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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.

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 2019 Training

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


Early Language Learning Games (Grades K-3)

Language learning in the early elementary grades provides the foundation for a future of reading and writing successfully. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to help their youngest learners build this language foundation through active, engaging games. Featured games will help build skills such as blending sounds, identifying letters, recognizing sight words, identifying word families, and more. Come ready to have fun in an interactive game-focused session focused on building literacy skills!

  • Monday, January 14th, 2019 9:30am-12: 30 pm


Word Games and Academic Vocabulary (Grades 4-8)

By the end of high school, students are expected to have internalized the meanings of around 50,000 words! While this number seems incredible, it doesn’t mean we have to teach students all of these words. In fact, we can help students build their vocabulary by teaching them strategies for figuring out words and by choosing to teach them the critical “academic vocabulary” that they will use again and again. Attendees at this workshop will learn how to build vocabulary skills and introduce crucial words through interactive games for older elementary and middle school students. Come ready to have fun and showcase your inner word nerd!

  • Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 9:30am-12:30 pm


Supporting Struggling Readers

Readers can struggle in many different ways. Some need extra support in decoding and fluency, others need support with comprehension while others might not be motivated to read because they haven’t yet found the right book. Attend this workshop to learn how to identify the strengths in all readers and support their individual needs. Topics covered will include: choosing just right books, note-taking strategies to build comprehension, how to use decoding tools during student conferencing, interactive fluency activities and more. Support all of the readers in your program in being the best they can be!

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


Writing and Storytelling with Early Learners (Grades K-2)

Our youngest learners are still learning how language works and need intensive support as they move from learning the ABC’s to building sentences to writing stories. Attendees will learn how to support developmentally appropriate writing skills for early learners, use the writing process, and incorporate a writing notebook into activities. Attendees will also experience multiple interactive writing games and activities designed to encourage young children to build skills and share their stories. Come ready to write and play with language!

  • Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 9:30am-12:30pm


Writing and Storytelling with Older Students (Grades 3-8)

Sharing stories and information in an organized and appealing way is a critical skill as students grow older. In this workshop, attendees will review the writing process and grade-level writing expectations, discuss how storytelling engages critical social-emotional learning skills, and learn how to incorporate a writing notebook into activities. Attendees will also get a chance to be writers themselves as they experience multiple writing activities to take back and recreate with students in their programs. This workshop will be highly creative – come with your pencil sharpened ready to brainstorm, write, and share!

  • Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 9:30am-12:30 pm


Community Activism and Literacy

Are you ready to plan sustained, highly-engaging literacy projects that connect with the community? If you are, then this workshop is for you! Participants will learn about the fundamentals of project-based learning as they experience and collaborate on a project that addresses a community issue in real-time. Featured literacy projects will include a community mural project, neighborhood brochures, PSAs, and photojournalism projects. Participants will leave with all of the tools and resources to plan a literacy-focused community project of their own! The activities in this workshop can easily be incorporated into DYCD Leadership activities and sessions.

  • Thursday, March 7th, 2019 9:30am-12:30 pm


Reading and Writing Poetry with Students

Poetry is for everyone – it’s accessible, playful, and creative – and this workshop will show you how to infuse poetry into your program. Participants will learn how to share engaging poetry with students of all ages, and how to facilitate the writing of multiple types of poetry such as concrete poetry, free-verse, odes, found poetry, and more. April is National Poetry Month, and by attending this workshop, you’ll be ready to celebrate all month long!


Infusing Literacy into Clubs – Arts Focus (K-8)

Did you know that any afterschool club 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. This session will have a special emphasis on how to incorporate literacy into arts-based programming such as the visual arts, dance, and theater. Participants will learn about strategies such as paired texts, writing for multiple purposes, purposeful discussion, critical questioning, and more. Participants will leave with complete lesson plans for their club or activity that feature high-impact literacy-infused learning!


Supporting English Language Learners (ELLs) in the Afterschool Space

Students who are learning the English language for the first time require focused language, literacy, and social-emotional support. In this workshop, participants will learn how to design a culturally-responsive classroom, how to differentiate activities to make them more accessible for ELLs, how to teach vocabulary, and how to engage students in creative storytelling and arts-based projects to build their language skills.


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

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. 

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 2019 Training


Elements of STEM

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.

  •  Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 9:30am-1:00 pm


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.

  •  Saturday, February 9th, 2019 9:00am-4:00 pm


Project WET (3-8)

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. In the end, each participant will receive the manual.


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

This workshop leads participants through Project Wet’s early childhood curriculum containing 11 interactive and hands-on activities for young learners to explore properties of water. Participants will build the confidence needed to facilitate these activities.

Technology and Computer Science

Winter/Spring 2019 Training


CS 101: Introduction to Creative Computing

Thinking about introducing students to computer science? In this session, participants will gain baseline experience with computational concepts by participating in activities that use Scratch. Attendees will also be introduced to the Creative Computing Curriculum and receive introductory resources to begin building out their library. 

  •  Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 9:30am-1: 00 pm 


Making with Computer Science: Computational Thinking and Problem Solving

Creating with computer science isn’t limited to just console programming. In this workshop participants are tasked with designing investigations into relevant problems using computational thinking as a problem-solving process. Computer science is then installed as an aid to that solution.

  • Monday, February 25th, 2019 9:30am-1:00pm


CS Unplugged (2-5)

Want to start computer science with your young learners? Activities that teach computational thinking without the distraction of the computer is a great place to start. Participants will explore computer science and computational thinking through hands-on activities for young learners.


Physical Computing

Have your students obtained baseline fluency with programming languages and computational thinking? Physical computing with external hardware gives participants the opportunity to explore electrical circuitry combined with programming through the Arduino.