Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of December 12

Dec 11, 2022

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of December 12 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions and links are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

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Monday, Dec 12 (9-10 am)
Communicating with a New Congress (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
The U.S. may be facing a new congressional reality in January, and nonprofits of all types will have to adjust. This workshop — apolitical and nonpartisan — will focus on the overarching messages that may appeal to a 2023 session of Congress and storytelling approaches that can have an impact in a closely divided, highly charged D.C. environment already focused on the 2024 election cycle.

Tuesday, Dec 13 (10-11 am)
The Quiet Inequity: Disability Discrimination and Ableism in the Nonprofit (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Disability discrimination and ableism are rarely at the forefront of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness (DEI) discussions in the nonprofit workplace. This introductory presentation will assist you to recognize some attitudes and processes of ableism in the nonprofit sector as well as understand disability awareness from a medical, charitable, and intersectional perspective. This webinar will also provide examples of ableist language and activity in the nonprofit workplace and explore suggestions to eliminate disability discrimination and ableism to create an inclusive and equitable workplace.

Tuesday, Dec 13 (10-11 am)
Why Feedback Doesn’t Work and What to Do Instead (Harvard Business Review)
On Tuesday, December 13, Marcus Buckingham will join HBR in a live, interactive webinar, where he will discuss why participating in “feedbacking” rarely helps people grow and often hinders their development—and he will share what actually works when it comes to helping employees thrive.

Tuesday, Dec 13 (12-1 pm)
Chronicling America: Using Historical Newspapers (Federal Depository Library Program)
Chronicling America—a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Library of Congress, and state cultural institutions—includes over 20 million pages of U.S. newspapers from 1777–1963. What can you do with these newspapers? Genealogy, teaching with primary sources, citizen history projects, and experiments with artificial intelligence (AI)! Come learn how these free and publicly accessible newspapers can be used by your patrons.

Tuesday, Dec 13 (12-1 pm)
Happy and Calm: Kids Yoga in the Library with Author Bari Koral (Public Library Association)
In this webinar, recording artist and picture book author Bari Koral will discuss opportunities, benefits, and strategies for introducing yoga into library programming for kids.

Tuesday, Dec 13 (1-2 pm)
Assistive Technology Supports for Writing (PACER Center)
Does your student struggle with writing? In this workshop, learn about the most up-to-date devices and tools to help improve writing skills. This workshop will cover how to use smart pens and other tools for improving writing/typing skills. These tools will be relevant for multiple grade and skill levels.

Tuesday, Dec 13 (1-2 pm)
Gamification and Game-based Learning from Beginner to Pro (Training Magazine Network)
Gamification and game-based learning are very similar. BOTH are effective to motivate players AND are accessible in terms of  cost and implementation. Would you like to leverage the power of BOTH for learning for adult education and corporate training? In this interactive webinar, you’ll actively participate in crafting new ideas and exploring the possibilities of how to apply game-like thinking to increase learner engagement, comprehension, retention, and sustain motivation.

Tuesday, Dec 13 (2-3 pm)
Building Coalitions (Montana State Library)
Advocacy is best from a team approach. In this session, we’ll explore how to identify potential coalition partners and work with them to achieve common goals.

Wednesday, Dec 14 (11-12 pm)
Data Analysis for Everyone (Tech Impact)
Are you looking to become a more data-driven nonprofit, but you aren’t sure where to begin? Most nonprofits don’t have a data analysis team, however they still need to be able to leverage the data they have to help tell their organization’s story. Data Analysis for Everyone is a brief introduction to data analysis for nonprofits: where to find data sources and tools to consider to analyze your data to uncover trends, understand performance, and discover useful next actions to help nonprofits advance their missions.

Wednesday, Dec 14 (11-12 pm)
How To Be A Great Board Chair (Propel Nonprofits)
The board chair is the highest officer of the nonprofit board of directors. This webinar prepares the board chair for governance and leadership responsibilities. We’ll cover how to design effective board meetings, attend to board development, partner with the CEO/ED, and lead as an ambassador for the organization.

Wednesday, Dec 14 (11-12 pm)
How to Keep All Those Donors You Worked So Hard to Get (Productive Fundraising)
Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a discussion on the importance of donor retention and learn simple, actionable steps that you can take to boost donor retention in your organization. Attendees will also complete several exercises which will review and map the donor touchpoints at their organization. Participants will leave the session with a greater understanding of what they can do to improve donor retention and the start of an improvement plan for their organization.

Wednesday, Dec 14 (12-1 pm)
7 Actionable Tips to Increase Board Member Engagement (Nonprofit Hub)
In this session, we will discuss 7 actionable ways to increase board member engagement with the mission, communicate effectively, and work together as ambassadors for the organization. As the year ends, strengthing your relationship with your board could create better leadership within your organization. When the leaders are motivated, it’s a win for all parties as this sentiment trickles down.

