STEM PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

STEM PD, or STEM Professional Development, is a compilation of professional development and learning opportunities for out-of-school time educators and professionals. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of opportunities. If there is an opportunity that you would like to suggest, please complete this form.

NC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Discovery Place Education Studio
Discovery Place Education Studio provides high-quality professional development to in-school and out-of-school educators.
Dropping Seeds in Motion
Dropping Seeds in Motion promotes a dynamic learning experience for youth of all ages. In addition to providing a dynamic experience for youth, Dropping Seeds in Motion provides live professional development for educators to help develop their students’ interest in STEAM. Dropping Seeds in Motion uses the art of dance and movement to engage students in science.
North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT)
The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) seeks to support educators and impact students in North Carolina.
Increasing teacher effectiveness is fundamental to improving public education. NCCAT provides teachers with new knowledge, skills, teaching methods, best practices, and information to take back to their classrooms.
North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair Foundation

The North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair Foundation supports the North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair. This organization supports educators with professional development and resources to ensure that youth are engaged in high-quality, rigorous scientific research and exploration. 

North Carolina Science Leadership Association (NCSLA)
North Carolina Science Leadership Association (NCSLA) provides opportunities for science educators to exchange ideas and information, promote the cause of quality science instruction, and influence the creation of policies and legislation.
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Teaching, Learning, & Curriculum (NCSSM TLC)
The mission of the Teaching, Learning, & Curriculum Support Team is to improve student learning through intuitive design, innovative technology, and inspired instruction. Services that NCSSM TLC provide include but are not limited to: (1) communicating best practices in teaching and learning to internal and external audiences; (2) providing professional development and ongoing support; (3) redesigning the face-to-face curriculum for blended or flipped delivery; and (4) consulting and problem-solving around curriculum innovation.
STEMscopes
STEMscopes and National Institute for STEM Education (NISE) support and honor educators wherever they are on their instructional journeys. Our coaches and consultants are here to help ease the burden carried by today’s educators, whether they are new to teaching or seasoned instructors grappling with new curriculum requirements. Emerging talent and award-winning leaders alike benefit from our coaches’ and consultants’ assistance expanding their bandwidth and facilitating desired change.
The Science House
Since The Science House (TSH) was founded in 1991, the organization has remained committed to bringing the resources of North Carolina’s largest research institution to K-12 teachers and students across the state. Providing resources, programs, and teaching materials, TSH empowers scientific literacy and hands-on discovery.

NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Afterschool Alliance Webinars
Afterschool Alliance Webinars are a great resource for learning about pressing issues in the afterschool field. They have shared several STEM-focused webinars—topics include Next Generation Science Standards, strengthening partnerships, “making,” and computing.
Afterschool Coaching for Reflective Educators (ACRES)
The ACRES Project supports out-of-school providers in rural settings. Front line staff come together online and in-person to share, discuss, and receive coaching from the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance and the Noyce Foundation.
Click2SciencePD
 Click2SciencePD is an online professional development resource for out-of-school-time providers. It focuses on 20 research-based skills for facilitating STEM and provides video-based learning modules. The site also offers guides for staff training, meetings, and coaching pieces to further opportunities for professional development.

 

Informal Science
Informal Science is a one-stop shop for the informal science community, including afterschool STEM programs, science centers and museums, zoos and aquariums, broadcast media, and other out-of-school-time science learning environments. Browse project descriptions and evaluation reports from the National Science Foundation and other federally funded projects. You can also access hundreds of research and reference materials. All resources are sortable by “afterschool”.

 

SEDL’s Instructor’s Guide to the Afterschool Training Toolkit
SEDL’s Instructor’s Guide to the Afterschool Training Toolkit gives afterschool instructors the resources they need to build fun, innovative, and academically enriching activities that engage students, extend their knowledge in new ways, and support academic achievement. The website provides three separate afterschool guides for math, technology, and science with resources including lesson plans for program enrichment.
Techbridge Girls' Role Models Toolkit
Techbridge’s Role Models Toolkit is a free, online interactive toolkit to help potential mentors and role models develop skills to engage girls and underrepresented youth in STEM. It provides 10 mini-lessons for role models to help plan, structure and implement their visit with students.
The STEM Connection
The STEM Connection provides professional development to empower educators, youth workers, and caregivers by sharing STEM content knowledge, developing STEM practices, and building confidence to provide more meaningful STEM experiences for children.
You For Youth
You for Youth provides online training and technical assistance for 21st CCLC practitioners. The website has a “Tools” component that is specifically designed to educate staff on STEM programming. There are also numerous resources for STEM education in the afterschool setting, including “Training to Go,” a series of hour-long training that consists of a PowerPoint presentation, handouts, and training guides to help customize professional development plans, and “Training Starters,” which are tips to help you create training sessions on particular STEM topics. Lastly, there are customizable tools to help afterschool providers plan, implement and assess STEM programming.