Prepare and Plan - Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ Noon
Well-prepared STEM learning experiences are relevant, engaging, and appropriate for youth. Knowing how to effectively prepare for STEM will help you maximize youth engagement, and support inclusiveness and safety. This webinar focuses on selecting and planning STEM experiences for all your program participants.
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Summer Reading: Weaving a Tapestry of Support - Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ Noon
Presenter: Beth Duda, Director, Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading at The Patterson Foundation
Description: The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-level Reading’s (SCGLR) Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge brought five sectors: individuals, nonprofits, businesses, government and the media together to transform summer into a time of learning gain and other communities can experience that same level of success. The Harwood Institute’s time-tested principles and techniques will be introduced and complemented with principles from Hildy Gottlieb’s “creating the future” to help participants understand that how we work together can be as important as what we do. Effective collaboration requires hyper-attention to communications with internal and external stakeholders, examples of SCGLR communications alignment will be shared.
Are You Ready to Grow? - Wednesday, January 22, 2020 @ 1pm
Presenter: Jose Oromí, Executive Vice President, Horizons National
Description: Using strategies that are focused on partnerships and long-term success has allowed Horizons to expand in cities across the country, including Atlanta, Bridgeport, and Chicago where several other organizations are doing amazing work to address the significant needs of students living in poverty. Through lessons learned in each city, leaders from Horizons National will present the strategies and tactics ensuring a program is ready to embark on growth. We will discuss: Strategy for growth and sustainability; Board development; Fundraising; Identification of new partners; Learning from best practices from existing sites/programs; Establishing and facilitating operational goals; and Identifying local champions.
Transforming Teacher Practice – The Promise of Summer Learning for Job-Embedded SEL Development - Wednesday, February 26, 2020 @ 1pm
Presenters: Christine Baine, Senior Manager Professional Development & Quality and Bryan Hall, Senior Director, Evaluation, BellXcel
Description: Research demonstrates that adults learn best when able to test and apply new strategies in real-world environments. Summer affords teachers the opportunity to engage in concrete experiences, try out new approaches and techniques, and reflect with peers to develop insights into what works (The Aspen Institute, 2018; Schonert-Reichl, 2017). A recent study suggests that BellXcel Summer educators believe that the professional learning they engage in as part of BellXcel Summer is influencing their confidence and attitudes toward the school year, and their practice in key areas such as growth mindset and promoting positive behavior (Bellwether Education Partners, 2018). In this webinar, we’ll explore how best to leverage summer environments to advance teacher development and SEL skills, as these results suggest that summer may be under-utilized as a learning lab for educators.