s only out-of-school time conference DESIGNED TO BRIDGE LEARNING AND STEM ECOSYSTEMS and provide networking opportunities for all who work toward the successful future of our children and youth.
PSAYDN SEEKS HIGH-QUALITY, EFFECTIVE PRESENTATIONS addressing the latest research and promising practices in supporting children and youth success as well as continuing professional development for professionals.
DEADLINE: FRIDAY, October 18, 2019
PSAYDN’s STEM Ambassador Lisa Kovalchick recently trained educators from across the state on the CryptoClub curriculum at the Center for Schools and Communities. This curriculum teaches math concepts – grades 5-12 – through cryptography using puzzles and games. This training opportunity was made available through Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative.
A hands-on educational approach known as “playing the whole game” is taking root in schools that use project-based learning. The basic idea holds that students learn best when they understand the bigger picture and how the things they are learning fit into a larger whole. It draws inspiration from traditional afterschool undertakings such as drama, debate, sports and the like.
Girl Scouts of the USA released new badges in STEM and the outdoors, areas girls are not typically encouraged to explore outside of Girl Scouting. The badges will debut on the organization’s first digital platform for volunteers, making it more accessible than ever to unleash the power of every girl.
There is no arrival at a perfect implementation of trauma-informed practices, and no one knows this better than Mathew Portell, principal of Fall-Hamilton Elementary in Nashville. Portell has been leading Fall-Hamilton’s journey with trauma-informed practices for the past several years, and Edutopia profiled one point in this journey in May 2017. Now two years later, Edutopia checked in with the principal to see what has changed.
Every year since its founding in 1999, the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) has provided summer internships to high school students throughout the city.
This year, about 8,000 students spent between 120 and 160 hours at one of about 1,000 work sites throughout the city. These included IBX, Comcast, Bank of America, Drexel University, the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation, and nonprofits, including PYN itself. The students are paid a minimum of $7.25 an hour, with some earning up to $12. They are chosen from about twice as many applicants.