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There are also databases that provide comprehensive lists of reviewed curriculum specifically for expanded learning programs. The reviewed curriculum spans across various grade levels, disciplines, & subject matter.

NSTA/CSTA Blended Learning Experience

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) are teaming up to provide valuable learning opportunities on how to adapt to the changes

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Expanding Capacity in Environmental Education Project

"The Expanding Capacity in Environmental Education Project – EECapacity – provides opportunities for professionals and volunteers to join in discussions about our environment and our communities, share success stories of where environmental education has made a difference, and learn about successful practices from across the globe.

Click2Science Launches a New Skill to Make STEM Click: Supporting Testing and Retesting

Click2Science has recently developed an organizational tool called "Supporting Testing and Retesting," which includes modules, videos, trainings, and activities which encourage kids to learn b

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.


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.


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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.

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