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

Check out our Distance Learning Participant Expectations here.

 


AUGUST

Tips for Creating Collaborative and Strategic Relations Between After School Program

Wednesday, August 18 from 10 am until 11:30am

The success of a school-based afterschool program is dependent upon many factors. The program can be well resourced, have great staff, operate efficiently, enjoy good rapport with parents, yet, if a new principal takes the reins of the school and does not share the same vision of afterschool program as those who were in place before, chaos can consume the program.

This training will review the recommendations set forth by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) that were geared toward helping principals and the afterschool program site director work together in harmony. Practical tips for creating collaborative relationships between afterschool programs and school Leaders in areas of program vision, organization, infrastructure, development, personal care, community engagement, and student learning. The training will be beneficial for all afterschool professionals, particularly those new to their leadership position.

Participants will have the opportunity to share personal challenges, issues, and obstacles to relationship building and review strategies for improvement in an open, participant-driven, adult learning environment.

IAN Trainer: Dr. Paul Young, Past President of the National Association of Elementary School Principals and Past Executive Director for the National AfterSchool Association

Intended Audience: Front-line Staff, Coordinators and Managers

Cost: Free

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Planning Engaging Youth Service-Learning Projects

Wednesday, August 25 from 10 am until 12 noon

Service Learning is a fun way to explore and learn about the world and how to make it a better place.  Ideas will be generated; lively discussion and instructions will be provided to begin the process of service-learning projects in person and virtually. Best practices for optimum youth engagement and valuable resources will be shared. Please come prepared to share your successes while having fun during this interactive session.

IAN Trainer: Enid Johnson, Volunteer and Community Outreach Manager, Housing Forward

Intended Audience: Front-line staff, Coordinators and Managers

Cost: Free

 


SEPTEMBER

Health and Safety – Caring for Youth in Afterschool Programs as transition out of COVID: A New Discussion about Health and Safety

Wednesday, September 8 from 10 am until 12 noon

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 are as follows:
• Prevent potential exposure to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
• 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, M.Ed.

Intended Audience: Front-line Staff, Coordinators and Managers

Cost: Free

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Series on Diversity Equity and Inclusion.
Part One:
Examining “Self” as Context: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) – It’s Personal

Wednesday, September 15 from 10 am until 12 noon

In Part I, participants will examine personal beliefs, assumptions, and behaviors, and reflect on how they influence professional practices.

IAN Trainer: Tammie Causey-Konaté, PhD, is a senior technical assistance consultant at American Institutes for Research (AIR). Causey-Konaté has over 25 years of experience as a professional educator, with her years in K–12 and higher education divided equally. She has international and regional experience in diversity and equity, cultural and linguistic competence, cross-education system partnerships, and the postsecondary development of school leaders for urban and rural education contexts. Co-editor of the book, Called to Sankofa: Leading in Through, and Beyond Disaster: A Narrative Account of African Americans Leading Education in Post-Katrina New Orleans (2018), she also has extensive experience in trauma-informed practices.

Intended Audience: Front-line Staff, Coordinators and Managers

Cost: $25 for all three sessions

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Appropriate Setting (Remote Learning), for Family Child Care Professionals Post-COVID

Wednesday, September 15 from 6:30 am until 8:30 pm

Throughout the state, Family Childcare professionals faced the reality of school closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).  After school children and youth were being cared for in their homes longer than usual. A significant area of concern as we navigated the circumstances is how to proceed, given that the focus of learning 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, create a schedule that supports children from birth to school-age, and adapt to the unknow (hybrid, remote learning, etc.) this fall.

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

Intended Audience: Family Child Care Providers

Cost: Free

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Boys and ACEs – How to Assist those with Challenging Behaviors

Wednesday, September 22 from 10 am until 11:30 am

Many afterschool professionals report having difficulty managing the behavior of their youth, and boys more than girls dominate their most challenging scenarios. This training will delve into the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), particularly focused on the cause and effects of trauma on brain development of all children, but especially the concept of bonding and attachment as it pertains to young men.

IAN Trainer: Dr. Paul Young, Past President of the National Association of Elementary School Principals and Past Executive Director for the National AfterSchool Association

Intended Audience: Front-line Staff, Coordinators and Managers

Cost: $10

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Series on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Part Two:
Where We Want to Go: Packing for the Journey Toward True Equity

Wednesday, September 29 from 10 am until 12 noon

In Part II, participants will begin to amass the necessary tools, resources, and understandings for the equity journey through reading, role playing, and reflecting. Topics to be covered include cultural competence, equity, bias, microaggressions and related literature, research, data, and other evidence.

