Workshops

BSH offers approximately 250 workshops over the duration of the conference (125 titles; most offered twice). Note that all programming is subject to change.

Workshop Strand: 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. Learn more

#AfterschoolWorks: Advocacy Strategies for Afterschool Providers

Alexis Steines, Afterschool Alliance

Advocacy is vital to long-term sustainability of all afterschool programs. In this session, understand the fundamentals of developing and implementing a strong advocacy plan to raise awareness and support of afterschool and summer learning programs.

Grades K-12

#AfterschoolWorks

Workshop Strand: The Results Are In!

21st CCLC - aligned

21st Century Funding. Does it Work? Yes, it Does! Lessons and Real Advice from the Field. A Case Study from Puerto Rico, Futuro Program, Municipal Alliance for Education

Cristina Miranda Palacios and Eric Rivera Colón, Municipal Alliance for Education

Does 21st Century funding work? Yes, it does! Come and learn about our lessons from the field and discuss how to effectively collect and analyze data to showcase student achievement and program outcomes, drive positive change, build high quality interventions and strategies, assess progress and design corrective plans, among others.

Grades K-12

#21stfundingworks

Workshop Strand: The Results Are In!

21st CCLC - aligned

25 Tools in 75 Minutes: Real Tools to Amp your Youth Program!

Eric Rowles, Leading to Change

Get ready for a LIGHTENING round of proven tools and strategies to raise your youth engagement game. We’ll cover the BEST of technology, program design, media, funding and even after school/parent communication methods. You’ll leave with your head spinning, a handout of resources, and NEW ideas to take back to your program!

Grades K-12

#25toolsin75minutes

Workshop Strand: The Results Are In!

21st CCLC - aligned

Aggression Reduction/Bullying Prevention Strategies

Elizabeth Kennedy, Burr Community Afterschool Program, Inc.

Responses to bullying such as, “Words can’t hurt you,” or “Ignore it,” don’t work and aren’t fair to children. This workshop presents a practical, research-based, and easy to implement rubric-based approach that is applicable to all children in your program. Strategies for dealing with the victim, the bully, the bystander, and caregivers will be presented and practiced.

Grades K-6

#StopBullying

Workshop Strand: The Results Are In!

21st CCLC - aligned

Capitalizing on Social Media

Ali Mercier, The Leadership Program

Learn how to use social media to capitalize on your community’s goals. Learn how to use social media in a variety of ways and how to pivot that knowledge to the platforms your students actually use. Get ready to have fun, and learn lots with ideas for today’s world.

Grades K-12

#CapitalizingSocial

Workshop Strand: The Results Are In!

21st CCLC - aligned

Connection Before Content: Energizers As A Way To Build Team

Greg Shamie, The Leadership Program

How do you intentionally build a team community that is connected and cohesive and ready to dive into whatever content or topic area is in front of you? This workshop will take participants through an experiential journey of intentionally scaffolded activities designed to both build your team and unlock deeper learning potential. Studies, and our own experiences, have taught us that for a team to learn and grow together they must connect together first. Come get easy-to-implement strategies on how to do just that.

Grades K-12

#energizers

Workshop Strand: The Results Are In!

21st CCLC - aligned

CQI Simplified: A Research-Informed, Relationship Rich Approach to Improving your Program

L. Kimo Richardson, Child and Youth Development Accreditation

Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), everyone seems to be talking about it. But how do you do it effectively and in a way that invites all constituents to authentically engage in a manner that both produces a plan and the kind of team culture that can execute that plan sustainably? Join us and learn about essential practices that support and simplify quality improvement.

Grades K-12

#CQIsimplified

Workshop Strand: The Results Are In!

21st CCLC - aligned

Digital Visitor Experience in Out-of-School Time: You can do it, too!

David Crusoe, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

In this session, we will explore Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s design and implementation approach to visitor digital experience. BGCA launched a major technology platform, My Future 2.0, in September, 2017. The platform involves a variety of components, including those which promote direct youth digital engagement (websites, apps, games), staff engagement (recognition), and digital-physical architecture (using touchscreens in Clubs). Participants will be presented with a design methodology and example digital tools, and educational + cultural practices they can use to drive their own outcomes, while integrating digital components into and throughout their visitor experience.

Grades K-12

#VisitorDigitalExperience

Workshop Strand: The Results Are In!

21st CCLC - aligned

Experience Sport Stacking – An Introduction to Activity-Based Stacking with Speed Stacks!

Matt Burk, Speed Stacks, Inc.

This session will showcase physical activities from the video-based Sport Stacking with Speed Stacks instructor guide. Triple up Triple down relay, March Madness, and Fetch 12 are featured activities. Experience the excitement, fun, and movement these activities offer every student regardless of ability. First-time attendees receive FREE instructional materials.

Grades K-12

#sportstack

Workshop Strand: The Results Are In!

21st CCLC - aligned

Finding and Retaining a “Superstar” Team

Tania Lazar and Allyson Zalewski, Foundations, Inc.

Great programs begin with a great team. In this workshop, geared towards new directors, learn how to interview and identify effective staff. Gain training tools and resources to understand employee’s strengths and areas of growth and discuss ways to set your team up for success.

Grades K-12

#SuperstarTeam

Workshop Strand: The Results Are In!

21st CCLC - aligned

From Dream to Reality – Implementation of a 21st Century After School Program

Douglas Hes and Tasia Markowitz, USD #252 – Southern Lyon County

Join us as we offer practical advice, solutions, guides, and activities that will help you and your organization bring an after school program to your campus. Real-world examples and activities will be used to illustrate the step-by-step process from grant writing to implementation and evaluation. Participants will leave with the momentum to jump start their after school efforts.

Grades K-12

#FromDreamToReality

Workshop Strand: The Results Are In!

Hire for Attitude – Train for Skill

Randy Mehrten, Fresno County Superintendent of Schools; and Mike Snell, California Teaching Fellows Foundation

Today, many Fortune 500 companies employ the adage, “hire for attitude, train for skill.” In the after school world, this means ditching the traditional job interview and employing techniques to find the best “real models – not role models” your community has to offer!

Grades K-12

#HireRight!

Workshop Strand: The Results Are In!

21st CCLC - aligned

I Want to be Like Chuck Daly!

JoAnna Rozier-Johnson, JoRo Organizing

Have a good team but know that they could be better? Have a dysfunctional team that you need to make functional? Are you a new supervisor in need of gaining some tools to build your team? Are you a veteran supervisor looking for a few new tools to build or to energize your leading techniques? This workshop will give you tools to build and lead your Dream Team like Chuck Daly, who recruited talented players with different styles and coached them to be a bonded team of separate stars turned Olympic gold winning Dream Team.

Grades K-12

#DreamTeamLevel

Workshop Strand: The Results Are In!

21st CCLC - aligned

It’s Time to Brag

Wendy Weisbart and Danielle Bowen, Communicate, Collaborate, Celebrate!!!

Get the word out! Celebrating your program achievements is contagious. Join experts for innovative ideas on quick, fun, easy ways to brag about your program. Data is important but the value comes from sharing your data with stakeholders and investors. Utilize your unique data to tell your story.

Grades K-12

#BragAboutIt

Workshop Strand: The Results Are In!

21st CCLC - aligned

Keeping the Lights On when your 21st CCLC Grant Ends

Ben-Hinkle Wszalek, Cayen Systems

How will your program keep its doors open to students if you lose 21st CCLC funding? One option is to make some modifications to your program design and to offer an after school care model that collects fees from parents while seeking support from other partners and funding sources. Participants in this session will see how their current sustainability efforts measure up, learn how programs have successfully implemented fee-based after school care programs, and have an opportunity to share ideas with their peers.

Grades K-12

#ProgramSustainability

Workshop Strand: The Results Are In!

21st CCLC - aligned

Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way

Gale Gorke, Kids Kan, Inc.

In this workshop, participants will learn the principles of leadership and examine strategies that illustrate those principles. They will be introduced to various leadership styles, how to identify strengths in leadership, the personality traits that help or hinder leadership, and how to accommodate for weaknesses. Participants will learn various methods to help build cohesiveness and consistency in program quality and leadership, and how to facilitate changes in an organization that are lasting.

Grades K-12

#LeadFollowGetOutOfTheWay

Workshop Strand: The Results Are In!

