Conferences and Training Opportunities
The M in STEM: Making Mathematics Meaningful with the National Girls Collaborative Project (10/5)
October 5, 2021 | 11:00 AM EST
This webinar will focus on engaging and supporting girls and young women in mathematics. We will learn from an AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassador who uses mathematics to positively impact society and share best practices and resources to help make the M in STEM meaningful and accessible in afterschool.
Intel Future Skills Educator Academy – Part I (10/5)
October 5, 2021 | 3:00 PM EST
This virtual hands-on and interactive academy will be facilitated by the educators who helped create Intel Future Skills and the Intel Future Skills team. Everything you need to participate in our academy will be mailed to your home.
By the end of the two day, four hour Intel Future Skills Educator Academy, you will: Have developed a deeper understanding of design thinking and how it acts as a framework for Intel Future Skills; Know more about each of the Intel Future Skills projects and categories; Be ready to deliver Intel Future Skills content with your students and community.
MCCOY Webinar – Relationships That Work (10/6)
October 6, 2021 | 9:00-10:30 AM EST
Most of us already know that relationships matter in any field, but particularly in education and youth work. The question is: how? How do I build life impacting relationships with the students/youth I serve? How do I build resourceful relationships with my colleagues? How do I build supportive relationships with my students’ parents?
Based on the book Relationships That Work, this workshop presents a framework—the practice of four essential skills that will posture and position any educator to a place of relational readiness. 1) Reflecting (on why I am here); 2) Directing (the fuel of my emotion); 3) Connecting (building relational bridges across differences) and 4) Protecting (my mind, my heart, and my body from toxic, hurtful people). Cost: $5
Introducing Artificial Intelligence Using Curiosity Machine (10/14)
October 14, 2021 | 11:00 AM EST
Presented by: Technovation
Artificial intelligence can be fun, hands-on, and connected to real life, even for kids. In this training for educators of upper elementary or middle school students, Technovation will showcase our Curiosity Machine artificial intelligence lessons. With these free lessons, help your students learn, play and create solutions to real-world problems with Al. Learn what Al is, how it works, and how your students can use it to solve a problem they care about through our 10-lesson challenge. This is a great program for educators with and without STEM backgrounds!
Exploration and Awareness of Careers that use an Engineering Mindset: The Possible Futures Curriculum – PART I (10/14)
October 14, 2021 | 3:00 PM EST
Over two 75-minute sessions with Jobs for the Future (JFF), you’ll learn how to use JFF’s free Possible Futures (PF) Engineering and Design curriculum unit to introduce students to careers that require an engineering mindset. How? The interactive lessons for grades 6-10 have students assume the role of professionals in the engineering field as they learn to prototype, iterate, and innovate. Thinking as young professionals, students are introduced to the design process, develop problem-solving and research skills, and learn to foster an engineering and growth mindset. JFF, a national nonprofit aimed at promoting economic advancement for all, designed the Possible Futures curriculum with a focus on STEM to help rethink how youth start to explore college and career options and to prepare them to make meaningful decisions about their future.
Get ready for interactive sessions that are designed to be a supportive learning community. You will be introduced to the 20-lesson unit and do some deep dives into lessons that use the engineering and design process to solve real-world problems. Participants will walk away with the knowledge and strategies they need to make the PF Engineering and Design unit work for their program.
Going to Camp with Camp GoldieBlox and the National Girls Collaborative Project (10/19)
October 19, 2021 | 2:00 PM EST
Join the National Girls Collaborative Project and GoldieBlox as they explore the new episodes of Camp GoldieBlox and accompanying activity guides. In this webinar participants will learn about new resources from GoldieBlox designed to inspire the next generation of girls in STEM.
