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January 19, 2017

The right trainings don't just broaden skill sets – they help your staff achieve their full professional and personal potential. But finding time to incorporate professional learning into your program can be a challenge.  Fortunately, Y4Y can help.

Our Trainings to Go tools allow you to develop a professional learning strategy that matches your staff's needs. These guides include everything you need for a productive learning session: slides with customizable content, handouts and a suggested script outline. Most lessons take about an hour to complete, and provide practical, hands-on tips for integrating new ideas into daily activities.

In each of the Y4Y courses you’ll find Trainings to Go that target topics important to your program. Do you want to be more active in promoting understanding of STEM topics for your students? Try the STEM Every Day Training to Go. Are you hoping to make new strategic partnerships in the coming year? The Recruit Partners Training to Go is for you. Want to make literacy skills a priority in your program? Start with the Five Components of Reading Training to Go.

Whether it starts with a resolution for the New Year or a reality check with yourself and your staff, professional learning belongs on your to-do list. Spend a little time now to plan professional learning events for your program. The benefits to staff and students will more than repay the effort!



May 3, 2013

Getting staff on board with squeezing academics into summertime can be a challenge. Adults want to have fun in summer, too, not just the kids! Luckily, you can train and prepare staff to run a summer program that is educational and fun at the same time. The Teach portion of Y4Y has resources ready for you to use in your professional development sessions.

The Objectives That Work Training Starter is one example of a resource you can use. Start an open discussion with your team about how to focus summer activities and projects on learning objectives, and see what kinds of great ideas everyone comes up with. The template provides a backbone for the training session but also allows you to customize it and make it fit your program’s needs.



April 19, 2013

While it sometimes may feel like your program does everything, it isn’t always possible to provide all of the support that program families might need. A program can, however, connect families to resources in the community when their needs fall outside your areas of expertise. Bring other agencies or presenters into your building, or refer families to services nearby.

Get staff into the mindset of becoming “connectors” by offering professional development on this important role. The Connecting Families to Supports Training Starter, found in the Teach / Family Involvement section of Y4Y, establishes a framework for a training session that you can customize and adapt to the needs you see in your program families.



March 8, 2013

If you’re wondering how to help your team use Y4Y as a resource, take a look at what’s available under the Teach tab. Again, each content module has its own Teach section and – again – the organization is the same for each one. You’ll find a selection of Training Starters and Trainings To Go that you can download, customize, and use for staff development sessions. (You may remember that we discussed the differences between these two kinds of resources in an earlier blog post.)

From the Teach area, you can also access the Tools.