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Differing Abilities in STEM


Students of all abilities can be successful in the STEM economy and should be encouraged to pursue STEM experiences, coursework, and career paths. Join the Department, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, our special guest speaker, Dr. Temple Grandin, and esteemed panel as we explore how to create inclusive STEM environments that make it possible […]

Data Use in Out-of-School Time, Part III: Free and Low-Cost Resources for Evaluation and Continuous Quality Improvement in Afterschool


Professionals and practitioners in afterschool and summer programs see evidence that their work benefits young people every day, but may struggle to quantify and effectively tell the stories, especially when working with a limited budget. Fortunately, there are many terrific free and low-cost resources that afterschool and summer programs can use to refine their vision […]

Re-Engaging Students During COVID-19 


Over the past year, the pandemic has significantly disrupted learning and family life. Challenges brought about by COVID-19—including increased mobility, family economic hardship, and drastic changes to learning environments—have caused more young people than usual to leave or disengage from school. As a result, many educators and youth-supporting practitioners are thinking about attendance and engagement […]

The Graduate Profile: Imagine the Possibilities on #SELDay


As we prepare for graduation season at the end of this challenging school year, consider what it means for students to be ready for the future. What should we have prepared students to know and be able to do so they achieve their goals and become caring, civically-engaged members of their communities? On International #SELDay, […]

Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 through Summer Learning and Enrichment


Please join the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety at WestEd for a virtual discussion on Addressing the Impact of COVID through Summer Learning and Enrichment. Summer learning and enrichment programs can be beneficial in meeting the social, emotional, mental health and academic needs of […]

Creating Change: Leveraging DoS toward Continuous Growth


Tuesday March 30th 3-4 PM ET (Deadline to Register: Friday March 26th) Learning Goals: Learn how to use the freely available DoS planning tool and related data collection tools to grow and strengthen programming Discuss how to sustainably leverage data and planning resources to continue strengthening STEM and SED in your program/network

Incorporating Interactive Nutrition Education into Your Summer Programs


Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2:00 p.m. (ET) Presenters: Common Threads Join us to learn about how you can incorporate interactive nutrition education into your summer program. Common Threads' Small Bites Program teaches PreK-8th grade students about nutrition and healthy cooking through a series of eight lessons combining nutrition and snack making. The lessons are aligned […]

The Power of Summer for Teacher Growth and Development


Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2:00 p.m. (ET) Presenter: BellXcel Research has shown that the best professional development is timely, job-embedded, ongoing, and can be put to use immediately. Summer programs provide a “learning lab” for teachers, staff, and administrators to put their professional learning into action. Join SCRI and BellXcel to learn more about findings […]

Fine Tune Your Engine for High Impact Summer Operations


Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2:00 p.m. (ET) Presenter: BellXcel This webinar would be geared toward summer program teachers, staff, and administrators and discuss all of the tools needed to "fine tune your engine." Research tells us that summer program quality is highly dependent upon smooth operations. This tune up would cover family outreach and engagement, […]

Addressing Equity Through Social and Emotional Learning


Wednesday, April 7 from 3:00 – 3:45 PM  Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults develop, learn and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that help them understand and manage their emotions, achieve goals, feel empathy for others, establish supportive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Research shows that SEL […]

Role Models Matters Training for STEM Volunteers


STEM identity is critical to STEM persistence and how role models are critical to STEM identity, shared through research. In this webinar, we will explore three strategies for connecting to and preparing role models to work with youth. Strategies will consist of: Role Model Strategy 1: Making a Connection Role Model Strategy 2: Talking About […]

Supporting Young People Through Movement and Play Beyond the School Day


During this interactive three-hour training, presenters will demonstrate the value of physical activity before and after school and how it fits into a larger commitment to supporting movement and emotional wellbeing for young people. We will model fun play breaks that can be used in before and after school programs and explain how play and […]