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Challenge Kids with Robots and Coding

Dash and Dot are the perfect way to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) into a new light for children. Robots teach kids age five and up how to code while they play. Using cool, free apps and a compatible tablet or smartphone, kids learn to code while they make Dash sing, dance, and move all around the room. Dash and Dot are exciting, hands-on learning tools for students in grades K-5! Targeted at teaching creative problem solving and computational thinking, Dash and Dot help students learn fundamental processes relevant for all 21st-century skills. Students send commands to the robots to move them, light them up, and have them detect the world around them using four free coding applications available on iPad and Android tablets. Join us to learn more!

Date

Location

Time

01/28/2021

AU- Zoom

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenter

Kendra Allen & Michelle Denney

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Spark Curiosity and Interest through STEM

The curiosity and creative thinking of children produce natural STEM, science, technology, engineering and mathematics, learners. Children construct knowledge through observation, exploration and  experimentation. STEM learning uses teachable moments and children’s long-term investigations to build knowledge through developing children’s inquiry, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. By cultivating these critical skills teachers and childcare providers can positively influence children’s learning in the STEM disciplines. Join us to discover resources and strategies to prepare our school-age children (4 to 12 years old) for school and beyond.

Date

Location

Time

02/04/2021

AU- Zoom

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenter

Kendra Allen & Michelle Denney

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Structures and Strategies to Meet the Needs for Newcomers, ELs and All (PLU for Alabama Education Leaders)

Information will be added to PowerSchool

Date

Location

Time

02/17/2021

AMSTI

12:00-4:00 PM

Presenter

Dr. Jason Bryant & Sandy Resa

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Building Teams and Relationships

How can you build positive, productive, caring teams in the workplace? It begins with building positive relationships and setting clear expectations within your organization along with injecting a bit of humor along the way. Team building has several major objectives one of which is enhancing good communications with participants as team members and individuals. There is also increased productivity and creativity which only supports the morale and positive rapport within your organization. Research has found when teams are at their personal best, they follow these five practices: model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, and encourage the heart. This training offers a powerful opportunity for you to reflect on each essential element, think beyond your personal agenda, and to involve others in the planning and the doing while having fun along the way.

Date

Location

Time

02/18/2021

AU- Zoom

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenter

Dr. Jason Bryant

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Spark Curiosity and Interest through STEM

The curiosity and creative thinking of children produce natural STEM, science, technology, engineering and mathematics, learners. Children construct knowledge through observation, exploration and  experimentation. STEM learning uses teachable moments and children’s long-term investigations to build knowledge through developing children’s inquiry, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. By cultivating these critical skills teachers and childcare providers can positively influence children’s learning in the STEM disciplines. Join us to discover resources and strategies to prepare our school-age children (4 to 12 years old) for school and beyond.

Date

Location

Time

02/23/2021

CCRC Opelika- Zoom

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenter

Kendra Allen & Michelle Denney

REGISTER

Positive Behavior Supports in Out-of-School

Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS) is an evidence-based approach for establishing the social, cultural and behavioral supports needed to establish an effective learning environment for all students. Consistency is key to success and the afterschool program can help improve the school climate and reduce behavior management issues by integrating PBS strategies beyond the school day.

Date

Location

Time

03/02/2021

AU- Zoom

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenter

Sandy Resa

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Keeping Kids Safe: Physically, Socially, and Emotionally

A safe environment is essential for children of all ages. The gap in time between the ringing of the school bell and when adults arrive home from work has long been a concern of families and community members due to the potential dangers and risky behaviors that take place after school. The COVID breaks from school coupled with other breaks in the school calendar offer a greater challenge to keep our children safe. In the session, Keeping School-Age Kids Safe: Physically, Socially and Emotionally, we will explore the revisions and additions to the Health and Safety Guidelines, Requirements and Procedures for Out-of-School Time Facilities Participating in the Child Care Subsidy Program that were made so a greater number of children may be served in our state. In addition, we will examine strategies and best practices to address the needs and increase engagement to offer a better experience for all.

Date

Location

Time

03/09/2021

CCRC- Opelika

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenter

Sandy Resa

REGISTER

Community: Building Partnerships for Sustainability

Would you like to see additional programs at your site without having to plan them? Or maybe get free treats for your students and staff? Join us as we discuss how to leverage partners in your community to create more successful programs. Topics discussed will include how to find partners, the initial ask for partnership, including your partners in planning, and more.

Date

Location

Time

03/11/2021

AU- Zoom

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenter

Erika Rucker

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Implementing Best Practices to Increase Engagement

Are you seeking new strategies to engage your school-age children? Let’s explore best practices to help increase achievement for struggling students, reduce disruption and allow a positive, productive environment.

