Digital Learning Together

Staying Connected

Physical distancing doesn't mean we can't stay connected! Here are a few ways we can stay in touch. We are working on hosting different online conversations to be responsive to current needs, continue learning, and preparing for the months ahead. We will post all upcoming opporutnities and recordings for those with content to share.

Virtual Coffee Meetings. Whether you are looking for a thought partner for a specific need or just to see how others are adjusting, these informal "hang outs" are great ways to connect.

Brown Bag Lunches. Peer presentations or content discussions to learn from the expertise of the network!

Webinar Trainings. Interactive professional development opportunities on youth worker topics. 

Do you have a TOPIC you want some thought partners to connect on?  Do you have INFO to share that other programs may want to hear?  Contact and lets make it happen!

Upcoming Opportunities 

Ignite MN Afterschool Connect Calls

June 3rd from 2:30-3:30pm
Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

June 11th from 1:00-2:00pm 
Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

50 State Afterschool Network Supports - in Partnership with Ignite Afterschool

Thursday May 28th 2pm - Getting to Know the New Summer Activity Guide - Hot off the press! This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the new Summer Activity Guide resources. The Summer ACtivity Guides have been developed for the 50 State Afterschool Network including MN's Ignite Afterschool! The guide includes activities and challenges broken into 4 age catagores (5-9) (10-12) (13-15) (16-18) and are adapatable for small group in-person, activity kits and virtual learning platforms. We will dive in to the structure and various elements of the activities for each age group so that participants feel comfortable facilitating every component of these lessons. We will also discuss the unit themes and all of the exciting content you can look forward to this summer!

Tuesday June 2nd 12:00 - Keeping Youth Engaged this Summer - Youth development programs are serving youth using a mix of approaches this summer, including in-person, virtually, or take-home activities. Regardless of the approach, programming will be most effective when positive youth development is practiced. This webinar will address a range of practices and tips for ensuring that your programming is engaging and fun. We will discuss how to use the new Summer Activity Guide and other resources in order to effectively engage with youth through different delivery models. We will discuss ideas for modifying in-person programming to ensure the health and safety of your youth. Lastly, we will cover tips and tools for driving youth engagement through virtual programming and address ideas for maintaining consistent connections with youth through digital programming and take-home programming.

Sprockets Recordings to check out

ComMUSICation brings youth together to make music - Carey Shunskis from ComMUSICation shares how they moved their music program online.  Also check out their end of the year virtual performance.

Keystone Community Services - Community Kids ProgramEd Steinhauer and Patrick Conn,Keystone Community Kids will share strategies they are using to stay engaged and connected with their elementary aged young people. 

Virtual Programming in Google Meets and Classroom - Janyesha Jackson, Program Director at the West Side Club shares her experience launching virtual programming. She touches on the steps they have taken supporting their elementary aged participants including preparing as staff to move online, recruitment and programming. CLICK HERE for the recording.

Everfi - Stacy Schleeter from Cookie Cart shares how they use EVERFI, a Remote Learning Kit packed with no-cost virtual programs and best practices (info here.).  These digital lessons are completely free, standards-aligned, and educators (Yes... EVERFI recognizes OST staff as educators!) can set up their classes remotely.  Zoom Recording (part 2)

What is DESSA? - Misha Evertz from  Athletes Committed to Educating Students (ACES) shares how they use DESSA in their program to improve and measure outcomes for youth. Click Here to see the recoding (15 min 12 sec) .... and Click HERE to see additional notes from recording (2 min 37 sec)

Discord as a Virtual Programming Space - Staff from The LIFT share how they approached outreach and support for their participants during Stay Home MN and Social Distancing.  


Other  Recorded Trainings, Webinars, and Resources to check out

University of Minnesota Extension - Youth Work Matters. Free Online Self Guided  Online Courses

These free introductory courses are perfect for working from home! Our self-guided courses offer 3-6 hours of individual "go at your own pace" learning with unlimited 24-hour access.

  • Learn about foundational research and theories of positive youth development in Youth Work Matters.
  • Gain practical resources for incorporating reflection and discussion of dilemmas in your work with Dilemmas in Youth Work.
  • Explore a research framework, Rings of Engagement, which outlines four types of youth engagement and youth-adult partnerships in Youth Engagement Matters.


Learning Forward 

Sparks of Change Together-Good Intentions, Bad Results: Why Conversations about Race go Wrong

CESA 6 Webinar Archive - A variety of topics

Learning Technology Center of Illinois - A variety of topics and on demand options


Digital Learning Resources

Stay Energized During Long Day of Video Calls - (2 hours) - include interactive modeling that covers: Why video chats are exausting, easy ways to set up your space and body, ways to pay attention so you aren't drained so quickly, tech tips to maximize your enjoyment online and feel more in control, specific mini-breaks you can take or lead and more. via 

Comprehensive Guide to Educating through Zoom

Using ZOOM Effectively for Active Instruction - By CESA 6 Smart Thinking -This recorded session presents how to use the free version (or the $15/mo version which provides unlimited meeting time .... do an internet search for discount codes to see if you can find one... I found 20% off). We hosted a "sandbox" to play around in Zoom which is a great way to try out the  features.  We suggest this with your staff team or colleagues as well.  Click this link if you want to do a self guided PPT for yourself or to instruct your team. *Note at 20:00 they mention that not all functions may be available with Chromebook...

Different Ways to Deliver Content and Find Resources - By CESA 6  - Learn about a variety of fre websites that allow students to gayther information for different content areas. WAlk thorugh sites that students can use todemonstrate their knowledge and techers can use to deliver content. Sites discussed :Google ARts & Culture, Liobrary of Congress, Open Library, Good tour Builder, Wakelet, Flipsnack. Click this link if you want to do a self guided PPT for yourself or to instruct your team.  

Using TikTok in the Classroom - by Learning Technology Center of Illinois   Click this link if you want to do a self guided PPT for yourself or to instruct your team.  

Suddenly Teaching Online? Free REsources to Help Faculty Affected by Coronovirus -Linked In - collection of learning courses

Remote Working: Setting Yourself Up for Success