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Note: All workshop times are listed in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

Tuesday, April 27

*You must be registered for Pre-Conference Academies in order to participate. Log in to your online account and register by April 15th. 

11:00AM-3:00PM PDT

Promoting Safety, Inclusion, and Well-Being for LGBTQ+ Youth
Dr. Vincent Pompei, Director, Youth Well-Being Program, Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Although we've made some progress toward LGBTQ equality, current data reveal serious challenges faced by LGBTQ youth, including high rates of rejection, bullying, and a lack of affirming support from educators and other youth-serving professionals. This pre-conference will cover the current state of LGBTQ youth, build cultural humility, and review best-practices and resources that make a positive difference.  Interactive activities, opportunities to practices new skills, and time for small group discussion will be provided.  If you desire to become an emerging expert and a stronger advocate for safe and inclusive environments for LGBTQ youth, this pre-conference is for you.
ULA, MLA, CB, DS, PK, E, M, H
Strand: Pre-conference Academy
CEUs

11:00AM-5:00PM PDT

Growth Heartset® - A Culture of Caring
Stu Semigran, President & Co-Founder; Bryn Drescher, Facilitator, EduCare, Van Nuys, CA

It has been said, “whoever our students may be, whatever subject we teach, ultimately we teach who we are.” Enjoy learning EduCare’s 8 Skills for Heartset® Education and develop a personal "Growth Heartset”. A growth heartset becomes a way of being… a way of teaching that sparks our students’ own SEL. This highly interactive session focuses on creating communities of caring from the “inside out” with connection, empathy, and love, all based on EduCare’s field-tested ACE Program that has reached nearly 50,000 students in the U.S. and internationally. Participants learn strategies of self-awareness (mindfulness), emotional self-management (or self-care), relationship building, and empathic listening, and ways for developing students.
MLA, CB, DS, E, M, H
Strand: Pre-conference Academy 
CEUs

11:00AM-5:00PM PDT

STEM Studio - TGR Foundation
David Tong, Director, TGR EDU: Create, TGR Foundation, Irvine, CA

DESIGN. INNOVATE. COLLABORATE. Imagine a place where creativity and innovation are paramount. Where teachers take on the role of students, delving into hands-on STEM activities and a place where inquiry-based learning leads to real-world applications. Where like-minded educators gather to collaborate and take risks. This is STEM Studio: an immersive experience in STEM education based on a transformational educational philosophy facilitated by TGR EDU: Create. Join us in this pre-conference session to explore strategies that will enhance your curricula and prepare your students for careers in STEM.
MLA, CB, DS, E, M, H
Strand: Pre-conference Academy 

Wednesday, April 28

10:30AM-12:15PM PDT

#iAmImpact Healing Circles
Nathan Houston, Director of Professional Development and Founder of #iAmImpact; Gene Wilson, Site Coordinator, Center for Fathers and Families, Sacramento, CA

This workshop is about engaging and facilitating intentional dialogue. Unfortunately, we are living in a time where intentional and meaningful dialogue is not common. In this workshop, you will experience the power of intentional dialogue through the lens of Restorative Justice. In order to see the change we seek in our communities, we need to build both relationships and commUNITY that are strong and healthy. This workshop will help participants intentionally build healthy relationships, increase communication, promote social & emotional learning and create a positive culture.
ULA, MLA, CB, DS, E, M, H, HE
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality; Staff Leadership; Partnerships & Building Relationships; Sustainability; Older Youth

“Creating Positive Pathways of Potential & Promise Through Sport” – Journey with Us!
Rafael Acosta, Regional Director; Carlos Garcia, Regional Director, LAUSD Beyond the Bell, Los Angeles, CA

Through a fun, active & reflective workshop participants will learn how BTB has created meaningful pathways of potential & promise within their Middle School Sports Program. Come learn from program leadership, coaches & alumni as they reveal key findings from a 3-year Impact Study that shines a light on the power of youth sports within the field of expanded learning and how BTB is applying this knowledge now and into the future through positive coaching, mentorship and access for all!
ULA, MLA, DS, E, M
Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

Expanding Student Success: The State of Expanded Learning in California
Michael Funk, Expanded Learning Division Director, California Department of Education, Heather Williams, Program Director, Policy & Outreach, California AfterSchool Network; Sacramento, CA

We live in a very different world than the last Town Hall two years ago. Join us for a reflection of where we’ve been since then and the unique opportunity of significant investment into afterschool and summer learning at both the federal and state levels. We will discuss how we might leverage and build on our existing work and structures to meet the moment and advocate for a more permanent reimagination of the role of Expanded Learning, to support our children, youth, families, and communities. We will share up to the minute updates on state and federal policy and its implications for our Expanded Learning systems. Michael and Heather will also host 3 leaders from the field to share their expertise and vision for this opportunity. Join us for an interactive discussion with time for Q&A. Learn and discuss the Expanded Learning plan for the upcoming year. It is filled with promise and possibility. 
ULA, MLA, CB, DS, PK, E, M, H
Strand: BOOST Nation: Town Hall; CA Only

Finding the S.P.A.R.K. in All Youth: Speaking to the Potential, Ability, and Resilience Inside EVERY Kid
Brooke Wheeldon-Reece, MBA, CEO; Ashley Hunt, Director of Program Development, The Spark Initiative, Brandon, FL

There is a SPARK within every human being, regardless of their circumstances, that cannot be damaged. This SPARK is the birthplace of resilience, well-being, commonsense, intelligence, solutions, creativity, and innovation. This presentation will explore how, through a simple understanding of the mind, innate resilience is uncovered, and the stress resistance needed to overcome tough life circumstances is naturally formed.
ULA, MLA, CB, DS
Strand: Staff Leadership, Older Youth 
CEUs

From Congress to the Classroom, Youth Are Changing the World
Moderator: Umama Suriya, Impact Film Director, National Children’s Campaign (NCC), Petaluma, CA
Student Panelists: Giovanni Hernandez, Sumiya Rahaman, Zoey Van Peppen, Meagan Lashinski, Sonoma Academy, Santa Rosa, CA; Ethan Vandivier, Youth Climate Activist, Washington, D.C.  

