Workshop Descriptions

#AfterschoolWorks: Crafting a Winning Afterschool Message

Alexis Steines Rao and Bella DiMarco, Afterschool Alliance

There is no question that communication and strategic messaging is crucial when it comes to leveraging support and drawing interest in your after-school program. Participants in this session will learn how to evaluate their current message and develop a message tailored to inspire their key stakeholders. They will engage in interactive exercises to explore an array of messaging models that resonate with various target audiences. Participants will leave the session with a customized approach to crafting a winning after-school message.

K-12

Topic: Leadership and Staff Development

Target Audience: Leadership (e.g., Program Directors, Site Supervisors, Team Leaders, Principals)

After School Zone: Innovative Physical and Emotional Wellness Programming During National Crisis

Tanesha Mixon, Orange County Government; Kelvin Curry, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida; and Stefan Domenig, YMCA of Central Florida

After-school programs are ideal settings for helping families address challenges associated with the current public health crisis. In this session, participants will learn how the Orange County After School Zone pivoted their programming to support youth, families, and their community re-engage and reconnect during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will also receive information about ways to support families as they prepare to re-enter the workforce. Highlights from Boys Camp and Girls Clubs of Central Florida (BGCCF) After School Zone Virtual Programming will be shared. These include using innovative live and virtual programming to support physical and social-emotional wellness and learning. Ideas for planning and developing comprehensive safety protocols for in-person activities will also be provided.

6-8

Topic: Physical and Emotional Wellness

Target Audience: New on the Frontline (e.g., New Program staff, Teachers, Service Providers, Volunteers)

Afterschool and Summer in the 117th Congress

Erik Peterson, Afterschool Alliance

After-school and summer program providers looking for ways to manage the financial changes expected with newly elected officials should attend this workshop. Participants attending this workshop will acquire information about new developments in state and federal policies. They will learn how to navigate the political landscape to secure new funding to support their after-school learning programs. Anticipated fiscal and programmatic challenges will also be discussed as well as strategies for avoiding common pitfalls associated with pursuing funding.

PreK-12

Topic: Funding and Sustainability

Target Audience: Leadership (e.g., Program Directors, Site Supervisors, Team Leaders, Principals)

Afterschool Youth Speak Up About Quality

Rachel Alterman Wallack and Susan Landrum, VOX Teen Communications

Want to know what young people think of after-school programs, what they need, and what makes them participate? We’ve asked them – and you can too. Youth are not generally included in conversations around quality youth development – even though their buy-in and participation are crucial to achieving positive outcomes, especially as they get older. In this session, participants will hear directly from youth and other key stakeholders about what high-quality youth development really looks and feels like. They will learn how to infuse youth voice in their agency operations, governance, and management. Participants will leave the session with concrete ideas for developing a youth-friendly after-school program top to bottom.

6-12

Topic: Leadership and Staff Development

Target Audience: Leadership (e.g., Program Directors, Site Supervisors, Team Leaders, Principals)

Be Strong Families Through More Perfect Union Parent Cafés

Sarita Sashington, Be Strong Families

Join us for “the conversation!” The Parent Café is a parent engagement and leadership tool that creates an emotionally safe, non-judgmental environment where parents can engage in small intimate conversations and share their experiences, challenges, struggles, and fears. During this session, participants will be introduced to protective factors and learn how these can help strengthen their families, start conversations, and gather resources to help them solve problems. As a family-serving professional, the More Perfect Union Café will explain the way their program is designed to help parents become more comfortable discussing complex topics such as social justice, police brutality, LGBTQ, bullying, and immigration.

9-12

Topic: Equity and Inclusion

Target Audience: Partners (e.g., Board Members, Policy Makers, Community Partners, School Districts)

Building American Indian Youth Resilience through Cultural Activities

Les Left Hand and William Snell, Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council; and Allyson Kelley & Associates, PLLC

Inequities in education among Native American Indian students have been well documented. In 2003, the US Commission on Civil Rights found that Native American students do not receive the same educational opportunities as other American students. Progress is being made to create equity, but more needs to be done. Culture-based programs that build connections, resilience, and support healthy identity are viewed as critical for building a healthy seventh generation. In this session, participants will learn how to find resources and build expertise to design a culture-based program from the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council. They will collect sample activities and learn approaches specifically designed to build healthy relationships, increase help-seeking skills, and promote positive identity. Although these activities are being used with the American Indian youth on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana, they are universal and can easily be adapted to any culture.

