Distance Learning Sessions

Illinois AfterSchool Network is pleased to offer Distance Learning Sessions to providers here in Illinois. A listing of upcoming sessions are listed below.

Before you register, make certain that you are committing to attend the session. Both sessions will be limited as they are not ‘sit and get’, but interactive sessions with one of our professional trainers. Also, you must remain for the duration of the session in order to receive credit and/or certificate of attendance. Our training policy states that there is a grace period of 10 minutes to join the session in order to receive the training hours.

August 2020

Understanding Trauma through a Racial Equity Lens: Implications for Program and Practice

Wednesday, August 12 from 10 until 12

Target Audience: Youth Workers and Coordinators

Session Description: In this interactive training, participants will explore the relationship between racism, equity and traumatic stress.  They will be asked to reflect on the implications of this relationship on their practice, and learn strategies to embed racial equity into their programs.

IAN Trainer: Caryn Curry, LCSW

Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6970657837461412619

Advanced Conversations with your Team about COVID and its Complexities

Wednesday, August 19 from 10 until 12

Target Audience: Coordinators, Directors and Program Managers

Session Description: As we approach the new school year, it is imperative that we have a framework to talk with our team about having proactive and progressive conversations with youth and families in our respective after school program about COVID in-person and virtually.  During the interactive train the trainer session for supervisors (or equivalent), the session will include the following:

  • 10 essential trauma informed and culturally responsive strategies that should be utilized when planning and having conversations about COVID.
  • Tips on the best strategies managers and supervisors can use to help equip their staff to have these conversations and communicate effectively.
  • Resource Sharing

Participants are encouraged to send questions or scenarios in advance for live coaching and real time sharing.

IAN Trainer: Karen C. Simms, MAMFT, LMHC

Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5227723000520626191

September 2020

Homework Strategies in Action: Virtual and In-person

Wednesday, September 16 from 10 until 12

Target Audience: Youth Workers and Coordinators

Session Description: During this session, providers will learn new solutions to typical homework help barriers. The workshop will emphasize the importance of homework, along with tips and resources on homework assistance with the youth in your afterschool program. We will discuss creative ways to transform your homework time and space into a time for building independent learning skills and time management. We will also discuss making meaningful connections between in-school and out-of-school time, as well as the importance for having the appropriate supplies and resources on hand. Come prepared to ask questions and share your successes all while having fun during this interactive session!

IAN Trainer: Latasha Battie, EdS

Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1162267761702646543

The New Normal for Family Child Care: COVID-19 and Remote Learning Edition

Wednesday, September 16 from 6:15 to 8:00pm 

Session Description:  Throughout the state, Family Childcare professionals face the reality as schools have closed due to the COVID, that school-age children are being cared for in their home longer than usual. A significant area of concern as we navigate the circumstances is how to proceed, given that the focus of learning has shifted from schools to homes. During this virtual session, participants will discuss practical ways to incorporate remote learning into their day (the new normal). Explore ways to organize your space and set up a schedule that supports children from birth to school-age.

Session Trainer: Penny Williams-Wolford, M.Ed., MSW

Targeted Audience: Family Child Care Providers

Registration Fee:  Free – No cost

Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7855367775477289230

Caring for Youth in Afterschool Programs during Covid-19: A new Discussion about Health and Safety

Wednesday, September 23 from 10 until 12

Target Audience: Youth Workers and Coordinators

Session Description: Covid-19 has changed every aspect of our day-to-day lives. Afterschool programs are no exception, especially as it relates to our health and safety.  So how do we remain safe while safe guarding the health of the youth we work with? This training will give you updated guidance regarding:

  • Proper Methods of Sanitation
  • Proper and Frequent Handwashing
  • Communicable Diseases
  • Conducting Daily Health and Temperature checks
  • Immunizations
  • Policies and Procedures including Documentation
  • Facility Cleaning and Sanitation

The goals for the session is as follows:

  • Prevent potential exposure to COVID-19.
  • Identify COVID-19 symptoms along with other communicable diseases
  • Execute up to date Sanitation and Disinfecting Practices
  • Adapt and develop COVID-19 Health and Safety Policies and Procedures

IAN Trainer: Leslie Hampton

Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8644838013881146639

Developing a Social Emotional Learning Climate in our School Age Setting 

Tuesday, September 29 from 6:30 to 8:00pm 

Session Description: When developing a SEL climate, all elements of the after school setting i.e. discipline, classroom management, schedule, etc. must reflect and uphold the skills and attitudes of social and emotional competence. Attendees will gain strategies on how to create safe spaces, learn creative check-ins, check-outs and participate in activities to encourage continued social and emotional learning through instruction.

