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Trainings for DYCD Programs

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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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DYCD Connect Training

 
To learn more about our DYCD Connect Training:
Email Mark Herreros
Data Programs Analyst & Trainer
or call (646) 943-8854

 

These trainings are intended for after-school program staff members—from front line workers to supervisors of multiple COMPASS programs—who use the DYCD Connect Database. We also provide technical, day-to-day support through our Help Center for all DYCD COMPASS programs. 

Most trainings are held at DYCD located at 2 Lafayette Street, New York, NY, from 10am to 12:30pm. Please look carefully at your registration for your training location!

 

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Literacy

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.

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.


Winter/ Spring 2020 Training

 
To learn more about our Literacy Workshops:
Email Adriana Oliveira
Professional Development Literacy Manager
or call (646) 943-8782

 Interactive Read Alouds (Grades K-3)

How can you make reading fun? Interactive Read Alouds are considered one of the most effective and engaging strategies for building literacy skills with early elementary students. In this workshop, attendees will learn about the principles of literacy development as they experience and then practice delivering an interactive read aloud followed by a creative extension activity. Additional topics covered will include: choosing and using culturally responsive picture books, incorporating vocabulary, and supporting comprehension through open-ended questioning. You’ll leave this workshop ready reinvigorate your literacy block for your youngest learners! This workshop is designed for everyone interested in making reading fun.

 

Getting Started with Multilingual Learners (K-8)

Have you ever felt totally helpless trying to provide support to English Language Learners? This workshop will give you the tools you need to succeed. Come learn about the different types of multilingual learners (ELLs) and key concepts that may affect their language acquisition. This workshop will help you identify possible challenges your students may be facing and provide you with tips to address them. You will also learn how to start working with students that speak little to know English. You will leave this workshop with a fully-developed lesson plan and 10+ classroom differentiated strategies. This workshop is designed for everyone that works with multilingual learners and strongly recommended for staff in supervisory positions.

 

Building a Culture of Literacy in Your Summer Program (K-8) 2 Day Training

How do you prevent summer loss? 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. This workshop is designed for everyone interested in infusing literacy into summer programs.

 

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STEM

 



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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. 

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

Winter/Spring 2020 Training

Project WET 

Project WET is a nationally recognized curriculum that promotes awareness of water and empowers community action to solve complex water issues. This workshop leads participants through the activity guide and builds confidence in their ability to facilitate activities. At the end, each participant will receive the manual. 

 

Elements of STEM

Thinking about STEM in after-school? This workshop 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. 

 

Fostering Inquiry

At the heart of any scientific investigation is a curiosity. This session explores inquiry through hands-on STEM activities. Attendees will learn questioning and facilitation strategies to guide students through investigations. The use of science journals will also be highlighted to aid in that process. Looking to start implementation of STEM at your site? This workshop lays the foundation for installing high-quality STEM at your site. Participants will learn where to source activities from and how NGSS impacts the new Scope and Sequence for Science laid out by the NYCDOE.

 

Project Learning Tree

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.

 

Project WILD

Project WILD is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs. The program emphasizes wildlife because of their intrinsic, ecological value as well as their role in teaching how ecosystems function. This session leads participants through the Project Wild Activity Guide and builds confidence in their ability to facilitate activities. In the end, each participant will receive the manual. 

 

Project WET: Getting Little Feet Wet (K-2)

Project WET is a nationally recognized curriculum that promotes awareness of water and empowers community action to solve complex water issues. This workshop leads participants through Project Wet’s early childhood curriculum containing 11 interactive and hands-on activities for young learners to explore the properties of water.  Participants will build the confidence needed to facilitate these activities. 

 

 

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Technology and Computer Sciences

Winter/Spring 2020 Training

 

CS 101: Introduction to Creative Computing 

CS:101 is the perfect starting point for introducing computation at your program-site. This workshop provides examples of computer science and computational thinking activities and resources to implement. 

 

CS 201: Diving Deeper with Computer Science 

CS: 201 will take a deeper dive into computer science and computational thinking by challenging participants to build on existing projects. Participants will also learn how to bring external hardware into projects

 

CS Unplugged

CS: Unplugged participants will explore computer science using hands-on activities that do not require computers. Participants will learn to facilitate activities while introducing computational concepts and vocabulary relevant for leading lessons. 

 

Making with CS

In this workshop, attendees will gain hands-on experience implementing user-friendly hardware [MakeyMakey] in to common making activities. The addition of computation allows students to create more in-depth and meaningful projects while building career skills.