Making the Most of February Break: Students Participate in Professional Development Program
For most students, February vacation is a chance to kickback, relax, and reset before making making a push to the end of the school year, but for others, it’s a chance to get ahead. During last week’s break, a group of 79 Boston Public Schools (BPS) students went the extra mile, participating in a unique skills training as part of the 2019 BPS STEM Factor professional development program.
Over the course of three days, students from nine different schools joined the Timothy Smith Network for a Microsoft Excel workshop, getting hands-on experience with essential software.
The training covered a range of Excel lessons, from creating a workbook to entering data. A second round of more advanced lessons will take place this April.
The Microsoft Excel workshop is just one of many professional development opportunities available to BPS students involved in the district’s STEM Factor program (sponsored by the GE Foundation). These workshops and other developmental experiences are designed to reinforce the work-based learning model of the STEM program, better preparing students to succeed in their internships and future careers.