K-12

Topic: Trauma and Supporting Vulnerable Students

Target Audience: Partners (e.g., Board Members, Policy Makers, Community Partners, School Districts)

BUILDING COMMUNITY on the MULTI-CULTURAL PLAYGROUND

Anna Reyner, CreativePlayLA; and Rachel Day, Big Brazos World Village

There is not a one size fits all approach to designing the perfect setting for a culturally diverse classroom or school, but there are certain strategies that can make a positive difference. Since our children attend school with children and teachers from many different cultures, it is critically important that we make every effort to create opportunities for all of them to feel respected and honored. In this session, participants will explore creative resources and hands-on activities that identify culture and heritage as well as identify their own cultural biases and prejudice. Dialogue and video presentations will better prepare participants to interact and model positive relationships in a diverse classroom setting. This workshop presents simple but effective activities that reduce stereotyping in the early childhood classroom. Join this session to build self-value and self-esteem for all children as you Build Community in the Multi-Cultural Classroom!

K-8

Topic: Equity and Inclusion

Target Audience: New on the Frontline (e.g., New Program staff, Teachers, Service Providers, Volunteers)

Creating Access with Low Floor High Ceiling Tasks

Jessica Tilli and Alexander Piazza, School District of Philadelphia

Low floor high ceiling tasks are problems that are easy to understand or visualize and accessible to a wide range of ages and ability levels. Although difficult to solve, low floor high ceiling tasks present possibilities for all students to work on and engage at their own level. In this session, participants will learn how to develop these types of tasks and do what can seem like the impossible–provide equitable access to students in mathematics as a means to differentiate! They will actively engage in some of the best low floor, high ceiling math tasks! Participants will leave understanding how to create equity in mathematics and let all students see their potential as mathematicians! Join us for an experience you will be jumping to recreate for your students in your school or afterschool setting!

K-12

Topic: Equity and Inclusion

Target Audience: Veteran Educators (e.g., Experienced Program Staff, Teachers, Service Providers, Volunteers)

Developing Student Voice with TTRPGs

Paloma Mayorga and Shawn Petty, Westat

Harry Potter, Marvel, X-Men, Game of Thornes….fantasy is a hot commodity today. If Hollywood can harness the power of fantasy, why can’t afterschool? Good news – we can! Our expert presenters would like to introduce you to Tabletop Roleplaying Games (TTRPGs) and show you how they can be an amazing tool to developing confidence and agency in youth, and how to easily to align with the school day with a little creativity embedded as an extra. In this session, the presenters explain the benefits of using TTRPGs in afterschool programs and share why imagination during free play can be a tool to enhance not only academic improvements but self-esteem and character development as well. From the moment participants tune in, they will be engaged in a mini-game to demonstrate the power of TTRPG. After experiencing a TTRPG, the presenter will break down the various tools, curricula, and resources programs will need for starting a campaign/club or even a family engagement event on their campus. Participants will experience through hands-on application, large group activities, and small group discussions on how TTRPGs can be tied to creative problem-solving, school day alignment, SEL, reading comprehension, creative writing and storytelling, acting and improv skills, along with standard math. Don’t miss out, channel your inner fantasy skills, and change the world. We will see you at the Table for our Roleplaying Gaming Event!

K-12

Topic: Literacy and English Language Learners

Target Audience: Veteran Educators (e.g., Experienced Program Staff, Teachers, Service Providers, Volunteers)

Drones: Fun, Toy, or Educational Tool

Chandler Dixon, Westat

In an ever-changing world dominated by emerging technology, drones might be the most versatile and perhaps controversial technology currently available. Drone technology continues to progress and become more dynamic. Meanwhile, real-world applicability for drones is constantly evolving. In this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of the impact that today’s changing technology has on youth development and educational instruction and learn how drones can be used as a motivational tool to teach programming in after-school programs. Utilizing drones in this manner allows for many opportunities to teach computer programming, project-based learning, and to engage students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education. What if students could use a modular and programmable drone to acquire a similar understanding of other core subjects and stimulate their interest and engagement in their overall educational experience?

4-12

Topic: Workforce Readiness and Entrepreneurship

Target Audience: Veteran Educators (e.g., Experienced Program Staff, Teachers, Service Providers, Volunteers)

Engage Us or Enrage Us: R.I.S.E. for Equity

Stephanie Pasley-Henry, Step by Step Expressions, Inc.

