Conferences and Training Opportunities


  • Blueprint for Successful In-School & Afterschool Partnerships (8/4)

    August 4, 2020 | 2:00 PM EST
    In part two of this webinar series, participants will go over the specific tools afterschool programs & providers can use to form these critical partnerships with states and school districts. The webinar will highlight the "Blueprint for How Afterschool Programs & Community Partners Can Help,” as well as other tools & messaging guides. You'll be joined by program leaders who will share their experience, messaging, and success in advocating for afterschool to be included in reopening guidance.

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  • Racial Justice and Afterschool: A Discussion (8/4)

    August 4, 2020 | 10:00 AM EST
    Communities across the country and across the state have organized against violent deaths of Black people at the hands of police. This historic response by African Americans, many of them young people, also highlights the system of structural racism that makes such violence possible. Their actions demand our response.

    What does all of this mean for the work we do for young people in Indiana. How has the field of afterschool and the organizations we work with contributed to structural racism? What can we- as individuals and organizations - do to make things better? How do we ensure that the work to overcome racism continues? And how do we answer these big questions and wrestle with our feelings about racial justice – while also trying to resolve the many professional and personal challenges that come with a global pandemic?

    IAN proposes to start by talking with each other at this community-focused virtual meeting, supported by facilitators from the Peace Learning Center. The Peace Learning Center supports communities in redefining peace through equity, social emotional learning and the implementation of innovative practices and works directly with schools, community nonprofits, businesses, juvenile correctional facilities, and faith groups to facilitate peace education sessions.

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  • Reopening Together: Twitter Chat (8/6)

    August 6, 2020 | 2:00 PM EST
    The Reopening Webinar Series will culminate in a Twitter Chat on August 6, 2PM ET to bring together partners from across the education spectrum to discuss & share best practices for advocating for expanded learning partnerships and answer questions from the field. Join us for a lively discussion and help us spread the word!

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  • IAN Hosts: Cracking the Code for Virtual Support (8/11)

    August 11, 2020 | 12:00 PM EST
    School reopening plans continue to evolve on a daily basis, but we know that OST programs will play a vital role in supporting children and families. From SEL to e-learning to parent support, providers are looking for ways to “crack the code” of virtual engagement. In this virtual session OST organizations will talk about the plans and approaches they are developing. Then participants will break into small groups to generate strategies and ideas. Join us as we learn from the collective knowledge of OST professionals like you from around the state!

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  • Supporting Quality Learning Experiences in Virtual OST (8/13)

    August 13, 2020 | 1:00-2:00 PM EST
    · Gil Noam, Director, The PEAR Institute
    · Georgia Hall, National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST)
    · Kim Robinson, Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality

    Join a discussion about program quality in virtual summer and afterschool programs with three leading national organizations in the quality improvement, coaching and measurement space. Questions include:

    · How does quality differ in-person and online using established dimensions?
    · Do all dimensions matter equally, are new ones needed?
    · How should we account for stress in both students and staff?
    · Can the frameworks support planning virtual environments? If so, how?

    Take advantage of the collective knowledge of the three organizations that are leading efforts to support high quality virtual youth programs through continuous improvement approaches.

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  • Learning and Teaching Antiracism in Expanded Learning (8/18)

    August 18, 2020 | 3:30 PM EST
    Across the nation, many schools and programs have had to adapt creatively to ensure children and families have access to high-quality summer learning programming. Join the National Summer Learning Association, Generation Teach, and San Diego Unified School District as they dive into agile and creative expanded learning programs that have elevated student voice, identity development, and courageous conversations around race and social justice. From the use of art as a form of protest to nurturing the next generation of diverse teachers, these programs will share teachable moments to create equitable expanded learning opportunities all year long.

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  • IAN Hosted Workshop – Part II: Growing Developmental Relationships with Youth (8/25 – 8/27)

    August 25, 26, and 27 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST
    Presented by: uLead, Inc.
    Audience: Frontline Staff, Directors
    Goal: Discover and engage with practices to grow healthy and flexible developmental relationships with students in your context.