Youth leaders from the National Children's Campaign's, Schools For Climate Action Initiative, will discuss how their work has helped hundreds of students nationwide partner with their schools and local elected officials to face the climate crisis head-on.  They will also share their experiences in political organizing, from marching in the streets to writing bills introduced by members of Congress. Learn how youth are changing the world and how you can get your students involved to make a difference in your community.
ULA, MLA, CB, DS, M, H 
Strand: Panel; Older Youth 

Gathering Again - Adventure Activities for Virtual Experiences
Phil Brown, Senior Trainer, High 5 Adventure Learning Center, Brattleboro, VT 

Adventure learning can accelerate connections made within a group, and is a fun and often novel environment for many people. The tools we have used at High 5 to support individuals and groups in connecting are core to our identity, as they are for many facilitators. Convening activities, reflection conversation, group initiatives, and other facilitated endeavors will need to look different in the immediate future in response to the need for virtual experiences and physical distancing. This workshop will guide participants through virtual activities as well as discuss the ways they can be adapted to work with in-person physical distancing.
DS, E, M, H, HE
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality

Get Up, Stand Up – Join the Site Coordinator Movement!
Troy Selvey, Program Specialist, California AfterSchool Network, Sacramento, CA; Julie Sesser, Specialist, ASAPconnect, San Jose, CA

We CAN Conversation: Do you want to be part of something bigger than yourself? Are you interested in networking with other leaders in the field to build knowledge around promising practices, tools, and resources? This session will provide an opportunity to learn about the Site Coordinator Network and TA Fellows and Coaches School of Leadership and Facilitation. Along with other opportunities to link up with current members to learn about the Network and how you can get involved. It will also highlight how during the tough times of COVID-19 these groups and others from across the state of California came together to help to create spaces like CAN and Friends as a space for site coordinators to gather, to share, to learn, and most importantly build community. They will share how even through these tough times and all the uncertainty we have faced they still found a way to stay connected. Even If you are not a site coordinator this is an opportunity to learn how you can support your site coordinators in this work, we encourage you to attend as well.  Join us to find out how you can get connected and be part of the state-wide network designed to support Site Coordinators! 
ULA, MLA, DS, CB, PK, E, M, H
Strand: California AfterSchool Network Workshop Strand

Inspiring Resilience in Youth
Dr. Robin Elliott, Director Sanford Education Programs and School Partnerships, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY; Veronica Calvo, Sr. Manager University Partnerships, SEC National University, Chicago, IL

Join Dr. Robin Elliott as she discusses practical, evidence-based strategies to build resilience with an emphasis on self-awareness. The session will offer information and insights about resiliency-building work in the community-connecting schools, nonprofits, and other community resources to create a network of support for young people and their families. Veronica Calvo will share resources to develop an SEL action plan to inspire confidence, overcome challenges, and transform teaching and learning.
ULA, MLA, DS, CB, E, M, H
Strand: Harmony SEL Workshop Strand

LIKE
Moderator: Michael Jacobus, Executive Director, Reset Summer Camp, Inc., Orange, CA

ARE YOU USING TECHNOLOGY OR IS TECHNOLOGY USING YOU?
LIKE is an IndieFlix Original documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. The goal of the film is to inspire us to self-regulate. Social media is a tool and social platforms are a place to connect, share, and care … but is that what’s really happening? Watch the film trailer here.
ULA, MLA, DS, CB, E, M, H
Strand: BOOST Film Festival

Resilience is Everything
Dee Hankins, Inspirational Speaker, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Resilience: The ability to bounce back. It’s what enables students to come out of challenging experiences with a positive attitude about themselves and their futures. After 18 years in foster care and watching his daughter battle brain cancer, Dee turns those unexpected events into incredible life lessons.
ULA, MLA, DS, M, H, HE
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality; Staff Leadership; Partnerships & Building Relationships; Older Youth

Securing Sustainable Funding
Dr. Andria “Andi” Fletcher, Consultant, Sacramento, CA

This exciting workshop will inspire you to think differently about how you approach fund development and provide you with the tools you’ll need to secure balanced, diversified, and sustainable investments in your program. More than 35,000 participants have already benefitted from this innovative, proven strategy and you can, too!
ULA, CB, E, M, H
Strand: Partnerships & Building Relationships; Sustainability

Turning Crickets into Stories: Active and Reflective Processing Practices for SEL Outcomes
Justin McGlamery, Chief Locus Focuser, Focus Your Locus Teambuilding, Training, & Development, Hartford, CT; Kamora Herrington, Founder & Visionary, Kamora's Cultural Corner, Hartford, CT

