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Training

ACROSS NH master trainers and professionals provide free trainings statewide throughout the year. Thanks to funding from the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration, these trainings are offered at no cost to you to participate. Conferences will require a small fee to help cover the facility and food costs.  Trainings, series, cohorts, conferences, and directors collaboratives are announced in our weekly "ACROSS Your Desk" newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter, or if you have a question regarding training, please email Cathy Hazelton, Assistant Director, at chazelton@acrossnh.org.  

To request a training for your out of school time program staff, please email Jamie Nadeau, Director, at jnadeau@acrossnh.org.

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ACROSS NH Training Opportunities

Topics in SEL: A Training Series
ACROSS NH will provide a series of trainings on key topics of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for staff, directors, site directors, and anyone that works with children and youth in out of school time (OST). You can participate in 1, 2, or all 3 trainings. Click here for details. To request these trainings for your OST staff, please email Jamie Nadeau at jnadeau@acrossnh.org.

Mindful March Training Series: Why Social, Emotional, and "Mindful" Learning?

Thursday, March 7th 6:30-8:30pm on Zoom
ACROSS NH recognizes this Mindful March Series as part of its annual International SEL Day Celebration! You may participate in one, a few, or ALL of these 2-hour training sessions. The first three training sessions are FREE! The last session will be at the annual Planning Your Summer Conference which carries a small fee to attend. This first session provides an overview of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mindfulness Education, where the value and impact of lessons to be learned from both these frameworks will be discussed.  We explore ways that Social, Emotional, and Mindful Learning (SEML) can be implemented in out-of-school time programs, with a focus on self-awareness and regulation for both children and the adults in the room, as well as social awareness, empathy, and kindness for all.  SEML activities that foster learning from the 'inside out' and additional resources will be shared. Register in NHCIS.

Social, Emotional, and Mindfulness Learning (SEML) Community of Practice in OST
Wednesday, March 13th 10:15-11:30am on Zoom 

At the heart of the OST field are the values of building positive relationships, creating quality learning opportunities, and making contributions to lifelong thriving outcomes for our children and youth. This SEML Community of Practice is for out of school time staff, site directors, and directors. We will focus on the guiding principles of social, emotional, and mindfulness learning in OST programs, share resources, practices, and collaborate with like-minded colleagues. Participants will walk away with a refocused lens on implementing SEL in OST. This session is provided by Abigail Blodgett, B.S., SEL Coordinator; NH ASMP WT, PM, ADS Level 6 and ASA Level 3, and Rick Alleva, Ed.D.; ACROSS NH Master Trainer, NH ASMP WT, F, AP.  Register in NHCIS

How to Earn a Granite Step for Quality (GSQ) in Out of School Time (OST)
Thursday, March 14th 12-1pm on Zoom

This training is for out of school time (OST) programs, and early childhood programs with an OST component that are planning to apply for a Granite Step for Quality (GSQ). We will review the details of the GSQ OST Rubrics. We will cover the pre-requisites needed, and the the staff requirements & the learning environment requirements needed for applying for a step. Participants will also acquire resources from ACROSS NH to support their work including a self-paced checklist to help you get organized! This training is provided by Cathy Hazelton, M.Ed.; NH ASMP WT, PC, IM, NH ADS 3 & LE 3 and SACERS-U Anchor. ACROSS NH can provide a copy of the SACERS-U tool to your program by request once you have completed the training. Register in NHCIS.

Introduction and Overview or ERS and SACERS-U
Wednesday, March 20th 12-1:30pm on Zoom

The Environment Rating Scales (ERS) are observational tools that assess process quality of child care programs. This virtual training provides an introduction and overview of the ERS and the School Age Care Environment Rating Scale-Updated (SACERS-U) tool. We will examine the benefits of using the tool for children and for programs. Participants will practice how to use the SACERS-U tool in an out-of-school time (OST) program. This training is intended for programs with school age children in OST. This training fulfills the required Granite Steps for Quality (GSQ) ERS Training for the SACERS Learning Environment Standard Rubric. This training is provided by Cathy Hazelton, M.Ed.; NH ASMP WT, PC, IM, NH ADS 3 & LE 3 and SACERS-U Anchor. ACROSS NH can provide a copy of the SACERS-U tool to your program by request once you have completed the training. Register in NHCIS.

