The SC Afterschool Alliance partnered with South Carolina Coalition for Math and Sciences to offer a high quality professional development opportunity – Next Step Institute: “The Next Steps for STEM Learning and Leadership In and Out of School”. 2016 marked the 4th consecutive year the organizations partnered to bring Next Step Institute to formal and informal educators. We were excited to bring national attention to the institute through collaboration with the Smithsonian Science Education Center. The Institute was held at the Charleston Convention Center. Formal and informal educators were able to participate in either a Three-Day or One-Day Program.
During the three-day program participants attend pathways of concurrent sessions, each addressing a critical STEM education issue in-depth. This pathway approach reflects the idea that change affects the individual first, and that the individuals engaged in reform need to understand reform concepts from their level of expertise before they can effectively translate theory into practice. Participants choose one pathway to follow throughout their Next Steps experience. To view the Agenda and Details offered for the Three Day Program.
During the one-day event participants engaged in guided discussions, panel presentations, and small group strategic thinking aimed at deepening your understanding of STEM, and the system of support necessary to hold S, T, E, and M all together. Thought leaders in education, business/industry, government, and community organizations will offer their perspectives and expertise. To view the Agenda and Details on the One Day Program.
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