Date

Location

Time

03/23/2021

AU- Zoom

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenter

Sandy Resa

REGISTER

Implementing Best Practices to Increase Engagement

Are you seeking new strategies to engage your school-age children? Let’s explore best practices to help increase achievement for struggling students, reduce disruption and allow a positive, productive environment.

Date

Location

Time

04/06/2021

CCRC- Opelika

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenter

Sandy Resa & Michelle Denney

REGISTER

Structures and Strategies to Meet the Needs for Newcomers, ELs and All (PLU for Alabama Education Leaders)

Information will be added to PowerSchool

Date

Location

Time

04/07/2021

AMSTI

12:00-4:00 PM

Presenter

Dr. Jason Bryant & Sandy Resa

REGISTER

Equity in Stem Education

Children are often exposed to gender and ethnic stereotypes in STEM education from an early age. These stereotypes can be unintentionally reinforced through routines and practices. By increasing our awareness of these stereotypes and recognizing and respecting the diversity in our out-of-school programs, we can learn to cultivate an environment in which all students are empowered, challenged, supported, and provided full access to STEM education. Join us as we explore ways to bridge the gender and ethnic gaps often found in STEM fields. Increasing excitement about STEM and improving accessibility to STEM learning will boost student confidence and ultimately have a positive impact on students’ future life choices.

Date

Location

Time

04/08/2021

AU- Zoom

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenter

Michelle Denney & Kendra Allen

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SEL: Taking Care of Staff

Childcare providers and educators work hard to bring their best selves to the classroom every day while they juggle individual student needs, set ambitious goals, and often work long hours. Many providers also face escalating job demands with few resources while they work with students who face complex trauma, behavioral difficulties and learning challenges. The stress level of childcare providers and teachers can

affect their health and well-being as well as their job satisfaction and teacher retention. It is essential for educators take time to prevent burnout, promote health, and protect themselves from the negative effects of stress. Discover strategies and practices to take care self and staff create a positive environment for all.

Date

Location

Time

04/20/2021

AU- Zoom

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenter

Sandy Resa

REGISTER

Community: Building Partnerships for Sustainability

Would you like to see additional programs at your site without having to plan them? Or maybe get free treats for your students and staff? Join us as we discuss how to leverage partners in your community to create more successful programs. Topics discussed will include how to find partners, the initial ask for partnership, including your partners in planning, and more.

Date

Location

Time

05/06/2021

AU- Zoom

1:00-3:00 PM

Presenter

Erka Rucker

REGISTER

Structures and Strategies to Meet the Needs for Newcomers, ELs and All (PLU for Alabama Education Leaders)

Information will be added to PowerSchool

Date

Location

Time

05/12/2021

AU-Zoom

1:00-3:00 PM

Presenter

Dr. Jason Bryant & Sandy Resa

REGISTER

Challenge Kids with Robots and Coding

Dash and Dot are the perfect way to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) into a new light for children. Robots teach kids age five and up how to code while they play. Using cool, free apps and a compatible tablet or smartphone, kids learn to code while they make Dash sing, dance, and move all around the room. Dash and Dot are exciting, hands-on learning tools for students in grades K-5! Targeted at teaching creative problem solving and computational thinking, Dash and Dot help students learn fundamental processes relevant for all 21st-century skills. Students send commands to the robots to move them, light them up, and have them detect the world around them using four free coding applications available on iPad and Android tablets. Join us to learn more!

Date

Location

Time

05/17/2021

CCRC- Opelika

6:30-8:30 PM

Presenter

Kendra Allen & Michelle Denney

REGISTER

Building Teams and Relationships

How can you build positive, productive, caring teams in the workplace? It begins with building positive relationships and setting clear expectations within your organization along with injecting a bit of humor along the way. Team building has several major objectives one of which is enhancing good communications with participants as team members and individuals. There is also increased productivity and creativity which only supports the morale and positive rapport within your organization. Research has found when teams are at their personal best, they follow these five practices: model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, and encourage the heart. This training offers a powerful opportunity for you to reflect on each essential element, think beyond your personal agenda, and to involve others in the planning and the doing while having fun along the way.

Date

Location

Time

05/20/2021

AU- Zoom

1:00-3:00 PM

Presenter

Dr. Jason Bryant

REGISTER

Positive Behavior Supports in Out-of-School

Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS) is an evidence-based approach for establishing the social, cultural and behavioral supports needed to establish an effective learning environment for all students. Consistency is key to success and the afterschool program can help improve the school climate and reduce behavior management issues by integrating PBS strategies beyond the school day.

