Network Conferences & Workshops

Whether you’re looking for general training or something very specific, the Network is the place to go for conferences and workshops. Each year we offer lots of opportunities for people who work with children and youth to get the training they need to run high-quality programs, including:

  • Annual Fall Conference, Mini Conference and Childhood Conversations
  • Regional trainings such as Fun Fridays, Deep Dives, Working the Tool and more
  • Virtual trainings
  • On-Site trainings
  • State Wide After School Webinar Series
  • and our Coaching & Learning for After School Professionals CLASP Series (see our current CLASP PRO in the tabs above)

→ See all our upcoming Network Training Events.


Questions about any of our training? Topics you’d like to have added? Please contact Ken Anthony, Director of Professional Development at 860-730-2942 kanthony@ctafterschoolnetwork.org.

Upcoming Workshops

Our workshops and conferences will look a little different this year, but we will continue to pack fun engaging content and more!  Our current offerings are free of charge unless otherwise stated.

2021


Past Trainings & Webinars

2021

  • April 16, 2021 – Rebuilding the Field Series: Planning for Summer 2021 (recording)
  • February 12, 2021 – Rebuilding the Field Series: How Do I Advance in My Job? (recording)
  • January 7, 2021Cloud Learning AS Series: Bringing it all together: Planning ahead for 2021 (recording)

2020

  • December 16, 2020Cloud Learning AS Series: Creating the Classroom of Your Dreams: Content Creation and Classroom Design (recording)
  • December 11, 2020 – Rebuilding the Field Series: Local and National Perspectives on the Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic in After School (recording)
  • December 10, 2020Cloud Learning AS Series: Virtualization of Programming: Platforms, Staffing Considerations, and Resources (recording)
  • October 14, 2020Rebuilding the Field Series: Pro Tips for Engaging Youth in Virtual Settings (recording)

2019

2018

2016

  • May 17th, 2016Community-wide Partnerships to Support Student Success
  • May 12, 2016Making the Case for Summer Learning& Global Learning
  • April 14, 2016Childhood Food Insecurity: What It Means, What It Looks Like, And What You Can Do About It
  • February 18, 2016Game Design in Afterschool Settings Watch the recording, download the slides and resources.
  • January 14, 2016Using Restorative Justice in Youth Programming View presentation here.

2015

  • October 8, 2015 –21st Century Skill Building & Global Learning View presentation here.
  • May 28, 2015 – The Legal Costs of Inclusion in After School and Summer Programs View presentation here.
  • May 13, 2015 – Competency-Based Learning: From Curiosity to Career View presentation here.
  • May 8, 2015 – Social Media Outreach Strategies for OST Programs Webinar View slide presentation here.
  • April 9, 2015 – Tinkering and the Intersection of Formal and Informal Learning Webinar View presentation here.
  • February 12, 2015 – Supporting LGBTQ Youth in After School Listen to the recording here. View slide presentation here.
  • February 3, 2015 –  Partnering with Google to Enhance Your After School Program View the webinar here.
  • January 8, 2015 Kids with Autism – Best Practices for Inclusion Listen to the recording here.

2014

  • December 11, 2014 — Telling Your After School Story Listen to the recording hereView slide presentation here.
  • June 19, 2014 Helping Youth Thrive View View the webinar here. (YouTube)
  • May 29, 2014 Defining, Measuring and Tracking Youth Outcomes View the webinar here. (YouTube)
  • March 20, 2014 — Linking After School Programs with Summer Learning Programs
  • February 13, 2014 — Competency-Based Education and Its Application in Rhode Island
  • February 5, 2014 — What works? What lasts? And Why?: The Neuroscience of Learning
  • January 10, 2014 From Graham Crackers to Grinders: Enhancing Your Afterschool Program with Suppers Listen to the recording here. View the slide presentation here. (PDF)

2013

  • December 3, 2013 — More Than Just Another “To-do” on the List: The Benefits of Strong School, Principal, and Afterschool/Community Relationships View the webinar here. (YouTube)
  • November 19, 2013 A New Resource for Educators, Community and Afterschool Leaders and Funders: Expanding Minds and Opportunities View the webinar here. (YouTube)
  • October 31, 2013 Embedding 21st Century Skills into Afterschool Programming Webinar View the webinar here. (YouTube)
  • June 13, 2013 Strengthening Financial Management in Afterschol Partnerships
 View the webinar here. (YouTube)
  • April 11, 2013 Afterschool Marketing View video here. (Dropbox)
  • March 14, 2013 Exemplary Summer Learning: Local and National Strategies View video here. (Dropbox)
  • February 21, 2013 Aligning the Learning Day View video here. (Dropbox)

2012


Questions about any of our training? Topics you’d like to have added? Please contact Ken Anthony, Director of Professional Development at 860-730-2942 kanthony@ctafterschoolnetwork.org.

