Overarching Theme

Learning Recovery

Our 2022 conference comes as educators are working to help students recover from their pandemic-interrupted schooling.  Most students are expected to be back in school for the 2021-2022 school year, so these workshops will be reaching an audience that has been transitioning back to face-to-face instruction for about six months.  Attendees will also be looking for guidance on leveraging ESSER III funds and developing partnerships to address learning recovery and operationalize better practices.  Will your workshop be addressing these issues?

2022 BSH Strands

Building Relationships

Focusing on family and community engagement, topics in this strand include:

  • Creating successful and sustainable community partnerships
  • Innovative strategies for cultivating and maintaining family engagement
  • Supporting families’ role in school readiness
  • Fostering meaningful relationships between students, families, educators, and other stakeholders
  • Success stories as models of engagement, especially in rural areas, early learning, special education, or Native American communities

Cultivating Creativity

Focusing on literacy and the arts, topics in this strand include:

  • Proven techniques and strategies to achieve grade-level reading
  • Promoting early development of language and literacy through art education
  • Promoting arts education as a discipline to teach core subject areas
  • Developing arts integration programs and structures
  • Utilizing the arts to cultivate learning skills and boost academic achievement
  • Supporting underserved students and fostering connections through literacy and the arts, including in the juvenile justice system

Educational Justice

Focusing on diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice, topics in this strand include:

  • Examining biases, backgrounds, and beliefs
  • Creating safe places for difficult conversations
  • The importance of mentorship, coaching, and representation, particularly in math, science, and engineering
  • Culturally responsive and culturally sustaining pedagogy
  • Proven resources and strategies for inclusive practices, especially for students of color, LGBTQ+ students, English language learners, and students with disabilities

Program Foundations

Focusing on maintaining and expanding successful programs, topics in this strand include:

  • Setting goals for and implementing continuous improvement
  • Finding and applying for sustainable funding
  • Deciding how and what to measure
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Training new staff, staff development, and staff retention

Youth Empowerment

Focusing on youth voice and engaging students on their own paths to success, topics in this strand include:

  • Workforce readiness and building career competencies, including the role of community colleges
  • Entrepreneurship and financial literacy
  • Civic engagement and volunteering
  • Fostering self-determination and self-assurance
  • Social-emotional learning and whole child wellness

Captain Barrington Irving’s STEM+ Fair

Calling all STEM educators!  On Friday, February 25, 2022, Beyond School Hours will be hosting our first ever STEM fair – headlined by Captain Barrington Irving of Flying Classroom, the youngest person and first black pilot to ever fly solo around the world.  While we will be accepting a few traditional workshop proposals as part of the STEM fair, the main event is an interactive environment where attendees move from booth to booth and experience 15-minute bite-sized lessons.  At your booth, what is the one key strategy, resource, or activity educators will walk away with?  How will you make your presentation interesting and memorable?  While all STEM-related topics are welcome, special consideration will be given to those that relate to our conference strands.

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