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Upcoming Trainings & Workshops

Professional Development Opportunities

The Center for Fair Futures is excited to announce the launch of our new Learning Management System, Canvas. Canvas is a web-based learning management system, or LMS. It is used by educational institutions to manage online course materials and communicate about learning achievement.

Beginning this September, Fair Futures will use Canvas for:
Course Enrollment, Session Registration, Pre and Post Tests and Quizzes, Course Materials, Attendance Tracking, and Badges and Certifications.

Trainings & Workshops
for NYC Juvenile Justice Fair Futures Staff

Presented by the Center for Fair Futures

To meet your learning needs, wants and goals, we developed an array of high-level Training Opportunities, created Learning Communities to help you re-energize and network, and launched weekly Workshop Wednesdays trainings on a range of topics.
The Center for Fair Futures offers Technical Assistance for teams, agencies, or entire organizations from our experts around any topic as well as 1-on-1 Coaching to help you feel empowered.  

If you are looking for resources for teams supporting youth in NYC Foster Care, click here.
Mandatory Fair Futures Canvas Training Session
This training session will include guidance on:
  • Logging in to your Canvas account
  • Enrolling in courses and programs
  • Registering for specific course dates
  • Completing course requirements
  • Attendance tracking and badging
If you were not able to make the previous training sessions, please register for the final LMS Training.
Once you fill out the registration form, you will receive the zoom link. 
Please register for one of the three training session options below:
Mandatory Fair Futures LMS Training followed by 30 min Q&A
Monday, September 11 | 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Once you fill out the registration form, you will receive the zoom link. 
If you are looking for resources for teams supporting youth in NYC Foster Care, click here.

Upcoming Trainings

For FAQs related to your Canvas account, click here.
Wednesday, January 24: Juvenile Justice Workshop Series
Wednesday, January 17: Serving Special Education Students

