June 17, 2014

As the days grow warmer and your program transitions from school year to summer time activities, sometimes it can be a challenge to keep your students focused and engaged. Why not take advantage of all those distractions and build some activities around them?

Would they rather be outside having a picnic? Okay, think of all the great places that could lead to…

> Investigating the beneficial aspects of “picnic pests” like mosquitos, bees, and ants
> Exploring the fundamental benefits and dangers in sunshine
Learning the science behind making ice cream

This is just a small list of suggestions, but they demonstrate how easy it is to get started down the path to some fun and educational activities.

What are your students distracted by? Once you know that, you can develop some good driving questions that are relevant to their interests. Then you develop activities around those interests and that’s where the fun – and the learning – begins!

You can find more summer time tips and tools on Y4Y related to both STEM and Project-Based Learning. And don’t forget to share your ideas in the Discussion Boards! That’s a great place to ask your colleagues for suggestions or to share your stories after your projects are complete.

 


June 17, 2014

Join us on Tuesday, July 15, at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)/10:00 a.m. (Pacific) for an expert webinar on Program Evaluation with Y4Y. Our guest speakers will be Angela Hernandez-Marshall, Team Leader, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, U.S. Department of Education; Dr. Lisa St. Clair, Assistant Professor at the Munroe Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center; and Jane Sharp, an Evaluation Consultant at Sharp Ideas, LLC. Your host for this event will be Monique McDowell-Russell, Y4Y Training Specialist.

All Y4Y webinars are free so mark your calendars and register today!

 

 


June 17, 2014

Miss any of our great webinars recently? Don’t worry, Y4Y is designed with the busy afterschool professional in mind! We know there are only so many hours in the day, that’s why we record all of our webinars so you can access them on demand.

You can find them all in the Y4Y Webinar Archive. You can also catch up on all the great webinars produced by the Family Engagement team over the past few months by accessing their YouTube Channel.