After school Coaching for Reflective Educators in STEM (ACRES) is a fully virtual, FREE, training funded by the National Science Foundation. The aim is support informal educators (librarians, after school providers, museum educators, etc) in skills that expand their confidence and competence guiding STEM experiences for youth. ACRES is research-based and provides a $100 stipend to participants who complete short, pre/post surveys and complete a module. The foundational module, Asking Purposeful Questions, sets the stage for other ACRES modules: Science Practices, Engineering Design, Youth Voice and Choice, Math Practices, STEM Identity and Career Connections among others
The professional development takes place online and is highly
interactive. The program occurs LIVE and in real time – it’s not a ‘sit and get
webinar’ but one that puts you in an active, fun and safe learning environment.
The program occurs over three, 2-hour sessions and focuses on building your
STEM facilitation skills, starting with an examination of the ‘STEM-readiness’
of your program. After the workshop, you will practice the skills introduced
and capture this ‘homework’ by making a short recording using a phone, camera
or tablet. The recordings are shared during the coaching session. During
coaching sessions, you work with your peers to receive compliments, coaching
and feedback on your facilitation of STEM learning.
Our next cohort begins soon! This is cohort will include library and after school staff from across the country – and is a great opportunity to network with others outside of your region!
Topics Covered over the course of the 3 Workshops Session 1: Virtual Workshop: February 11, 2020 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST Discuss what purposeful questions are and how & why to use them to drive STEM learning?
Session 2: Virtual Coaching Session: March 24, 2020 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm CST Reflect on the skill of Asking More Purposeful Questions by looking at videos of other
Session 3: Virtual Coaching Session: April 28, 2020 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm CST Receive coach and peer feedback on a video recording of yourself engaging youth
Hi there, Henry here.This month’s High-Tech Highlight is a special edition for the new year. I wanted to share a fun project of mine where I took three World War II recruitment posters and updated them (via Photoshop) to help highlight some of the new technology roles that modern library staff should adopt today.
But first, some background: The inspiration for this project stemmed from a promotional graphic I created back in 2014 for TSLAC’s You Can Do I.T. (YCDIT) technology training program. For the workshop series’ logo, I updated the iconic Rosie the Riveter image from the World War II propaganda poster. Re-dubbing her “I.T. Heidi”, I made her a TSLAC shade of blue, gave her a library symbol badge, and modified her flexing arm to proudly show off an ethernet cable. For my co-worker Cindy Fisher, who spearheaded YCDIT, I fashioned an action figure to take on the road as a kind of mascot, and we had a lot of fun asking participants to flex their arm, hold up a cable, and strike the ‘Heidi Pose’ for our cameras.
Recently, I was remembering those experiences and how empowering the image of I.T. Heidi was, just like her grandmother Rosie. I began musing about similar ways to encourage library staff to embrace the new technology roles that the profession has been rapidly adopting. World War II recruitment posters, like Rosie’s, encouraged American women to join the war effort by becoming workers in munitions factories, and I wondered if the same patriotic messaging style could be updated for today’s library staff with regard to technology.
Below are three examples with this idea in mind. Note that the ones on the left are the original recruitment posters, and those on the right are my updated library tech versions.
Poster # 1: Teaching technology is a patriotic duty
“Your Country Needs You.”
The Second World War necessitated the recruitment of courageous American women to roll up their sleeves and work in factories. Their contributions and service to the country are irrefutable. Although not to serve a war effort, modern library staff also need to become trailblazers and bravely step out of their comfort zones and take on work they haven’t traditionally been involved with. To ensure the vitality of the U.S. economy, there’s a need to provide American citizens of all ages opportunities to engage with STEM/STEAM programming as well as learn computer and coding skills. Libraries are crucial community partners in this effort and a great resource to support patrons in gaining the tech skills essential to future employment and civic participation. Think of it as a patriotic duty to teach technology.
Further reading on how libraries are currently teaching technology:
Poster # 2: Broadband is a library service equal to books
“Get ’em to read, get ’em high speed”
Improving the literacy of a community is a cornerstone of what libraries do, and it always will be. Libraries should unashamedly continue to be buildings filled with books, and library staff should be motivated to put those books in people’s hands to read. Humanity’s future relies on it. But there’s something new added to this already successful, civilization-saving mix that can’t be denied: broadband
For my second poster, I decided to start with the traditional image of a library staff member gripping a gateway book (in my case: “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”) and gazing with determined purpose at a group of youth with whom she hopes to foster a life-long love of reading. Then I added an ethernet cable to her other hand to give it equal weight in her objective. Providing free high speed Internet has become an important and critical service for libraries. The Homework Gap is preventing children who lack adoption of broadband at home to succeed in school. Libraries act as bridges, reaching across the divide to connect patrons to the information and services they need, even if it means providing a safe, Internet-connected place to get their homework done. Literacy now takes many forms: digital, media, information, etc. And libraries can boost their signal strength out into their communities in more ways than one.
Further reading on how libraries are getting folks high speed Internet access, and what they can do with it:
When disasters, emergencies, and other crises strike, libraries stand strong in their communities as anchor institutions to provide immediate support. Besides acting as safe spaces for people to share news and resources, they are trusted curators of authoritative, often life-saving, information. The free electricity, WiFi, and computer access can be a crucial life-line to those who need it, particularly disadvantaged populations. Libraries also connect the affected to essential services, helping them fill out e-government forms. They help alleviate confusion and disorientation and provide distractions and entertainment so community members can take the necessary steps toward recovery.
It’s also worth nothing that it’s not just in the event of disasters that libraries respond and provide refuge They’re fair weather friends, too, and like Elsa, cold never bothered them anyway.
Further reading on how libraries can develop disaster response: