Quality professional development programs target many specific outcomes including increased staff knowledge about youth development, use of effective strategies for activity programming and implementation of methods for promoting positive relationships with youth.
IAN also believes that quality professional development focuses on the long-term sustainability of the out-of-school time workforce by increasing providers’ marketable skills in order to increase public support for the youth development field.
IAN is excited to launch the Indiana Academy for Out of School Learning Paths Guide! The Learning Path Guide outlines specific courses in the Academy that will build a foundation of OST skills and best practices for all levels in your organization. The Guide can be used for onboarding new staff and professional development for current staff. To learn more about the guide please view the video above. You can click HERE to access a PDF of the guide, and see below for a short video demonstration of how to use it!
Indiana Academy on Out-of-School Learning
Looking for high-quality online training specifically designed for afterschool professionals? Join hundreds of Indiana OST professionals in the Academy. All courses are aligned with the IN Afterschool Standards, CYC credentials, and CCDF requirements.
My Afterschool Locker
IAN’s new go-to place to find resources that strengthen program quality. The one-stop shop supports programs focusing on curriculum, community engagement, workforce connectivity, and team tools – it provides less plans, engagement ideas, and connections to Indiana organizations and individuals in the field of afterschool and out-of-school time.
If you have further questions, please contact Bri Gaston-Bell at:
For additional professional development opportunities, check out the Conferences and Training Opportunities page, or the websites of the following organizations:
• Afterschool Alliance (National)
• American Camp Association
• Indiana Association of Child Care Resource and Referral
• Indiana Youth Institute
• Learn More Indiana
• Marion County Commission on Youth
• National Afterschool Association
• The Journey