Wed, October 25, 2023
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Integrating Signature Practices in OST Activities -VIRTUAL

Wondering how to make meaningful life learning connections while maximizing community-building opportunities in a variety of settings? This training offers simple and effective strategies to achieve resiliency and life skill-building by integrating signature practices such as welcoming rituals, engaging practices, brain breaks, and optimistic closures in any OST activity. Participants walk away with a signature practices toolkit containing sample activities, lesson planning templates and practices for both adult and youth interactions.

Upon successful completion of this training, the participant will earn 1.5 clock hours (.2 CEUs) of training.  

Training Objectives  

Participants will:

  1. Explore and practice simple signature practices that can be used in OST activities
  2. Create a plan to integrate signature practices in OST activities

Core Knowledge, Skills and Competencies Addressed (CKSCs): 

Learning Environments and Curriculum

Physical Environment and Activities 

Apply – C. Employs schedules, routines, and structured transitions, D. Creates engaging, physically, emotionally safe, and inclusive environments to encourage play, exploration, and learning across developmental domains.

Physical, Social/Emotional, and Cognitive Development

Apply- B. Implements strategies to develop young people’s self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, relationship-building and responsible decision-making skills, C. Models healthy interactions and guides children and youth in self-awareness, social awareness, relationships, and responsible decision making, D. Incorporates activities promoting cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development,

Relationships and Interactions with Children and Youth

Individual Child / Youth Guidance

Apply – D. Practices positive, healthy interactions and guides children and youth in self-awareness, social awareness, relationship building, and responsible decision making.

Enhancing Group Experiences

Apply – D. Observes and evaluates group activities and transitions and adjusts to enhance experiences.

Primary QIS Scales Addressed

I. Safe Environment 

I-E. Creating Safe Spaces: I-E-1. Foster positive climate, I-E-2. Convey warmth and respect, I-E-3. Provide support for safe space, I-E-4. Demonstrate positive group management style, I-E-6. Show active inclusion.

III. Interactive Environment

III-K. Sense of Belonging: III-K.1. Young people get to know each other, III-K.2. Inclusive relationships

III-N. Cultivating Empathy: III.N.1. Structure activity for sharing and listening, III.N.3. Structure activities for showing kindness, III.N.4. Support valuing of differences.

IV. Engaging Environment  

IV.O. Furthering Learning: IV.O.1. Support connections to previous knowledge

IV.R. Reflection: IV.R.1. Intentional reflection, IV.R.2. Multiple reflection strategies, IV.R.4. Structured opportunities to provide feedback