Professional Development in STEM afterschool
Afterschool 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.
AK ACRES is the first Alaskan only cohort of the ACRES program. Up to twelve participants will receive free professional development, and expert coaching in a collaborative, peer online learning environment. Participants will receive training on two critical STEM teaching skills: Asking Purposeful Questions & Giving Youth Voice & Choice. Once participants return to their program they will record a short video clip as they try out this strategy with youth. Clips are subsequently shared and discussed with peers and an experienced cohort coach, to receive feedback that strengthens their STEM practice. All participants will receive a $100 stipend upon completion of two follow-up surveys. More Info
- Afterschool STEM Educators, such as activity leaders, librarians, and museum & science center staff, who work directly with youth on a regular basis.
2018 AK ACRES COHORT DATES:
Participants are required to attend all five (5) sessions to participate in the AK ACRES Cohort.
- September 18, 2018, 10 am-12 pm AKDT
- October 9, 2018, 10 am-12 pm AKDT
- October 30, 2018, 10 am-12 pm AKDT
- November 20, 2018, 10 am-12 pm AKST
- December 18, 2018, 10 am-12 pm AKST
DEADLINE TO APPLY is SEPTEMBER 10, 2018
To register for this upcoming cohort of AK ACRES, email Rebecca Andersen at AmeriCorps2@akafterschool.org, or call 907-248-7375.