DQUAC Professional Development Opportunities

August-October 2019

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

9:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Prodigy Coffeehouse - 3801 East 40th Avenue Denver, CO 80205

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Facilitator: Jen Landers, Executive Director, Colorado Young Leaders

Description: Come grab coffee and get to know other Executive Directors/CEOs working in youth development in the Denver metro area. We will discuss our successes and challenges, strategize on how to work collaboratively towards common goals, and have some fun!


Takeaways:

  • Relationships with your colleagues at peer organizations

  • Inspiration and suggestions for challenges you are facing

  • Stronger collaborative network of youth development professionals

 

Session Style: Round table discussion & networking

Recommended for: Executive Directors, CEO, organizational leaders

Youth Development Executive Director Meetup (Coffee & Conversation) - August 2019

Thursday, August 29, 2019

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

DPS Acoma Campus (1617 South Acoma St., Denver, CO, 80223)

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Join Melanie Kartzmer, the Program Manager for Universal Supports, for an engaging and informative learning session around the Denver Afterschool Alliance's Membership Levels and system of supports. This session is a great opportunity to see how your organization fits in to the Denver Afterschool Alliance's landscape of out-of-school-time providers and connect with others in out-of-school-time field.

 

Takeaways:

•Understand the Denver Afterschool Alliance's (DAA) levels of membership

•Learn about resources that the DAA provides

•Learn how your organization can become a part of the DAA community

The Path to Program Quality: Denver Afterschool Alliance Membership Levels

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

9 a.m.-12 p.m.

DPS Acoma Campus (1617 South Acoma St., Denver, CO, 80223), Room 113

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Facilitators: Dr. Bryan Bohanan, Associate Director, Denver Public Schools and Melanie Kartzmer, Program Manager for Universal Supports, Denver Afterschool Alliance

Description: Pens or pencils? Playing in the gym or going outside? We often provide youth superficial, limited options that hinder their ability to think critically and make meaningful choices. In this workshop, we will explore choice theory, the myths of choice, and what influences the decision making process. Participants will dive into what factors affect choice and develop strategies to better incorporate authentic choices into programming. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to strategies and techniques that support the social, emotional and cognitive development of youth. Active participation and inquiry are essential to the success of this session—come prepared to play while we explore how to design and lead experiential activities that promote learning and fun!

 

Takeaways:

  • Understand what choice theory is and how to create authentic choice opportunities.

  • Learn how to develop independent learners through authentic choice processes.

  • Develop techniques to create an environment at your site that allow youth to experience organic/authentic choice.

 

Session Style: Lecture & Interactive workshop

Recommended for: Direct service/site staff; Managers or site leads; Organization leadership; New to youth development

Developing Independent Youth Learners through the Process of Choice Theory

Thursday, September 19, 2019

9 a.m.-12 p.m.

YMCA Metropolitan Denver Headquarters (2625 S. Colorado Blvd.Denver, CO 80222) - Basement

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Facilitator: Dedrick Sims, CEO, Sims-Fayola Foundation

Description: This workshop focuses on the prevailing disposition regarding students of color in general in this country, but boys of color in particular. We also focus on how those dispositions bleed into the schooling process and the impact on the attitudes, experiences, and social/academic outcomes of young men of color. This workshop is hyper-focused on challenging existing mindsets, conscious and unconscious, of those who serve young men of color and making the correlation between perception and practice. This workshop is the foundation of the other workshops in this series.

Takeaways:

  • Participants will be able to identify historical inequities that still persist in our education system. 

  • Participants will be able to identify strategies that are effective for working with young men and boys of color.

 

Session Style: Lecture, Round table discussion, & Interactive workshop

 

Recommended for: Direct service/site staff; Managers or site leads; Organization leadership; New to youth development.

Working with Boys of Color

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

9 a.m.-12 p.m.

DPS Acoma Campus (1617 South Acoma St., Denver, CO, 80223), Room 113

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Facilitator: Kyle Bixenmann, Manager of External Training, Mount Saint Vincent

Description: This the first part of a two part series about providing trauma-informed support to young people.  This session will explore how the brain develops and organizes, including the elements that come together to create positive development in young people.  Next, we will look at how trauma impacts brain development and how we can reframe challenging behavior using trauma-informed key concepts to help us respond more supportively.  Finally, we will discuss an overview of strategies to help support young people before, during, and after a challenging situation to help them regulate and learn from the situation.

Takeaways:

  • A model for understanding brain organization and development

  • Key trauma-informed concepts that help to reframe young people's challenging behavior

  • An overview of strategies to help support young people, before, during, and after a challenging situation.

 

Session Style: Lecture & Interactive workshop

 

Recommended for: Direct service/site staff; Managers or site leads; Organization leadership; New to youth development

** THIS IS A TWO-PART SERIES-- PLEASE REGISTER FOR PART 2 **

Foundations of a Trauma-Informed Approach (Part 1 of 2)

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

YMCA Metropolitan Denver Headquarters (2625 S. Colorado Blvd.Denver, CO 80222) - Basement

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Facilitators: SEAL Coaches, Denver Afterschool Alliance

Description: Social Emotional and Academic Learning (SEAL) is important in all programs. It is not only important that youth learn SEAL skills, but also to create a program environment that promotes this kind of learning. SEAL doesn't exist only in each program offering, how can you make your entire program support SEAL? Participants will learn strategies to create a culture and climate that promotes SEAL site-wide.

