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Continuing Education Resources

Download tools to help you assess the training needs of your volunteers and generate ideas for providing the required 12 hours of in-service learning opportunities. This section includes the Continuing Education Cookbook, additional lesson plans and access to training audio files.

Continuing Education Cookbook

Use this cookbook to either begin an in-service learning program or augment your existing continuing education efforts. As a culinary cookbook helps you create a delicious meal, our Continuing Education Cookbook provides flexible training tips to help you serve the sweetest continuing education program possible.

Click on a link below to download a cookbook chapter.

Introduction (00)
Chapter 1: Appetizers (Conducting Needs Assessments) (01)
Chapter 2: Entrees (Ready-made Lesson Plans) (02)
Chapter 3: Salads (Identifying Resources that Already Exist) (03)
Chapter 4: Side Dishes (Working with Guest Speakers) (04)
Chapter 5: Desserts (Non-traditional Learning Opportunities) (05)

Self extracting file (include all chapters)

Introduction to the Continuing Education Cookbook: National CASA Training Director Brian Washburn introduces the resource in this podcast. Listen using the audio player below.


Continuing Education Modules

Better Outcomes for All Children: Addressing Disproportionality and Disparity when Working with CASA/GAL Youth

This module can be used with volunteers and staff to explain what disproportionality and disparity are and ways to address these issues when advocating for a child.

Lesson Plan
Handout #1
Handout #2
Handout #3


Continuing Education Materials from the Network

CASA/GAL program staff from around the country have created the in-service training modules found in this section. These continuing education activities for volunteers should be administered by program staff, who will also determine how many credits will be granted. Click to download one of the model continuing education activites1 below.

You may also share your continuing education ideas with the network—show off what you and your staff have created! Use the submission form (36KB Word) to send your ideas for consideration. Accepted activities will be posted with your name, program name and contact information for use if local program staff have questions.

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