21st CCLC - aligned

Leadership Versus Management: Developing your Staff Beyond Their Current Job Positions

Carlena Vaden, Divine Illumination Agency LLC

Are all managers good leaders? This is a question that many find themselves asking when thinking about the impact that leadership can have within an organization. From thought provoking discussions with table mates, to hands-on activities, this workshop is geared to explore the impact of leadership to management through staff development. We will examine the distinction between a leader and a manager, identify traits of great leadership, and explore areas of leadership development within staff.

Grades K-12

#LeadOn

Workshop Strand: The Results Are In!

21st CCLC - aligned

Leading Greatness

Erika Petrelli, The Leadership Program

What does it mean to lead a team to greatness? How do you create a company culture where your team wants to not only survive, not only thrive, but to strive toward providing “take your breath away” service to those you serve. Participants in this workshop will be ignited with ideas and strategies for doing just that. In this interactive session, participants will uncover the essential elements for creating a team that is unstoppable. You do NOT want to miss this session!

Grades K-12

#BuildingStrongLeaders

Workshop Strand: The Results Are In!

21st CCLC - aligned

Measuring Connections

Dani Kocur and Teri Henson, Fortress YDC

Social-emotional learning is the hot button topic of youth development these days, but many of us struggle with where to even begin. Implementing intentional social-emotional learning into an already existing program can seem daunting, and measuring the growth and outcomes for that social-emotional learning can be tedious at best and seemingly impossible at worst. In this session, you’ll learn how one small after school program is doing both of these things without a dedicated research team or big budget.

Grades K-6

#MeasuringConnections

Workshop Strand: The Results Are In!

21st CCLC - aligned

Minding the Gap: Using Data to Improve Program Access for Under-Served Teens

Jill Young and Adrienne Curry, After School Matters

In Chicago, a city with rapidly changing demographics, After School Matters is using data to improve access for under-served high school teens. Presenters will discuss their struggles and progress, including strategies that work, lessons learned, and provide ample time for attendees to plan to address their own participation gaps.

Grades 9-12

#AllTeensMatter

Workshop Strand: The Results Are In!

21st CCLC - aligned

Playful Teaching Practices

Ezra Holland, The Holland Group

During this era of “drill and grill,” accelerated learning, overdrive consumer life styles, excessive testing, and a great decrease of play in the educational curriculum, playful teaching practices are sorely needed. This workshop covers a broad range of activities, games, and leadership principles, including promoting physical and psychological safety, getting attention, dividing teams, and modifying activities. The concepts presented have multiple applications for program development, conflict resolution, group dynamics, and employee teambuilding. Come learn how playful teachers and leaders develop positive attitudes in their students and help their students understand that learning can be fun and joyful.

Grades K-12

#PlayfulTeachingPractices

Workshop Strand: The Results Are In!

21st CCLC - aligned

Program Creation – From Inception to Implementation

Elise Folk, Episcopal Day School

This workshop is geared towards any teachers, administrators, or community members who are looking to create new programs for their students. Have you found a community partner who is excited to work with your after school program, but doesn’t know where to start? Do you have a friend with a unique skill who would like to work with kids but has never done so? What are the realities to starting a program? Join this workshop to learn how much fun and how easy it is to put together a brand new program with a few simple steps.

Grades K-12

#ProgramDesign

Workshop Strand: The Results Are In!

Proving Our Worth: Using Internal and External Evaluators to Establish After School Program Effectiveness

Alvaro Cortés and Harry Talbot, Beyond the Bell Branch, Los Angeles Unified School District

After school programs make a difference in the lives of the students who attend. After school practitioners can tell countless anecdotes to this affect, but how can we collect data to prove the point? Come, learn the importance of external and internal evaluations, how they can be conducted, and how the data can be used to promote after school policy, programming, and practice.

Grades K-12

#EvaluationMatters

Workshop Strand: The Results Are In!

21st CCLC - aligned

Supporting Youth and Program Outcomes with Social and Emotional Assessment

Jennifer Robitaille, Aperture Education

This workshop will describe how social and emotional assessment data can help foster positive outcomes in the youth you serve. Considerations for selecting assessments will be discussed, and one approach, (the DESSA), will illustrate how social and emotional data can be used to guide instruction, evaluate outcomes, and support continuous quality improvement efforts in your programs.

Grades K-8

#SELdata

Workshop Strand: The Results Are In!

21st CCLC - aligned

The Retaining and Training Show

Brittany King, Kids’ Involvement Network (KIN)

WOW! The Kids’ Involvement Network has a great show planned for you. Tune in to this live broadcast of ideas and tips on how to retain and train staff interested in working in the afterschool sector. Our studio audience will participate in activities used to coach, mentor, and develop staff in order to keep them motivated which means keeping our students motivated. Excited already? There’s only one way to get the 4-1-1 on how you can keep, train, and evaluate the right people to positively influence our youth, come to our show!

Grades K-8

#TheRetainingAndTrainingShow

Workshop Strand: The Results Are In!

21st CCLC - aligned

You’ve Got it so Use it!

Wendy Weisbart and Danielle Bowen, Communicate, Collaborate, Celebrate!!!

How well do you know your staff? Who’s working for you? Are you utilizing your staff’s talents? Does your staff feel valued as professionals? Discover talents, knowledge, skills and life experiences of staff as a solid foundation for helping students experience unique learning. When all commit, everyone benefits!

Grades K-12

#YouveGotIt

Workshop Strand: The Results Are In!

21st CCLC - aligned

Workshop Strand: 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. Learn more

Connect, Inspire, and Challenge

Beth Duda, Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, and Kelli Karen Smith, The Patterson Foundation

Children begging for opportunities to learn, cheerful staff members, and engaged families. It doesn’t have to be a dream. You can make it happen. Using the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading’s Suncoast Summer Book Challenge as a model, participants will explore strategies to help create the connection in their K-6 afterschool and summer programming that will lead to this kind of success. Participants will work in groups to create no-cost and low-cost activities that will cultivate a love of reading.

Grades K-6

#ConnectAndInspire

Workshop Strand: Grade-Level Reading & Literacy in the Spotlight

21st CCLC - aligned

Discovering the Fun of Literacy

Tania Lazar and Allyson Zalewski, Foundations, Inc.

Gain practical and creative ways to build stronger literacy skills in students, grades K-2. Participants will learn how to create and facilitate engaging, hands-on activities that encourage young students to discover the power – and the fun – of literacy while building critical skills. This session will be packed full of ideas to get your students reading and enjoying it!

Grades K-2

#FunOfLiteracy

Workshop Strand: Grade-Level Reading & Literacy in the Spotlight

21st CCLC - aligned

Even More Stories and STEM: Expanding your Literacy-Based STEM Lesson Library

Meredith Fraysure, Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County

Offering more titles and activities, this follow-up session to the original Stories and STEM workshop will align even more books to hand-on activities that are fun and easy to use at your site. Additionally, the use of chapter books for older students to introduce lessons will be explored. As always, giveaways, book lists, and lesson plans will be provided.

Grades K-6

#StoriesandSTEM

Workshop Strand: Grade-Level Reading & Literacy in the Spotlight

21st CCLC - aligned

Extra! Extra! Read-Aloud all About It!

Cara Schrack and Karen Colville, Save the Children

Need inexpensive ideas to help foster the love of reading? Look no further! Come and attend this workshop to learn effective literacy strategies and practices for children in Grades 2 and up that accelerate reading achievement in your afterschool programs. Obtain resources and materials ready to use!

Grades K-6

#ExtraExtra

Workshop Strand: Grade-Level Reading & Literacy in the Spotlight

21st CCLC - aligned

Heavy Sketchers

Chad Rohl, Lunazul Publishing

Join us for a how-to approach of using Sketchnoting to motivate and inspire students. Using literacy and art throughout other subjects along with Sketchnoting will create not just a better understanding of the curriculum but will also bring some creativity and fun into these subjects. Discover how literacy not only connects various subjects but also different learning styles. Learn how visual notetaking can not only create a more attentive student but also increase literacy skills and retention for any subject.

Grades 5-10

#HeavySketches

Workshop Strand: Grade-Level Reading & Literacy in the Spotlight

21st CCLC - aligned

Implementing an Effective Afterschool Literacy Program

Ann Marie Barter, Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

This interactive session will incorporate findings of a recent national survey completed by parents whose children attend afterschool programs and connect those results to successful practices that engage parents in afterschool literacy programming. Participants will be introduced to the guide on Afterschool Literacy Programs – a new resource that highlights the progression of literacy development in children, the key characteristics and practices of effective literacy programs, and a compendium of evidence-based curricula.

