LIRA + LEAD = Two great training opportunities

We have a couple of incredible training opportunities for afterschool leaders who are looking to advance their skills and learning.

LEAD 1.0

This four-part series is for leaders of licensed programs in the afterschool field in Vermont. The Leadership, Exploration, And Development (LEAD) program will provide afterschool professionals with the tools to hone their strengths and develop new skills to take on more advanced leadership roles in the future. Participants will develop and improve their leadership skills, while enhancing their confidence in their abilities. Specifically designed for experienced Directors and Site Coordinators who are looking for that next level of growth and development. Each session will include a training session, a guest speaker, lunch, and time to network.

Dates: All meetings are in-person and 9 a.m – 1 p.m.; October 22 (South Burlington), January 14 (Rutland), March 17 (St. Johnsbury), and May 12 (Barre)
Cost: $250 for 16 hours of professional development hours
Registration: Email Tricia to sign up (


Leadership Institute for Restorative Practices in Afterschool (LIRA) is an in-depth course designed for afterschool directors, leaders, and site coordinators. This committed group of leaders from the afterschool world will participate in one day of training per month for six months for a total of 36 hours of dedicated instruction and integration work. Participants who complete the course will earn a Micro-Credential in Resilience.

For the 2019-2020 cohort, Annie O’Shaughnessy will lead this leadership cycle focusing on restorative practices. Over six training days, participants will engage in an immersive and holistic exploration of this relational-based approach that builds student and staff resilience in the face of challenges. Annie’s holistic approach includes training and coaching tools to support trauma-informed practices, restorative communication, mindfulness, healthy relationship-building in and out of circle, restorative responses to harm, and equity.

Dates: All meetings are held in-person and 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; October 8, November 12, December 3, January 14, April 7, and May 12
Location: At meeting spaces in Chittenden, Washington, and Orange counties
Cost: Free thanks to funding from the NSB Foundation; space is limited to 15 participants
Registration: by September 30th