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Fun Fridays

Explore SEL a little further this year.  You have heard it as a buzzword, but what does it really mean for your program? Each session will have something you can use personally to connect with your own wellness and something that will help bring your program to the next level with SEL.

All webinars will be from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. so bring your lunch!

For more information or to register, click on the links below.

  • November 13, 2020What is Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • January 15, 2021Why Should I Care About SEL?
  • March 12, 2021Where and When Does SEL Fit in your Program
  • May 14, 2021How to Leverage Partnerships for SEL (cancelled)

Questions about any of our training? Topics you’d like to have added? Please contact Ken Anthony, Director of Professional Development at 860-730-2942 kanthony@ctafterschoolnetwork.org.

Coaching & Learning for After School Professionals (CLASP) 2021-2022

The Fall of 2021 provides many opportunities to reimagine what afterschool programming looks like in Connecticut. With the infusion of the largest investment in out-of-school time ever, we are poised to lead in a way that demands pragmatic leadership and forward thinking. The coming year will be a call for emerging leaders that are in supervisory positions to manage staff well, build lasting relationships with children and families, and help communities come together. 

What is CLASP PRO (Practical, Reflective, Operations) – The Connecticut After School Network has developed CLASP PRO. Building off our successful CLASP (Coaching and Learning for After School Professionals) program, this exciting new cohort will offer participants the opportunity to think about their programs in a practical, and reflective way that will help create smoother operations at the program level. CLASP PRO was developed using the Practical Reflective Operations (PRO) Framework (Anthony, 2021), which allows deeper learning in specific areas that are intended to build organizational and personal capacity. 

The practical (P) element will expose out-of-school time professionals with topics based on research, current literature, or new resources in the field and provide the opportunity to connect with the larger out-of-school time community. The reflective (R) element allows a space for personal reflection on a topic exploring skills that can be applied to problems of practice that may be encountered at the organizational or programmatic level. The operations (O) element of the framework provides the opportunity to use self-assessment to note program growth, items of strength, and areas in need of improvement in targeted program aspects. 

The time commitment for the Cohort is between 16-18 months, meeting 11-12 times from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. There are typically no sessions in April, June, August, or December. The cohort will meet virtually at first starting in October of 2021, will move to a hybrid (if needed) model in early Winter, and full face-to-face (if conditions warrant) in the late-winter of 2022. Your application will be reviewed by a team of national partners and other Statewide Afterschool Networks. We will be selecting a cohort of approximately 15 people. In order to be a part of this CLASP cohort, you must have written approval from your supervisor or director to ensure you will have adequate release time to participate. 

Some of the topics to be covered include, Developing, Motivating, and Retaining Staff, Streamlining Operations, Improving Program Quality, and Partnership Development. 

To apply click here

Application deadline: July 1st


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is CLASP about? – For the past six years, the Connecticut After School Network has offered the CLASP program to over 100 leaders of afterschool and summer programs statewide. Starting in Fall of 2021, we will be hosting an intensive, 16-18 month cohort that is focused on developing skills to help improve program quality and help leaders better assess and solve issues that occur within afterschool programs. Over the course of the CLASP program, participants will work with state and national experts that will help identify and dig deeper into common problems programs face. Through this process, those involved in the CLASP program make larger connections to the field including papers and presentations as well as develop peer relationships that will offer support for years to come.
  • What do I need to do to be part of the cohort? – Those interested will be required to fill out an application in which you will describe your program, reason for being interested in part of the cohort, what are you hoping to explore in your own program or practice, and what you hope to get out of it.
  • What do I get for being a part of the cohort? – Participants will be provided course materials, lunch & refreshments (in-person sessions), and exclusive CLASP alumni events. As part of the cohort, you will connect with state and national experts on a wide range of topics related to afterschool and summer programming relevant to common problems of practice. Additionally, your participation in CLASP connects you with past cohorts of afterschool professionals that have been part of the program that started in 2014.
  • How do I apply? – Interested applicants need to fill out the online application by July 1st.  Participants will be chosen by a national advisory committee and will be notified in early Summer 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.

