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Trainings for DYCD Programs


The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (NYC DYCD) has contracted with ExpandED Schools to provide training and support at no charge to staff from COMPASS, SONYC and other DYCD-funded sites in the following areas:


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These trainings are intended for after-school staff responsible for overseeing literacy development in OST programs. These sessions serve to strengthen after-school and summer program activities by building awareness and background on critical literacy issues. They also provide OST staff with practical and useful methods for observing, assessing and addressing literacy needs in their programs.

ExpandED Schools offers two types of literacy trainings for staff members in OST sites: single-session Literacy Workshops or multi-session programs.  

These workshops are made possible by funding from DYCD, and are available at no cost to the CBOs with which DYCD contracts. These workshops may be filmed for training purposes.


2017 Fall Trainings


Rachel Roseberry
To learn more about our Literacy Workshops:
Email Rachel Roseberry
Literacy Manager
or call (646) 943-8782

Building a Community of Readers and Writers (K-8)

Is your program designed to support joyful, engaged, and meaningful reading and writing outside of the traditional school day? Register for this foundational two-day workshop and learn how to build a community of readers and writers and develop a culture of literacy in your program.  Attendees will learn how to integrate a writing notebook and ask students to write for multiple purposes, how to build a program library and give book talks, how to incorporate high-quality texts into any activity, and how to use questioning to prompt critical thinking. This workshop is fast-paced and interactive, and participants will leave with a portfolio of resources, tools, and strategies for designing a program that will support students in building literacy habits, motivations, and skills!

  • Day 1: Wednesday September 27th, 2017 9:30am-12:30pm 
  • Day 2: Thursday September 28th, 2017 9:30am-12:30pm 


The Comic Book Project 

The Comic Book Project (www.ComicBookProject.org) engages youths in the process of writing, designing, and showcasing original comic books. The program helps build literacy development, social awareness, and teamwork skills. Participants will be trained in implementing all facets of The Comic Book Project curriculum. Participation in the Comic Book Project includes a culminating celebratory event at Barnes & Noble, where all the comics are displayed and the youths are featured as authors and artists.  

  • Friday October 6th, 2017 2:00pm-5:00pm
  • Tuesday October 24th, 2017 9:30am-12:30pm 
  • Monday October 30th, 2017 9:30am-12:30pm 



Supporting Tween and Teen Readers (with a focus on SEL) (4-8) 

Tweens and teens in your program are experiencing major developmental changes (let’s face it – middle school can be tough!), and it is critical to support their social and emotional needs alongside literacy and learning. Attend this two-day workshop to learn how to engage your adolescents in literacy activities that will help them grow their capacities for self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship-building. Featured strategies will include choosing and using high-interest texts, facilitating discussion circles, integrating academic vocabulary, and designing creative writing-based activities that allow students to explore their identities, emotions, and the world around them.

  • Day 1: Tuesday October 10th, 2017 9:30am-12:30pm 
  • Day 2: Wednesday October 11th, 2017 9:30am-12:30pm 



Supporting Developing Readers (with a focus on SEL) (K-3) 

Young readers are just beginning to experience the power of reading and writing, and their experiences at this age will shape their motivation and skills for years to come. Attend this two-day workshop to learn how to best support the youngest readers and writers in your program.  Participants will learn about age-appropriate literacy activities for kindergarten through 3rd grade students including interactive read-alouds, readers’ theater, and word play games as well as important strategies including critical questioning and teacher talk. All featured activities/texts will be designed/selected with a social-emotional learning (SEL) lens to facilitate relationship-building and social awareness alongside literacy learning.

  • Day 1: Thursday October 26th, 2017 9:30am-12:30pm 
  • Day 2: Friday October 27th, 2017 9:30am-12:30pm 



Supporting English Language Learners (ELLs) in the Afterschool Space (K-8) 

Students who are learning the English language for the first time require focused language, literacy, and social-emotional support. In this workshop, participants will learn how to design a culturally-responsive classroom, how to differentiate activities to make them more accessible for ELLs, how to teach vocabulary, and how to engage students in creative storytelling and arts-based projects to build their language skills.

  • Tuesday November 14th, 2017 9:30am-12:30pm 


Project Based Learning and Literacy

Are you ready to plan sustained, highly-engaging literacy projects? If you are, then this workshop is for you! Project-based learning (PBL) is a planning and teaching approach that allows students to have voice in their own learning and results in a final product or showcase. Participants will learn about the fundamentals of project-based learning as they experience and collaborate on a project in real-time. Featured literacy projects will include a community mural project, neighborhood brochures, and digital book trailers. Participants will leave with all of the tools and resources to plan a literacy-focused project of their own!

