At A Glance

ACRES is a free nationally acclaimed coaching program that builds knowledge and skills so afterschool educators, librarians and anyone who works with youth in out-of-school settings can confidently facilitate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) experiences for youth.

Educators who participate in the program will:

If you invest your time, MMSA and the National Science Foundation will invest in you and cover the expenses of your professional development.

Watch the national award winning videos to Learn More About ACRES

2020 STEM for all Video Showcase​

Learning from Research and Practice, May 5-12

2021 STEM for all Video Showcase​

COVID, Equity & Social Justice, May 11-18

What We Offer

Coaching for Afterschool Educators

The heart of the ACRES model involves afterschool educators coming together virtually to share videos of their own interactions with youth. Groups of 4-8 educators meet virtually for workshops, then record their own work with youth, which will be discussed during the next workshop with their peers and an experienced coach.  The model recognizes that educators learn best by watching themselves and each other as they practice new skills in a safe setting with a skilled coach.

Training for Coaches

ACRES is currently partnering with three State Hubs in Missouri, New York, and Illinois to build coaching capacity. The ACRES team brings together experienced ACRES educators and afterschool leaders in each state hub to learn how to effectively coach their afterschool educators and adapt ACRES to effectively meet the needs of their community. These coaches receive professional development in a community of peer coaches, under the leadership of a mentor STEM coach. They apply their learning by supporting afterschool educators in their state as they improve their STEM offerings. ACRES state hub coaches gather regularly to reflect on their own practice as coaches.
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    ACRES is a project of:

    Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance
    343 Water Street, Augusta, ME 04330

    This material is based upon work supported by the Noyce Foundation, STEM Next, the Davis Family Foundation, and the National Science Foundation under Grants No. DRL 17131341 and DRL 2115229. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the funders listed above.
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