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Trainings for DYCD Programs


The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (NYC DYCD) has contracted with ExpandED Schools to provide training and support at no charge to staff from COMPASS, SONYC and other DYCD-funded sites in the following areas:


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These trainings are intended for after-school staff responsible for overseeing literacy development in OST programs. These sessions serve to strengthen after-school and summer program activities by building awareness and background on critical literacy issues. They also provide OST staff with practical and useful methods for observing, assessing and addressing literacy needs in their programs. All trainings take place at ExpandED Schools: 1440 Broadway, 16th floor, New York, NY 10018.

ExpandED Schools offers two types of literacy trainings for staff members in OST sites: single-session Literacy Workshops or multi-session programs.  

These workshops are made possible by funding from DYCD, and are available at no cost to the CBOs with which DYCD contracts. These workshops may be filmed for training purposes.

2017 Spring Trainings


Rachel Roseberry
To learn more about our Literacy Workshops:
Email Rachel Roseberry
Literacy Manager
or call (646) 943-8782

Current Events and Literacy (Grades 3-8)

Our students need engaging and informative ways to process all that is happening in the news.  In this workshop, participants will learn how to incorporate current events into their program through hands-on strategies for debate and opinion writing. Participants will also experience multiple ways to find inspiration in local and global events and receive a variety of resources for finding current events. Join us and get the conversation started! 

  • Friday, January 13th, 2017 9:30am-12:30pm 
  • Monday, February 13th, 2017 9:30am-12:30pm


Poetry in Middle School (Grades 6-8)

Poetry in middle school is unique: students are ready to discuss mature, hot-button social and personal issues in profound ways. This workshop is designed to take kids through the reading and writing of all kinds of poems, fostering free, creative expression. Participants will be exposed to spoken word, poetry videos, writing prompts, poetry-art activities and culminating spoken mics and celebrations. All students can write and share powerful poetry, sign up today and learn how to implement these engaging exercises at your site!

  • Friday, January 27th, 2017 9:30am-12:30pm 


Literacy through Pop Culture and Social Media- 2 Day Workshop (Grades 5-8)

Our students read and write every day through television and social media. Meet your students where they’re at! In this workshop, participants will look at multiple forms of pop-culture, such as social media, celebrities, movies, songs, TV shows and advertisements, to facilitate and support literacy with their students. Participants will learn how to integrate reading, writing, speaking and listening into their curriculum by using incredibly engaging material for middle schoolers: pop culture! Students will learn how to think critically about the world around them and feel empowered in their identity.

  • Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 & Thursday, February 9th, 2017 9:30am-12:30pm 


Integrating Vocabulary into Afterschool-2 Day Workshop (Grades K-8)

Vocabulary is an important component in literacy. This workshop will focus on different ways to integrate vocabulary enrichment into your afterschool programming. With hands on, inquiry based approaches, participants will learn how to support their students’ vocabulary development through literacy, STEM and the arts. Sign up for this workshop and learn how to motivate your students around vocabulary! 

  • Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 & Thursday, March 9th, 2017  9:30am-12:30pm 


Supporting Socio-emotional Development through Literacy- 2 Day Workshop (Grades 6-8)

Let’s face it: middle-school is a very unique time of life, full of physical and emotional changes. This workshop explores how literacy can support students through the rollercoaster of questions and ideas they may experience during adolescence. Participants will discuss and learn strategies to communicate with students, thinking about their developmental needs. Participants will learn about the middle school brain and the types of activities that can best engage and enhance learning in adolescence. All approaches will be aligned with a positive-behavior focus. 

  • Thursday, April 6th,2017 & Friday, April 7th, 2017 9:30am-12:30pm 


Infusing Poetry into Your Afterschool Program (Grades K-5)

As spring approaches, celebrate the thawing of cold with poetry! Participants of this workshop will learn how to integrate poetry into all aspects of their site’s programming. Through spoken word, art, dance and personification pieces, students can find poetry in all corners of their world. Participants will receive a resource packet that can help them launch a poetry unit at their site, or just choose the activities of their choice.  Get ready for National Poetry Month in April by signing up for this workshop today!


Family Engagement and Literacy (Grades K-8)

Supporting our students’ families is key to a successful program! In this workshop, participants will learn how to engage families through literacy at their sites. Participants will learn hands-on activities that they can share with parents, how to plan and throw a successful family engagement night at their site, and how to integrate newsletters and other forms of parent communication into their programming.  Come join us for this important conversation!


Integrating Neighborhood Walks into your Literacy Curriculum -2 Day Workshop (Grades K-8)

With the weather warming up, let’s head outside! Participants of this workshop will learn how to strengthen literacy skills by incorporating engaging questions and activities into a neighborhood walk. Help your kids see the same streets they experience everyday with fresh new eyes! Sign up for this workshop and learn how to add inquiry, art and critical thinking to a simple, neighborhood walk. This workshop will have a walking component to it, so wear comfortable shoes!