Fair Futures Course Descriptions

For detailed course information or to register for a Fair Futures training, log into your Canvas account.
Please refer to this handy guide: Mandatory Fair Futures Course Requirements By Role for downloadable checklists and course descriptions.
Fair Futures Orientation
Mandatory Training
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Hosted by: Center for Fair Futures
Mandatory Course for All Staff
This orientation will provide an overview of the Fair Futures model and background. We will discuss how your specific role and fits into the broader program and walk through all of the training, technical assistance, and professional development supports available to you.
Core Training Series
Mandatory Training
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This 8 module course must be completed within 3 months of enrollment.
Prerequisites: Fair Futures Orientation
Mandatory Course for All Staff
This 8 Module Series will provide you with the foundation for better understanding your role, building your confidence and providing the knowledge needed to get started.
8 MODULES:
  • MODULE 1: Effective Youth Engagement & Working with Youth from a Trauma Informed Lens
  • MODULE 2: Coaching Best Practices
  • MODULE 3: Understanding the Goals & Steps Framework
  • MODULE 4: Middle & High School Education
  • MODULE 5: College and Postsecondary Pathways
  • MODULE 6: Career Development & One Degree
  • MODULE 7: Housing 101
  • MODULE 8: Pulling It Together: Applying the Goals & Steps Framework
Overview of Juvenile Justice in NYC
Mandatory Training
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Prerequisites: Fair Futures Orientation and Fair Futures Core Training
Mandatory Course for all MAAP and CTH Staff
This training will introduce you to the juvenile justice system in New York City by providing an overview of the Close to Home and MAAP programs. You will learn about entry points into the justice system and the continuum of care available to impacted youth, including coaching and mentorship, educational programming, and mental health services.
Care4 Training
Mandatory Training
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Prerequisites: Fair Futures Orientation and Fair Futures Core Training
Mandatory Training for all staff
In this self-paced course participants will receive an overview of the Fair Futures Care4 platform and learn the basic functionality of Care4 software.
Participants will learn how to: pull reports, transfer and add youth, set and close goals, and more.
Educational Context for Youth in Close to Home
Mandatory Training
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Prerequisites: Fair Futures Orientation and Fair Futures Core Training
Mandatory Course for CTH Program Directors, CTH Supervisors, CTH Coaches & CTH Specialists
Learn about the educational context of youth in Close to Home. Explore the academic needs of young people in placement, the supports available to young people while in care, and the opportunities for advocacy. Participants will develop their skills and confidence in order to better collaborate with key stakeholders to develop robust education plans and prepare young people for their return to a community-based schools and/or education program.
Know Your Educational Rights Series
Mandatory Training
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Hosted by: Advocates for Children (AFC)
Prerequisites: Fair Futures Orientation and Fair Futures Core Training
Mandatory Course for All MAAP and CTH Staff
In this course, you will find access to registration and resources for the following trainings:
Advocates for Children Training Refresher
This training is a refresher for those that participated in our June 2023 training series. We will provide an overview of Advocates for Children (what we do and who we serve), the special education process and timelines, graduation requirements, alternative programs and discipline rights. We will provide links to our guides that you can refer to as issues arise and links to where to find resources to help families.
High School Graduation Requirements
This training will give staff an overview of high school graduation requirements in New York State, the different types of high school diplomas and non-diploma credentials, the impact of Regents exemptions, multiple assessment pathways to graduation, and the options for students with disabilities to graduate with a local diploma.
Multiple Pathways to Graduation: Transfer Schools and Other Alternative Schools and Programs
This training will explore alternative options for receiving a high school diploma, by reviewing transfers and the ways a student may be granted a transfer, enrollment and what parents should know about family welcome centers; lastly, credit/CDOS and other portfolio-based requirements for each alternative setting. This training will also review internship options and other academic support options for students.
Behavior Supports and Navigating School Discipline
This training explores the NYC discipline code and types of school discipline. The training details the procedural rights of students facing discipline, including special protections for students with disabilities. Participants will work through a case example to gain hands-on experience and strengthen their ability to advocate for students facing classroom removal or suspension. This training also includes guidance on how to obtain behavioral and mental health supports for students with and without disabilities.
Special Education Process
This training provides an overview of Special Education laws and the rights of parents. The training goes over the entire special education process from referral for special education services through the creation of an Individualized Education Program (IEP).  Participants will strengthen their ability to advocate for parents and students when the parent disagrees with the student’s school on special education matters.
Preparing Families for IEP Meetings
This training will help participants gain a better understanding of an IEP; participants will use a sample IEP to get familiarized with the parts of an IEP and what/where information is provided in an IEP. This training will also provide an overview of IEP meetings by exploring what to expect, how to prepare, and review advocacy tips for an IEP meeting.
Transitions from Close to Home Placement
Mandatory Training
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Prerequisites: Fair Futures Orientation and Fair Futures Core Training
Mandatory Course for all CTH Program Directors, CTH Supervisors, CTH Coaches & CTH Specialists
From facility living to community living: navigating emotional undercurrents so they don't become riptides. How to coach young people as they confront and successfully manage the realities of living back in the community.
Juvenile Justice College Access and Success (3-part Series)
Mandatory Training
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Prerequisites: Fair Futures Orientation and Fair Futures Core Training
Mandatory Course for CTH Coaches, CTH Education Specialists, CTH Supervisors
This 3-part series covers the fundamentals of supporting students with lived experience in the juvenile justice system as they pursue their college goals, focusing on general college access and success strategies. This is a comprehensive course where we will discuss the college application process, opportunity programs, paying for college, and best practices for maintaining academic progress and academic standing when in college.
