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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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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.


Fall 2018 Training

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

Building a Community of Readers and Writers (K-8)

Is your program designed to support joyful, engaged, and meaningful reading and writing outside of the traditional school day? Register for this foundational workshop and learn how to build a community of readers and writers and develop a culture of literacy in your program.  Attendees will learn how to engage students in conversations about their reading identity and how to give engaging book talks. They will also experience multiple writing activities that build community by helping students get to know one another. Participants will leave with a portfolio of tools for designing a program that will support students in building literacy habits, motivations, and skills!

 

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.

 

Interactive Read Alouds (Grades K-3)

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!

 

Leading Afterschool Book Clubs (Grades 4-8)

Tweens and teens are expected to read and make meaning from increasingly complex texts during ELA classes in school. Support your older elementary and middle school students in building their reading comprehension skills through an interactive and engaging book club model. Attendees will learn how to set-up and facilitate afterschool book clubs that encourage student voice through discussion and build personal motivation for reading. Additional topics covered will include: choosing high-interest book club texts, using accountable talk to structure discussions, and incorporating a writing notebook. You’ll leave this workshop ready to implement a book club in your literacy block!

 

Creating a Literacy-Rich Environment at Your Afterschool Program Site

This session is designed for administrative and supervisory staff at sites/CBOs. In this workshop, learn about why literacy-rich environments and access to texts are so critical for all students. Attendees at this session will receive information on how to build, maintain, and organize site libraries as well as how to use free literacy resources from local public library systems and other community organization. Attendees will also explore no-cost/low-cost online literacy resources and discuss how to plan a year-long site calendar that promotes literacy learning! Join this session to set up the structures and systems needed to take your literacy programming to the next level.

 

Infusing Literacy into Clubs – STEM 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 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 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!

 

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STEM

 



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

Fall 2018 Training

 

Elements of STEM (STEM 101)

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. 

 

DEC 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. 

 

 

Technology and Computer Science

Fall 2018 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. 

 

CS Unplugged (6-8)

Exploring computer science without a computer? Hands-on activities featuring computational thinking processes help form a foundation away from the machine. Attendees will learn activities that supplement or introduce computer science and computational concepts including important vocabulary. 

 

CS 201: MakeyMakey

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.