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2020 AzCASE Workshops & Training

We provide trainers for custom sessions at your organization.  Let us know what you need – we will work with you on topics and find an expert to present to your staff.

AzCASE is excited to bring you these dynamic, knowledgeable presenters to address the topics Arizona out-of-school time professionals care about.

Each Workshop is $25.

February Sessions:     

  • February 19th – El Mirage – 10am-Noon:  Adam Brooks – What is Social Emotional Learning
    * Dysart Community Center,14414 N El Mirage Rd, El Mirage, AZ 85335
    Social Emotional Learning has become a buzz word in educational circles today but what exactly does it mean?  In this workshop we break down the research behind social emotional learning and ways that it can be applied to varying settings for maximum impact on children.

  • February 20th – Phoenix – 10am-Noon:  Leadership Workshop with Corey Pruitt – Sparking Creativity and Innovation in Others
    * Valley of the Sun United Way, 3200 E Camelback Rd #375, Phoenix, AZ 85018
    LinkedIn states “Creativity is the single most important skill in the world.” Creative problem solving sessions with groups that have even a minimal amount of training in creativity tools and principles generated 350% as many ideas than groups without training. Through a mix of information, activities and application, participants will gain insight and a research-based toolset to spark creativity and innovation in others.

  •  February 20th – Tucson -9am-11am: Kara Largent- Playful Group Management
    * Boys and Girls Club of Tucson, 3155 E. Grant Rd Tucson, AZ 85716
    Join Playworks in a hands-on session where play is the focus.  Attendees will walk away with new games to initiate in any space.  During the session, we will teach and model several strategies to proactively engage students in order to decrease challenging behaviors and support a positive culture.

  • February 20th -Tucson – 12-2pm:  Nick Monzi – NBA Math Hoops
    * Boys and Girls Club of Tucson, 3155 E. Grant Rd Tucson, AZ 85716
    Learn Fresh and the Phoenix Suns have partnered to offer the NBA Math Hoops program to educators and students across the state of Arizona. The experience leverages a board game and NBA-themed curriculum to engage 4-8th grade students in fundamental math and social-emotional learning. All session attendees will have the opportunity to learn the game rules, explore the curriculum, discuss best practices for implementation, and sign up to join the program at no cost. As part of this unique experience, top participating students and educators will have the opportunity to earn rewards from the Suns and Learn Fresh, including apparel, special event access, and participation in the annual Suns Math Hoops tournament.

  • February 25th – Phoenix – 10am-Noon: Dr Bryan Harris – The Strategies for Youth Who Drive You Nuts
    * Phoenix Parks & Recreation Afterschool Care, Memorial Hall at Steele Indian Park, 300 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012
    This workshop focuses on strategies that are effective when working with, unmotivated, and reluctant youth in your program. Research will be shared that offer glimpses into why some youth exhibit difficult behaviors and participants are provided with numerous, specific strategies that have been proven effective.

  • February 26th – Phoenix – 10am-Noon: Manuel Padia – Tough Conversations with Youth
    * Valley of the Sun United Way, 3200 E Camelback Rd #375, Phoenix, AZ 85018
    Ever find yourself at a loss for how to approach a youth about a tough topic? Learn how to speak with youth in your program and their parents about tough and sensitive subjects in a productive way without hurting people’s feelings.  Become a resource for your program’s families that might have bigger issues that are contributing to these habits and issues. 

  • February 27th  – Chandler – 10am-Noon:  Leadership Workshop with Lori Robinson –  Relationships Matter
    * Uptown Jungle,  2061 N Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 8522
    Stress is pervasive in our society and no one is immune. Trauma-Informed Care is the global movement committed to understanding the science of toxic stress and creating environments that are responsive to the needs of individuals with trauma histories and the professionals who serve them. Self-Care is vital to the health and well-being of all professionals. In this workshop you will learn the principles of trauma-informed care, identify symptoms of trauma and damaging stress, and recognize protective factors that build resilience personally and professionally.