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

Targeted Audience: Family Child Care Providers and After School Staff

Registration Fee: Free – no cost

Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2595166709243514638

IAN Professional Development Roundtable Discussion  

Friday, September 25 from 10 until 11:30 

Description of Session:  To inform the after school community of Professional Development opportunities available to them by the major Thought Leaders in this space here in Illinois.

Target Audience:  Open to all providers

Moderator:  Curtis Peace, Director

Cost:   No charge

Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpdemhpjgiGtTWaM8p5JCUV0SW2VvYxCUj

Sharpening our Managerial and Supervisory Skills for Team Success!  Are YOU Ready? 

Wednesday, September 30 from 10 until 12

Target Audience: New or Emergent Supervisors who are looking to improve or expand their managerial or supervisory skills.
Session Description: The transition to a Manager or Supervisor is a wonderful opportunity….but then what? Managers and Supervisors play a critical role in the successful management of the organization’s most valuable asset…its human capital. Being faced with significant decisions, increased responsibility, and challenging situations can make anyone question their ability to lead. This interactive training will provide useful and practical techniques to help Managers and Supervisors succeed, thrive, and grow.
Participants will obtain the skills needed to:

  • Improve Managerial and Supervisory Skills
  • Set Expectations for Employees
  • Minimize Workplace Risks
  • Maximize Engagement & Productivity

IAN Trainer: Loretta Durrell, MBA, MS

Cost: $15

Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9154495738388490766

October 2020

Activities for Youth: Keeping it Safe, Healthy and Fun in a Time of Social Distancing

Wednesday, October 7 from 10 until 12

Target Audience: Youth Workers and Coordinators

Session Description: One thing that is constant in life is change. Programming for youth has definitely changed over the past year. As we look at youth programming as it is today – during COVID, how do we do it? During this training, strategies and activities will be shared on how to keep youth programs inviting and interesting in a time of social distancing.

IAN Trainer: Tammy Notter, M.Ed.

Cost: $10

Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7704514779258959630

Get With The Program! STEM Learning for ALL!

Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 10 until 12

Description: Overwhelmed with requests to help students with STEM literacy? This session will take those who have never done coding and programming before through a simple approach to learning the foundations of all computer languages. These activities are steeped in math, science, and computer science concepts which will help youth realize the connection between what they are learning and how that intersects with STEM careers. But you don’t have to be an expert in any of these areas to have fun coding.  Free resources using familiar technology will help you AND your youth Get With the Program!

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Infants, Toddlers, and of course School-Agers! Activities for All in the Family Child Care Setting

Wednesday, October 14 from 6 until 8pm
Target Audience: Family Child Care Providers
Description:  Working proactively with mixed age groups can be challenging for various reasons especially during these difficult times. Planning activities that keep all children engaged using common objects from around the home not only makes learning fun but affordable. This training will give ideas to promote learning for school age children and how they can be leaders for the younger children in your Family Child Care home.
IAN Trainer: Courtney Hatcher
Cost: $5 per providers

Creating Virtual Safe Spaces that Foster SEL

Wednesday, October 21 from 10 until 12

Target Audience: Youth Workers and Coordinators

  • Session Description: During this interactive session, we will discuss creating safe spaces for both youth and staff both in-person and virtually that promote trust, transparency, collaboration, and empowerment; actively applying and exercising each area of Social and Emotional Competencies. During the interactive session, attendees will learn the following:
  • Creating norms
  • Identify expectations
  • Creating a vision in the after school setting
  • Restorative or positive behavioral management plans that are goal directed, and
  • Fostering SEL group exercises

IAN Trainer: Ashley Perkins

Cost: $10

Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3054460203068753166

Come Celebrate Lights On Afterschool With Us! Introducing our new partnership with Drumfit

