Whether hiring brand new staff, or engaging veteran staff members, it is important to plan for and set aside funds for professional development opportunities. MASN has put together a list of regional, state, and national professional development events to assist you with this planning.
Local and Online Training
There are a variety of workshops available to afterschool professionals throughout the year. Note: Licensed programs are required to complete at least 12 clock-hours of training each year.
- (NEW in 2015!) Online Trainings: The Missouri AfterSchool Network will offer topic-focused, online trainings year round! These trainings are free and easily accessible led by the Afterschool Regional Educators (AREs). Topics offered vary each year and are created in response to 21st CCLC and SAC grantee needs assessment. Topic examples include family engagement, informal and active learning, and behavior management, and more! Check the News and Events page for upcoming webinar opportunities.
- STEM Trainings: MASN has trainers that are certified by the curriculum entity to provide training to program staff on the following curricula: NPASS, SciGirls, Afterschool Math Plus, and various 4-H Robotics curricula. Visit the STEM Trainings page for more information about each curricula.
- Youth Work Methods Trainings: The workshops are aligned with the Program Quality Assessment Tool (both the Walk-Thru and STEM versions). Visit the Weikart Center website for descriptions or click here for more information about the Program Quality Assessment process.
- Other Workshops: Community based workshops can be a good sources of information on specific topics. Have a specific need? Contact us to discuss your training needs. (Trainings found on the Missouri Workshop Calendar have been reviewed through the Training Quality Assurance System (TQAS) for either Standard Approval or Enhanced Approval. For more information about TQAS, visit www.mopdportal.org.)
A valuable opportunity for afterschool professionals to gather from around the state. State conferences allow you the opportunity to network with peers from a variety of backgrounds, learn new skills at afterschool-specific workshops, and walk away re-energized about the work you do in afterschool! We recommend that you budget to attend both state conferences listed below (e.g., at least 2-4 site coordinators to attend MOSAC2, at least 1-2 upper managements/administrative positions to attend MAACCE).
- MOSAC2 PDI (Missouri School Age Community Coalition Professional Development Institute): This annual conference brings together around 400 afterschool professionals for keynotes and breakout sessions specific to afterschool. Topics and sessions generally include a lot of hands-on activities and ideas to implement in programming in addition to mid-level management topics that appeal to site coordinators and emerging leaders.
- MAACCE (Missouri Association of Adult, Continuing, and Community Education): This is a great conference if you are looking to enhance your adult education or community education components. Sessions for afterschool practitioners focus on the site supervisor or other managers. Not recommended for front-line staff, as there are few activity-related sessions.
A great opportunity to network and expand your ideas about quality afterschool, get involved on a national level, and gain new ideas. We recommend attending one national conference.
- NAA (National Afterschool Association) Convention: Sessions have good information for newer staff members. We recommend that experienced staff consider presenting at this conference.
- Beyond School Hours Conference: The content and quality of the conference can vary, depending on the location. The content is suited for front-line staff and site leaders/supervisors, as there are many activity and methods-focused sessions for working with children and youth.
- BOOST (Best Out-Of-School Time) Conference: This conference provides excellent information for middle and high school program staff. We recommend sending middle and high school site coordinators so they can bring the information back to share with other staff members.