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SPARK Professional Development (PD) & Learning Training
In-Person & Virtual Options and Pricing

SPARK workshops solicit philosophical “buy-in,” show teachers how to navigate the instructional materials and digital content, then prepare effective lessons and provide active examples that foster best practices.

SPARK training is truly a special event!  Smiles are prevalent, laughter frequent, and a special rapport occurs between participants and their trainer.  Participants leave ready, willing, and able to implement SPARK effectively and maximize student outcomes.

After more than two decades of research and dissemination experiences, SPARK has learned that teacher training is an essential component and at least 12 hours of it are needed for successful implementation. SPARK strongly recommends the Premium program. Alternatives should be considered only if budgetary constraints and/or hours for staff development cannot meet Premium standards.

Program prices are PER SPARK program (Early Childhood, K-2, 3-6, Middle School, High School, After-School, Inclusive PE, Active Classroom) and not all programs offer all training options.

SPARK curriculum (the “what” to teach) is required for each participant attending a SPARK training (the “how” to teach). In addition, equipment (the “tools” to teach) are required for the training.

NEW: SPARK PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SPECIAL OFFER GOOD THROUGH 5/31/24* 

Purchase SPARK In-Person PD and receive a workshop equipment pack ($354-$1470 pack value; based on program & training option) for FREE!

The required SPARK curriculum must be purchased to be eligible for this offer. SPARK PD is available on a “first booked, first served” basis contingent on availability – book early! NOTE: If your back2school date is not available, consider booking your training for later this fall!  

*Available for all In-Person SPARK PD except SPARK Speaker’s Bureau. SPARK 1/2 Day In-Person sessions must be conducted in order by program. If more than one of the same type of training is booked (e.g. two K-2 Starter-1 workshops, only 1 workshop equipment pack will be provided. Exceptions: International, Hawaii, and Alaska In-Person PD will incur shipping fee for workshop equipment packs.

For SPARK Speaker’s Bureau trainings, a list of needed workshop equipment the host must provide will be provided. The site hosting the training can round up their own equipment that is needed or purchase Gopher equipment via SPARK.

IN-PERSON TRAINING OPTIONS
*NEW: All-in-One Pricing*

Note: SPARK in-person trainings must be booked 8 weeks in advance of requested workshop date. Please plan accordingly.

*New All-in-One SPARK In-Person PD/Training cost includes all trainer travel and expenses.

Exceptions: International, Hawaii, and Alaska trainings may incur additional travel cost; as well as major US cities such as New York City, etc. or any US mainland training booked/paid for less than 8 weeks prior to workshop date.*

SPARK PD is available on a "first booked, first served" basis contingent on availability - book early!

SPARK Starter Series* Program (½ Day/3 hours) Provides:

½ Day/ 3 hours

*Note: There is a total of four ½ days available per program which build upon each session to equal Standard (Starter #1 & #2) or Premium (Starters #1-#4) Program.

  • A Project Coordinator to oversee the delivery of all components and serve as liaison and single point of contact to the contracted school/agency and its representatives
  • 4 evaluative tools (program assessments) and the consultation on how to use them (needs assessment, workshop / inservice evaluations, lesson quality checklists, and program evaluations)
  • 3 hours of trainer preparation time
  • 3 hours for set-up and takedown
  • 3 hours of active instruction led by a SPARK Certified Trainer
  • Workshop box that includes: handout packets, SPARK pens, name tags for each participant, raffle tickets, and SPARK raffle prizes for (e.g., t-shirt, clipboard, water bottle, equipment, etc.), and sign-in sheet.
  • SPARK Star support – quarterly webinars
  • An electronic SPARK Certificate of Participation for each person attending

Price: Contact us for pricing (Max. 40 participants)

Available for: K-2 PE, 3-6 PE, Middle School PE, High School PE, After School, and Early Childhood programs.

SPARK Standard Program Provides:

1-Day / 6 hours

  • A Project Coordinator to oversee the delivery of all components and serve as liaison and single point of contact to the contracted school/agency and its representatives
  • 4 evaluative tools (program assessments) and the consultation on how to use them (needs assessment, workshop / inservice evaluations, lesson quality checklists, and program evaluations)
  • 3 hours of trainer preparation time
  • 3 hours for set-up and take down
  • 6 hours of active instruction led by a SPARK Certified Trainer
  • Workshop box that includes: handout packets, SPARK pens, name tags for each participant, raffle tickets and SPARK raffle prizes for (e.g., t-shirt, clipboard, water bottle, equipment, etc.), and sign-in sheet.
  • SPARK Star support – quarterly webinars
  • An electronic SPARK Certificate of Participation for each person attending

Price: Contact us for pricing (Max. 40 participants)

Available for: K-2 PE, 3-6 PE, Middle School PE, High School PE, After School, Early Childhood, Inclusive PE, and Active Classroom programs.

SPARK Premium Program Provides All Standard PLUS (Recommended):

2-Day / 12 hours

  •  Additional 6-hour workshop (new content and more instructional strategies)
  • Second SPARK Star meeting (additional 30 min session available upon request)
  • An electronic SPARK Certificate of Participation for each person attending + printed SPARK certificate Day 2 only
  • Colorful SPARK Banner
  • 2-Days can be consecutive or at different times of year (must be same participants each day)

Price: Contact us for pricing (Max. 40 participants)

Available for: K-2 PE, 3-6 PE, Middle School PE, High School PE, After School, Early Childhood, Inclusive PE, and Active Classroom programs.

VIRTUAL TRAINING OPTIONS

SPARKecademy LIVE provides:

  • 3 live 1-hour virtual sessions + online 16 program courses (SPARKecademy.org)
    • Session 1: Curriculum Introduction and How to use; introduce SPARKecademy.org online platform and courses; Session 2: Debrief Program courses 1-8; Session 3: Debrief Program courses 9-18
  • A Project Coordinator: Oversees delivery of all components and serves as liaison and single point of contact to the contracted school/agency and its representatives
  • Four evaluative tools and the consultation on how to use them (needs assessment, workshop / inservice evaluations, lesson quality checklists, and program evaluations)
  • An estimated 2 hours trainer preparation time per virtual session.
  • (1) SPARK raffle prize box – Receive prior to Session 1 (e.g., t-shirt, clipboard, water bottle, equipment, etc.)
  • SPARK Star support – quarterly webinars
  • Each person completing all 16 program courses and 3 virtual sessions receives “SPARK Certification Awards”

Price: Contact us for pricing (Max. 40 participants)

Available for: K-2 PE, 3-6 PE, Middle School PE, High School PE, After School, and Early Childhood programs.