Professional Development

Family League provides coaching and professional development focusing on a wide range of topics that move our partners and the community as a whole closer to realizing the vision of a Baltimore where children, youth and families have the opportunity to thrive. Participants in our workshops represent the diverse population of the City of Baltimore and the various needs of its residents.  We deliver the most current research and best practices to support well-designed, high-impact programs and activities.

We offer a variety of workshops throughout the year. All are free of charge to participants and open to anyone who wishes to attend. A brief list of upcoming trainings are listed below. To view the complete listing and register for our workshops, visit our Professional Development Calendar.

Saturday, March 2 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
In this session, participants will be introduced to the Active-Participatory Approach. This approach is a set of best practice methods and strategies with a consistent focus on empowering young people to become active, engaged participants in shaping and leading their learning experiences.

Saturday, March 2 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Cooperative Learning is a purposeful learning structure coordinated and facilitated by the adult where youth work interdependently with one or more peers. In this session, participants will learn reliable strategies and tools to support Cooperative Learning in a way that is both beneficial to and enjoyable for youth.

Wednesday, March 6 | 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Do you know the difference between active learning and “hands-on” learning? Giving youth materials is just the beginning. This interactive workshop introduces strategies for incorporating active learning and helps participants create more powerful learning opportunities for youth.

Friday, March 15 | 3:00pm – 5:30pm
Youth need structure and clear limits in order to feel safe. This interactive workshop helps participants analyze the level of structure in their programs and practice identifying and maintaining clear limits.

Friday, March 15 | 3:30pm – 6:30pm
This workshop will give participants an overview of Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and its importance and effectiveness in both out-of-school time (OST) and school settings. Participants will learn about models for SEL implementation, best practices, and resources for instruction and assessment.

Saturday, March 16 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Asking effective questions, listening to youth, and encouraging youth through positive and specific feedback can help to build positive relationships and may influence intrinsic motivation. Participants will learn the importance of Ask-Listen-Encourage as well as be able to identify ways that they can incorporate these practices within their day to day work with youth.

Saturday, March 16 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
This interactive workshop introduces participants to the High/Scope step-by-step model for reframing conflict as well as general principles of conflict resolution.

Thursday, March 21 | 3:00pm – 7:00pm
During this workshop, the facilitators will guide the participants through a series of restorative justice techniques, discussions, and self-reflection exercises to strengthen their understanding of racial justice in Baltimore City. Using a storytelling model, participants will think critically about the way their world has been constructed and how that affects their individual experiences.