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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 Development
  • 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 growing ExpandED Schools Network as a benefit of your involvement. 


If your program is not currently a member of our network, 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 trainings:
Email Taejha Richardson
Training Manager
or call (646) 943-8771

All trainings take place at ExpandED Schools, 1440 Broadway, 16th Floor, New York, NY, 10018.


2017 Spring Trainings


Staffing Solutions Series 

Is your organization looking for new and innovative ways to improve staff engagement and retention? Working with a cohort of fellow administrators, this three part series will provide participants with practical tools and best practices for increasing your staff’s engagement levels, re-energizing your team, and retaining your best people. Over the course of the three sessions, we will explore the primary causes of staff disengagement, brainstorm strategies to improve your culture and systems, and examine what strategies are most and least successful. Attendees will explore strategies for purposeful recruitment and implementing hiring practices that will maximize your team’s longevity to ensure long term success! 


Positive Behavior Management

In this half day training, participants will explore ways to manage difficult behavior using positive, student-centered approaches. Attendees will learn how to address disruptive behavior safely and effectively while also empowering individuals to manage their own behavior. Participants will learn strategies for cultivating positive relationships with students and will leave feeling re-energized to support even the most challenging students.

  • Friday January 20th, 2017 9:30am-12:30pm


Crazy 8's Math Club (Grades K-5) 

Crazy 8s is a new, hands-on math club tailor-made for the high-energy after-school environment. Kids build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess and build friendships at the same time. While most math clubs are competitive and focused on worksheets and tests, Crazy 8s is social, collaborative, creative, and hands-on. Your children in grades K-5 will see that math is a fun, recreational activity to do with friends. The activities are designed for two levels: K-2 and 3-5. While you may run more than one Crazy 8s at your program, you must run separate clubs for the two grade bands. 

  • Monday January 23rd, 2017 9:30am-12:30pm


Engineering Everywhere: Pandemic Response-Outbreak Alert (Grades 6-8)  

Developed by the Boston Museum of Science, Engineering Everywhere is a free curriculum that empowers youth in grades 6-8 to tackle real-world engineering problems through the engineering design process, collaboration, and creativity. Activities are hands-on and use easily obtained materials. The Engineering Everywhere units being offered this year focuses on the engineering practices that are involved in urban landscaping and environmental engineering.In this hands-on, half-day STEM workshop participants will gain familiarity with this nine-unit curriculum that encourages youth to consider a future career as an engineer. Come explore how biomedical engineers prepare for outbreaks of highly contagious diseases. 

  • Thursday February 2nd, 2017 9:00am-1:00pm


 Line Staff 101: Elements of STEM

This workshop is part of a multi-part series geared towards empowering Line Staff with the tools, routines, and rituals necessary to take ownership of their classrooms while implementing successful programming. This session is intended for Line Staff who want to learn a general overview about STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) and how to integrate it into an after-school program. Participants will engage in activities and discussion that will help them understand the STEM practices, such as observation, questioning, and testing, that can be fruitfully encouraged in after-school settings. Participants will experience the kinds of hands-on activities that after-school staff can successfully facilitate using co-inquiry.  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 March 10th, 2017 9:30am-12:30pm


Growth Mindset

How we think about our own brains and learning can have huge effects on our future success. When students and educators have a growth mindset, they understand that intelligence can be developed. Students focus on improvement instead of worrying about how smart they are. They work hard to develop their abilities. Individuals 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 be introduced to the growth mindset and its benefits. Additionally, participants will be given resources and strategies for encouraging a growth mindset among their students.

  • Friday March 17th, 2017 9:30am-12:30pm


Values Mindset

We know that students are more likely to learn and be motivated if they value what they’re learning. In this session, participants will learn the theory behind Value Mindset, explore the values of their students, and think through how to appeal to these values in the classroom. The workshop will provide opportunities to brainstorm and practice how to make activities and lessons personally interesting, relevant, connected to the real world, and meaningful for all young people. 

