The Science Linkages in the
Community (SLIC) Initiative provides professional development workshops
and technical assistance to school districts, community-based organizations,
national youth-serving organizations, and other organizations that work
directly with children. This fee-based service is custom-designed
to meet your training needs. Technical Assistance ranges from half-day
seminars to week-long camps where participants learn the latest, most-effective
methods for engaging children in science, mathematics and engineering.
The cost of AAAS contracts
varies depending on the distance traveled and the number of participants
in the seminar. As part of the technical assistance package, AAAS
encourages organizations to schedule a six-month follow-up visit.
For more information or a quote on Technical Assistance, contact SLIC at
& Technical Assistance Topics
The SLIC Initiative professional
development and technical assistance workshops are custom-designed to meet
your training needs. You may choose from among the following topic
areas, or we can create a new workshop, just for you!
Preschool Science, Math
If you’re interested in adding
inquiry-based hands-on science, math and literacy activities to your early
childhood program, the SLIC Initiative can help you! We will give
you ideas on how to help children and their families learn age-appropriate,
engaging science, math, and literacy activities. You’ll learn how
to develop a preschool education program, and you’ll receive hands-on activity
books and other valuable resources.
Science, Health, Math
The SLIC Initiative can show
you how to build a child’s confidence in science, health, math, and literacy
through the use of engaging inquiry-based, hands-on activities. This
standards-based training can be geared to formal education or after-school
programs. SLIC will show you how to use literacy activities to help
teach science and math concepts, and will provide you with hands-on activity
books and other resources.
Setting Up a Computer
Participants at this training
session will learn practical tips and plans to help set up a computer lab
for educational programs. We will discuss the types of equipment
and set-up needed, explore Internet and software resources, explore management
issues, and show you how to design educational activities for a computer
for After-School Programs
SLIC can show you how to
design and develop a hands-on, standards-based curriculum for after-school
science, mathematics, technology and literacy programs. Participants
will learn how to design and develop educational programming that captures
the interest and excitement of children in grades K–8 through the use of
engaging inquiry-based, hands-on activities.
Science in the Library
The SLIC Initiative has a
long history of working with libraries and librarians to train them to
provide hands-on science and mathematics programming. Using literacy
as the key, librarians will learn how to use the tools and resources in
their own libraries to spark a child's interest in science. Participants
will receive Exploring Science in the Library: Resources and Activities
for Young People, written specifically for librarians, and will have
the opportunity to learn about model library-based science and math programs.
SLIC will train participants
to use How Drugs Affect the Brain: A Toolkit for Literacy Programs.
Participants will be given a copy of the toolkit and will be led through
a series of activities designed to highlight the science concepts behind
substance abuse and addiction.
The Internet and Hands-on
Let SLIC help you make sense
of the vast scientific resources available on the Internet. This
training workshop will show you how to explore the World Wide Web to find
educational resources, standards, and hands-on activities. We’ll
discuss how to incorporate technology into hands-on, inquiry-based science
education for both the classroom and community-based programs.
Beginner’s Guide to the
Let SLIC help you make sense
of the vast educational resources available on the Internet! This
half-day workshop, which can be held in our state-of-the-art computer classroom,
will introduce you to the fundamentals of locating practical information
on the Internet, and will provide you with valuable online resources.
Additional workshop topics will include Netiquette, search engines, and
using the Internet to enhance informal education.
The AAAS Advantage
AAAS has a proven track record
of providing affordable professional development for teachers and leaders
in community-based organizations. We stay on top of the ever-changing
reform movement in science, math and technology education at the state
and federal levels. We also work closely with curriculum experts,
Title I and other federal education program coordinators, and bilingual,
math, science, special education and Head Start supervisors. SLIC
Initiative Technical Assistance Training provides the highest quality,
in-depth instruction to strengthen instructors’ skills and confidence in
teaching science to their students.
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