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Using Theme Webs for Curriculum Planning
Monday, February 18th
1922 The Alameda, San Jose
Room #107 First Floor
Quality afterschool programs are reliant on two key ingredients: quality programming with specific outcomes and highly qualified staff who are well-trained and actively engaged in the process of creating quality programs. Delivering quality programming does not happen by accident. It is very intentional and begins by having a basic understanding of the California Academic Standards and ways that afterschool can support improved student achievement. It is critical that afterschool staff have time to plan and a vested interest in the plans they are expected to implement. It is also important the activities and lessons are presented in an engaging manner and that staff remember that their enthusiasm is contagious. Creating learning opportunities from program activities includes debriefing the activity to help children and youth make meaning out of what they are participating in and layer the learning with opportunities for participants to reflect on what they have learned. A daily schedule that allows children to explore and learn in a variety of ways is also important. Finally, balanced and integrated programs allow children and youth to experience a day full of a variety of learning opportunities.
1.4.1 Using Theme Webs for Curriculum Planning
During this training, participants will learn about the six developmental categories and how to plan curriculum for afterschool programs that is thematic. Participants will learn how to use theme webbing to plan and organize program activities.
1.4.2 Presentation Methods and Debriefing Strategies
During this training, participants will understand that the delivery and debriefing of an activity to help children/youth make meaning is critical to ensure program quality. Participants will be able to build skills in identifying and adapting a variety of methods of presenting activities to children and youth. They will explore and share debriefing strategies to use with activities for children and youth