Thursday, October 22 from 10 until 11:30
Target Audience: All Providers
Description: See how Drumfit can transform your programming and Family Engagement with Out-of-School Time and Remote Drumfit curriculum.Interactive drumming and rhythm activities initiate behaviors that are core to social, emotional development. Drumming connects people and transcend differences. While it encourages self-expression in the participant, it also promotes cohesiveness as a group with the teamwork involved in the performance. The abilities to work cooperatively with, as well as, provide and receive help from others are essential competencies in social maturity. Having students work in cooperative team games further enhance these competencies.
Trainer: Mary Baumann, Director of Corporate and Community Relations with Drumfit
Cost: FREE to all providers

November 2020


Join us for a three-part series for seasoned leaders that will help you help your staff work together as an all-star team. The series will provide strategies, resources, and tools that you can use to (1) build a culture of trust and collaboration, (2) work with intergenerational staff, and (3) support change management in an ever-changing environment. At the end of each session, you will leave with strategies to test out with your team and we’ll begin the following session with a debrief and reflection period to share our experiences and learn from each other. Participants will also have the opportunity to share their experiences in an online group discussion between sessions.

Session 1:
Effective Supervision: Building a Culture of Trust and Collaboration 

Wednesday, November 4 from 10 until 12

Description: In the first session of this three-part series, we will discuss the importance of trust and collaboration. We will highlight strategies, resources, and tools that you can use to help your staff work together as an effective team.

Session 2:
Time for Teamwork: Working with Intergenerational Staff

Tuesday, November 10 from 10 until 12

Description: The second session will build from our work in session one around building trust and collaboration. In this session, we will discuss the myths and truths about different generations, from millennials to boomers and in between. We will discuss the role of unconscious bias and share strategies you can use to facilitate communication among intergenerational staff teams.

Session 3:
Change Management in an Ever-Changing Environment

Wednesday, November 18 from 10 until 12

Description: In this final session, we will discuss how trust, collaboration, and strong staff relationships lay the foundation for effective change management in your program. Learn more about change management processes and tools that you can use as we navigate the ever-changing environment.

Trainer: Jessy Newman, Senior Researcher, Youth Development and Supportive Learning Environments, American Institutes for Research

Cost: $25 for all three sessions

Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5949971298086187535

Out-of-School Time Through the Lens of Social Emotional Learning: A Deeper Dive for Advanced Learning 

Friday, November 6, 2020
Morning Session: 10 until 12
Afternoon Session: 1 until 3 

Target Audience: Emergent and Seasoned Professionals

Cost:  $25 per provider for the full day

Registration Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqceuopjwqHdBeUrjwH_DFtvrlmsdxqpK6

Description of Session: We know that teaching social and emotional skills is critical to helping children and youth thrive in school and life. But what does it really mean to “do SEL” effectively? In this interactive training, participants will learn what it takes to embed social and emotional learning throughout the culture, climate and practices of your after-school program. You will reflect on your current practice, and walk away with knowledge and strategies to develop SEL as the lens through which you conduct your business as an after-school provider.

Participants will

  • Know what it means to apply an SEL lens to your culture, climate and practice
  • Leave with strategies to enhance your SEL practices in at least 3 programmatic areas
  • Be able distinguish between equitable and inequitable SEL practice
  • Leave with strategies to implement SEL equitably

In this interactive workshop, participants will enhance their understanding of social and emotional learning (SEL), including its relevance to afterschool programs; and learn effective strategies for embedding SEL into their existing programs. Learning objectives include the ability to: identify the five core social and emotional competencies and the Illinois State SEL Standards, articulate the relevance of social and emotional learning to afterschool programs, gain awareness of the importance of their own social and emotional competence to enhance their programs’ effectiveness, and begin incorporating social and emotional skill-building into their program practice and climate.

IAN Trainer: The training will be facilitated by Caryn Curry, Mental Health Consultant with the Center for Childhood Resilience, Lurie Children’s Hospital. Caryn Curry, MA, is an educational consultant who supports schools and communities to develop socially and emotionally healthy environments, and teach young people life skills that are critical to their success. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University and a Master’s Degree in social work from the University of Chicago. A former Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Ms. Curry has over 30 years of professional experience working on behalf of children and families in educational, residential, hospital, and community settings.