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Me Power! Kids in Action Creating Positive Change
This workshop focuses on helping kids use their heads and act from their hearts. The 1-2-3 Me Power strategy is a proven method for kids to use their Me Power and prepare to move to action when confronted with a challenging social situation. Participants will learn Growing My Way – Growing Your Way: a kid-friendly conceptual framework for understanding and accepting differences. Strong emphasis on action planning! Geared to staff working with youth in grades K-5.
NOTE: This workshop has a prerequisite – Nurturing Confident, Compassionate Kids with Me Power (see below).
Level: Advanced

Nurturing Confident, Compassionate Kids with Me Power
Me Power:ThePower2Be is an innovative program that was created to help children feel and be confident, even under stress. When children practice Me Power, it makes all the difference in challenging situations (confusing friendships, bullying, teasing, etc.). Staff 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. Led by Deb Chisolm, M.Ed, founder of Me Power. Geared to staff working with youth in grades K-5.
Level: Basic

Outdoor Living Skills
Keep kids happy, outside, and screen-free this summer and in afterschool programming. This is a hands-on workshop designed to thrill kids back to nature with an emphasis on safety. This workshop will explore shelter building, basic tool use, and fire making with flint and steel. You will leave with hands-on experience, sample products, and no trace camping ethics in the great outdoors! Grades K-8.
Level: Basic

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to Create a Positive Afterschool Culture
This session will provide the rationale for PBIS and describe the critical features needed to create a positive afterschool program culture. Examples from Vermont and national exemplar PBIS schools will be shared. Universal practices such as defining/teaching behavior expectations, providing positive acknowledgment to individuals and groups, and establishing consistent responses to problem behavior will be highlighted. Strategies for starting PBIS in your own afterschool programs, aligning practices with affiliated PBIS schools, or deepening existing universal practices within an existing program’s PBIS framework will be explored. Led by staff from the UVM Center on Disability and Community Inclusion. This workshop meets Advanced Specialized Care requirements.

STEM: Breakthroughs and Blunders
Creating a STEM culture that values “failure” takes time and persistence! No one wants to experience speedbumps in planning or implantation of a STEM experience. Learn how to anticipate potential “stress points” and turn them into “teachable moments” through tools, facilitation techniques, and documenting kids who are moving from blunder to breakthrough!
Level: Basic

STEM: Coaching for Quality STEM Programs
Looking to improve STEM programming at your site? In this two-hour training session we will explore what STEM is (and isn’t) and share national afterschool STEM planning and coaching tools to support your staff as they improve STEM experiences for youth while building your confidence as a STEM instructor.
Level: Advanced

STEM: Cooking Up Science With or Without a Kitchen
This workshop is not about baking brownies from a box. Try experiments that use everyday kitchen materials, and then apply big ideas in science to cooking activities. Take the “Sink a Marshmallow Challenge” and create art with color chromatography. Engage in the inquiry process to discover why stuff fizzes, bread rises and chocolate syrup won’t freeze.
Level: Basic

STEM: Inquiry 101
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.
Level: Basic

STEM: STEM Misconceptions What DO Kids Know?
This workshop is not about paper/pencil surveys! Involving kids in thinking and sharing what they already know increases their engagement in your afterschool STEM activity. This workshop will enable you to modify your instruction to improve their learning experience through active assessment techniques that uncover misconceptions, gaps in understanding, and make your STEM experience relevant.
Level: Basic

STEM: STEMify Your Existing Program
Looking to increase STEM offerings in your afterschool program but not sure how to get started? This workshop will show you how you can tweak existing program offerings so that they include STEM content and practices.
Level: Basic

STEM: Tinkering for ALL Educators
This training is designed for ALL educators interested in experiencing several tinkering activities first hand while digging deeper into the fundamentals of tinkering – materials, environment and facilitation. Through discussion, video and resources the goal is to support classroom teachers, afterschool providers, youth librarians and others eager to design quality tinkering experiences while working within budget, space and time constraints of their learning environments. Put on your student hat AND your educator hat and get busy tinkering. Led by Vermont Afterschool and Montshire Museum.
NOTE: This workshop is 4.5 hours and has a prerequisite of Tinkering 101 or previous tinkering experience.
Level: Advanced

STEM: Winter Science Patterns, Structure, and Function
This workshop will introduce participants to the winter environment in Vermont using both indoor and outdoor activities. Experiential, hands-on activities will focus on two big ideas from NGSS: Patterns and Structure & Function. Both physical science and life science will be emphasized. Participants will leave with a flexible, 6-week lesson plan for children in grades K-2 and a resource list for supporting publications and websites. Led by Jenna Guarino, Vermont SWEEP.
Level: Basic

Understanding Complex Trauma and the Influence of Art in Afterschool
This training combines didactic teaching on complex developmental trauma with art making and discussion with providers who offer quality afterschool care. Participants will explore the elements of complex trauma, issues of arousal and attachment, and implications to the afterschool or summer learning environment. Through experiential art exercises, providers will learn firsthand how to better respond to youth and support success in informal learning settings. Led by Betsy Gradziadei, Vermont Trauma and Counseling Services. This workshop meets Advanced Specialized Care requirements.
NOTE: This training is two, 2-hour workshops for a total of four hours.
Level: Advanced

Yoga and Mindfulness for Youth
This workshop provides participants with an opportunity to experience yoga as a self-care tool. This experience will lay the foundation for learning the benefits of yoga for youth’s social, emotional, and physical health. Participants will gain an understanding of breathing techniques, yoga poses, group activities, mindfulness, and relaxation exercises. Attendees will learn ways to structure a class, classroom management techniques, and ways to make yoga fun and developmentally appropriate for all ages in grades K-12. Participants will leave with a concrete plan to implement yoga in their afterschool programs.
Level: Basic

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