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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 trainings for your staff for a nominal per-person fee or through one of our professional development packages. Register below.

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



Fall 2018 Training

Coaching for Quality 

Quality coaching of both high and low performing staff has an important role in the building and sustaining of great programs and workplaces. This workshop will provide an overview of best practices and mindsets for successfully coaching staff in various contexts. Participants will learn research-based coaching frameworks, think about and practice giving concrete feedback, explore the intricacies of having difficult conversations, and design a coaching system to bring back to your site.

Facilitator: Marissa Badgley 


Staffing Solutions Series 

Is your organization looking for new and innovative ways to improve staff engagement and retention? Working with a cohort of community partner leaders and administrators, this multipart series will provide participants the opportunity to collaborate with a cohort of their peers from other after school and expanded learning providers to review best practices and utilize practical tools and strategies related to recruiting and hiring quality and qualified staff. Over the course of several sessions, we will explore the primary causes of staff disengagement, brainstorm strategies to improve your culture and systems and examine what strategies are most successful for re-energizing and motivating a team. Learning how to effectively communicate and having difficult conversations is integral in improving staffing relationships and morale in order to create and support career pathways for employee growth. Attendees will explore strategies for purposeful recruitment and implementing hiring practices that will maximize the sustainability of your team to ensure long-term success!

Facilitator: Marissa Badgley 


Beyond Attendance: High Impact Program Evaluation 

In this interactive workshop, participants will explore different types of data that can be used to inform program design and improve program quality. Participants will learn best practices in data collection, analysis, and action planning. While attendance and test-scores will be reviewed as a part of this session, the focus will be on using other data sources such as participant, parent, and staff surveys, Social Emotional Learning inventories, observation tools, and formative assessments. We will also discuss how to easily track results in the long term.

Facilitator: Marissa Badgley 


Understanding NYCDOE School-Level Data

Throughout the year, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) collects information about our student population and about our schools. In this workshop, participants will explore the various types of data that are publically available. This includes school climate surveys, state and standardized test scores, attendance and graduation rates and much more! Attendees will discuss ways to understand and utilize this data to improve programming, partnerships, and practices. 

Facilitator: Katie Brohawn


Growth Mindset 101

The way in which we think about our own brains and learning can have a huge impact on our future success. When students and educators have a growth mindset, they understand that intelligence is malleable. Students focus on improvement instead of worrying about how smart they are. They work hard to develop their abilities. Individuals who have a growth mindset are shown to make significant growth, year after year, in any field when compared to their peers who have a fixed mindset. During this session, participants will understand the growth mindset and its benefits. Additionally, they’ll walk away with resources and practical strategies for encouraging a growth mindset among their students. 

Facilitator: Dan Levitt


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. 

Facilitator: Domingo Cruz


Elements of STEM 

In this workshop, participants will explore lessons aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. Within the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), there are three distinct and equally important dimensions to learning science. These dimensions are combined to form each standard—or performance expectation—and each dimension works with the other two to help students build a cohesive understanding of science over time. Attendees will also examine their existing STEM portfolio and how to align them more with the Next Generation Science Standards.

Facilitator: Steve Roberts


Behavior Management-Foundations for Students and Staff 

Participants will explore the root causes of difficult behavior and will learn ways to proactively, safely, and effectively address difficult behavior using positive, student-centered approaches. This workshop empowers participants to consider their own roles in student misbehavior and provides concrete strategies for adults to manage their own behavior while also cultivating positive relationships with students. Participants will leave feeling re-energized to support even the most challenging students.

Facilitator: Marissa Badgley


Youth Services 101

In this half-day training, participants will learn about the YouthServices.net database management system used to collect enrollment/attendance data for internal/external review and research purposes. Attendees will learn to utilize the system functions, manage and interpret the data to make programmatic decisions, and discover ways to accurately reflect program schedules. This training will ultimately prepare users with the necessary skills to navigate efficiently through the system and manage their program data effectively. 

Facilitator: Samantha Sherry


Building a Community of Readers and Writers 

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!

Facilitator: Rachel Roseberry


Exploring Emotional Intelligence w/Yale RULER 

Would you like your students to be able to better control their emotions? Emotions drive learning, decision-making, creativity, relationships, and health. The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence uses the power of emotions to create a more effective and compassionate society. RULER stands for Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing and Regulating emotions. In this 2-day workshop, participants will understand the components of the RULER approach to social-emotional learning. They will apply the concept of the Emotional Intelligence Charter to their work with youth and adults and practice Mood Meter and Meta moment strategies for expressing and regulating emotions. Participants will devise plans for how to incorporate emotional intelligence and RULER tools into their programs and activities to create a more emotionally mature culture.

Facilitator: Jacques Noisette


Family Engagement 

Engaging families is a practice critical to the success of the students in your program! In this workshop, participants will learn strategies for meaningfully engaging families at their program site. Featured strategies will include creating a welcoming environment, building relationships with families, communicating with families through a family newsletter, and hosting family learning nights. Participants should expect to participate in a rich learning community and to leave with a variety of resources for increasing family engagement at their site.

Facilitator: Tarilyn Little


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. 

Facilitator: Naa-Shorme Aidoo


Reading and Sharing Literature with Youth

In this workshop, attendees will explore two strategies for building comprehension skills with students during a structured literacy block: interactive read alouds and student-led book clubs. Both strategies allow students to engage with books in a meaningful, active, and fun way. Topics covered will include: choosing high-interest, culturally relevant literature, using accountable talk to structure student discussion, supporting comprehension through open-ended questioning, and facilitating creative book-based extension projects. Attendees will leave ready to implement these strategies in their program!

Facilitator: Rachel Roseberry 


Lesson Planning and Delivery

Lesson planning is foundational to good instruction. New staff and veterans alike may struggle with questions around what a quality lesson plan looks like. Join us in this session as we organize content, explore methods of lesson delivery and plan actual lessons together. 

Facilitator: Tarilyn Little


Math Games

Inserting math practice into ELT programming is often a struggle. In this training, educators will review the ways that Math Games provide engaging entry points for children to practice strong mathematical thinking. During this training, educators will review the value of math games, best practices for incorporating math games into their instruction and play a variety of games that can be brought into their program.  This half-day training is designed to support educators working with students in grades K-8. 

Facilitator: Dan Levitt and Tarilyn Little