Preparing for a New School Year


Helping Youth Build Connections from Summer to the School Year

August 15, 2018 @ 2:00 PM Eastern (1:00 PM Central)

Going back to school is a big change for children and their families. It is exciting, but it can also be a challenging and stressful time. This webinar will include tips you can share with families to help them prepare for a great new school year. It has great suggestions for getting your afterschool program off to a good start and includes strategies to help young people build connections between summer and their new school year.

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Connecting to Prior Knowledge and Experiences

Frontline staff and volunteers will be able to effectively connect STEM activities to the knowledge and experiences (culture, gender, socioeconomic status, language, daily experiences, etc.) of the youth in their program. Portray science as a real, social, lived experience that is relevant to youth. 

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Connected Learning

Out-of-school time facilitators have the challenge of making STEM interactions with children more effective by connecting planned experiences with previous knowledge or concerns of the children. Learn effective teaching strategies to match a STEM experience with children’s interest and skills. This lesson is one of twenty Click2Science lessons designed to help frontline staff facilitate STEM experiences.

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 Ways to include English Learners in STEM »

Designing a Dynamic Summer Program »

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Sustaining Summer Learning

Families often look forward to summer as an opportunity to rest and relax. However, for low-income families, summer can lead to struggles with basic needs like healthy food and safe places for children to spend their days. It can also lead to learning loss. Research shows at-risk youth fall behind their peers each summer. By the fifth grade, summer learning loss can leave low-income students two and a half years behind their peers.

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New Staff Development Guides
Seven new staff development guides are available thanks to generous support from the C.S. Mott Foundation and STEM Next. The following new guides are ready for you to implement with your staff:
  1. Developing Focus Questions – 20 minute Coaching Guide
  2. Using a Focus Question – 35 minute Meeting Guide
  3. Using Models – 85 minute Training guide
  4. Using Questions to Construct Explanations – 25 minute Coaching guide
  5. Technology for Assessment – 35 minute Meeting guide
  6. Prepping for Learning -  60 minute Training guide
  7. Managing Conflict in STEM – 65 minute Training guide
  • National Back to School Month – August
  • Inventor's Month – August
  • World Scout Scarf Day – August 1
  • World Wide Web Day – August 1
  • Sand Castle Day – August 4
  • Farmworker Appreciation Day – August 6
  • Skyscraper Appreciation Day – August 10
  • Youth Day – August 12
  • Rollercoaster Day – August 16
  • World Honey Bee Day – August 18
  • Photography Day – August 19
  • Aviation Day – August 19
  • World Mosquito Day – August 20
  • Women's Equality Day – August 26
  • US Open Tennis Tournament – August 27 - September 11
  • Slinky Day – August 30
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