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    New Staff Development Guides

    September 19, 2017

    We've been hard at work the last six months to bring you what Click2SciencePD does best: high-quality, targeted professional development guides that you can use in your setting. This week I'd like to give you a mini-tour of these guides.

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    5 Things to Know About Click2Science 2.0

    September 12, 2017

    We're relaunching our website with new and improved resources, as well as a new web design and user-experience. The new website will provide easier access to our resources and help new and existing users better understand who we are, what we do, and the resources we have to offer. We are confident you'll find the new website easier to navigate. However, we understand that change can be difficult.

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    Click2Science has a New Skills Framework

    September 5, 2017

    Based on feedback from out-of-school time STEM facilitation experts and other afterschool leaders, we reviewed our 20 Skills that Make STEM Click for overlap and redundancy. We found that some skills had very similar purposes and objectives and that there was a need to separate some skills that had formerly been combined. We also pared down a little, streamlined a little, and made some tweaks to help you find what you’re looking for.

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    Get Ready - Click2Science Version 2.0 is Coming!

    August 29, 2017

    Click2SciencePD.org first went live in January of 2015. Since then, we’ve added numerous staff development guides, videos, blogs, and webinar recordings. We’ve also been busy evaluating the effectiveness, usability, and function of Click2Science's website, professional development resources, skills, and overall professional development model.

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    3 Ways to Use Prior Knowledge

    August 22, 2017

    It is important to bring youths' prior knowledge and experiences to their learning in out-of-school time spaces. Not only does it make their leaning more robust, but it helps them build on their interests and identities (NRC, 2012). This can support life-long interest in STEM and even career choices in STEM. Here are three ways you can use prior knowledge in your out-of-school time program.

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    The Great American Eclipse

    August 15, 2017

    Millions of people all across the United States will be looking at the sky on Monday August 21. There is a sense of excitement and anticipation in people of all ages. This is a great opportunity to engage with youth in your program — even if you miss the eclipse itself!

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    Making Classroom Connections

    August 8, 2017

    Youth spend approximately six hours a day in school, two hours a day in afterschool, and another six hours at home or in the community. This means a significant amount of their time spent learning is "out-of-school," and it's worthwhile to ensure these environments are as rich as possible.

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    Why is Prior Knowledge so Important?

    August 1, 2017

    When I taught high school ESL (English as a Second Language) courses, I was required to use a literacy battery that asked youth to read out loud to me, one-on-one. The goal of this “running record” was to determine whether they were making progress on their reading abilities in English. As they read to me, I would write down their mistakes, time their fluency, and ask them comprehension questions.

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    Slime!

    July 25, 2017

    American pop culture has always been “stuck” on slime — from The Blob (1958) to Ghostbusters (1984) to Stephen King’s short story, “Gray Matter” (1973) — and youth are no exception to the rule. Here are some ways to use slime to get youth excited about summer learning.