Remote Coaching for Afterschool Educators Pilot

click2scienceThe Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance is developing, assessing, and documenting a new model of professional development that targets out-of-school educators who want to embrace STEM education more deeply. MMSA’s Dr. Sue Allen directs this project. The pilot program has ended, and the resulting project ACRES (Afterschool Coaching for Rural Educators in STEM) began in Summer 2015.

Working in close collaboration with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H program’s Associate Professor Kristy Ouellette and Dr. Lisa Phelps from University of Maine, MMSA investigated the possibilities for remote coaching in STEM skills for afterschool providers, incorporating existing cutting-edge video-based resources, like the Click2Science materials and adapting these for use in rural communities where educators are separated by very large distances and cannot easily meet in person.

MMSA ran two pilot online coaching courses with 21st CCLC directors and staff, and will develop the full model under the ACRES project.

During this pandemic educators have been forced to reinvent the way they reach kids and all of us here at MMSA have been working hard to shift our programming, professional learning opportunities, and research to overcome this incredibly difficult challenge for educators across Maine and the nation.  

Your support is a crucial component of our efforts to continually expand STEM education programs during these uncertain and challenging times.

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