Trainer Institute

Click2Science offers two-day trainings designed for individuals who facilitate Click2Science professional development with staff or volunteers in out-of-school time programs. These Trainer Institutes are interactive, research-based experiences where trainers learn best practices in STEM professional development. Participants receive an official Click2Science trainer certification signifying their competency to deliver Click2Science professional development.


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Trainer Institute - 2019

Ashland, Nebraska

November 6-8, 2019



Carol Joy Holling Conference and Retreat Center


Early Bird: $550 before August 15, 2019
Regular: $650 from August 16-October 22, 2019

Registration Includes:

  • Pre-training webinar on October 29, 2019 @ 1:00 PM CT
  • Two nights lodging at the beautiful Carol Joy Holling Retreat Center
  • Meals and breaks throughout the workshop
  • Three-day interactive learning experience
  • Click2Science Training Package
  • Participation in on-going Community of Practice

Register Now!

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Day 1: Wednesday, November 6

  • 1:00 PM - Welcome and Setting the Stage
  • Click2Science Scavenger Hunt
  • Model PD Training Activity
  • 5:30 PM Wrap-Up and Reflection

Day 2: Thursday, November 7

  • 8:00 AM - Check-In and Review Agenda
  • How Do Adults Learn
  • Planning Professional Development
  • Model PD Meeting
  • Working in Learning and Teaching Groups
  • 5:30 PM Wrap-Up and Reflection

Day 3: Friday, November 8

  • 8:00 AM Check-In and Review Agenda
  • Reflection on Teaching Adults
  • Working in Learning and Teaching Groups
  • Design Considerations in Professional Development
  • 1:00 PM Closure and Reflection
  • Individual Planning and Support

Making the Case to Attend

Thank you for your interest in attending the Click2SciencePD Trainer Institute. As part of the afterschool ecosystem, we know that budgets are tight and your time is valuable. We’ve gathered some information to help you explain the value of attending this important training to your organization. We want to help you:

  1. Know the cost of attending the institute
  2. Know the outcomes
  3. Explain the benefits to your organization

Step 1: What will it cost?

We have worked very hard to keep the costs low. And this year, we have been able to incorporate registration, lodging, and meals into one simple payment. This will help you save even more if you're able to register early.

  • Early Bird Registration = $550 before August 15, 2019
  • Regular Registration = $650 from August 16-October 22, 2019

This will cover two nights of lodging at Carol Joy Holling Conference and Retreat Center on 11/6-11/7. Meals included are dinner on 11/6, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on 11/7, and breakfast and lunch on 11/8.

You will also need to consider the cost of travel to the Trainer Institute. The retreat center is located in Ashland, Nebraska which is midway between Lincoln and Omaha. It is 33 miles from the Lincoln Airport (LNK) and 37 miles from Eppley Airfield (OMA), so you may want to compare prices to both airports. A taxi from LNK will cost approximately $85-$95, and there are also several rental car agencies at LNK. From OMA, a taxi will cost $90 to $100 or you can rent a car from several rental car agencies at OMA.

Step 2: What are the outcomes?

The purpose of the Trainer Institute is to develop local expertise to support high-quality STEM facilitation by staff in OST programs across the country. Our team is looking forward to working with trainers to help them determine the best way to utilize resources from Click2SciencePD to support their organization(s) and invest in their staff. Participants of the Trainer Institute will:

  • Learn best practices for providing hands-on, interactive training for staff or volunteers in out-of-school time programs
  • Develop expertise with the Click2Science model of blended professional development
  • Become proficient at integrating resources from Click2Science into regular staff meetings
  • Learn to use evaluation tools from Click2Science to describe the impact of the training experiences you provide
  • Be part of the Click2Science professional learning network and on-going professional development opportunities for trainers
  • Receive the Click2Science Training package
  • Receive access to on-going technical assistance from Click2SciencePD

Step 3: What are the benefits to your organization?

We believe you are in the best position to explain the benefit to your organization. Consider the following:

  • what organizational goals or priorities can this experience help you meet?
  • Will this experience help you support improving program quality or youth outcomes for your program?
  • Do your organization's stakeholders support high-quality STEM learning experiences for youth?
  • Will this experience help you improve staff development and retention for your program?

Here is a sample message to share:

Dear [insert name of decision maker],

The Click2SciencePD Trainer Institute provides an opportunity for our organization to build our expertise in STEM programming and invest in staff development. By sending [ fill in name(s) ] to the institute, we will develop their expertise in training our staff to provide high-quality STEM learning experiences. They will bring ideas and resources we can use in our staff development and the opportunity to collaborate with Click2SciencePD.

I plan to use the information and skills gained at the training to [insert your goal/plan ].

Thank you for your interest in the Click2SciencePD Trainer Institute. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Dr. Saundra Frerichs at