Professional Development Plan

Grantees should develop a professional development plan for afterschool teachers and provide the written plan to their Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) program officer for approval. 21st CCLC funds cannot be used for non-sanctioned and/or non-approved conference expenses. There is no approval for workshops not applicable to afterschool programs.

Cohort Training Requirements

If you are unable to send the required two staff members to any of the training, you must obtain PDE approval to make any substitutions with any other training.

  • Grantees must send two representatives to the following each grant year.
  • Extra Learning Opportunities conference.
  • Pennsylvania grantee meeting.
  • United States Department of Education (USDOE) sponsored Summer Institute (when offered).
  • Regional training (when offered).
  • Other webinars or meetings as required by PDE.

21st CCLC Regional Trainings

The 2023 Regional Trainings were Tuesday, October 3, Wednesday, October 4 and Thursday, October 5, 2023.

Check back for information on 2024 Regional Trainings!

Excellence in Leadership Certification

The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Excellence in Leadership Certification was developed for program staff in a leadership role who are looking for strategies to effectively lead and motivate others, to create and maintain a positive workplace culture, to demonstrate emotional intelligence, and to overcome leadership challenges.

Cohort 5 starts in 2024 and is in person.

For more information about the Excellence in Leadership Certification program, contact Excellence in Leadership.

View course catalog (Flipsnack).

Course Schedule for 2024 Excellence in Leadership Certification

All sessions are in-person from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, unless otherwise noted.




Meet and Greet

Dec. 13, 2023

Welcome and Course Overview (45 minutes, virtually)

Session 1

Jan. 10, 2024

Authentic Communication

Session 2

Feb. 7, 2024

Innovative Leadership – Artificial Intelligence

Session 3

March 13, 2024

Leading Through Change

Session 4

May 7, 2024 (p.m.)


Session 5

May 8, 2024 (a.m.)

From Conflict to Collaboration

Session 6

June 5, 2024


Out-of-School Time Conferences

The conferences shared below offer professional development opportunities for educators working in out-of-school time.

Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grantees:
Pre-approval from your program officer is required to attend.
Please fill out and submit a Professional Development Request Form to your program officer at least four (4) weeks in advance.

Beyond School Hours 2024

February 14–17, 2024 | New Orleans, Louisiana

You’ll find inspiring and informative keynotes, our can’t-miss exhibit hall, and interactive sessions jam-packed with solution-driven planning and innovative topics to spark your interest and prepare you for the future!

Register for Beyond School Hours 2024

National Afterschool Association Conference 2024

March 17 – 20, 2024 | Dallas, Texas

NAA Convention is the membership platform for professionals who work with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours.

Register for NAA 2024

BOOST Best Out of School Time 2024

April 30 – May 1, 2024 | Palm Springs, California

Join the largest, most recognized, and comprehensive global convening for after school, expanded learning, and in and out-of-school time professionals. Set in a retreat-like atmosphere, this annual, extraordinary event will rejuvenate your passion, boost your direction for quality programming and provide tools and resources that will inspire you to create change.

Register for BOOST 2024