By Georgia Hall
Afterschool Matters Spring 2021
A Photovoice Workshop on Healthy Social Media Use
By Linda Charmaraman, Catherine Grevet Delcourt, Cynthia Serrano Najera, Emily Vargas, Alyssa Gramajo, Amanda M. Richer, and Anna M. Adachi-Mejia
Educators, parents, practitioners, and mainstream media often raise concerns about the dangers of social media for teenagers. Frequent social media use and exposure to sites that emphasize anonymity may be risky for young adolescents (Charmaraman, Gladstone, & Richer, 2018). However, with healthy limits, social media can improve social connectivity, enhance a sense of belonging, and provide forums for self-disclosure and identity exploration (James et al., 2017).
By Elizabeth Grace, Molly L. Kelton, Jeb P. Owen, AnaMaria Diaz Martinez, Alison White, Robert W. Danielson, Patricia Butterfield, Michaela Fallon, and Georgia Schafer Medina
Interest is growing among out-of-school time (OST) educators in integrating the arts into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programming (e.g., Kelton & Saraniero, 2018). Arts-integrated STEM—or STEAM—programming now takes place in a wide variety of OST environments, from relatively institutional learning settings, such as a library, to emergent or fluid settings, such as a pop-up program in a housing development community room.
A Case Study of The STEMinist Program
By Alexandria Muller, Devon M. Christman, Mallory M. Rice, Fatima Soto-Apolinar, Sarah Hirsch, and Diana J. Arya
Undergraduate students are a critical resource for university-community programs that provide enriching learning opportunities for school-age youth who have limited exposure to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Many universities offer afterschool outreach programs that enable youth to interact with science faculty, and many such programs depend on undergraduates as facilitators. However, education research has focused on the youth served rather than on the undergraduates who facilitate the outreach programs.
By Joëlle Clark, Nena Bloom, Lori Rubino-Hare, Courtney Barnes, and Sean Ryan
Flexibility, opportunities for exploration, and a focus on 21st century skills make out-of-school time (OST) programs an ideal environment for authentic learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM; Committee on STEM Education, 2013; Noam & Shah, 2014). In addition, because OST programs serve significant populations of young people who are underrepresented in STEM, they may be able to reduce the opportunity gap for these youth and help to enhance youth learning and engagement.
Developing a Culturally Responsive Maker Program for Black Girls
By LaShawnda Lindsay
Afterschool programs are a significant vehicle for increasing STEM interest, confidence, and capacity in underrepresented students (National Research Council, 2009). According to the Coalition for Science After School (2007), effective afterschool programs provide relevant, hands-on opportunities for underrepresented youth to interact with relatable scientific role models, content knowledge, and resources.
Results from GEMS Clubs
By Kathryn A. Wheeler and Georgia Hall
Creating enriching and encouraging programs to engage girls in STEM is critical because girls and women bring unique experiences, perspectives, and ideas to scientific work. Besides benefiting the women themselves, having more women in STEM occupations will enable society to benefit from women’s expertise by maximizing innovation, creativity, and competitiveness (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2016).
By Elizabeth J. Starr
Review of Measure, Use, Improve! Data Use in Out-of-School Time. C. A. Russell & C. Newhouse, Eds. Information Age, 2021.
The Overlap Between Public Libraries and OST Learning
By Brittany R. Jacobs
On any given day you can find a revolving assortment of wildly eclectic items adorning my desk, including dinosaurs, arachnid specimens, sugar skulls, and galaxies. I’m not a paleontologist, entomologist, cultural scientist, or astrophysicist, but my job does require me to know a little about all those things and more.
A Case Study
By José Mendez
With an increase in the number of enrichment options available in out-of-school time (OST), young people can explore topics generally passed over in a typical school day. Parent perception of afterschool programming is beginning to shift from a simple necessity of the work week to a conscious choice about the daily experiences of their children. Public school districts are leaning heavily on afterschool programs to complement the school day by incorporating academic components to help close the achievement gap.
Raising the Next Generation of Resilient Unicorns
By Katie Svaicer
As I was observing an afterschool program, I was struck with the ease of which a group of elementary-age children transitioned from one plan to another because of a last-minute room change. I myself had just experienced frustration with the same change merely because it meant I had to move my belongings to another space.
By Priscilla Parchia
Out-of-school time (OST) professionals seek the best ways to supplement and enhance young people’s experiences to achieve equitable outcomes for participants. Often this enhancement presents as academic support, arts or sports programming, job development, or project-based learning. OST professionals strive to create environments where participants feel they belong.