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ACRES Moonshot Virtual STEM Coach

Receive a $500 stipend to attend training plus $1000 for every cohort you coach. Applications due November 23rd — Sign up today!

Are you an afterschool leader and looking to build capacity for STEM engagement in your afterschool program? Would you like to train your staff through a live, nationally recognized coaching program? In partnership with the Million Girls Moonshot, the ACRES team is looking for job-secure afterschool program leaders (i.e. Site Directors, Site Coordinators, STEM Specialists, Professional Development and Training staff) who work directly with frontline staff to be trained to become an ACRES Virtual STEM Coach. As an ACRES Virtual STEM Coach, you will build your organization’s capacity by training 3 to 6 members of your staff in at least 2 ACRES modules. This is your chance to be part of an educational change on how we train and support educators to facilitate high quality, engaging STEM that reaches all youth.




After-School Math Plus Curriculum Training

November 22 9:30-10:45 PST / 12:30-1:45 EST Register Here Meeting ID: 931 5017 3110

December 13th 9:30-10:45 PST / 12:30-1:45 EST Register Here Meeting ID: 931 5017 3110

Are you a program looking for an engaging math curriculum and resources you can implement in your afterschool program immediately? In this workshop series, participants will be introduced to After-School Math Plus, an evidence-based curriculum to support students in developing a positive math identity by exploring  mathematics in everyday experiences. The highly engaging, hands-on curriculum also builds students’ awareness of the importance  of math skills for future educational choices and career options. The program engages students in grades 3-8 who are attending out-of-school-time programs.



Techbridge Girls Equity Cohort

Each participant will receive a $1500 stipend to participate.techbridge girls logo

Attend an informational webinar November 9th 10 am Pacific | 1pm Eastern. Register here

Research tells us that responsive learning environments can make all the difference in girls’ sustained interest in STEM. To that end, we created the STEM Equity Learning Community intensive training to equip OST program managers and site directors so that more equitable learning spaces are available for girls, especially Black, Indigenous, and Latina girls, across the U.S. 

The 2-hour, virtual STEM Equity Learning Community sessions are scheduled from January to May on the second Wednesday of each month at 10am Pacific | 1pm Eastern.

Apply here by December 1st. 

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ACRES Training Cohort: Asking Purposeful Questions

Dates: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST on the following Thursdays: 10/13/2022, 10/27/2022, 11/10/2022acres-opportunities
Questions are the beginning of a path towards discovery, imagination, and STEM exploration. How can we help youth expand and clarify their thinking and develop their reasoning through the questions we ask them? This module is a great way to train new summer staff on how to facilitate STEM learning. Experienced educators also love being part of a cohort as a way to connect with other educators across the country, to learn new lesson plans, and to reflect on practice.  This is our introductory module and a prerequisite to other opportunities. *The expectation is that you will be live at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort.  Use the code AC282PQ





Best Practice Webinar: Preparing yourself to Lead Computer Science: A Virtual Workshop

November 8 3:00 PM EST

Join the Click2ComputerScience team as they review specific strategies to create an inclusive computer science learning environment in out of school time. You will leave the workshop with specific tactics to implement, computer science activities and resources to continue your professional learning on computer science.



Quality STEM Webinar: Dimensions of Success Program Planning Tool

January 23rd and 25th 10:30 – 12:-00 PM PT1:30 – 3:00 PM ET (register by January 5, 2023) 

The DoS-PPT is a free resource for facilitators of out-of-school and in-school STEM learning programs. The planning tool provides a brief introduction to each dimension of the DoS framework, sample videos, and examples to guide the use of DoS when preparing activity plans for youth. During this training, participants will:

  1. Develop high-level understanding of the DoS Framework, dimensions of quality
  2. Working with the PPT learn how to plan high quality STEM learning experiences using the DoS Program Planning Tool
  3. Work with the newly revised DoS Program Planning Tool to identify and plan for high-quality program and activity planning practices.

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Measuring the Moonshot: Data Toolkit

The Moonshot Data Toolkit is designed to provide the 50 Afterschool State Networks engaged in the Million Girls Moonshot (MGM) initiative an at-a-glance overview of Moonshot data collection tools. Grantees of the MGM are responsible for preparing semi-annual grantee reports, distributing surveys to afterschool and summer programs connected to the Moonshot, and using a common set of survey questions with participants in professional learning communities or other in-depth learning experiences. The content of this document is designed to provide Grantees with the support needed to uphold this responsibility.

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Field Guide: to Host a Community of Practice – Bright spots and opportunities, challenges and lessons learned

How can we support a child’s interest that starts in a summer robotics camp or in an afterschool coding program? Family engagement is the “secret sauce” to sustain engagement in STEM. And yet, most organizations offer limited opportunities for families. And, the kinds of family engagement offered, are not always built upon practices that address the needs and assets of youth and families.

STEM Next created the Family Engagement Project so that every family in every community has the chance to explore STEM and every caregiver can support their child’s sense of wonder. With this Project, we developed a suite of resources including a white paper for practitioners, a guide for funders, and case studies and blogs that highlight promising practices to support family engagement. While these resources have been well received, we received requests for help to put them into action and take family engagement to the next level. Our response has been to offer professional development through communities of practice that build capacity for impactful and equitable family engagement.

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Overdeck Family Foundation

Our grantmaking and strategic support focus on unlocking innovation, evidence, and growth opportunities for organizations and researchers that are committed to accelerating key academic and socioemotional outcomes for all children from birth through 9th grade.

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The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest student governed organizations in the world, with the steadfast mission of increasing the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. NSBE’s Pre-College Initiative (PCI) is designed to stimulate interest in STEM among K-12 students through local and national programs such as NSBE Jr. and the Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK).

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Million Women Mentors (MWM)

Million Women Mentors, the premiere network of corporate, postsecondary, nonprofit, government and K-12 organizations dedicated to supporting girls and women around the world to pursue, persist and succeed in STEM careers.

Both a national and local effort, Million Women Mentors State Committees serve to connect and amplify the efforts of mentor and mentee organizations committed to advancing girls and women in STEM.

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We are an international non-profit leading the movement to close the gender gap in tech through FREE and flexible computer science resources for your community!

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The National Girls Collaborative Project

We are a network of networks. The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) brings together organizations committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in STEM. 

NGCP connects, creates, and collaborates with advocates for transformative change to advance the agenda in gender equity and expand girls’ participation in STEM. For 20 years, we have been transforming STEM.

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Building and Leveraging Your Newsletter and Website to Support Million Girls Moonshot Outcomes

Looking to create a newsletter or update your website to support your Million Girls Moonshot initiatives? Join us and get started on creating your next newsletter and updating your website with a collection of tools, resources, and strategies focused on improving awareness, reach, and engagement of the Million Girls Moonshot Initiative across your state.

Download the Newsletter Design Workbook