Have you ever had that group and it seemed as though they were engaged and having a great learning experience, but when you ask a follow-up question or try to process the activity you are met with only silence and the sound of crickets?  In experiential learning, the reflective processing portion of the program is equally important as the experience or learning activity itself.  Cohort participants will engage in an ongoing discussion about the intersections of SEL work, the topics of race, class, and privilege, and how understanding and practicing Cultural Humility work engages a lifelong self-reflection and learning process that enables us to launch out of “safe space” into “brave space” and to have those seemingly challenging discussions around difference and our biases. Workshops will be infused with a variety of activities & effective reflection/processing techniques for digging in on discussions around difference and optimal SEL outcomes. 
Through focused reflection and facilitated processing, group leaders or facilitators of learning are able to unpack; what happened during the experience, why it happened, whether or not similar things occur anywhere else in people's experiences, and then discuss how we can apply those new understandings to the other areas of school, life or work, effectively transferring that new knowledge and completing the experiential learning cycle. Participants will learn a variety of activities & effective reflection/processing techniques and explore identity through culturally humble ways of being for optimal social-emotional learning outcomes.
MLA, DS, E, M, H, HE
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality; Staff Leadership; Partnerships & Building Relationships; Older Youth

2:00PM-4:00PM PDT 

Angst
Moderator: Bryn Drescher, Facilitator, EduCare, Van Nuys, CA

Angst is an IndieFlix Original, documentary designed to raise awareness around anxiety. The film includes interviews with kids, teens, educators, experts, parents, and a very special interview with Michael Phelps. Our goal specifically is to help people identify and understand the symptoms of anxiety and encourage them to reach out for help. Watch the film trailer here.
ULA, MLA, DS, CB, E, M, H
Strand: BOOST Film Festival

Beyond the Sport
Jim Oyos, Coaching Corps Trainer, Steve Parker, Education and Training Manager; Coaching Corps, Oakland, CA

The research shows young people can thrive and learn in environments where they feel connected with adults and peers, have the opportunity to develop skills and use their voices and feel safe. In this session, participants will learn a framework to bring this environment to life in physical activity and sports programs. Participants will take away tools they can begin using immediately both in person and in virtual settings. 
DS, E, M, H
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality 

Fostering Protective Factors in Children and Youth: Making an Impact That Can Last a Lifetime
Dan Gilbert, Sr. Program Manager; Nikki Yamashiro, Vice President of Policy, Afterschool Alliance, Washington D.C.; Eric Johnston, Executive Director, Todos Juntos, Washington, D.C.; Regino Chavez, Director of Evaluation, LA's BEST, Los Angeles, CA

Recent brain research has revealed that every child has great potential and that the brain has a high level of malleability from birth through adolescence and into adulthood. Throughout their lives, afterschool and summer learning programs provide unique opportunities for youth to develop skills that will help them grow into healthy, capable, responsible adults. Join us for a lively panel discussion featuring perspectives from research and practice and learn more about how youth development programs can focus on developing the skills, behaviors, and beliefs that children and youth will need to thrive.
ULA, MLA, DS, E, M, H
Strand: BOOST Nation Town Hall; Program Design, Development & Quality; Partnerships & Building Relationships; Older Youth

A Generation Threatened by Tech
Michael Jacobus, Executive Director, Reset Summer Camp, Inc., Orange, CA

Excessive screen time, social media, online gaming, and the culture of 24/7 streaming is robbing a generation of productivity, healthy nutritional habits, social and personal connections, and even good sleep. This has lead people today to be quick to anger, unfocused, and desperate for stable routines. This session will explore a wide variety of causes and offer a few solutions to this growing threat to the very fabric of our society.
CB, DS, M, H
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality; Staff Leadership; Partnerships & Building Relationships 

“IN MY FEELINGS” SEL Competency for Family and Youth Engagement
Tasha Franklin Johnson, Ph.D., Senior Director, Character Development Learning Institute; Angela Strickland, Youth Development Program Director, YMCA of Western North Carolina, Asheville, NC

This workshop will cover a variety of topics including learning about personal space, managing feelings, understanding sensory needs, creating community, and conflict resolution. The goal is to build a toolkit to create an environment that supports youth and family's social-emotional needs.
MLA, DS, PK, E, M, H
Strand: Staff Leadership 

Let's Talk: Building Resiliency for Runaway, Homeless, and At-Risk Youth
Lee Osipchak, Director of Training, Education and Prevention, National Runaway Safeline, Chicago, IL

Adolescence is a difficult time, compounded with ongoing stressors at school, home and within the community, many youth enter into a crisis. Some youth may even run away or resort to unsafe behaviors. The issue of runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth impacts every community. In fact, every year 4.2 million young people ages 13-25 endure some form of homelessness. This session will focus on runaway and homeless youth prevention services and how to build life skills for youth.
MLA, CB, DS, M, H
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality; Partnerships & Building Relationships
CEUs

Master Class with Hamish Brewer
If you are craving a more in-depth learning experience, join NAESP Nationally Distinguished Principal, Hamish Brewer’s Master Class. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions in this open-space discussion with an education disrupter who leads with radical love. Don’t miss an opportunity to get up close and personal with “The Relentless Principal,” Hamish Brewer.
ULA, MLA, CB, DS, E, M, H
Strand: Master Class ($30 fee applies, sign up in your registration account)

Learn more about our 2021 keynote, Hamish Brewer, here.  

