Professional Development Resources & Research

Professional Development 

  • Academic Content, Afterschool Style: A Notebook and Guide ( The “how-to” for blending active, engaged learning into any program and becoming an afterschool educator.  Dozens of activities, projects, and helping strategies linked to school content, with easy-to-read K – 12 content standards, including mathematics and science.
  • Afterschool Toolkit  ( Good all-around resource for STEM in afterschool. Includes tools and activity ideas for bringing STEM into the afterschool site.
  • Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) ( ASTC can connect you with science centers across the globe.  Many Science and Technology centers offer free science activities and in some cases provide professional development in STEM.
  • NPASS Professional Development ( Site provides training modules for preparing staff to facilitate and lead STEM activities.  Resources include training handouts and slides.
  • Tech Bridge: The Toolkit for Role Models ( : Toolkit offers tips and suggestions for incorporating scientists in meaningful ways in your programming.  Also provides simple science activities to do with young people.

Research and Standards