Network Conferences & Workshops

Whether you’re looking for general training or something very specific, the Network is the place to go for conferences and workshops. Each year we offer lots of opportunities for people who work with children and youth to get the training they need to run high-quality programs, including:

  • Annual Fall Conference and Childhood Conversations
  • Regional training such as Deep Dive Sessions, First Fridays and Summer Staff Kick Off
  • On-Site training
  • State Wide After School Webinar Series
  • and CLASP

→ Download a copy of our 2015-2016 Professional Development Catalog.
→ See all our upcoming Network Training Events.

Questions about our any training? Topics you’d like to have added? Please contact Ken Anthony, Director of Professional Development at 860-730-2942 kanthony@ctafterschoolnetwork.org.

Other National Conferences

In addition to the many Network offerings, here are some other possibilities you might be interested in attending:

Deep Dive


These intensive sessions blend fun, engaging content with a richer, more in-depth exploration of the most challenging issues facing after school program staff.  Join us as we go deep, building reflective practice and making best practices and inspiring ideas into realistic, feasible changes to your programs.  Build expertise and skill that will translate into improved outcomes for your children, families, and your programs!

Location:  75 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford
Time:  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Price:  $50 Member, $60 Non Member

Dates and Topics

(for workshop information or to register, click on the workshop name)

Questions about our any training? Topics you’d like to have added? Please contact Ken Anthony, Director of Professional Development at 860-730-2942 kanthony@ctafterschoolnetwork.org.

First Friday2


On the first Friday of each month, after school educators come together with content experts in a friendly and engaging conversation about one key area of after school program quality.  Explore tools and strategies, try new activities and games, share ideas, and network with colleagues.  Join us for First Fridays, and leave inspired and equipped to make your program shine!

Location:  75 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Price:  $25 Member, $35 Non Member

Dates and Topics

(for workshop information or to register, click on the workshop name)

Questions about our any training? Topics you’d like to have added? Please contact Ken Anthony, Director of Professional Development at 860-730-2942 kanthony@ctafterschoolnetwork.org.

Coaching & Learning for After School Professionals (CLASP)

The Connecticut After School Network is launching two year-long intensive learning cohorts focused on increasing student engagement through intentional programming that helps support student success. We will be offering 12 slots in two locations (6 in each) for 2015-16 sessions designed for those overseeing sites or programs. Content will be focused on program design elements that meet program goals and embed academic content into afterschool pedagogy.

Each cohort will meet four times (full day sessions) throughout the course of the year (November, January, March, and May). Dates for the 2015-16 academic year are listed below. Participants will also receive additional materials and resources throughout the year. The emphasis of the CLASP program is to provide resources and support through coaching and learning that help to change practice.

Fee: $475 Members/$500 Non-Members

Registration deadline: October 30, 2015 (Fall 2016 Registration will open during Spring/Summer 2016)

Facilitators:

Dr. Ken Anthony, Director of Professional Development and Research, Connecticut After School Network
Elise Scott, Assistant Director of Professional Development, Connecticut After School Network

*In order to get the most out of the learning experience, it is strongly recommended that participants commit to attending all sessions.

Locations: Date: Time:
Hartford Office
75 Charter Oak Avenue,
Hartford, CT
November 19, 2015
January 13, 2016
March 9, 2016
May 11, 2016
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
ARTE Inc.
19 Grand Avenue
New Haven, CT
November 12, 2015
January 14, 2016
March 10, 2016
May 12, 2016
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Topic: Increasing Student Engagement: Youth Interest and Voice to Develop Intentional Programming

Increasingly the evidence is becoming clear, after school programs contribute to student achievement (Bennett, 2013; Vandell, 2013). The research identifies programs and practices in which youth voice and student interest correlate to social, emotional, and academic gains. The CLASP Sessions will aim to relate this to the program experience of participants. Expert facilitators will help create a dialogue that is meaningful and effective to the cohort through coaching and learning. The sessions will also help participants examine, share, and learn about each other’s practices in the field, and how to refine their own programs.

To register for CLASP, click here.

On-Site Trainings

Want to train all your staff on the same topic?
Have a specific training need you want to address?
We’ll bring the experts to you!

