You are here

Technical Assistance + Training

Click2Science Professional Development Program

Check out the Click2Science Professional Development Resource which teaches after school staff how to integrate STEM into out-of-school time curriculum. This great resource outlines 20 “Skills to Make STEM Click” which target professional development to improve STEM learning experiences for youth. Additionally, the resource includes training and coaching videos for frontline staff. The resource program is completely free, but registration is required.

Editor Keywords: 

Edge Up University Provides Online Professional Development

The Ventura County Office of Education, through their “Edge Up” University provides access to many great online professional development resources. VCOE outlines a reflection process format to maximize classroom management efficiency and also provides a suggested implementation plan. The course catalog includes many different areas for professional development: classroom management, homework help/tutoring, instruction, language arts, mathematics, physical activity, science, STEM, social and emotional development, technology, 21st century skills, and program quality.

FREE Professional Development Guide from Engineering Adventures


Engineering Adventures has produced a professional development guide that is available to those that want to provide professional development opportunities to their expanded learning day staff. The guide includes an outline for a three-hour workshop that describes the EA curriculum as well as provides a model on how to effectively lead the engineering activities. Additionally, Engineering Adventures is working on a middle school pilot.

Editor Keywords: 

1st Annual California STEM Conference 2013

Save the date for the 1st Annual STEM Conference held at the Sacramento Convention Center from November 18-19, 2013. The conference will feature presentations on curriculum and instruction, professional learning, partnerships, and resources and special guests include Geena Davis and Sugata Mitra.

Find out more about the 1st Annual STEM Conference, here.

2013 California Science Education Conference

Registration is now open for the annual California Science Education Conference, held in Palm Springs from October 25-27,2013. The conference offers over 175 one hour workshops, all focus speakers, special programming strands on STEM education, Common Core State Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards and more.


Register for the California Education Conference, here.


CATCH is a health program that aims to significantly improve health awareness among young children. It provides programs selectively for schools K-9, after-school, and early childhood. CATCH focuses primarily on the prevention of child obesity. Faculty and staff members that are interested in improving the health habit of children can find further information regarding training opportunites aimed at improving healthy-living education.


Editor Keywords: 

KidTribe and NASA's Space School Musical

KidTribe seeks to keep students moving by creating fun, innovative musical activities. They recently partnered with NASA and developed multiple videos and activities meant to make science fun for kids. The website offers these music videos along with muliple resources for teachers.

For more information on KidTribe, click here.

Tools of the Trade II

"Tools of the Trade II: Inspiring Young Minds to be Science, Engineering, and Technology Ready for Life" is a 14 session staff-development training guide. With a total of 21 hours, this guide will assist afterschool program staff and youth workers to incorporate science, engineering, and technology (SET) curriculum into their after school programs. Each session comes with easy to follow instructions, resources necessary to complete the session, and session evaluations. 

Order the Tools of Trade II training guide here.

Experiential Learning Training Modules

Experiential Learning is the process of knowledge acquisition through hands-on experiences. It encourages students to engage in activies, explore education, and apply what they have learned from their direct experiences. Learn more about experiential learning through three progressive training modules. Each module provides a 2 to 3 hour training workshop with information that can assist with staff/volunteer training. 

Gain more information on the Experiential Learning Training Modules.

Editor Keywords: 

Apple Training and Certification Program

Apple offers a training and certification program for individuals interested in becoming experts in internet technology. Apple offers an extensive training program that could potentially be beneficial to educators who seek to use and teach this technology. Once certified, participatns are registerd on the Apple Certified Professionals registry, and receive a certificate of completion.

To learn more about Apple Training and Certification Program, click here.

Editor Keywords: 

A World Fit for Kids

Individuals from A World Fit for Kids believe that good nutrition and exercise are key to helping students improve their life skills, academic careers, and health choices. They offer training to educators, parents, and volunteers who want to help children learn to be physically active and maintain healthy lifestyles.

To access information about A World Fit for Kids, click here.

National Security Agency

The National Security Agency (NSA) is dedicated to helping America’s next generation compete in the future economy. They offer a Math and Education Partnership program, which provides mathematics speakers to come to schools, volunteers to help tutor in math and science environments, NSA judges for local math and science fairs, and small grants. The Partners in Education program is a program with over 350 volunteers who assist three local schools.  The NSA also offers high school work-study programs.

The Calfornia School-Age Consortium

The California School-Age Consortium (CalSac) offers workshops to train staff about science, math, technology and engineering projects.  Each year, the California School-Age Consortium provides hundreds of trainings to thousands of after school practitioners throughout the state.

To Access information about the California School-Age Consortium, click here.

Editor Keywords: 

Lawrence Hall of Science

The Lawrence Hall of Science is operated through the University of California at Berkeley. The institution seeks to help students see their potential in the field of science and give them experience seeing science in daily life. This website offers resources to educators and site leaders including kits for science programs, workshops about science,  tools for educators, and links to multiple resources.

Access the Lawrence Hall of Science Here

Editor Keywords: 

California School-Age Consortium (Cal SAC)

The California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC) offers a variety of resources to help support out-of-school time programs, including a variety of trainings. CalSAC offers free and low-cost trainings through their statewide Trainer Network. These trainings include, but are not limited to: STEM, Bullying Prevention, Behavior Guidance, English Learner, Behavior Guidance, etc.

Learn more about the trainings CalSAC offers here

San Diego (Region 9) After School Trainings

San Diego County Office of Education (region 9)  has a calendar of professional development opportunities for after school practictioners available on their website. These opportunities have been planned out throughout the 2012-2013 school year. Make sure and check out these great opportunities!

Access the San Diego County Office of Education Training Calendar here

Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT)

Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) offers a variety of professional development workshops for educators. These workshops teach practical hands on teaching techniques in Science, Technology, Math, Art, World Culture, Classroom Skills and Early Education.

Learn more about the RAFT professional development opportunities here