New Year, New Partners

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Your EEP Peeps are tremendously excited to start the new school year. We have been hard at work creating new partnerships to ensure #allkidsthrive in school and beyond.  Today we are introducing two of our newest partners – the Ohio Afterschool Network and Inventionland.   So, here is the scoop….

Ohio Afterschool Network Professional Learning Community

Don’t Just Take Another Training: Join the Afterschool Professional Learning Community

EnvisionEdPlus is thrilled to announce the first in a series of collaborative professional development opportunities for Afterschool and Summer Learning professionals in partnership with Ohio Afterschool Network (OAN) and McWatters Consulting, LLC.   In direct response to OAN member feedback, this new collaboration creates a huge shift in how afterschool and summer learning professionals experience professional learning.  At the request of the field, none of our PD will be ‘make it – take it’ or even ‘sit and get’.  Instead, EnvisionEdPlus is combining the best of face-to-face learning from experts in your field with our exclusive PDPlus digital learning system to personalize the PD for every learner. Each series begins with a Face-to-Face workshop where you learn together with experts in the field.  Before leaving the workshop, you will learn how to use the PDPlus system and feel ready to collaborate online. Back in your programs, you will try out what you learned in workshops and then use PDPlus to share your learning, successes and challenges with experts in the field as well as with other professionals in your cohort.  Feedback from experts and your colleagues will help you learn and grow as a professional and most importantly, build your confidence to keep trying new strategies to make your programs even more successful.  The first three trainings in the series are:

Weaving the Web: Aligning Your Afterschool Program to the School Day

  • October 2 and 3 – Delaware OH
  • November 7 and 8 – Youngstown OH
  • December 5 and 6 – Dayton OH

Rockets Rock: Intro to Making and Design through NASA Out of School Learning Curriculum

  • October 2 and 3 – Delaware OH
  • November 7 and 8 – Youngstown OH
  • December 5 and 6 – Dayton OH

Sustainability Design Lab – Creating and Implementing Comprehensive Sustainability Plans

  • Dates TBD – late fall/early winter

Note: OAN members will receive discounted rates for all events.

All trainings will be aligned to Ohio’s Core Competencies and Knowledge for Afterschool Professionals. Also, please note that many sessions are in the process of being ‘Ohio Approved’, which we recognize will be critical for Ohio’s Step Up To Quality star rated programs. Keep watching for more as information becomes available.

Want to hear more? Attend the webinar, hosted by OAN Director Nichelle Harris, Craig Lautenschlager of EnvisonEd Plus and Kathy McWatters of McWatters Consulting on Friday, September 14th at 4:00PM. Complete this form and we’ll send you the link to join!


Inventionland Institute Partnership 

If you have never heard of Inventionland, you have got to check them out. This place is the Disneyland of Industrial Design.  Inventionland, headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, is one of the world’s largest invention factories and their designers, called ‘Creationeers,’ work in the most creative space I’ve ever seen. EnvisionEdPlus is now the primary training provider in Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky for Inventionland Institute’s inventing coursework (K-12). Students learn Inventionland’s 9-Step Inventing Method as they identify real world problems based on personal passions and create their own inventions to address their problems. What we love best is that the process doesn’t end with their invention. Students practice ELA communication skills as they prepare for ‘Shark Tank’ style exhibitions with experts from your own community. There are even regional competitions students can enter. Our role is to connect interested schools, communities and beyond-the-school-day programs to Inventionland and then personalize the training to your local needs. Inventionland also hosts free tours of their facility for schools and groups.

To learn more about Inventionland Institute, check out these great videos and blogs.

If you want to learn more about our new partners, or how these supports can be made available in your community, give me a call or email ( or 614.893.7341).

Have a great back to school experience.

