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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




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.


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!


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


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 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.



Want to bring a slice of Biology to your afterschool STEM program? Join ExpandED for a hands-on dissection workshop and learn how to facilitate Cow Eye and Earthworm dissections through cornea jokes and an inquiry lens! Please feel free to join even if squeamish. 



Technology and Computer Science

Winter/Spring 2019 Training


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.