Conferences and Training Opportunities


  • Educator Preview Nights at the Indiana State Museum (4/6/20)

    April 6, 2020 | Indianapolis, IN
    The Indiana State Museum is offering a chance to preview one of their newest exhibits - "Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis" - before your field trip. The exhibit is geared for students in grades 5-12 and adults. There will be an educator guide and additional resources available to best assist teachers, students and chaperones before, during and after the field trip. Museum staff and partners will be available to ask questions during the preview. Space is limited and reservations are required by calling Visitor Services at 317.232.1637.

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  • 2020 Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning

    April 2020 | Virtual
    Indiana’s premier conference designed exclusively for afterschool and summer program providers! Due to the Governor’s announcement that non-essential public gatherings are to be limited to 250 people or less, this year’s Summit is going virtual. We will be finalizing the details of this transition in the coming days, and posting information as it becomes available here. Thank you for your encouragement and understanding!

  • Webinar | Empathy: Why it Matters and How to Grow It (4/15/20)

    Wed, Apr 15, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
    In the era social emotional learning, empathy is a key skill when developing social awareness. Empathy is the art of stepping into the shoes of another person and seeing the world through their eyes. During this webinar we will discuss how to develop empathy as youth development and education practitioners. How to understand the difference between being empathetic and sympathetic, and the six habits of highly empathetic people. Finally, strategies for helping youth develop empathy will be discussed.

    Dr. Tonya Featherston
    CEO, Center for Social Emotional Wellness

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  • 2020 Ready by 21 National Meeting (4/15/20)

    April 15 - April 17, 2020 | Louisville, KY
    Every year, the Ready by 21 National Meeting brings together hundreds of leaders from around the country who are working to get all young people ready by 21 – for college, work, and life. Participants will hear strategies, research, and stories about partnering for better impact, aligning policies, improving program quality and performance, and embracing readiness in the pursuit of equity. The Ready by 21 National Meeting features dozens of stimulating workshops and sessions from top leaders in education, policymaking, advocacy, and out-of-school time. With the goal of ensuring all children and youth are ready by 21, essential topics such as defining and ensuring readiness, promoting equity, increasing shared commitments and impact, improving program quality, and supporting social and emotional learning (SEL) skills will be highlighted.

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  • Webinar | Keeping up With Graduation Pathways: Questions Answered and Emerging Promising Practices (4/22/20)

    Wed, Apr 22, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
    This session will review the Graduation Pathways and take a deeper look at how schools are implementing this new requirement, as well as Promising Practices from schools across the state.

    Michelle Clarke, MS, NCC
    School Counseling Specialist, Indiana Department of Education

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  • Webinar | The Tiers of Social Emotional Learning: A Framework for Thinking About Implementation (4/29/20)

    Wed, Apr 29, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
    Dr. Brandie Oliver
    Associate Professor, Butler University

    Susan Phelps
    Director of Neuroeducation Administration, Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation

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  • 2020 BOOST Conference (4/28/20)

    April 28, 2020 - May 1, 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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  • Indiana Leap Into Science Curriculum Training

    The Indiana State Museum, Indiana State Library, Early Learning Indiana and Terre Haute Children's Museum are collaborating to host trainings for educators on the Leap into Science curriculum. Leap into Science is a nationwide program developed by The Franklin Institute Science Museum that integrates open-ended science activities with children’s books, designed for children ages 3-10 and their families. The program empowers educators to offer workshops in community settings like libraries, museums, and out-of-school time programs to engage underserved audiences in accessible and familiar settings. Trainings will be held at the following times & locations:

    • April 13 | 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST | Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis
    • April 20 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM EST | Jennings County Public Library, North Vernon
    • April 27 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM CST | Hammond County Public Library, Hammond
    • May 4 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM EST | Terre Haute Children’s Museum, Terre Haute

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  • Purdue AGgrowBOT Competition (5/7/2020)

    May 7, 2020 - May 8, 2020 | West Lafayette, IN
    The goals of the AGgrowBOT program is to supply a competitive outlet for field-testing new innovations for agriculture. The program provides a supportive environment for students to test out their new ideas and BOT builds. The competition has two portions: part one is the BOT competition where teams bring an autonomous device that is able to find and eliminate weeds in field of wheat and part two, the AG-device competition where teams compete in one of four challenge areas where they will bring a device that solves a problem in agriculture. The critical difference is that only the BOT needs to be mobile, the AG-device does not need to be on a mobile platform. We hope that be eliminating the mobility aspect, we can 1) bring out more ideas, 2) lower the cost for teams to enter the event and 3) solve a number of important problems. We are seeking the best ideas for agriculture and we hope this will allow more teams to compete.

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  • Rube Goldberg: The World of Hilarious Invention Exhibit @ Indiana State Museum (thru 5/10/2020)

    January 18, 2020 - May 10, 2020 | Indiana State Museum
    Explore the Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist and inventor Rube Goldberg's iconic contraptions and celebrate his imaginative techniques, humorous storytelling and inventive skills. Like Rube Goldberg, you can activate and create crazy chain-reaction contraptions that use everyday objects to complete simple tasks in the most overcomplicated, inefficient hilarious ways possible.

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  • Webinar | Moving from Social Emotional Learning to Mental Wellness Supports (5/14/20)

    May 14, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
    Implementing effective Tier 1 practices to promote social emotional wellness is important. Aligning effective Tier II and III practices through the integration with mental health partners and other community resources is also important. This presentation will focus on the integration of these resources to promote social emotional wellness and provide best practices regarding effective collaboration to increase resources and supports for students and staff.

    Dr. Brandie Oliver
    Associate Professor, Butler University

    Susan Phelps
    Director of Neuroeducation Administration, Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation

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  • Extend Student Learning at the Indiana State Museum (5/15/20)

    May 15, 2020 | Indianapolis, IN
    In the midst of the current addiction and overdose epidemic, Young Actors Theatre (YAT) takes hope from our community’s young people and from the knowledge that students listen best to messages from their peers. With this in mind, YAT joins the Indiana State Museum to present an original play, by youth and for youth, to address the opioid overdose epidemic by preventing drug abuse in middle- and high-school students. “Love Over Dose” shows young audiences that they are capable of making healthy, informed decisions for themselves and inspires them to do just that. Along the way, we provide clear and relevant information on how young people can help prevent abuse and overdoses in their communities. Reserve your spot by calling us at at 317.232.5598.

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  • Webinar | 21st Century Scholar Enrollment: Strategies to Engage More Students and Families (5/20/20)

    May 20, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

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  • 2020 Indiana School Health Conference (6/23/20)

    June 23 - 24, 2020 | Indianapolis, IN
    Since 2008, the Indiana School Health Network has been getting to the heart of school health by assembling key stakeholders, thought leaders and subject matter experts for the Annual School Health Conference. This conference provides people who are passionate about school health an opportunity to expand their knowledge, increase their skills, and collaborate with others who truly want to make a positive impact on school health in Indiana.

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