ION hosts monthly web workshops each year on a variety of topics related to out-of-school time. Check back frequently to learn more about the web workshops we have planned for this school year. Registration and more event details can be found on the ION Learning Academy event calendar.


ION Web Workshop

Quality Matters!

March 21st | BB1 - Intentional Program Design 

April 25th | BB2 - Supportive Relationships & Environments 

May 9th | BB3 - Youth Voice, Leadership, & Engagement 

*May 23rd | BB4 Responsiveness to Culture & Identity 

Cost: Free


“Quality Matters” is an innovative program that empowers afterschool providers with the tools and insights needed to elevate their programs to excellence.

In this hybrid training and Q&A session, ION will blend structured learning with the excitement of real-time interaction. Participants will not only receive training but also have the opportunity to submit their questions, which will be answered live during the sessions.

Key Takeaways:

  • Strategic Insights: Gain valuable insights into improving the quality of Out-of-School programs through expert presentations and discussions.
  • Practical Strategies: Learn actionable strategies to enhance program quality, bridging theory with real-world application.
  • Interactive Problem-Solving: Engage in interactive discussions and hypothetical case studies to tackle challenges faced in Out-of-School programs.
  • Hands-On Learning: Experience a blend of knowledge transfer and hands-on problem-solving, fostering a dynamic learning environment.
  • Tailored Support: Access a virtual learning space offering tailored guidance and solutions to submitted questions, fostering program improvement and development.

*The "Quality Matters! Building Block 4 | Responsiveness to Culture and Identity" training has been canceled due to unexpected events. We are currently working on rescheduling the session for the fall and will provide you with the new date and time as soon as possible. Please keep an eye on the ION Newsletter for further updates.

Submit Your Quality Questions! ION invites you to share any questions or concerns regarding the Idaho Building Blocks framework. Whether you're curious about implementation strategies, seeking clarification on specific standards, or want to share your thoughts, ION is here to listen! Your insights will not only help us tailor the training to your needs but also foster a collaborative and engaging learning environment. 

Registration is Easy! Check the events calendar by clicking the calendar icon on the left-hand side of your Learning Academy account. Find the training you would like to take, select, and click "Register Here."

Please Note: Web workshop Zoom login information will appear on the Learning Academy event calendar after your registration has been approved. You can login to the Learning Academy below and click on the calendar icon to find the event.  Login information will also be emailed to you prior to the start time. 

Past ION Web Workshops


Current web workshop recordings can be found in the ION Learning Academy. Check out the "Idaho Out-of-School Courses" in the Course Catalog for more information. 

Learn how the staff of the Meridian Library District used the model of community-led libraries to create programs and spaces that tweens themselves have ownership over and are invested in.

Introduction to the Idaho Building Blocks for Out-of-School Time Quality. What the Building Blocks are, who can use them, and how to use them. This training will also include an overview of the ION website and resources available.

Have you ever wondered what the Idaho Out-of-School Network does? What resources or professional development opportunities are available to you? Join the the ION team for a one-hour introduction to the Idaho Out-of-School Network and everything that is available to you as an out-of-school time professional.

Everything you need to know about hosting a "Lights on Afterschool Event" and resources provided by the Idaho Out-of-School Network

The Idaho Positive Behavior Network, in partnership with the Idaho Out-of-School Network, will be holding a one day Behavior Management Institute. In this webinar participants will learn more about the Idaho Out-of-School Behavior Management Institute. Who is it for, who can attend, and how to apply.

Chad Mann from Marathon Kids shares ways to incorporate out-of-school run clubs that can make the difference in the health and fitness of your youth.

This webinar shares 40+ simple behavior management strategies that front line staff in out-of-school programs can use today!

Get an overview of the Zero Robotics Summer Middle School Program and information about the application process and requirements for programs.

Learn about the importance of using movement in out-of-school programs as well as strategies to get kids moving using GoNoodle's free resources!

Kirstin Mann from Serve Idaho shares how to apply for AmeriCorps funding through Serve Idaho.

Rebekka Lee ScD, Research Scientist at Prevention Research Center, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health shares and overview of their OSNAP program and Food & fun Afterschool Curriculum.

Explore the physical space of your program and learn how it leads to WELLness! This will focus on new WELL standards in creating a healthy and vibrant physical space for programming. WELLness is a new concept that expands on sustainable ideas to improve human health, beyond improving buildings.

Learn about the resources provided online by Idaho's State Department of Parks and Recreation as well as ways to get EVERY kid in a park this summer!

Kari Wardle shares a plethora of free resources available to informal and formal educators through IPTV.