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Social Emotional Youth Development [clear filter]
Thursday, October 11
 

9:30am EDT

Working with Traumatized Youth and Taking Care of Ourselves in the Process (Introductory Training)
Limited Capacity filling up

Understanding the effects of trauma on youth development. Understand how trauma effects brain development and behavior as well as the neurobiology of trauma. Best practices for trauma sensitivity with individuals and programs. Understand the important of self-care and avoiding vicarious traumatization. Learn mindfulness activities and self care strategies for individuals and programs. This is an introductory training.

Facilitators
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Alice Cohen

Lead Teacher for Social Emotional Learning, Cambridge Public Schools
Lead Teacher for Social Emotional Learning Cambridge Public Schools, Alice has been working with children that other people don't like for about 35 years! She has a deep respect for the fact that kids are trying their best and will do well if they can. Always interested in empowering... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 9:30am - 12:30pm EDT
TERC Community Room 2067 Mass Ave, Cambridge MA
 
Wednesday, October 17
 

6:30pm EDT

Positive Behavoir Support (Introductory Training)
Limited Capacity full

Successful behavioral interventions for individuals and groups of young people. A continuum of step-wise interventions to promote youth self-regulation and the development of social competency. Healthy group growth and functioning.

Facilitators
avatar for Dee Spinkston

Dee Spinkston

Facilitator/Quality Coach
Charlotte Spinkston has 30+ years’ experience an educator, vocational counselor, and executive director of disability and youth-focused government and community based organizations. She has worked nationally on issues related to parent and family engagement and leadership development... Read More →


Wednesday October 17, 2018 6:30pm - 9:30pm EDT
51 Inman Street. Cambridge MA 2nd floor conference room
 
Tuesday, October 23
 

9:30am EDT

Positive Behavoir Support (Introductory Training)
Limited Capacity full

Successful behavioral interventions for individuals and groups of young people. A continuum of step-wise interventions to promote youth self-regulation and the development of social competency. Healthy group growth and functioning.

Facilitators
avatar for Dee Spinkston

Dee Spinkston

Facilitator/Quality Coach
Charlotte Spinkston has 30+ years’ experience an educator, vocational counselor, and executive director of disability and youth-focused government and community based organizations. She has worked nationally on issues related to parent and family engagement and leadership development... Read More →


Tuesday October 23, 2018 9:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Cambridge Community Center 5 Callender Street, Cambridge
 
Thursday, November 15
 

9:30am EST

Youth Development: Middle Years (Introductory Training)
Limited Capacity filling up

An overview of aspects of youth development that most impact OST. What are the development challenges in the middle years? How can programs be sure they are supporting increased competency? How can programs determine if youth are struggling to meet developmental milestones, and what can programs do to increase youth competency and foster success?

Facilitators
avatar for Melina O'Grady

Melina O'Grady

Facilitator/Coach, Agenda for Children Out of School Time
Melina is an independent education consultant with roots as a counselor and teacher and a vision for creating and supporting dynamic learning environments in and outside of schools that fully engage both teacher and student. Her 20 years of experience spans residential facilities... Read More →


Thursday November 15, 2018 9:30am - 12:30pm EST
Cambridge Community Center 5 Callender Street, Cambridge

6:30pm EST

Youth Development: Middle Years (Introductory Training)
Limited Capacity seats available

An overview of aspects of youth development that most impact OST. What are the development challenges in the middle years? How can programs be sure they are supporting increased competency? How can programs determine if youth are struggling to meet developmental milestones, and what can programs do to increase youth competency and foster success?

Facilitators
avatar for Melina O'Grady

Melina O'Grady

Facilitator/Coach, Agenda for Children Out of School Time
Melina is an independent education consultant with roots as a counselor and teacher and a vision for creating and supporting dynamic learning environments in and outside of schools that fully engage both teacher and student. Her 20 years of experience spans residential facilities... Read More →


Thursday November 15, 2018 6:30pm - 9:30pm EST
51 Inman Street. Cambridge MA 2nd floor conference room
 
Wednesday, November 28
 

9:30am EST

Youth Development: K-5
Limited Capacity full

An overview of aspects of youth development that most impact OST. What are the development challenges from Kindergarten to 5th grade? How can programs be sure they are supporting increased competency? How can programs determine if youth are struggling to meet developmental milestones, and what can programs do to increase youth competency and foster success?

