NPASS Professional Development Model

How it Works

In each NPASS state one afterschool support agency is licensed to supervise all NPASS professional development in that state. State leaders recruit afterschool partners and trainers, host statewide trainings, provide logistical support to all participants and manage distribution of kits to afterschool programs in their state.

NPASS Science Clubs
NPASS is groups of 10 - 15 students (aged ~ 8 – 12) at many afterschool sites or agencies who explore a Design It! or Explore It! projects in depth over several weeks. Students may participate in up to six of these projects per year. NPASS project leaders are front-line staff from the agency who attend an NPASS Afterschool Science Workshop on each curriculum they lead with students.

Afterschool Science Workshops
Front line afterschool staff attend half-day workshops roughly monthly to prepare to lead Design It! or Explore It! projects with their student – one project per workshop. Staff experience each project as learners, and are taught best practice for project facilitation with students. Attending afterschool agencies receive a project guidebook and a materials kit for 10 – 15 students.

Train-the-Trainer [ToT] Institutes
NPASS Science Trainers attend 4 – 6 days of ToT Institutes at a central location in their state per year to prepare to lead monthly Afterschool Science Workshops in their own town or county. Science Trainers are experienced professional developers and coaches but need not have prior science expertise.

Master Trainer Institutes
Selected NPASS Science Trainers attend occasional Master Trainer Institutes [MTI] to prepare to lead NPASS ToT’s for less experienced Science Trainers within their state or region. The NPASS Project Director leads all MTIs’ and supervises all Master Trainers in collaboration with state leaders.

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