The passage of the American Rescue Plan provides historic levels of funding for out-of-school time programming, with $30 billion set aside for afterschool and summer learning. While school closures in New Mexico have resulted in unfinished learning across disciplines, STEM learning has been particularly affected.
Recently, I attended a webinar entitled: “Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 through Summer Learning and Enrichment,” hosted by the national Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety. As we look towards summer, and plan for summer learning programs this year, there are 4 key takeaways from the expertise of the individuals presenting at this webinar that I would like to share.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, failed to take safety precautions to protect children from sexual predators in their programs for decades. It is time to break the silence around child abuse. As the Executive Director of NMOST, I am choosing to step up to initiate this difficult conversation, and advocating for a safe place for children after 3 pm.
NMOST Director of Policy and Communication, Jeff McConaughy, discusses the need to build and maintain a self-care toolkit, filling your senses to keep mind and body connected, and asking for help when needed. And we all need help sometimes.
NMOST STEM VISTA, Ethan Greene, shares how his practice of self-care has shifted since COVID-19. He has found that living in the present moment, celebrating simple things in his day-to-day, and forgiving himself for not feeling 100% all the time are key.
Do you remember where you were on August 6, 2012? That was the day NASA landed the Curiosity rover on Mars. Curiosity was meant to explore the Red Planet for a two year mission, but is still active today and has sent countless photographs and scientific readings that help us to understand Mars.
On Thursday, Curiosity will be joined by a new rover: Perseverance (or “Percy” for short). The landing is scheduled to take place at approximately 1pm MST, with livestream content beginning at 12:15pm EST. Read on to find out about online resources, where to watch the landing, and how to get involved.
The New Mexico Out-of-School Time Network (NMOST) brings together policymakers, educators, childcare providers, youth development workers, and other stakeholders interested in ensuring positive youth development opportunities and outcomes through out-of-school time programs.