Staff & Leader Development

Afterschool Alliance: Afterschool Snack

Afterschool Snack is a collection of articles centering around afterschool programs and their needs, current events, and tips for providers.

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UAN eLearning Institute

The UAN eLearning Institute is an online training system that includes hundreds of courses, including a 36-course series relevant to school-age programs. Take advantage of a 2-Hour course for $10 or a yearly membership with unlimited access to PD for $99.

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Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance System

This site provides multiple resources for out-of-school time covering a range of topics, such as trauma, equality, summer learning, family engagement, and more.

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Harvard Business Review: Use Mind Mapping to Spark New Ideas

Don't have much time? Get up to speed fast on the most essential business skills with HBR's 20-Minute Manager series. Whether you need a crash course or a brief refresher, each book in the series is a concise, practical primer that will help you brush up on a key management topic. Advice you can quickly read and apply, for ambitious professionals and aspiring executives--from the most trusted source in business. Also available as an ebook.

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The Mentors Field Guide

Maybe you’re new to mentoring, or maybe you bring years of experience. Perhaps you mentor through a formal program, or maybe you mentor informally as a teacher, youth group leader, or youth-serving volunteer. Whatever your connection with mentoring, you will find practical counsel and endless inspiration in this first-ever guide to the art and science of mentoring. Authors Manza and Patrick, both noted youth development experts, have developed the definitive compendium of mentoring information and resources—packaged in one easy-to-navigate guide. You’ll find answers to questions that have intrigued, concerned and confounded other mentors. And you’ll be in good company as the authors draw from the latest research, evidence-based practices, and case examples.

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Boost Collaborative

The BOOST Collaborative is a purpose-driven organization committed to creating opportunities for change in educational and social services agencies serving youth in the out-of-school time hours. They support out-of-school time professionals through quality professional development opportunities, program and resource development, building community partnerships, promoting the importance of quality out-of-school time programming, opportunities to share promising practices, and a variety of consulting services. 

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The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute provides a place to exchange ideas and a forum for valued-based leadership. Browse blog posts or sign up for their email newsletter to stay informed.

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Loveland Living Planet Aquarium Teacher Professional Development

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium offers a variety of professional development workshops to engage teachers in the latest research and best practices in science education. In 2020, they are launching a new series of online workshops to assist teachers with the transition to online and hybrid learning. These workshops are free for Utah public and charter school educators, and relicensure credit is awarded for each workshop attended. These programs are supported by funding from Utah State Legislature’s Informal Science Education Enhancement (iSEE) grant and the Education Alliance Partnership in association with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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PennState Extension

Better Kid Care has resources for afterschool professionals, whether you need to train new professionals, gather continuing education credits, coach existing staff or improve administrative skills.

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Virtual Lab School 

The School-Age track is intended for early childhood professionals serving children ages 5 through 12 years in center based before- and after-school as well as summer-based programs. This track offers training and professional development resources, including written narrative, video, skill building activities, and classroom tools. The School-Age track consists of courses that mirror the core Child Development Associate (CDA) competencies plus a course on preventing child abuse and one on recognizing and reporting child abuse.

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Getting the Right Fit: Designing a Professional Learning Community for Out-of-School Time

There are many discussions and frameworks around training OST staff. Professional learning communities are a practice-focused alternative that has a track record of improving the way staff work with youth. 

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