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Workshop Grid

Download the full workshop list for 2016 here.





*Please note that you must pre-register for these workshops and commit to attendance for the morning and afternoon sessions. Size will be limited and no “drop ins” will be permitted.

Making/Tinkering: Partnerships and Fundamentals
Rachel Donegan, Montshire Museum & Tracy Truzansky, Vermont Afterschool

Making (or tinkering) is a unique way of exploring science that is both hands-on and minds-on. Facilitating a maker experience takes a different set of skills than more explicit instruction. This full day immersion will provide educators with NEW tinkering prompts, activities, and Vermont tinkering partners with a review of the fundamentals for engaging youth in quality STEM making. Designed for both direct service staff and those in leadership positions who have a foundation in tinkering and making.

Understanding Complex Trauma and the Use of Art in Afterschool (ASC)
Betsy Graziadei, Vermont Counseling and Wellness

This full day workshop combines didactic teaching on complex developmental trauma with art making and discussion with providers who offer quality afterschool care. Participants will develop an understanding of what defines complex trauma in terms of traumatic exposures and the context in which they occur, and learn to identify the resulting behavioral and relational consequences so that they may better respond with supportive creative activity. Participants will be offered a presentation, experiential art making, opportunity for movement, and discussion.

*Note: This workshop qualifies as Advanced Specialized Care (ASC).



2016 Workshop Session 1 // 9:45 – 11:45 a.m.


Finding Our Way: Equity and Inclusion in the Classroom and Beyond
Beth Truzansky and Steve Ames, Building Bright Futures; & Carolyn Wesley, State of Vermont

Sharpen your focus on how children and families from diverse backgrounds (including socio-economic, racial, cultural, family structure and geographic) experience early childhood and afterschool programs. Are we, as professionals who support children and families, creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all to thrive? Are our programs responsive to diverse family structures, incomes, ethnicities and other conditions that affect children’s ability to learn and grow? We will use this session to affirm a commitment to equity and seek deeper understanding. You will work with colleagues to examine program practices, policies and family engagement approaches through an equity lens and create a plan for further learning and action.

Good Outreach with Great Stories
Gin Ferrara, Spindle & Widget

What does it take to get the amazing stories of your organization to your community? A big picture vision, some simple tools, and a practice. In this two-hour, hands-on workshop, Gin will share strategies for reaching your people creatively, simply, and authentically. We’ll have time for you to choose your tools, and make your own message, too.

Help! What Makes These Tweens Tick?
Penny Bishop, University of Vermont

Please join UVM Professor Penny Bishop for a spirited discussion about “tweens” – our students in grades 5-8. We will talk about what is going on in their world through the lens of developmental growth as they learn to navigate all the opportunities and barriers in front of them. Their world is a magical and mystifying place, and the more we know and understand about how they are developing, the better we can support them. The goal of this workshop is to translate this understanding of development into tools and strategies we can use that will strengthen their ability to take command of their own learning going forward.

Here We Go: New Afterschool Licensing Rules
Vicki Burgess & Ellen Livingston, State of VT, Department of Children and Families, Child Development Division

This interactive workshop will provide participants an opportunity to orient to the layout of the new afterschool regulation book and identify how to locate rules, affirm how many rules have remained the same, will provide an opportunity to become familiar with how former rules have been clarified, and will increase participants understanding of how to apply the group size rule and the buddy system supervision rules. Prior to this workshop, and for maximum benefit of this workshop, please have read the new afterschool licensing rules effective 1/1/16.

Nurturing Confident, Compassionate Kids with Me Power!
Deb Chisholm, LifeDesign LLC

Deb Chisholm’s Me Power: The Power2Be Be Be You. Be Real. Be Your True Self is an innovative program that she created to help children feel and be confident, even under stress. When children know they have, and use their Me Power, it makes all the difference in challenging situations (confusing friendships, bullying, teasing, etc.). Participants will learn the basics of Me Power, and will leave with concepts and skills they can immediately apply to existing practices already being used at their program.

STEM Inquiry 101
Linden Higgins, Independent Trainer

Inquiry activities are most comfortable when you have a framework. Inquiry Science 101 introduces you to three frameworks that help organize an inquiry activity, while giving you the opportunity to experience several informal learning activities from the point of view of a student. We end with a discussion of designing and using purposeful questions that make activities truly inquiry.

