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21st Century Schools; Science


Master Onlined- 3 segments Science vignettes (no captions) Investigating Science Through Inquiry: Trebuchet Exploring Science Through Projects and Problems: Small Fry Integrating Science Across the Curriculum: Artist Boat

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21st Century Schools
Series Description

An Educational Programming series developed in conjunction with SEDL and based on the U.S. Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. The National Partnership's Afterschool Training Toolkit is a free staff development resource aimed at helping practitioners create engaging activities that build students' academic skills. These tools aim to help you understand and implement enjoyable afterschool practices that build academic skills. The content is based on research, including site visits to effective programs all over the U.S.

It is an opportunity for students and their families to continue to learn new skills and discover new abilities after the school day has ended. The focus of this program, re-authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the No Child Left Behind Act, is to provide expanded academic enrichment opportunities for children attending low performing schools. Tutorial services and academic enrichment activities are designed to help students meet local and state academic standards in subjects such as reading and math. In addition 21st CCLC programs provide youth development activities, drug and violence prevention programs, technology education programs, art, music and recreation programs, counseling and character education to enhance the academic component of the program. Series release date: 2005

Program Description

By engaging in a process of investigation and discovery, students expand their knowledge and understanding of basic scientific principles, as well as specific content. The afterschool environment is an ideal place for students to build these "process skills" through appropriately structured activities and experiences.

The following practices are particularly effective in helping students establish the necessary habits and skills for investigating science:

Investigating science through inquiry Using problem-based and project-based learning Integrating science with other content areas Tutoring for science concepts and skills development Engaging families and using community resources

The National Partnership toolkit helps afterschool practitioners incorporate promising practices into their science programs. The tools include full descriptions of the practices listed above, including content goals, sample lesson plans, multimedia, and resource links.



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