Conferences and Training Opportunities


  • The State of the Child: Using the Latest Data to Strengthen Your Program (2/26/20)

    February 26, 2020 | 12 PM - 1 PM EST | Webinar
    Join this State of the Child 2020 webinar to learn about the top challenges for kids in Indiana and what we can do to ensure all Hoosier kids thrive. You will hear critical data from the newly released 2020 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book, as well as best practice research on successful approaches to key issues. Through a robust and data-driven discussion, participants will be empowered and equipped with the information needed to inform policies, practices and decision-making to continue making positive change for youth in Indiana.

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  • NSLA Winter Webinar | The Promise of Summer Learning for Job-Embedded SEL Development (2/26/2020)

    February 26, 2020 | 2 PM EST
    Research demonstrates that adults learn best when able to test and apply new strategies in real-world environments. Summer affords teachers the opportunity to engage in concrete experiences, try out new approaches and techniques, and reflect with peers to develop insights into what works (The Aspen Institute, 2018; Schonert-Reichl, 2017). A recent study suggests that BellXcel Summer educators believe that the professional learning they engage in as part of BellXcel Summer is influencing their confidence and attitudes toward the school year, and their practice in key areas such as growth mindset and promoting positive behavior (Bellwether Education Partners, 2018). In this webinar, we’ll explore how best to leverage summer environments to advance teacher development and SEL skills, as these results suggest that summer may be under-utilized as a learning lab for educators.

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  • Beyond School Hours Conference (2/26/20)

    February 26 - 29, 2020 | Orlando, FL
    The nation's premiere conference for educators and leaders serving K-12 students in school, afterschool, summertime, and beyond! Includes powerful keynote speakers, exhibits that engage and inform, and over 200 content-rich workshops.

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  • Educator Preview Nights at the Indiana State Museum (3/3/20)

    March 3, 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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  • Youth Mental Health First Aid (3/14/20)

    March 14, 2020 | 8:00 AM |Martin Luther King Community Center, Indianapolis, IN
    Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

    Course includes: Manual, all course supplies, certificate

    *Courses with fewer than 5 registrations will be cancelled and refunded.*

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  • Youth Opportunities Fair (3/16/2020)

    March 16, 2020 | 12 PM - 7 PM | Indianapolis Central Library
    Congressman Andre Carson's Youth Opportunities Fair presents students and parents with a variety of year-round and summer employment, internship, volunteer and service opportunities for youth of all ages. It is free to attend, and no registration is required.

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  • More than Their Scores: Tackling Test Anxiety with Our Youth (3/18/20)

    March 18, 2020 | 12 PM - 1 PM EST | IYI Webinar
    The presentation will address age appropriate test anxiety reduction interventions across elementary, middle school and high school grade levels. The purpose of the presentation is provide practical and relevant tips to educators working with academically anxious youth including: a.) applicable takeaways/strategies b.) preventative behavioral evidence-based emotional regulation coping skills that are grounded in mindfulness and c.) practical ways to help academically anxious youth shift from a fixed to a growth mindset when performing under pressure.

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  • 2020 National Afterschool Association Annual Convention (3/15/20)

    March 15 - 19, 2020 | Washington DC
    Join the 2,300 members of the NAA community at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center for four days of networking, learning and inspiration: special events, workshops, daily keynotes and an interactive Learning Expo all designed to meet the needs of the developing professionals and emerging and current leaders of afterschool.

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  • Conditions for Learning: Preventing and Responding to Stress Levels of Students (3/25/20)

    March 25, 2020 | 12 PM - 1 PM EST | IYI Webinar

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  • Afterschool Project-Based Learning Workshop (3/30/2020-4/1/2020)

    March 30, 2020 - April 1, 2020 | 445 N Pennsylvania St., Suite 945, Indianapolis
    In this three day workshop, you will experience a project-based learning (PBL) environment while you also learn the nuts and bolts of PBL. You will be given the skills and guidance to take your new knowledge and apply it to your own design of a project-based learning (PBL) unit that works in your afterschool program. You will leave the three day workshop with a fully reviewed project-based learning unit you are ready to implement with confidence! In addition each participant will receive a FREE follow-up coaching session after the workshop. This will be an opportunity to do a check-in and get feedback from a PBL Certified Coach after you've implemented your PBL unit.

    Any afterschool employee and volunteer is welcome and encouraged to attend. Upon the successful completion of the workshop, participants receive a certificate for earning 21 CYC Certification points (7 per each day attended).

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  • 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 14 - April 15, 2020 | Indiana Convention Center, Downtown Indianapolis
    Indiana’s premier conference designed exclusively for afterschool and summer program providers! The 2020 Summit brings together youth programs, schools, and community partners to connect, learn new ideas, access valuable resources, and transform learning beyond the school day for Indiana youth.

    Join 600+ participants to experience:
    • More than 60 innovative workshops on leadership and best practices
    • Inspiring and high-impact keynote speakers
    • Special Evening Networking Reception
    • Spectacular Exhibit Hall
    • Champion Awards for outstanding programs

    Hosted as a partnership by the Indiana Afterschool Network and the Indiana Department of Education.

    MORE info and registration coming SOON!

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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