  • Tuesday March 21st, 2017 9:30am-12:30pm


Engaging Parents with Turn Key Workshops 

Research shows that children are more likely to succeed academically if their families are involved in their education. Engaging parents in the education process can be challenging for schools and ELT programs. In this workshop, participants will review promising practices to help increase family involvement. Participants will receive 5 turn-key Parent Engagement Workshops: Science at Home, Time Management for Busy Families, Math at Home, The Value of Expanded Learning Time (ELT), and Literacy at Home. Attendees will also leave this workshop with tools to capture engagement levels and measure impact. 

  • Wednesday March 29th, 2017 9:30am-12:30pm


Line Staff 101: Best Literacy Practices 

This training is part of a multi part series geared towards empowering Line Staff with the tools, routines and rituals necessary to make their classrooms their own while implementing successful programming. Are you looking for powerful, easy to implement literacy strategies? This workshop is for you! In this half day session, participants will learn fundamental literacy strategies that can be applied to any lesson, at any time. Attendees will focus on the core skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, and learn structures that will promote critical thinking and reflection. Participants will leave knowing how to implement these best practices throughout their programming. Come as a beginning learner, or as someone who wants to freshen up their knowledge!

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


Exploring Emotional Intelligence w/ YALE RULER

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 is an acronym that stands for Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing and Regulating emotions. In this half day session, attendees will be introduced to the RULER approach to social emotional learning. They will also learn Mood Meter and Metamoment strategies for expressing and regulating emotions. RULER tools enhance individuals’ ability to understand and regulate their own emotions and to consider and empathize with how others are feeling in order to better connect with youth. Participants will create an action plan to help weave emotional intelligence into their individual content areas. 


Photos and Me Program: Using Photography to Support the Literacy Learning of Emergent Bilingual Students 

We know that children who speak a language other than English at home bring many rich experiences from their families, cultures, and neighborhood communities.  But how can we learn from and build on these resources to help students grow as readers and writers? This workshop will engage participants in an interactive introduction to how emergent bilingual students learn literacy and how we can connect these academic skills to their languages, cultures, and community experiences. We will also offer the opportunity for programs to support the implementation of the Photos and Me Program Curriculum, an arts and literacy curriculum for elementary children, in your after school program. Register today for additional details! 


Infusing STEM and Literacy in Fashion 2 day Session 

Are you looking for ways to infuse STEM and Literacy into your fashion class? This half day workshop will introduce participants to the maker movement and infuse DIY elements into the fashion club at your site. Participants will learn how to take fashion designs and concepts and engage youth in writing, analysis, debate and other literacy-based skills. Educators will leave with project based learning opportunities to explore electricity/conductivity and three dimensional modeling. Students will learn conductivity by incorporating light up elements into sewing projects using LEDs. Youth will learn how to create three dimensional models from two dimensional materials with pattern making. This workshop is designed to enhance your existing fashion club. No sewing experience/ STEM experience required. 


Exploring Computer Science with Youth 201: Diving Deeper 

By 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs in computer related fields, but our youth are not gaining the skills to fill those positions. In this half day workshop, participants will dive deeper into Scratch, a programming language with multiple entry points such as music & sound, fashion & design, sports, storytelling, games, art and social media. Attendees will explore Harvard’s Graduate School of Education computational thinking framework and learn to lead activities that do not require a computer, alongside a design-based learning curriculum with Scratch. Participants will also participate in a structured diving deeper session of CS First, a computer science curriculum created by Google. If your program works with youth in grades 3-8, has access to computers and the internet, and seeks to enfranchise them with the skills necessary to participate in this burgeoning field, register for this training today! 



YouthServices Training

In this half day training, participants will learn about the YouthServices.net database management system that ExpandED Schools uses to collect enrollment/attendance data for internal/external review and research purposes. Attendees will learn to utilize the system functions, manage and interpret the data to make programmatic decisions, and discover ways to accurately reflect program schedules. These trainings will ultimately prepare users with the necessary steps to navigate efficiently through the system and manage their program data effectively.

  • Upcoming dates TBD Check back soon!