Online Professional Learning and
Technical Assistance for
21st Century Community Learning Centers

Trainings to Go

Trainings to Go are hour-long training plans that include a PowerPoint, handouts, and training guides. Click the trainings to get tips on how to customize professional development plans to fit different staff needs, training time frames, and training goals.

Applying Design Thinking

  • Describe the components of the design thinking process.
  • Model the process of design thinking.
  • Plan methods for tracking progress during the design thinking process.

Connecting STEAM to Real-World Challenges

  • Use the design thinking process.
  • Identify real-world challenges facing our community.
  • Describe the relationship between STEAM projects and community partners.
  • Prepare a specific “ask” for community partners.

Creating a Makerspace

  • Identify what a makerspace looks like and how it can support the STEAM approach to learning.
  • Plan key logistics for creating a makerspace, including budget, schedule, materials and professional development.
  • Describe ways to assess student learning in a makerspace.