The DC STEM Network is excited to launch the STEM Observer Program, a group of out-of-school time (OST) observers who are trained in the PEAR Dimensions of Success (PEAR DoS) Tool. Observers will be trained to complete observations at DC OST program sites. Participating OST sites will receive an observation report with suggestions for improving their STEM program.

The STEM Observer Program is the culmination of the DC STEM Network’s working group, Promoting Quality in Out-of-School Time. The working group reviewed and adopted measures for high-quality STEM (PEAR DoS).

STEM Observer Role

  • To observe OST programs in DC and rate them based on the PEAR DoS Tool
  • To provide an actionable report to OST programs that can be used to improve programs
  • To connect OST programs with STEM resources


  • Participate in a 2-day mandatory training (tentative dates: January 16-17, 10:00 am-4:00 pm, online). Please note that this a very interactive training. If a participant is not actively engaged, they will not receive the certification.
  • Complete the post-observation collaboration call (to be scheduled by PEAR)
  • Complete 7-8 observations at DC OST sites in 2018 (to be scheduled and identified)
  • Complete a report after each observation
  • Connect organizations to backbone staff as needed


  • Observers will receive the PEAR DoS training (fees paid for by the DC STEM Network)
  • Upon completion of requirements, observers will receive certification from PEAR
  • Observers will receive a stipend for each completed observation
  • Opportunity to impact STEM OST programs in DC

If you are have worked for an out-of-school time program (or are currently working for one) in DC, have a background or experience in at least one STEM-related field, and have a passion for improving quality of OST programs in DC, the Network invites you to fill out the application today!

This application will close on Friday, December 15, 2017, at 5pm EST.

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