Date

Location

Time

05/25/2021

Au- Zoom

1:00-3:00 PM

Presenter

Sandy Resa & Michelle Denney

REGISTER

Positive Behavior Supports in Out-of-School

Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS) is an evidence-based approach for establishing the social, cultural and behavioral supports needed to establish an effective learning environment for all students. Consistency is key to success and the afterschool program can help improve the school climate and reduce behavior management issues by integrating PBS strategies beyond the school day.

Date

Location

Time

05/26/2021

CCR- Birmingham

1:00-3:00 PM

Presenter

Sandy Resa & Michelle Denney

REGISTER

Keeping Kids Safe: Physically, Socially, and Emotionally

A safe environment is essential for children of all ages. The gap in time between the ringing of the school bell and when adults arrive home from work has long been a concern of families and community members due to the potential dangers and risky behaviors that take place after school. The COVID breaks from school coupled with other breaks in the school calendar offer a greater challenge to keep our children safe. In the session, Keeping School-Age Kids Safe: Physically, Socially and Emotionally, we will explore the revisions and additions to the Health and Safety Guidelines, Requirements and Procedures for Out-of-School Time Facilities Participating in the Child Care Subsidy Program that were made so a greater number of children may be served in our state. In addition, we will examine strategies and best practices to address the needs and increase engagement to offer a better experience for all.

Date

Location

Time

06/03/2021

Dothan

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenter

Sandy Resa & Michelle Denney

REGISTER

Positive Behavior Supports in Out-of-School

Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS) is an evidence-based approach for establishing the social, cultural and behavioral supports needed to establish an effective learning environment for all students. Consistency is key to success and the afterschool program can help improve the school climate and reduce behavior management issues by integrating PBS strategies beyond the school day.

Date

Location

Time

06/08/2021

CCRC- Opelika

6:30-8:30 PM

Presenter

Sandy Resa & Michelle Denney

REGISTER

Challenge Kids with Robots and Coding

Dash and Dot are the perfect way to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) into a new light for children. Robots teach kids age five and up how to code while they play. Using cool, free apps and a compatible tablet or smartphone, kids learn to code while they make Dash sing, dance, and move all around the room. Dash and Dot are exciting, hands-on learning tools for students in grades K-5! Targeted at teaching creative problem solving and computational thinking, Dash and Dot help students learn fundamental processes relevant for all 21st-century skills. Students send commands to the robots to move them, light them up, and have them detect the world around them using four free coding applications available on iPad and Android tablets. Join us to learn more!

Date

Location

Time

06/10/2021

Dothan

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenter

Kendra Allen & Michelle Denney

REGISTER

Financial Literacy: Prepare Our Youth in Money Management

Financial literacy lessons teach children the basics of money management: budgeting, saving, debt, investing, and giving. That knowledge lays a foundation for our youth to build strong money habits early on and avoid many of the mistakes that lead to lifelong money struggles. Explore the benefits and importance of teaching financial literacy to our youth. Learn about resources to employ and steps you can implement to ensure an impactful experience to prepare our children for life.

Date

Location

Time

07/01/2021

AU-Zoom

1:00-3:00 PM

Presenter

Sandy Resa & Michelle Denney

REGISTER

Heroes Get Tired Too: Caring for Self and Staff

Whew- Let’s Start Next School Year Off Right! Childcare providers and educators work hard to bring their best selves to the classroom every day while they juggle individual student needs, set ambitious goals, and often work long hours. Many providers also face escalating job demands with few resources while they work with students who face complex trauma, behavioral difficulties and learning challenges. The stress level of childcare providers and teachers can affect their health and well-being as well as their job satisfaction and teacher retention. It is essential for educators take time to prevent burnout, promote health, and protect themselves from the negative effects of stress. Discover strategies and practices to take care of self and staff and to create a positive environment for all.

Date

Location

Time

07/13/2021

AU-Zoom

3:00-5:00 PM

Presenter

Sandy Resa & Michelle Denney

REGISTER

Do All Stakeholders Feel Safe? Creation of a Safe, Supportive Environment

Does your program have structures and strategies in place to create a safe and supportive environment for all? It is important to foster a safe physical environment coupled with a comfortable learning environment in which children feel safe, relaxed, and willing to take risks, especially for learners who may have had negative experiences. Children often describe supportive learning environments as places that expand their sense of family and in which they feel safe to take risks. We will explore routines and strategies to employ in order to provide a safe, supportive environment where children can grow.

