New trainings help build after school programs
Region VII Expanded Learning Programs offers trainings to help meet state standards
Teachers and administrators in after school programs in Tulare, Kings and Madera counties are getting additional training support this year from the Region VII Expanded Learning Programs (ELP) office, which is based within the TCOE CHOICES Programs and led by project coordinator Virginia Sepeda. Ms. Sepeda reports that the trainings were developed in response to a region-wide survey that identified the top three needs for support focused around the state’s new Quality Standards for Expanded Learning. So far this year, the Region VII ELP has offered trainings to support the quality standards relating to the creation of safe and supportive environments, active and engaged learning, and youth voice and leadership.
Ms. Sepeda explains that the primary objective of the Region VII ELP is to build capacity in expanded learning programs to develop, implement and sustain support at the local level. “We also want to assist programs in successfully implementing quality standards established by the California Department of Education.”
This spring, the Region VII ELP office is hosting several never-before-offered leadership development opportunities framed around social-emotional learning. “We are pleased to launch a series of training cohorts created in partnership with California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC),” said Ms. Sepeda. “CalSAC is the largest Out of School Time (OST) training network in the country and they are committed to enriching children by empowering the adults who lead them.”
Upcoming seminars in March, April and May will focus on Restorative Practices – the practice through which educators develop environments where youth create a community of respect and caring and are able to effectively work through conflict together. The trainings will cover foundational research, proactive strategies, intervention techniques and guidance for how to cultivate a restorative culture of healing. A complete list of upcoming trainings is outlined below.
For more information about Expanded Learning Programs or how to connect your ELP team to these opportunities, contact Region VII Lead Virginia Sepeda at (559) 651-0155.
Upcoming Expanded Learning Programs Trainings
Tim A. Hire, County Superintendent of Schools
Tulare County Office of Education
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