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New trainings help build after school programs

Region VII Expanded Learning Programs offers trainings to help meet state standards

Region VII Expanded Learning Programs

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

  • Including Children/Youth with Disruptive Behaviors
    During this module, participants will discuss the challenges of children and youth with disruptive behavior and learn strategies for effectively addressing these behaviors.
    Saturday, March 25, 2017, 9:20 – 10:50 a.m.
  • Incorporating Older Youth Voices in Program Activities
    During this module, participants will learn to identify multiple ways in which youth can exercise their voice in their programs. They will learn techniques to support and encourage older youth to provide input during program activities.
    Saturday, March 25, 2017, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Restorative Practices Training Series
    This series offers Expanded Learning professionals the knowledge, skills, and strategies to create program environments where youth create a community of respect and caring, and are able to effectively work through conflict together.
    Thursdays, March 30, April 6, April 20, and May 11, 2017
    8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (each session)
  • Service Learning
    During this module, participants will identify potential service learning projects and create an action plan they can implement at their site.
    Saturday, April 29, 2017
    Session 1: 9:20 – 10:50 a.m. OR
    Session 2: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.