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Trainings for ExpandED Schools Partner Sites

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ExpandED Schools provides engaging, effective professional development for schools and community organizations on the following topics:

  • Program Quality Development
  • Staff Fundamentals
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • STEM
  • Literacy

These trainings are intended for after-school program staff members — from front line workers to supervisors of multiple ExpandED Schools programs serving elementary, middle and high schools. These workshops are offered at no charge to staff serving in our ExpandED Schools Partner Sites as a benefit of your involvement. 

If your program is not currently an ExpandED Schools Partner Site, you can still access our trainings for your staff for a nominal per-person fee or through one of our professional development packages. Register below.

Taejha Richardson
For technical assistance with ExpandED Schools trainings:
Email Taejha Richardson
Training Manager
or call (646) 943-8771



Winter/ Spring 2018 Trainings


 Exploring Emotional Intelligence with Yale RULER

Would you like your students to be able to better control their emotions? Emotions drive learning, decision-making, creativity, relationships, and health. The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence uses the power of emotions to create a more effective and compassionate society. RULER stands for Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing and Regulating emotions. You can use RULER tools to enhance your own ability to understand and regulate your emotions and to consider and empathize with how others are feeling in order to better connect with youth. RULER tools are effective in helping to develop your students’ emotional intelligence. In this full day workshop, participants will understand the components of the RULER approach to social emotional learning. They will apply the concept of the Emotional Intelligence Charter to their work with youth and adults, and practice Mood Meter and Metamoment strategies for expressing and regulating emotions. Participants will devise plans for how to incorporate emotional intelligence and RULER tools into their programs and activities to create a more emotionally mature culture.

  • Wednesday January 10th, 2018 9:30am-4:30pm    

Facilitator: Laura Scheck


Staffing Solutions (Sessions only open to Fall cohort)

Is your organization looking for new and innovative ways to improve staff engagement and retention? Working with a cohort of community partner leaders and administrators, this multipart series will provide participants the opportunity to collaborate with a cohort of their peers from other after school and expanded learning providers to review best practices and utilize practical tools and strategies related to recruiting and hiring quality and qualified staff. Over the course of several sessions, we will explore the primary causes of staff disengagement, brainstorm strategies to improve your culture and systems, and examine what strategies are most successful for re-energizing and motivating a team. Learning how to effectively communicate and having difficult conversations is integral in improving staffing relationships and morale in order to create and support career pathways for employee growth. Attendees will explore strategies for purposeful recruitment and implementing hiring practices that will maximize sustainability of your team to ensure long term success!

Facilitator: Marissa Badgley


Positive Behavior Management: Foundations for Students and Staff

Participants will explore the root causes of difficult behavior and will learn ways to proactively, safely, and effectively address difficult behavior using positive, student-centered approaches. This workshop empowers participants to consider their own roles in student misbehavior and provides concrete strategies for adults to manage their own behavior while also cultivating positive relationships with students. Participants will leave feeling reenergized to support even the most challenging students.

  • Wednesday February 14th, 2018 9:30am-12:30pm    

Facilitator: Marissa Badgley


Behavior Management: Rituals and Routines 

All great lessons rely on having as much time on task as possible. This session will focus on strategies that help after-school educators maximize the amount of time their students spend on task. Participants will review strategies for effective directions, examine the importance of structure throughout the lesson and create routines to in¬stitute in their classrooms. Participants should expect to leave the session with plans to institute routines into at least two sections of their lessons and the skills to create new routines in the future.

  • Thursday March 1st, 2018 9:30am-12:30pm    

Facilitator: Dan Levitt


Understanding NYCDOE School-Level Data

Throughout the year, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) collects information about our student population and about our schools. In this workshop, participants will explore the various types of data that are publicly available. This includes school climate surveys, state and standardized test scores, attendance and graduation rates and much more! Attendees will discuss ways to understand and utilize this data to improve programming, partnerships and practices. 

Facilitator: Katie Brohawn


Behavior Management: Relationship Building with Youth 

The number, consistency, and intensity of positive relationships in young people’s lives are linked with a range of positive academic, social, and emotional outcomes. This workshop will evaluate the factors that lead to and best practices for nurturing sustainable, positive relationships with students.Using the Search Institute’s Developmental Relationships framework, participants will explore strategies for building, sustaining, and repairing relationships.

  • Monday March 12th, 2018 9:30am-12:30pm  

Facilitator: Marissa Badgley


Growth Mindset

The way in which we think about our own brains and learning can have a huge impact on our future success. When students and educators have a growth mindset, they understand that intelligence is malleable. Students focus on improve¬ment instead of worrying about how smart they are. They work hard to develop their abilities. In¬dividuals who have a growth mindset are shown to make significant growth, year after year, in any field when compared to their peers who have a fixed mindset. During this session, participants will understand the growth mindset and its benefits. Additionally, they’ll walk away with resources and practice strategies for encouraging a growth mindset among their students.

Facilitator: Dan Levitt   


Lesson Planning and Delivery

Lesson planning is foundational to good instruction. New staff and veterans alike may struggle with questions around what a quality lesson plan looks like. Join us in this session as we organize content, explore methods of lesson delivery and plan actual lessons together. 

Facilitator: Rachel Roseberry


Coaching for Quality  

Quality coaching of both high and low performing staff has an important role in the building and sustaining of great programs and workplaces. This workshop will provide an overview of best practices and mindsets for successfully coaching staff in various contexts. Participants will learn research-based coaching frameworks, think about and practice giving concrete feedback, explore the intricacies of having difficult conversations, and design a coaching system to bring back to site.    

Facilitator: Marissa Badgley


Infusing Literacy into Clubs

Do you run a cooking club or a STEM club at your program? What about a fashion club, a fitness club, or a dance club? Did you know that all of these clubs can also feature powerful literacy learning? If you didn’t, now you do! Attend this workshop to learn how to infuse literacy (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) into any club or activity at your program. Participants will learn about strategies such as paired texts, writing for multiple purposes, purposeful discussion, critical questioning, and more. Participants will leave with completed lesson plans for their club or activity that feature high-impact literacy-infused learning!

Facilitator: Rachel Roseberry


Integrating Historical Neighborhood Walks into Your Afterschool Program 

With the weather warming up, let’s head outside! Participants of this workshop will learn how to strengthen community engagement by incorporating a historical lens and simple 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, history and critical thinking to a neighborhood walk. This workshop will have a walking component to it, so wear comfortable shoes!

Facilitator: Deb Taylor


Elements of STEM 

In this workshop, participants will explore lessons aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. Attendees will also examine their existing STEM portfolio and how to align them more to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Facilitator: Steve Roberts