Workshop Strands

  1. 1. CREATIVITY: Innovating the Arts

    This strand explores visual and performing arts content areas using hands-on and experiential learning. Sessions may connect art content with physical activity, STEM, graphic design, and more.

    Specific areas of focus include:

    • Cultivating curiosity, innovation, and creative problem-solving through the arts
    • Film-making, cartoons, and other creative art-centered methods to enhance learning in all subject areas
    • Engaging youth in real world applications of artistic concepts and processes
    • Creative teaching strategies for inquiry-based, student-centered, constructivist arts integration
    • Integrating arts education with traditional STEM topics (STEAM)
    • Exploring the Makers Movement and creating maker spaces to foster creativity and inspire learning
    • Strategies to overcome funding shortfalls without eliminating art education
    • Providing access to arts education in underserved schools and communities
    • Encouraging authentic service learning experiences through the arts with student choice and ownership
    • Developing communication, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, and other skills through the arts
    • High school internships and other partnerships with in-demand art-related industries, such as graphic design
    • Creativity, dance, and play as ways to increase physical activity and help children build healthy habits
    • Using visual arts education as a foundation for effective communication in the increasingly visual online world
    • Reinforcing social-emotional learning through coordination with visual and performing arts
    • Building cultural competency and understanding of diverse cultures through visual and performing arts
  2. 2. EQUITY: Focusing on Every Child

    This strand is about making sure that every child has an equal chance to succeed in school and beyond, regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic background, sexuality, or learning differences.

    Specific areas of focus include:

    • Strategies for promoting diversity and reducing discrimination, including cognitive retraining, motivating self-regulation, and inducing empathy for targets of prejudice
    • Sharing best practices related to supporting LGBTQ youth
    • Implementing activities that support English language learners and special needs learners
    • Addressing implicit bias in the classroom and the school community
    • Developing appropriately welcoming language to encourage students to engage in dialogue about equality, inclusion, and social justice practices
    • Providing resources and support for undocumented students
    • Strategies for involving students in social justice issues and raising awareness of intersectionality
    • Developing safe spaces in the classroom or afterschool setting for all students
    • Examining the impact of tolerance and individual differences in a changing society
    • Building cultural competence in staff, volunteers, families, and students
    • Developing programs that help diverse students prepare for college, careers or the workplace
  3. 3. LITERACY: Turning the Page

    This strand is focused on practices and strategies that help children and families build strong language, reading, and writing skills – but also on digital literacy and financial literacy.

    Specific areas of focus include:

    • Supporting Grade-Level Reading in out-of-school time programs
    • Increasing engagement in literacy experiences at all stages of youth development
    • Using the arts to support literacy, academic achievement and family engagement
    • 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
    • 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
    • Utilizing Project Based Learning to build 21st Century Skills such as collaboration, critical thinking and problem-solving
  4. 4. RESILIENCY: Creating Brighter Futures

    How can trauma-informed practice improve opportunities for our most vulnerable children and families? This strand supports mental, emotional, and physical well-being for children and youth.

    Specific areas of focus include:

    • Exploring effective Social and Emotional Learning strategies
    • 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
    • Addressing and preventing bullying in cyberspace
    • Implementing programming to address value-based decision-making for middle and high school students
    • Enhancing college and career readiness for high school students
    • High school internships, partnerships with in-demand industries, and technical education
    • Exploring practices that nurture students’ cognitive development
    • Implementing program strategies that build mindfulness, resilience, and grit
    • Providing children and youth with information about nutrition and healthy eating to improve their physical well-being
    • 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
    • Utilizing social and recreational programming to increase student empathy
    • Equipping youth with tools for positive participation in local politics, social advocacy, and community engagement
  5. 5. SUSTAINABILITY: Building Strong Foundations

    This strand deals with the myriad issues involved in maintaining and expanding successful programs – from analyzing data and finding funders to avoiding burnout and building partnerships… and everything in between.

    Specific areas of focus include:

    • Strategies for finding and sustaining funding sources
    • Maximizing fundraising, grant writing and stewardship of funds through data
    • How to write a winning 21st CCLC proposal
    • 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
    • Establishing routines and procedures for program safety
    • Building and expanding sustainable programs using diverse funding strategies
    • Blending funding streams to ensure quality programming
    • Establishing performance measures and tracking program impact
    • Implementing a continuous improvement process
    • Creating a positive and productive organizational culture
    • Using data for recruitment, retention, supervision, evaluation, development and coaching staff
    • Building partnerships that support learning and help families thrive
    • Coordinating program content and practices with school-day staff
    • 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