Journey with this mother-son duo as they collaboratively highlight the benefits of culturally responsive student engagement as the primary ingredient in bringing equity to life for all students. Master Derrick, an 8-year old student leader, will share his engaging home and classroom experiences as he advocates for all students to be exposed to positive education experiences at home, before, after, and during school. His message to all is “You Can Either Engage Us or You Can Enrage Us.” In this session, Dr. Henry will encourage and empower after school professionals to R.I.S.E.–Reach the Impossible Student in Education. She will illustrate the importance of helping students develop social-emotional skills by being RESILIENT, INTENTIONAL, STEADY and ENGAGING in their professional practice. Together, the presenters shed light on how students in the most stress-engulfed environments benefit from after school leaders who R.I.S.E.

PreK-8

Topic: Civic Engagement

Target Audience: Leadership (e.g., Program Directors, Site Supervisors, Team Leaders, Principals)

Expanding the Entrepreneurial Mindset through Ecosystem Building in Communities

Vanessa Spero and Brent Broaddus, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension; and Brian Hickey, Florida Afterschool Network

Entrepreneurship is flashy, exciting, and a superb way to engage youth in life skill-building. According to eXtension, “Seeding a Successful Future: Youth Entrepreneurship” (Wise, G. 2019), the benefits of encouraging youth to participate in an entrepreneurship program can be seen as an increased willingness to take personal responsibility, increased earning power, enhanced social skills, improved grades, and increased participation in school-related activities. Developing the entrepreneurship mindset so a program can be successful for youth revolves around creating an entrepreneurship ecosystem. The components of this ecosystem include providing resources and training to partners, providing education and mentorship for youth, building community networks, offering opportunities for youth competitions, and encouraging pathways to success. The UF/IFAS Extension 4-H Youth Development Program and the Florida Afterschool Network, along with local partners, have been building the ecosystem of entrepreneurship in Florida through a comprehensive program called Gator Pit. This presentation will provide an opportunity for OST providers to learn about the ecosystem of entrepreneurship in understanding partnerships, opportunities, resources available, and the benefits for youth as evidenced by the Gator Pit program.

9-12

Topic: Workforce Readiness and Entrepreneurship

Target Audience: Leadership (e.g., Program Directors, Site Supervisors, Team Leaders, Principals)

FELA: An Approach for Maximizing Reading Growth through Family Engagement

Keo Chea-Young, Springboard Collaborative

It is widely accepted that family participation in their children’s learning positively affects their growth and achievement. Family Educator Learning Accelerator (FELA) is an approach that can be implemented or embedded in your program’s other initiatives to accelerate reading growth for students who need an extra boost. One component of this approach, family workshops, has been proven effective in equipping families with physical and intellectual resources to use at home with their child. Participants in this session will examine this approach and accompanying strategies that can lead to growth in reading. They will explore resources, including a variety of family-facing strategies and tools that can assist them in designing family workshops that lead to improved student outcomes. Participants will leave this session with concrete strategies to take back to their educational setting.

PreK-5

Topic: Family and Community Engagement

Target Audience: Leadership (e.g., Program Directors, Site Supervisors, Team Leaders, Principals)

HARNESSING LIGHTNING: Staff Development for Our Team…Remotely

Eric Rowles, Leading to Change

Is your staff inspired…or in pain? Staff training and professional development are often viewed as a painful process. Don’t miss this showcase of multiple strategies, techniques, and examples of

how (and why) staff training and DYNAMIC – VIRTUAL – professional development can be

the SPARK to keep your organization healthy. Get ready to laugh, learn, and engage – as this is a VERY INTERACTIVE workshop that will keep you VIRTUALLY engaged the entire time.

K-12

Topic: Leadership and Staff Development

Target Audience: Leadership (e.g., Program Directors, Site Supervisors, Team Leaders, Principals)

I Learned about ACEs, Now What? Trauma-Informed Support and Practices for Youth

Lora Thomas, Consultant; Lysandra Alexander, Pennsylvania Department of Education; and Tracie Kalic, Graduation and Outcomes for Success for the OSY Consortium

Much has been presented on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma. This workshop will go beyond, focusing on evidence-based practices to use with youth experiencing trauma. Strategies such as Connect, then Redirect; SIFTing, and Co-Regulation will be discussed and practiced. Participants will be able to model these strategies so youth can rise above their circumstances in times of stress and adversity. Participants will also learn how to nurture resilience in the youth with whom they work.