  • Wednesday November 15th, 2017 9:30am-12:30pm 


Infusing Literacy into Clubs (K-8)

Do you run a cooking club or a STEM club at your program? What about a fashion club, a fitness club, or a dance club? Did you know that all of these clubs can also feature powerful literacy learning? If you didn’t, now you do! Attend this workshop to learn how to infuse literacy (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) into any club or activity at your program. Participants will learn about strategies such as paired texts, writing for multiple purposes, purposeful discussion, critical questioning, and more. Participants will leave with completed lesson plans for their club or activity that feature high-impact literacy-infused learning!

  • Wednesday November 29th, 2017 9:30am-12:30pm 



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Steve Roberts
For technical assistance with your digital learning program:
Email Steve Roberts
STEM Manager
or call (646) 943-8852

These trainings are intended for after-school program staff members—from front line workers to supervisors of multiple OST programs—who want to implement STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) learning opportunities in their programs. 

ExpandED Schools offers STEM trainings for staff members in OST sites.

These trainings are made possible by funding from DYCD, and are available at no cost to the CBOs with which DYCD contracts.

Life Science

2017 Fall Trainings


Elements of STEM (Grades K-8)

In this workshop attendees will take an in depth look at the Next Generation Science Standards and how to implement them in after school settings. Participants will also gain an understanding of how to align their current programs with NGSS. 


Project Learning Tree (Grades K-8)

Project Learning Tree is an education program that helps youth from K-8 learn how to think, not what to think, about complex environmental issues. The activities are adaptable to many contexts and suitable for a broad range of learners. Perfect for summer, these activities get kids exploring their outdoor environment. The engaging, hands-on lessons require minimal preparation and use readily available materials. Comprising 96 lessons, the program focuses on five themes: diversity, interrelationships, systems, structure and scale, and patterns of change. In the full-day training, participants will plunge into a selection of the activities and gain confidence in their ability to facilitate them. At the end of the training, participants will receive a manual and a suggested implementation plan.


Fostering Inquiry with STEM (Grades K-8)

Participants of this workshop will explore inquiry based hands-on STEM activities. Attendees will also learn facilitation strategies such as the 5E Instructional Model and how to implement science journals to encourage reflection. 


Flowers, Insects and Bears, Oh My! (Grades K-2)

Are you interested in investigating the environment with your children in grades K-2? Join us for this full-day training facilitated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). In the morning, we’ll meet neighborhood trees, explore nature through our five senses, and tap our toes to songs from Billy Brennan, all courtesy of Project Learning Tree’s early childhood curriculum. In the afternoon we’ll use Growing Up Wild to explore animal habitats, adaptations and life cycles via art, movement and observation. Participants will receive copies of both curricula and guidance for putting it all together in their programs. 


Technology and Computer Science

2017 Fall Trainings


CS Unplugged (Grades 6-8)

In this workshop participants will explore CS and Computational Thinking using hands-on activities that do not require the use of a computer. Attendees will learn to facilitate activities while introducing computational concepts particularly for young learners. 


CS 101: Introduction to Computer Science (Grades 3-8)

In this session, participants will be introduced to CS concepts and computational thinking by participating in activities that use Scratch, a free visual programming language. Attendees will also be introduced to the Creative Computing curriculum and learn best practices in technology management. 


CS 201: Diving Deeper with Computer Science (Grades 5-8)

In this session participants will learn how to take the next step with CS activities by incorporating external hardware and programming. This workshop will provide hands-on training using Arduino and MakeyMakey. Participants should be comfortable with programming languages and electronic devices. 


Introduction to Media Literacy w/Mediabreaker Studios (Grades 5-8)

The skills needed to critically analyze data are needed today more than ever. As our lives become increasingly digitized the access to media becomes greater and we are inundated with messages; but whose message are we receiving? In this workshop participants will explore MediaBreaker, an online learning tool for the development of 21st century media literacy skills. This workshop is aimed at increasing the capacity of educators to design lesson plans with digital tools (MediaBreaker/Studios) that encourage critical thinking and collaboration. 


CS Unplugged (Grades 2-5)

In this workshop participants will explore CS and Computational Thinking using hands-on activities that do not require the use of a computer. Attendees will learn to facilitate activities while introducing computational concepts particularly for young learners. 


Introduction to Computer Science Engineering (Grades 5-8)

In this workshop participants will explore external hardware components and gain an understanding of the electrical circuitry allowing them to function. Attendees will gain hands-on experience focusing on implementing electrical activities alongside CS learning.