Beyond School Hours 2022 - February 23-26, 2022 - Caribe Royale Orlando

Letter to Employer

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Letter to Employer

Dear [Employer/Supervisor name],

Beyond School Hours is a multi-day, professional learning, conference hosted by Foundations, Inc. – a national education nonprofit specializing in professional development and capacity-building. This conference educates, cultivates, and empowers education professionals across the nation. Throughout this multi-day event, I will learn from keynote speakers who have extensive and impactful knowledge; this year’s keynotes are children’s author and literacy activist Malcolm Mitchell and Ruth Ryder, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Formula Grants Programs at the U.S. Department of Education.

I will also participate in hands-on workshops that allow me to challenge myself and grow my strengths.    With over 200 workshops to choose from, I will be able to select topics that are most essential to our daily work.  This includes leadership development, culturally responsive pedagogy, best practices in early literacy, youth empowerment, developing sustainable funding sources (especially relating to ESSER funds), and more. 

[Select topics relevant to your work!  More topics can be found here

I will come back from the conference ready to share the knowledge and skills I have acquired with the rest of our team.

Throughout the Beyond School Hours conference, I will be able to network with educational professionals from across the country, including school day and afterschool educators, U.S. Department of Education representatives, and community-based organizations. I will be able to expand my network and create many allies. I will be able to draw from their real life experiences to bring back unique strategies, different communication styles, or other methods that I am able to share with my colleagues here in the workplace I call my home.

My hope is that you review this letter and additional information about Beyond School Hours and consider approving this professional learning conference as an investment and benefit in my professional career and the overall organization. I can’t wait to bring back the knowledge that I have acquired and share it with our community.

Thank you.

Sincerest regards,


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Topics Discussed at BSH 2022

Creating successful and sustainable community partnerships

Innovative strategies for cultivating and maintaining family engagement

Supporting families’ role in school readiness

Fostering meaningful relationships between students, families, educators, and other stakeholders

Success stories as models of engagement, especially in rural areas, early learning, special education, or Native American communities

Proven techniques and strategies to achieve grade-level reading

Promoting early development of language and literacy through art education

Promoting arts education as a discipline to teach core subject areas

Developing arts integration programs and structures

Utilizing the arts to cultivate learning skills and boost academic achievement

Supporting underserved students and fostering connections through literacy and the arts, including in the juvenile justice system

Examining biases, backgrounds, and beliefs

Creating safe places for difficult conversations

The importance of mentorship, coaching, and representation, particularly in math, science, and engineering

Culturally responsive and culturally sustaining pedagogy

Proven resources and strategies for inclusive practices, especially for students of color, LGBTQ+ students, English language learners, and students with disabilities

Workforce readiness and building career competencies, including the role of community colleges

Entrepreneurship and financial literacy

Civic engagement and volunteering

Fostering self-determination and self-assurance

Social-emotional learning and whole child wellness

Setting goals for and implementing continuous improvement

Finding and applying for sustainable funding

Deciding how and what to measure

Developing leadership skills

Training new staff, staff development, and staff retention

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