NASA’s Next Gen STEM: Igniting Young Minds
David E. Alexander, BS, M.Ed., NASA STEM Engagement Specialist, NASA, Alhambra, CA

This session introduces NASA’s new Next Gen STEM program. The interactive lessons – from engineering design to the four forces of flight – are inexpensive and easy to implement in an afterschool program. NASA’s Next Gen STEM products enhance STEM literacy and will help to build a vibrant and diverse STEM workforce. These lessons and activities are among the premier content areas featured in Mizzen by Mott, a new app designed for the afterschool field through support from the Mott Foundation. Come learn about Mizzen by Mott and what NASA has to offer for you and your students!
MLA, CB, DS, PK, E, M
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality; Staff Leadership
 

Panel Presentations & Discussion: SEL Practices to Support Student Voice and Connection
Moderator: Lauren Puzen, Director of Harmony SEL, National University, New York Metropolitan area, NY
Panelists: Jessy Cuddy, Senior Director of Learning & Practice, Communities In Schools National Office, Alexandria, VA; Jacqueline Stedman, Senior Program Manager, Communities In Schools National Office, Washington, DC; Lisa Rice, Quality & Accreditation Advisor for Champions, KinderCare Education LLC, Tuscon, AZ; Shannon Lake, MLIS, Director, Youth Development Programs, Boys & Girls Club of America, Atlanta, GA; Zaynah Johnson, MPP, Director, Youth Development Programs, Boys & Girls Club of America, Atlanta, GA; Zach Wilson, Director of Program Development, LA's BEST Afterschool Enrichment Program, Los Angeles, CA 

Harmony SEL is excited to share wisdom from four of our partners in the Out-of-School Time field. We will dedicate the first hour of our session to hearing from our panelists regarding their efforts to provide Social Emotional Learning in their sites. Our moderator, Harmony SEL Director, Lauren Puzen, will lead a lively discussion around ways to encourage student voice to address the challenges of the day, trauma-informed care, diversity and inclusion, virtual learning, and isolation due to the pandemic.
ULA, MLA, DS, CB, E, M, H
Strand: Harmony SEL Workshop Strand

Scaling Summer 101: Building Community-Wide Systems for Summer Learning
Mashona Council, Youth Development Consultant, Council Consulting, LLC, Atlanta, GA; Femi Vance, Ph.D., Field Consultant, National Summer Learning Association, Lemon Grove, CA

You have community partners who understand how summer learning can benefit youth. So, what’s next? We know that cross-sector coordination is needed to bring summer learning to scale now more than ever. Come to this session to delve into our Community Indicators of Effective Summer Learning Systems, a framework for building high-quality summer learning systems. Using this framework you and your partners can develop a robust and sustainable summer learning system amidst the challenges. And after this past year and with the prospect of another summer impacted by COVID-19, building strong community partnerships is even more critical than ever to address the academic, social-emotional, and safety needs of our nation’s youth. #StrongerTogether
ULA, MLA, PK, E, M, H, HE
Strand: Partnerships & Building Relationships 

Supporting a Creative Generation: Practical Tools for Your Pedagogy and Organization
Jeff M. Poulin, Managing Director, Creative Generation, Washington, D.C.

The next generation will face the most pressing challenges of our time. The research seeks to understand youth and their development through innovative educational means, like creativity, technology, and social/emotional well-being. In this workshop, dive deep into the theories of the Creative Generation towards shifting educational practice and organizational infrastructure. Attendees will discuss new and disruptive ideas towards re-imagining our systems and application to professional contexts.
ULA, MLA, CB, M, H, HE
Strand: Staff Leadership 

Tools to Support a Diverse and Thriving Youth Worker Workforce
Kourtney Andrada, Senior Program Director, School-Based Programs, Girls Inc. of Alameda County, Oakland, CA; Darrell Parsons, Education Programs Consultant, Expanded Learning Division, Sacramento, CA; Aleah Rosario, Senior Specialist, Workforce Initiatives, California AfterSchool Network, Sacramento, CA

We CAN Training: Is youth work a stepping stone for your staff? Or are some of your staff showing signs of being a youth worker “lifer?” Or something in-between? All are encouraged to join this session to help make visible the many experiences of youth workers, and how intentional workforce strategies can support a diverse and thriving youth worker workforce. Hear from the Chairs of the statewide Expanded Learning Workforce Implementation Committee about tools that can be applied to help staff map their careers, and resources to ensure reopening policy and program decisions uplift youth workers.
ULA, MLA, DS, CB, PK, E, M, H
Strand: California AfterSchool Network Workshop Strand

Transforming Our Youth Programs - Promising Practices in SEL
Moderators: Pilar Alvarez, Education Director; Kristin Lorey, Community and Culture Director, Young Storytellers, Los Angeles, CA
Panelists: Jasmine Castleberry, Project Director, Harris County Department of Education, Houston, TX

Social-Emotional Learning is an important guide for navigating experiences and promoting success in life. These skills are powerful predictors of important youth outcomes such as academic achievement, college and career readiness, positive self-esteem, and connection to our local and global communities. Come learn from practitioners about the program models, staff practices, and successful partnerships that have shown success and learn ways you can enhance the SEL aspect of your culture on all levels of your program or organization.
ULA, MLA, CB, DS, PK, E, M, H, HE
Strand: Panel

Thursday, April 29

10:00AM-12:00PM PDT

25 Tools In 120 Minutes to Rock Your Program!
Eric Rowles, CEO, Leading to Change, Huntersville, NC

Get ready for a LIGHTNING round of FREE 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!
MLA, DS, E, M, H
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality 

CAN Suite of Quality Tools: Building the Right Tool for the Right Job at the Right Time
Tiffany Gipson, Director of Quality Initiatives; Troy Selvey, Program Specialist, California AfterSchool Network, Sacramento, CA 

We CAN Training: CAN is currently in the middle of piloting New Quality Tools, which include a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Guidebook, a new online Expanded Learning Program Quality Assessment System, and a framework to explore the intersection of Equity, Quality, and CQI.  This training will model how to use all of the tools to think critically and intentionally about how to design a program to meet the current needs of your community. Learn how to use the data from the online system to inform your CQI cycles and filter all of that information through a lens of Equity. 
 ULA, MLA, DS, CB, PK, E, M, H
Strand: California AfterSchool Network Workshop Strand

IF/THEN Collection: Inspiring the Next Generation of Women in STEM
Jessica Hay, Marketing and Partnerships Manager; Jolene Gustafson, Director of Digital, National Girls Collaborative, Bellingham, WA

