Closing General Session

BSH Grand Finale!

Expect to Connect: Come Join the Connection Circuit

Led by Dr. Gale Gorke
Executive Director, Kids Kan, Inc.

Saturday, February 23, 2019 | 9:30-10:45 am

Suitcases welcome! Stay until Saturday to debrief and share your professional development experiences with purpose! Get on your feet and transform your BSH learning into on-the-ground strategies with Dr. Gale Gorke and others like you, who are committed to helping young people flourish across the learning day.

When the rubber hits the road, how do you put all of the knowledge you learned this week into practice? More than knowing what you’ve learned, now what do you do with it? What’s the one thing you learned that can help you become more effective with your staff/students?

At this culminating session, you will network, share resources, and show what you know. Participate in a series of fun activities that will help to share insights learned at the conference. Foster new relationships and fortify existing ones so together we can create programs that meet our students’ needs beyond school hours. Some of your favorite BSH presenters will be leading the fun right along with you. It will be a blast!

The Connection Circuit: Led by the amazing team of Gale Gorke, Erika Petrelli, Happi J. Price, Wendy Weisbart, & Danielle Bowen.

Gale Gorke

Gale Gorke

Kids Kan Inc/You(th) Kan Inc

Gale is a veteran educator in the public school system for nearly 30 years, a dynamic speaker, trainer and author. Specializing in both elementary and secondary levels, she has impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of students, teachers, and administrators. In 2004 she created Kids Kan Inc., an international organization that specializes in curriculum design, staff development, activity selection, and program implementation. Her teaching style effectively models a keen awareness of adolescent development and brain-based learning principles, accommodating all students’ ability levels.

Erika Petrelli

Erika Petrelli

The Leadership Program

Erika has a Master’s degree in Secondary Education. Erika has been in the field of teaching and training for decades, and has been with The Leadership Program since 1999. There she has the opportunity to nurture the individual leadership spirit in both students and adults across the country, through trainings, coaching, and writing. The legacy Erika strives daily to create is to be the runway upon which others take flight.


Happi J. Price

Diversity Arts Coordinator & Trainer

Happi is an energetic and motivating teacher, coach, and trainer with a solid 20 year history training and inspiring with in the Visual and Performing Arts community. Happi is now the Diversity Arts Coordinator and Trainer for various agencies and nonprofit organizations in the Los Angeles area that involves working with administration, teacher, and students in achieving a multi-faceted educational experience through improvisation technique, character development, nonverbal communication, and active listening that supports social emotional learning and collaborative art.

Wendy and Danielle

Wendy Weisbart & Danielle Bowen

Communicate, Collaborate, Celebrate

Wendy & Danielle have spent 20+years creating the best path of success for all students, watching students play important roles in their own education. They create synergy to engage key decision makers as they collaborate with various programs and businesses to implement high quality programs. They understand that focusing on collecting and utilizing program data can assist with expansion, sustainability and the link to professional development. Their excitement for staff and youth empowerment has evolved into the creation of Communicate, Collaborate, Celebrate, creating purpose driven trainings. Wendy has served as a classroom teacher, 21st CCLC Facilitator and District Administrator, while Danielle has experience as a Recreation Leader, Site Coordinator and Program Director for out-of-school time programs.