Past Participants

“I attended Clasp for the first time this year and I cannot tell you how glad I am for the experience! The class was informative, and I had a chance to experience working with fellow after-school educators who understand the groundwork and programmatic challenges of the work. Dr. Ken Athonthy’s energy, commitment, vision, and information made the workshops incredible!” ~Tiana Brown

“CLASP is a unique experience and one I have never had with a grantor before. In addition to funding support, clasp allows for program directors to discuss what’s working, what’s not and share ideas with one another while receiving research-based solutions. This helps to enhance the afterschool experience for staff, students and families as a whole.” ~Wendy Gerbier


Questions about any of our training? Topics you’d like to have added? Please contact Ken Anthony, Director of Professional Development at 860-730-2942 kanthony@ctafterschoolnetwork.org.

On-Site Trainings

Want to train all your staff on the same topic?

Have a specific training need you want to address?

We’ll bring the experts to you!

The Network provides professional trainers who provide a wide range workshops designed to enhance the skills of after school professionals statewide. With backgrounds covering a full spectrum of topics — health and nutrition, academia, art, music, administration and more — you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your staff! Popular training topics include:

  • Behavior management
  • Children’s issues (from ADHD to homework)
  • Games
  • Specific content areas (Literacy, math, science, arts)
  • Linking academic content to programming
  • Project based learning
  • Social skills
  • Program management & supervision

Additional training can be developed to meet the individual needs of your program.  Fees begin at $75 per hour.  Professional members receive a discount. 

→ Click here to view our Training & Consultation Services, by Topic.

→ To schedule a workshop, please submit the Training Service Workshop Reservation Form

You may also email Monica Whalen for additional information.

College Courses

Looking for college credit for your after school professional development?

Here are a few suggestions:

Charter Oak State College – On-line College Courses

Charter Oak State College is a regionally accredited institution that offers you a variety of options through which to complete a credential, associate and/or bachelor’s degrees.

Credential in After School Education

The credential requirements include a series of four three-credit courses (12 credits) in After School Education through the distance learning program at Charter Oak State College, compilation of a professional resource file and 240 hours of experience working in an after school program. (Experience can be gained from taking a practicum equal to 3 credits, or by demonstrating evidence of existing recent experience and taking a one credit practicum). Click here for more information.

BA/BS with a concentration in Child and Youth Development

Charter Oak also offers a concentration in Child and Youth Development for after school and youth work professionals which builds on the Credential in After School Education. Click here for more information.

For more information contact Maureen Hogan at:
E-mail: mhogan@charteroak.edu
Phone: 860-832-3933

Connecticut State Colleges and Universities

Check out the course search tools at the different Connecticut State Colleges and Universities including the Community Colleges to see if there are any they fit your needs. While none of them have a specific After School Education Department, many courses in Education, Psychology, Early Childhood Education, Counseling, Exercise Science, Recreation, and Human Services would be useful for a career working with kids after school.

Staff Meeting Starters

Looking for resources to help you train staff yourself?

The Connecticut After School Network wants to make your life a whole lot easier with a series of professional development training modules that you can personally utilize in your in-house staff meetings.

Each module has everything you will need to conduct a professional staff meeting with engaging topics and hands-on resources, including:

  • Guide
  • Slide Presentation
  • Handouts
  • Workshop Evaluation Forms
  • Resources for More Information

Training Kits are easy to use, include “trainer tips” to enhance presentation skills, and include activity ideas and suggestions to meet the needs of your staff.

→ Get the training kits on our Staff Meeting Starters page.

↓ Download our Meeting Starter Brochure.

Additional workshops with expert consultants can be arranged for in-depth coverage these topics and others through the Connecticut After School Network Training and Consultation Service.


Questions about any of our training? Topics you’d like to have added? Please contact Ken Anthony, Director of Professional Development at 860-730-2942 kanthony@ctafterschoolnetwork.org.

Other National Conferences

In addition to the many Network offerings, here are some other possibilities you might be interested in attending:


Core Competencies

What do program staff and directors need to know and be able to do in order to provide quality child and youth programming?

Core knowledge and competencies describe the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed by professionals to provide high-quality afterschool and youth development programming. That’s why the National AfterSchool Association produced “Core Knowledge and Competencies for Afterschool and Youth Development Professionals.”

The comprehensive document covers the following topics:

  • Child/Youth Growth and Development
  • Learning Environments and Curriculum
  • Child/Youth Observation and Assessment
  • Interactions with Children and Youth
  • Youth Engagement
  • Cultural Competency and Responsiveness
  • Family, School, and Community Relationships
  • Safety and Wellness
  • Program Planning and Development
  • Professional Development and Leadership

Code of Ethics

The Connecticut After School Network has adopted the Code of Ethics established by the National AfterSchool Association and encourages its use in programs.

This document sets forth professional standards of ethical conduct for responsible behavior for those who work in after-school and summer programs for children and youth. Click here to download a copy.