College Persistence Series
Mandatory Training
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Hosted by: At the Table
Prerequisites: Fair Futures Orientation, Fair Futures Core Training, & Introduction to College Access and Success
Mandatory Course for Coaches, Education Specialists, Supervisors
Join us for quarterly training sessions in August, October, January and March to learn how to support young people throughout their college experience.
August: Preparing Students for the Semester
This workshop covers techniques and strategies to help students set themselves up for success, particularly focusing on 1st time college students. Topics include: scheduling classes, reading syllabi together, and navigating college transition hurdles.
October: Mid-Semester Check-In (Fall) / Admissions for High School Seniors
We discuss in-progress course grades, common in-semester challenges and how to resolve them, how to navigate course withdrawal (both official and unofficial), and how to ensure that students are able to register for the next semester in a timely fashion.
For High School seniors, we dive into college admissions, college cost of attendance, creating a strong portfolio of college options for each student, and application submission timeline.
January: Continuing Strong / Bouncing Back
Learn how to support students in bouncing back from challenges during the Fall semester, including: writing appeal statements, lifting holds, navigating academic probation and dismissal, and making a holistic plan to address the root causes of a difficult semester/ challenges. We will discuss how to recognize and plan for sustained success among the students who did well! For High School seniors, we'll include reminders and updates on CUNY/SUNY admissions.
March: Mid-Semester Check-In (Spring) / College Offers and Timeline
In this workshop we review some mid-semester check-in strategies we discussed in the Fall workshop, including reminders about course withdrawal, registration, and addressing common challenges in working with college professors. We also preview any policy changes we're hearing about for the upcoming semester. For High School seniors, we dive into accepting college offers and key college timeline items like financial aid, verification, and pre-college requirements like advisement and summer bridge programs.
Career Development: Real Talk, Real Solutions
Mandatory Training
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Hosted by: the Center for Fair Futures
Prerequisites: Fair Futures Orientation and Fair Futures Core Training
Mandatory Course for Coaches, Career Development Specialists & Supervisors
Learn about the various approaches you can take to support youth with career exploration and career development, no matter where they are in their career journey.
Coach Certification
Hosted by: the Center for Fair Futures
Only available to Coaches who have been with Fair Futures 1+ years
The Fair Futures Coach Certification includes 3 parts: a Care4 Assessment; a Coaching Assessment comprised of 10 sections, spanning the role of a Coach, coaching approaches, high school, college education, career development, and housing topics; and a Practical Exam.
Juvenile Justice Workshop Series
Optional Workshops
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This monthly workshops series is open to all MAAP and CTH Staff.
Join us as we explore emerging areas in the fields of juvenile justice and youth work. The Center’s Juvenile Justice Workshop Series invites speakers, practitioners, and young people, to broaden our understanding of the juvenile justice system and of young people impacted by these systems.
All staff are automatically enrolled in this course.
All workshops and optional training opportunities are located in the Fair Futures Hub. This course also includes Canvas LMS Resources and Training materials.
All optional Fair Futures workshops are open to all Fair Futures staff. Previous workshops have invited speakers, practitioners, and young people, to broaden our understanding of New York City's foster care and juvenile justice systems and the young people impacted by these systems. These workshops are designed to help increase knowledge and strengthen skills.
General Education Advocacy
Mandatory Training
Hosted by: Advocates for Children
Prerequisites: Fair Futures Orientation and Fair Futures Core Training
Mandatory Course for Coaches, Education Specialists, Supervisors
This training gives an overview of education policies that impact students in foster care. Participants learn about the importance of school stability, school enrollment, and transfers, how to make best interest determinations, and how to secure transportation for students. We also explain the NYC Department of Education’s attendance and promotion policies and share resources that can support students’ academic or English language learner needs.
Serving Special Education Students
Mandatory Training
Hosted by: Advocates for Children
Prerequisites: Fair Futures Orientation and Fair Futures Core Training
Mandatory Course for Coaches, Education Specialists, Supervisors
This training equips participants to advocate for students with disabilities using Section 504 and special education law. We explain parental consent, how to refer students for evaluations, and what accommodations, placements, and services students can receive. Participants practice reading Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), gain tools for advocating at school meetings, and learn tips for escalating cases within the NYC Department of Education.
High School Graduation Requirements & Alternative Programs
Mandatory Training
Hosted by: Advocates for Children
Prerequisites: Fair Futures Orientation and Fair Futures Core Training
Mandatory Course for Coaches, Education Specialists, Supervisors
This training explains New York state graduation requirements, including the different diploma and non-diploma credentials, Regents exemptions, and safety nets for students learning English and students with disabilities. Participants practice reading high school transcripts and learn about alternative schools and programs in New York City. We also cover special education students’ right to transition services that support their post-high school goals.
Navigating School Suspensions and Discipline
Mandatory Training
Hosted by: Advocates for Children
Prerequisites: Fair Futures Orientation and Fair Futures Core Training
Mandatory Course for Coaches, Education Specialists, Supervisors
This training teaches participants about suspensions and classroom removals in New York state, including the procedures schools must follow when disciplining students. We review suspension notices and a suspension packet and practice using the Discipline Code to advocate for students in two New York City public schools. Participants also learn about legal protections and behavioral interventions for students with disabilities facing school suspensions.
Understanding the Middle & High School Admissions Process
Mandatory Training
Hosted by: Advocates for Children
Prerequisites: Fair Futures Orientation and Fair Futures Core Training
Mandatory Course for Coaches, Education Specialists, Supervisors
This training explains middle and high school admissions in New York City. Participants learn how to research schools online and explore strategies for supporting students as they apply to schools. We review the different types of high schools; discuss what makes a school a good “match” for a student and practice completing a high school application.