Do you care about inspiring girls to pursue STEM careers? Then join the National Girls Collaborative Project to learn about the IF/THEN Collection designed to help ensure equitable gender representation in STEM! The IF/THEN Collection is the world’s largest free library of images, videos, and other content portraying women in STEM. Participants will leave with an understanding of how to access the content in the digital library and how to use it to support their STEM learning programs.
ULA, MLA, DS, CB, PK, E, M, H, HS
Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

Innovative Practices in Career Readiness
Moderator: Bill Fennessy, Director of High School Programs, A World Fit for Kids, Los Angeles, CA
Panelists: Coco Black, National Director, Youth Services, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Atlanta, GA; Farrah Farnese, Sr. Director, External Relations, Philadelphia Youth Network, Philadelphia Youth Network, PA; Vereaux Reynolds, CEO, Rising Tide Professional Services, Los Angeles, CA

A skilled and robust workforce is essential to the future of America’s economy. Hear from national leaders how they are exploring career integration across sectors to create high-quality programming and career experiences for young people and prepare them for the future workforce. Learn how these programs are meeting participant needs, employer expectations, and how youth are gaining skills to thrive in a professional culture.
ULA, MLA, CB, DS, M, H
Strand: Panel; Program Development, Design & Quality

Jazz at Lincoln Center: Jazz up Your Afterschool Program!
Jenn Conner, Director, Center for Afterschool and Expanded Learning, Foundations, Inc, Mount Laurel, NJ; Seton Hawkins, Director, Education Resources and Public Programming, Education, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY

Join Jazz at Lincoln Center and Foundations, Inc. to learn about a new, one-of-a-kind jazz curriculum created exclusively for Mizzen by Mott! This toe-tapping workshop will have you on your feet with interactive lessons that are easy to implement. These learning experiences will engage young people – not only in music appreciation but in history, social studies, dance, science, and more. No music experience is necessary. The Mizzen by Mott app is free to afterschool professionals through support from the Mott Foundation. Be among the first in your field to experience this exciting curriculum!
ULA, MLA, DS, E, M, H
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality; Staff Leadership; Older Youth

Leveraging Tech to Teach Social and Emotional Learning
Matthew Farber, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Technology, Innovation and Pedagogy (TIP), University of Northern Colorado, Fort Collins, CO

In this workshop, we will review social and emotional learning (SEL), its impact on school climate, and its transformative role in building happier classrooms. Free resources and materials, digital tools, including games that integrate SEL skill-building, will be shared along with best-practice ideas.
DS, E, M, H
Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

The Magic of Giving Back: How to Easily Integrate Service Learning into OST to Develop “Embodied” Social-Emotional Learning
Wendy Zachrisen, Marketing, Strategy & Partnerships, UNICEF Kid Power Schaumburg, IL; Sanjula Singhal, Senior Associate UNICEF Ventures Washington D.C.; Elle Essenmacher, Strategic Accounts Advisor, OST National Partnerships Harmony SEL Windsor, CO

Empower kids to believe that they can make a difference in the world…by guiding them as they do exactly that! Leverage philanthropy to build community in your OST programs and support kids in strengthening their mind-body connection through social-emotional learning and movement. Harmony SEL brings you UNICEF Kid Power, a free platform that connects kid’s everyday activity to real-world support that UNICEF and its partners deliver to children in need globally and locally. Information will be provided for non-profit organizations to connect with the Fundraising Academy; Cause Selling Education to bolster their philanthropic efforts.
ULA, MLA, DS, CB, E, M, H
Strand: Harmony SEL Workshop Strand  

Maximizing the “New Found” Potentials of Adolescence in Afterschool and Summer Programs
Terry K. Peterson, Ph.D., Education Consultant, Mott Foundation and Senior Fellow, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC; Femi Vance, Ph.D., Researcher, American Institutes for Research, Oakland, CA  

If you work with middle school and high school youth this session is for you! For many years the primary focus for many in the learning field (both in school and in expanded learning) has been early childhood development and "reading on grade level” by the end of elementary school. These topics are important, but they leave out the needs of youth 12-18 years of age. Recent studies and promising practices tell us a lot about how critical adolescent years are to our life trajectories. “Although adolescence is often thought of as a time of turmoil and risk for young people, it is more accurately viewed as a developmental period rich with opportunity for youth to learn and grow,” declared a 2019 report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Additionally, early findings from a UC-Irvine study indicate the gains from high-quality early childhood experiences may be multiplied by high-quality afterschool experiences in middle and high school. This session will explore these new and exciting scientific findings and how opportunities and partnerships in afterschool and summer can be better designed and delivered to maximize this “newfound potential.”
ULA, MLA, CB, DS, M, H
Strand: BOOST Nation: Town Hall 

Resilience Can Be Taught: Strategies to Build Resilience in Every Student
Christian Moore, Founder, WhyTry Organization, Provo, UT

Resilience is something we’re all born with. Learn about vital skills of resilience and 3 keys to creating a resilient climate. This engaging presentation will empower you to deliver these skills to students of any background and learning style, enabling them to thrive not only in school but in life.
ULA, MLA, DS, M, H
Strand: Staff Leadership

SEL is Everywhere: Making It Work in Your Program
Robb Armstrong, Program Manager, Dylan's Wings of Change, Canton, CT; Justin McGlamery, Wingman, Dylan's Wings of Change, Hartford, CT

SEL is the process through which we understand and manage emotions, set and achieve goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Boiled down, this can be referred to as basic human skills. We all are using elements of this in our everyday lives. This workshop will use hands-on activities to spur conversations and discuss how to view your programming through SEL lenses and refocus the outcomes of activities you may already be using.
MLA, CB, DS, E, M, H, HE
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality; Staff Leadership; Partnerships & Building Relationships; Older Youth
CEUs

