The OPEC Training Academy offers high quality trainings designed for OPEC leaders, coordinators, and parenting educators based on the current needs of the OPEC grantee network. The schedule will include a variety of topics by trainers and consultants delivering content in their respected fields of expertise. Training certificates are available for both the live and recorded sessions. Registration is required to attend the live sessions, and space is limited. 

All trainings will be held through Zoom. Meeting links will be included in your registration confirmation letter.

All OPEC Hub affiliated staff and educators have access to all the recorded sessions and resources after the live events. Check the video description for the link to the evaluation survey to receive your certificate of completion.

March 2021 Trainings

Tuesday, March 16 @ 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Umoja: A Conversation on Creating Safe Spaces with the BIPOC Community

Daphnee Nicolas, Trainer and Coach

Shauna Tominey, Assistant Professor of Practice, Oregon State University

Join Daphnee Nicolas and Shauna Tominey for a conversation about what it means to create safe spaces for and with the BIPOC community. With a blend of research and examples through shared stories, learn strategies to effectively engage diverse voices in community spaces and programs.

Tuesday, March 30 @ 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Setting Up for Success: Using Group Agreements

Aoife Rose Magee, PhD, Trainer, Parenting Now & OPEC Hub Director, Parenting Success Network

Participants in this training will explore the importance of creating Group Agreements and how it impacts our work with families in parenting education. Positive strategies that support successful group experiences by establishing and using Group Agreements will be covered.

April 2021 Trainings

Tuesday, April 6 @ 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Using Questions and other Positive Facilitation Strategies in Parenting Groups

Aoife Rose Magee, PhD, Trainer, Parenting Now & OPEC Hub Director, Parenting Success Network

Participants in this training will connect with others and examine the types of questions that are helpful (or not helpful) in our work with families. During the TEACH-O-RAMA, facilitation skills that support positive parent engagement during groups will be explored during a fun hands-on activity.

OPEC Connect & Learn is a weekly series designed for OPEC leaders, coordinators and parenting educators to gather and learn from each other in a casual and conversational format. Hosted by the OPEC team every Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. these sessions are a blend of show and tell, hands on activities, and Q&A facilitated by guest presenters from OPEC Hubs. Training certificates are not available for these sessions.

Time: Every week on Wednesday @ 10 11 a.m.

Weekly Link: Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

March 3

Estrategias para Apoyar el Aprendizaje Virtual de los Niños en el Hogar

(Strategies for Supporting Children’s Virtual Learning at Home – presented in Spanish; interpretation available)

Cesiah Vega López & Guadalupe Díaz, Ph.D

March 10

Parenting Strategies for Promoting the Safety and Wellbeing of Adolescents in the Digital World

Rebecca Simmons

March 17

Estrategias Parentales para Promover la Seguridad y Bienestar de los Adolescentes en el Mundo Digital

Rebecca Simmons

March 24



March 31

Safe Sleep for Oregon’s Infants: Education and Collaboration to Ensure Consistent Messaging to Families

Deborah Carnaghi, L.C.S.W.

April 7

Cultivating Collaboration: Identify the Roads Less Traveled

Leslie Moguil

April 14

End of Season Reflection & Celebration

Kim Deck

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