April Sessions:  Stay Tuned for the list of  more AzCASE Spring Sessions to be announced soon.


Save the Date!  Registration will open May 2020.  

Check out the latest Conference Details  HERE

This documentary chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease.  The one-hour documentary delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to treat and prevent Toxic Stress.

Everyone working with children and youth development should watch this documentary on Adverse Childhood Experiences. If your company or organization would like to schedule a viewing for your group please reach out to us.

As experts and practitioners profiled in #RESILIENCE are proving, what’s predictable is preventable.

viewings now being scheduled.  Contact Ryan Bradstock at 602.734.5434 ext. 102



“Getting Started with the AzQSAT” – Webinar Recording Now Available Here

“Helping Refugee Youth Move Through the Darkness” – Webinar Recording Now Available Here

“Service Learning & Civic Engagement”  – Webinar Recording Now Available Here

“Youth Leading the Way: Service Learning and Civic Engagement in OST”

presented by Franny Sharpe, AzCASE

Webinar Recording Now Available Here

Service learning and civic engagement activities can provide young people with big benefits on almost every level of youth development. Studies show that youth who take part in these activities can see improvement in their academic outcomes, social-emotional skills and their sense of connectedness to their community. Not only that, service learning and civic engagement activities and projects are often the most memorable (and fun!) of any out-of-school-time program!

Join us for a one-hour webinar on how you can easily implement service learning and civic engagement projects in your program. Learn how youth voice and choice can create fun and meaningful activities that will connect youth with their community and your program. Gain practical guidance on how to find and execute projects, and how to model civic engagement values and behavior. Most importantly – learn how youth can have fun, make a difference, and create connections to their community!

Program Applicability: K-4, 5-8, 9-12

DHS Continuing Education: Program Management (1 Hour)

Quality Standards Alignment:

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“Getting Started with the Arizona Quality Standards Assessment Tool”

presented by Genevieve Burns, Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence

Webinar Recording Now Available Here

Every out-of-school time program can benefit from regular and honest self-assessment. To assist program staff in measuring and improving their program quality, the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence is proud to offer the AzQSAT, a free online tool that gives OST program directors and site coordinators the ability to assess their quality and track their improvement over time!

In this one hour webinar, participating programs will learn how to register for and navigate this powerful, reliable, and FREE online tool! Programs are encouraged to follow along with the online tool during the webinar and get started on their very first self-assessment. Whether you’re just getting started with the AzQSAT or need a refresher, don’t miss this training!

Program Applicability: K-4, 5-8, 9-12

DHS Continuing Education: Program Management (1 Hour)

Quality Standards Alignment:

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Registration Fee: Registration is free but all attendees must pre-register.

Owl and Panther: Helping Refugee Youth Move through the Darkness

presented by Marge Pellegrino, Owl and Panther Project

Webinar Recording Now Available Here

Every year Arizona becomes home to thousands of refugee families from throughout the world. These women, children and men have waited years to leave behind dire and dangerous circumstances and create a new life in a safe, welcoming country. As refugee children and youth adjust to life in their new home, they are often in need of support, understanding and mentorship to overcome the trauma they’ve experienced.

Join presenter Marge Pellegrino for an eye-opening webinar on how youth program staff can provide guidance and support to refugee youth, and help them to successfully adapt to life in their new country. Marge will share her knowledge and best practices from her 17 years working with Tucson’s refugee community. You’ll learn about how the Hopi Foundation’s Owl & Panther Project utilizes art to provide meaningful and healing experiences for refugee youth, the unique stressors and behaviors refugee youth may exhibit, and effective approaches to creating positive relationships and the sense of belonging in your program.

Program Applicability: K-4, 5-8, 9-12

DHS Continuing Education: Growth and Development (1 Hour)

Quality Standards Alignment:

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icon_7_64x64IV. Equity and Inclusion

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