The Idaho Out-of-School Network’s (ION) mission is to ensure Idaho’s youth have access to high quality out-of-school (OST) programs.
The research on OST programs reveals that youth consistently enrolled in quality programs perform better academically, have better school attendance, adapt better socially, are more likely to graduate from high school and go-on to higher learning. Research also reveals that they are less likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors that may lead to crime, substance abuse or teen parenthood. New studies are showing too that OST programs are helping close the achievement gap of students across income levels. ION is the only program of its kind in Idaho, though all 50 states have launched similar programs.
ION does not directly offer out-of-school programs; the focus is to advocate and promote the benefits of out-of-school programming, help connect families and youth to a program and support providers with resources and training to enrich and expand their programming and services.
The STEMAC is a state agency that provides support to publicly-funded Idaho schools and out-of-school learning organizations through grants, professional development opportunities, and student competitions. Visit stem.idaho.gov/apply for more information on our opportunities.
“NSLAs vision is that all children and youth have access to high-quality summer learning experiences to help them succeed in college, career and life.
The opportunities for enriching summer experiences, healthy meals, a first job and more, open endless possibilities and doors to brighter futures for Americas young people”
PBS TeacherLines facilitated and self-paced PD courses are designed to benefit both beginning and experienced teachers. Topics include science, reading, social studies, math, instructional strategies, and instructional technology.
Professional development courses offering a chance to gain content knowledge and apply new strategies to teaching in area’s such as:
Reading and Language Arts
Social Studies and History
“Free Online STEM resources
STEM supplies by grade level
Stem 101 Professional training
Click2Science – online interactive professional development site for trainers, coaches, site directors, front line staff, and volunteers working in out-of-school time STEM programs
STEM Summer Camps
STEM Grant Resources”