Wednesday, Dec 14 (12-1 pm)
CSL in Session: Jargon-Free Libraries: Using the Language of Our Patrons (Colorado State Library)
Join this interactive session to explore some real-world examples of common library jargon in everyday communication, learn how to scour your communications for jargon, and consider plain-language alternatives to these terms and phrases, thus making your library more accessible.

Wednesday, Dec 14 (12-1 pm)
Disinformation and the Literacy Landscape (Niche Academy)
We are now living in an age of “fake news.” While not a new phenomenon, its current iteration has highlighted the various dimensions of how people interact (or do not) with information – information consumption is so much more than people’s immediate cognitive processing. Join Nicole Cooke, the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair at USC, as she addresses our continued and collective battle against misinformation, disinformation, malinformation, and the related literacy concepts that can influence our interactions with information and help us intellectually thrive in a post-truth society.

Wednesday, Dec 14 (1-2 pm)
Hopeful Endemic: Moving Forward with Team Building (Association of Southeastern Research Libraries)
We are all impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the ongoing impact of the racial inequality pandemic. How do we rebuild teams knowing the difficulties that we are all managing? This session is for anyone looking to reinvigorate their teams and reconnect employees to new organizational and strategic goals and processes impacted by the pandemic. This session will engage with the issues managers and leaders face in moving forward by rebuilding foundational trust and team building at our organizations.

Thursday, Dec 15 (9-10 am)
Training Industry Leader Talk: Change Management (Training Industry)
As the world of work continues to change, learning leaders are tasked with keeping their organizations and their people up to speed. Learning and development (L&D) professionals can enable organizational agility by creating a foundation of trust and resilience. Join this Training Industry Leader Talk to learn how L&D can support change management and train successful change leaders.

Thursday, Dec 15 (11-12 pm)
Genially for Nonprofits: Creating Marketing Materials for Impact (TechSoup)
The greater the number of people who know about your nonprofit organization, the more people you can help. But if you operate a charity, a nonprofit, or a social enterprise, you know how hard it can be helping your organization’s cause while carrying out marketing efforts. In this webinar, the Genially team will show you how to easily create impactful materials to market your nonprofit.

Thursday, Dec 15 (11-12:30 pm)
Library of Congress Celebrates Successful Literacy Practices with 2022 Literacy Award Winners (Library of Congress)
This session will be moderated by Lee Ann Potter, Director of Professional Learning and Outreach Initiatives at the Library of Congress, and will feature panelists from the following organizations: Street Child (2022 David M. Rubenstein Prize Winner); Make Way for Books (2022 American Prize Winner); Young African Refugees for Integral Development (YARID) (2022 International Prize Winner). This marks the first webinar of a five-part webinar series highlighting the 2022 Literacy Awards Program winners and honorees.

Thursday, Dec 15 (12-1 pm)
Dive Into Gale LegalForms (Gale)
Gale LegalForms provides national and state-specific attorney forms to help users understand and actively participate in their legal affairs. Key coverage areas include wills and estates, landlord-tenant, and business law. Supplemental materials including legal definitions and law digest articles support a deeper understanding of complex legal topics. Join this session to explore the tools and features within Gale LegalForms.

Thursday, Dec 15 (12-1 pm)
Outdoor STEM Learning with Young Children (edWeb)
Dig in and discover how to implement playful outdoor STEM learning with young children. In this edWebinar, Lea Ann Christenson, Ph.D. and Jenny James, MA will offer ideas and approaches for child-led, nature-based STEM explorations to build understanding of the natural world and offer opportunities for literacy and language development. Find out how to use the learning life cycle to identify the seeds of experiences that lead to wonder. A discussion on starting your own outdoor classroom for STEM exploration will round out the presentation.

Thursday, Dec 15 (12-1:30 pm)
Gender, Expectations, and Social-Emotional Development in Early Childhood Programs (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this eye-opening webinar, participants will learn about the importance of creating gender inclusive early learning environments and the concrete actions they can take to create environments that support all children’s healthy gender development. The presenters will guide you to reflect on your own gender identity, expression, and embodiment and how your perception of gender impacts your expectations of children. You will learn about the impact of strict gender roles and stereotypes on young children and adults. The constellation theory of gender development will be introduced as a more inclusive understanding of gender that is big enough for us all.

Thursday, Dec 15 (1-2 pm)
Is Age Diversity Included in Your Organization’s DEI Training? (Training Magazine Network)
The concept of age diversity in the workplace has been around for a long time, but only 8% of organizations include it in their DEI efforts. Do pesky stereotypes get in the way in your organization? Do employees work in and lead multigenerational teams productively? This session will explore new ways of thinking that can change not only our perspectives, but the way we communicate from day to day. Never has collaboration within and among diverse teams been more important, and never has Learning and Development faced such challenges and opportunities.

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