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Methods Series Workshops Announced for Winter and Spring

by Jon Sayer | | Posted under Workshops & Training

The Youth Work Methods series is a series of ten workshops designed by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality to empower direct-staff with tools that will increase the quality of their work with youth. School’s Out offers these workshops every fall and winter/spring, and we’re proud to finally announce our winter/spring schedule!

You can see the dates and times on a convenient calendar here along with our other workshop offerings.

Active Learning

Do you know the difference between active learning and “hands-on” learning? Giving youth materials is just the beginning. This interactive workshop introduces the “ingredients” of active learning, explains the role that active learning plays in the experiential learning cycle, and helps participants create more powerful learning opportunities for youth.

Coming to Seattle January 23 and Gig Harbor March 17

Ask Listen Encourage

Do you communicate with youth in a way that makes them feel supported and heard? This interactive workshop introduces various communication techniques that help you build more supportive, youth-centered relationships. Participants will learn how to ask more effective questions, to listen actively to youth, and offer youth encouragement rather than praise.

Coming to South Hill, Pierce County, February 19 and Seattle March 20

Building Community

Do you know what it takes to build an emotionally and physically safe space for youth? Building an emotionally safe community of peers and adults is essential for youth to learn and develop as individuals. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to a variety of activities designed to support the community building process.

Coming to Seattle April 23 and Tacoma May 14

Cooperative Learning

Do the youth in your program have opportunities to work together in groups, teaching and learning from each other? Cooperative learning is an excellent way to nurture youth leadership, build community, and keep things fun. This interactive workshop will equip participants with grouping strategies and ways to think about building cooperative learning into any program offering.

Coming to Seattle, February 20

Planning and Reflection

Are you engaging youth in the critical life skills of planning and reflection? Are you ready to be more intentional about including planning and reflection strategies into your daily routine and activities but not sure where to start? This workshop will introduce participants to powerful methods that promote youth engagement in planning, implementing, and evaluating activities and projects.

Coming to Seattle May 28

Youth Voice

Are you providing young people with authentic, meaningful choices throughout your program? Does your program reflect the input of youth involved? Research shows that quality programs incorporate youth input at both activity and organizational levels. This workshop is focused on providing meaningful choice within activities and opportunities for youth input within the youth program itself.

Coming to Seattle June 4

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