IAN Trainer: Tammie Causey-Konaté, PhD, is a senior technical assistance consultant at American Institutes for Research (AIR). Causey-Konaté has over 25 years of experience as a professional educator, with her years in K–12 and higher education divided equally. She has international and regional experience in diversity and equity, cultural and linguistic competence, cross-education system partnerships, and the postsecondary development of school leaders for urban and rural education contexts. Co-editor of the book, Called to Sankofa: Leading in Through, and Beyond Disaster: A Narrative Account of African Americans Leading Education in Post-Katrina New Orleans (2018), she also has extensive experience in trauma-informed practices.

Intended Audience: Front-line Staff, Managers and Coordinators

 


OCTOBER

Homework Strategies in Action!

Wednesday, October 6 from 10 am until 12 noon

Distance Learning 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

Intended Audience: Front-line staff and Coordinators

Cost: $10

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Addressing Challenging Behaviors in New Norm with Family Child Care Providers

Wednesday, October 6 from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm

Family Child Care Professionals care for infants through after school children and youth.  Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), Family Child Care Professionals and after school children have experienced a major shift in how and when care is provided.  New routines and norms had to be developed expeditiously.  These new norms may have caused some new behaviors to arise.  Attend this workshop to acquire how challenging behaviors can be addressed and reduced as you collaborate with the school-age child and examine researched-based practices to create new norms in the family child care setting.

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

Intended Audience: Family Child Care Providers

Cost: Free

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Series on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Part Three:
The Road Ahead: Mapping the Equity Imperative

Wednesday, October 13 from 10 am until 12noon

In Part III, participants will draw from Parts I and II of the series to create a vision for advancing more equitable afterschool practices and develop actionable plans for dismantling educational inequities and promoting true equity.

IAN Trainer: Tammie Causey-Konaté, PhD, is a senior technical assistance consultant at American Institutes for Research (AIR). Causey-Konaté has over 25 years of experience as a professional educator, with her years in K–12 and higher education divided equally. She has international and regional experience in diversity and equity, cultural and linguistic competence, cross-education system partnerships, and the postsecondary development of school leaders for urban and rural education contexts. Co-editor of the book, Called to Sankofa: Leading in Through, and Beyond Disaster: A Narrative Account of African Americans Leading Education in Post-Katrina New Orleans (2018), she also has extensive experience in trauma-informed practices.

Intended Audience: Front-line Staff, Coordinators and Managers

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Health & Safety – Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning

Wednesday, October 20 from 10 am until 12 noon

Recent events have generated increasing questions about safety and security both in and out of school. It is imperative that schools and after school programs develop effective crisis and security plans that not only promote the safety and welfare of our students but also protect staff and property. Preparedness is the key to security and safety, so students and staff must practice appropriate responses to a crisis before it occurs. This training will discuss crisis-management policies, guidelines and procedures that your program can utilize during an emergency.

IAN Trainer: Leslie Hampton, M.Ed.

Intended Audience: Front-line Staff, Coordinators and Managers

Cost: Free

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Seasoned Professionals Series: Coaching and Mentoring Staff.
Session One –
Leading with Skill and Building your Competence

Wednesday, October 27, 10 am until 12noon

Distance Learning Description: As a seasoned leader, you have developed content area experience, organizational content understanding and developed a certain amount of influence with your team. Who taught you the things you know? How did they teach you? Or what did you have to teach yourself?

In this session we will leverage social learning to share best practice from our own “tool belts” to help us think about how we lead others though a competence/confidence loop. We will also explore how sometimes our personal journey can be a barrier to our team’s development. Lastly, we will identify a growth area for ourselves and use it as a way to build our competence, and model for our team taking a learner’s mindset.