Facilitators
avatar for David Jenkins

David Jenkins

Facilitator/Coach
David Jenkins supports mission-driven organizations to be bold and effective in making internal and systemic change. He has 15-years’ experience leading out-of-school time programs and networks in the Boston Area, including ten years supporting youth-led community organizing. In... Read More →


Wednesday November 28, 2018 9:30am - 12:30pm EST
344 Broadway Cambridge MA 2nd floor conference room
 
Thursday, November 29
 

6:30pm EST

Youth Development: K-5
Limited Capacity seats available

An overview of aspects of youth development that most impact OST. What are the development challenges from Kindergarten to 5th grade? How can programs be sure they are supporting increased competency? How can programs determine if youth are struggling to meet developmental milestones, and what can programs do to increase youth competency and foster success?

Facilitators
avatar for David Jenkins

David Jenkins

Facilitator/Coach
David Jenkins supports mission-driven organizations to be bold and effective in making internal and systemic change. He has 15-years’ experience leading out-of-school time programs and networks in the Boston Area, including ten years supporting youth-led community organizing. In... Read More →


Thursday November 29, 2018 6:30pm - 9:30pm EST
51 Inman Street. Cambridge MA 2nd floor conference room
 
Wednesday, December 19
 

9:30am EST

Cracking the Code
Limited Capacity filling up

To register you must have take Positive Behavior Support and Working with Traumatized Youth.

This workshop is designed to think about challenging behaviors that our students experience and how we can best support them. We ground ourselves in the importance of empathy in our work and understand how behavior is a tool for communication. You will be challenged to take your learning from Positive Behavior Support and to be reflective on your approaches to behaviors and how they are responsive to the needs of youth in the moment with the goal of continually increasing youth competency and fostering success. Additionally, we will delve into the impact of trauma, building on the foundation laid in the previous training, Working with Traumatized Youth. We will discuss the pervasive role trauma plays in our students development and in their lives, as well as in our classrooms.

Facilitators
avatar for Erika Peter Harp

Erika Peter Harp

Assistant Program Manager, King Open Extended Day
Erika is currently the assistant program manager at the King Open Extended Day, a program devoted to supporting the social and emotional growth and development of students. Erika has worn many hats working for the City of Cambridge, including working with the Inclusion Initiative... Read More →


Wednesday December 19, 2018 9:30am - 12:30pm EST
344 Broadway, Cambridge MA 2nd floor conference room
 
Thursday, March 21
 

9:30am EDT

Cracking the Code
Limited Capacity filling up

In this workshop participants will explore and discuss challenging behaviors that our students experience and how we can best support them.

Learning Goals
  1. Understand that behavior is always a form of communication;
  2. Be reflective and aware of your approach to difficult behavior;
  3. See the whole child for who they are, not the behavior they are temporarily exhibiting; and
  4. Continuing the expansion of your competency in working with youth and fostering success.

During the workshop, we will ground ourselves in the importance of empathy in our work and understand how behavior is a tool for communication. You will be challenged to take what you know about positive behavior and be reflective on your personal approaches to behaviors and how they respond to the needs of youth in the moment. We will learn together through interactive activities within an engaging and safe learning environment.

"Take Backs" from this Workshop:
  • Identify the 4 functions of behaviors
  • Identify skill deficits and plan for learning opportunities
  • Learn about the Collaborative Problem Solving Approach

Facilitators
avatar for Erika Peter Harp

Erika Peter Harp

Assistant Program Manager, King Open Extended Day
Erika is currently the assistant program manager at the King Open Extended Day, a program devoted to supporting the social and emotional growth and development of students. Erika has worn many hats working for the City of Cambridge, including working with the Inclusion Initiative... Read More →


Thursday March 21, 2019 9:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Cambridge Community Center 5 Callender Street, Cambridge
 
Tuesday, April 2
 

9:30am EDT

Trauma Trauma Buzz Buzz - Level 2 Training
Limited Capacity filling up

Trauma is the big buzz-word nowadays. It affects self-regulation, social skills, executive function skills (e.g., language, memory, impulses, attention), and a sense of health and well-being. In this workshop, we are going to delve into the world of trauma.  

