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Taking Advantage of Leadership Opportunities in Out-of-School Time

March 13, 2018

I began my work in the OST (out-of-school time) field as a transition leader at the Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan, KS. Transition leaders were in charge of maintaining smooth shifts between activities and monitoring behaviors within grade groups. From that position, I was promoted to a program leader and eventually became a director of a first-year 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) program.

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Using Science & Engineering Practices in Leadership Development

March 6, 2018

Did you use the 4C's today? Of course, you did! How? You made a phone call. You held or participated in a meeting or training. You connected with someone via email. You solved a problem or coached someone in solving one. You came up with a new idea either alone or with a colleague. You wrote a touching blog. You interacted positively and constructively on social media. And much more. You may have taken the ability to do these things for granted, but don't sell yourself short.

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How to Prevent Bullying by Making Classrooms More Inclusive

February 28, 2018

Bullying is a problem for many children, but those who have a disability, like cerebral palsy, or are perceived by their peers as being different, are at a greater risk. That risk is as much as 63% greater than for other children. Teachers have a responsibility to create a safe environment for all children. One way to prevent bullying and to support all kids is to make classrooms more inclusive.

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What Motivates Students to Pursue an Engineering Career?

February 20, 2018

Pursuing an engineering career is a lot of work! I have the privilege of teaching undergraduate engineering students. They take full course loads of fundamental math and science classes while leading student clubs, pursuing internships and serving in the community. I sometimes wonder if they have any down time!

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Preparing Youth for the Future

February 14, 2018

On a brisk February morning six years ago, four colleagues and I from the University of Nebraska Extension had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Noyce Foundation about the development of a website. The site would be a resource for staff or volunteers who work with youth outside of school, who maybe weren't really comfortable with leading STEM experience and activities with kids.

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Inspiring Wonder

February 6, 2018

Our world is ever evolving as new technologies and processes are developed to resolve issues and simplify tasks. These new developments and inventions are often credited to engineers, but what is an engineer?

SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time Based)


January 30, 2018

This is the last in our series on the who, what, why, and how of professional development for out-of-school programs. This week we examine the how of building staff skills through coaching and SMART Goals.

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Finding the Best Trainer for Your Program

January 23, 2018

This week's blog on the who, what, why, and how of professional development will help you decide who can provide the professional development for your staff. The Click2Science professional development model is designed to build local capacity for STEM.

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Building the Whole Person

January 16, 2018

This month, we are focusing on planning for professional development with a series of blogs on the who, what, why, and how of professional development for out-of-school time (OST) programs. This week we examine what makes professional development effective in developing the whole person and accomplishing program goals.