IAN Trainer: Nikki Hale – Advancing Youth Development Facilitator – Center for Youth Quality Consultant – Certified Youth Development Practitioner and High-Performance Coach

Intended Audience: Seasoned Professionals in the field

Cost: $25 for all three sessions

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Celebrating Lights on AfterSchool!
10 Leadership Lessons for AfterSchool Professionals

Thursday, October 28 from 10 am until 11:30 am

Distance Learning Description: This training supports two of the content areas of knowledge and skills from the National AfterSchool Association’s (NAA) list of ten Core Knowledge and Competencies. The session will help program leaders discern differences between leading and managing for ten important topics that impact personal and professional growth.
The ten lesson topics are:
1. Envisioning your Leadership Path
2. Organizing Productive Meetings
3. Developing Workplace Relationships
4. Upstream Thinking (solving problems proactively)
5. Understanding Program Culture v. Program Climate
6. Understanding Mindset Theory
7. Analyzing Work Ethic
8. Structuring the Learning Environment for Positive Behavior
9. Developing the Ideal Team
10. Promoting Your Program

IAN Trainer: Dr. Paul Young, Past President of the National Association of Elementary School Principals and Past Executive Director for the National AfterSchool Association

Intended Audience: Front-line Staff, Coordinators and Managers

Cost: Free

 


NOVEMBER

Seasoned Professionals Series: Coaching and Mentoring Staff.
Session Two –
Leading with Clarity, Energy, Influence and Productivity to build an effective/high Performing Team

November 3, 10 am until 12 noon

As a leader, you are charged with building an effective team. In this session, we will explore four essential components that help build an effective/high performing team.

  • Clarity- Where are you and your team going and why?  (Mission, values, contract requirements, growth, children, young people and families)
  • Energy- How do you make sure you and your team have the energy to complete your goals/projects? Even on our worst days! (Time management, sleep, understanding the ebbs and flow of the year)
  • Influence- What is influence and how do you and your team use it?
  • Productivity- What needs to get done and by when? How will you and the team know you have been successful? (Project management and contract deadlines)

IAN Trainer: Nikki Hale – Advancing Youth Development Facilitator – Center for Youth Quality Consultant – Certified Youth Development Practitioner and High-Performance Coach

Intended Audience: Seasoned Professionals in the field

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Annual Leadership Institute Day – SEL through the Lens of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Friday, November 5 from 10 am until 3 pm

In today’s world, social and emotional learning is increasingly being scrutinized for its lack of cultural responsiveness and the ways in which it actually harms children and youth when not practiced through an anti-racist, equity lens. In this interactive training, participants will examine what it means to understand and implement SEL through an equity lens. Participants will reflect on individual and agency practice, and walk away with knowledge and strategies to ensure that their SEL implementation effectively addresses the needs and enhances the strengths of all children and youth in their care.
 
Participants will be able to:

  • Define culturally-affirming SEL
  • Identify what is necessary to implement SEL through an equity lens
  • Leave with strategies to enhance their culturally responsive, anti-racist, and equitable SEL practice

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.

Intended Audience: Coordinators and Managers

Cost: $25 – full day session

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Seasoned Professionals Series: Coaching and Mentoring Staff.
Session Three –
Leader-Coach-Supervisor-Mentor

Wednesday, November 10 from 10 until 12 noon

In this session, we will explore the many roles that you play when effectively leading a team. How do you manage these roles? And how do you make sure staff know which role you are leading from?
We will dig into what effective mentoring looks like by learning some models and through socialized learning in small groups.
We will end this session shifting the focus to your growth; asking how do you get fueled? Mentored? Coached?

IAN Trainer: Nikki Hale – Advancing Youth Development Facilitator – Center for Youth Quality Consultant – Certified Youth Development Practitioner and High-Performance Coach

Intended Audience: Seasoned Professionals in the field

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Supporting Positive Youth Development from Developing SEL Skills to Restorative Practice

Wednesday, November 17 from 10 until 12 noon

As after-school providers, we have a unique opportunity to support youth to thrive and flourish, no matter what adversity and challenges they may face elsewhere.  The current environment has made it more difficult for youth, especially in their tweens and teens, to have the typical experiences of getting to know others, of finding ways to develop their unique personalities and best characteristics.  Many feel unsure of themselves, worried about relationship building, and inadequate for the challenges facing them in an uncertain world.

Join in this interactive session to explore best practice concepts and activities to help youth strengthen their positive agency; their capacity to connect with and be inclusive of others; their skills in communicating and building relationships with others; and their sense of purpose, of hope.

Two registrants will win a “Best Start-All About YOUth” Student Workbook & Coach Playbook (set)!

IAN Trainer: Kimberly Svevo-Cianci, PhD (she/her/hers), Executive Director, Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation (CCWF) & Founder, ICDP-USA

Intended Audience: Front-line Staff, Coordinators and Managers

Cost: $10 per provider