Date

Location

Time

07/15/2021

AU-Zoom

3:00-5:00 PM

Presenter

Sandy Resa & Michelle Denney

REGISTER

Do All Stakeholders Feel Safe? Creation of a Safe, Supportive Environment

Does your program have structures and strategies in place to create a safe and supportive environment for all? It is important to foster a safe physical environment coupled with a comfortable learning environment in which children feel safe, relaxed, and willing to take risks, especially for learners who may have had negative experiences. Children often describe supportive learning environments as places that expand their sense of family and in which they feel safe to take risks. We will explore routines and strategies to employ in order to provide a safe, supportive environment where children can grow.

Date

Location

Time

07/15/2021

CCRC- Opelika

6:30-8:30 PM

Presenter

Sandy Resa & Michelle Denney

REGISTER

Preparation + Communication = Staff Success

Hiring and retaining quality staff is essential to achieving program excellence. Join us as we discuss strategies for preparing your staff for success. We will address topics that include how to plan effective orientation procedures for new staff and how to conduct a needs assessment in order to provide ongoing professional development that reflects individual needs and promotes personal growth. We will also share suggestions for how to provide constructive feedback regarding individual performance goals. Positive communication between program leaders and staff will help your program employ best practices to meet the needs of the whole child.

Date

Location

Time

07/26/2021

AU-Zoom

3:00-5:00 PM

Presenter

Sandy Resa & Michelle Denney

REGISTER

Preparation + Communication = Staff Success

Hiring and retaining quality staff is essential to achieving program excellence. Join us as we discuss strategies for preparing your staff for success. We will address topics that include how to plan effective orientation procedures for new staff and how to conduct a needs assessment in order to provide ongoing professional development that reflects individual needs and promotes personal growth. We will also share suggestions for how to provide constructive feedback regarding individual performance goals. Positive communication between program leaders and staff will help your program employ best practices to meet the needs of the whole child.

Date

Location

Time

07/26/2021

CCRC-Opelika

6:30-8:30 PM

Presenter

Sandy Resa & Michelle Denney

REGISTER

Spark Curiosity and Interest through STEM

The curiosity and creative thinking of children produce natural STEM, science, technology, engineering and mathematics, learners. Children construct knowledge through observation, exploration and  experimentation. STEM learning uses teachable moments and children’s long-term investigations to build knowledge through developing children’s inquiry, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. By cultivating these critical skills teachers and childcare providers can positively influence children’s learning in the STEM disciplines. Join us to discover resources and strategies to prepare our school-age children (4 to 12 years old) for school and beyond.

Date

Location

Time

08/03/2021

Dothan

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenter

Michelle Denney & Kendra Allen

Challenge Kids with Robots and Coding

Dash and Dot are the perfect way to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) into a new light for children. Robots teach kids age five and up how to code while they play. Using cool, free apps and a compatible tablet or smartphone, kids learn to code while they make Dash sing, dance, and move all around the room. Dash and Dot are exciting, hands-on learning tools for students in grades K-5! Targeted at teaching creative problem solving and computational thinking, Dash and Dot help students learn fundamental processes relevant for all 21st-century skills. Students send commands to the robots to move them, light them up, and have them detect the world around them using four free coding applications available on iPad and Android tablets. Join us to learn more!

Date

Location

Time

08/11/2021

CCR-Bham

1:00-3:00 PM

Presenter

Michelle Denney & Sandy Resa

Being Strategic in the Midst of Conflict - Conflict Resolution and Bullying Prevention

“The quality of our lives depends not on whether or not we have conflicts, but on how we respond to them.” (Thomas Crum)
This session will provide tools and strategies that youth and staff can use when conflicts arise. We will share activity ideas that promote cooperation and respect to help youth interact in positive ways. We will also talk about creating anti-bullying policies and communicating those policies and expectations clearly and concisely with youth, families, and staff.

Date

Location

Time

08/16/2021

AU-Zoom

3:00-5:00 PM

Presenter

Sandy Resa & Michelle Denney

REGISTER

Being Strategic in the Midst of Conflict - Conflict Resolution and Bullying Prevention

“The quality of our lives depends not on whether or not we have conflicts, but on how we respond to them.” (Thomas Crum)
This session will provide tools and strategies that youth and staff can use when conflicts arise. We will share activity ideas that promote cooperation and respect to help youth interact in positive ways. We will also talk about creating anti-bullying policies and communicating those policies and expectations clearly and concisely with youth, families, and staff.

