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


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.


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.


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!


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!




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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.

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2017 Fall Trainings


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.

  • Saturday October 21st, 2017 9:00am-4:30pm 


Project WET (Grades K-8)

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. 


Elements of STEM (Grades K-8)

In this workshop, participants will explore lessons aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. Attendees will also examine their existing STEM portfolio and how to align them more to the Next Generation Science Standards. 



Technology and Computer Science

2017 Fall Trainings


CS Unplugged (Grades 6-8)

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 w/Mediabreaker Studios (Grades 5-8)

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

Participants of CS 101 will explore CS and Computational Thinking and learn how to implement CS programming at their site. Attendees will be introduced to free CS resources including the visual programming language, Scratch and learn implementation tactics along with technology management.


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

In this session participants will take a deeper dive into CS activities by learning more advanced functions of Scratch. Attendees will also learn how to implement physical computing exercises by implementing MakeyMakey into their programming. (Participants should be comfortable with Scratch.)