 

Takeaways:

  • Develop a SEAL-rich site vision

  • Strategies to promote SEAL site-wide

  • Explore other SEAL tools and resources 

 

Session Style: Interactive workshop

 

Recommended for: Managers or site leads

Creating a Culture and Climate of Social and Emotional Learning at your Site

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

DPS Acoma Campus (1617 South Acoma St., Denver, CO, 80223)

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Join Melanie Kartzmer, the Program Manager for Universal Supports, for an engaging and informative learning session around the Denver Afterschool Alliance's Membership Levels and system of supports. This session is a great opportunity to see how your organization fits in to the Denver Afterschool Alliance's landscape of out-of-school-time providers and connect with others in out-of-school-time field.

 

Takeaways:

•Understand the Denver Afterschool Alliance's (DAA) levels of membership

•Learn about resources that the DAA provides

•Learn how your organization can become a part of the DAA community

The Path to Program Quality: Denver Afterschool Alliance Membership Levels

Thursday, September 26, 2019

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

DPS Acoma Campus (1617 South Acoma St., Denver, CO, 80223), Room 113

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Facilitator: John Lewis, Data and Quality Manager/Network Lead, Denver Public Schools & Denver Afterschool Alliance

Description: A Denver Afterschool Alliance workshop designed to be an introduction to quality in afterschool programs and to explore ways that your site and/or organization can engage in deeper continuous quality improvement work.

 

Takeaways:

  • Learn the history of Denver’s quality work and the current Denver landscape.

  • Engage with the Denver Afterschool Alliance’s Pillars of Quality and discover how they connect to your program(s).

  • Explore a variety of quality measures that may be useful to your organization.

 

Session Style: Interactive workshop

 

Recommended for: Site leads, managers and organization representatives interested in connecting to the Denver Afterschool Alliance and understanding the quality work in which it is engaged.

Quality 101

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

9 a.m.-12 p.m.

DPS Acoma Campus (1617 South Acoma St., Denver, CO, 80223), Room 113

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Facilitator: Kyle Bixenmann, Manager of External Training, Mount Saint Vincent

Description: This is the second part of a two part series about providing trauma-informed support to young people.  This session will focus on applying the trauma-informed concepts learned in the Foundations of a Trauma-Informed Approach class to actual children that we serve.  Using Mount Saint Vincent's, state-based intervention planning tool, participants will walk through a case study of an actual young person and see how we used an understanding of trauma and neurobiology to develop a plan to support him.  Working in table groups, participants will then have the opportunity to develop their own state-based intervention plans for young people they work with to help them better navigate challenges.

Takeaways:

  • A template for support planning for young people impacted by trauma

  • An actual plan to use with a young person in your program

 

Session Style: Lecture & Interactive workshop

Recommended for: Direct service/site staff; Managers or site leads; Organization leadership; New to youth development

**Attendance at Part 1 is required in order to attend this training**

Applications of a Trauma-Informed Approach (Part 2 of 2)

Thursday, October 3, 2019

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

DPS Acoma Campus (1617 South Acoma St., Denver, CO, 80223), Room 113

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Facilitator: Rebecca Kanov, Founder, Arts & Minds 

Description: Mindfulness is accessible for any student population. In this training, you will learn about why mindfulness and creative expression are essential for your student population.  You will receive specific tools to incorporate mindfulness using movement and creative arts into your everyday curriculum. No experience necessary!

 

Takeaways:

  • Small and large group mindfulness tools for direct staff 

  • One - on - one behavior management using mindfulness 

  • Movement + Creative Arts Programming options for your site  

  • Mindfulness training and supervision information for supervisors

 

Session Style: Interactive workshop

 

Recommended for: Direct service/site staff; Managers or site leads; Organization leadership; New to youth development

Mindfulness 101: Implementing mindfulness programming at site

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

DPS Acoma Campus (1617 South Acoma St., Denver, CO, 80223), Room 213

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Facilitator: Marcy Brakefield, LCSW, School-Based Therapist, Project PAVE

 

Description: This session will provide information, teach activities, and facilitate discussion surrounding domestic and  mass violence. This session will help direct service providers, teachers, administrators to initiate conversations about violence, understand the emotional impact violence has on students and learn ways to connect them to resources and offer support.

 

Takeaways:

  • Provide information about domestic and  mass violence

  • Help providers with initiating conversations about violence

  • Understand the emotional impact that violence has on students

  • Learn ways to support students and connect them to resources  

 

Session Style: Round table discussion, Lecture, & Interactive workshop

Recommended for: Direct service/site staff; Managers or site leads; Organization leadership; New to youth development

Violence: Let's talk about it

Monday, October 14, 2019

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Boys & Girls Clubs Metro Denver (2017 W. 9th Ave Denver, CO 80204) - JC Owen Board Room

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Facilitator: Omid Amini, Senior Manager, Department of Extended Learning & Community Schools, Denver Public Schools

Description: Do you often find yourself flying by the seat of your pants during program hours and not finding time to train your staff? Does training at your site look like trial by fire? Do the days fly by and your staff need more job training? In this interactive workshop we will create a sustainable job training time management system for program hours that increases the amount of staff development contact hours while developing your skills of prioritization and time management. 

