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The Trailblazer Series
Continuous learning for the OST professional

The Trailblazer Series is our ongoing professional development training series, which provides an in-depth learning opportunity for participants to build knowledge on a specific topic with colleagues and grow in the practice of serving youth. For each topic in the series there are two live virtual sessions to engage with content experts and analyze best practices, combined with guides in between sessions for reflection on and analysis of personal practice.

Past topics include: Fundraising & Fund Management, Social Emotional Learning, Leadership That Builds a Healthy Culture, Effective Practices for Compensation and Organizational Culture, and Building Literacy Through Games


Trailblazers sessions can provide:

  • Professional growth in relevant areas of development
  • Connection and fellowship with afterschool colleagues
  • Time to try out new strategies and receive expert feedback
  • Continued support from IAN after the series concludes
Upcoming Trailblazer Sessions
Guiding Positive Youth Behavior with Calvalyn Day

The behavior of children in OST programs can have a significant impact on meeting outcomes, maintaining staff, and keeping children safe. From aggressive and defiant behaviors to avoidant and hard-to-regulate behaviors, OST providers must have a well-stocked behavior management toolbox.

During this 3-part series, out of school time providers will learn brain-based strategies to support positive youth behaviors in and out of program settings. Topics covered will include how behaviors are learned and influenced, developing self-control, de-escalation strategies, and more.

Participants will be introduced to the science of behavior change and practices that guide positive youth behavioral choices, gain a basic understanding of child and adolescent behavior – including those related to traumatic experiences or mental health need – and have guided practice in implementing behavioral intervention techniques.

  • Session 1: Understanding Youth Behavior – February 8, 2023 @ 11:00 AM EST
  • Session 2: Proactive and Responsive Youth Behavioral Interventions – February 15, 2023 @ 11:00 AM EST
  • Session 3: Providing Specialized Support – February 22 @ 11:00 AM EST


About the Presenter

Calvalyn Day is a nationally published author and trainer who has worked with thousands of educators and parents in direct youth and family care for over 15 years. Calvalyn achieved a master’s degree in educational counseling from Indiana University, and has practiced as a school counselor in elementary, middle, and high schools across Indiana. She has used her unique blend of personal and professional experiences to author several books including, Authentically Engaged Families: A Collaborative Care Framework and the foundation for her work, Drag ‘Em Kicking and Screaming: Your 7 Step Action Plan to At-Risk Student Success.