STEM Professional Development

9Afterschool Coaching for Reflective Educators in STEM (ACRES) is a nationally acclaimed professional development series for out-of-school time educators who want to build knowledge and skills towards confident facilitation of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) experiences for youth in their programs. At the heart of ACRES is coaching, where participants learn a skill and receive peer and expert coaching to help them reflect upon and strengthen their instructional practice.

Professional development for out-of-school time providers often consists of a single workshop with limited follow up. The ACRES approach involves working with a small group of participants over time to build skills while receiving guidance, implementation support, and resources around STEM teaching topics. Please note that the expectation is that attendees will be present at all three sessions and an active member of the coaching cohort(s). $100 stipends are available upon the completion of the professional development.

NC ACRES PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DESCRIPTIONS

Virtualizing Your Programs and Activities 

Have you felt like the last few months of remote learning during COVID-19 were hectic and stressful? Well, you are not alone with those feelings. It doesn’t have to feel that way going forward. Join this cohort and participate in highly interactive coaching sessions. You will reflect on what you did (if anything) and what you could do to virtualize your out-of-school STEM offerings. Bring your examples and questions. Tips, tricks, and tools will be shared as small groups come together to practice and hear success stories. Please note that the expectation is that attendees will be present at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort. $100 stipends are available upon the completion of the professional development. Currently, there are no available North Carolina cohorts. To participate in this PD, visit the ACRES website

Asking Purposeful Questions

Questions are the beginning of a path towards discovery, imagination, and STEM exploration. How can we help youth expand and clarify their thinking and develop their reasoning through the questions we ask them? This module is designed for educators who have some experience facilitating STEM learning and would like to grow in their practice within a supportive group of other educators. Please note that the expectation is that attendees will be present at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort. $100 stipends are available upon the completion of the professional development. Currently, there are no available North Carolina cohorts. To participate in this PD, visit the ACRES website.

Ready, Set, STEM & Asking Purposeful Questions

Are you ready to bring meaningful STEM learning into your program? This module offers educators who are NEW to facilitating STEM, the opportunity to build supportive relationships with other educators while exploring the principles of STEM learning. This module combines an introduction to STEM facilitation with the skill of Asking Purposeful Questions. Please note that the expectation is that attendees will be present at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort. $100 stipends are available upon the completion of the professional development. Currently, there are no available North Carolina cohorts. To participate in this PD, visit the ACRES website

Giving Youth Voice and Choice

How often do youth in your program get to choose what they’re investigating or designing, the materials they might use, and/or how they engage with the work? In this module, participants try out strategies for giving youth voice and choice and apply the ideas as they redesign a STEM activity to incorporate a greater variety of youth input. Please note that the expectation is that attendees will be present at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort. $100 stipends are available upon the completion of the professional development. To participate in this opportunity, click here. To join the North Carolina cohort, use the code: NC04VC. This opportunity will occur June 1st, June 8th, and June 15th, 2021 at 12:oo pm (noon).