Grades K-5

#BBFASLiteracy

Workshop Strand: Grade-Level Reading & Literacy in the Spotlight

21st CCLC - aligned

Inspiring English Learners with Wordless Images

Meredith Scott Lynn and Julia Gabor, WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS

Literacy can be a challenge for any student, but English Learners face the additional challenge of working with a new and unfamiliar language – then being tested on their proficiency. This interactive session will demonstrate how wordless images provide a nonthreatening opportunity for ELs to discover their voice and use creativity as a tool for communication. Learn how to employ a disguised learning project-based methodology that allows for limitless scaffolding to meet the needs of ELs at every level of proficiency.

Grades K-12

#InspiringELs

Workshop Strand: Grade-Level Reading & Literacy in the Spotlight

21st CCLC - aligned

Kids Learn to Read and More: FREE e-Learning Resource

Gabriella Scacchetti and Kathy Katrak, Clever Crazes for Kids

Learning to read has never been more fun than with this new, always FREE e-learning resource. See how kids interact with the learning activities, beginning with sounds of the alphabet and progressing through language arts. Watch kids build self-esteem and tools for success while learning grade-appropriate reading and STEAM-based material!

Grades K-8

#CleverCrazes

Workshop Strand: Grade-Level Reading & Literacy in the Spotlight

21st CCLC - aligned

Literacy by Design: Using Design Thinking to Build a Successful Summer Literacy Program

Ronitia Hodges, Charles R. Drew Charter School

Design thinking is not just for engineers! This session will guide program managers on how to use the design process to build a successful literacy summer program. Participants will work through the process of identifying problems, imagining solutions, planning activities, and finally creating a prototype summer literacy program. This hands-on session will require collaboration and a BIG imagination!

Grades K-3

#LitByDesign

Workshop Strand: Grade-Level Reading & Literacy in the Spotlight

21st CCLC - aligned

Literacy Fun “Diementals”

Carrie Brockway, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks – Pecatonica Schools Illinois

This workshop will focus on hands-on elementary literacy games that incorporate the use of easily found literacy dice, cards, and letter tiles. Help your students build strong language and literacy, increase engagement, and ignite a love of playing with language. Activities are easy to differentiate to meet the needs of all learners and are great for summer programs, ELL, and family literacy backpacks. Come prepared to play!

Grade K-6

#LiteracyFundiementalsMoreThanJustFun!

Workshop Strand: Grade-Level Reading & Literacy in the Spotlight

21st CCLC - aligned

Literacy-Based Learning: How Girls and Boys Engage

Greg Shamie, The Leadership Program

Adolescent and teen girls and boys often have different learning styles. This workshop will examine strategies and activities geared to middle and high school students to help you develop various experiences and activities to increase their engagement in literacy.

Grades 7-12

#LiteracyLovin

Workshop Strand: Grade-Level Reading & Literacy in the Spotlight

21st CCLC - aligned

One Minute Reader – A Motivating System to Improve Reading at Home

Carol Ann Kane, Read Naturally, Inc.

Learn about One Minute Reader which is based on the research strategies of Modeling, Repeated Reading, and Progress Monitoring. Early first grade through fifth grade students are very independent using these strategies to improve their fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing skills while enjoying and learning using nonfiction stories. Participants will learn how fluency is related to comprehension and how these three research-based practices can be incorporated into a single strategy to accelerate reading improvement.

Grades 1-5

#Literacy

Workshop Strand: Grade-Level Reading & Literacy in the Spotlight

21st CCLC - aligned

Poetry Circles

Jessica Tilli, School District of Philadelphia

In this workshop, participants will learn how to implement poetry circles in their programs through hands-on, interactive activities. We will look at songs, raps and poetry that can be used at every grade level and use them to create our own poetry circles. Participants will leave with handouts, ideas and strategies to use immediately in their programs.

Grades K-12

#PoetryCircles

Workshop Strand: Grade-Level Reading & Literacy in the Spotlight

21st CCLC - aligned

Reaching all Readers

Gina Sands and Brianne Allen, A.D. Henderson University School

Attendees will take away innovative strategies and tools to improve literacy and motivate students. The session includes an interactive component with creative methods for parent engagement, easy-to-use informational apps, digital portfolios, and community partnerships. Participants will explore digital libraries, hands-on-activities, and iPad apps that make reading fun! Students leave aftercare each day happily exhausted with a new enthusiasm for learning, while parents are thrilled with the academic focus without the testing/homework component.

Grades K-8

#HASPReachingReaders

Workshop Strand: Grade-Level Reading & Literacy in the Spotlight

21st CCLC - aligned

Reading for Meaning-Fluency

Carol Ann Kane, Read Naturally, Inc.

In this session, participants will learn how to combine the research proven strategies of teacher modeling, repeated reading and progress monitoring into one powerful strategy to motivate readers, accelerate fluency, and improve the vocabulary and comprehension of readers of all ages including Title I, ELL, special education, regular classroom students, and adults. Join us and discover the role fluency plays in overall reading proficiency and learn research-based strategies to develop fluency in beginning and struggling readers.

Grades K-12

#Literacy

Workshop Strand: Grade-Level Reading & Literacy in the Spotlight

21st CCLC - aligned

Stories and STEM: Integrating Literature and STEM into Afterschool!

Meredith Fraysure, Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County

The hands-on nature of this workshop will allow attendees to learn how powerful it can be to connect literature and STEM education. Everyone in the room will complete at least one experiment or activity for each letter in STEM that is fun, inexpensive, and easily reproducible in the afterschool setting. Complete lesson plans and book lists will be provided.

Grades K-5

#StoriesandSTEM

Workshop Strand: Grade-Level Reading & Literacy in the Spotlight

21st CCLC - aligned

The Reading Party: Phonics! Fitness! FUNdamentals!

Stephanie Pasley, The Math and Reading Party: Sing! Dance! Exercise! Learn!

THE READING PARTY session encompasses physical fitness routines infused with phonemic and phonological awareness instruction. You will sing, dance, exercise, and learn foundational and fundamental reading concepts with relevant raps, rocking rhythms, and riveting rhymes! Don’t be tardy for the Fitness and Phonics Party!

Grades K-3

#TheReadingParty

Workshop Strand: Grade-Level Reading & Literacy in the Spotlight

21st CCLC - aligned

Tick-Tock: Engaging EMERGENT Readers in 60 Minutes or Less!

Karen Colville and Cara Schrack, Save the Children

Need an easy to implement framework to support non-readers in your afterschool or summer program? We have the workshop for you! Join us for easy to replicate literacy activities and ideas to support K-1 children. Walk away with hands-on, ready to use materials and resources.

Grades K-1

#K-1BringingBackTheFun!

Workshop Strand: Grade-Level Reading & Literacy in the Spotlight

21st CCLC - aligned

Trauma Informed Practices: Using Children’s Literature to Help Children of Trauma Heal

Colleen Lelli, Cabrini University

Trauma changes the brain and affects learning. Participants will be provided literacy-based strategies that can be used with PK-6 children. Other strategies will support regulation of behaviors so children can form and sustain relationships. These strategies foster learning and help traumatized children who are struggling to learn to process information.

Grades PK-6

#ChildrenOfTraumaAndLiteracy

Workshop Strand: Grade-Level Reading & Literacy in the Spotlight

21st CCLC - aligned

Workshop Strand: 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. Learn more

4-H Rocks your Body!

Sara Morton and Kathleen Jamison, Virginia Tech – Virginia 4-H

4-H Rocks your Body in an afterschool program that ensures that children get adequate time to be physically, mentally, and health-wise. Based on the 4-H Health Rocks! curriculum, a whole-health perspective is offered to enhance mental, emotional, spiritual health and drug/alcohol prevention. With minimal physical activities in schools, it is apparent that an integration of this type will benefit kids!

Grades K-8

#4-HRocksYourBody!

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

A Closer Look at a Project-Based STEM Program: “The Engineering Pipeline”

Marcellus Pitts, Pitts Fowler Enterprises, Inc.; and Leon Grant III, Marietta High School (Georgia)

In Marietta, Georgia, engineering is so cool it has Swag. Join us and learn how your program can provide “out-of-the-box” integrated STEM learning experiences for K-12 students. Using the multi-year, collaborative Container Building Research Project at Marietta City Schools, where students are mentored by trained professionals, participants will learn strategies on how to develop and cultivate authentic partnerships within the community and to create an authentic and innovative learning environment that will inspire students to discover their innate abilities, to capture their curiosity, and to connect them with opportunities that will help them be sustained through life.

