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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.
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.