As directors and supervisors you are called upon daily to solve problems and put out fires. Too often your own professional development and self-care takes that back seat to managing problems. We invite you to join us for our Special Training Event for Directors and Supervisors for Spring 2017. This session is designed for afterschool professionals currently, or aspiring to be, in a leadership position at the program or site level. Learn from active skill-building workshops, participate in the Directors Panel and Lunch Roundtable Discussion with colleagues from across Connecticut, and gain tips for re-energizing yourself and your program.

Work Shop I
Are You Ready? Learning to Define Your Role as a Supervisor in the Evolving Field of After School

Ken Anthony, Ed.D., Director of Professional Development and Research, Connecticut After School Network

As afterschool programs are called upon more often to help support children and family needs, the need for skill-building to support effective supervision and leadership is evident. This often takes a back seat to program goals and intentional curriculum. How do we practice personal skill-building of our competencies as directors and supervisors? Does this impact staff development that supports quality programming? In this session, current issues they face in their programs will be discussed related to this dilemma and actively practice skill building that will leave participants feeling rejuvenated with practical ideas they can apply.

Directors Panel and Lunch Round Table Discussion

How do we define quality after school programming? Regardless of focus, finding the time, energy, and motivation to create and sustain program change are difficult. With different funding and program expectations, each director on the panel will share their story of how of overcoming these barriers and begin a program-wide commitment to quality in three Connecticut towns. Panelists include: Tiana Brown, Norwalk Housing Authority, Leisa Pasquerillo, New Britain-Berlin YMCA, and Maggie Winiarski – New Britain Parks and Recreation.

Following the panel, we will have a roundtable discussion over lunch. Discussion topics can be emailed ahead of the event to Ken Anthony (

Work Shop II
Staff Engagement Equals Quality Programs

Nicole Thomas, Assistant Program Coordinator, EdAdvance

Are you or your staff engaged during the work day, or just “present”? This workshop will provide you with strategies and tools to help advance yourself or your staff from just being present, to being truly engaged while working in your programs. We will discuss what staff engagement looks like, how to achieve it, and how it will improve the overall quality of your program.

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Pre-registration is required.

Check the Connecticut After School Network website for inclement weather cancellations.