~Michele Timmons, President

Our Courses

Image Course Description Price Created On Last Updated On categories_ID
Supporting Families (Level 1) Consider the differences between engaging and supporting eight types of parents or family members you might encounter. Reflect on your past experiences with each of those types. Create and implement an action plan to improve your support for families who need it. 0.00 2020/07/17 2022/03/24 6
STEAMing Up Literacy (Level 1) The content in this course is designed to begin your understanding of STEAM integration (design thinking) and apply this knowledge to your own classroom. You will have the opportunity to implement a mini lesson and receive feedback about your lesson. Two “office hours” will be available to chat with the instructor and others enrolled in this course. 0.00 2021/01/09 2022/03/24 5
Trauma Brain (Level 1) The brain is constantly changing and molding in response to the environment. These changes impact student learning. This is especially true in terms of trauma. This training is designed to help participants learn what goes on in the brain and how they can set up a learning environment for each of the students in their class. 0.00 2021/01/30 2022/03/24 4
STEAMing Up Literacy (Level 2) The content in this course is designed to begin your understanding of Problem Based Learning(PBL) and apply this knowledge to your own classroom. You will have the opportunity to implement a mini lesson and receive feedback about your lesson. 0.00 2021/02/23 2022/03/24 5
High Quality Literacy Instruction (Level 1 & 2) Core content includes an overview of Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement, evidence-based literacy practices, and resources and tools for literacy instruction. Participants will create, implement and improve two classroom-based literacy strategies (in-person, blended or remote). 0.00 2021/02/23 2022/03/24 5
Supporting Families (Level 2) In Engaging Families Through Support - Level 1, you learned about eight types of parents/caregivers and reflected on your past experiences with each type, culminating in a plan to better engage specific types as partners in their children's education. During this 8-hour asynchronous course you will delve deeper in your understanding of the eight types of parents/caregivers by speaking with individual family members you work with, discovering what they need from you and your program, and implementing an action plan informed by the actual families you serve. Doing so will give you sustainable skills and strategies to build stronger family engagement year after year. 0.00 2021/03/07 2022/03/30 6
Differentiated & Engaged Instruction (Level 1) Differentiation is effective instruction that is responsive to the learner’s preferences, interests and their readiness. It could be explained as a framework for thinking about your teaching and your student’s learning. This course discusses differentiation as an effective teaching tool. Included are many resources and strategies to help meet the learning needs of each student. Participants will learn through various articles, videos, examples, strategies and resources to adapt lessons to meet the needs of each student in their classrooms. 0.00 2021/03/18 2022/03/24 5
Trauma Brain (Level 2) This course gives an advanced understanding of the brain. including differences between “active” and “relational” based brains, trauma-related behaviors, and strategies to reach and teach trauma-impacted students so that they can re-engage in learning. Participants will learn about the range of thinking that a brain does, explore how students fit into the range of thinking, and discover healthy ways of engaging the full range of thinking. 0.00 2021/05/31 2022/03/24 4
Differentiated & Engaged Instruction (Level 2) This 8-hour, self-paced course is facilitated by Laurie Trotter, an EnvisionEdPlus Instructional Specialist. The course explores advanced differentiation as an effective instructional method that is responsive to the learner’s preferences and interests. Create, implement, and improve a lesson plan to engage all learners. Participants will learn through various articles, videos, examples, strategies, and resources to be able to be proficient in starting to adapt lessons to meet all needs of students in their classroom. Prerequisite: Differentiated and Engaged Instruction (Bronze Badge). 0.00 2021/05/31 2022/03/24 5
Creativity Belongs in the Classroom (Level 1) Encourage lifelong learning, improve focus, reduce anxiety and enhance thinking in your classroom or program. Creativity is a learned and trained process for getting the most out of higher level thinking and problem solving of your students. Learn how to embed creativity easily into your lessons, using strategies that will help unlock your students ability to be innovative thinkers and problem solvers. This course is appropriate for anyone who works with youth and also satisfies the HQPD Gifted competencies of A, B, and D. 0.00 2022/01/14 2022/04/10 5

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