Exploration and Awareness of Careers that use an Engineering Mindset: The Possible Futures Curriculum – PART II (11/3)
November 3, 2021 | 3:00 PM EST
Part 2 of how to use JFF’s free Possible Futures Engineering and Design curriculum unit to introduce students to careers that require an engineering mindset. How? The interactive lessons for grades 6-10 have students assume the role of professionals in the engineering field as they learn to prototype, iterate, and innovate. Thinking as young professionals, students are introduced to the design process, develop problem-solving and research skills, and learn to foster an engineering and growth mindset. JFF, a national nonprofit aimed at promoting economic advancement for all, designed the Possible Futures curriculum with a focus on STEM to help rethink how youth start to explore college and career options and to prepare them to make meaningful decisions about their future.
MCCOY Webinar – Relationship-Based Behavior De-escalation (11/3)
November 3, 2021 | 9:00 - 10:30 AM EST
We know that the most effective learning is relationally based. The same is true when we intervene with students in crisis: the deeper we’ve established relationships with students, the more power we have to guide them to calm and safety. Crisis situations can leave a wake of difficult thoughts and feelings. Students and teachers can feel lingering shame, anger, fear and confusion for days—even weeks or months—after a traumatic event. The good news is that crisis situations do not have to be harmful to a relationship, and in fact, they can serve as a doorway to deeper trust, intimacy, and respect. Cost: $5.
Going Deeper: From Curiosity Machine to Technovation Girls Challenge (11/4)
November 4, 2021 | 11:00 AM EST
Presented by: Technovation
Calling all educators who are interested in teaching your students how to solve global problems with technology! While Technovation’s global program is tailored for girls, educators around the world are using this curriculum with all their students. Take your exploration of open-ended design challenges with your students to the next level by learning about this multi-week opportunity for students to dive deep into coding or AI and a passion project that could change the world and themselves. This program will prepare students not only to succeed as a STEM learner but as an entrepreneur as well.
National Summer Learning Association – National Conference – Summer Changes Everything (11/8-11/10)
November 8 - November 10, 2021
As the foremost authority on summer learning quality practices, policy and research, the National Summer Learning Association’s (NSLA) national conference, Summer Changes Everything, brings together the leading thinkers, funders, education advocates and policymakers committed to ensuring every young person in America can grow, learn and thrive beyond the classroom.
With up to $30 Billion in new Federal funding for summer and afterschool programs over the next three years for education recovery, Summer Changes Everything will be among the most important convenings for leaders to exchange lessons learned, best practices and solutions to help America’s learners and education leaders recharge, rebound and heal from this pandemic. Join the NSLA November 8-10, 2021 at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC to learn about the latest research from the field, resources to enhance your program operations and planning, plus insight from an array of high-profile speakers whose messages will motivate you through your professional journey.
Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training (11/10)
November 10, 2021 | 1:00pm-3:30 PM EST
Stewards of Children is a revolutionary evidence-based sexual abuse prevention training program that educates adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, and motivates them to courageous action. The Stewards of Children program is designed for organizations that serve children and youth, and any/all adults interested in protecting children.
The program includes: An interactive workbook and a 7 Steps Guide for each participant containing the full program curriculum; An accompanying 1 ¼ hour DVD integrating segments of sexual abuse survivors relating their stories of violation and healing, with segments from the author of the curriculum and from professionals who interface daily with the problem of sexual abuse; Opportunity for discussion about important issues in sexual abuse prevention and the relevance of these issues within organizations that serve children and adolescents.
2022 National Afterschool Association Convention (3/20-3/23)
March 20 - March 23, 2022 | Las Vegas
The stakes are high! As afterschool professionals and leaders, you're equipping yourself or others to prepare young people for a world we can only imagine. Come share your ideas and explore innovative and proven practices. Challenge yourself to explore new perspectives, make key connections, and build lasting relationships that will strengthen the afterschool field and the profession. Are you ready to go all-in? fSave the date for:
• Inspirational speakers + showcases
• Dynamic Learning Expo with over 100 exhibitors
• 10+ hours of professional learning sessions
Registration opens September 15, 2021.