Over the past several years, the Graduation and Outcomes for Success for OSY (GOSOSY) Consortium, funded under the ED Office of Migrant Education, has been a leader in exploring ways to support the mental health of youth, specifically migrant students. This interactive session will introduce the free-of-charge GOSOSY Personal Wellness Manual (permanently housed on the www.osymigrant.org website). The workshop will start with a brief walk-through of the online modules: ACEs, Trauma, Cultural Responsiveness, Resilience, Mindfulness, Self-care and Trauma-Informed Support and Practices (each module includes a trainer manual, presentation, and resources). The workshop will focus specifically on Module 7: Trauma-Informed Support and Practices.

9-12

Topic: Trauma and Supporting Vulnerable Students

Target Audience: Veteran Educators (e.g., Experienced Program Staff, Teachers, Service Providers, Volunteers)

If You Can’t Beat, Join Them

Chasidy Celestine, Harris County Department of Education – CASE for Kids

Are afterschool professionals harnessing the power of social media to engage youth? Although we continually strive to create experiences that actively engage youth in our programs, social media is a tough competitor! The youth of today love social media because it’s fun, engaging, and a great way to showcase their voices while connecting with others. Instead of competing with social media for youth investment, why not create a safe and social space online during program hours! In this session, participants will learn how to incorporate social media into their afterschool programs and daily activities while promoting safe practices for involving students and professionals in productive online interactions. This informational session is for educators striving to close the digital divide, productively engage students, and build stronger relationships with them. Join us so you can join them!

K-8

Topic: Digital and Financial Literacy

Target Audience: New on the Frontline (e.g., New Program staff, Teachers, Service Providers, Volunteers)

Improving Student Wellness One Bite at a Time – Virtual Cooking Class!

Ashley Roth, Common Threads

Let’s get cooking! Common Threads, a non-profit focused on providing healthy programming for students, will lead a virtual hands-on cooking class to provide educators with information for their personal wellness, students’ health, and tips for integration nutrition and healthy cooking into programs virtually. Participants are welcome to cook alongside the chef using groceries from their own homes. Participants will be able to use free Common Threads resources on www.commonbytes.org with their own students. For educators planning to cook along, the session will feature a Black Bean Mango Salsa (https://www.commonbytes.org/#!/recipes/135) that is student-friendly, adaptable for shelf-stable items, fresh items, and can be turned into a tasty salad for an entree! Educators are encouraged to purchase the ingredients and consider adding salad greens and chicken (optional) to make it an entree.

PreK-8

Topic: Physical and Emotional Wellness

Target Audience: Veteran Educators (e.g., Experienced Program Staff, Teachers, Service Providers, Volunteers)

Leader-Grit, Emotional IQ and Social-Emotional Learning

Julia Gabor and Michelle Pina, kid-grit

Are your team members feeling the love? Do you feel your team is disconnected at times? Do you wish you knew how to share the love with them? Often leaders do not pay enough attention to how their staff is feeling or should be feeling. They underestimate how central emotions are needed to build the right workplace culture. In this session, participants will be shown a clear connection between emotional intelligence and social-emotional learning. Participants will walk away with five loving strategies that will positively shift the climate of their school, workplace, or program. These strategies will help participants and their teams “feel the love” and build the emotional intelligence of staff to create a more productive, positive work environment.

PreK-12

Topic: Leadership and Staff Development

Target Audience: Leadership (e.g., Program Directors, Site Supervisors, Team Leaders, Principals)

LEADERSHIP RELEARNED: Building the Morale of your Team…Virtually

Eric Rowles, Leading to Change

This fast-paced, interactive, and tool-filled zoom cast session will provide organizational leaders with takeaway tools they can use to lead change with their own staff. Specifically, participants will be introduced to two different organizational change modules, an overview of planning for innovative disruption, five virtual management techniques that can be immediately implemented…and a human beat-box machine for your team. Yes. You don’t want to miss this!