Theatre Games & Games Exchange
Kat Redniss, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

This workshop will offer a selection of the most effective games for building community, trust, character, and more. Some games will be drawn from the Flynn’s Words Come Alive Arts Integration program. Come find new ways to engage your students and create joy as you help them develop as young artists and expressive humans!

You Too Can Slam
Gayle Danley, Keynote Speaker

Join keynote speaker Gayle Danley to further explore the power of words to change the lives of the children we serve. Gayle will facilitate a workshop guiding participants through the simple process of writing from the soul and sharing those words with honesty and truth. This is a process you will be able to bring home to share with the children and youth in your program so that they might have access to positive verbal expression.




2016 Workshop Session 2 // 12:45 – 2:00 p.m.


Art Beyond Perler Beads
Molly Bosley, Burlington Kids

In this workshop, participants will learn about meaningful and creative ways to incorporate art in afterschool. This workshop is intended to provide a toolkit of project and class ideas, new ways to look at art classes for kids, and build confidence in teaching art to kids. Participants will get a chance to come up with their own projects and have opportunities to make some art of their own!

Crazy 8s: A Different Kind of Math Club
Mike MacEwan, Bedtime Math Foundation

Crazy 8s is a hands-on math club for kids in grades K-5. The club is tailor made for the high-energy after-school environment: kids build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess…and build friendships at the same time. In this workshop, participants will participate in Crazy 8s activities and learn how to launch a club at their location. Participants will: 1) learn how treating math as play can help kids build math skills; 2) gain hands-on experience running Crazy 8s activities; and 3) learn how to implement Crazy 8s successfully as part of an afterschool program.

Creating Trauma Informed Communities: Part 1 (ASC)
Dr. Joelle van Lent, Licensed Psychologist

Dr. van Lent will offer an overview of the impact of early neglect and trauma on a child’s development, including the child’s ability to form healthy relationships and develop a positive self-concept. This training will incorporate information from attachment theory, family systems approaches, clinical practice, and research on the resilience of children facing chronic adversity. Course objectives: 1) Participants will learn the symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and to differentiate PTSD from Developmental Trauma Disorder within the context of their primary care-giving system. 2) Participants will explore the impact of chronic exposure to trauma on child development, specifically focusing on attachment capacity, neurological functioning, affect regulation, and executive functioning. Specific implications for childcare settings will be identified through this discussion.

*Note: This workshop (Parts 1 and 2 together) qualifies as Advanced Specialized Care (ASC).

Emergency Preparedness: Part 1
Christina Nelson, Mountain View Child Care & VB5 Mentor

In this class students will identify possible causes of both environmental and human emergencies, analyze threats, create appropriate responses, evaluate current emergency plans for inclusion of special circumstances, and create a recovery plan for successful reunification of children with families.
Note: This training runs the course of two sessions.

Destination Imagination: Thinking Outside The Box
Pasquale DiLego, Vermont Destination Imagination

This is a hands-on workshop that introduces participants to Destination Imagination. Participants will learn divergent thinking and have a unique opportunity to participate in challenging and motivating activities. They will develop their creative skills through problem solving and independent thinking. Participants should come prepared to be actively involved with working on solutions to some Instant Challenges and be ready to have a lot of fun with a variety of activities.

Fundraising Avenues for Afterschool
Rachel Rose, Cambridge Connections

Participants will learn about various methods and avenues of fundraising including building momentum in the community (marketing), crafting a fundraising packet, school-based events, mailing campaigns, local organizations, grants available in VT, private philanthropic organizations, and child care subsidy for licensed programs. Restrictions for fundraising  pertaining to 21st CCLC programs will also be covered. Participants will spend time identifying what types of fundraising endeavors are a good fit for their organization and will begin drafting language to use in fundraising/marketing materials.

Making Real Connections Through Personalized Learning
Dr. James Nagle, St. Michael’s College & Don Taylor, Main Street Middle School

This workshop will explore links between the development of middle school students and personalized learning. Don’s work with his students serve as an example of what works and why. Teasing out the “whys” of the strategies used will provide a clear link between theory, adolescent development and psychology, and practice. We will use your ideas and examples to think about transferring those strategies to work with ELOs and the afterschool community.

