Archived Webinars

Finding Each Student’s Sweet Spot: Optimizing Engagement and Learning
December 1, 2016

Presenter: Martha Kaufeldt, Educator, Consultant, Presenter and Author, Begin with the Brain

Each learner’s brain is uniquely wired. Recognizing that all students learn differently is paramount to helping them be successful. In this interactive session, learn how to reveal each student’s “sweet spot” for learning by surveying prior knowledge, discovering learning preferences, and determining how success was achieved in the past. Learn to look for indicators of gifts and talents when they might not be readily apparent and leave the session with valuable new ideas to maximize learning.


Slides (PDF)

Handout (PDF)

Brain-Based Strategies to Support Literacy Development in Adolescents
October 28, 2016

Until recently, adolescent brain development has remained a mystery. This webinar will shed light on how the teenage brain is wired and will explore brain-based strategies to support literacy development in adolescent learners. The course content will reflect current research in the field of brain-based literacy learning including the work of Dr. Thomas Armstrong and Eric Jensen. Participants will learn strategies including visual literacy and metacognition through written, visual, and spoken expression.




pplying Game Elements and Activities to Engage Students and Make Learning Fun!
September 7, 2016

What is it about video games that keeps kids engaged for hours? What if you could apply some of those same engaging elements to academic content? In this webinar, professor, instructional game designer, and author Karl Kapp will introduce you to a variety of practical ideas and interactive exercises specifically designed to make learning engaging. Infuse elements into your afterschool program that game developers have long since incorporated and bring the same appeal to ordinary academic content. Who knew that learning could be so much fun?



Kids Taking Over! Peer Coaching as a STEM Strategy
May 18, 2016

The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago will lead participants in creating a program infrastructure to prepare older students to be co-facilitators in STEM learning for younger participants. At the end of the webinar, participants will have planning strategies, resources and lesson plans with hands-on and budget-minded STEM activities. Participants will have the tools they need, including unique ways of differentiating instruction for different learning styles, to build a strong peer coaching program involving students of all ages.


Where to Start? A primer on 21st Century Evaluation and Reporting - (Intended for New Programs or New Staff)
April 19, 2016 

This session is designed to provide an introduction to 21st Century evaluation and reporting to program staff and local evaluators who are new to the 21st Century program in Pennsylvania (new staff in an existing grant or first-time grantee). In this session, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers' state evaluators Leslie McConnell and Yolanda Yugar from Allegheny Intermediate Unit #3 will review evaluation and reporting expectations for the 2015-16 reporting cycle as well as explain strategies grantees can use to operationalize the evaluation and reporting process internally. The presenters will discuss timelines, content, and quality indicators of the various reporting elements and field questions from grantees.


The Evolving 21st Century Evaluation (Intended for Experienced Grantees)
April 12, 2016

This session is designed for 21st CCLC program staff and local evaluators who are familiar with the basics of the evaluation and reporting process in Pennsylvania. In this session, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers' state evaluators Leslie McConnell and Yolanda Yugar from Allegheny Intermediate Unit #3 will review changes to evaluation and reporting elements and expectations for federal reporting as well as strategies for implementing evaluation at the local level as part of a continuous improvement process. Grantees are encouraged to have their local evaluator participate in the webinar as well as key program staff who may be responsible for evaluation and reporting tasks.

Question and Answer Document (PDF)

Global Learning in Out-of-School Time
March 17, 2016

Gain a greater understanding of the global learning approach and how it develops students' 21st Century skills. Help students explore our diverse world through innovative strategies and resources to deepen understanding and interest in world languages, cultures, and geography. Integrate authentic learning with 21st Century skills to get youth talking and sharing about themselves, applying it to relevant hands-on projects and making meaningful connections with the wider world.


Creating a Common Vision of College and Career Readiness
February 25, 2016 

Out-of- school time is the perfect place to help kids become confident, engaged, and college- and career-ready. Starting with the end in mind is a great way to help our children become successful. This webinar will cover what it means to be college and career-ready and the important role that OST programs play in preparing them academically for this transition. Participants will learn the seven components of college-and career-readiness which include independence, the ability to multi-task and think critically and to use technology strategically. Participants will also explore activities that can be done to support the components needed and to enrich the academics taught during the regular school day.

Handout - Leader Facilitation Tips
Handout - College and Career-ready Reflection Tool for After-school Programs

Motivating and Managing Part-Time Staff
December 15, 2015

Whether you are a manager from an afterschool organization, camp, restaurant or ski resort, working with part-time and seasonal employees presents a different set of challenges. In general, as many of us do, part-time workers have a lot going on in their lives; they may be college students, parents working multiple jobs and/or people just trying to pay their rent. This webinar presents theories and techniques to help with motivation and management of part-time staff.



Calling All 4th Graders! Every Kid in a Park
October 14, 2015

Amy Glowacki, Youth and Volunteer Program Manager at the Northeast Region of the National Park Service presented Every Kid in a Park - President Obama's initiative to get youth outdoors and connect with their surroundings. While the immediate goal of the national initiative is to provide an opportunity for every 4th grader across the country to experience their public lands, waters, and history, the hope is that a connection will be made that will endure throughout their lifetime. This webinar walked participants through how the Every Kid in a Park program works; assist students, teachers, and families with accessing the free pass, and help families to plan trips to National Parks, national landmarks, historic places, and other public lands.


