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Trainings for ExpandED Schools Partner Sites

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ExpandED Schools provides engaging, effective professional development for schools and community organizations on the following topics:

  • Program Quality Development
  • Staff Fundamentals
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • STEM
  • Literacy

These trainings are intended for after-school program staff members — from front-line workers to supervisors of multiple ExpandED Schools programs serving elementary, middle, and high schools. These workshops are offered at no charge to staff serving in our ExpandED Schools Partner Sites as a benefit of your involvement. 

If your program is not currently an ExpandED Schools Partner Site, you can still access our training for your staff for a nominal per-person fee. Register below.

Taejha Richardson
For technical assistance with ExpandED Schools training:
Email Taejha Richardson
Capacity Building Director
or call (646) 943-8771

Spring 2022 Training's


Videoconference: Onboarding New Educators

New! Supervisor Series

How can you ensure your staff has a successful onboarding experience? Come learn how to plan the right amount of information that your staff will need to get started. This workshop will teach you how to welcome your new staff and apply key elements of a successful onboarding to your work culture. You will create an onboarding plan using the Inform-Welcome-Guide Framework that can be used across your organization. This is part one of a two-part series!

Facilitator: Adriana Oliveira


Videoconference: Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Frameworks (K-12)

What is an SEL framework and how can we incorporate SEL into afterschool?  In this session, we reflect on our understanding of social and emotional learning and build connections to emotional competencies and social skills. We will take a deep dive into the CASEL framework to better understand the five core social and emotional competencies. And lastly, we will build individualized plans to integrate SEL practices into your after-school activities. 

Facilitator: Monia, Salam 


Videoconference: Developing Successful Practices for Educators, After Onboarding

Supervisor Series Part Two! 

How do you continue to develop your staff after their onboarding is complete? Come learn how to apply adult learning theories, training best practices, and frameworks to continuously train and develop your educators. In part 2 of this series.

Facilitator: Adriana Oliveira


Videoconference: Relationship Building with Youth

The number, consistency, and intensity of positive relationships in young people’s lives are linked with a range of positive academic, social, and emotional outcomes. This workshop will evaluate the factors that lead to best practices for nurturing sustainable, positive relationships with students and explore how communication directly affects student behavior. Using the Search Institute’s Developmental Relationships framework, participants will explore strategies for building, sustaining, and repairing relationships. Attendees will also explore the skills and strategies that can help you better communicate and get through to your students. We will present tools and techniques to positively redirect negative behavior and will provide opportunities to practice reframing our language to be more impactful and effective. 

Facilitator: Tiffany Perry and Alex De La Cruz 


Videoconference: CS 101: Introduction to Computer Science 

CS:101 is the perfect starting point for introducing computation at your program site. This workshop offers attendees examples of computer science and computational thinking activities and resources to engage students. Attendees will also be introduced to the Creative Computing curriculum and learn best practices in technology management.

Facilitator: Steve Roberts 



Videoconference: Character Building through Social Justice 

The expanded day provides the perfect opportunity for supporting young people in developing character traits that will allow them to thrive. This is particularly important when the students we have the pleasure of working with are faced with a number of injustices that are not often discussed during the school day. In this workshop, you will gain the tools to support students’ character-building process by providing examples of the many trailblazers and movements that have led to a more just society. Through these examples and activities, students gain actionable steps on their own character-building process through a lens of identity and empowerment.

  • Tuesday, March 1st, 2022 10:00 am-12:00 pm 

Facilitator: Naa-Shorme Aidoo


Videoconference: Strategies for Student Engagement ( Grades 6-8 )

Do you struggle to keep your middle schoolers engaged, focused, and on task in activities? Students are undergoing complex physical, emotional, and cognitive changes. For many youth, the middle school years are a wild ride, filled with insecurity, peer pressure, awkwardness, and world-rocking transitions. Learn why these years are challenging for youth workers and educators as well as the kids themselves. Participants will explore the top five strategies for combatting middle school disengagement and keeping students on track. 

  • Thursday, March 10th, 2022 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Facilitator: Alex De La Cruz


Videoconference: Working with Students with Special Needs 

What do you do when you find out a child in your program has an IEP or a paraprofessional during the school day? Activities in this workshop will cover brain differences, Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s), and the types of disability classifications. We’ll also practice making accommodations together so you can best support a child with special needs in your program. 

  • Wednesday, March 16th, 2022 10:00 am-12:00 pm 

Facilitator: Anyela Duarte, Noel Morales


Videoconference: Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Programs 101

In part one of this series, participants will be introduced to key elements of culturally responsive pedagogy while reflecting on the impact of their own cultural lenses. 

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Facilitator: Tarilyn Little 


Videoconference: Anti-Racism in Afterschool

The ability to intervene in and resolve conflict effectively is critical to maintaining after-school spaces that are physically, mentally, and emotionally safe and empowering for youth participants.  In this session, Youth Development Workers will explore the sources and stages of conflict cycles when working with youth, strategies for intervening in the cycle before it escalates, and steps for de-escalation when a young person has reached a state of crisis. Youth Development Workers will also practice engaging youth in coaching conversations to foster problem-solving and self-regulation skills.  

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Facilitator: Tarilyn Little


Videoconference: Trauma-Informed and Healing-Centered Practice

Trauma can have different meanings for different people. What one person may see as a minor event may be a major trigger for another. After all, we only have our own set of experiences to draw upon to make judgments. In this workshop, we will discuss the impact of stress and trauma on children and youth, as well as practices for creating safe, supportive, and healing-centered programs. We will also cover stress-management and regulation strategies for youth workers.

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Facilitator: Tarilyn Little