Workshops & Webinars

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & NETWORKING

MAKING CONNECTIONS IN WYOMING

Afterschool programs keep kids safe, inspire them to learn, and give working parents peace of mind. They help children learn, grow, and reach their full potential, offering new learning opportunities that help students do better in school and in life. Children in afterschool programs attend school more often, get better grades, and are more likely to graduate. Afterschool providers connect to young people across the state of Wyoming. To encourage professional development and networking, the Alliance offers opportunities to convene and to learn from each other.

Asking Purposeful Questions

Exciting Professional Development Opportunity from WYAA and ACRES 

WYAA Program Associate Emily Vercoe is leading the ACRES training on Asking Purposeful Questions for out-of-school time (OST) professionals and volunteers. The training is designed for educators who would like to grow in their practice in facilitating STEM learning within a supportive community.

Would you like to learn more about upcoming sessions? Complete the simple online form! Click here.

Participants: 

  • build skills in connecting and communicating with youth,  
  • do some STEM stuff as a group and on your own, and  
  • reflect on your own practice in a brave space! 

The training will be held in three two-hour sessions over Zoom. Some work will be conducted asynchronously for a total contact time of ten hours. Participants are expected to join all three sessions and be active members of the coaching cohort. Completing Asking Purposeful Questions is a pre-requisite for exciting ACRES Trainings!   

Registration is free! 

ACRES is a nationally acclaimed coaching program that is a project of the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) that builds knowledge, skills, and confidence among participants who are interested in facilitating STEM experiences. While the program is designed for afterschool and out-of-school time educators, anyone with an interest and desire to learn more about ways to connect with youth is welcome to join!  Learn about the organization at acrescoaching.org. 

Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation grant #2115229, #1713134, and STEM Next Opportunity Fund. This training supports the mission of the Million Girls Moonshot. 

Ask about PTSB and STARS Credits! For more information, please contact Emily, emilyv@wycf.org or 307-721-8300.

Coffee & Conversations

The Opportunity of Out of School with WYAA & Wyoming INBRE

  • February 20: Engineering Education and Research Building (EERB) 255 | Questions, curiosity, teasing out prior knowledge to connect with learners
  • March 19: Engineering Education and Research Building (EERB) 255 | Best mentoring practices, developing resilience and wellness strategies
  • April 9: Engineering Building (EN) 1062 | Explore stages of development and how to connect with different audiences

All sessions held at the University of Wyoming in Laramie from 9:00-10:00am. Click here to RSVP!

Are you interested in outreach? Do you want to grow your tools and knowledge about connecting to your audience as someone who does outreach in STEM or other subject areas? Join us for bite-size conversations and interactive learning! Together, we’ll discover new ways to share knowledge. These conversations will be perfect for undergraduate and graduate students across campus who engage in outreach or want to do so. Plus, we’ll have snacks!

For more information, please contact Emily, emilyv@wycf.org or 307-721-8300.

Leaders Learning Network

Afterschool professionals and volunteers are creative and resourceful. This fall, the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance invites dynamic youth professionals to a series of conversations that will introduce evidence-based practice through concrete examples in action, showcase innovation and ideas happening in Wyoming, and cultivate connections among peers across the state. 

October 26: The Use of Trauma Informed Practices – Watch the Recording

The first session was held on October 26 and highlighted the use of trauma informed practices in out of school settings. It began with an overview of trauma informed practice from Julia Cathey and then profiled the experience of the Boys and Girls Club of Douglas as Director Joey Burke worked to transitioning the club’s practices to a trauma informed organization. 

Featured Resources

    November 9: Building Powerful PartnershipsWatch the Recording

    What if we invest in connecting systems and supports so that all young people can reach their highest potential? This is the compelling question posed by the School Superintendents Association in their Power of Partnerships initiative. Over the last two years, our systems have shown that they are flexible and agile. We now have new funding streams that make it possible to work toward that goal. Forming and sustaining strong partnerships takes intention and trying new approaches. Dr. Margaret Crespo, Superintendent of Laramie County School District #1 and Carisa Barnett, Director of Operations K-12 Programs for Teton Literacy Center shared their perspectives about the value of partnerships. 

    Featured Resources

    November 30: The Impact of Elevating Youth Voices – Watch the Recording

    When young people are involved in meaningful opportunities to plan, implement and evaluate program activities they are more likely to stay engaged as they deepen their learning and skills. We gathered together to discuss ways that youth professionals can partner with youth to support strategies that promote young peoples’ agency and contributions to our communities. Artist and educator Aubrey Edwards spoke about the Youth Justice Institute – a paid program for Wyoming teens  where youth participants learn how to investigate the inner-workings of Wyoming’s juvenile justice system and communicate what they have learned through multimedia arts projects. Dr. Susie Markus, Coordinator of the Wyoming Youth and Young Adult (YAYA) Council. The Council’s mission is to create an engaging environment among Wyoming’s youth and young adults to improve our health and well-being through connection to resources, education, community, and policy.

    Featured Resources

    Mission: The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance is a statewide network working to create the conditions for young people to reach their full potential. We are a priority fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation.

    WYOMING AFTERSCHOOL ALLIANCE

    1472 N. 5th Street, Suite 201
    Laramie, WY 82072
    Phone: 307-721-8300

     

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