Digging into Research: Gender Equity in STEM


Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015
02:00 PM EST

About this webinar:

After the enthusiastic response to last summer’s webinar on the state of girls, we know that afterschool and other community educators are keenly attuned to the needs of girls they serve. In this webinar, we’ll look specifically at gender equity issues in STEM learning and consider how current research on this topic can help inform and shape practice.

Our partner, Relating Research to Practice, has just released a new resource—the Connected Collection! Connected Collections synthesize timely science education topics and come with a bundle of research briefs that provide multiple examples and ongoing challenges for busy education professionals to consider as they seek to improve learning environments for youth.

For this webinar, you’ll want to read Gender Identities in STEM Education, along with each of the five one-page research briefs in the collection. Come ready with questions for our guest speakers, which can be about any of the briefs included in the collection, theoretical OR practical questions about gender equity, or just about research in general. This type of webinar is a new format for us, and we envision a rich discussion not only with our guest researchers, but also among attendees!

Speakers:

  • Dr. Molly Shea, Director, Center for Informal Learning And Schools, Exploratorium
  • Dr. Brenda Britsch, Senior Research Scientist, National Girls Collaborative
  • Dr. Jrene Rahm, Professor, Department of Educational Sciences, Université de Montréal
  • Dr. Angela Calabrese Barton, Professor, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University
  • Melissa Ballard, STEM Manager, Afterschool Alliance


A Recording for this webinar is not available.

Digging into Research: Making and Tinkering in Afterschool


Thursday, Jun 25, 2015
02:00 PM EST

About this webinar:

Following up on our webinar last month, “Equity in Making and Tinkering,” we’re going to take a step back and examine the current research on making and tinkering for K-12 learners. Many of us have questions about the learning outcomes and goals for making and tinkering in afterschool and how educators can best facilitate these experiences.

The Relating Research to Practice project has just released a new resource. This Connected Collection synthesizes of-the-moment science education topics and comes with a bundle of research briefs that provide multiple examples and ongoing challenges for busy education professionals to consider as they seek to improve learning environments for youth.

For this webinar, you’ll want to read the Connected Collection “Tinkering in STEM Education” along with each of the five one-page research briefs in the collection. If you have time, you may want to skim the “Equity in Science Education” collection, as we’ll definitely touch on the intersections of equity and tinkering. Come ready with your questions for our guest researchers, which can be about any of the briefs included in the collection, theoretical OR practical questions about tinkering and making, or just about research in general. We will make time to address, as a group, the discussion questions featured in the collection (see page 2, “What do you think?).

This type of webinar is a new format for us, and we envision an engaging dialogue with our guest researchers and among the participants! If you have questions, please email Melissa Ballard, STEM Manager at the Afterschool Alliance.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Molly Shea, Director, Center for Informal Learning And Schools, Exploratorium
  • Dr. Jean Ryoo, Project Director, California Tinkering Network and Postdoctoral Researcher, Exploratorium
  • Melissa Ballard, STEM Manager, Afterschool Alliance


A Recording for this webinar is not available.

Equity in Making and Tinkering


Wednesday, May 27, 2015
02:00 PM EST

About this webinar:

All students deserve opportunities for rigorous and meaningful STEM learning, regardless of race or ethnicity, culture, gender, socioeconomic status, language, or disability status. It’s not enough to just provide increased access—we must think carefully about how we design programs, choose curriculum or projects, and interact with youth to best support their success in STEM.


So, what happens when we keep equity at the center of what we do? In this webinar, you’ll hear from three afterschool programs that prioritize equity in their mission. These programs all approach STEM learning through making, tinkering and youth-led design—you’ll also find out why these approaches closely align with equity.

Speakers:

  • Meg Escude, Director of Community Youth Programs, California Tinkering Network, Exploratorium
  • Emilyn Green, Executive Director, Community Science Workshop Network
  • Melissa Ballard, STEM Manager, Afterschool Alliance

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Social Media Outreach Strategies for OST Programs


Friday, May 8, 2015
02:00 PM EST

About this webinar:

With most Americans today engaging with at least one social media site, social media is a valuable (and cost-effective) way to reach your community. In this webinar, communications experts from Burness Communications will walk through goal setting strategies to effectively leverage social media to advance your program's mission and goals, and the Afterschool Alliance will give an overview of social media resources specifically for the afterschool community.

Speakers:

  • Marianna Sachse, Senior Associate, Digital, Burness Communications
  • Gwendolyn Craig, Coordinator and Web Editor, Digital, Burness Communications
  • Rachel Clark, Communications Associate, Afterschool Alliance

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Afterschool and Keeping Kids Active and Healthy: What You Can Do


Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015
01:00 PM EST

 

About this webinar:

With close to 1 in 3 children and teens overweight or obese in the U.S., the health and wellness of students today is a national priority, concerning everyone from policy makers to parents. Afterschool programs are an integral partner to keep kids active and healthy during the out-of-school-time hours and a vital piece of the solution to tackle the obesity epidemic by providing nutritious foods, keeping kids physically active and instilling healthy habits that can last a lifetime.

Tune into this webinar that will review the current afterschool landscape by looking at programs providing physical activity and healthy foods, as well as initiatives taking place in the afterschool field to strengthen healthy eating and physical activity offerings. Speakers on this webinar will cover new data from the latest America After 3PM special report, Kids on the Move: Afterschool Programs Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity; discuss the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards; and share insights, tips and resources that can help program providers with their food and physical activity offerings.

Due to technical issues with the audio, the recording starts about 5 minutes into the presentation.


Speakers:

  • Nikki Yamashiro, Research Director, Afterschool Alliance
  • Jennifer Hofman, Specialist, Health Partnerships and Policy, Healthy Living/Government Relations, YMCA of the USA
  • Tina Fleming, Division Director, Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation
  • Lindsey Daniels, Health and Wellness Coordinator, Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation

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Digging into Research: Making and Tinkering in Afterschool
Equity in Making and Tinkering
Social Media Outreach Strategies for OST Programs
Afterschool and Keeping Kids Active and Healthy: What You Can Do
Building Literacy in Afterschool
Traditional and Social Media Tools for Kids on the Move
Make the Case for Afterschool with America After 3PM
Lights On Afterschool Webmaker Challenge: Tips and Tricks
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Defining Youth Outcomes of STEM in Afterschool
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