Grades K-12

#TheEngineeringPipelineMCSGeorgia

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

Build! Code! Learn! With LEGO Education

Lynne Boucher, Viera Charter School

Come Build! Code! Learn! with LEGO Education WeDo Robotics. Twenty-first century learners need critical thinking and effective communication skills. Designed around NGSS standards, WeDo 2.0 will get your students thinking critically, building creative solutions, and collaborating with their peers to re-design their world!

Grades 2-5

#WeDo2

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

Chess, STEM, Standards, and Fun: Facilitate Chess in your Program

Stephen Schneider, Championship Chess

Chess improves math, reading, and problem-solving; increases concentration; and boosts creativity. This workshop demonstrates how to use chess in out-of-school time, whether or not you know how to play. Learn how chess supports strategic thinking at all ages K – beginners through tournament players.

Grades K-8

#MoreThanAGame

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

Community-Supported STEAM Innovations

Candice Scott, The Research Institute and Oregon Department of Education; and Gary Glasenapp, the Research Institute at Western Oregon University

How can we utilize community resources to best support our project-based STEAM learning? This workshop includes examining how programs access and leverage community resources, sharing video and resources of innovative ways that Oregon’s 21st CCLC programs utilize resources, and support for expanding current community partnerships. Appropriate for programs serving all age groups.

Grades K-12

#STEAMinnovations

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

Connecting STEAM Learning in School and Out-of-School Settings

Karen Garrity and Crystal Walcott, Indiana University Purdue University Columbus

The STEM Works! collaborative provides in-and out-of-school authentic STEAM learning experiences for students in grades K-6. Participants in this workshop will learn about the collaborative and engage in some of the hands-on learning experiences, including technology-rich experiences.

Grades K-6

#IndianaSTEAM

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

Cooperative Math Games K-6 = Learning Equity and Student Success

Carrie Brockway, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks – Pecatonica Schools Illinois

Math games can provide an engaging and rich setting for deep learning of math concepts. Get your students “operating” and “cooperating” with these fun activities that develop operational fluency, problem-solving, and more. Math games are the perfect teaching strategy for leveling the playing field for your students, offering a format that paper and pencil just can’t match. Come prepared to play!

Grades K-6

#ThankGoodnessMathGamesMakeMathFun

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

Cr8tive World – Project-Based Learning for EVERY Student

Michelle Norman and Nicole Norman, Lebanon School District

Join us as we explore our creative world and discuss what it takes to create successful project-based activities for all age groups! Bring your ideas (and devices) as we create a toolbox of resources that will put your students on the path to creating projects that are creative, realistic, and that reflect authentic student learning.

Grades K-12

#cr8ativeworld

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

CSI Creative Science Investigations

Debby Venable, Mud Pie Science

Have you ever wondered what happens when your fingerprint is found on a piece of glass? How about what you would do to solve a mystery? During this session, you will explore the hands-on world of creative science investigations. Participants will get down and dirty with experiments and mysterious substances while attempting to solve crimes and mysteries. This session will investigate the ways that creative science is able to connect clues from evidence left behind to what actually happened at a certain place at a certain time. Participants will leave this session with the knowledge of materials and the “recipes” that make for a good CSI experience.

Grades K-12

#CSIMudPieScience

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

Empowering the Learner

Johnny Wells, Destination Imagination Inc.

Explore the power of project-based learning for changing the lives of learners of all ages from kindergarten to seniors in high school. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience first-hand how to solve an open STEM challenge while working collaboratively with peers. Rapid design (Instant Challenges) will be discussed as a method of pre and post assessment, introducing new material, and motivating learners to challenge themselves. Participants will examine how to modify current approaches using the creative process to encourage students as life-long learners better prepared for college, career, and life. The Destination Imagination Educational Experience is a hands-on, learner-centered approach to project-based learning.

Grades K-12

#CreativityChangesLives

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

Get a Leg Up with NASA Resources

Jennifer Hudgins, Florida Afterschool Network/NASA

In this workshop, participants will learn about the wealth of NASA resources that are available to them. Information on how to schedule a free field trip to the Kennedy Space Center will also be given. Participants will perform an activity appropriate for all age groups called “Get a Leg Up” about life on the International Space Station. Handouts and giveaways will be available.

Grades K-12

#NASAresources

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

Get your Students Excited about Real Food with Hands-on Cooking Classes – Everything you Need to Set Up your Cooking Program

Ann Butler and Quincy Jackson, Edible Education LLC

Join Chef Ann and Chef Quincy to learn the steps necessary to setting up the ultimate cooking club at your school. Learn knife safety, the tools you will need, the permission slips required, and easy recipes to start your cooking program.

Grades K-9

#GetKidsExcitedAboutRealFood

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

Implementing Computer Science in Summer vs Afterschool for Underserved Youth

Abigayle Fidler and Chrissy Booth, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

What are some of the special challenges involved in bringing computer science to rural and other underserved 8-12 year old youth? We will investigate what differences exist between academic programs related to computer science in both summer and school-year schedules. Major factors for success and overall results from BGCA’s two-year evaluation of computer science in Clubs will be shared and participants will discuss plans and frameworks for implementing computer science in their own programs.

Grades K-6

#CSopportunity

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

It’s Mandatory Fun!

Lynly Stephen and Shannon Wynn-Cannon, MindWorks Resources

If you’re not having fun…they’re not having fun! Join us as we play, experiment, and create, all in the name of learning. This session will explore ways to turn mundane academic enrichment into mandatory fun! You will learn tricks for turning the ordinary into creative, enriching, and fun activities.

Grades K-8

#MandatoryFun

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

Learning by Creating at Scale: Designing Digital Experiences that Promote Project-Based Learning

Chrissy Booth and Abi Fidler, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

What are the challenges and opportunities associated with designing digital experiences that promote project-based learning for 10-18 year old students? Join this session to search for overlaps between the affordances of technology and the tenets of PBL and to tackle some of the challenges which arise in the intersections.

Grades 7-12

#CreateLearnShare

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

Making your Program Time Excellent! Hands on STEAM Projects

Scott Sheldon and Tania Lazar Foundations, Inc.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) develops students’ 21st-century skills while teaching critical thinking and creative skills. Engage in hands-on experimentation and creative and performing arts to learn about STEM topics in new ways.

Grades K-8

#handsonSTEAMprojects

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

Not your Mama’s Science – Teaching Science the Quirkles and Fuddlebrook Way!

Terri Johnson, Creative 3, LLC Publishing

Do you want to be the educator who makes the dinner table? Do you want children to look forward to your program all day? It’s easy! Be the “star” teacher with science that combines literacy and inquiry-based learning that fits perfectly with Next Generation Science Standards. The creators of the Quirkles and Fuddlebrook Science Series offer innovative ways to engage elementary students K-5 and teachers alike. Come and experience hands-on science and the power of linking it to storytelling. Come prepared to participate in crazy science activities, laugh a lot, and learn how to make science relevant. We can’t wait to see you.

Grades K-5

#QuirklesAndFuddlebrookScienceIsABlast

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

PBL on the Playground!

Cindy Sackett and April Nilsen, Washington Alliance for Better Schools

All kids want a fun and safe place to play. Playgrounds can be that space, however, not all are created with everyone in mind. Attendees will put on their engineering caps and think, what could I design to make an ordinary playground extraordinary? You will learn while working through the design process how to engage students in exploring problem-based learning by critically observing playgrounds to learn how to create fun and safe environments for all kids.

Grades K-8

#PBLonThePlayground

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

Playdough, BPM, & Portable DJ: STEM Comes Alive – for FREE!

Eric Rowles, Leading to Change

Participants will learn more than 10 different FREE STEM/STEAM-based activities that can be easily replicated in their youth programs. Get ready for a rapid-fire, laughter- and application-filled session, from use of modern-day DJ equipment to hands-on simulations of engineering and science-based experiments.

Grades K-12

#STEMcomesalive

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

Real Life STEM Challenges + Current Inventor Mentors = Student Engagement

Valerie Stofac Ritchey, National Inventors Hall of Fame

K-5 educators will experience how the connection between today’s inventors and STEM learning bring science to life for ALL children. Utilizing project-based learning explorations, participants become involved in enrichment that reinforces academic concepts, and challenges children to use creative and critical problem-solving as they are immersed in real life science investigations.

