Every role in OST indeed has the potential for leadership – from directors to site coordinators, teachers to assistant teachers, volunteers to youth enrolled in the programs. We often think of the leaders in OST as the program directors and administrators, the behind-the-scenes people. The 'bosses' as the students in my programs say (they always want to know who is in charge of who).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.