Copyright © 2010 Roberta Newman ~ Newroads Consulting
Division of Cape Charles Development Co.
Roberta's training sessions are packed with practical tools and information, real-life anecdotes, hands-on learning activities, and ideas that make you think and act effectively. Most topics are available in a variety of formats from half day sessions to weeklong training retreats. Listed below is a sampling of Roberta's current offerings. For more information, see Training Packages Descriptions. Topics can be adapted to fit your needs. Texts are required for some sessions. Master handouts are provided for other programs. Contact Roberta Newman for pricing information.
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Welcome to the world of School-Age Care ~ Training New After School Staff
Based on Roberta's book of the same title, this workshop explores a variety of approaches to using the book as an effective tool for mentoring new staff in after school programs. The workshop provides a wide variety of ideas for using interactive staff training exercises to motivate and empower staff to take ownership of the positive role they can play in making the program a success. Topics explored include: characteristics and skills of staff who are the right match for the job, staff as powerful role models for school-age children and youth, tips for helping staff prepare for a successful first day on the job, typical Do's and Don'ts for after school staff (as identified by school-age directors across the country), activity planning ideas, tips for creating a positive environment, step-by-step strategies for guiding behavior, ideas for connecting with parents as resourceful partners, back pocket activity ideas to implement anytime, anywhere - and much more .
The workshop can be provided for single focus OR mixed groups: program directors, managers, program leaders, new staff only, or all front line staff. Train the Trainer sessions are also available. Offered in Half Day, Full Day, and Two Day Formats. Text Required for each participant: Welcome to the World of School-Age Care - Training New After School Staff.
Building Relationships With Parents and Families
(NOTE: Originally designed for school-age programs, this workshop can also be adapted for use in preschool settings.)
Based on Roberta's book, this workshop is designed for directors and others who provide training for after school staff. Part One of the workshop provides an overview of a wide range of training activities to help staff build positive relationships with parents and families. Training activities focus on the following areas: 1) helping staff examine attitudes towards parents and how staff attitudes affect relationships with parents, 2) helping staff learn, practice and use communication skills that will help them connect with parents effectively, 3) helping staff understand the needs, interests, and concerns of parents and use this understanding to plan family friendly initiatives, 4) helping staff develop observation and problem solving skills for building resourceful partnerships with parents and families. Part Two of the workshop focuses on exploring hands on tools for assessing the needs of parents and families and tip sheets for developing a wide variety of approaches for reaching out to parents as partners. Offered in half day, full day, and two day formats. Text Required for each participant: Building Relationships with Parents and Families in School-Age Programs. See Order Form for Pricing Information.
Building the Foundations for Quality After School Programs
This workshop focuses on four fundamental keys to quality presented in Roberta's video Keys to Quality in School-Age Child Care and companion training guides. These keys can be used as effective planning tools for program start-up, program improvement, or as stepping stones for moving toward the NSACA program accreditation process. Each of the four keys is explored through a series of practical, hands-on, interactive exercises:
Key One: Planning Programs with Children in Mind
Exploring what school-age children want in programs
Exploring what school-age children are like
Exploring individual differences in school-age children
Key Two: Organizing for Variety and Choice
Creating effective program environments
Developing workable schedules
Planning and implementing varied program activities
Providing effective supervision and management
Key Three: Viewing Parents as Partners - The Four A's of Parent Involvement
Examining Attitudes towards parents
Assessing parents' needs, interests, and concerns
Accommodating parents' needs, interests, and concerns
Building Alliances with parents
Key Four: Collaborating with Others Who Can Help
Exploring community needs, attitudes, and assets
Assessing and connecting with community resources
Building partnerships with school personnel
Building relationships with program hosts
The workshop is appropriate for varied groups: program directors, managers, program leaders, and front-line staff. Offered in Full Day or Two Day Formats. Optional Text for each participant: Keys to Quality in School-Age Programs.
Helping Children and Youth with ADD Succeed in After School Programs
Based on Roberta's book of the same title, this one-of-a-kind workshop provides an in-depth, practical examination of effective strategies for meeting the needs of children with ADD in informal after school settings. It explores the following topics, issues and tools:
- Exploring the Potential for Matches and Mismatches Between School-Age Children with ADD and School-Age
Child Care Programs
o Typical Characteristics of Children with ADD
o Personal Uniqueness: Individual Traits and Tendencies Which Interact with ADD
o Typical Characteristics and Developmental Tasks of School-Age Children and Their Implications for Children with ADD
o Other Significant Factors Influencing the World of the School-Age Child
o Typical Characteristics of School-Age Programs and What They Expect of School-Age Children
- Strategies and Techniques for Helping School-Age Children with ADD Have Successful Experiences in School-Age
Programs - How to Create Program "Response-Ability"
o Ideas for Structuring and Adapting Elements of the Program Environment
o Ideas for Designing and Implementing Successful Activities
o Strategies for Helping School-Age Children with ADD Monitor and Manage Their Own Behavior in Out-of-School Programs
o Strategies and Techniques for Helping School-Age Children with ADD Establish Positive Relationships with Others in the
o Strategies and Techniques for Being an Effective Advocate for Children with ADD
o How to Take Care of Yourself When Working with Children with ADD
This workshop is appropriate for single focus OR mixed groups: program directors, managers, program leaders and front line staff. Train the trainer sessions are also available. Offered in Full Day or Two Day Formats. Text Required for each Participant: Helping Children and Youth with ADD Succeed in After School Programs.
Understanding and Responding to Individual Differences in Group Settings - Creating Program "Response-Ability"
This workshop addresses one of the most challenging and important responsibilities of child care and youth development staff - the responsibility to learn about the personal uniqueness of each child and youth and use this understanding as a tool for helping each individual grow and develop in positive ways through program activities and experiences and interactions with others. Workshop participants explore a wide range of traits and characteristics that contribute to the uniqueness of each person. Training exercises include exploration and discussion of the following individual differences:
· In-born differences in temperament that influence how people experience and respond to what's happening in their lives. Included is research-based information on dimensions of temperament: Activity Level, Regularity of Body Rhythms, Approach or Withdrawal, Adaptability, Sensitivity to Stimuli, Intensity, Persistence, Mood, Thinking Tempo, and Attention. Participants explore how these differences can affect children's participation in school-age programs and learn strategies for helping children tune in to their temperamental traits and learn to manage behavior related to temperament as they participate in the program.
· Individual differences in developmental readiness that determine how well a child or youth can connect with program opportunities for social interaction, skill development, problem solving, independent functioning, choice and decision-making.
· Individual differences in skills that determine the extent to which a child or youth can participate successfully in various program activities and experiences.
· Talents, abilities, and interests that influence which program activities and experiences are appealing and engaging for different children and youth.
· Intelligence types and learning styles that influence how different children and youth like to learn new things and how they like to involve themselves in program activities.
· Developmental disabilities and special needs that have an impact on a child or youth's ability to participate in different kinds of program activities.
Part One of this workshop provides information about a wide range of individual differences and promotes understanding of these differences. Part Two focuses on tools, techniques, and strategies staff can use to conduct observations, ask key questions, and make program adjustments that lead to successful management of a wide range of individual differences in informal group settings.
The workshop is appropriate for varied groups: program directors, managers, program leaders, and front-line staff. Offered in Half Day, Full Day, and Two Day Formats. Handout provided for duplication for each participant.
Copyright © 2010 Roberta Newman ~ Newroads Consulting
Division of Cape Charles Development Co.