 

Takeaways:

  • Increased ability to effectively self-assess systems & routines. 

  • Learn how to create effective systems with your resources. 

  • Identify and harness resources for a system & routine. 

  • Increase your ability to support and train staff within the system & routine.

Session Style: Lecture & Interactive workshop

Recommended for: Managers or site leads

Flying By The Seat Of Your Pants

Thursday, October 17, 2019

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

DPS Acoma Campus (1617 South Acoma St., Denver, CO, 80223), Room 113

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Facilitator: Amy Brady, Founder, StandUP

Description: Effective family engagement is a key factor in successful youth programs.  So what gets in the way? The answer may surprise you! In this interactive workshop, participants will discover the key barrier to family engagement and will explore how to move past this barrier.  Participants will also receive ideas and strategies for creating more meaningful engagement within their programs, shifting our mindset to “what CAN we do?” rather than “why we CAN’T”.

 

Takeaways:

  • Understanding barriers to family engagement

  • Strategies to increase family engagement 

 

Session Style: Interactive workshop & round table discussion

 

Recommended for: Direct service/site staff; Managers or site leads; Organization leadership; New to youth development

Exploring Family Engagement

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

DPS Acoma Campus (1617 South Acoma St., Denver, CO, 80223), Room 113

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Facilitator: Caitlin Gayles, Schools Manager, EVERFI

Description: How can we make sure that the content we teach our students sticks with them throughout their futures? As technology continues to become more deeply embedded in classrooms, more opportunities exist for digital instruction to play a large role in how students make sense of the content they learn. During this session, education providers will explore the role that rigorous instruction plays in equipping students with a deep understanding of academic standards. 

 

Takeaways:

  • You will be able to discuss technology’s role in helping students achieve a strong depth of knowledge of critical skills

  • Walk away with a bank of resources and strategies, both digital and offline, to engage students in rigorous learning

 

Session Style: Interactive workshop

 

Recommended for: Direct service/site staff; Managers or site leads; Organization leadership; New to youth development

Technology's Role in Engaging Students in Deeper Learning

Thursday, October 24, 2019

9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

DPS Acoma Campus (1617 South Acoma St., Denver, CO, 80223), Room 113

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Facilitator: Nachshon Zohari, Program Manager for Community Outreach, Denver Office of Behavioral Health Strategies

Description: This training explains how one’s trauma history can impact current behaviors and how organizations and communities can best create environments that maximize a sense of safety and minimize trauma triggers.  

 

Takeaways:

  • Define trauma and describe how it differs from everyday stress

  • Better understand the role of resilience in buffering the effects of traumatic events & learn about vicarious trauma

  • Learn 2 to 3 survival coping strategies people with trauma may use and name alternative ways to cope

  • Understand how adverse childhood experiences impact adult health & the importance of self-care 

  • Explore ways you can help people experiencing traumatic stress reactions & identify the impact of stress on their bodies and minds

 

Session Style: Lecture

 

Recommended for: Direct service/site staff; Managers or site leads; Organization leadership; New to youth development

Trauma-Informed Practices

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

10 a.m. –12 p.m.

DPS Acoma Campus (1617 South Acoma St., Denver, CO, 80223), Room 113

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Facilitator: John Lewis, Data and Quality Manager & Network Lead, Denver Public Schools & Denver Afterschool Alliance

Description: Join the Denver Afterschool Alliance to discover how participants of the DAA’s Systems Building work utilize the Weikart Center’s Youth Program Quality Intervention to impact the quality of their programs. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn key components of the program intervention process and have the opportunity to explore the Youth Program Quality Assessment.

 

Takeaways:

  • Understand the continuous quality improvement process that is used by DAA participants.

  • Explore and grow personal knowledge of the Youth Program Quality Intervention process and the Youth Program Quality Assessment.

 

Session Style: Interactive workshop

 

Recommended for: Youth developers who want to dive deeper into the world of program quality, are curious about using the Program Quality Assessment at their site/organization, or are current participants of the DAA that are new to their role (e.g., newly hired site leads or managers).

Quality 201: Continuous Quality Improvement Basics

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

9 a.m. –12 p.m.

Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center - Multipurpose Room

(4890 Argonne Way

Denver, CO 80249)

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Carve out some fun, and join us for DQUACtoberfest-- one of our biggest PDs of the year!

This event will include opportunities to develop “out-of-the-box” programming ideas that will revitalize your activities, explore effective techniques to engage youth and adults, and connect with other out-of-school time professionals. We will also have tons of games, activities, and food available to celebrate this fall season.

A light breakfast will be served.

Session Style: Interactive workshop

 

Recommended for: Any and all in youth development!

CANCELLED: DQUACtoberfest