Reading & Writing: Professional Development

Professional DevelopmentThis section includes professional development training guides as well as online, interactive professional development opportunities for those in Out-of-School Time (OST) who work with children and youth.

It includes a new webinar series which are short 15 minute webinars developed in collaboration with the National Afterschool Association. The webinars cover approaches to engaging youth in language and literacy which have been used by practitioners in the field.

In addition, the section hosts Google hangouts with researchers, policy makers, funders and practitioners on critical issues in OST, which are now available to the community through the Youth Today YouTube Channel.

Finally, there will be opportunities to take courses and other long-term professional development opportunities that may lead to credentialing or college credit.

Explore & Download These Resources

Afterschool Literacy Training Toolkit

A Guide to Using the Afterschool Training Toolkit for Professional Development

This guide has been developed to complement the literacy section of the National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning’s online Afterschool Training Toolkit.

» Download the Guide (PDF) «


Engaging OST Youth in Language and Literacy through Art

In this 15 minute webinar, a practitioner from the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services discusses how to engage youth in an art technique called the "scribble chase" to generate images, engage in collaboration and discussion as well as writing.

» Download the Materials (PDF) «
» Watch the Webinar «

Score! Engaging OST Youth in Language and Literacy through Sports

Score! Engaging OST Youth in Language and Literacy through Sports

This 15 minute webinar presented by a practitioner from Queens Community House, discusses how sports debates can be a vehicle to engage children's passion in sports as well enhance their writing, research and social and emotional competencies.

» Download the Materials (PDF) «
» Watch the Webinar «

Five Components of Reading Training Plan

Training Plan — Five Components of Reading

Use this Training to Go training plan with the PowerPoint to lead a staff training. Customize it to fit you, the time and setting, and the participants.

» Download the Resource (PDF) «

Training on the Writing Process

Training to Go — The Writing Process

Training on the writing process. Download the full PowerPoint to see the embedded detailed presentation notes.

» View the Presentation (SlideShare) «

Supporting Literacy with Y4Y

Webinar: Supporting Literacy with Y4Y

This webinar created by You For Youth (Y4Y) covers topics related to literacy, including "specific strategies for working with students who read below grade level," "involving families and building community," and more.

» Watch the Webinar (MP4) «

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