Grades K-5

#InventorsInspireRealWorldProblemSolvingForALLChildren!

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

SEL in STEM

Johanna Friedel and Tim Vangeloff, Greenville ISD Afterschool Center on Education

This workshop will take participants on a virtual and real time journey from the Orlando conference to discover the whys and benefits of SEL, to the virtual classroom where they will see Social Emotional Learning living in a symbiotic relationship with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Finally back to the conference for hands-on activities and discussion with the Greenville Texas staff walking through their experiences of teaching SEL to students through innovative, STEM activities such as stop motion film making, tower gardens, and 3 Dimensional doodling.

Grades K-12

#AfterschoolWorks

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

Sharing your Community Story through Web Design

Delia Sorto and Tania Ortiz-Ashby, Partnership for After School Education (PASE)

Learn how to teach your students (grades 4-6) how to develop websites that tell their community story. PASE’s project-based global learning curriculum combines community exploration with website development using Mozilla’s tools to teach youth HTML and CSS. Participants will experience sample activities and receive a teaching toolkit. Access to a laptop is a plus, but not required.

Grades 4-6

#ShareYourCommunity

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

STEAM Community Partnerships

Anthony Brown, Homeless Families Foundation

This presentation will help participants learn how to build strong STEAM partnerships. We will discuss some partnerships including a bike shop, Maker space, and a community garden. Learn what K-8 program participants are learning at community organizations, how partnerships were started, and how to create strong partnerships in your community.

Grades K-8

#STEAMpartners

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

STEAM, Literacy, Nutrition, Fitness, & Dance

Debby Mitchell, GeoMotion Group/TV

Come discover how to use meaningful movement, music and fun to give children’s brains a workout and improve their knowledge in STEM, literacy, nutrition, health, and fitness concepts. Move to “Simple Machines, Have a Heart Party, Parts of Plants, Machines Help Us Every Day, Where Animals Live, Be a Civil Engineer” etc.!

Grades K-8

#geomotiontv

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

STEM Integration in Afterschool

William Albert, STEMfinity

Join us in this exciting hands-on workshop and learn how to integrate STEM in your afterschool program. Bring your problem-solving skills as we construct several STEM activities and learn how to create a blended learning environment to encourage your students to consider a STEM career path.

Grades K-12

#STEMfinity

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

STEM on a Shoestring

Debby Venable, Mud Pie Science

Would you like to be able to play with cool science activities? Discover why objects are able to change states of matter? Or learn how simple everyday components can be used to create fun learning experiences? These and other questions will be addressed in this exciting workshop on inquiry-based, hands-on activities. Find out how to use every day inexpensive items to create fun science activities. Participants will be required to get their hands into the activities and will be challenged to work on solving problems, making concoctions, exploring hands-on activities, and examining the wide range of possibilities that exist in integrating STEM subjects as well as language arts, social studies, and creative arts. If this sounds intriguing to you, this workshop will be a soaring experience!

Grades K-12

#MudPieScience

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

Summer STEAM Institute: An Award Winning “Special Sauce”

Robin Berlinsky, Engaging Creative Minds

Come experience what makes our camp one of the 2016 New York Life Excellence in Summer Learning Award winners from the National Summer Learning Association. Participants will move through three arts integration lessons, learn new ways to market their program and align it with state curriculum standards. Both formal and informal assessment strategies will be shared to provide specific feedback to guide future instruction.

Grades K-6

#SummerSTEAM

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

The After School Escape Room

Lauri Celli and Shawn Petty, Westat

Have you ever used a Scavenger Hunt in your program? Let’s kick it up a notch as our Master Trainers help you experience the After School Escape room and then walk you through the steps to bring this amazing experience back to your program. Find out if you can Escape!

Grades K-8

#AfterSchoolEscape!

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

The Future of STEM Education – How San Diego Zoo Global Academy and CypherWorx are Building a Partnership for Blended STEM Education

Paul Cypher, Cypherworx; and Jon Prange, San Diego Zoo Global

Attendees will be able to experience the early stage beta development of a blended hands-on and digital STEM curriculum program from the word famous San Diego Zoo and Cypherworx. In breakout groups, participants will discuss the current state of STEM options for curriculum at their sites, and explore and offer advice and guidance on how zoos, science centers, and other informal education organizations can offer opportunities to bring STEM to life at their sites. Participants will be actively involved in testing and experiencing digital and hands-on activities including the first Virtual Zoo program in development – Expedition Ocean – to get a sense of how deep, wide, and vast the world’s oceans really are, and gain an understanding of cutting-edge active digital and hands-on activities being developed from the partnership. The project will bring curriculum kits, conservation stories, and educational programs to teachers and their students and get them excited about STEM. Be among the first to experience the program and provide feedback and advice for the early beta stage development.

Grades K-6

#SanDiegoVirtualZoo

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

The Math Party: Sing! Dance! Exercise! Learn!

Stephanie Pasley, The Math and Reading Party: Sing! Dance! Exercise! Learn!

In this electrifying session, you will SING, DANCE, EXERCISE, and LEARN! This session encompasses songs, exercises, and dance movements that will invigorate your afterschool math curriculum! The motivational repertoire includes a range of concepts – from counting to conversions and correlates with Common Core Standards. Don’t be tardy for the MAAATH PAARTY!

Grades K-8

#MathParty

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

Yes, It’s True: Librarians do STEM!

Melissa Ballard, Afterschool Alliance; Margaret Caspe, National Center for Interactive Learning; and Anne Holland, Space Science Institute

Interested in doing more and better STEM? Public libraries can be great partners! They support connections between STEM and literacy, as well as family engagement. In this session, you’ll learn how to start and sustain partnerships with public libraries, and take home concrete ideas for STEM activities to do together.

Grades K-8

#STEMinLib

Workshop Strand: A Live Look at STEM and Project-Based Learning

21st CCLC - aligned

Workshop Strand: 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. Learn more

Be Strong Families Parent Cafés, Parent Leadership, and Parent Engagement

Sarita Sashington, Be Strong Families

Be Strong Families Parent Cafés are a tool for engaging parents, enhancing parent leadership, educating parents on building strong families, and building positive relationships based on equality and respect between service providers and parents. In this interactive workshop, participants will have a chance to experience a demonstration of the nationally recognized BSF Parent Café model.

Grades K-12

#BSFParentCafés

Workshop Strand: Family & Community Take Center Stage

21st CCLC - aligned

Bring Families Together for Outdoor Science Learning

Jamie Kynn and Marion Goldstein, Education Development Center

Through a sequence of interactive activities, participants will gain practical takeaways to engage urban families in fun and physically active outdoor science explorations! You will create action plans for using free, public media resources to implement an intergenerational science learning program in your community in ways that address expected challenges. These toolkit resources have inspired children, ages 6-9, and their families from low-income, urban communities to get outside, get moving, have fun, and learn science together.

Grades K-3

#FamiliesLearningTogether

Workshop Strand: Family & Community Take Center Stage

21st CCLC - aligned

Connecting the Dots

Danielle Bowen and Wendy Weisbart, Communicate, Collaborate, Celebrate!!!

Effective programs incorporate clear communication, high expectations, and shared program successes. Take a peek into our tricks of the trade gaining resources and a broad array of ideas. Fostering successful collaborations results in quality programming. Leave this session connected with the answers to who, what, when, how, and why!

Grades K-12

#ConnectTheDots

Workshop Strand: Family & Community Take Center Stage

21st CCLC - aligned

Conversations with Educational Leaders, Positioning Afterschool for Funding in a Coordinated Effort

Jillian Luchner and Stephanie Rodriguez, Afterschool Alliance

Research on child development and outcomes in out-of-school time highlights the many benefits these programs have for students including achievement in the areas of literacy, STEM, school day attendance, career and college readiness, and graduation rates. Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), effective afterschool and summer program strategies are well positioned to receive federal funding. Empowering program directors, providers, and parents with the knowledge and tools to advocate for their programs to receive these funding opportunities can build more afterschool opportunities and resources that support student success.

Grades K-12

#ESSA3to6

Workshop Strand: Family & Community Take Center Stage

21st CCLC - aligned

Creating Effective School-Community Partnerships

Kelly Malone Sturgis and Alli Lidie, New York State Network for Youth Success

What does a strong partnership look like between a school and a community partner? How can you build or strengthen a partnership? This interactive session will address these questions with examples, tools, and strategies. Walk away with new ideas and access to many free resources to assist with your partnerships.