    Learning Objectives:
    • Learn four foundations for building strong developmental relationships with youth
    • Practice relational skills in each foundational area to grow your relational efficacy as a youth Worker
    • Create a plan of application for relationship building in your context

    Webinar 1: Relationships are the core of any strong youth program. In this opening workshop we will learn a bit about why relationships are so important and look at a bit of the research and structure of what makes a “developmental relationship”, or a relationship that truly helps youth and children grow and develop mentally, emotionally, and socially. We will also begin learning about the Simple Interactions framework as way to notice our relational practices throughout our simple everyday interactions. We will start looking at the Simple Interactions Tool and their focus on developing Connection.

    Webinar 2: In this session we will spend time with the final 3 dimensions of the Simple Interactions Tool: Reciprocity, Inclusion, and Opportunity to Grow. Through each dimension, we will learn a little bit about their value, but more importantly we will understand how each dimension shows up in our programming. Through interactive activities, breakout rooms, and open discussion, we will start to notice how each dimension can help children develop.

    Webinar 3: Finally, in our closing session we will make the transition from learning about developmental relationships to creating a plan of practice in our own settings. We will spend some time doing “case studies” to hone our craft of noticing strong developmental relationship practices. And we will also begin the work of understanding how each one of us can create and utilize strong relationships practices with the children we work with. Through this third session, we will take away the tools needed to prioritize relationships in all of our programming.

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  • Fundraising During Covid-19 (9/3)

    September 3, 2020 | 3:00 PM EST
    Nanette Fridman, founder of Fridman Strategies, will discuss how to reassess your fundraising strategy and refine your message in the context of COVID-19. We will discuss what is "appropriate" regarding fundraising now and how you can balance the tension between being tone-deaf and bold during this chaotic crisis. Leave with action items to do now and over the next quarters. Bring you nonprofit fundraising questions!

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  • IAN Hosted Workshop – Part III: Practices for Positive Feedback with Staff (9/22 – 9/24)

    September 22, 23, and 24 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST
    Presented by: uLead, Inc.
    Audience: Directors and Managers
    Overall Goal: Express a common language, understanding, and practice of healthy feedback across organizational positions and contexts.

    Learning Objectives:
    • Describe 3 core types of feedback
    • Practice skills to give and receive feedback that is honest, specific, direct, and generative.
    • Apply a positive and healthy feedback model in your staff culture

    Webinar 1: Overcoming Negative Biases Toward Feedback
    Few would refute the statement that “Everyone needs feedback in order to learn and grow.” Why is it, then, that we dread it so much? Differences in how we give and take in information, and how we interpret data, often issue form an impenetrable negative mindset that filters out useful information.
    In this webinar, participants will unpack the triggers, blind spots, and biases that lead to a negative mindset toward feedback.

    Webinar 2: Unpacking the A.C.E. Model for Feedback
    Appreciation, Coaching, and Evaluation are three types of healthy feedback. Appreciation is about connection and relationship. Coaching is focused on learning and growth. Evaluation assesses progress and provides benchmarks for improvement. This webinar explores each type and invites participants to notice where they show up and/or where there are absent in the workplace.

    Webinar 3: Applying the Science of Positive Feedback for Givers and Receivers
    At the end of the day, implementing a process of healthy feedback is vital for both individual and organizational growth and effectiveness. The reality is, many resort to an intervention that is focused on trying to fix the problem by just doing more of what they are already doing. This webinar highlights a strategy that shifts both the mindsets and practices necessary to sustain lasting change for both givers and receivers of feedback.

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  • Lights On Afterschool! (10/22)

    October 22, 2020
    Autumn 2020 won't look like any year on record, but that won't stop us from shining a spotlight on afterschool. The 21st annual Lights On Afterschool is kicking off on October 22, 2020! The Afterschool Alliance will be hosting virtual, in-person, and hybrid events and activities to help afterschool programs, and the children and families they serve, celebrate. From posters and giveaways to seven days of themes and lots of exciting partnerships — we're going to have an incredible celebration of America's afterschool programs and everything they do for our kids.

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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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  • 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.

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

    August 26, 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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