Workshop Strands

  1. 1. The Results Are In!

    Included in this strand are topics that focus on how to use data to showcase student achievements, drive positive change, build high quality programs, assess progress, and plan staff development. Specific areas of focus include:
    • Using evaluation tools to guide strategic planning and goal-setting
    • Sustaining and scaling up successful programs beyond federal and state funding
    • Fundraising, grant writing and stewardship of donors and funds
    • Engaging stakeholders and the media
    • Public relations and marketing approaches to attract stakeholders and build their investment
    • The impact of changes in education policy and education reform
    • Creating outreach through social media
    • Recruitment, retention, supervision, evaluation, development, and coaching of staff
    • Afterschool advocacy
    • Improving organizational culture
    • Setting goals and focusing on outcomes to measure quality and drive program management
    • Using student data and best practices research to develop focused programs
  2. 2. Grade-Level Reading & Literacy in the Spotlight

    Included in this strand are sessions focused on building the strong language and literacy skills critical to the success of students from kindergarten through high school, college and career. Specific areas of focus include:
    • Supporting Grade-Level Reading in expanded learning programs
    • Increasing engagement in literacy experiences
    • Igniting a love of reading and supporting language development at all stages
    • Early literacy and other activities to foster an appreciation for learning
    • Literacy-specific activities to support English language learners
    • Creating family literacy programs
    • Adult literacy and GED programs
    • Infusing literacy into all areas of programming
    • Summer programming to strengthen literacy skills
    • Choosing literacy curriculum and activities
    • Establishing performance measures and tracking your program’s impact
    • Strategies for improving literacy learning outcomes
  3. 3. A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

    Included in this strand are topics exploring specific content areas focused on building meaningful skills to prepare youth for the future. Specific areas of focus include:
    • Aligning with the school day and incorporating standards into program activities
    • Employing Citizen Science (Real World Problem Solving/Project Based Learning) to engage youth
    • Engaging youth in real world application of STEM/STEAM/STREAM concepts and processes
    • Creating maker space to foster creativity and inspire learning
    • Strategies for implementing inquiry-based learning and project-based learning
    • Targeted summer programs for special populations
    • Balancing summer remediation and acceleration for a diverse group of students
    • Expressing creativity through visual and digital media, technology and performing arts
    • Supporting college-bound youth
    • Fostering leadership, teamwork, and resilience through sports-based programs
    • Implementing authentic service learning experiences with student choice and ownership
    • Leveraging partnerships to expand content
  4. 4. Family & Community Take Center Stage

    Included in this strand are sessions that examine trending topics in social justice, community engagement, and issues affecting rural and urban communities as they apply to family engagement. Specific areas of focus include:
    • Ensuring equity and building cultural competence in staff and students
    • OST programs as change agents in the community
    • Building partnerships with institutes of higher education, businesses, community organizations and government agencies that support learning and help families thrive
    • Developing effective outreach strategies for ESL families
    • Fostering connections across religious and cultural divides
    • Involving families in postsecondary planning
    • Measuring and increasing family engagement and satisfaction
    • Playing a role in community schools
    • Providing education opportunities for parents and families
    • Trauma-informed practices for working with youth and adults
    • Offering resources for learning at home
    • Intergenerational learning opportunities
  5. 5. A Close-up on Youth Development

    Included in this strand are topics that focus on promoting the well-being of all children and youth as well as preparing them for the future. Specific areas of focus include:
    • Bullying prevention and implementing inclusive programs that welcome all youth
    • Promoting nutrition, health, wellness and fitness
    • Nurturing students’ social, emotional and cognitive development
    • Building resilience and grit
    • Youth development through creative recreation
    • Mental health support, suicide prevention, and prevention of risky behaviors
    • Building college and career readiness and lifelong persistence
    • Media literacy and civic engagement
    • Supporting the needs of LGBTQ youth and youth facing adversity
    • Digital literacy
    • Meeting the developmental and social needs of middle school and high school learners
    • Equipping youth with tools for advocacy and social change
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