The SHINE Afterschool Program relies on every teacher at every center to be committed to ensuring student success. So it is important that SHINE supports our teachers in their own professional and personal development. Through regular engagement with other centers and educational professionals, SHINE staff are always preparing for future opportunities and challenges.

Staff Meetings
The first Friday of every month, from August through June, is designated for a SHINE staff meeting. Staff from every center and the administrative office come together to share success stories, brainstorm ways to handle difficult issues and exchange ideas on curriculum development.

SHINE teachers come from various backgrounds and disciplines. Some work as school administrators, while others may be classroom teachers, guidance counselors or teaching assistants. SHINE values the perspective and input from all of these areas  - realizing that sometimes the best solutions come from unexpected areas.

SHINE teachers are expected to work in conjunction with the school districts their centers reside in. Lesson plans should be developed with a students' academic instruction in mind.

SHINE Teachers are Always Learning
SHINE Teachers are invited throughout the year to take part in additional training seminars of value to their role as instructors and role models. Previous trainings have included a "Mental Health First Aid" workshop and a class in a "Love and Logic" curriculum, designed to provide families with effective and skillful parenting techniques.

Professional Development

The teachers who participate in this program truly care about the students and it shows during all the interactions.

-Palmerton Parkside Center
Parent of 4th Grader