Date

Location

Time

08/16/2021

CCRC-Opelika

6:30-8:30 PM

Presenter

Sandy Resa & Michelle Denney

REGISTER

Building Teams and Relationships

How can you build positive, productive, caring teams in the workplace? It begins with building positive relationships and setting clear expectations within your organization along with injecting a bit of humor along the way. Team building has several major objectives one of which is enhancing good communications with participants as team members and individuals. There is also increased productivity and creativity which only supports the morale and positive rapport within your organization. Research has found when teams are at their personal best, they follow these five practices: model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, and encourage the heart. This training offers a powerful opportunity for you to reflect on each essential element, think beyond your personal agenda, and to involve others in the planning and the doing while having fun along the way.

Date

Location

Time

08/17/2021

AU- Zoom

1:00-3:00 PM

Presenter

Dr. Jason Bryant

REGISTER

Perception vs. Reality - Are your mission, goals, & objectives aligned for quality improvement?

How can you build positive, productive, caring teams in the workplace? It begins with building positive relationships and setting clear expectations within your organization along with injecting a bit of humor along the way. Team building has several major objectives one of which is enhancing good communications with participants as team members and individuals. There is also increased productivity and creativity which only supports the morale and positive rapport within your organization. Research has found when teams are at their personal best, they follow these five practices: model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, and encourage the heart. This training offers a powerful opportunity for you to reflect on each essential element, think beyond your personal agenda, and to involve others in the planning and the doing while having fun along the way.

Date

Location

Time

08/19/2021

AU- Zoom

3:00-5:00 PM

Presenter

Dr. Jason Bryant

REGISTER

Poverty Simulation

Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families, and unless one has experienced poverty, it is difficult to comprehend. The Truman Pierce Institute will work with you to conduct the Community Action Poverty Simulation to help bridge the gap from misconception to understanding through an interactive immersion experience. The experience lasts 2.5–3 hours. It includes a brief introduction and briefing of the simulation exercise and a debriefing period after the exercise in which the participants and volunteer staffers share their feelings and experiences.

Date

Location

Time

08/21/2021

CCRC-Opelika

10:00 AM -
12:00 PM

Presenter

TPI Staff Members

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Commit to Be Fit! Routines & Practices to Offer Physical Activity & Healthy Lifestyles

Be active! Be healthy! Be happy! These are habits we want to instill in our youth. Join us as we share ideas about how to encourage youth to be physically active by planning and implementing a variety of physical activities that can be integrated across programming. We will address meeting the needs, interests, abilities, and talents of all youth and even how to engage families in physical activity! We will also discuss strategies for promoting hygiene best practices and precautions and for protecting youth from spreading illness. 

Date

Location

Time

08/31/2021

AU-Zoom

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenter

Sandy Resa & Michelle Denney

Don't Reinvent the Wheel: Resources to Improve and Enhance Learning Opportunities

Great teachers and childcare providers are always reflecting upon lessons and wish to provide quality experiences for children. Finding resources and lessons takes time. Join us to discover strategies and resources to enrich your program. Working together sure makes us smarter!

Date

Location

Time

09/09/2021

AU-Zoom

3:00-5:00 PM

Presenter

Sandy Resa & Michelle Denney

Don't Reinvent the Wheel: Resources to Improve and Enhance Learning Opportunities

Great teachers and childcare providers are always reflecting upon lessons and wish to provide quality experiences for children. Finding resources and lessons takes time. Join us to discover strategies and resources to enrich your program. Working together sure makes us smarter!

Date

Location

Time

09/09/2021

CCRC-Opelika

6:30-8:30 PM

Presenter

Sandy Resa & Michelle Denney

Learning Styles to Engage and Support Learners

This session will introduce childcare providers to the various learning styles and inventories that are available to help differentiate information to help support and engage students in the classroom. Even our youngest learners have unique learning styles, and it is important to recognize those to help them continue to grow in their academic and social needs.

Date

Location

Time

09/23/2021

AU-Zoom

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenter

Dr. Jason Bryant

Differences in You and Me; Embracing the Differences You See

This session will help childcare providers understand the importance of embracing cultural diversity within their school setting. We live in a diverse society and it is important that educators help students navigate the differences we see, along with understanding how important culture is to our overall growth.

Date

Location

Time

10/14/2021

AU-Zoom

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenter

Dr. Jason Bryant

Building Capacity from Within, Shifting from Leadership to Buildership

Building on a previous session, Building Teams and Relationships, this session will help turn your center/school into a success story with the people and resources you already have. We will discuss your purpose, people, plan, pathway, and pulling it all together so that you can begin to write your success story today!

Date

Location

Time

11/18/2021

AU-Zoom

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenter

Dr. Jason Bryant