The Network provides professional trainers who provide a wide range workshops designed to enhance the skills of after school professionals statewide. With backgrounds covering a full spectrum of topics — health and nutrition, academia, art, music, administration and more — you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your staff! Popular training topics include:

  • Behavior Management
  • Children’s Issues (from ADHD to homework)
  • Games
  • Specific content areas (Literacy, Math, Science, Arts, Global Learning)
  • Linking academic content to programming
  • Project based learning
  • Social Skills
  • Program Management & Supervision

Additional trainings can be developed to meet the individual needs of your program. Fees begin at $75 per hour. Professional members of the Network receive a discount. To schedule a workshop or for additional information, please call the Network office at 203-483-1846,

→ View our Training & Consultation Services, by Topic.

→ Training Service Workshop Reservation Form (complete and email to info@ctafterschoolnetwork.org)

Webinars

No time and no budget for training? How about free professional development at your desk? Free hour-long webinars are offered most months by a consortium of statewide after school networks. Our popular webinar series will continue during the 2014–15 school year. Check back in August for additional dates and topics!

Upcoming Webinars

April 14, 2016Childhood Food Insecurity: What It Means, What It Looks Like, And What You Can Do About It

May 12, 2016Making the Case for Summer Learning& Global Learning

May 17th, 2016Community-wide Partnerships to Support Student Success

June 9, 2016 – Topic to be determined


Past Webinars

2016

February 18, 2016Game Design in Afterschool Settings Watch the recording, download the slides and resources.
January 14, 2016Using Restorative Justice in Youth Programming View presentation here.


2015

October 8, 2015 –21st Century Skill Building & Global Learning View presentation here.
May 28, 2015 –
The Legal Costs of Inclusion in After School and Summer Programs View presentation here.
May 13, 2015 –
Competency-Based Learning: From Curiosity to Career View presentation here.
May 8, 2015 – Social Media Outreach Strategies for OST Programs Webinar View slide presentation here.
April 9, 2015 –
Tinkering and the Intersection of Formal and Informal Learning Webinar View presentation here.
February 12, 2015 – Supporting LGBTQ Youth in After School Listen to the recording here. View slide presentation here.
February 3, 2015 –  Partnering with Google to Enhance Your After School Program View the webinar here.
January 8, 2015
Kids with Autism – Best Practices for Inclusion Listen to the recording here.


2014

December 11, 2014 — Telling Your After School Story Listen to the recording hereView slide presentation here.
June 19, 2014 Helping Youth Thrive View View the webinar here. (YouTube)
May 29, 2014 Defining, Measuring and Tracking Youth Outcomes View the webinar here. (YouTube)
March 20, 2014 — Linking After School Programs with Summer Learning Programs
February 13, 2014 — Competency-Based Education and Its Application in Rhode Island
February 5, 2014 — What works? What lasts? And Why?: The Neuroscience of Learning
January 10, 2014
From Graham Crackers to Grinders: Enhancing Your Afterschool Program with Suppers Listen to the recording here. View the slide presentation here. (PDF)


2013

December 3, 2013 — More Than Just Another “To-do” on the List: The Benefits of Strong School, Principal, and Afterschool/Community Relationships View the webinar here. (YouTube)
November 19, 2013 A New Resource for Educators, Community and Afterschool Leaders and Funders: Expanding Minds and Opportunities View the webinar here. (YouTube)
October 31, 2013 Embedding 21st Century Skills into Afterschool Programming Webinar View the webinar here. (YouTube)
June 13, 2013 Strengthening Financial Management in Afterschol Partnerships
 View the webinar here. (YouTube)
April 11, 2013 Afterschool Marketing View video here. (Dropbox)
March 14, 2013 Exemplary Summer Learning: Local and National Strategies View video here. (Dropbox)
February 21, 2013 Aligning the Learning Day View video here. (Dropbox)


2012



December 4, 2012   State Funded After School Grantees Conference Call Listen to the recording here.
November 15, 2012 ELO and School Reform View video here. (YouTube)
May 15, 2012 Building Strong Alignment Between School and After School
May 9, 2012 Partnering Strategically with your LEA: A Recipe for Success Listen to the recording here.

