Center for Educational Options (CEO)
CEO provides support in developing and integrating literacy into afterschool programs through the Action Research Seminar for Afterschool Providers. For educational or program directors, this support includes developing and implementing a literacy plan, working with staff, and assessing staff and children's work to plan for next steps. For line staff, it includes discussing literacy successes and challenges, studying children's work, and developing and implementing literacy plans that build on staff and children's strengths. CEO combines seminars and on-site support. Contact CLOAKING at 646-319-5782.
New York City Writing Project (NYCWP)/
Institute for Literacy Studies (ILS), Lehman College, CUNY
NYCWP/ILS professional development programs support practitioners in afterschool education who are interested in developing or expanding the literacy component of their program; services are directed toward those who work directly with the youth in their program and function as leaders. For more information, contact CLOAKING , Associate Director, NYCWP, 718-960-8758.
Spaghetti Book Club
The Spaghetti Book Club is a comprehensive literacy program that integrates reading, writing, art, and technology by teaching students how to write and illustrate book reviews that are published on the web. Spaghetti Book Club provides onsite training workshops and ongoing support for both for facilitators who work directly with children and for program and educational directors; a curriculum of lesson plans to guide students through the process of writing, revising and illustrating their reviews; and the publishing of student book reviews and artwork on the web. Contact CLOAKING , Executive Director, 212-946-2619.
Youth Communication publishes true stories by teens. Many after school programs use the teen-written stories to spark discussion, especially in rap groups, girls' groups, conflict resolution groups, and other settings where teens are encouraged to explore important social and emotional issues in their lives. Scores of stories are available free on the Youth Communication website. And the Youth Communication store includes dozens of booklets by teens on themes from cooking to mental health. Many include lesson plans.
The New York Hall of Science
The New York Hall of Science's Teacher Training Workshops are targeted to afterschool program teachers who wish to gain the skills necessary to include science and technology workshops for children at their programs. (No science background is necessary). During these training workshops, participants will cover hands-on, inquiry-based teaching techniques and concepts and learn how to use simple easily found materials to complete each topic.