STEM Best Practices: Hiring and Staff Training
Hiring quality frontline staff is imperative to the success of after school and summer programs. Filling these positions, however, can be difficult due to high turnover rates from year to year. STEM focused after school and summer programs face additional staffing challenges because staff members must be trained to help students build scientific knowledge and engage authentically in STEM practices.
In order to support programs addressing these issues, Boston After School & Beyond has sourced frontline staff hiring and training best practices for STEM programs from our partners and research studies for inclusion on the Insight Center.
These best practices, along with other STEM specific resources can be found on the STEM Best Practices page.
Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming BoSTEM Workshops
This spring, Boston After School & Beyond will launch a series of monthly BoSTEM Community of Practice workshops. These workshops will provide program representatives with informal opportunities to gather, share knowledge, and discuss pertinent issues related to STEM education in after school and summer programs.
Dates, topics, and hosting organizations for the next three meetings are listed below. All program staff members are welcome to attend.
Equitable and Inclusive STEM Teaching Practices
Hosted by Sociedad Latina – March 30th, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
BPS Science Practices Professional Development Modules Session
Hosted by Lena Park CDC – April 27th, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Relevance & Youth Voice in STEM Programs
Hosted by CitySprouts – May 16th, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Resource Spotlight: Instructional Leadership for Science Practices
This website offers a comprehensive collection of resources to support instructional leaders as they work to implement science practices in their programs. On this site, leaders will find information on science practices, a guide to observing instructors through the lens of science practices, tips towards offering feedback to improve the implementation of science practices, and more.
Partner Events and Announcements
BPS City Wide Science Fair
The BPS City Wide Science Fair will be held on March 3rd and 4th at Northeastern University. Click here for more info
Funding Opportunity: Science Everywhere Innovation Challenge
The Overdeck Family Foundation and Simons Foundation are currently matching donations made to qualifying projects on donorschoose.org. In order to be considered, your project must raise money towards purchasing materials that support high-quality STEM activities outside school. Click here for more info
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center Job Opening
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center is currently seeking a full time Green Ambassadors Program Manager. Click here to view the application
CitySprouts Seeking Summer Fellows
CitySprouts is currently seeking college students to serve as Summer Fellows. Click here for more info
CitySprouts Seeking Volunteers
CitySprouts is currently seeking volunteers to help plan their annual fundraising event, DigIt! They are offering a variety of ways to get involved. Contact Andrea Locke at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.