Building a Culture of Literacy in Your Summer Program (Grades K-8)

Maintaining literacy skills over the summer is critically important as research shows that students can lose between one and three months of reading skills during these months. Luckily it can also be incredibly fun! From creative writing to read-alouds to nature walks, field trips, and local library programs, attend this workshop to learn about high-impact strategies and no-cost/low-cost resources for building a culture of literacy in your summer program.



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Steve Roberts
For technical assistance with your digital learning program:
Email Steve Roberts
STEM Manager
or call (646) 943-8852

These trainings are intended for after-school program staff members—from front line workers to supervisors of multiple OST programs—who want to implement STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) learning opportunities in their programs. Most trainings take place at ExpandED Schools: 1440 Broadway, 16th floor, New York, NY 10018.

ExpandED Schools offers STEM trainings for staff members in OST sites.

These trainings are made possible by funding from DYCD, and are available at no cost to the CBOs with which DYCD contracts.

Life Science

2017 Spring Trainings


Elements of STEM (Grades K-8)

In this workshop attendees will take an in depth look at the Next Generation Science Standards and how to implement them in after school settings. Participants will also gain an understanding of how to align their current programs with NGSS. 

  • Friday, February 10th, 2017 9:30am-1:00pm


Project Learning Tree (Grades K-8)

Project Learning Tree is an education program that helps youth from K-8 learn how to think, not what to think, about complex environmental issues. The activities are adaptable to many contexts and suitable for a broad range of learners. Perfect for summer, these activities get kids exploring their outdoor environment. The engaging, hands-on lessons require minimal preparation and use readily available materials. Comprising 96 lessons, the program focuses on five themes: diversity, interrelationships, systems, structure and scale, and patterns of change. In the full-day training, participants will plunge into a selection of the activities and gain confidence in their ability to facilitate them. At the end of the training, participants will receive a manual and a suggested implementation plan.

  • Saturday, February 11th, 2017 9:00am-4:30pm


Fostering Inquiry with STEM (Grades K-8)

Participants of this workshop will explore inquiry based hands-on STEM activities. Attendees will also learn facilitation strategies such as the 5E Instructional Model and how to implement science journals to encourage reflection. 

  • Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 9:30am-1:00pm 


Flowers, Insects and Bears, Oh My! (Grades K-2)

Are you interested in investigating the environment with your children in grades K-2? Join us for this full-day training facilitated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). In the morning, we’ll meet neighborhood trees, explore nature through our five senses, and tap our toes to songs from Billy Brennan, all courtesy of Project Learning Tree’s early childhood curriculum. In the afternoon we’ll use Growing Up Wild to explore animal habitats, adaptations and life cycles via art, movement and observation. Participants will receive copies of both curricula and guidance for putting it all together in their programs. 

  • Saturday, April 8th, 2017 9:00am-4:30pm 


Technology and Computer Science

2017 Spring Trainings


CS Unplugged (Grades 6-8)

In this workshop participants will explore CS and Computational Thinking using hands-on activities that do not require the use of a computer. Attendees will learn to facilitate activities while introducing computational concepts particularly for young learners. 

  • Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 9:30am-1:00pm


CS 101: Introduction to Computer Science (Grades 3-8)

In this session, participants will be introduced to CS concepts and computational thinking by participating in activities that use Scratch, a free visual programming language. Attendees will also be introduced to the Creative Computing curriculum and learn best practices in technology management. 

  • Tuesday,February 7th, 2017 9:30am-1:00pm


CS 201: Diving Deeper with Computer Science (Grades 5-8)

In this session participants will learn how to take the next step with CS activities by incorporating external hardware and programming. This workshop will provide hands-on training using Arduino and MakeyMakey. Participants should be comfortable with programming languages and electronic devices. 

  • Friday,March 3rd, 2017 9:30am-1:00pm


Introduction to Media Literacy w/Mediabreaker Studios (Grades 5-8)

The skills needed to critically analyze data are needed today more than ever. As our lives become increasingly digitized the access to media becomes greater and we are inundated with messages; but whose message are we receiving? In this workshop participants will explore MediaBreaker, an online learning tool for the development of 21st century media literacy skills. This workshop is aimed at increasing the capacity of educators to design lesson plans with digital tools (MediaBreaker/Studios) that encourage critical thinking and collaboration. 

  • Saturday,March 4th, 2017 9:30am-1:00pm
  • Saturday, April 1st, 2017 9:30am-1:00pm


CS Unplugged (Grades 2-5)

In this workshop participants will explore CS and Computational Thinking using hands-on activities that do not require the use of a computer. Attendees will learn to facilitate activities while introducing computational concepts particularly for young learners. 

  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017 9:30am-1:00pm


Introduction to Computer Science Engineering (Grades 5-8)

In this workshop participants will explore external hardware components and gain an understanding of the electrical circuitry allowing them to function. Attendees will gain hands-on experience focusing on implementing electrical activities alongside CS learning.