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.
- 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
if interested. For more information on the training visit
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.
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
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
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.
21CCLC Fall Institute
September 26, 2019; Dubuque, Iowa
Attend this day-long professional development event designed for all afterschool and summer programs. Workshop details will be shared as they become available on the Iowa 21CCLC website at https://www.iowa21cclc.com/institutes. Child care credit available.
Early Learning Fall Institute
October 4-5, 2019; Altoona, Iowa
Hosted by the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children.
Iowa School Age Care Alliance Conference
October 5, 2019; West Des Moines, Iowa
More information coming soon!
The Boundless Potential of Every Student
October 11, 2019; Burlington, Iowa
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.
Beyond School Hours Conference
February 26-29, 2020; Orlando, FL
The nation's premiere conference for educators and leaders serving K-12 students in school, afterschool, summertime and beyond.
National AfterSchool Association Convention
March 15-18, 2020; Washington, DC
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!"
April 28 - May 1, 2020; Palms Springs, CA
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.
Impact After School Conference
April 29 - May 1, 2020; Des Moines, Iowa
Join 200 of your peers for this great learning experience! More information coming soon.