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Upcoming Trainings

Updated July 26, 2019

21CCLC Summer Institute

Attend this day-long professional development event designed for all afterschool and summer programs. Child care credit available. Workshop details will be shared as they become available here.  

August 9, 2019; Council Bluffs, Iowa

21CCLC Fall Institute

Attend this day-long professional development event designed for all afterschool and summer programs. Workshop details will be shared as they become available here. Child care credit available.

September 26, 2019; Dubuque, Iowa

Early Learning Fall Institute

Hosted by the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children.  


For information as it becomes available, please visit the Institute webpage.  

October 4-5, 2019; Altoona, Iowa

The Boundless Potential of Every Student 

What if ninety seconds could change the way you see your students forever? What if a simple shift in perspective could turn your quintessential "problem" students into your most passionate learners? What if one moment is the key to unlocking an infinite realm of life-changing possibilities for each student you encounter? This event will include a keynote presentation from Donna Porter and DJ Baptiste, and afternoon workshops by Porter and Baptiste on reaching older youth and Velda McKenzie on Conscious Discipline.


For information on this opportunity, please contact Cassie Gerst with Burlington Schools.   

October 11, 2019; Burlington, Iowa

Beyond School Hours Conference

The nation's premiere conference for educators and leaders serving K-12 students in school, afterschool, summertime and beyond.


For more information, please visit the conference's website. 

February 26-29, 2020; Orlando, FL

National AfterSchool Association Convention

Please join the 2,300 members of our community at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center for four days of networking, learning and inspiration: special events, workshops, daily keynotes and an interactive Learning Expo all designed to meet the needs of the developing professionals and emerging and current leaders of afterschool. Come to NAA convention and leave saying, "I've found my people!" 


For more information about the convention, visit the event's website.  

March 15-18, 2020; Washington, DC

BOOST Conference

Join the largest, most recognized and comprehensive global convening for after school, expanded learning, and out-of-school time professionals. Set in a retreat-like atmosphere, this annual, extraordinary event will rejuvenate your passion, boost your direction for quality programming and provide tools and resources that will inspire you to create change.


For more information and to register, visit the conference's website. 

April 28 - May 1, 2020; Palms Springs, CA

Ongoing Available Trainings

STEM Dimensions of Success Training - Paid for by the IAA

The training process involves a two-day live webinar training, completion of video calibration exercises, a one-hour live calibration session, and successful completion of two practice observation in the field. PEAR staff offer live, webinar Dimensions of Success (DoS) trainings monthly and in-person training for state networks or organizations can be arranged as needed for an additional cost. PEAR staff provides ongoing technical assistance, quarterly data reports, and online data management support for all DoS observers for two years post-certification.

  • August 14th-15th, 2019; 10am-4pm ET. Registration Deadline: August 6th.

  • September 18th-19th, 2019; 11am-5pm ET. Registration Deadline: September 10th


The IAA will pay for you to take this training. Please contact Britney Samuelson at bsamuelson@sppg.com if interested. For more information on the training visit https://www.thepearinstitute.org/dos-training.  

Out of School Time Professional Development Center

The Out of School Time Professional Development Center provides Out of School Time training to OST professionals. The classes provide in-depth curriculum and certificates. If you or your staff are interested in signing up for courses visit the Out-of-School Time website. Check out the entire course catalog here

Great Content on Y4Y!

You 4 Youth is a free online professional development site that is designed to support 21CCLC program staff, but is a valuable tool for any afterschool professional looking to build their skills! Recently, Y4Y has rolled out a whole module on literacy. Click here to register.

Afterschool Alliance Webinars

The Afterschool Alliance offers webinars on a wide range of topics, from policy and the new Every Student Succeeds Act, to STEM and Social-Emotional Learning. Find out more on their webinars website

Iowa Child Care Training Registry

Find professional development for school-age programming on the State of Iowa Child Care Training Registry on topics ranging from health and safety to developmentally appropriate programming. Find out more online

National AfterSchool Association PD Resources

NAA provides afterschool professionals with resources to stay up-to-date on the latest topics in afterschool and summer learning.

Find out more on their website here.  

Resources for STEM Programming

The Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) provides background information that is useful for the development of STEM programming. Find out more on their website


The Afterschool Tech Toolkit aims to empower afterschool professionals and educators with strategies and training so they can provide students with access to technology outside of classroom hours. It includes training modules on getting started, training staff, accessing technology and devices, and more. Take a look at the toolkit here