 View the slide presentation here. (PDF)
March 27, 2012 The Expanded Learning & Afterschool Project Listen to the recording here. Note: The WebEx ARF player is required to playback the recording. Download ARF player
February 17, 2012 — Changes to DPH Regulations Listen to the recording here. (mp3)
January 24, 2012 Expanded Learning Times and Opportunities: The Community Schools Way Listen to the recording here. (mp3) View the slide presentation here. (PDF)

In partnership with the California Healthy Kids and After School Resource Centers, we are offering online module training.

Ready to try something new, move towards the future of professional development, and provide your students with engaging, effective programming?

Take the free 30-minute modules and walk away with easy-to-apply strategies and connections to useful resources.

Earn a certificate when you complete each of the training modules to document your professional development.

Recommended Sequence

  • Understanding Child and Adolescent Development
    Learn to recognize what students may and may not be able to do at various stages with regard to physical abilities, communication, thinking and social skills. Based on this information participants will obtain tips for providing appropriate activities for students of varying ages and ability levels. A special focus will be placed on providing activities that build physical and language development, as well as social skills.
  • Connecting with Students Through Read-Alouds
    Learn to identify the main goals, benefits, and guidelines for reading aloud with students. Participants recognize key criteria for selecting high-quality multicultural literature to engage diverse learners, and obtain fun, literature-based ideas for reinforcing comprehension and vocabulary skills.
  • English Learning in Action Series
    The first module of this two-part series is the Introduction, learn how English learners are identified in California public schools and recognize the second language acquisition levels. Obtain strategies for providing social and academic support to newcomers. In Beyond the Basics learn how English learners benefit from participating in after school programs, make the most of visual aids, and practice the Total Physical Response (TPR) method.
  • Making Sense of Math
    Learn about key considerations in the teaching and learning of mathematics. Participants recognize the components of balanced math instruction, and examine how skills are organized in the Mathematics Framework and Common Core State Standards. Tips for using manipulatives, literature, and making math meaningful are included.
  • Hands-On STEM Series
    This two-part series begins with Explore It, learn about the interdisciplinary nature and importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Participants recognize six recommended practices for supporting STEM, and get introduced to the 5 Es Inquiry Learning Model. In Dig In learn the purpose and key features of inquiry-based learning. Participants explore the phases of the 5 Es Inquiry Learning Model.
  • Career Education Nuts and Bolts
    This module grounded on the Career/Technical Education Framework provides simple tips and resources to support students in building career readiness in after school programs. Participants explore the purpose, importance, and progression of career education. Additionally, participants obtain ideas for engaging the community in helping students to build career readiness from an early age.
  • Career Readiness Tools
    This module explains the purpose and importance of career education, and provides simple activities to prepare students for the work world. Participants examine the connection between academic and other job-related skills, and explore the importance of high-demand skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). In addition, participants consider salaries and job satisfaction as key factors in helping students choose occupations.
  • See, Think, and Act! Series
    Learn the importance of handwashing in preventing the spread of infections. Learn to recognize and respond to anaphylaxis, seizures, diabetes, and an emotional crisis. Use case studies to learn and reinforce steps for handling injuries in a progam setting, dealing with sudden episodes of anaphylaxis, for diabetes management, for appropriately attending to a child experiencing a seizure, and for helping a student experiencing emotional distress. Tips for using the Health Care Plan are highlighted.
    • Handwashing and First Aid
    • Anaphylaxis (Severe Allergies)
    • Seizures
    • Diabetes
    • Emotional Crisis
  • Physical Activity Series
    Learn strategies for starting a high-quality physical activity program, maximizing an existing program, and helping students develop essential physical activity skills. These strategies include promoting emotional and physical safety, boosting staff confidence and involvement, and using physical activity to foster youth development. This is a three- part series.
    1. Up and Running
    2. Maximize Potential
    3. Going the Distance
  • Action 4 Nutrition: Assessing Your Snack Program
    Learn how to assess your snack program and take simple steps to prepare for Federal Program Monitoring (FPM). Participants learn about the legal requirements for healthy snacks, how to analyze a nutrition label, how to get snacks to pay for themselves through government reimbursement and partnerships, and more.
  • Snack Time: Providing Healthy Snacks in Your After School Program
    Learn why healthy snacks are important and how to create healthy snacks, including the best time to serve snacks, the components of healthy snacks, and how to create a week-long menu of healthy snacks.
  • Foundations of Nutrition: Five Things Students Need to Know to Read the Food Label
    Help students see past the advertising by using the food label and five steps to discover what products really contain. Participants will learn the sections of the food label and the five and twenty rule. They practice applying these tools to make informed food and beverage choices. Resources are also provided for integrating food label reading into mathematics and language arts, healthy fundraising, and identifying whole grain foods. This module is Network for a Healthy California allowable.
The online trainings were developed by the California After School Resource Center (CASRC) and California Healthy Kids Resource Center (CHKRC) for professionals serving preschool through grade twelve youths in California. The training will provide users with knowledge, skills, and easy-to-apply program strategies and resources.

