Professional Development

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This free, online course was created by PANDA: Minnesota Adult Basic Education Disability Specialists in order to carry forward the mission of their organization: Providing Minnesota Adult Basic Education programs with disability support, knowledge and resources to increase academic opportunities for students. 

Looking for some professional development and/or networking opportunities this fall? Here are a few upcoming events from: Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN); Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota; Minneapolis Idea eXchange (MiX); Youth Intervention Programs Association (YIPA); and EMERGE.
A new season of EDTalks kicks off with an intimate conversation with Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson! Joe and Michèle are producers of the compelling film American Promise and authors of the companion book, Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and Life. Joe and Michèle will share what they learned as parents and filmmakers. Learn about the Twin Cities EDTalks series, its partners, and the covered topics here!
As you wrap up and reflect upon your service year, it is important to move forward with more than feelings of nostalgia and AmeriCorps pride. Whether you are continuing your service, heading to school or entering the work force it’s a good idea to create a tangible resource that identifies and celebrates your growth and experiences from the past year. A great way to do this is through a professional portfolio!
Dr. Stephen Pimpare
This upcoming Wednesday, March 20th, participate in a free 90-minute VISTA Campus webinar entitled "Alternative Lenses: Poverty Beyond the Official Measures" from 1-2:30 pm central time.
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Have you considered using your professional development funds to attend a training, panel, or workshop related to your service project? Check out this highlight of events to see what's happening around the state!
Nonprofit books
Family or friends asking for gift suggestions? Thinking of ways to use your professional development funds? Want to make a strategic investment in your project, service work, or personal and professional development? Check out these reading recommendations and maybe you'll find some inspiration!
VISTA members are eager to learn more about a variety of topics, including local nonprofits, available resources, best practices in the field, possible career paths and more. One great way to get the specific answers and connections that you need is to conduct an informational interview!
As AmeriCorps VISTA members become more engaged with their projects and communities, opportunities are opening up for advanced learning and professional development. Check out these upcoming conferences, workshops and dialogues!
The first month of service has come and gone, all 54 VISTAs had the chance to connect at Early Service Training, and momentum continues to build at individual host sites. As Minnesota Literacy Council VISTAs settle into their roles and learn more about the projects they will tackle this upcoming year, VISTA Leaders Anna and Laura, VISTA Coordinator Meghan, and VISTA Manager Ellen continue to seek out ways to support, challenge and engage members of the two cohorts. Part of that effort involves publishing this weekly VISTA-centered blog.

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