In response to the need for social distancing to keep us all healthy, our in-person Spark Decks workshops have been postponed. But we are ramping up our virtual offerings, so we can continue to grow and learn together.


Zoom Deep Dive (for DCYF Grantees) 

Zoom can be a powerful and versatile way to help youth, families, and teams to stay connected and keep learning. This workshop will provide time for hands-on practice of useful Zoom features like breakout rooms and polls. Because of its interactive nature, this workshop is limited to 20 participants.

June 11, 2020 - 10:00 am to noon
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Virtual Facilitation Bootcamp (for DCYF Grantees)

Are you excited to figure out how to hold meetings, classes, and events online that are engaging and meet the needs of staff, youth, and families? We’ll explore creative ways to use simple tools like Zoom and Google Docs to support equitable meetings where everyone participates.

June 15, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am
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Self-Care for Staff and Families: Training of Trainers for Staff (for DCYF Grantees)

Is stress getting you down, making you sick, affecting your sleep? In this workshop, participants will learn and share techniques for self-care, including strategies for alleviating stress, handling tense situations, and creating a work-life environment that is balanced and sustainable during these uncertain times. This workshop will be run as a training-of-trainers for those who would like to run a Self-Care session for their staff or community!

June 19, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am
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A Retreat for Retreat Leaders (open to all)

Designed for both experienced and new retreat facilitators, this fun, hands-on, and highly interactive and rejuvenating retreat will support you in getting the most out of a “day away” with your clients or employees - virtually.
June 10, 2020 - 10:00am to 4pm
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Supporting Literacy Virtually Through Read-Alouds and other Fun Activities (for DCYF Grantees)

Open to both staff and parents, this workshop draws on our Common Core Literacy for Early Elementary deck to explore fun and engaging activities that build skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Join us to learn how to make literacy fun and meaningful at home!

June 17, 2020 - 10:00am to noon
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Fun and Engaging Virtual Math and Literacy Activities for Elementary Age - Training of Trainers  (for DCYF Grantees)

During this period of social distancing, parents are being asked to take a greater role in supporting the learning of their children. Drawing from our math and literacy Spark Decks, this workshop will explore ideas to help parents and caregivers support meaningful and fun learning at home. Participants who want to replicate this workshop for parents in their program will receive sample spark cards and an agenda.

June 23, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am
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Staying Connected with Youth and Families (for DCYF Grantees)

This period of social distancing can be isolating for youth and families, and potentially lead to a new type of "learning loss." Join us for a virtual collaborative exploration of how we can stay connected to the youth and families we serve during this extended period of social distancing (or sheltering at home). We'll explore how to use videoconferencing tools like Zoom, but also non-digital ways of remaining in contact with and supporting our families.
June 30, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00
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Virtual Facilitation Bootcamp (open to all)

If your work life is blowing up right now as things are cancelled or moved online, come join us (Kim Roth Howe and Eva Jo) to explore:
  • How to translate in-person processes to online spaces
  • What tools best support what processes and activities
  • Best practices, tips, and resources for creating meaningful, engaging events online
Find out about upcoming sessions, by joining the Bootcamp mailing list here

June Leadership Circle

Are you a leader within your company, district, department, or organization? The June Leadership Circle is an opportunity for leaders to come together learn ways to engage and inspire the people they work with through participant-centered facilitation. Learn more and join us here

To view other current opportunities, including our Training-of-Trainers retreat and Spring Leadership Circles, visit our News page. 

“I really [liked] talking about and thinking of certain kids and what works and doesn’t. It took a load off of [the] defeat that I sometimes feel and gave me hope for another day to get through.” 

Workshop Participant

“It’s very applicable in the right now. It allowed me to verbalize specific skills I’d like to have my students develop throughout the year.”

Workshop Participant

Looking for our Spark Decks reflection journal page?
Here it is!

Spark Decks offers hands-on workshops for supervisors, educators, and parents/caregivers, providing tested strategies for using Spark Decks and micro-practices to build skills and improve personal and professional efficacy.
We’ll work with you to design a workshop or series that best meets your needs.  To talk with us about workshops, including discounted Spark Decks for workshop participants, contact Eva at or Oscar at

Workshops for
Supervisors and Site Coordinators

Our leadership workshops will help you learn how to integrate Spark Decks into your professional development and coaching plans, and explore strategies for incorporating “on the job” learning into your staff’s everyday practice. You’ll also learn how to use Spark Cards as any easy way to give your staff constructive feedback and concise advice.

Workshops for
Program Staff and Educators

Our workshops allow participants to practice and go deeper into the tools and activities presented in Spark Decks. Workshops are available on any of the topics in Spark Decks, including:

  • Positive Behavior Guidance
  • Common Core Language Arts and Math
  • Back Pocket Activities
  • Building Social and Emotional Learning Skills
  • Incorporating Reflection
  • Supporting English Language Learners
  • And more!

Workshops for
Parents/Caregivers, Parent-Leaders, and Parent-Support Professionals

We offer workshops for parents as well as training-of-trainers for staff and parent leaders – so that you can run the workshops yourselves! Topics include:

  • Creating a Math-ful Home Environment
  • Building Social and Emotional Skills
  • Supporting Positive Behavior at Home

We offer bulk and workshop discount rates on Spark Decks as part of our workshop packages.  Contact us to help us put together a package that works for you.

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