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Arts and Inclusion in Afterschool
This two-hour workshop is designed to harness the power of authentic, inclusive arts experiences in their afterschool programs. The workshop will include plenty of opportunity to experiment with arts materials, as well as cover the nuts-and-bolts of why and how to offer inclusive art experiences to ensure access for all in your afterschool program. A partnership with VSA Vermont.
Level: Basic

Art in 2-D: Drawing, Painting, and Print in Afterschool
In this 2-hour workshop participants will get their hands busy with easy, accessible and inexpensive drawing, painting and print materials that they can use in their programs right away. Not an artist? No problem! This workshop will take you through the process from cultivating a safe studio setting, through the planning, material acquisition, set-up, facilitation and clean-up of authentic two-dimensional art making experiences. A partnership with VSA Vermont.
Level: Basic

Art in 3-D: Sculpture in Afterschool
In this 2-hour workshop participants will get their hands busy with easy, accessible and inexpensive materials such as modeling compounds, construction and found materials that they can use in their programs right away. Not an artist? No problem! This workshop will take you through the process from cultivating a safe studio setting, through the planning, material acquisition, set-up, facilitation and clean-up of authentic three-dimensional art making experiences. A partnership with VSA Vermont.
Level: Basic

Basics of SEL for Afterschool – Elementary Age
This two-hour workshop is an introduction to social and emotional learning (SEL) in school-aged children grades K-5. We will explore the ways in which children learn social skills, the neuroscience behind challenging behavior and emotional regulation in children and adults, and the emotions coaching and problem-solving that will be most effective in increasing social and emotional learning in your afterschool program. We will review specific daily interactions with children and discuss ways to subtly change the messages behind your words and actions to help kids to gain social skills such as the ability to calm down after an upset, to transition from one activity to the next, to make amends with peers, and to express feelings in healthy ways.  
Level: Basic

Establishing a Culture of Mindfulness in Afterschool
This training provides afterschool site directors a basic understanding of mindfulness as tools to foster community connections, teach children body awareness in regulating emotions, and to relax. Participants will understand how to lay the foundation to create a mindful afterschool climate by creating routines, learning techniques and recognizing triggers to help children manage big emotions. They will get an introduction to breathing tools, yoga poses, community building games, mindfulness practices, and relaxation techniques. Participants will leave this workshop with a clear plan to implement a culture of mindfulness.
Level: Advanced

Outdoor Living Skills 1
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 NFI Vermont. 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: Second Nature – Getting Started!
Environmental education is much more than knowing every tree or bird in the woods! It’s about developing a sense of place, building connections between humans and the natural world, and gaining confidence to explore the patch of trees, the pond, or the school yard as a rich learning space. Participants will explore concepts, program design, partnerships and training supports for direct service staff. Experience a few hands-on activities while considering the constraints and opportunities of your setting. This training is in partnership with VT SWEEP, a network of environmental educators and entities across Vermont.
Note: This training is designed for Program Directors/Site Coordinators/Leaders who want to develop environmental programs in afterschool and/or summer.
Level: Basic

STEM: Second Nature – Seasonal Workshops
These are two-hour environmental education workshops designed for direct service afterschool and summer learning staff. This training is led in partnership with VT SWEEP, a network of environmental educators and entities across Vermont.

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

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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