Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of December 14

Dec 14, 2020

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of December 14 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

All times MST

Tuesday, Dec 15 (11-11:45 am)
Start Your 2021 Grant Strategy Off Right! (CharityHowTo)
Participating in “Start Your 2021 Grant Seeking Off Right!” will provide you with a strong understanding of your success in 2020 and how to set goals for 2021 that will help expand your grant seeking strategy and revenue.  We will also discuss how to increase the engagement of your colleagues in being part of the grant planning process to further increase your success.

Tuesday, Dec 15 (11:30-1 pm)
Tech Time with Purpose: A Creative Approach to Using Digital Devices with Young Children (Infopeople)
During this free 90-minute webinar, library staff will learn about current research on the use of digital technologies with young children and receive guidance and support to help navigate this challenging technological landscape with young patrons.

Tuesday, Dec 15 (12-1 pm)
Libraries & Public Media: Family Engagement to Advance Young Children’s Computational Thinking (WGBH Educational Foundation)
Computational thinking (CT) is now a recognized 21st century literacy that even young children need exposure to. This webinar is for libraries interested in CT programming for families. It presents seminal work conducted by public media, libraries, researchers, and CT experts to determine what CT skills 4- and 5-year-olds are capable of, develop resources to support those skills, and pilot family engagement in libraries. Presenters are from the M.R. Davis Southaven Public Library in MS, the Homer Public Library in AK, and GBH Boston, a leading producer of educational STEM media.

Tuesday, Dec 15 (12-1 pm)
Quick Bites: Grandparents as Informal Caregiver (Colorado State Library)
Grandparents are ideal caregivers for children ages 0-5. They offer cost benefits, trust, consistency, and LOVE. They care for about 25% of children under 5–about the same number in formal care. Join this webinar to learn more about who they are, what they need, and how libraries can support them.

Tuesday, Dec 15 (12-1 pm)
Making SEL Accessible for Students with Learning Differences (
In this edWebinar, Academy Award-winning film producer and director and SuperDville founder, Peggy Stern, will explore how accessible content and hands-on activities are key to ensuring more successful social and emotional learning (SEL) for students with learning differences. SuperDville is a free video-based SEL curriculum for 7-12-year-olds who learn differently.

Tuesday, Dec 15 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Online Fundraising Performance: Does Your Nonprofit Measure Up? (Firespring)
Online fundraising is managed most effectively when performance metrics are measured—something the most successful nonprofits do regularly. In this session, Firespring’s CEO Jay Wilkinson shares the best detailed formulas every nonprofit should use to track metrics and measure the success of their online fundraising efforts.

Tuesday, Dec 15 (1-2 pm)
Getting Started with Google Data Studio (
This free tool allows users to visualize, connect, share, and collaborate and present their data and tell their story. Therefore, teams can make accurate, data-driven decisions. Using the drag-and-drop report editor, users can create customized and interactive reports with ease. Create beautiful, easy-to-read data visualizations that tell a story and inspire action. All of this and more is possible in Google Data Studio.

Tuesday, Dec 15 (2-3 pm)
The evolution of public health: Tackling tough questions and messy stuff (Network of the National Library of Medicine MidContinental Chapter)
As public health has taken the world stage during a global pandemic, the future of public health is both clear and unclear. How does COVID-19 relate to factors that impact health and future health? How do we apply lessons learned? What are the key roles of nature and mental health, in this pandemic and beyond? How can we cross sectors for change? This session will explore these questions and more. We will tackle the hard questions and messy stuff of public health.

Wednesday, Dec 16 (10-11 am)
Creating Your Micro-credentialing Strategy (Training Magazine Network)
Join us for the upcoming webinar, where Amber West, Instructional Designer for D2L, will share best practices for setting up your own micro-credentialing strategy, discuss how to motivate your audience, and finally, the differences between micro-credentialing, gamification, and badging – as well as the benefits of each.

Wednesday, Dec 16 (11 am-12 pm)
Post-Election Strategies: Library Advocacy — Now What? (California Public Library Advocates)
Please join CPLA as they bring two experts in library fundraising, legislation and advocacy together just after this important election. Moderated by CPLA’s Vikki Cervantes, Peter Pearson (United for Libraries) and Patrick Sweeney (EveryLibrary) will give pointers on how to prepare for the difficult days ahead and discuss what library supporters can do NOW as well as long-term strategies on local, regional, state and national levels.

Wednesday, Dec 16 (12-1 pm)
Financial Information and Your Board (Propel nonprofits)
The board of directors of a nonprofit organization has legal responsibility for the organization’s work. The board is responsible for short and long-term planning, and they must ensure that systems are in place for administering and effectively using resources and guarding against misuse. In order to fulfill their responsibilities, board members must be able to rely on financial information that is accurate, timely, in context, and appropriate.

Wednesday, Dec 16 (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 touch points 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.

Thursday, Dec 17 (11-11:45 am)
How to Set up Instagram’s Free Fundraising Tools to Drive Donations (CharityHowTo)
In the last year, Instagram has rolled out several features and tools to make charitable giving and fundraising much easier on the platform. With the advent of the Donate button for profiles and the Instagram Story Donation Sticker, getting your supporters to raise money for you and to drive donations is easier than ever.

Thursday, Dec 17 (1-2 pm)
Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This class is designed to assist librarians, public health workers, health professionals, and the general public in locating authoritative information on nutrition and topics relating to nutrition. Background information on the importance of nutrition information to other health-related topics will be included, and resources for locating nutrition-related statistics and evidence-based practice will also be identified.

Thursday, Dec 17 (1-2 pm)
Wake-up the GREAT STORYTELLER in You – How to Persuade and Provoke Others (Training Magazine Network)
How do you spark, ignite, or rekindle that Great Storyteller in you? In this session, Ray will share techniques and exercises that boost your abilities to tell stories and persuade others. You will be refreshed and inspired once you reconnect with that great storyteller in you.

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