Learning Goals:
  1. Define trauma; understand its pervasiveness and impact;
  2. Explore typical trauma responses and how they show up in our students; and
  3. Connect how relationship building is the key to supporting students who have experienced trauma.

Building on the workshop, Cracking the Code, we will explore What is trauma? What situations can give rise to trauma? Who does it impact? How does it play out in my classroom or center? What do I do about it?We will think about how it lives in our lives and the lives of those we work with. You will reflect on your own practices and set your intentions around how to be supportive and create safe spaces. You will leave the workshop feeling grounded in the importance of empathy and feeling rejuvenated as a positive person in the lives of young people.

"Take Backs"  from this Workshop: 
  • Trauma-sensitive practices for your classroom environment  
  • Trauma-Informed Support for children
  • Identify trauma responses in your students


Facilitators
avatar for Erika Peter Harp

Erika Peter Harp

Assistant Program Manager, King Open Extended Day
Erika is currently the assistant program manager at the King Open Extended Day, a program devoted to supporting the social and emotional growth and development of students. Erika has worn many hats working for the City of Cambridge, including working with the Inclusion Initiative... Read More →


Tuesday April 2, 2019 9:30am - 12:30pm EDT
344 Broadway Cambridge MA 2nd floor conference room
 
Tuesday, April 23
 

9:30am EDT

Youth Development Middle Years - Baseline Training
Limited Capacity seats available


In this workshop, facilitated by Melina O’Grady, we will explore aspects of youth development that most impact our Out-of-School-Time field. We will discuss and develop an understanding of:  What are the developmental challenges for pre-adolescents? How can programs be sure they are supporting increased competency? How can programs determine if youth are struggling to meet developmental milestones, and what can programs do to increase youth competency and foster success?

Learning Goals:
  • Understand five aspects of the K-5 development continuum: physical, cognitive, moral, emotional, self-concept;
  • Reflect on the importance of relationships in shaping a child's growth; and
  • Practice mapping a child's developmental edges and designing growth-promoting experiences.

“Takebacks”
  • Ability to identify five aspects of K-5 development
  • Experience in identifying development edges and growth-promoting experiences
  • Next steps for deepening your youth development understanding and professional practice

Facilitators
avatar for Melina O'Grady

Melina O'Grady

Facilitator/Coach, Agenda for Children Out of School Time
Melina is an independent education consultant with roots as a counselor and teacher and a vision for creating and supporting dynamic learning environments in and outside of schools that fully engage both teacher and student. Her 20 years of experience spans residential facilities... Read More →


Tuesday April 23, 2019 9:30am - 12:30pm EDT
344 Broadway Cambridge MA 2nd floor conference room
 
Wednesday, April 24
 

9:30am EDT

Youth Development K-5 - Baseline Training
Limited Capacity seats available

In this workshop, facilitated by Dave Jenkins, participants will receive an overview of aspects of youth development that most impact the Out-of-School-Time field. In addition, workshop participants will discuss and explore the following questions:  What are the development challenges from Kindergarten to 5th grade? How can programs be sure they are supporting increased competency? How can programs determine if youth are struggling to meet developmental milestones? What can programs do to increase youth competency and foster success?
 
Learning Goals:
  • Build understanding of continuums of development for k-5/2.5: physical, cognitive, moral, self-concept, emotional traits...underscored by quality of relationships;
  • Learn to create opportunities for growth promoting activities and interactions; and
  • Use skills grid to map a child's strengths and learning edge.
 