Social and Emotional Learning for Creativity and Team Culture
Kristin Lorey, Community and Culture Director; Pilar Alvarez, Education Director; Liviera Lim, Training and Curriculum Specialist, Young Storytellers, Los Angeles, CA

Social and Emotional Learning is essential for our students to be successful. What’s often overlooked is how important these skills are for our staff and leaders, and how intentionally teaching them to our teams can strengthen staff and community culture. Join us to learn how SEL can be used to promote creativity in our students through the act of storytelling, and how the same skills can be used to build a staff and organizational culture of empathy, kindness, resilience, and compassion.
ULA, MLA, CB, DS
Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality; Staff Leadership; Sustainability

Supporting Transgender/Non-Binary Youth
Kathie Moehlig, Executive Director; Evan Johnson, Community Engagement Coordinator, TransFamily Support Services, San Diego, CA

Led by one of the country’s leading authorities on supporting transgender/non-binary youth and their family, this session will give you the tools and resources you need to more deeply understand issues around gender, and use this knowledge to support and empower our youth. Leave with powerful, practical strategies that work.
ULA, MLA, CB, DS, E, M, H, HE
Strand: Partnerships & Building Relationships 

System Building Beyond the Bell
Fausto A. Lopez, Content Area Specialist, American Institutes for Research, Chicago, IL; Amy Anderson, Senior Manager, Experiential Learning; Jahaziel Hiriart, Senior Manager, Social & Emotional Well-Being, The Opportunity Project, Tulsa, OK

Developing powerful environments where youth can thrive requires coordination, critical backbone services, and a commitment to quality improvement. The current focus on SEL creates an opportunity for alignment across learning settings. Join us for this interactive session focusing on integrating learning systems through quality expanded learning opportunities. We will highlight promising practices in coordinating the alignment of strategies across learning settings in Tulsa, OK.
ULA, MLA, CB, DS, E, M, H
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality

Teaching Students to Lead the Way in Restorative Practices
KishaLynn Elliott, Director, Program Evaluation and Restorative Practices Trainer, Monarch School, San Diego, CA

What happens when you put the power to build community and repair harms into the hands of students? This hands-on workshop will walk you step-by-step through Monarch's processes for training and engaging students in restorative practices. Attendees will hear best practices and lessons learned through building student restorative leadership in a fun and engaging way. Share power and challenge the growth of your students by equipping them with restorative skills for life!
DS, H
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality

The Upstanders
Moderator: Jessica Mitchell, Ph.D., Director of Data & Research, AMIkids, Inc., Tampa, FL

The Upstanders explores cyber-bullying, bullying among friends, families, co-workers, and the brain science behind it all. The film highlights new laws and programs already reducing bullying in schools and shows us how we can learn to make a difference together to create systemic change. Watch the film trailer here.
ULA, MLA, DS, CB, E, M, H
Strand: BOOST Film Festival

1:00PM-2:15PM PDT

60 Seconds That Can Change a Young Person's Life
Jessie Jones, Program Director, Young Entrepreneur Institute, Hunting Valley, OH

“So, tell me about yourself? That’s a common question young people hear when interviewing for a job or college. The answer can have a big impact on their lives. The answer is their personal pitch. You will walk away from this session understanding how teaching about entrepreneurship and hosting pitch contests can help students develop this critical life skill and can help your program connect with parents and the wider community.
ULA, MLA, DS, E, M, H, HE
Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

Creating Hunger-Free Communities During COVID-19 and Beyond
Clarissa Hayes, Senior Child Nutrition Policy Analyst, Food Research & Action Center, Berkeley, CA

Nearly one in seven households with children cannot buy enough food for their families -- and hungry children can't learn. Food insecurity has been further exacerbated by COVID-19. Fortunately, the federally-funded nutrition programs can play a critical role in alleviating hunger by providing support for healthy snacks and meals during the pandemic and beyond. This session will cover the basics of the nutrition programs, tips for implementation, ideas for partnership and collaboration, and the next steps for making your community hunger-free.
ULA, MLA, CB, DS, PK, E, M, H
Strand: Partnerships & Building Relationships

Creativity in Leadership
Brad Lademann, Resource Center Coordinator, Missouri AfterSchool Network, Columbia, MO

Whether you are the leader of an entire organization or leading an afterschool site, leadership matters and it is easy to fall into the trap of “we’ve always done it that way”. Unfortunately, leadership training in afterschool settings is not always a priority. We are often thrown into leadership positions, with little or no preparation, and then we sink or swim. Join us to learn about five essential practices of leadership and how creativity fits into our leadership roles.
MLA, CB, DS, E, M, H
Strand: Program Design, Development, & Quality; Staff Leadership

Engaging Young Writers
Sarah Frayer, K-1 Intervention Teacher, APTI Model, Upper Marlboro, MD

Engaging young writer’s workshop is designed to foster creativity, confidence, excitement, and overall love for writing. Participants will receive best practices focuses on using art, music, and movement as a way to strengthen young children writing skills.
DS, E
Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

Experiential SEL Activities in the "New Normal" -  SOCIALLY Distant, EMOTIONALLY Connected, LEARNING Together
Leo VanWarmerdam, Director of Training and Development; Todd Creekmore, Lead Facilitator, Fulcrum Adventures, Los Angeles, CA 

