Senior Corps Training Archive

See below for a list of trainings offered by Senior Corps over the previous six months. When available, links to slides and recordings are provided as well. Courses are listed in reverse-chronological order, with the most recent appearing first.

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You can find all of Senior Corps's recorded trainings in Litmos.

RSVP Continuations: Getting to Know the New Performance Measures

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Did you know that Senior Corps has published new National Performance Measures this year, and that you will have the opportunity to take advantage of these right away? Every RSVP grantee that is going through the continuation process – that is, applying for a new budget period – will be asked to submit new work plans that utilize these simpler, more inclusive performance measures. In this webinar, we outlined the changes, why we think they will make performance measurement easier for RSVP, and what it means for your application.

Access the recording, slides, and transcript in Litmos here.

FGP and SCP Continuations and Renewals: The Baseline Augmentation Opportunity and New Performance Measures

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

In this webinar, we discussed the continuation and renewal process for Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion programs, focusing on the two ways this year’s cycle is different from prior years. First, all FGP and SCP grantees have an opportunity to request a permanent increase to their baseline funding to aid their compliance and internal controls, including, but not limited to, using CNCS’ Criminal History Check vendors, Truescreen and Fieldprint. Second, all grantees will begin using new, streamlined National Performance Measure Instructions. We examine both of these changes in more depth, including some specific examples. This content is relevant to all FGP and SCP grantees with start dates in the 4th quarter of the fiscal year–between July and September–whether they are entering a new three-year performance period, or just a new budget year. The webinar was offered three times with identical content. This is a recording of the first session, held on February 26, 2019

Access the recording, slides, and transcript in Litmos here.

February Tuesday Talk: The Launch of the Longitudinal Study-Takeaways and Communication Tools for Senior Corps Grantees

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Many of us in the Senior Corps community have long known that volunteering can be beneficial for the health and well-being of seniors. CNCS is pleased to report that we now have exciting new research supporting this intuition with rigorous research. In this webinar, we reviewed some of the most important findings of our longitudinal study of the health and well-being of new Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion volunteers, and walked you through a communications toolkit that you can use to spread the word! This is a recording of a live webinar that occurred on February 19, 2019.

Access the recording, slides, and transcript in Litmos here.

The Final Rule in Action: Implementation Details for FGP and SCP

Thursday, January 24, 2019

While the Final Rule offers new possibilities to all Senior Corps programs, FGP and SCP programs in particularly have new options to consider, from instituting more flexible terms of service for their volunteers to new budget flexibility resulting from the removal of the Direct Benefit ratio or 80/20 rule. In this webinar, we’ll take a deeper dive into these issues and map out the different considerations a grantee needs to consider to take advantage of these new possibilities.

Access the recording, slides and transcript in Litmos here. 

Getting to Know the Final Rule for FGP/SCP

Thursday, January 17, 2019

In this webinar, we’ll explore the “Final Rule,” which significantly revises the core regulations that support all Senior Corps programs for the first time in roughly 15 years. We’ll identify what Senior Corps grantees need to do and know now, review the process that brought us here, and examine a couple of the most important changes in more depth, including the removal of the so-called “Direct Benefit Ratio” or 80/20 rule, and a reduction in the minimum numbers of hours that volunteers need to serve.

Access the recordings, slides, and transcripts in Litmos here.

Senior Corps Tuesday Talks: Recognition is FUNdamental

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

In this webinar, Barb Brady of the St. Vincent Healthcare Foster Grandparent Program in Billings, Montana, adapted her highly successful presentation, “Recognition is FUN-damental” (most recently presented live at the 2018 Senior Corps Convening). She helped learners celebrate service and boost recognition by incorporating FUN, an acronym for Formal recognition, Unusual recognition, and Necessities, the things you need to know to make recognition plans successful. Whether you are celebrating the service of an entire program or acknowledging the daily success of a single volunteer, we explored resources you can use to enhance your program.

Access the recordings, slides, and transcripts in Litmos here.

Getting to Know the Final Rule for RSVP

Thursday, January 10, 2019

In this webinar, we explored the “Final Rule,” which significantly revises the core regulations that support all Senior Corps programs for the first time in roughly 15 years. We identified what Senior Corps grantees need to do and know now, reviewed the process that brought us here, and examined a couple of the most important changes in more depth, including the removal of the requirement of an annual service plan and a limitation on more than 5% of volunteers in administrative roles.

Access the recordings, slides, and transcripts in Litmos here.

FGP and SCP Continuations and Renewals: The Baseline Augmentation Opportunity and New Performance Measures

Thursday, January 3, 2019

This webinar discussed the continuation and renewal process for Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion programs, focusing on the two ways this year’s cycle is different from prior years. First, all FGP and SCP grantees have an opportunity to request a permanent increase to their baseline funding to aid their compliance and internal controls, including, but not limited to, using CNCS’ Criminal History Check vendors, Truescreen and Fieldprint. Second, all grantees will begin using new, streamlined National Performance Measure Instructions. We examined both of these changes in more depth, including some specific examples.

This content is relevant to all FGP and SCP grantees with start dates of April 1, 2019 – whether they are entering a new three-year performance period, or just a new budget year.

Access the recordings, slides, and transcripts in Litmos here.

RSVP Continuations: Getting to Know the New Performance Measures

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Did you know that Senior Corps has published new National Performance Measures this year, and that you will have the opportunity to take advantage of these right away? Every RSVP grantee that is going through the continuation process – that is, applying for a new budget period – will be asked to submit new work plans that utilize these simpler, more inclusive performance measures. In this webinar, we outlined the changes, why we think they will make performance measurement easier for RSVP, and what it means for your application.

This is a recording of a live webinar that occurred on January 2, 2019. It was one of three identical sessions offered between December 27 and January 8. 

Access the recordings, slides, and transcripts in Litmos here.

Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Did you know that 75% of the words students use to describe how they feel at school are negative? Or that eight in ten employers say social and emotional skills are the most important to success AND the hardest to find? We intuitively know the importance of social and emotional development in students, and a growing body of evidence continues to add to our understanding of the critical role these skills play in a young person’s future. In this webinar, we spoke with Jennifer Brown Lerner, the Assistant Director for Policy and Partnerships at the Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development about the current state of research on social and emotional development and what it means for Senior Corps grantees. We learned the building blocks of social and emotional development, how you can prepare your volunteers to support that development in students, how to engage partners and stations in that effort, and more.

Access the recordings, slides, and transcripts in Litmos here.

Building Your Volunteer Skill Development Toolkit

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

When most of us think of “training,” we think of a certain kind of activity – with a large group in a room, a speaker with a microphone, and maybe a PowerPoint or a whiteboard. But while training in this sense is a useful tool in some cases, it falls short when it comes to developing skills – concrete behaviors you hope your volunteers will do even when you are not looking. In this webinar, we looked at six specific strategies you can use that go beyond training and focus specifically on skills: practice, coaching, role-playing, peer feedback, journaling, and incentives. You can even add your own to the list!

Access the recordings, slides, and transcripts in Litmos here.

Senior Corps Tuesday Talks: Understanding and Preventing Veteran Suicide

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

S.A.V.E. (Signs of suicidal thinking, Ask questions, Validate the person’s feelings, Encourage treatment, and Expedite getting help) is a free, half-hour course developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs in collaboration with PsychArmor Institute. It aims to empower individuals from all walks of life to play a vital role in suicide prevention. In this webinar, Aimee C. Johnson, LCSW, a Program Analyst in the Veterans Health Administration Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, helped us learn more about the problem of suicide among Veterans and some resources that you can use – including but not limited to S.A.V.E. – to potentially help save a veteran’s life.

Access the recordings, slides, and transcripts in Litmos here.

Senior Corps, Opioids, and Take Back Day

Tuesday, October 17, 2018

To get ready for Take Back Day – October 27, 2018 – we shined a spotlight on how Senior Corps grantees all across the country are mobilizing older Americans in response to the opioid crisis. Joined by representatives of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, we revisited the importance of disposal and the opportunity to engage in Take Back Day, building on a webinar we hosted prior to last Take Back Day, in April 2018. We also spoke with two Senior Corps grantees that have found new ways to engage in opioid response, including not only disposal but also training and community education.

Access the recordings, slides, and transcripts in Litmos here.

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