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Summer Program Booster

The Summer Program Booster is a NEW training event designed to provide direct-service staff and program leaders with engaging, hands-on, and high-quality curriculum that can be used in their summer learning programs.

This professional development event will build frontline staff confidence to deliver engaging curriculum in afterschool and summer learning programs. Each two-hour workshop will “unpack” 10 hours of activities on a selected theme that staff can use in their own summer programs.

Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Location: Rutland High School
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Cost: $35/person including lunch

Please call Tracy Truzansky (802-363-0674) for last minute accommodations.


1. Bike Smart
Presenter: Mary Catherine Graziano, Local Motion
Description: The Bike Smart Curriculum is a complete hands-on, games-based bike safety and skill-building program, designed specifically for children in grades 3-5, but which has been easily modified for children as young as 5 and as old as high school.  Come join us for a fun, engaging, and welcoming program!  This program is a pre-requisite for being able to receive the Bike Smart trailer (a 20′ long trailer with 30+ kids’ bikes of all sizes, helmets, training materials–everything you’d need to run a bike program). To learn more about the Bike Smart program, go here. Sign up your summer program here to reserve bikes if you are 100% confirmed to attend this workshop!

2. Cooking Up Science
Presenter: Merry McDonnell, STEM Trainer
Description: A cooking class with a twist! Learn how to incorporate science concepts into your next cooking session. From ice cream, to jam, to edible paper, the possibilities are endless. Grades K-5.

3. Performing Arts
Presenter: Susan Palmer, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Description: Join an experienced teaching artist from the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts as you map out a week’s progression of interactive theater activities, storytelling techniques and role play games that will build community, support empathy amongst your students and give creative voice to youth in your summer program. Celebrate your students creativity with an optional final performance! Grades K-5.

4. The Private Eye
Presenter: Linden Higgins, STEM Trainer
Description: Take a closer look in The Private Eye, an inquiry-based program using 5x jeweler’s loupes (a simple and inexpensive tool) to explore the world on a micro level. Begin thinking by analogy, and theorizing and wondering in ways we haven’t before. See how such a simple tool can open up new opportunities for your afterschool program connecting literacy, art, and science. Once you have mastered the skills of The Private Eye, you can begin to use the loupes throughout your summer program. Grades 3-5.


1. Outdoor Living Skills
Presenter: Cindy Perry, Raven’s Wood
Description: Keep kids happy and screen-free this summer. This is a hands-on workshop designed to thrill kids back to nature with an emphasis on safety. This workshop will explore shelter building, whittling, leave no trace camping ethics, emergency first aid, outdoor crafts and games. You will leave with a weeks worth activities to engage kids in the great outdoors! Grades 3-8.

2. Unique Gardens
Presenter: Rose Garritano, UVM 4-H
Description: Preparing soil and planting beans is just one way to experience gardens! Explore cool projects like literacy rock gardens, butterfly attractors, engineering water features, and miniature fairy hideouts in the ferns. A week’s worth of simple and unique garden projects from flowers to fantasy made for summer learning spaces. Grades K-3.

3. Tinkering 101: Learning by Making
Presenter: Rachel Rose, STEM Trainer
Description: Tinkering is a mindset for learning that engages people’s creative spirit and their understanding of science phenomena. Tinkering or “making” is about using familiar objects in unfamiliar ways to make something of meaning to the tinkerer. Summer settings are the perfect time for making! Explore tinkering materials, facilitation, theory and assessment by trying projects firsthand and discussing tinkering’s emergence as a legitimate STEM learning experience that fuses art and engineering indoors or out! Grades 3-5.

4. Yoga and Mindfulness
Presenter: Kate Hudspeth, Spark Youth Yoga
Description: 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 summer program week, classroom management techniques, and ways to make yoga fun and developmentally appropriate.  Participants will leave with a concrete plan to implement yoga in their summer programs. Grades K-8.

9:00 – 9:30 | Registration and Welcome
9:30 – 11:30 | Workshop Session 1
11:30 – 12:30 | Lunch/Networking
12:30 – 2:30 | Workshop Session 2
2:30 – 3:00 | Evaluations & Closure


  • Each workshop has a maximum of 20 and a minimum of 10 to run.
  • Workshops that do not meet the minimum by registration deadline will be cancelled.
  • Half day/half price registrations are not permitted.
  • Splitting a registration between two people is not permitted.
  • Lunch will be catered – please provide your own breakfast or snacks.
  • Payment by PayPal with the option for check/purchase order if needed. No refunds will be issued unless the event is cancelled.

Questions? Contact Tracy Truzansky at tracytruzansky@vermontafterschool.com or call 802-448-3464.

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