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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.

Fall 2018 Training

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

The Comic Book Project – Grades 4-5 

The Comic Book Project (www.ComicBookProject.org) engages youths in the process of writing, designing, and showcasing original comic books. The program helps build literacy development, social awareness, and teamwork skills. Participants will be trained in implementing all facets of The Comic Book Project curriculum for upper elementary youth. Participation in the Comic Book Project includes a culminating celebratory event where all the comics are displayed and the youths are featured as authors and artists.  Note: It is expected that attendees choose an initial training session and all attendees attend a midyear community of practice where they will check in on the progress of their youth-created comics in the spring.

  • Friday October 5th, 2018 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Wednesday October 31st, 2018 9:30am-12:30pm 


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!

  • Friday October 12th, 2018 9:30am-12:30pm


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.

  • Thursday October 25th, 2018 9:30am-12:30pm


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!

  • Monday November 5th, 2018 9:30am-12:30pm


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!

  • Thursday November 15th, 2018 9:30am-12:30pm


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.

  • Wednesday November 28th, 2018 9:30am-12:30pm


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 completed lesson plans for their club or activity that feature high-impact literacy-infused learning!

  • Monday December 10th, 2018 9:30am-12:30pm


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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

Check back for Summer/ Fall Sessions soon! 




Technology and Computer Science

Check back for Summer/ Fall Sessions soon!