Directors Circle: How to Keep Staff on Board
Thursday, March 21st 10:30-11:30am on Zoom

Join Amy Upton and Jamie Nadeau for this special Directors Circle! Do staff know the vision and mission of your program and the role they play? Learn tips and strategies to motivate staff and make them feel like a vital part of your program. Monthly virtual Directors Circles are an opportunity for out of school time (OST) directors to share their successes, challenges, network with like-minded colleagues in the field, ask questions, to build your knowledge in a specific topic, or just come to listen. Register in NHCIS.

Mindful March Training Series: Mindful Self-Awareness and Emotional Regulation

Thursday, March 21st 6:30-8:30pm on Zoom
ACROSS NH recognizes this Mindful March Series as part of its annual International SEL Day Celebration! You may participate in one, a few, or ALL of these 2-hour training sessions. The first three training sessions are FREE! The last session will be at the annual Planning Your Summer Conference which carries a small fee to attend. In this session, we explore self-awareness through a mindfulness lens for both children in OST programs and the adults who care for and about them. Mindful self-awareness can assist everyone in being more present and able to manage emotions and find success in all we do. Resources and strategies for promoting self-awareness and emotional regulation will be provided and discussed. Register in NHCIS.

Mindful March Training Series: Mindful Social Awareness and Heartful Connecting

Thursday, April 4th 6:30-8:30pm on Zoom
ACROSS NH recognizes this Mindful March Series as part of its annual International SEL Day Celebration! You may participate in one, a few, or ALL of these 2-hour training sessions. The first three training sessions are FREE! The last session will be at the annual Planning Your Summer Conference which carries a small fee to attend. In this session, we explore social awareness through a mindfulness lens for both children and adults in our programs. Mindful social awareness can help us make meaningful and heartful connections to build a climate and culture of empathy and kindness in our programs. Resources and strategies for promoting social awareness and compassion will be provided and discussed. Register in NHCIS.

How to Earn a Granite Step for Quality (GSQ) in Out of School Time (OST)
Tuesday, April 9th 6:30-7:30pm on Zoom

This training is for out of school time (OST) programs, and early childhood programs with an OST component that are planning to apply for a Granite Step for Quality (GSQ). We will review the details of the GSQ OST Rubrics. We will cover the pre-requisites needed, and the the staff requirements & the learning environment requirements needed for applying for a step. Participants will also acquire resources from ACROSS NH to support their work including a self-paced checklist to help you get organized! This training is provided by Cathy Hazelton, M.Ed.; NH ASMP WT, PC, IM, NH ADS 3 & LE 3 and SACERS-U Anchor. ACROSS NH can provide a copy of the SACERS-U tool to your program by request once you have completed the training. Register in NHCIS.

Directors Circle: Assembling My Toolbox for Building an SEL Minded Staff: A Three-Part Series

Thursday, April 11, 10:30-11:30am on Zoom

Come and join Abigail Blodgett, ACROSS NH SEL Coordinator, and take away an SEL tool to implement with your staff at your OST program. This session is one of a three part SEL series for Directors. Join us for 1, 2, or all 3 of the sessions! Monthly virtual Directors Circles are an opportunity for out of school time (OST) directors to share their successes, challenges, network with like-minded colleagues in the field, ask questions, to build your knowledge in a specific topic, or just come to listen. Register in NHCIS

Using the SACERS-U for Continuous Quality Improvement
Thursday, April 11th 6:30-8:00pm on Zoom

Pre-Requisite: Participants need to have completed the "Intro and Overview of ERS and SACERS-U" training. This training is for out of school time (OST) programs looking to improve program quality. We will review basic information on the School Age Care Environment Rating Scale (SACERS-U) and process quality. Bring your SACERS-U questions! We will examine tools and a plan for Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) to use for program improvement. This training is provided by Cathy Hazelton, M.Ed.; NH ASMP WT, PC, IM, NH ADS 3 & LE 3 and SACERS-U Anchor.  Register in NHCIS.

