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Boston STEM Network Out-of-School Time Task Force

Tour: Incorporating Environmental Literacy in OST: ReadBoston and the Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy Extended Day Program
Date: Friday, May 10, 2013
Time: 10 A.M. – 12 P.M.
Participants: This tour is open to STEM education professionals interested in learning from each other how programs address skill building, program implementation, and quality of training for frontline staff.
Information: To register and for more information, please email Emily Shaer, Education Program Coordinator for the Boston Youth Environmental Network.

As part of our approach to building the capacity of the field and strengthening the community of practice, the Boston STEM Network’s Out of School Time Task Force is coordinating a series of STEM Learning Tours. Space is still available for the May 10th tour with ReadBoston and the Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy Extended Day Program.

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ReadBoston is a non-profit children’s literacy program that is driven by a mission to have children in Boston reading on grade level by the time they complete third grade. Founded by Mayor Thomas M. Menino in 1995 to address low literacy levels among Boston’s youth, ReadBoston has since grown into a city-wide leader in the field of early literacy.

In 2011, ReadBoston implemented an Environmental Literacy Project across their programming in early education centers, after school programs, and in the Boston Public Schools. ReadBoston provided programs with age-appropriate books for classroom lending libraries, read aloud guides with extension activities for classroom use, staff support for in-class and family activities, and funding for booklists and handouts for families and experiential field trips to locations like the Boston Nature Center and Harvard Museum of Natural History.

Join Anna Adler, Manager of Literacy Programs at ReadBoston, on a tour of the Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy’s afterschool library to see how an afterschool program has continued to use ReadBoston’s Environmental Literacy resources to develop children’s knowledge of the environment. Participants will be given the opportunity to discuss strategy on how to incorporate environmental literacy into their own programs.

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