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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.


Winter/ Spring 2018 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!

  • Thursday February 8th, 2018 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Friday February 9th, 2019 9:30am-12:30pm 


Supporting Developing Readers (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, early writing, and word play games as well as important strategies including critical questioning and teacher talk. 

  • Monday February 12th, 2018 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Tuesday February 13th, 2018 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.

  • Tuesday February 27th, 2018 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Wednesday February 28th, 2018 9:30am-12:30pm


Supporting Vocabulary in Afterschool through Games

Vocabulary is a critical literacy skill for all students, and, luckily, it never has to be boring! Attend this workshop to learn how to teach and reinforce word learning through games. Participants will experience multiple vocabulary games for younger and older students and by the end of the workshop will have designed a game for use in their program. Come to this workshop with a competitive spirit and your inner word nerd!

  • Tuesday March 13th, 2018 9:30am-12:30pm


Infusing Poetry into Afterschool (K-8)

Poetry is for everyone – it’s accessible, playful, and creative – and this workshop will show you how to infuse poetry into your program. Participants will learn how to share engaging poetry with students of all ages, and how to facilitate the writing of multiple types of poetry such as “I am” poems, concrete poetry, haiku, free-verse, odes, raps, spoken word, and more.  April is National Poetry Month, and by attending this workshop, you’ll be ready to celebrate all month long!


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!


Building a Culture of Literacy in Your Summer Program (K-8)

Maintaining literacy skills over the summer is critically important as research shows that students can lose between one and three months of reading skills during these months. Luckily it can also be incredibly fun! From creative writing to read-alouds to nature walks, field trips, and local library programs, attend this workshop to learn about high-impact strategies and no-cost/low-cost resources for building a culture of literacy in your summer program.



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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

Winter/ Spring 2018 Trainings


Fostering Inquiry

Participants of this workshop will explore inquiry based lessons with hands-on STEM activities. Attendees will also learn about encouraging student inquiry by implementing science journals to use the predict- observe-explain model with their lessons. 

  • Tuesday January 30th, 2018 9:00am-1:00pm 


Growing Up Wild 

Growing up WILD is an award-winning environmental education program for early childhood educators, teachers and youth leaders working with children ages 3 to 7. Participants are trained in hands-on activities from the Growing Up WILD guide. Attendees will receive the curriculum of 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature based activities which include crafts, art projects, music, conservation activities, reading and math connections and more. Activities are correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children Standards and the Head Start Domains.

  • Saturday February 10th, 2018 9:00am-4:30pm 


Project Wild 

Project WILD is an award-winning education program focusing on wildlife and designed for teachers and youth leaders of students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Participants will learn to help students understand basic concepts about wildlife and their needs through developing problem-solving skills and exploring responsible human actions toward wildlife and the environment. Activities are correlated to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards - English Language Arts. 


Project WET

Project WET is a multi-disciplinary water-based curriculum. WET 2.0 was updated in 2012 and now includes correlations to Common Core State Standards in Math and English Language Arts and Next Generation Science Standards. It also includes connections to STEM, Science Career Readiness, and reading opportunities. Participants will receive the 64 lesson Curriculum and Activity Guide at the end of training. 



Technology and Computer Science

Winter/Spring 2018 Trainings


 CS Unplugged 

Participants will explore CS and Computational Thinking using hands-on activities that do not require the use of a computer while reinforcing CS fundamentals. Attendees will learn to facilitate activities while introducing computational concepts and vocabulary relevant for leading computer science lessons. 


Introduction to Media Literacy with Mediabreaker 

The skills needed to critically analyze media and understand messaging are needed today more than ever. In this workshop participants will explore MediaBreaker, an online learning tool for the development of 21st century media literacy skills. Attendees will learn about designing lesson plans with the digital tool that encourages critical thinking and collaboration.



CS Engineering  

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. 


CS Maker

This two-day computer science workshop is designed to help gain familiarity with problem solving using external hardware. Attendees will work to create a plan to address an issue in their communities. Participants will design purposeful and relevant CS and maker activities to implement at their sites that pose possible solutions.