DQUAC Professional Development Opportunities

2019-2020 DQUAC No-Show Policy:

We truly value our facilitators’ time, and we always want to make sure that we can give them an accurate count of registrations in advance of the training, as it impacts material preparation and facilitation styles.


We expect all registered participants to attend the training. If you are unable to attend, we ask that you cancel your registration through Eventbrite or notify us at least 24 hours in advance.

If you do not show up to three trainings that you registered for, the DQUAC Leadership Team reserves the right to revoke your privileges to attend DQUAC trainings and may reach out to the leadership of your organization if a pattern of no-shows occurs.

Note: DQUAC is dedicated to creating a safe and accessible space for everyone who participates in our trainings and events. We welcome persons of all abilities and will attempt to provide reasonable accommodations upon request. If you need a specific accommodation for any training, please contact  Melanie_kartzmer@dpsk12.org or 720-423-1803 as soon as possible so we can make arrangements.

Safe Spaces Series - June 2020

Sunrise Tour

Online Event: Summer SEAL Crash Course: How to Incorporate SEAL in a Virtual Space

Facilitators: Denver Afterschool Alliance SEAL Coaches

Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Time: 10am-12pm 

Location: Zoom

Session Description: As your program or organization shifts to virtual programming, you may be thinking, “How can you utilize an online platform and still engage youth in meaningful ways? What rituals and routines can be used to connect with youth?” SEAL (Social Emotional and Academic Learning) is the process by which youth and adults acquire social and emotional intelligence including managing emotions, showing empathy and making responsible decisions. Participants will learn several strategies for integrating Social Emotional and Academic Learning (SEAL) practices into their virtual summer programs!

Cherry Popsicles

Online Event: Assessing the Quality of Virtual Offerings with PIRL

Facilitator: John Lewis, Network Lead, Denver Afterschool Alliance 

Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Time: 10am-12pm

Location: Zoom

Session Description: The landscape for afterschool programming has shifted towards delivering programs virtually, and the importance of high-quality practices has never been more important. To help organizations make this shift, the Denver Afterschool Alliance (DAA) developed a tool called PIRL (Preparation, Interaction, Reflection, and Logistics) that is designed to provide your organization with data to improve your virtual offerings. In this session, we will explore how this tool can be used to enhance your virtual/remote learning afterschool and summer offerings. By the end of the session each organization will leave with a plan for using PIRL.

Tropical Island Resort

Online Event: Quieting the Fight, Flight and Freeze Response in times of High Stress 

Facilitator: Liz Clark, Licensed Professional Counselor, Alvarado Counseling and Treatment Group

Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Time: 10am-12pm 

Location: Zoom

Description: Why do kids do what they do? Why do I respond in the way that I do? Why don't consequences work and what will work to change behavior? The experience of trauma often makes mindfulness a more challenging goal as the post-trauma response of fight/flight/freeze pulls us into a past experience and prepares us to defend. Join us to explore effective and gentle ways to move from this experience of Chaos back to Calm during these stressful times.

Afternoon Light

Online Event: LGBTQ+ Inclusion

Facilitator: Levi Arithson, LGBTQ+ Equity Program Manager, Denver Public Schools

Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Time: 9am-12pm 

Location: Zoom

Session Description: This session will touch on the  basics of LGBTQ+ vocabulary, help participants build empathy and awareness, and support participants to leave with applicable strategies and tools. In this session, we will identify practices for allyship, create steps and strategies to make spaces more LGBTQ+ inclusive, and build skills to support LGBTQ+ students.

Christmas Star

Online Event: Braving a Safe Space for Young People or Braving Safe Spaces

Facilitator: Lana Hailemariam, Leadership & Organizational Coach, StandUP

Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Time: 10am-12pm

Location: Zoom

Session Description: The foundational element to any safe space is trust. B.R.A.V.I.N.G. is an acronym for how to build trust. In this workshop, we will learn specific ways to create a safe space by intentionally creating a trust-filled environment. Additionally, we will learn how to break down the building blocks of trust to help children and adults communicate their needs, in order to feel safe. This interactive, engaging workshop will provide participants with specific tools to create, maintain and troubleshoot safe spaces for young people. 


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