Training offered in after-school delivery of science, engineering and technology
What Has ANR Done?The California 4-H Youth Development Program provided five training sessions across the state where after-school trainers receive in-depth instruction on using the University of California and University of Nevada's Tools of the Trade II 4-H After-school Training Guide: Inspiring Young Minds to be SET Ready for Life. Trainers - representing parks and recreations, 21st Century after-school programs, school districts, nonprofits, and other organizations including 4-H - in turn, delivered at least eight hours of the training modules to over 740 other after-school line-staff. Monthly conference calls and webinars provided additional support to the trainers.
After-school educators increase understanding, skills, and confidenceHundreds of after-school program staff received consistent in-service training on incorporating effective science, engineering and technology strategies in after-school settings and creating science-rich, learner-centered environments for sparking interest and enthusiasm for SET subjects. A retrospective survey of the trainees showed significant improvement in their understanding of the elements of high-quality SET programming in after-school programs, as well as how to incorporate inquiry and experiential learning in their SET lessons. Additionally, they reported an enhanced appreciation for the role of after-school staff as a facilitator of youth’s acquisition of science, engineering and technology interest and skills. The evaluation also found significant gains in trainers’ confidence in training others on high-quality, non-formal SET programming.
Supporting Unit: California State 4-H OfficeSharon K. Junge, (530) 754-8518, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Manglallan, (858) 694-8836, email@example.com