College Courses

Looking for college credit for your after school professional development?

Here are a few suggestions:

Charter Oak State College – On-line College Courses

Charter Oak State College is a regionally accredited institution that offers you a variety of options through which to complete a credential, associate and/or bachelor’s degrees.

Credential in After School Education

The credential requirements include a series of four three-credit courses (12 credits) in After School Education through the distance learning program at Charter Oak State College, compilation of a professional resource file and 240 hours of experience working in an after school program. (Experience can be gained from taking a practicum equal to 3 credits, or by demonstrating evidence of existing recent experience and taking a one credit practicum). Click here for more information.

BA/BS with a concentration in Child and Youth Development

Charter Oak also offers a concentration in Child and Youth Development for after school and youth work professionals which builds on the Credential in After School Education. Click here for more information.

For more information contact Carole Weisberg at:
E-mail: cweisberg@charteroak.edu
Phone: 860-832-3933

Connecticut State Colleges and Universities

Check out the course search tools at the different Connecticut State Colleges and Universities including the Community Colleges to see if there are any they fit your needs. While none of them have a specific After School Education Department, many courses in Education, Psychology, Early Childhood Education, Counseling, Exercise Science, Recreation, and Human Services would be useful for a career working with kids after school.

Staff Meeting Starters

Looking for resources to help you train staff yourself?

The Connecticut After School Network wants to make your life a whole lot easier with a series of professional development training modules that you can personally utilize in your in-house staff meetings.

Each module has everything you will need to conduct a professional staff meeting with engaging topics and hands-on resources, including:

  • Guide
  • Slide Presentation
  • Handouts
  • Workshop Evaluation Forms
  • Resources for More Information

Training Kits are easy to use, include “trainer tips” to enhance presentation skills, and include activity ideas and suggestions to meet the needs of your staff.

→ Get the training kits on our Staff Meeting Starters page.

↓ Download our Meeting Starter Brochure.

Additional workshops with expert consultants can be arranged for in-depth coverage these topics and others through the Connecticut After School Network Training and Consultation Service.

Contact info@ctafterschoolnetwork.org, or call 203-483-1846 for more information.

Core Competencies

What do program staff and directors need to know and be able to do in order to provide quality child and youth programming?

Core knowledge and competencies describe the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed by professionals to provide high-quality afterschool and youth development programming. That’s why the National AfterSchool Association produced “Core Knowledge and Competencies for Afterschool and Youth Development Professionals.”

The comprehensive document covers the following topics:

  • Child/Youth Growth and Development
  • Learning Environments and Curriculum
  • Child/Youth Observation and Assessment
  • Interactions with Children and Youth
  • Youth Engagement
  • Cultural Competency and Responsiveness
  • Family, School, and Community Relationships
  • Safety and Wellness
  • Program Planning and Development
  • Professional Development and Leadership

Code of Ethics

The Connecticut After School Network has adopted the Code of Ethics established by the National AfterSchool Association and encourages its use in programs.

This document sets forth professional standards of ethical conduct for responsible behavior for those who work in after-school and summer programs for children and youth. Click here to download a copy.