Aligning Afterschool Programming with the School Day
September 11, 2015

High-quality programs collaborate with schools and their staff to achieve common goals, but collaboration is often easier said than done. This session will offer tools and strategies to help programs share their mission with schools, develop stronger school-day partnerships, facilitate resource and information sharing, and better support students' academic development. Participants will learn how to align activities with children's learning styles, school day content and the PA Core Standards.


Overview of the You for Youth Website
Pre-Recorded Webinar

You for Youth (Y4Y) is a website designed specifically for 21st CCLC programs. Y4Y features six learning modules important to 21st CCLC and out-of-school time professionals. The following overview has been pre-recorded for your viewing convenience. This 30-minute presentation will briefly cover each of the six learning modules. Learn how each module builds knowledge, skills and resources to deepen professional learning, program improvement, and sustainability.


Building Student Vocabulary in 21st CCLC Programs: Bigger, Better, Faster!
April 22, 2015

In this session, Dr. Jan Burkins will provide not only direction for setting goals and reachable proficiencies but will also provide specific direction to grantees on how they can most effectively create bigger, better and faster functioning student vocabulary capabilities. Dr. Burkins is the co-founder of Burkins &Yaris: Think Tank for 21st Century Literacy, and has over 25 years of experience in education and literacy coaching.

PowerPoint Presentation

Preparing for Evaluation and Reporting on Your 21st Century Program
March 31, 2015

In this session, the 21st Century state evaluators reviewed evaluation and reporting requirements for the 2014-15 reporting cycle as well as explained strategies grantees can use to operationalize the evaluation and reporting process internally. Evaluators discussed timelines, content, and quality indicators of the various reporting elements and field questions from grantees. Grantees were encouraged to have their local evaluator participate in the webinar as well as key program staff who may be responsible for evaluation and reporting tasks.

PowerPoint Presentation

Make Learning Fun for the Whole Family!
February 5, 2015

Learn how to create engaging and memorable family-centered open houses. Karen Parker Thompson, Family Engagement Resource Provider from Manhattan Strategy Group, was the presenter for this webinar. She provided strategies to encourage family attendance, share fun activities to help parents feel welcome and offer suggestions for staff to make meaningful connections with families. Participants also had an opportunity to hear what other OST programs are offering for adult educational opportunities and how they are connecting families to student learning.

PowerPoint Presentation

21st Century Professional Development Program Plan: Identifying Needs, Completion and Submission of the Form and Ensuring Application
January 15, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Education in cooperation with the Center for Schools and Communities, offered a live online session for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC), entitled "21st Century Professional Development Program Plan: Identifying Needs, Completion and Submission of the Form and Ensuring Application", to assist programs in their efforts to provide quality professional development to afterschool staff. All Cohort 7 grantees are required to develop a formal, written professional development plan for afterschool teachers within six to eight months of program implementation and submit the written plan to PDE for approval. This webinar guided participants through a process to identify staff needs and interests and share what components will be expected for plan approval. Promising practices in professional development were also discussed along with suggestions for ongoing application of knowledge and skills.

Cohort 7 Professional Development Plan 2014-17
PowerPoint Presentation

Cohort 7 Grantees' Orientation
December 15, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Education provided a Statewide 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Cohort 7 Grantees’ Orientation to assist programs in their efforts to provide quality afterschool programming.

Recordings & Handouts

College and Career Readiness: Making the Most out of Summer to Prepare for Future Success
April 2, 2014

For some middle and upper middle class students, summer is a busy time of camps, violin lessons and sports activities. Others may spend their time at the beach or a club playing tennis or learning golf. But for many low-income students, summer can also be a time of TV watching, internet surfing, mall trolling, baby-sitting, and other less-edifying activities, along with risky exposure to drugs, alcohol, sex and violence. Multitudes of research studies confirm that students lose ground over the summer; their academic performance on standardized tests is often lower at the end of the summer than it was the prior spring. Along with this, more than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college (Alexander et al, 2007). Low income students have so many more challenges coming into high school, starting with a different set of expectations about college and career, and fewer opportunities for engaging summertime academic development. In this webinar, we'll explore what kinds of expectations we can set for all students, despite their income level, and how we can engage them in analytical, creative and practical ways so that the summer can be used to level the playing field for more students to excel both despite and because of the odds.

PowerPoint Presentation

Emergency Planning for Afterschool Programs
February 11, 2014

All 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) are required to develop a formal, written emergency readiness plan that is specific and applicable to the afterschool program needs. This webinar will guide participants through various emergency scenarios and provide direction on what information is needed for each.

PowerPoint Presentation

Bullying Prevention in the Afterschool Setting
January 15, 2014

Many students experience bullying and many affected students participate in organized afterschool programs. Yet, few anti-bullying programs target the afterschool setting. This presentation will explore the connections between bullying prevention strategies being used in schools and the afterschool environment. It will define the problem of bullying, as it relates to school and non-school settings, and it will provide an overview of strategies that can translate to the afterschool environment.

PowerPoint Presentation