Grades K-12

#PartnershipsWork

Workshop Strand: Family & Community Take Center Stage

21st CCLC - aligned

Engaging Families Beyond the Spaghetti Dinner

Alli Lidie and Kelly Malone Sturgis, New York State Network for Youth Success

Family engagement is an important component of an afterschool program, but true engagement goes beyond the traditional parent night. This interactive workshop will explore ideas for deeper family connections to increase program quality and student success. All participants will leave with practical tools for improving family engagement in their programs.

Grades K-12

#BeyondSpaghetti

Workshop Strand: Family & Community Take Center Stage

21st CCLC - aligned

Faith Community and School Partnerships

W. Wilson Goode, Amachi Mentoring

This workshop will present step by step processes by which schools can engage faith-based organizations including churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, etc. It will also cover how faith leaders can engage schools.

Grades K-12

#AmachiMentoring

Workshop Strand: Family & Community Take Center Stage

21st CCLC - aligned

Family and Community Engagement: The Key to Authentic Student Success

Byron Garrett, National Family Engagement Alliance

Research clearly shows that family and community engagement is a leading indicator of student achievement and valued at an additional $1,000 per pupil funding. With an increasing emphasis on families, this thought-provoking session will uncover the challenges to meaningful engagement while presenting solutions that minimize barriers for success.

Grades K-12

@Byronvgarrett

Workshop Strand: Family & Community Take Center Stage

21st CCLC - aligned

Got to Have Parent Swagg

Yasmine Lockett and Justin Hensley, Dallas Afterschool

Do you have “parent swagg?” Remember that one parent that was always there at your school volunteering, chaperoning, assisting teachers, and planning events? Do they or can they exist in programs after the bell? This workshop identifies effective relationship building techniques, strategies, and resources to help you gain or reclaim your “parent swagg!”

Grades K-6

#ParentSwagg

Workshop Strand: Family & Community Take Center Stage

21st CCLC - aligned

Hoop Heroes: Leveraging Basketball to Promote Mentoring, Leadership, and Community Engagement

Aaron Dworkin, After-School All-Stars

“Who has next?” “Can I run with you?” If you play basketball for fun, you know that each day thousands of complete strangers meet and ask these questions and then spend hours playing together and building relationships. After-School All-Stars leverages the unique power of the game to connect people of all backgrounds together through their national Hoop Heroes program. We share how any mentoring program can leverage the popularity, experiential learning and bonding power of the game to recruit more male mentors and to teach students about leadership, college and career pathways in a hands-on, fun way.

Grades 7-8

#HoopHeroes

Workshop Strand: Family & Community Take Center Stage

21st CCLC - aligned

Just My Personality PLUS Career Pathways

Migdalia Cortes and Myrna Torres, The Children’s Aid Society

This workshop is based upon concepts developed by Carl Gustav Jung. The primary focus of the session is to help participants learn how their behavior preferences can impact their relationships with others while also exploring the types of career paths that may be considered for specific personality types. The session includes activities that will provide an opportunity to discuss those preferences, their implications and career paths, and point the way toward working together more effectively and productively. Participants will receive materials that may be used with youth in their programs when helping them in understanding themselves and the career paths they may be interested in exploring.

Grades 7-12

#PersonalityPlusCareerPathways

Workshop Strand: Family & Community Take Center Stage

21st CCLC - aligned

Measuring Family Engagement: Strategies for Evaluating Partnerships

Lacy Wood, American Institutes for Research; and Darcy Hutchins, Colorado Department of Education

Measuring the degree to which families are engaged and the impact of that engagement is a challenge. With ESSA’s increased focus on whole child education, programs are developing and implementing innovative approaches to collecting and using data to measure family engagement and target areas for improvement. This presentation will focus on strategies for evaluating partnerships and feature examples from districts, schools, and afterschool programs that are leading the way in developing systems to measure family engagement.

Grades K-12

#MeasuringFamilyEngagement

Workshop Strand: Family & Community Take Center Stage

21st CCLC - aligned

Positive Family Engagement Strategies in Early Childhood and Early Elementary

Luanda Morris, Urban Affairs Coalition

Parents are a child’s first and most important teacher. However, many obstacles can get in the way of parents being actively involved in their child’s education. In this session, participants will learn ways to boost attendance, promote parent participation in school-wide events, and engage parents in their child’s learning experience. We will discuss how to make personal connections with families to positively and effectively promote family engagement.

Grades K-3

#PositiveAndPersonalConnectionsWithFamiliesWorks

Workshop Strand: Family & Community Take Center Stage

The 24/7 Parent: Making Child Care Registration Easy for the Modern-Day Family

Robin Mattaini, Eleyo

A new, more technologically advanced wave of parents are set to participate in your child care programs. Are you prepared to handle their expectations, communication styles, and technology preferences? Join Eleyo as we discuss how child care programs can meet the needs of a more technologically advanced parent. We’ll provide tips on how to implement software that allows parents the ability to register their children and pay their invoices 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’ll also discuss how you can leverage technology to generate more revenue for your program.

Grades K-12

#247parent

Workshop Strand: Family & Community Take Center Stage

21st CCLC - aligned

We Can’t Do This Without You: The Nuts and Bolts of Parent Engagement

Myrna Torres and Migdalia Cortes, The Children’s Aid Society

Participants in this workshop will learn about and share concrete action steps for creating leadership, advocacy, and networking programs and activities for parents. Handouts will be provided to guide and document planning, strategies, and implementation.

Grades K-12

#TheNutsandBoltsofParentEngagement

Workshop Strand: Family & Community Take Center Stage

21st CCLC - aligned

Who is in your House? A Look at Family and Community Engagement

Elizabeth Giannetta-Ramos and Julia Corrigan, COMPASS Youth Collaborative

In this engaging and interactive workshop, participants will learn how to look at “Who is in your House?” They will learn the skills necessary to identify, cultivate, and evaluate new and current community partners and how to align those partners to meet agency, school, family, and student needs. Come prepared with a list of current partners and available resources within your community.

Grades K-12

#WhoIsInYourHouse

Workshop Strand: Family & Community Take Center Stage

21st CCLC - aligned

Workshop Strand: 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. Learn more

“Pumping Up” your Secondary Afterschool Program

Scott Sheldon and Tania Lazar, Foundations, Inc.

High School students have diverse interests and needs that are unique. Explore tips and strategies on how to incorporate the academic, developmental and social needs of secondary students into your program practices and culture.

Grades 9-12

#PumpingUp

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

5 Steps to R.E.A.C.H. to Effectively Engage and Empower Struggling Students to Succeed in School

Jennifer Cummings, Learning Different Company

How can you effectively R.E.A.C.H. and connect with students that are learning different without sacrificing other students’ needs? Discover the latest research on brain-based teaching and engagement techniques. Learn a 5-step socio-emotional learning system that gives you the tools to more effectively reach and teach ALL of your students, especially those struggling with learning disabilities and/or ADHD.

Grades K-12

#LearnerExperience

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

8 Habits of Highly Effective School Leaders

Chelsea and Mike Ashcraft, Children’s Choice Child Care Services, Inc.

Explore the traits, passions, and habits required to be a highly effective afterschool leader. These 8 habits are essential for afterschool professionals leading kids, mentoring colleagues, or supervising staff. Come investigate these powerful elements and learn practical approaches to enhance these traits and transform yourself and others into extraordinary leaders.

Grades K-8

#AshcraftAfterSchool

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Adaptive Learning Practices in Afterschool Programming

Christina Baker Smith, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley; and Michelle Davis, Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee

In today’s challenging afterschool environment, how can staff create a culture of caring that includes adaptive learning practices that will meet the educational needs of participants? Attendees will discover for themselves what children may experience in the school or afterschool environment, and then learn ways to incorporate easy inclusive practices.

Grades K-12

#AdaptiveForAll

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

After School Zone: Breathing New Life into your After School Program

Lasheena Williams, Orange County Government; Kelvin Curry, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida; and Cory Johns, YMCA of Central Florida

Join us for an exciting look into how Orange County, Florida’s award-winning After School Zone engages club members! In this presentation, attendees will learn about the innovative “Choice Model” and see real-life examples of how to improve upon and enrich the most popular “club” options for students.

Grades K-8

#ASZchoice

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Becoming a Youth Development-Focused Organization

Michael Crowley and Mary Ellen Caron, After School Matters

What are the key experiences that develop youth, and how can you make sure your organization aligns with these experiences? This session features an overview of After School Matters’ approach to teens and youth development, and a discussion on how organizations can align core practices to a youth development framework.

