Conferences and Training Opportunities


  • College Goal Sunday (10/25)

    October 25, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
    College Goal Sunday, Indiana’s largest FAFSA filing event, will be held virtually on October 25th, 2020 from 2 – 4pm (EDT). FAFSA filing experts from all across Indiana will be available during the event to help all attendees with filing their FAFSA.

    On October 25th anyone wishing to file their FAFSA with free expert help simply needs to come to this page (CollegeGoalSunday.org) and click on the link to the virtual event that will be placed right here. It’s that simple. Come to this page on October 25th between 2 – 4pm (EDT), click the link, and join the virtual event!

    For the best filing experience, working from a computer/laptop on the 25th is highly recommended.

    More Info Here

  • IAN Statewide Forum: Guidance for Afterschool Learning at a Distance (10/27)

    October 27, 2020 | 12:00 PM EST
    With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and crisis, school and afterschool systems, like all other aspects of our lives, have been dramatically impacted. Young people and their families are, in a sense, all functioning 100 percent in “out-of-school” time (OST) for the foreseeable future. “Learning at a Distance” has become the new normal for students who are engaging in virtual and non-virtual school and afterschool/summer programs in the absence of the “traditional” scenario.

    Join IAN and Q Turn for an introduction to the newly completed Guidance for Out-of-School Time Learning at a Distance (GOLD). During this virtual session, participants will learn about the tool through a deeper understanding of the domains, standards, and indicators and explore the best practices already being employed by your colleagues around the state.

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  • How To Reach and Enroll Students for Summer (10/28)

    October 28, 2020 | 2:00 PM EST
    Spring is always crazy busy in schools, and now with students learning from home, registering students for summer programs just got a lot harder. Program coordinators need a cost-efficient way to enroll priority under-served students.

    For years, InPlay has been working to solve this opportunity gap. In this webinar, InPlay’s CEO, Rod Hsiao, will share their experience working in 49 school districts, identify “the Big Five” barriers to access, and share their success helping districts and providers register students via text messaging.

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  • 2020 BOOST Conference (10/26-10/29)

    October 16, 2020 - October 19, 2020 | Palm Springs, CA
    Join one of the largest, most recognized, and comprehensive global convenings for after school, expanded learning, and out-of-school time professionals. Set in a retreat-like atmosphere, this annual event will rejuvenate your passion, boost your direction for quality programming, and provide tools and resources that will inspire you to create change.

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  • Virtual Engineering Design Challenges Webinar: Session 1 (10/29)

    October 29, 2020 | 3:00 PM EST
    In the first webinar of the series from Technovation, participants will start (or continue!) to get comfortable supporting your kids learning STEAM online. You’ll learn about engineering design challenges. You’ll get comfortable navigating Technovation’s free resources. And you'll accomplish this all while attempting to balance a dinosaur in a fun engineering design challenge you can try out then use with your students.

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  • Statewide (Free) Restorative Practices Train the Trainer

    Peace Learning Center, in partnership with DMHA, has created a FREE train-the-trainer program for schools across the state of Indiana. Each participating school will send a small team who will:

    • Receive 5 days of training and will emerge as trainers, capable of training the rest of your staff
    • Receive all training materials and resources
    • Create a restorative discipline plan to help move your practices from punitive to restorative
    • Be connected to a cohort of other schools to learn from and share resources
    • Receive support and consultation from Peace Learning Center

    This Fall 2020 Cohort training will take place in September 2020 - November 2020 at 1101 E. Market St, Jeffersonville, IN 47130. If you are in Central or Northern Indiana, there will be sessions held near you in the spring of 2021 or fall of 2021.

    More Information Here

  • Million Girls Moonshot Engineering Practice Support Equity Part III (11/10)

    November 10, 2020 | 12:00 PM EST
    Interested in developing professional development focused on engineering mindset in youth? Wondering how to do this in equitable ways that encourage engagement and participation of girls and other underrepresented youth? This webinar, the first in a three-part series, focuses on three core engineering practices:

    • Using a systematic problem-solving process
    • Exploring the properties and uses of materials, and
    • Considering real-world problems.

    We’ll explore these briefly, highlighting how implementing the practice can help create inclusive learning experiences. In small groups, participants will examine resources that can support the practice and discuss how to use or modify them to foster engagement with engineering practices toward development of an engineering mindset. Educators and professional development providers will leave with a deeper understanding of the specific practices and concrete ideas and resources for infusing these into engineering programming and training.

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  • Indiana STEM Education Conference – Call for Presenters (Deadline: 11/13)

    November 13, 2020 | 5:00 PM EST
    Interested in presenting at the Indiana STEM Education Conference? Here is your chance to submit a proposal. This year's theme is “STEM Education Meets a Global Challenge.” Proposals to present are due by November 13. Presentations should be 20 to 30 minutes in length, leaving 10 to 15 minutes for questions and discussions. Resources from presentations (slides, handouts) can be posted on the conference resource page. Presenters will be asked to sign an identity waiver so the sessions can be recorded and available to participants from January 15 to January 17. Presenters will also be asked to attend a training session and technology check for presenting at a virtual conference. Research posters will be posted on the conference resource page and published as proceedings through Purdue e-Pubs.

