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NYSAN works to coordinate, expand and share information about professional development opportunities available to afterschool program leaders, front-line staff and other practitioners across New York State. NYSAN's roles include:

  • Distributing information about state and local conferences, workshops and other training opportunities.
  • Facilitating joint planning among state and regional professional development providers.
  • Identifying and helping to fill gaps in existing professional development offerings statewide.

Afterschool Pathfinder: Trainings and Employment Opportunities

NYSAN assumed operation of Afterschool Pathfinder in January 2012. Afterschool Pathfinder brings together in one place all the job and professional development opportunities available to the dedicated people who work in afterschool, expanded learning time and youth programs in New York City. Using this site, staff can easily find the right trainings for themselves—whether on-line or in-person, informal or credit-bearing, short workshops or full conferences. Pathfinder is a project made possible by generous funding from The Wallace Foundation, the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development and the Booth Ferris Foundation.

Afterschool Professional Development: Resources, Outcomes, and Considerations

This publication provides an overview of the types of professional development available in the out-of-school time field, outcomes participants or organizations can expect related to each type of professional development opportunity, principles of effective professional development for trainers, managers, and front-line staff, and considerations individuals and/or organizations must make when deciding on deploying resources for professional development. These include decisions related to cost and investment, learning-readiness, assessing staff needs and interests, creating incentives, and assessing impact.

NYSAN Guide To Afterschool Professional Development in New York State

In March 2010, NYSAN published a Guide to Afterschool Professional Development in New York State to offer detailed information about learning, development, and training opportunities for afterschool professionals. Afterschool providers are strongly encouraged to read through this Guide. Included in the Guide is a listing of professional development resources (page 7); links to more information on these resources can be found here.

Global Learning in New York Afterschool Programs: Afterschool Professional Development Opportunities

Whether via the Internet, the global economy, or our increasingly global communities, we now have more opportunities to communicate, compete, and cooperate with people around the world. Today’s young people will graduate into a world that requires global knowledge and skills for college, careers, and citizenship. Since 2009, NYSAN has partnered with Asia Society’s Partnership for Global Learning

In March 2010, 30 professional development specialists participated in a training to equip them with knowledge and materials on global learning. They will offer trainings across the state that you can attend to learn more about bringing global learning to your program. To find out about specific opportunities, join the NYSAN Listserv.

NYSAN Leadership Institute for the Managers of New York's Afterschool Funding Initiatives

In addition to the above resources, NYSAN's partners developed and executed an innovative project to address a key gap in the state's capacity to enhance afterschool program quality. "Quality Comes First: A Leadership Institute for the Managers of New York's Afterschool Funding Initiatives" is an invitation-only, multi-year professional development opportunity for the program officers and contract managers of New York State's and City's major afterschool funding streams. With current participation from NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, NY State Office of Children and Family Services, NYC Department of Education and NY State Education Department Regional Student Support Services Center, the Institute strives to enhance participants' skills to assist the grantees of these agencies' with program quality improvement.

Click here to download the complete NYSAN report on the Institute.

Afterschool Professional Development: Resources, Outcomes, and Considerations

23 Mar 2011

This publication provides an overview of the types of professional development available in the out-of-school time field, outcomes participants or organizations can expect related to each type of professional development opportunity, principles of effective professional development for trainers, managers, and front-line staff, and considerations individuals and/or organizations must make when deciding on deploying resources for professional development.  These include decisions related to cost and investment, learning-readiness, assessing staff needs and interests, creating incentives, and assessing impact.

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