K-12

Topic: Leadership and Staff Development

Target Audience: Leadership (e.g., Program Directors, Site Supervisors, Team Leaders, Principals)

Leading through Change and Challenge

Susan Landrum, VOX Teen Communications

We know that a positive culture focused on high-quality youth development must be embraced and embodied at all levels of the organization. Nothing demonstrates the culture of an organization more than leadership in times of crisis and change. By giving leaders a space to discuss their approach to managing and maintaining quality during the recent COVID-19 crisis, we can deepen our understanding of best practices in leadership to ensure access to high-quality youth development practices. During this session, participants will hear from and join in a conversation with those who’ve been managing through a crisis, adapting to changes in the environment, and offering responsive afterschool programming that maintains quality standards as a result. Participants will also experience activities that maintain mission and values even amid crisis. Through facilitated discussion, participants will hear from youth (demonstrating the value for and processes that support youth voice among other quality programming standards) as well as from organization and program leaders. Reflective activities will help participants take ideas to share with their teams and consider implementing them at home.

6-12

Topic: Leadership and Staff Development

Target Audience: Leadership (e.g., Program Directors, Site Supervisors, Team Leaders, Principals)

Mapping Resilience: Simple Tools to Build Critical Skills

Kirk Lowis, Portage Community Center

What are the common threads between resilience work, trauma-informed practices, social-emotional learning and positive youth development? Throughout this presentation participants will explore a simple but game-changing way to intentionally link these concepts using evidence-based strategies and new staff practices — all leading to dramatic results, consistently high program quality, staff engagement, and youth success.

K-12

Topic: Trauma and Supporting Vulnerable Students

Target Audience: Veteran Educators (e.g., Experienced Program Staff, Teachers, Service Providers, Volunteers)

Math is a SUPERPOWER! Empower your Students

Mary Curry, MANGO Math Group

Math ability is the single strongest indicator of students’ future academic and financial success.

That is why all of us need to champion math and help students find success and joy

in mathematics. It can be done, and games can help. This session will teach participants fun games and activities they can use with their students to help them gain math fact mastery and problem-solving development. Games help students think beyond the math that is on a worksheet to the math they will see in a real-world context. The games played during this session are focused on developing an understanding of number sense, algebraic thinking, and problem-solving that serve to build math sense. Come and learn fun ways to use games to promote math in your program and help students find success!

K-8

Topic: Design Process and Creativity in STEM

Target Audience: New on the Frontline (e.g., New Program staff, Teachers, Service Providers, Volunteers)

Project-Based Literacy for ELs and ALL!

Meredith Scott Lynn and Jayme Simms, WRiTE BRAiN WORLD

This interactive, activity-based session focuses on utilizing collaborative writing activities that provide opportunities for English Learners (ELs) to find their voice in the classroom. During this session, participants will practice several strategies that bridge ELs’ cultural connection and empower them to take ownership of their language acquisition. The session facilitators will demonstrate how these activities help ELs overcome their fear of writing and speaking in English and positively transform their self-perceptions. Leave inspired and with ideas ready to implement immediately!

K-12

Topic: Literacy and English Language Learners

Target Audience: Veteran Educators (e.g., Experienced Program Staff, Teachers, Service Providers, Volunteers)

Quality Assurance for Afterschool Programs

Caryn Cavanagh and Shelley Riedel, Resources for Learning

Learn about the Texas Education Agency’s process to assure high-quality programming for 600+ afterschool programs funded by 21st CCLC. TEA’s contractor, Resources for Learning, will provide context for the new quality assurance process. The Texas ACE program defines quality in the Texas ACE Blueprint and present “stages of practice” within which programs and TEA can assess the extent of implementation for a defined set of quality indicators at the center level. The Quality Assurance Process (QAP), which is grounded in the Texas ACE Blueprint and operationalized through Quality Indicators (Qis), measures the overall grantee and individual centers’ progress toward optimal stages of practice.

K-12

Topic: Assessment and Measurement

Target Audience: Leadership (e.g., Program Directors, Site Supervisors, Team Leaders, Principals)

Quality, Improvement, and Tools….OH MY!

Jasmine Castleberry, The Afterschool Professional

Have you ever had an idea about increasing enrollment or participation in a particular class, or had a conversation with colleagues about improving collaboration across sites or programs? Have you brainstormed ideas about strengthening staff development? That’s CQI! Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) encourages programs to continuously ask, “How are we doing and how can we be better?” You may not realize, but you are facilitating CQI conversations every time you meet with staff to ask questions about development areas and make suggestions for program improvement. In this session, participants will learn how to create a formal CQI process and report for their team to enhance their program and stay on top of the trends.