Introduction and Overview of ERS and SACERS-U
Tuesday, April 16th 6:30-8:00pm on Zoom

The Environment Rating Scales (ERS) are observational tools that assess process quality of child care programs. This virtual training provides an introduction and overview of the ERS and the School Age Care Environment Rating Scale-Updated (SACERS-U) tool. We will examine the benefits of using the tool for children and for programs. Participants will practice how to use the SACERS-U tool in an out-of-school time (OST) program. This training is intended for programs with school age children in OST. This training fulfills the required Granite Steps for Quality (GSQ) ERS Training for the SACERS Learning Environment Standard Rubric. This training is provided by Cathy Hazelton, M.Ed.; NH ASMP WT, PC, IM, NH ADS 3 & LE 3 and SACERS-U Anchor. ACROSS NH can provide a copy of the SACERS-U tool to your program by request once you have completed the training. Register in NHCIS.

Afterschool Credential Information Session

Wednesday, April 17th 12-1pm on Zoom
Are you thinking about applying for your afterschool credential? Is it time for you to renew? Are you thinking about joining the ACROSS NH Credential Challenge? Come join this virtual information session and have all of your questions answered. We will review the steps and documents needed for you to apply for your afterschool credential. Your education, experience, skills, and talents will be recognized through this system and your credential is good for 3 years! Register in NHCIS.

Social, Emotional, and Mindfulness Learning (SEML) Community of Practice in OST
Tuesday May 7th 10:15-11:30am on Zoom 

At the heart of the OST field are the values of building positive relationships, creating quality learning opportunities, and making contributions to lifelong thriving outcomes for our children and youth. This SEML Community of Practice is for out of school time staff, site directors, and directors. We will focus on the guiding principles of social, emotional, and mindfulness learning in OST programs, share resources, practices, and collaborate with like-minded colleagues. Participants will walk away with a refocused lens on implementing SEL in OST. This session is provided by Abigail Blodgett, B.S., SEL Coordinator; NH ASMP WT, PM, ADS Level 6 and ASA Level 3, and Rick Alleva, Ed.D.; ACROSS NH Master Trainer, NH ASMP WT, F, AP.  Register in NHCIS

Beyond the Introduction and Overview of ERS and SACERS-U
Tuesday, May 14th 12:00-1:30pm on Zoom

Pre-requisite: Intro & Overview of ERS and SACERS-U Training. This session is designed to give out of school time staff the opportunity to take a deeper dive into the scoring, the subscales and the indicators of the SACERS-U tool. It is also an opportunity to share questions about using the tool. Tips and strategies on program improvements to improve scores will also be shared. This training is provided by Cathy Hazelton, M.Ed.; NH ASMP WT, PC, IM, NH ADS 3 & LE 3 and SACERS-U Anchor. Register in NHCIS.

Introduction and Overview of ERS and SACERS-U
Wednesday, May 29th 12:00-1:30pm on Zoom

The Environment Rating Scales (ERS) are observational tools that assess process quality of child care programs. This virtual training provides an introduction and overview of the ERS and the School Age Care Environment Rating Scale-Updated (SACERS-U) tool. We will examine the benefits of using the tool for children and for programs. Participants will practice how to use the SACERS-U tool in an out-of-school time (OST) program. This training is intended for programs with school age children in OST. This training fulfills the required Granite Steps for Quality (GSQ) ERS Training for the SACERS Learning Environment Standard Rubric. This training is provided by Cathy Hazelton, M.Ed.; NH ASMP WT, PC, IM, NH ADS 3 & LE 3 and SACERS-U Anchor. ACROSS NH can provide a copy of the SACERS-U tool to your program by request once you have completed the training. Register in NHCIS.

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