Takebacks
  • Understanding of the five aspects of K-5 development
  • Experience in identifying development edges and growth-promoting experiences
  • Next steps for deepening your youth development understanding and professional practice

Facilitators
avatar for David Jenkins

David Jenkins

Facilitator/Coach
David Jenkins supports mission-driven organizations to be bold and effective in making internal and systemic change. He has 15-years’ experience leading out-of-school time programs and networks in the Boston Area, including ten years supporting youth-led community organizing. In... Read More →


Wednesday April 24, 2019 9:30am - 12:30pm EDT
5 Callender Street, Cambridge MA
 
Tuesday, May 14
 

6:30pm EDT

Inclusion - Baseline Training
Limited Capacity seats available

Inclusion is the practice of creating equitable environments where all individuals have an opportunity to be involved and achieve success. This introductory training will provide its participants with a foundational understanding of what inclusion means and why it is so essential for our programs. We will discuss certain practices and models that we can take back to our professional settings to create a more inclusive environment.

Learning Goals:
  • Gaining an understanding of what the ADA is and who it includes;
  • Creating an expanded understanding of children with disabilities;
  • Discussing the importance of Person First Language; and
  • Understanding the City of Cambridge's Inclusion Initiative  and how to access supports for the youth serving Out of School Time programs.
“Takebacks” from this Workshop:
  • Understand how to create an inclusive environment in their programs

Dinner will be provided.

Assistant Facilitator
avatar for Zach Solomons

Zach Solomons

Facilitator, Inclusion Initiative, Dept. of Human Services
Zach Solomons has been in the mental healthcare field since 2014 working with a variety of populations in various settings. Currently, Zach is the Inclusion Specialist for the Department of Human Service Programs where he works to support youth, families, and staff members in after-school... Read More →

Tuesday May 14, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
Citywide Senior Center, Ballroom 806 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
 
Thursday, May 16
 

9:30am EDT

Inclusion - Baseline Training
Limited Capacity seats available

Inclusion is the practice of creating equitable environments where all individuals have an opportunity to be involved and achieve success. This introductory training will provide its participants with a foundational understanding of what inclusion means and why it is so essential for our programs. We will discuss certain practices and models that we can take back to our professional settings in an effort to create a more inclusive environment.

Learning Goals:
  • Gaining an understanding of what the ADA is and who it includes
  • Creating an expanded understanding of children with disabilities
  • Discussing the importance of Person First Language
  • Understanding what the Inclusion Initiative is and how to access supports for the youth serving Out of School Time programs.
“Takebacks” from this Workshop:
  • Understand how to create an inclusive environment in their programs

A continental breakfast will be provided.

Facilitators
avatar for Zach Solomons

Zach Solomons

Facilitator, Inclusion Initiative, Dept. of Human Services
Zach Solomons has been in the mental healthcare field since 2014 working with a variety of populations in various settings. Currently, Zach is the Inclusion Specialist for the Department of Human Service Programs where he works to support youth, families, and staff members in after-school... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 9:30am - 11:30am EDT
5 Callender Street, Cambridge MA

6:30pm EDT

Youth Development K-5 - Baseline Training
Limited Capacity filling up

In this workshop, facilitated by Dave Jenkins, participants will receive an overview of aspects of youth development that most impact OST. In addition, workshop participants will discuss and explore the following questions:  What are the development challenges from Kindergarten to 5th grade? How can programs be sure they are supporting increased competency? How can programs determine if youth are struggling to meet developmental milestones? What can programs do to increase youth competency and foster success?

Learning Goals:
  • Build understanding of continuums of development for k-5/2-5: physical, cognitive, moral, self-concept, emotional traits...underscored by quality of relationships;
  • Learn to create opportunities for growth promoting activities and interactions; and
  • Use skills grid to map a child's strengths and learning edge.

Takebacks” from this Workshop:
  • Understanding of the five aspects of K-5 development
  • Experience in identifying development edges and growth-promoting experiences
  • Next steps for deepening your youth development understanding and professional practice

Dinner will be provided.

Facilitators
avatar for David Jenkins

David Jenkins

Facilitator/Coach
David Jenkins supports mission-driven organizations to be bold and effective in making internal and systemic change. He has 15-years’ experience leading out-of-school time programs and networks in the Boston Area, including ten years supporting youth-led community organizing. In... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 6:30pm - 9:30pm EDT
51 Inman Street, 2nd Fl. Conference Room
 
Tuesday, May 21
 

9:30am EDT

Positive Behavior Support 1 - Baseline Training
Limited Capacity filling up

In this workshop, facilitated by Dee Spinkston, participants will understand positive behavior support (PBS) as a continuum of support for all students. We will identify and explore successful interventions for individuals and groups of young people. During our discussion, we will identify a continuum of interventions to promote youth self-regulation and social competency.
 
