School science technician networks: a guide to setting up one and making it succeed
This guide, from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, draws on the advice of a number of experienced senior science technicians on how to set up a technician network. A local science technician network is a great way to share expertise, solve problems, gather ideas and to carry out cost effective professional development. If there is not a local network in your area this guide provides the information and support to set one up.
The guide is focused on face-to-face meetings, but virtual forums can be a good source of advice and support between meetings. Included in the guide are case studies featuring successful networks as well as information about how to:
• create and maintain a network through good quality communication with fellow technicians
• run effective and useful network meetings
• illustrate the benefits of the network to senior Leaders