PreK-12

Topic: Assessment and Measurement

Target Audience: Leadership (e.g., Program Directors, Site Supervisors, Team Leaders, Principals)

S+E+L = Whole Student Success!

Meredith Scott Lynn and Jayme Simms, WRiTE BRAiN WORLD

Research shows that the major factor in determining a child’s success both in and out of the classroom is their social-emotional skills. This workshop aims to demystify S.E.L. by having attendees participate in engaging and fun activities they can easily transfer to their classrooms or after-school programs. The instructional strategies shared in this session are designed to empower students from all backgrounds to think critically, act empathically, and communicate their ideas and feelings confidently.

K-12

Topic: Literacy and English Language Learners

Target Audience: Veteran Educators (e.g., Experienced Program Staff, Teachers, Service Providers, Volunteers)

Sport Stacking – An Inclusive Activity for All Students

Matt Burk, Speed Stacks, Inc.

Sport stacking is an amazing sport of fitness, agility, concentration, and quickness. Want to learn more about incorporating it into your program? This workshop offers participants a hands-on interactive learning experience of Sport Stacking. We’ll incorporate movement-based activities and games to get your students mentally and physically fit through our seamless grade-based lesson plan. Proven results directly related to sport stacking is that it helps to develop your students’ math and reading skills plus their eye-hand coordination, self-esteem, and many more benefits! Come and see why more than 50,000 schools have adopted Sport Stacking with Speed Stacks! Each attendee will receive a complimentary set of Speed Stacks and instructor materials.

K-5

Topic: Physical and Emotional Wellness

Target Audience: Leadership (e.g., Program Directors, Site Supervisors, Team Leaders, Principals)

STEMulate your Afterschool and Summer Program!

William Albert, STEMfinity

Join us in this exciting hands-on workshop and learn how to integrate STEM into your after-school and summer program. Bring your problem-solving skills as we construct several STEM activities and learn how to create a blended learning environment. Regardless of the future career path of your students, integrating STEM hands-on learning with real-world applications will help prepare them for success.

PreK-12

Topic: Design Process and Creativity in STEM

Target Audience: Leadership (e.g., Program Directors, Site Supervisors, Team Leaders, Principals)

Team Building: Virtual Edition

Jessica Andrews-Wilson, Mary Kate Chapman, and Stephanie McBride, GUIDE, Inc.

Just because we are all working from our homes does not mean we can’t connect, build comradery, and get to know each other better! Team bonding and team building establish a sense of belonging and creates a positive work environment. Join us for this virtual interactive session that will provide you with tips and tricks on how to engage your team, whether it’s youth or adults – all from the comfort of their own home!

6-12

Topic: Leadership and Staff Development

Target Audience: New on the Frontline (e.g., New Program staff, Teachers, Service Providers, Volunteers)

Technology is not “Ruining” Teens: How to Use Today’s Communications Tools to Drive Engagement

Rachel Alterman Wallack and Maurice Garland, VOX Teen Communications

TikTok to promote programming? Instagram Stories (IG) to share your story? Y, rly, rn! In this session, participants will learn how the afterschool staff and youth from VOX ATL created materials that engage youth in skill-development while also supporting program retention, recruitment, and culminating events. They will learn about our young people’s most widely used communications platforms and hear from teaching artists and youth about how they incorporate youth voice to tell the story of their work. They will also learn how these platforms promote skill-building and engagement. Presenters will debunk the myth of young people’s technological demise and offer effective engagement strategies to bring back to your own program. Participants will also receive an annotated activity guide for hosting your own future youth-driven communications creation session.

9-12

Topic: Leadership and Staff Development

Target Audience: Veteran Educators (e.g., Experienced Program Staff, Teachers, Service Providers, Volunteers)

Technology Leadership Academy (TLA)

Nancy Hartman, Westat

TLA takes technology-related learning and creates Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who learn to become teachers/trainers. Students who participate in this training not only become experts in technology applications but also become your site’s technology experts/trainers! They learn pedagogy/andragogy skills and best practices in effective staff development. As a technology and application expert, students further apply skills learned to co-teach technology-based lessons with content area teachers as well as train teachers in the use of new educational applications. These students also serve as help-desk troubleshooters for the site, all while building a resume of experience, skills/abilities, and volunteer hours that can be used in college applications and work resumes. This program intentionally builds student confidence and competence in both technology applications and training practices, resulting in higher student engagement and self-efficacy.