Talking Shop for Site Directors
Holly Morehouse, Vermont Afterschool 

Looking for time and space to talk with others who play the same role you do as a site leader of an afterschool program? Join this session to talk, share, problem-solve and network with others. Participants will help identify persistent challenges, share approaches, and build ideas off of one another. If you are feeling alone out there in the world of afterschool site leaders, this may be just the session for you!




2016 Workshop Session 3 // 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm


Creating Trauma Informed Communities: Part 2 (ASC)
Dr. Joelle van Lent, Licensed Psychologist

This workshop is a continuation of training on the impact of early neglect and trauma on a child’s development, including the child’s ability to form healthy relationships, respond to context, learn, and develop a positive self-concept. Dr. van Lent will identify the key elements involved in creating environments in which children can thrive despite adversity. This training will include examples and demonstration of specific strategies that promote the development of essential skills in the areas of emotional regulation, social competency, and executive functioning. This training is designed for participants who attended Dr. van Lent’s training in 2015 or session one in 2016.

*Note: This workshop (Parts 1 and 2 together) qualifies as Advanced Specialized Care (ASC).

Emergency Preparedness: Part 2
Christina Nelson, Mountain View Child Care & VB5 Mentor

In this class student will identify possible causes of both environmental and human emergencies, analysis threats, create appropriate responses, evaluate current emergency plans for inclusion of special circumstances, and create a recovery plan for successful reunification of children with families. Note: This training runs the course of two sessions.

Healthy Meals and Snacks for Afterschool and Summer
Ginger Farineau, Hunger Free Vermont

Hunger Free Vermont will host a training that will allow you to review afterschool and summer meal guidelines and explore new options for providing healthy afterschool and summer meals and snacks. Through a hands-on cooking experience, you will be given the opportunity to create actual recipes and taste test them! You will leave with these new recipes and ideas for your program going forward. This training will include time to share best practices with your peers around meal service, getting children to try new foods and the importance of choosing whole foods vs. pre-packaged foods in your program. Hunger Free Vermont will also be available to provide technical assistance after the training.

Inclusionary Play and Sport Activities
Caitlin Jenkins and Rachel Hamm Vaughan, Special Olympics Vermont

Special Olympics Unified Schools brings youth with and without intellectual disabilities together through education and sports to create school communities of acceptance and respect. Get resources and information on implementing these programs, including curriculum and training guides, equipment and support at no cost to you. Programs include Young Athletes (ages 2-7) and Unified Sports & Youth Leadership (elementary through high school) that are already active during and after school in more than 50 schools in Vermont. Last but not least, come ready to play!

Inspiring Confidence with Coding  
Lucie deLaBruere, Marlboro College

Why include coding in your afterchool program? Because it increases confidence, instills courage, and  grows perservance! But where do I start? How do I get the confidence to offer a hands-on coding activity? Start by signing up for CS-FIRST, a free program developed by Google targeted at students in grades 4-8 that uses block-based coding called Scratch. This session will introduce you to CS First so you can offer a coding in your afterschool program. Note: participants must bring their own laptop or Chromebook (iPads will not work).

Lesson Planning for Your Own Professional Development
Alissa Faber, Vermont Afterschool

In this workshop you will be introduced to a basic lesson plan structure which we will use to define personal professional development goals. The lesson plan scaffolding can be used to plan and set goals for afterschool archery, a staff meeting or your yearly professional development plan. Participants will walk away with documents for lesson planning, curriculum resources, an understanding of afterschool professional development and some goals for their afterschool year.

Square Pegs in Round Holes: Aligning Out of School Learning with Personal Learning Plans
Greg Young, Big Picture Learning

This workshop will focus on taking the activities and programs you do with youth outside of school and translating that information into the language of a Personalized Learning Plan. We will focus on identifying the transferable skills inherent in your programs and aligning them with proficiency-based graduation requirements. Please bring your own examples to work on; at the end of the workshop you will leave with a stronger understanding of how to articulate what you do in terms of personalized learning.

Mellisa Cain, Learning Through Laughter

Participants in this workshop will gain a toolbox of new skills and games to bring back to their afterschool sites. Goals: Have fun and be fully engaged; participating in hands-on activities to understand the importance of games and other such methods in developing a group of youth who want to work together as a dynamic team; and participants will become familiar with the Experiential Learning Cycle and how it is applicable to youth programming.


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