This past year has presented the constant opportunity to get creative and stay on our toes as professionals.  While not every program has reached a Hybrid or in-person model just yet, it is inevitable that the transition to being in person is the next step. With that said, our in-person programming is going to look different and we GET to create what that looks like.  Join us as we share Experiential Activities and the variations that will allow you to facilitate these activities in a safe and yet effective way.   We will share actual activities you can use, facilitation insights, and even videos of students actually doing these activities.  We got this!
ULA, MLA, CB, DS, PK, E, M, H, HE
Strand: Staff Leadership 

Law Enforcement as Partners & Advocates in Expanded Learning Programs
Moderator: Catherine Van Ness, Associate Director, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Washington, D.C.
Panelists: Deputy Chief Todd Bettison, Detroit Police Department, Detroit, MI; Tori Verber Salazar, District Attorney, San Joaquin County, Stockton, CA; Eric Gurna, President and CEO, LA's BEST, Los Angeles, CA

The value of out-of-school time programs for youth development and as an alternative to incarceration may be self-evident to many of us. However, for those less familiar, the connection is not so apparent. In this session, hear from experts who have made this connection for different stakeholders; that out-of-school-time programs are both a prevention and intervention strategy for youth, including research from Fight Crime: Invest in Kids on the “Prime Time for Juvenile Crime.”
ULA, MLA, CB, DS, M, H, HE
Strand: Panel; Partnerships & Building Relationships; Sustainability

Let’s Talk About Afterschool: Creating a Compelling Message
Alexis Steines Rao, Senior Director of Field Outreach; Bella DiMarco, Project Associate, Afterschool Alliance, Washington, D.C.

Are you unsure of how to talk about your afterschool program? Maybe you’ve tried to convince your community of the importance of afterschool programs, but don’t have the right words.  This interactive workshop will discuss what works and what doesn’t when communicating about afterschool, how to tailor your message for key audiences, and how to leverage this information and build support for your program. We’ll discuss the latest America After 3PM research and demonstrate how you can incorporate the new data into your messaging. We’ll also help you create an advocacy strategy for putting your message into action.
ULA, MLA, DS, E, M, H
Strand: Sustainability

Summer Time Engaging Madness (STEM) - Engaging Youth and Families in the Sun
Robin Galas, Director, Hayward Promise Neighborhoods, Hayward, CA

Participants will receive best practices (both virtually and in-person) in creating a summer camp that allows 4th to 7th-grade students to receive college credit while promoting STEM and sports activities. The success of the program is due to the effort given to engage families and provide a safe learning environment.
DS, E, M, HE
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality

A Trauma-Informed Approach to SEL and Relationship Building
Jessica Mitchell, Ph.D., Director of Data & Research, AMIkids, Inc., Tampa, FL

Trauma-responsive care can help children increase their resiliency and recover from exposure to traumatic events. AMIkids, Inc. has developed and implemented trauma-informed practices and trauma-responsive training nationwide that focuses on building resilience and strengthening SEL skills through the AMIkids Personal Growth Model©. Attendees will review the training materials and resources, including tools to identify trauma and service needs, as well as learn how AMIkids demonstrates their effectiveness on SEL.
ULA, MLA, CB, DS, E, M, H
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality
CEUs

Tools to Support Your Advocacy for State (AB86) and Federal Stimulus Funding 
Heather Williams, Director of Policy & Outreach; Jeff Davis, Executive Director, California AfterSchool Network, Sacramento, CA

We CAN Training/Input Session: There has been significant recognition of the essential role of Expanded Learning programs in supporting our students, families, and communities in COVID-19 response and recovery. This recognition has resulted in an unprecedented investment in afterschool and summer learning at both the state and federal levels. This funding is often managed at the local level so programs will still need to advocate locally to ensure funds are invested into existing afterschool and summer learning structures. CAN team members will share newly released resources from CAN and our other partners that can help support these efforts.  Come learn how these tools and resources can support you and provide input on what additional supports you may need.
ULA, MLA, CB, DS, PK, E, M, H
Strand: California AfterSchool Network Workshop Strand; CA Only

Yoga: A Self-Regulation Tool
Christina Aanenson, OST Supervisor, Hopkins Kids & Company, Minnetonka, MN

In this workshop participants will learn some yoga tips and tricks to use with their students including how yoga can be used as a self-regulation tool or a fun group activity.
DS, E
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality

Young, Educated, and Diverse... We Think
Aleah Rosario, Senior Specialist, Workforce Initiatives, California AfterSchool Network, Sacramento, CA; Leslye Lugo, Program Specialist, California AfterSchool Network, San Francisco, CA

A lack of comprehensive understanding of the afterschool workforce limits our ability to design programs and policies that best support them. Hear about early efforts to advance the workforce in California, and help build national momentum around defining, understanding, and promoting afterschool as a robust and viable career pathway. Leave with knowledge and tools to move us all toward the recognition and professionalization that the afterschool workforce deserves.
ULA, MLA, CB, PK, E, M, H, HE
Strand: BOOST Nation: Town Hall; Staff Leadership; Sustainability

3:00PM-4:30PM PDT

Advancing Health Equity through School-Community Partnerships
Moderator: Daniel W. Hatcher, Director of Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Washington, D.C.
Panelists: Dr. Marie Pinto, CEO, ProYouth, Visalia, CA; Carlos Santini, Executive Vice President of Programs, After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles, CA; Brandon Nguyen, Think Together Student, Los Angeles, CA 

Teaching health and wellness both in and out of school time is gaining momentum and is proving vital to the academic success of all students, particularly those from underserved and low-income neighborhoods. In this panel session, participants will hear from leaders in the field of youth wellness and learn exemplary practices for both in school and in expanded learning.
ULA, MLA, CB, DS, E, M, H
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality; Partnerships & Building Relationships; Sustainability
CEUs

