Conferences and Training Opportunities


  • Noticing Nature – Observations, Techniques and Species Exploration Using the Seek App (9/22)

    September 22, 2020 | 1:00 PM EST
    Connect your students to the outdoors through observation by conducting a BioBlitz activity! Join National Geographic on September 22 from 1-2 p.m. ET for a free BioBlitz webinar focused on observations and connecting youth to their environment with the Seek app by iNaturalist. Afterschool professionals will gain tips and resources on where to find species and how to incorporate tech-free activities into your nature exploration. The webinar series is supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

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  • Lights On Afterschool Webinar (9/22)

    September 22, 2020 | 2:00 PM EST
    It's On! This year's Lights On Afterschool celebration will look and feel different, but that won't stop us from having the brightest celebration yet. Afterschool programs have risen to the moment to provide critical supports for youth and families during the pandemic — from innovative virtual programming to meals to caring for children of essential workers to wellbeing check-ins. We need to celebrate and recognize their efforts, and call attention to the importance of afterschool supports in the school year ahead.

    Whether this is your first Lights On Afterschool or your 21st, join us for this webinar to inspire and help you get the most out of your celebration - whether happening in-person or virtually. Hear how some Lights On Afterschool organizers are planning events in their states, and learn about new tools to help you and showcase your event!

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  • Articulating the Vision of SEL from IDOE (9/23)

    September 23, 2020 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM EST
    Participants will understand the intentions of the SEL competencies, and will identify strategies to translate competencies into practice for prevention programs

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  • IYI: Articulating the Vision of SEL from IDOE (9/23)

    September 23, 2020 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM EST
    Participants will understand the intentions of the SEL competencies as well as be able to identify strategies to translate competencies into practice for prevention programs.

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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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  • Connecting Youth to Nature in 2020 (9/28)

    September 28, 2020 | 12:00 PM EST
    Engaging your afterschool learners with nature may look different this year. Try a BioBlitz activity! Join National Geographic on September 28 from 12-1 p.m. ET for a free BioBlitz webinar on ways to learn about biodiversity safely from homes and within your local communities. Dive deeper into resources like the iNaturalist app to spark curiosity in budding citizen scientists as they identify species and learn from the data. The webinar series is supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

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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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  • IYSA’s Development Retreat (10/20-10/22)

    October 20, 2020 - October 22, 2020
    Below is a link to register for the upcoming staff development retreat, hosted by the Indiana Youth Services Association. Due to the climate of the current world right now, there have been a few changes we would like to make you aware of:

    This will be a virtual event, all sessions will be online. We will have two live days that the actual event will take place, but all trainings will be available for a month after the live event. It is a self-paced event to allow you personalize your experience and partake in a wide variety of workshops. There will be several live camp experience activities that are sure to relieve some stress and possibly induce some laughs! This year's retreat will feature some exciting new workshops, along with some highly requested returning workshops including (but not limited to): Trauma Responsive Work with Parents, Emotional First Aid, Safety Boundaries and Risk Management, Understanding and Navigating Work Languages, the Dirty Dozen and Intercultural Communication and Identity: Understanding Multiculturalism and Identity Crisis Amongst Immigrant and Migrant Youth just to name a few!

    This year's retreat will take place October 20-22, 2020, and there will be a $100 registration fee for non-21st Century programs. We will do a live kick off to welcome you to 'camp' and even incorporate a few live sessions, as well! We are excited to share this experience with you and appreciate your patience and understanding as we have had to adapt to the world changes, along with many others. However, we won't let that stop us from creating the best event possible.

    Lastly, all participants who register by September 1, 2020 will receive a special bundle of goodies! So don't wait - register NOW!

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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.

    More Information Here

  • 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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  • 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.

    More Info Here