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Kids Taking Over!
Peer Coaching as a STEM Strategy
Gail Hutchison ~ Dominique Gardner ~ Maggie Goodman ~ Brett Nicholas
Na...
Why do Peer Coaching?
Peer Coaching
• Fosters youth development and community investment
• Ownership and Autonomy
• Promot...
Peer Coaching program objectives and quality After School
programs share these standards:
After School as a Perfect Settin...
Understaffed Programs
• Use teens that know your program when you need an extra set of hands!
Positive Reinforcement of Pr...
• Always willing to participate and serve.
• Demonstrate how to talk to audiences of all
ages.
• Learn content quickly and...
Positive Effects
Peer Coaching
MSI Peer Coaches in Action
Peer Coaching
Training
Peer Coaching
Who will your peer coaches be serving?
How to build on their strengths and prepare them to teach
in...
Quick Start Lesson Package for Peer Coaches
Peer Coaching
UV Beads
Stomp
Rockets
Fingerprinting
Garden
in a Glove
Newspape...
Take some time now to organize your
thoughts, make some preliminary choices for
your peer coaching team and think about
wh...
• Determine what audience would be best suited for peer coaching.
• What programs do you currently have in place that yout...
Recap
Peer Coaching
• Fosters youth development and community investment
• Ownership and Autonomy
• Promotes a curiosity i...
Here are a few ideas of additional resources
that might help you:
Click2Science
www.click2sciencepd.org
MSI-Chicago Lesson...
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Kids Taking Over! Peer Coaching as a STEM Strategy NAA 2015

  1. 1. Kids Taking Over! Peer Coaching as a STEM Strategy Gail Hutchison ~ Dominique Gardner ~ Maggie Goodman ~ Brett Nicholas National After School Association Conference-DC March 10, 2015
  2. 2. Why do Peer Coaching? Peer Coaching • Fosters youth development and community investment • Ownership and Autonomy • Promotes a curiosity in STEM and a deeper understanding of STEM topics • The power of someone having purpose
  3. 3. Peer Coaching program objectives and quality After School programs share these standards: After School as a Perfect Setting Peer Coaching • Opportunities for skill building. • Integration of family, school and community efforts. • Consistent rules and expectations; continuity and predictability. • Supportive relationships characterized by warmth and closeness. • Connectedness, caring, support and responsiveness. • Opportunities to belong and for meaningful inclusion regardless of demographics or abilities. • Fosters responsibility and meaningful challenge. (Eccles et. al., 2002).
  4. 4. Understaffed Programs • Use teens that know your program when you need an extra set of hands! Positive Reinforcement of Program Participants • Create more opportunities for youth leadership to be more engaged and excited. This will lead to program growth. • Youth will be more inclined to learn and foster a positive environment. When a Student Needs Extra Support • Try developing a peer coach to serve his or her peers and help them grasp difficult STEM concepts. • To Inspire kids to reach their full STEM potential. When are Peer Coaches Useful? Peer Coaching
  5. 5. • Always willing to participate and serve. • Demonstrate how to talk to audiences of all ages. • Learn content quickly and can communicate content in the simplest terms. • Show leadership capabilities. • Radiate an excitement that is contagious. Selection Peer Coaching
  6. 6. Positive Effects Peer Coaching
  7. 7. MSI Peer Coaches in Action Peer Coaching
  8. 8. Training Peer Coaching Who will your peer coaches be serving? How to build on their strengths and prepare them to teach independently: • Begin with a pre-developed script. • Have teens make it their own script that emphasizes inquiry. • Teaching communication skills activities using improv, theater, and role playing. • Model how to teach when interacting with younger participants. • Conflict resolution/professionalism.
  9. 9. Quick Start Lesson Package for Peer Coaches Peer Coaching UV Beads Stomp Rockets Fingerprinting Garden in a Glove Newspaper Tents
  10. 10. Take some time now to organize your thoughts, make some preliminary choices for your peer coaching team and think about where they could best serve your program. Initial Planning Peer Coaching
  11. 11. • Determine what audience would be best suited for peer coaching. • What programs do you currently have in place that youth could facilitate? Choose activities and determine leadership development exercises that fit your group and train your peer coaches by modeling these lessons/behaviors. • What can you implement in the next six months from what you learned today? Short Term and Long Term Planning Peer Coaching
  12. 12. Recap Peer Coaching • Fosters youth development and community investment • Ownership and Autonomy • Promotes a curiosity in STEM and a deeper understanding of STEM topics • The power of someone having purpose
  13. 13. Here are a few ideas of additional resources that might help you: Click2Science www.click2sciencepd.org MSI-Chicago Lesson Resources http://www.msichicago.org/programs/summer-brain-games/ http://www.msichicago.org/education/educator-resources/classroom-activities/ MSI Science Clubs Slideshare Page www.slideshare.net/msiscienceclubs Don’t forget us! We’re here to help you any way we can. Dominique Gardner (773) 947-3185, dominique.gardner@msichicago.org Maggie Goodman (773) 753-1379, maggie.goodman@msichicago.org Gail Hutchison (773) 753-3874, gail.hutchison@msichicago.org Brett Nicholas (773) 753-6256, brett.nicholas@msichicago.org Resources Peer Coaching

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