STEM and Sustainability: Increasing Student Engagement Through Design Thinking:
Re-imagine OST facilities as a laboratory for applied STEM education! Using the design thinking process, students tackle a wide range of sustainability challenges, from reducing water consumption during a drought, to building food gardens to increase the availability of local, nutritious snacks. Design thinking empowers students to apply concepts and standards from the school-day to design and implement real-world solutions. Join us to learn how to enliven a wide range of programming activities to increase student engagement and develop critical 21st century skills such as collaboration, leadership and problem solving. We will explore and practice the design-thinking process and experience hands on techniques and lessons that you can take back to your own program.
Talk Early, Talk Often:
It’s never too early or too late to start having those difficult conversations with youth! Youth-serving providers will learn why talking about substance use with kids is crucial, and how to engage children of any age in conversations about substance use and other sensitive topics.
Providing Youth Choice in the Digital Space-Offering Safe Browsing Experiences in OST Programs:
KLRU understands keenly the call for OST programs to become more rigorous in their learning. We also understand the desire for OST programs to hang onto their core principles and not become a mere extension of the school day. The tremendous variety of PBS and PBS Kids resources can allow programs to give kids the liberty to choose digital resources address personal interests and needs. Likewise, OST staff can help curate resources for youth that can address critical learning needs without feeling too didactic. By coming to this workshop, OST staff and providers can get hands-on in looking for resources that can benefit their programs and kids.
From Re-direct to Re-engage:
Tired of playing behavior management Whack-a-Mole? Re-think your role in creating a safe and supportive environment and set your students up for success. Learn to discover your students’ strengths, and leverage them to create a community where all types of thinkers are welcomed. Explore student needs underlying classroom challenges and create an action plan to address behaviors at the source.
How to Connect Children to Nature No Matter What:
Connecting children to nature has become a critical need for 21st century families as they navigate screen use, loss of unstructured time, and fears of safety. Richard Louv’s seminal work about Nature Deficit started a waterfall of research that shows us that many wonderful benefits to be derived from free play in natural areas, or just looking at a tree. The City of Austin has an implementation plan that includes a pilot project campus for testing out Best Practices. Come hear about possibilities and what might work at the campuses where you work with OST programming, and join in on a gateway activity for passage into the Wild.
Applying Concepts to Reality:
Attend this interactive session to learn more about the elements of a high-quality out of school time program, hear several vignettes that highlight previously-used and successful STEM activities that can easily be added to any after-school program, and gain knowledge on data reinforcing the importance of STEM education.
Structure and Clear Limits