Grades 9-12

#TeensMatter

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Behavior Awareness Programs and How to Create your Own

Kristen Mellette, Positive Direction for Youth Learning Center

A behavior awareness program is an incentive-based program designed to promote positive choice management and diminish inappropriate actions from students. This program assists students by increasing leadership skills, increasing parental involvement, and bringing out the “Star” that is in each student, while increasing teamwork among peers! Sign up today to take the first step to revamping the way you promote, monitor, and reward your students’ success both academically and personally!

Grades K-12

#BehaviorAwarenessPrograms

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Broken Children Become Broken Adults: Why Addressing One’s Social and Emotional Wellbeing is Important

Erica Battle, Battle Consulting

Research has consistently proven that addressing the social and emotional needs of adolescents reduces questionable actions that lead to aggression, violence, drug abuse, and premature sexual activity. Join author, educator, and speaker, Erica Battle, as she reviews the Competencies of the Social and Emotional Framework to help participants gain a better understanding of why risky behaviors develop when these competencies are ignored and not addressed. This session will help participants recognize that some behaviors our students display are a clear cry for help and attention. Learn about the importance of addressing these needs and how it can reduce questionable behavior.

Grades 7-12

#WhoAreYou

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Building Affirming Spaces for LGBTQ Youth

Abigail Bettini, Stages Youth Development

Out-of-school time programs have the opportunity to provide affirming and supportive environments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning youth facing a variety of stressors and risks due to victimization that occurs within their social ecologies. This workshop will examine ways organizations can create policies and programs aimed at providing support and decreasing these risks.

Grades 7-12

#AffirmingLGBTQyouth

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Building Self-Esteem through Storytelling, Journaling, and Rapping

Meredith Scott Lynn and Julia Gabor, WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS

Storytelling is a powerful tool for increasing the self-esteem of young people! Whether it’s through journaling, spoken stories, or rap songs, discovering one’s own voice is the KEY TO SELF-ESTEEM in young people. In this lively, interactive session, participants will learn how to encourage public speaking and writing by creating fun reasons for students to share their stories!

Grades K-12

#BuildingSelfEsteem

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Creating Safe Spaces: Using the Let’s Talk Curriculum to Build Life Skills and Resilience with Youth

Lindsey Kahney, National Runaway Safeline

Adolescence is a difficult time, compounded with ongoing stressors at school, home, and within the community. The Let’s Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum is designed to combat challenges youth face by building on life skills and resilience through youth-approved interactive activities. This free, evidence-based program can be a valuable resource for those working directly with youth, as well as administrators looking for program development activities. Participants will learn about the Let’s Talk curriculum and enhance their ability to address students’ complex social and emotional needs by learning about NRS’ services.

Grades K-12

#NRSLetsTalk

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Developing Mindful Youth: the Power of Social-Emotional Learning, Mindfulness, and Restorative Practices

Tonya Featherston, Center for Social Emotional Wellness

Mindfulness-based social and emotional learning practices can help adolescents cope with stress and adversity, learn to regulate emotions, and make responsible decisions. This workshop will explore the power of combining a trauma informed philosophy with restorative practices and mindfulness. Learn strategies you can use to strengthen teen’s emotional wellness and use personally to practice self-care as an educator.

Grades K-12

#SocialEmotionalWellness

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Digital Success and Safety for you, your School, and your Community

Richard Guerry, Institute for Responsible Online and Cellphone Communication

The presenter will engage the audience through a variety of websites and multimedia content used to spark thought provoking questions during a fast paced and high energy presentation. Attendees will obtain information about PC and mobile security, permanence of digital content, public databases and digital transparency, preventing abuse of current and future apps, and many other current and future cyber issues. Learn how to promote responsible use of any digital tool in school or at home, how to reduce instances of cyber cruelty, and how to help students, teachers, and parents avoid exploitation by criminals through digital technology and social media.

Grades 5-12

#ChangeStartsWithYou

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Ed-U-Training

Happi Price, ChaceHappiness Academy

Have you ever thought that you were not creative? If you have, well you are wrong! You just haven’t tapped into your own creativity. Take a chance on discovering your own creative creation that is you. In this session we will explore the importance of eye contact, body language, tone of voice, and active listening with one’s eyes, ears, and body. Learn how to create something from nothing through improvisational movement, acting, and music. Become that person that uses their own creativity in whatever they say, do, think, and feel.

Grades K-12

#EducationEntertainmentEdutainment

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

Fact not FATE: Reducing Adverse Childhood Experiences in Afterschool

Kathryn Conrad and Heather Wallace, University of Tennessee Extension

This workshop presents an overview of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on children’s lifelong health. Findings from our grant-funded project are revealed that incorporate social and emotional learning (SEL) to reduce adverse childhood experiences among rural Tennessee children K-8. Workshop attendees will leave with hands-on SEL activities and resources for their own professional use.

Grades K-8

#FactNotFate

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Finding Your Flow: Using Yoga as a Tool to Build Social Emotional Capacities

Megan Gildin, The Be Collaborative

In this session, participants will engage in a series of activities to explore how yoga and experiential learning can be integrated into the school environment to create a culture of wellness that promotes social-emotional development for students, staff, and families. Be ready to move and find your own flow!

Grades K-12

#AdaptFlowBE

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Get Out of the Box! Ways to go Beyond Typical Teaching Methods

Danielle Bowen and Wendy Weisbart, Communicate, Collaborate, Celebrate!!!

Tired of being in the box? Come break out with us this session. Reenergize by gaining fresh innovative ideas to expand learning outside of the classroom. During this interactive session you will explore a variety of engaging enrichment-based activities linked to the school day. Thinking outside of the box through hands-on learning will allow struggling students an opportunity to shine beyond the typical teaching methods.

Grades K-12

#OutOfTheBox

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Growing GRIT – Guts, Resilience, Insistence, and Tenacity

Chelsea and Mike Ashcraft, Children’s Choice Child Care Services, Inc.

Learn how to help children and youth gain confidence to solve problems, and gain a sense of control over their thoughts and behaviors. Learn secret tricks to help them reduce stress and cope when bad things happen. Learn specific strategies to help them develop skills that will enable them to get GRITTIER!

Grades K-8

#ashcraftafterschool

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

ICLIMB 2 Success: Navigating Students to Reach their Ultimate Achievement

Keita Wells, ICLIMB ED INC

Creating a map to support youth (grades 6-12) to reach college and career goals, this workshop will focus on educational equity and youth leadership as we provide navigation tools to guide youth on their individual journey to high school graduation and beyond.

Grades 6-12

#ICLIMB2SUCCESS

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

IMPROV(e) your Classroom

Alicia Barnatchez, The Leadership Program

Put some PLAY in your day! This workshop will explore the many ways to infuse the art form of Improvisation into your work. While utilizing different improv games and activities, participants will experience first hand how improv can help foster listening, collaboration, idea-generating, teamwork skills & more to create a supportive, critically-thinking, risk-taking, creative and FUN, learning environment. Come with an open mind, willing to take a risk, and have FUN!

Grades K-12

#improvEyourclassroom

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Integrating SEL After the Bell

Eunice Cervantes and Mallory Davis, Dallas Afterschool

Knowing and understanding the importance of Social-Emotional Learning is one thing; feeling confident to integrate Social-Emotional Learning into regular programming is another! In this session, we will be hands-on as we explore ways to incorporate SEL into the activities you are already doing with your students.

Grades K-6

#TheFeeling

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Leading the Way through Afterschool: Reducing the School to Prison Pipeline

Linda Barton, Wyoming Afterschool Alliance

Learn what the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance is doing to reduce the School-to-Prison Pipeline through afterschool programs and prevention/early intervention for children and youth K-12. This session offers ideas and strategies to serve our most at-risk children and youth through partnerships with school districts, law enforcement, juvenile justice providers, and judicial systems.

Grades K-12

#WyomingAfterschool

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Learning Activities to Enhance Museum Field Trips

Heather Loewecke, Center for Global Education at Asia Society

Museums house collections of art and artifacts of cultural and historical importance. They help us learn about cultures, civilizations, and social issues through time, place, and the human condition and challenge observers to think critically about creativity, context, and perspectives. Participants will understand the value of using art and objects for increasing cultural competencies and critical thinking; experience pre- and post-museum trip activities that can be used to develop observation, deduction, and language skills, explore themes, and reinforce program learning objectives; and share their own ideas/resources for effective museum-based learning. Strategies and discussions apply to in-person and virtual museum trips.

