Workshop Strands

  1. 1. Diving Deep: Trauma-Informed Practice

    Included in this strand are topics that focus on how trauma-informed practice can improve opportunities for success for our most vulnerable children and families. Interactive sessions will offer strategies and tools applicable in all settings where children live and learn. View Workshops

    Specific areas of focus include:

    • Applying trauma-informed practice in school and afterschool programs
    • Creating bullying prevention and inclusive programs that support middle and high school students and their families
    • Implementing program strategies that build resilience and grit
    • Developing coordinated support systems for students from mental health, suicide prevention, drug and alcohol prevention, and related programs and services
    • Meeting the developmental needs of middle school and high school learners who have faced adversity and trauma
  2. 2. Guiding the Way: Character Development Education

    Included in this strand are topics focused on learning strategies and processes that help students understand and demonstrate core ethical values such as respect, justice, civic virtue, citizenship, and responsibility for themselves and each other in school and in the community. View Workshops

    Specific areas of focus include:

    • Exploring effective Social and Emotional Learning strategies
    • Promoting nutrition, health, wellness, and fitness for youth
    • Utilizing social and recreational programming to increase student empathy
    • Developing programs that help students prepare for college, careers or the workplace
    • Sharing best practices related to supporting LGBTQ youth
    • Examining the impact of tolerance and individual differences in a changing society
    • Equipping youth with tools for positive participation in local politics, social advocacy, and community engagement
    • Implementing programming to address value-based decision-making for middle and high school students
  3. 3. Moving the Needle: Grade-Level Reading

    Included in this strand are sessions focused on practices and strategies that help children and families build strong language, literacy, and writing skills. Sessions may also address how to build literacy skills across multiple content areas. View Workshops

    Specific areas of focus include:

    • Supporting Grade Level Reading in out of school programs
    • Increasing engagement in literacy experiences at all stages of youth development
    • Using the arts to support literacy, academic achievement and family engagement
    • Implementing literacy-specific activities that support English language learners and special needs learners
    • Creating family, adult literacy, and community literacy programs
    • Sharing best practices for strengthening literacy in summer programs
    • Incorporating literacy in all content areas including math, science and the arts
    • Programming that focuses on financial literacy for K-12 students
    • Developing strategies for improving literacy outcomes for K-12 students
  4. 4. Cultivating the Power of Curiosity with STEM and PBL

    Included in this strand are topics exploring science, technology, engineering, and math content areas using hands-on and experiential learning. View Workshops

    Specific areas of focus include:

    • Engaging youth in real world applications of STEM concepts (e.g., Citizen Science) and processes
    • Integrating nature and place-based experiences to inspire curiosity and interest in the sciences
    • Exploring the Makers Movement and creating maker spaces to foster creativity and inspire learning
    • Building interest and competence in digital literacy and technology skills for students and families
    • Developing practical strategies for implementing inquiry and project-based learning for K-12 students
    • Encouraging authentic service learning experiences with student choice and ownership
    • Utilizing Project Based Learning to build 21st Century Skills such as collaboration, critical thinking and problem-solving
  5. 5. Creating Program Pride: Organization and Community Culture

    Included in this strand are sessions that examine how programs can create a system of shared assumptions, values, beliefs, and protocols that contribute to overall student success, staff buy-in, and school, family, and community engagement. View Workshops

    Specific areas of focus include:

    • Creating a positive and productive organizational culture
    • Building partnerships that support learning and help families thrive
    • Coordinating program content and practices with school-day staff
    • Building cultural competence in staff, volunteers, families, and students
    • Positioning OST programs to be change agents in the community through strategic partnerships
    • Mapping community resources to create a community-wide system of support for students and families
    • Developing public relations, marketing, and social media strategies to build stakeholder investment and better communicate with staff, parents and the greater community
  6. 6. Connecting the Dots: Data-Based Decision Making

    Included in this strand are topics that focus on using data to showcase student achievement, drive positive change, build high quality programs, assess progress, and plan staff development. View Workshops

    Specific areas of focus include:

    • Setting goals and focusing on outcomes to measure program quality
    • Utilizing student data and best practices to develop focused programs
    • Using evaluation tools that guide strategic planning and goal-setting
    • Building and expanding sustainable programs using diverse funding strategies
    • Establishing performance measures and tracking program impact
    • Maximizing fundraising, grant writing and stewardship of funds through data
    • Implementing a continuous improvement process
    • Using data for recruitment, retention, supervision, evaluation, development and coaching staff