Learning Goals:
  • How to make meaning of behavior so that our response is appropriate;
  • Identify proactive positive support strategies; and
  • How to process behavioral incidents in culturally-appropriate ways with youth
“Takebacks” for this Workshop:
  • Understand PBS as a continuum of support for all students.
  • Increase understanding of the connection between impact of lagging skills and challenging behavior
  • Shift in perspective about challenging behavior and youth whose behavior challenges us

A continental breakfast will be provided.

Facilitators
avatar for Dee Spinkston

Dee Spinkston

Facilitator/Quality Coach
Charlotte Spinkston has 30+ years’ experience an educator, vocational counselor, and executive director of disability and youth-focused government and community based organizations. She has worked nationally on issues related to parent and family engagement and leadership development... Read More →


Tuesday May 21, 2019 9:30am - 12:30pm EDT
344 Broadway, 2nd Fl Conference Rm
 
Thursday, May 23
 

6:30pm EDT

Positive Development Support 1 - Baseline Training
Limited Capacity filling up

In this workshop, facilitated by Dee Spinkston, participants will understand positive behavior support (PBS) as a continuum of support for all students. We will identify and explore successful interventions for individuals and groups of young people. During our discussion, we will identify a continuum of interventions to promote youth self-regulation and social competency.

Learning Goals:
  • How to make meaning of behavior so that our response is appropriate;
  • Identify proactive positive support strategies; and
  • How to process behavioral incidents in culturally-appropriate ways with youth
“Takebacks” from this Workshop:
  • Understand PBS as a continuum of support for all students.
  • Increase understanding of the connection between impact of lagging skills and challenging behavior
  • Shift in perspective about challenging behavior and youth whose behavior challenges us.

Dinner will be provided.

Facilitators
avatar for Dee Spinkston

Dee Spinkston

Facilitator/Quality Coach
Charlotte Spinkston has 30+ years’ experience an educator, vocational counselor, and executive director of disability and youth-focused government and community based organizations. She has worked nationally on issues related to parent and family engagement and leadership development... Read More →


Thursday May 23, 2019 6:30pm - 9:30pm EDT
Public Health Department, 2nd Fl. Training Room 119 Windsor, Cambridge, MA
 
Thursday, June 27
 

9:30am EDT

Youth Development K-5/Positive Behavior Support 1- Baseline Training
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will receive an overview of aspects of Youth Development K-5  and Positive Behavior support that most impact OST.

In the segment on Youth Development, workshop participants will discuss and explore the following questions: What are the development challenges from Kindergarten to 5th grade? How can programs be sure they are supporting increased competency? How can programs determine if youth are struggling to meet developmental milestones? What can programs do to increase youth competency and foster success?

In the segment on Positive Behavior Support, participants will understand positive behavior support (PBS) as a continuum of support for all students. We will identify and explore successful interventions for individuals and groups of young people. During our discussion, we will identify a continuum of interventions to promote youth self-regulation and social competency.

Facilitators
avatar for Melinda Barbosa

Melinda Barbosa

Quality Coach & Trainer, AFCOST
Melinda joined the Agenda for Children OST in 2018 as a Quality Coach, where she coaches OST programs through the Quality Improvement System, and in 2019 she became a Trainer/Facilitator for AFCOST & the STEAM Initiative in delivering OST professional development. Melinda brings her Youth Worker approach to help clients and OST staff to develop pathways through self-discovery and a strengths-based approach to solve thei... Read More →
avatar for Dee Spinkston

Dee Spinkston

Facilitator/Quality Coach
Charlotte Spinkston has 30+ years’ experience an educator, vocational counselor, and executive director of disability and youth-focused government and community based organizations. She has worked nationally on issues related to parent and family engagement and leadership development... Read More →


Thursday June 27, 2019 9:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Peabody School