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  • Webinar #1: Indiana Quality Program Self-Assessment (IN-QPSA) Orientation | Beginner Series (11/13)

    November 13, 2020 | 10:00 AM
    This webinar highlights the philosophy, structure and functionality of the IN-QPSA. Participants will learn the steps needed to: define standards for assessing, create an organization account and update and register program sites.

    This is Webinar #1 in the 3-webinar series designed for folks who have limited to no experience with the IN-QPSA process & platform. If you are unfamiliar with this process and how to implement IAN’s best practice model, this series is for you! Invite your evaluators to be part of this process!

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  • Trauma, Healing and Prevention – Virtual 4-Part Series

    September 23, October 28, and November 18
    This virtual Lunch Series will explore trauma, healing, and prevention and its impacts on youth through various lenses, with specific emphasis on racial groups and LGBTQ+ children. Proceeds from this event will help fund the Positive School Discipline Institute, a year-long training initiative for local educators on culturally-responsive, trauma-informed practices in schools; and support other advocacy programs that help prevent the criminalization of children. Ticket purchasers can earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for all 4 presentations for an additional charge of $15.

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  • The STEM Connection: Unplugged Coding to Teach Computer Science Webinar (11/18)

    November 18, 2020 | 4:00 PM EST
    The Indiana Strategic Plan for Computer Science Education in Indiana states “After June 30, 2021, every school in Indiana will include computer science in the school’s curriculum for students in kindergarten through grade 12.” Not all computer science education needs to be taught using electronic devices. Join us to learn more about how to get a jumpstart on implementing computer science educational opportunities through the use of hands-on unplugged coding activities.

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  • Virtual Engineering Design Challenges Webinar Series: Session 2 (11/19)

    November 19, 2020 | 3:00 PM EST
    In the second webinar of the series, participants will reflect on first attempts at leading design challenges online and come away with confidence and fresh perspectives to continue. You’ll get familiar with the Engineering Design Process and iterating. You’ll consider ways to build community throughout. And you'll accomplish this all while building a self deploying device in a design challenge you can use with your students.

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  • Virtual Engineering Design Challenges Webinar: Session 3 (12/10)

    December 10, 2020 | 3:00 PM EST
    In the final webinar of the series with Technovation, participants will make a plan to help your students deal with hard parts like persisting through failure and encouraging creativity. You’ll reflect and revisit tools introduced earlier to look at them differently. And you'll accomplish this all while making a water collection system in a design challenge you can use with your students.

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  • 2021 IN Summit on Out-of-School Learning: Request for Presentations (12/31)

    Deadline: December 31, 2020
    In the spring of 2021, the Indiana Afterschool Network will be virtually hosting its 10th annual Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning – Indiana's premier conference designed specifically for out-of-school time providers. Are you interested in sharing your knowledge of the field? Our call for presenters is now open! There will be opportunities to present in both live and pre-recorded sessions.

    Submit Your Proposal Here

  • Indiana STEM Education Conference (1/14)

    January 14, 2021 | 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    The sixth-annual Indiana STEM Education Conference will be held VIRTUALLY on Thursday, January 14, 2021. The Center for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of STEM (CATALYST) and the Purdue University College of Education are proud sponsors of the conference.

    The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m.

    The goal of the Indiana STEM Education Conference is to support K-12 STEM learning opportunities by sharing effective practices on teaching and learning. This year the theme is “STEM Education meets a Global Challenge.” Since many teachers and schools are working hard to provide STEM instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be conference sessions that will focus on providing instruction virtually and in social-distancing situations.

    There will be three session strands to strategically address STEM education: STEM Instructional Strategies, STEM Curriculum, and STEM Career Exposure. A fourth strand, STEM Education Research, will provide an opportunity for research poster sessions. Because many teachers and schools are facing challenges with instruction related to the pandemic, we encourage presenters to submit proposals related to virtual learning and social-distancing, as well as those which do not.

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  • 2021 ACA National Conference (2/2-2/5)

    February 2, 2021 - February 5, 2021
    Attend the 2021 ACA National Conference in New Orleans! Four-plus packed days of quality education, social and issues-based networking, professional trade-show access and special events are designed to boost your professional development.

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  • 32nd Annual National Service Learning Conference (4/14-4/15)

    April 14 - April 15, 2021
    The National Youth Leadership Council is honored to host the 2021 National Service-Learning Conference, now in its 32nd year. Topics range from social-emotional learning and civic education to youth leadership and international service-learning. Whether you are new to service-learning or an experienced practitioner, this conference has something for you.

    Each year, the Conference prides itself on student participation at every level. Students generally make up nearly half of conference attendees and can be found on the plenary stage, facilitating workshop sessions, showcasing their projects, leading service, or networking with peers. Formatted to address your needs, this year's Conference will be entirely virtual and feature both live and on-demand sessions.

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