The Mississippi Statewide Afterschool Network works to better our state and its communities by connecting providers, parents and policymakers with proven tools and resources to increase the quality of and access to out-of-school time programming for K-12 children and youth.


Afterschool is a lifeline that keeps youth safe, helps kids learn and grow, and provides parents the ability to work without worry. 

Mississippi has hundreds of afterschool and summer learning programs across the state for children and families. Use this map to find a program in your area.

Mississippi has hundreds of afterschool and summer learning programs across the state for children and families. Use this map to find a program in your area.

Nurturing Inquisitive Minds: ACRES Coaching – Asking Purposeful Questions

Jan 10, 2024 | Academics & Enrichment, Afterschool in Mississippi, STEM in Afterschool

Nurturing Inquisitive Minds: ACRES Coaching – Asking Purposeful Questions


At the Mississippi Statewide Afterschool Network, we believe in the power of questions to ignite curiosity, foster imagination, and fuel STEM exploration. We’re excited to share an invaluable opportunity that goes beyond just asking questions—it’s about asking purposeful questions. Join us in spreading the word about the ACRES Coaching: Asking Purposeful Questions webinar, a transformative module designed to guide educators in facilitating STEM learning. In this blog post, discover the details of this engaging coaching cohort and how it can enhance the afterschool experience for both staff and students.

Unveiling the Power of Purposeful Questions

Transitioning seamlessly into the heart of the matter, this module focuses on the art of asking purposeful questions. How can we empower youth to expand and clarify their thinking while developing their reasoning skills? The ACRES Coaching session seeks to answer this question by providing practical strategies for staff to facilitate effective STEM learning through purposeful questioning.

Engage, Connect, Reflect: Join the Cohort

This is not just a training opportunity; it’s an invitation to join a community of educators across the country. Experienced educators, as well as those new to the field, will find immense value in being part of this coaching cohort. Engage with fellow educators, learn new lesson plans, and take time to reflect on your practice—all within a supportive and collaborative environment.

The Introductory Module: A Gateway to Opportunities

Discover the gateway to a myriad of opportunities in STEM education. This introductory module serves as a prerequisite for other enriching opportunities within the ACRES Coaching framework. By participating in this foundational module, educators lay the groundwork for future growth and development in STEM facilitation.

Logistics and Registration

Are you ready to embark on this coaching journey? The ACRES Coaching: Asking Purposeful Questions sessions are scheduled for Tuesdays on 1/16, 1/30, and 2/13, 2024, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST / 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm PST. To secure your spot, register here (registration link) using the code AC325PQ (Coach Emma C). Please note that active participation in all three live sessions is expected, as recordings will not be available for those unable to attend.

Elevate Your STEM Facilitation Skills

As we share this opportunity with the afterschool community, we envision a collective effort to elevate STEM facilitation skills. Let’s join hands to nurture inquisitive minds and create an afterschool environment where purposeful questions pave the way for meaningful discoveries.

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