Grades K-12

#MuseumTrips

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Learning in Disguise

Gale Gorke, Kids Kan, Inc.

How you show up for the game is how you show up for life. Learn how play is essential in building academic skills and student motivation. Select and adapt activities that foster academic success, regardless of ability. Discover the educational principles that are found in play and how they enhance learning in general.

Grades K-12

#playwithpurpose

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Making Resiliency Come Alive

Kate Thomsen, Research Works, Inc.

Students of all ages benefit from being immersed in Resiliency building environments. This workshop will offer strategies for finding and nurturing students’ strengths and for creating environments that are safe, engaging, and future-focused. The Resiliency Wheel will guide our discussion as we identify actions and activities easily implemented in the out-of-school setting.

Grades K-12

#resiliencyalive

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Mindful Kids, Peaceful Schools: Tools and Activities for Incorporating Mindful Practices

Amanda Wilson, Thurgood Marshall Academy PCHS

Research shows that students who practice mindfulness in school on a weekly basis are more likely to get higher grades and show greater strides in their social emotional development. Incorporating these practices in the school setting can feel daunting and unapproachable. This session will break down some of those barriers and show educators how they can use mindfulness techniques to enhance student learning both inside and outside the classroom. This session will also explore the differences between holistic practices like yoga, mindfulness, and meditation and show how each one can benefit the lives of students.

Grades K-12

#MindfulKidsPeacefulSchools

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

More than a Medal: A Sports Values Education Program

Ramon Luis-Alvarez Feliciano, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus

Sports programs are real-life situation experiences where young participants can improve their values. More than a Medal: A Sports Values Education Program combines this experience in the five International Olympic Committee values – Respect, Fair Play, Excellence, Life Balance, and Joy of Effort – with physical activity and academic curriculum. Join us as we connect sports values and sports knowledge with multidisciplinary academic activities like math and science.

Grades K-12

#morethanamedal

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Nurturing LGBTQ+ Youth: A Sensitivity Training for Educators and Professionals

Kathryn Conrad and Matthew Devereaux, University of Tennessee Extension

As educators and administrators will increasingly encounter situations regarding the varying needs of the LGBTQ+ community, the goal of this workshop is to heighten proficiency in how professionals respond to better protect and enhance resiliency among LGBTQ+ youth. The workshop includes a brief review of the research on LGBTQ+ youth health and social outcomes, including risks and buffers, appropriate responses to scenarios that professionals may encounter, resources, and referral.

Grades K-12

#nuturingLGBTQyouth

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Operation Mindset: Mindset Drives Growth

Jeannine Schloss and Ted Thompson, NFTE

Education’s focus across the globe is rapidly changing from stressing test-based accountability around math and English skills to an emphasis on developing mindsets that create productive, engaged citizens. The entrepreneurial mindset is the set of attitudes, skills, and behaviors that all young people need to succeed academically, personally, and professionally. This session will engage participants in an entrepreneurial activity, then discuss the application of that activity to key components of entrepreneurial education and non-cognitive instruction from elementary through high school.

Grades K-12

#operationmindset

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Organized Chaos? How about “STRUCTURED FUN!”

LaKeitha Givens and Brittany Miller, YouthQuest/Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce

While adults deal with anxiety when things are not organized, the students we serve feel the same anxiety. Planning and organizing in advance enhances the opportunity to establish a culture of social emotional learning. Out-of-school time programs don’t have to be complex situations that appear to students, staff, and observers as organized chaos. This session will provide key tips and practical advice on how to be prepared with plan A, B, and C so that your program becomes “STRUCTURED FUN” that students enjoy.

Grades K-12

#YQstructuredFun

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Overcoming the Negative Effects of Trauma After School

Sabrina Moore, South Carolina Department of Education

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that can negatively impact students’ academic achievement and behavior. Participants in this session will learn what ACEs are, how ACEs affect student academic achievement and behavior, and how afterschool providers can help students succeed in spite of the trauma they are or have experienced.

Grades K-12

#UnderstandingACEs

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Planting Seeds of Health: Teen Garden Corps

Debra Mason, Planting Seeds of Health

The Teen Garden Corps is a program where youth participate in engaging activities learning leadership, job skills, and community service. Session participants will learn how to leverage resources in their community to provide this kind of program for the youth they serve to help them become college and career ready.

Grades K-12

#PlantingSeedsOfHealth

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Restorative Practices; a Different Approach in Working with our Youth

Bill Michener, Lighthouse

The fundamental premise of restorative practices is that people are happier, more cooperative and productive, and more likely to make positive changes when those in positions of authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them. Come and see how we can work together and create a better environment for our youth .

Grades K-12

#RestoreOurYouth

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Social and Emotional Learning and its Impact on Student Critical Thinking

Paula Carroll and Katrina Savoy, United Planning Organization POWER Program

In this session, participants will learn about the core benefits of social emotional learning and its impact on critical thinking skills. The presenters will introduce two tools the POWER Program uses in social emotional support of middle and high school students beginning with three fundamental skills upon which all other skills may be built – communication, decision-making, and goal setting. Join us and discover the link between academic achievement and social emotional learning and how social emotional activities and the proper alignment of parent engagement activities contribute to long term success of youth, improved family relationships, and general excitement about learning.

Grades 7-12

#TheImpactSocialAndEmotionalLearning

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Super Tools: Behavior Management for Super Afterschool Programs

Chelsea and Mike Ashcraft, Children’s Choice Child Care Services, Inc.

Would you like some powerful and practical brain-based discipline tools to help you get the kind of behaviors that will make you enjoy working with children and youth? Learn tricks and techniques for preventing undesirable behavior. Get tools that are guaranteed to make guidance and self-discipline easier.

Grades K-8

#AshcraftAfterschool

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Supporting Social-Emotional Learning Opportunities in Afterschool

Janet Levings, The American Institutes for Research

Participants will learn what social and emotional learning (SEL) looks like in the afterschool setting and learn fun and engaging strategies to incorporate SEL into afterschool activities. Skill building and service learning templates that support the integration of social and emotional core competencies will be provided.

Grades K-12

#SocialAndEmotionalLearning

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

The GROOVIEST Program in Town!

Jim Atkinson, H-A-P-P-Y!!! Production, Inc.

Join us in this dynamic, interactive staff development session for K-12 youth program activity leaders, supervisors, and directors utilizing the “H-A-P-P-Y!!!” Power of P.L.A.Y.! methodology that will guide your transformation to providing the “GROOVIEST Program in Town.” Learn aspects of providing innovative education and recreational youth programs including productive staff development, successful resource management, implementation of STEAM programming, creating a FUNtastic activities menu, and promoting future program leadership.

Grades K-12

#GrooviestInTown

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

The Mindful Classroom: Using Mindfulness as a Classroom Management Tool

Matt Flynt and Erika Petrelli, The Leadership Program

Schools around the country are implementing mindfulness practices for a reason—these techniques are demonstrating a direct impact on the culture of the school, the atmosphere of the classroom, and the attitude of the students. Done consistently and intentionally, simple mindfulness activities and language can transform the way students view themselves and their role within the larger school community, and beyond. Mindfulness practices can transform students; this workshop will transform your approach to it.

Grades K-12

#TheMindfulEducator

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

The Story of a Standard: Understanding the Big Ideas Behind Quality Standards for OST Programs

L. Kimo Richardson, Council for Accreditation

The power of a good story is unmistakable. It can make the most mundane of ideas resonate in our minds long after the initial lesson has been taught. What would happen in our programs and organizations if we reconnected with the stories behind the standards of quality that we aim to champion day in and day out? In this session, you will reconnect with and build upon your understanding of the big ideas in OST program quality by learning about the stories (big ideas) behind the Council on Accreditation’s updated afterschool and youth development standards and will leverage that knowledge to think about how you tell your program’s quality story to your partners.

Grades K-12

#StoryofaStandard

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned

Why Do they Act that Way?

Gale Gorke, Kids Kan, Inc.

Adolescents, old enough to know better, but too young to resist! This session will explore the various physical, social, and cognitive aspects of adolescent development and how understanding these stages help in teaching decision-making and self-regulation.

Grades K-12

#WhyDoTheyActThatWay

Workshop Strand: A Close-up on Youth Development

21st CCLC - aligned