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Learning Circles for Site Coordinators

Get to know the Learning Circle Cohort Participants!

Get to know the Learning Circle Content Experts!

Check out Photos from past Learning Circles!

Learning Circles are:

  • an opportunity for 15 participants (cohort) to improve facilitation skills, build and refine site-coordinator (middle management)-related skills, and create a supportive learning community that extends beyond the classroom – CLOSED;
  • an opportunity for an additional 10 participants (drop-in) to build and refine their skills – OPEN;
  • a participant-driven model for professional development that includes up-to-date, collaboratively developed, and shared curriculum;
  • a resource to organizations that want to invest in and develop their staff in an effort to improve their programs.

What does this program provide?

  • A framework for creating participant-driven and -centered professional development;
  • A process for bringing together experts and participants to collaboratively develop curriculum relevant to participants;
  • An intentional learning community dedicated to growing, networking, developing, and problem solving together within and beyond physical space;
  • A curriculumseries participants can bring back to their organizations use to train their staff.

Who should attend?

Learning Circles are for Site Coordinators and Middle Managers of comprehensive Afterschool programs.

Afterschool is defined for the purposes of AFA as:

“Afterschool programs” is defined as an afterschool activity that is available for elementary and middle school-age youth that is offered for at least 2 hours per day for at least 3 days a week during the hours after school on an ongoing basis.

DCYF defines comprehensive afterschool as:

Comprehensive afterschool programs offer participating children and youth an array of activities that includes at a minimum academic support, enrichment, and active recreation/physical fitness activities. Comprehensive programs do not focus on one single content area or type of activity.

When are they, what are the topics, and how do I register?

January 14 – Transferring Learning, Knowledge, and Information – Site Coordinators and middle managers are responsible for communicating and transferring important knowledge and information to their staff, youth, families, colleagues, and the community at large. The goal of this session is to learn how people learn. Participants will walk away with an understanding of multiple intelligences, the adult learning cycle, and tips and tools for how to effectively transfer what you know to others. Content Expert: Kris Farro, CalSAC


January 28Facilitating Equitably – Whether it is a meeting, a training, or a youth program, Site Coordinators and middle managers facilitate A LOT. The goal of this session is to learn how to facilitate in an equitable manner ensuring all participants are included and heard. Participants will walk away with basic facilitation techniques, an understanding of equity, and how to apply equity to facilitation. Content Expert: Jimena Quiroga, California Tomorrow


February 11Assets and Youth Development – Youth development and asset-building are the frameworks most after school programs use when working with children and youth. The goal of this session is to explore how participants practice youth development and asset-building and improve the intention of how they apply youth development within their organizations and programs. Participants will walk away with an understanding of both the youth development and asset-building frameworks and concrete strategies for applying those frameworks. Content Expert: Stacey Daraio and Alex Vila, Consultants


February 25Coalition Building – Site Coordinators and middle managers are responsible for connecting the dots between lots of groups including families, school-day staff, youth, upper management, employees, the community and more. To accomplish this, coalition building is an essential skill. The goal of this session is to identify and learn how to build a broad-based coalition dedicated to supporting the success of your program. Participants will walk away with a framework of coalition building, tools to immediately apply, and strategies to achieve the results they seek. Content Expert: Chelsea Boilard, Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth

Register here.

March 11Academics and Content Standards – Afterschool programs have a responsibility to educate youth and build their skills to be successful adults. The goal of this training will be to learn what the California Department of Education’s content standards are and how participants can integrate them into their programs. Participants will walk away with an overview of content standards, samples of curriculum that incorporate content standards, and one lesson plan they created that includes content standards. Content Expert: Kathleen Martinez, Creative-Out-of-School Learning

Register here.

March 25Rejuvenation and Self-Care – Rejuvenation and Self-Care are essential to sustaining yourself within the afterschool field. The goal of this training will be explore the value of rejuvenation and self-care using walking meditation, small group conversations, and art-based workshops culminating in the creation of a personal self-care plan. Additionally, participants will walk away with a copy of the curriculum, so they can lead these Days in their communities. Content Expert: Liane Louie, Consultant

Register here.

April 8Organization and Structure – Organization and structure are essential for successful programs and organizations to run smoothly, effectively, efficiently and transparently. The goal of this training is to teach concrete skills in organizational development. Participants will walk tangible tools to bring more structure to their workplace, their desk, and their program. Content Expert: Oscar Wolters-Duran, Blue Thistle Consulting

Register here.

April 22Financial Literacy – Financial literacy is crucial to the sustainability of youth workers and ending the cycle of poverty. The goal of this training is for participants to learn the basics of finances and learn ways to educate their staff and youth. Additionally, participants will walk away with concrete strategies for how make sure the money they pay to youth (e.g. stipends, wages, etc.) is not divested in check cashing institution. Content Expert: Margaret Libby, Mission SF Community Financial Center

Register here.

May 6Political Astuteness – Middle managers are put in the middle of a lot of different groups and situations that require political savvy and astuteness: knowing what to say and when and how to say it. The goal of this training is to teach critical navigation skills related to funding, politics, and institutions, so participants can continue to serve their youth and families. Participants will walk away with tools and strategies to help them analyze institutions including funders, policymakers, and school districts. Content Expert: Yas Ahmed, Consultant

Register here.

May 20Telling Your Story – Storytelling is a crucial skill set that helps an audience understand what you do and why you do it. The goal of this training is to refine public speaking techniques and understand story structure. Participants will walk with a story all about them and their program as well tools to make sure your story is heard. Content Expert: Tara Dorabji, Streetside Stories

Register here.

One Comment leave one →
  1. November 16, 2009 6:52 pm

    I’m so excited I can’t wait to partake!

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