Upcoming Webinars

To look for upcoming webinars on a variety of topics related to out-of-school time, check:

Afterschool Alliance Webinars and

American Youth Policy Forum and

Girls Collaborative Project Events and

Click 2 Science PD (Free registration required for access) and

National Afterschool Association

National Summer Learning Association

Learning Policy Institute



Lesson Planning for English Learners in Distance Learning Environments: Elementary Educators - Tuesday, September 15, 2020 @ 4:00pm

Engaging elementary students in distance learning has particular challenges. Ensuring age-appropriate learning experiences that couple high challenge with high supports and promote language development requires teachers to shift how they design and plan instruction. This webinar will demonstrate how elementary educators can adapt and implement lessons in a distance learning environment to support English Learners and language development.

The following topics will be addressed in this session:

  • Integrating activities that encourage students to discuss and interact with grade-level texts
  • Grouping students to optimize instruction
  • Providing options for synchronous and asynchronous learning

Registration: https://tinyurl.com/ELWebinarSept15

Good Nutrition Matters: Experts Share Tips, Quick Meal Tricks and Back to School Strategies for Learning Success - Wednesday, September 16, 2020 @ 2:00pm MT


  • Kim Doleatto, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Journalist and Mom

Featured Speakers:


Good nutrition is more important than ever as kids and families head back to a new school year in the midst of a pandemic. Many experts have raised concerns that the absence of structured school days, recess, and access to school nutrition programs may negatively impact children’s wellness. The good news is that by increasing access to fresh foods and a good diet, children can focus better, overcome health disparities, and ultimately grow strong in body, mind, and soul!

Join us for a special webinar in partnership with Applegate and FRAC on Wednesday, September 16th at 4 p.m. ET. You’ll learn how to make the most of mealtime with chef and cookbook author Kate Winslow who will demo some delicious, and kid-friendly recipes and you’ll get tools to help you connect families in need to critical food services and School Nutrition Programs in your community.

The first 25 guests to register will receive a coupon for one free Applegate product and a reusable tote bag! All attendees will also have a chance to win one grand prize of coupons for free Applegate products and fun Applegate swag!


Neurodiversity and STEM Education -  Monday, September 21, 2020 @ 1pm MT

Neurodiversity refers to variation in the human brain regarding sociability, learning, attention, mood and other mental functions. As a term, it can include a multitude of neuro-variations such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and mental health. Therefore, we work with and teach neurodiverse learners everyday. Join us as we learn more about neurodiversity and best practices for engaging neurodiverse learners in STEM programming. 


  • Sara Sanders Gardner, a neurodiverse individual and program director of Bellevue College’s Neurodiversity Navigators program, will provide a general framework and share insights and strategies.
  • Elinore (Ellie) Gaitan, a current college student, will share her experiences growing up as a person with autism, her decision to study biochemistry, and strategies and tools that have helped her succeed.

More information and sign up

21 Years of Lights On Afterschool​ -  Tuesday, September 22nd @ Noon Mountain Time

It's On! This year's Lights On Afterschool celebration will look and feel different, but that won't stop us from having the brightest celebration yet!

Afterschool programs have risen to the moment to provide critical supports for youth and families during the pandemic — from innovative virtual programming to meals to caring for children of essential workers to wellbeing check-ins. We need to celebrate and recognize their efforts, and call attention to the importance of afterschool supports in the school year ahead.

Whether this is your first Lights On Afterschool or your 21st, join us for this webinar to inspire and help you get the most out of your celebration - whether happening in-person or virtually. Hear how some Lights On Afterschool organizers are planning events in their states, and learn about new tools to help you and showcase your event!

Help us make the 21st Annual Lights On Afterschool the biggest celebration yet!


  • Ayana Melvan, Senior Project Manager Educational Initiatives and Lead for the Rhode Island Afterschool Network, United Way of Rhode Island
  • Charlotte Steinecke, Communications Manager, Afterschool Alliance
  • Mark Cowsert, Associate Director of Policy and Partnerships, Missouri AfterSchool Network
  • Rachel Alterman Wallack, Founder & Mission Director, VOX ATL
  • Susan Stanton, Network Lead, Afterschool for Children and Teens Now (ACT Now) Coalition


Engineering Practice Support Equity - Part 1 - Tuesday, September 22, 2020 @ 1:00pm

Experts: Dr. Christine Cunningham & Shannon McManus

Interested in developing professional development focused on engineering mindset in youth? Wondering how to do this in equitable ways that encourage engagement and participation of girls and other underrepresented youth? This webinar, the first in a three-part series, focuses on three core engineering practices:

  1. Using a systematic problem-solving process
  2. Exploring the properties and uses of materials, and 
  3. Considering real-world problems. 

We’ll explore these briefly, highlighting how implementing the practice can help create inclusive learning experiences. In small groups, participants will examine resources that can support the practice and discuss how to use or modify them to foster engagement with engineering practices toward development of an engineering mindset. Educators and professional development providers will leave with a deeper understanding of the specific practices, concrete ideas and specific engineering activities and projects that can be completed over several virtual or in person afterschool sessions.

Intended audience: For program staff (directors, STEM specialists, line staff) in the state

Registration: https://bit.ly/34Aouc5

Lesson Planning for English Learners in Distance Learning Environments: Secondary Educators - Tuesday, September 22, 2020 @ 4:00pm

Distance learning experiences that promote conceptual and linguistic development for English Learners require a shift in teacher expertise and instructional design. This webinar will demonstrate how secondary educators can adapt and  implement lessons in a distance learning environment that promote rigor and high levels of support. Participants will learn how to plan appropriate scaffolds for students engaging with subject-matter content in synchronous, asynchronous and  no-tech environments.

The following topics will be addressed in this session:

  • Integrating activities that encourage students to discuss, argue and analyse rigorous grade level texts
  • Grouping students to optimize instruction
  • Providing options for synchronous and asynchronous learning

Registration: https://tinyurl.com/ELWebinarSept22



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