Distance Learning Sessions

Illinois AfterSchool Network is pleased to offer Distance Learning Sessions to providers in the after school and youth development space. Upcoming sessions are listed below.

Before you register: Please make certain that you have thoroughly read our Distance Learning Participant Expectations. All sessions are facilitated by seasoned professionals in the field and are ‘sit and get,’ but interactive sessions.

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December, 2021 Sessions

Supporting Transgender and Gender Expansive Students

Wednesday, December 1 from 10 until 12 noon

This is a 90-minute, introductory workshop geared toward youth supporting professionals. It focuses on building a foundational understanding of gender identity and expression and how to support transgender young people. The mission of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance (the Alliance) is to promote safety, support and healthy development for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, in Illinois schools and communities, through advocacy, education, youth organizing and research.

IAN Trainer: Ruthie Moore, Inclusive Schools Educator, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, a program of the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago

Cost: Free

Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrc-ChrjstHtwLwa9oIsHl6E6B2qEeMYYa


15 Ways to Keep Youth Active Indoors if Space is Tight

Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 10 until 12 Noon

Let’s keep youth moving – no matter how small or large the space available!

Over the past 2 years we have learned to be highly creative as staff working with youth. Attend this training to learn strategies and activities that can keep youth active. All the ideas shared could be used in small or large spaces with minimal equipment and encourage an element of fun.

IAN Trainer: Tammy Notter M.Ed.

Cost: Free

Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArduGvqz4rHNyuLqRm1H0ga9b7Pzv2YT51

January, 2022 Sessions

Emergent Leaders in Supervision (2-Part Series)

When you transition from frontline work to a supervisory role, you will experience a lot of changes and a lot that will remain the same. This session will explore what changes as a supervisor and how to best prepare for and respond to those changes. Participants will discuss what makes a high-quality supervisor and how to continue investing in leadership development and growth. Participants will have the opportunity to self-reflect and self-assess where they are now and identify what they need to get to where they want to go. Through self-reflection, group discussion and a focus on evidence-based practices, participants will walk away with a better understanding of what they need to become a more effective team leader.

This two-part series is geared towards first-time supervisors and designed to support After School and Youth Development program coordinators who have been in a position of supervision and oversight of staff for two years or less.  During the two-day interactive training session, the group will focus on the following:

  • Participants will determine what is necessary to become an effective team leader
  • Participants will assess their current leadership effectiveness
  • Participants will explore different ways to continue growing as leaders.
  • Participants will reflect on their motivation and articulate their vision in becoming leaders.
  • Participants will develop a plan for their leadership development.

Session One – Wednesday, January 19, 2022 from 10 until 12 Noon
Session Two – Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 10 until 12 Noon

IAN Trainer: Katherine Spinney, MT, MSW, ACC, Educator, Social Worker and Youth Development Advocate

Intended Audience:  Emergent Leaders (first time supervisors three years or less)

Cost: $25 per provider

Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqc-GgqDMsGtes4-WfWAw0lvTKY1HNvGFr


February, 2022 Sessions

Supporting Relationships with Parents/Caregivers in COVID

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 from 10 until 12 Noon

This workshop will explore how we model and create sustainable, supportive relationships. Whether it’s with young people we work with, their parents, or fellow care providers, effective communication and support are essential to the work we do. This will include how we intentionally think through support as well as help others think through their own support. Learn about tools such as pod mapping, reflecting on boundaries, and how consent can help expand the ways we connect with others. Most importantly, make connections with other care providers on how they engage in supportive relationship building.

IAN Trainer: Emma Gonzalez, Prevention Educator, Resilience

Intended Audience: Front Line Staff and Emergent Leaders

Cost: Free

Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYucuqsqD0qHNS3s8h9E7cWqEAtHdzPexBO


The importance of Self- Care Specific to the Family Child Care Providers Community

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 from 6:30 until 8:00 PM

During “The Importance of Self-Care ” training, an explanation of the 8 main areas of self-care will be provided. Participants will learn the ABCs of self-care as a continuum model for self-care.  Attendees will be able to identify symptoms of burnout and learn it’s difference from compassion fatigue. Proactive measures will be identified in order to avoid burnout and compassion fatigue altogether.

IAN Trainer: Ashley Perkins, Ashley Perkins, BA, Certified Restorative Practices, Trauma-Informed Care and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Intended Audience: Family Child Care Providers

Cost: Free

Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpdu6opjItH9W_-uLpKQPd97RkeX9lC1QW


Restorative Justice and DEI
Threading Restorative Practices for Day-to-Day Operations: To Prevent Harm and Enhance and Elevate Positive Work Environments

This 2-part Session is designed to provide a DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging) understanding and approach to active Restorative Practices for Day-Day Operations. We will use elements and theory of Restorative Practice and circles to look at how we conduct meetings, address conflict and challenging conversation, and prevent harm. Overall have a greater understanding and inclusive and equitable engagement with colleagues and youth. Participants will leave with tools, resources, and techniques to put into action so that everyone feels they are seen, valued, heard, and belong.

Session One – Wednesday, February 16, 2022 from 10 until 12 Noon

Understanding Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, and Pedagogy by understanding elements of Restorative Practices. During the session we will discuss the different kinds of circles and their 4 elements: Community Building, Peace, Repair and Celebration. Understanding these elements will allow us to address how to be actionable in belonging, equity, and inclusion.  Assessing and analyzing these methods will set us up for Part 2 where participants will learn how to be creative, resourceful and understanding in the day-to-day operation and ask ourselves how we are building trust, enhancing communication while reducing harm.

Session Two – Wednesday, February 23, 2022 from 10 until 12 Noon

Put into Action!

Participants will analyze areas of growth within the organization or where they feel the need to utilize these skills to enhance their comfort and understanding.  For example, meetings, conflict management, culture (environment), around how we start and end programming.

After learning the varying methods in Restorative Justice that help build an organizational community. Participants will use this time to put these skills into day-to-day interactions. We will discuss how to revamp organizational community norms and partake in scenarios and engage with handling conflict as we continue to build our communication skills with youth and colleagues in your respective organization.

IAN Trainer: Jessica Vann, MATD, Creative Spaces

Intended Audience: Front Line, Emergent and Seasoned Professionals

Cost: $25

Registration linkhttps://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMld-2upjgrH9fNq1T7qlTuM_IBlIfL7Qrc