6-12

Topic: Workforce Readiness and Entrepreneurship

Target Audience: Veteran Educators (e.g., Experienced Program Staff, Teachers, Service Providers, Volunteers)

The Laws of Motion: Integrating STEM with Physical Activity!

Jess Wadleigh, Skillastics

Numerous studies have shown that children who are active and healthy have a lower risk of juvenile behavior, an increase in academic achievement, and tend to have a much better self- image. This workshop integrates STEM and Physical Activity in a unique format that helps develop healthier, more productive children. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a one-of-a-kind workshop!

4-8

Topic: Physical and Emotional Wellness

Target Audience: Leadership (e.g., Program Directors, Site Supervisors, Team Leaders, Principals)

The Relationship Between Hip-Hop and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL): Successfully Engaging Youth

P. Thandi Hicks Harper, Youth Popular Culture Institute, Inc.

This session is a must for those working to successfully engage vulnerable youth towards holistic (mind, body, soul, and spirit) triumphs at school, home, and in social environments for the rest of their lives. This period in American history marks a time when our most vulnerable youth have no choice but to practice managing their emotions if they are to successfully navigate life. The country’s climate is replete with realities wherein youth will continue to question their self-worth, relationships with others, and the ability to overcome obstacles that they (and very possibly their families) face daily to survive.

This multimedia, interactive online virtual SEL session is delivered in a Hip-Hop, fun, and engaging style. The session uses an SEL culture format and will provide opportunities for participants to share stories, all while heightening their understanding of Hip-Hop culture. Participants will learn how Hip-Hop’s “formal features” can aid in developing students’ self-esteem and self-confidence, problem-solving skills, and mental and behavioral skills to positively self-regulate thoughts and feelings. Guided by the Hip-Hop Development theory, the cultural competence of participants will increase as well as their understanding of the role that Hip-Hop culture’s art/elements (MCing [rapping], DJing, Graffiti, B-Dancing, Fashion and/or Knowledge of Self) can be integrated into SEL. The workshop will also address the “drug and violence prevention, counseling, and character education” 21st CCLC Student Achievement Area. Participants will learn “freestyle tips” and participate in evidence-based program activities found to be “edutaining,” and yield outcomes showing the development of emotional intelligence among adolescents.

9-12

Topic: Trauma and Supporting Vulnerable Students

Target Audience: Leadership (e.g., Program Directors, Site Supervisors, Team Leaders, Principals)

This Book is Cool!

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

How can we inspire a love of learning, encourage robust family engagement, strengthen reading and learning skills, make art together, explore great books, and pivot seamlessly between in- person and distance learning? “This Book is Cool!” may be part of your answer. The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading produced 100 webisodes of “This Book is Cool!” generously funded by The Patterson Foundation to foster family engagement and encourage children grades PreK-3 to read. Explore the ins and outs of book selection and sourcing, problem solve common barriers to family engagement, and experience some of the hands-on activities that received high praise from children, parents, educators, and out-of-school time providers. Learn how summer programs, school districts, and families participated in “This Book is Cool!” in the Suncoast region and how you can use the open-source webisodes to enrich your literacy and family engagement efforts.

PreK-3

Topic: Family and Community Engagement

Target Audience: Veteran Educators (e.g., Experienced Program Staff, Teachers, Service Providers, Volunteers)

Trauma, Resilience, and Mindset During a Pandemic

Colleen Lelli and Amber Gentile, Cabrini University

During 2020, educators were faced with the COVID pandemic. This challenged how we delivered instruction and provided support to students and families, all while maintaining open communication during a time of vast uncertainty. Students, parents, and educators alike found themselves challenged with external stressors and, in turn, struggled with emotional and mental health care. What did we as educators learn during this extraordinary time? How can we incorporate strategies to support children of trauma? Research (Frank, Kohler, Peal, et al., 2017) has shown that practicing and discussing mindfulness and mindset strategies help students thrive emotionally and academically. These strategies, whether used in a traditional classroom setting or a distance learning delivery, help to increase focus and memory while reducing stress and anxiety. In this session, participants will learn about research regarding trauma, resilience, and the benefit of a growth mindset for both students and educators. Self-care strategies for educators and mindfulness strategies for students will also be shared.

PreK-8

Topic: Trauma and Supporting Vulnerable Students

Target Audience: New on the Frontline (e.g., New Program staff, Teachers, Service Providers, Volunteers)