Through Valerie N. Adams & Associates Inc, Dr. Adams-Bass consults nationally and internationally with foundations, community organizations, educational institutions, and Non Government Organizations.
Sample Consulting Topics
- Mentoring 101
- Project Based Learning
- Working With Ethnically & Culturally Diverse Audiences
- Culturally Relevant Approaches to Programming
- What Can You Do with that Data?
- Making Sense of Logic Models
Dr. Adams-Bass focuses on improving delivery of academic and youth development programming, working with schools and community based organizations interested in improving their work with culturally and ethnically diverse children, youth and families. She has consulted on program design, curriculum development; grant writing, program evaluation and facilitated professional development workshops for teachers, teens and youth development professionals. A sample list of workshop topics are listed below. Contact Dr. Adams-Bass for further information.
Sample Workshop Topics
- Engaging Middle School Youth through Project Based Learning (PBL)
Participants will explore best practices and activities for engaging middle school youth in Project Based Learning (PBL). The workshop will cover techniques and topics that have been successful in middle school programs, as well as help participants plan activities within the PBL framework.
- Expanding Your Reach; Stepping Out of Our Comfort Zone
The ability to serve the needs of families and children in rapidly changing communities is essential. This workshop is designed to provide practitioners with a framework for effectively serving diverse audiences and can be customized to your local community’s demographics.
- Fishing for Dollars-Finding Financial Aid for College-this workshop is designed to prepare high school students and parents for applying for competitive scholarships to assist with covering the cost of college. Scholarships searches for the all students, from honor roll to average. Participants will walk away with a virtual bait box and a scholarship checklist for attracting financial aid.
- Integrating Cultural Context Into Youth Development Programming
Participants will be introduced to research based principles for working with diverse youth and will have an opportunity to create and revise lesson plans using the workshop content.
- Introduction to Continuous Quality Improvement
This 3-part workshop is designed to introduce participants to Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) method of program improvement. Facilitated activities on building a logic model, developing program outcomes and outcome measurement plans are key elements of the CQI process and included in these workshops. During this series participants will be provided a case study to apply concepts and begin to draft a logic model and outcome measurement plan for their program.
- Introduction to Program Design
This workshop introduces participants to the key elements of program design for youth programming. Elements to be discussed as part of program design are: staffing, professional development, program mission, objectives and outcomes, and engagement. This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn about the importance of selecting a primary program model and encourage participants to assess their current program model. Participants will be provided with a list of resources for additional program design information.
- Understanding, Communicating and Connecting with African American Boys in the Classroom
A 3-part series of professional development workshops for K-12 teachers that focuses on understanding and working with Black males in the classroom.
- Session I Child and adolescent development
Participants will be introduced to seminal human development theories and to newer culturally grounded child and adolescent theories that can help educators and counselors improve their work with ethnically diverse children including Black males.
- Session II Communication Styles
Communication styles play a large part in establishing relationships and connecting with students. Family, friends and neighborhood communities influence how we communicate. This workshop will build on the theories introduced in session I. Participants will be introduced to Culturally Responsive Interventions (CRIs) to address communicating with Black males in context.
- Session III Connecting
Participants will apply the theories and practices shared in sessions one & two to revise and model a lesson plan.
- What Can I Do With this Data? This workshop is designed to help participants assess program strategy by examining outcomes, data collection and analysis in order to make data driven decisions for youth development programming. During this workshop there will be an opportunity to analyze a sample data report in order to make an informed program decision. Participants will also have an opportunity to create stories from data and to brainstorm funding opportunities using a data story.
“Valerie is an authority on OST, teens, and diversity – a recognized expert in the field. She combines her deep knowledge and experience with an excellent ability to collaborate and help her partners learn.” – R. Mimi Iijima, Director of Programs and Special Projects, Pennsylvania Humanities Council
“Valerie understands the big picture, and knows how to help the OST field keep growing to better serve all our children. She is a terrific collaborator—and great at fostering effective collaborations.”
– Nora Niedzielski-Eichner, Ph.D., Executive Director, New York State Afterschool Network (NYSAN)
“Dr. Adams-Bass has been an invaluable asset to the growth of Preservation LINK, Inc. She has worked with our administrative and instructional team throughout the years as a consultant and adviser working to shape and sharpen the ways in which we engage with youth. Her insight and expert recommendations have helped to steer our curriculum work into new heights.”
– David Herman, Jr. Creative Director, Preservation LINK, Inc.
“Valerie brings a wonderful combination of passion, commitment, attention to detail and a “can-do” spirit to her work. The results are always excellent!”
– Barbara Ferman,Professor of Political Science, Director, University Community Collaborative
“Dr. Valerie Adams-Bass is one of the best consultants that I have had the pleasure of working with. I would recommend her to anyone with a need for building the capacity of youth development professionals in the areas of out-of-school time programming, mentoring, culturally-relevant approaches to working with African-American adolescents, program planning and development, and program evaluation.”
– Dr. Cheryl B. Oakman, Director, Center for Youth Development, United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania