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In-Person Training

The Center's hands-on trainings equip directors, coordinators and program staff with the skills and the knowledge to design and implement effective afterschool and expanded learning time programs for children, K-12.

  • Professional development to fit your schedule
  • Multi day, full day, half day options
  • Conference workshops
  • Program content, including activities and planning tools

Fees are based on time, materials, travel, and number of participants. Talk with Center staff to customize an in-person training experience that fits your needs, schedule, and resources at 888-977-5437 or email afterschool.edu@foundationsinc.org.


Afterschool Essentials

High quality programs collaborate with schools and their staff while integrating academic content in ways that fit the afterschool environment and keep kids coming back for more. Gain tools and strategies to develop stronger partnerships with schools and learn how to plan and lead engaging activities aligned to academic standards that make learning meaningful and fun.

As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand teaching and learning in afterschool and expanded learning programs
  2. Blend school day content into activities and projects
  3. Plan for deliberate learning
  4. Demonstrate learning and progress
Aligning with the School Day

High quality programs collaborate with schools and their staff. Gain tools and strategies to develop stronger partnerships with schools and better support students' academic development by utilizing engaging activities to align with school day content and academic standards.

As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand teaching and learning in afterschool and expanded learning programs
  2. Blend school day content into activities and projects
  3. Plan for deliberate learning
  4. Demonstrate learning and progress
Becoming an Effective Coach

Coaching as a professional development strategy provides a high return on investment and strengthens working relationships and teamwork in your program. Start solution-finding with your peers around maximizing staff performance as you gain a better understanding of what effective coaching looks like, practice techniques, and assess your own coaching abilities.

As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Define purpose and role of a coach
  2. Understand what effective coaching looks like
  3. Practice and access coaching abilities
Building a Love for Literacy

Gain practical and creative ways to build a stronger literacy foundation for students in kindergarten through 2nd grade. Participants will learn how to create and facilitate engaging, hands-on activities that encourage young students to discover the power – and the fun – of literacy while building critical skills.

As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize how the building blocks of literacy connects to academic standards
  2. Create an engaging environment that supports literacy development
  3. Identify high-quality literacy resources and activities
Building Curiosity through Project-Based Learning (PBL)

Walk through the specific steps involved in incorporating PBL in a sustainable and meaningful way into program goals and activities. Create a working outline for a PBL unit, including the driving question, the culminating event, duration of the project, and documentations of learning.

As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Define project-based learning and identify project opportunities for their programs
  2. Understand and practice the essential role of an adult facilitator
  3. Gain techniques and tools to incorporate project-based learning in program design and delivery
Funding a Sustainable Program

With a diverse and steady source of funds, youth-serving organizations can feel confident that their stellar programming ideas will come to life. This session guides participants through the four steps of successful fundraising, including identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.

As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand what you need to fundraise successfully in present financial climate
  2. Gain strategies and resources for seeking and obtaining grants
  3. Learn to navigate individual donor development from identifying potential donors to cultivating stewardship
Involving Families

Family engagement impacts students' success in school and throughout life. Explore strategies that build lasting relationships, overcome common challenges, and help staff set clear goals to integrate family support around academic learning and social-emotional development.

As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Build awareness of family engagement strategies
  2. Improve communication with all families
  3. Tips for engaging families of diverse cultures and backgrounds
Promoting Positive Student Behavior

Strong relationships between staff and youth keep kids coming back. Gain strategies to build more enduring relationships that strengthen skills, redirect difficult behavior, and help create a dynamic environment that fits children and young people's developmental needs.

As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify characteristics of older and younger youth
  2. Understand how to support youth development and build relationships
  3. Learn strategies for positive behavior management
Recruit, Train and Retain Staff

Learn how to find, identify and keep effective staff. Gain training tools and resources to understand your staff strengths and areas of growth and discuss ways to set staff up for success in your program.

As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Best represent and share their program vision
  2. Identify and interview candidates
  3. Train and support new staff
  4. Observe and assess staff
Remake Homework Time

Integrate student-centered approaches and helping strategies to transform homework time into an engaging learning opportunity. Learn how to organize your space to promote both teamwork and independent learning, and prepare kids for success in school and life with resources to support time management, study skills, and setting and achieving academic goals.

As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Efficiently and effectively train staff, even with limited time
  2. Use research-based techniques to engage staff in their own learning
  3. Make ongoing staff development a key part of quality building program
Running a Program Just Right for the Middle Grades

Middle school students are both exciting and challenging to work with in programs. Explore tips and strategies on how to incorporate the academic, developmental, and social needs of middle grade students into your program practices and culture.

As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify characteristics of older and younger youth
  2. Understand how to support youth development and build relationships
  3. Learn strategies for positive behavior management
STEM for All

Out-of-school time environments are perfect for building awareness and having fun with STEM. Gain techniques and resources to build staff confidence and promote student engagement with STEM ideas, experiences, activities, and projects.

As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Gain confidence in facilitating STEM learning
  2. Plan and support fun, hands-on science and math
  3. Find age-appropriate resources
Supporting College and Career Readiness

Discover what "readiness" really means and what your program can do about it for youth of all ages, grades K-12. Explore various effective program approaches that work well for building college and career pathways while nurturing students' social development and self-identity. Learn how to connect college and career readiness programming with academic standards and school-day opportunities.

As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the meaning of college and career readiness
  2. Create opportunities that allow students to explore future options
  3. Gain tools and resources to align with academic standards and school day opportunities

To learn more about the Center for Afterschool and Expanded Learning, call 888-977-5437 or email afterschool.edu@foundationsinc.org.