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Regional Trainings

The 2018 Spring Regional Trainings are designed to provide direct-service staff and program leaders with engaging, hands-on, and high-quality activities that can be used in their afterschool learning programs. Registration is below the descriptions–please call Tracy (802-448-3464) if cost is a hardship and we can work something out!


1. Second Nature: Environmental Learning for Afterschool
Saturday, February 10, 2018
9:30am – 3:00pm
Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT
Fee: $50 per person

Getting outdoors is important for everyone’s physical and mental health! Spend a day immersed in activities that go beyond the playground. Event participants will choose two, 2HR workshops that explore both physical and life science concepts through seasonally-based hands-on activities. All workshops will emphasize the big ideas of Patterns and Structure & Function, as well as offer great resources and weekly lessons that can be condensed into a week of summer programming. One workshop is designed specifically for Site Coordinators who are invested in expanding environmental education in their afterschool offerings.
Please bring your own bag lunch. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
Notes: Free admission to Shelburne Farms trails for immediate family members on the day of the training.

2. Tinkering: Project Practice for STEM Facilitators
Saturday, March 10, 2018
9:30am – 3:00pm
Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, VT
Fee: $50 per person

Love tinkering but need time to practice projects yourself before guiding youth? This full day regional training will provide exposure to and practice in multiple tinkering projects and ways to “complexify” for more advanced learning. Resources, tips for facilitation and managing your program will be addressed. Please bring your own bag lunch. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
Notes: Reduced admission for immediate family members on the day of the training.

3. Tinkering: Project Practice for STEM Facilitators
Saturday, April 14, 2018
9:30am – 3:00pm
ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, VT
Fee: $50 per person

Love tinkering but need time to practice projects yourself before guiding youth? This full day regional training will provide exposure to and practice in multiple tinkering projects and ways to “complexify” for more advanced learning. Resources, tips for facilitation and managing your program will be addressed. Lunch: Please bring a bag lunch OR you may elect to buy lunch at the ECHO Café. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
Notes: Reduced admission of $7/person for immediate family members for the day of the event.

4. Visual and Performing Arts for Afterschool
Saturday, May 12, 2018
9:30am – 3:00pm
ArtisTree Community Arts Center, South Pomfret, VT
Fee: $50 per person

Join talented teaching artists from our new partners at VSA Vermont and the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts for a day of arts exploration specifically designed for afterschool providers. Choose two 2HR workshops in 2D Art, 3D Art, Arts and Inclusion, On Stage Afterschool and/or Backstage Afterschool activities. Up the ante of your arts offerings and connect to dynamic statewide arts partners who have great resources to share! Lunch: Please bring a bag lunch. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

On Stage Afterschool: Help youth find their voice through theater games and techniques that tap their creative spirit and build confidence. Try your hand at integrating skits, tableaus, and other theatrical elements into your teaching practice, while building your capacity for creating student-driven performances. A Flynn Center for the Performing Arts teaching artist will facilitate this session to boost your repertoire and resources for theater-based fun in your afterschool program.   

Backstage Afterschool: Learn the secrets of the backstage in this technical theater-based session. In this hands-on, interactive workshop, we will cover the key elements of technical theater (including lighting, sound, props) and the roles of each crew member (including stage manager, lighting designer, prop master).  Expert coaching from a Flynn Center for the Performing Arts teaching artist will prepare you to bring your own students into the magical world of the backstage.


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