All Power to the Program!
Khariyyah Shabazz, Operational Programmatic Director; Vannary Jim, Programmatic School-Based Director, Higher Ground Neighborhood Development Corp., Oakland, CA

Our workshop will focus on the enriching process of taking after school activities and transforming them into community initiatives. By sharing our stories in an interactive and engaging way, we will illustrate how HG's WFD, Brookfield Greening Project, and Strong Behavior Health cultivated momentum with partnerships that gradually led to outside funding. We will explain our best practices on how to build from the services that are embedded within your program.
ULA, MLA, CB, DS, PK, E, M, H, HE
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality 

Building a Trauma-Informed Environment: How to Get Kids Back on Track
Renae M. Dupuis, Director, Trauma & Whole-Person Care, OC United, Fullerton, CA

Please join us at this important introductory Trauma-Informed Environments workshop to understand the impact of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experience), learn about the prevalence of trauma in our schools and communities how neurodevelopment is affected, hear an overview of TBRI® and learn more about the principles that will help you to build a connected and safe environment for children from hard places, and receive practical takeaway tools & interventions for classroom or afterschool program use.
ULA, MLA, CB, DS, PK, E, M, H, HE
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality; Staff Leadership

Building Student Confidence and Critical Mindsets through Design Challenges
Erica Barrueto, Senior Director, The Bowers Institute, The Tech Interactive, San Jose, CA; Eduardo Arellanes Loeza, Director of Admissions and Middle School Programs, Breakthrough Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA

Learn how The Tech and Breakthrough implemented a design-challenge curriculum for first-gen college-bound 7th graders! Design Challenge Learning engages students in a design process to solve real-world problems. Students build, collaborate, persevere, and think critically through an open-ended process that results in a team-driven solution. Design challenges engage all students, including those that don’t see themselves as STEM capable, and gives them a chance to showcase many skills.
MLA, CB, DS, E, M, H
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality 

Expanded Learning as Centers of Whole Child Health & Wellness
Jeff Davis, Executive Director; Melissa Perez, Program Specialist; Tiffany Gipson, Director of Quality Initiatives, California AfterSchool Network, Sacramento, CA

We CAN Training: CAN convened a multi-sector, Whole Child Health and Wellness collaborative from 2019-20  to establish a statewide statement of strategic direction that identifies Expanded Learning programs as the vehicle to advance whole child-whole family health and wellness. With the increased State and Federal funding that will be available to both afterschool and summer programs, CAN will explore how to use this new framework to consider a different mindset of how to design programs to meet the evolving needs of the expanded learning field in the current context of reopening schools. Join us to learn more about this work, and how to apply these strategies and recently released resources to help grow your work. 
ULA, MLA, CB, PK, E, M, H
Strand: California AfterSchool Network Workshop Strand

Promising Practices in Family Engagement
Moderator: ElizaBeth Phillips, Vice President-Center Operations, Catalyst Kids, Sacramento, CA 
Panelists: Sheila James, Regional Manager, COSA, Columbus, OH; Sarita Sashington, Strategic Relations Mgr., Be Strong Families, Matteson, IL; Rachel Gonzalez Martinez, Director of Training and Capacity Building; Tina Ochoa, Vice President of Programs, Families in Schools, Los Angeles, CA 

Engaging families as part of the solution illustrates the importance of shared responsibility in family and community engagement. Participants will listen and learn from a dynamic panel about innovative family engagement practices currently working within their communities, with the goal of improving students’ education.
Strand: Panel

Raise Your Voice: Engage, Advocate, and Make Afterschool a Priority in Your Community and Across California
Jennifer Peck, President & CEO, Partnership for Children & Youth; Jen Dietrich, Director of Policy, Partnership for Children & Youth, El Cerrito, CA

What does your program need to address the challenges it’s facing? What are the funding and policy opportunities for youth and families in your community? With an infusion of state and federal funding that can be used for expanded learning, now is the time to engage and advocate for your students, families, and staff. Join the discussion and shape California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance’s (CA3) priorities to sustain, improve, and grow afterschool and summer programs in California. You’ll also get practical tips for building support and accessing funds for your program in your community and in the State Capitol.
CA3 led prior campaigns to secure and protect an extra $100 million for California’s state-funded afterschool programs and helped shape this year’s $4.6 billion in state funding for expanded learning opportunities and interventions. 
ULA, MLA, CB, DS, PK, E, M, H
Strand: BOOST Nation Town Hall; CA Only

Friday, April 30

9:15AM-11:15AM PDT

Art Projects to Engage Families in Wellness
Daniel W. Hatcher, Director of Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Washington, D.C.

Get ready to draw, tape, color, and DIY your way to health-focused family engagement! Come ready to be creative and connect with your fellow BOOSTers! You'll leave this interactive experience with fun ideas to engage families in wellness through art. Suggested supplies: markers or crayons, tape, and a few sheets of paper.
DS, PK, E
Strand: Partnerships & Building Relationships 

Career Exploration Integration Into High-Quality Arts Programming
Stacy Ruff, Director, Youth Development Programs; Lee Shepard, Senior Director, Youth Development Program Management and Adoption, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Atlanta, GA

A skilled and robust workforce is essential to the future of America’s economy, and according to a 2019 LinkedIn study, one of the top skills employers are looking for most is creativity. This interactive workshop provides practical tools to help Youth Development Professionals across sectors create engaging high-quality Arts programming, experiences, and environments for young people to explore creative careers and practice social-emotional skills that prepare them for the future workforce.
CB, DS, M, H
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality

Changing the Narrative: Using Equity as the Foundation for Systems Change
Jeff Davis, Executive Director; Heather Williams, Director of Policy & Outreach; Tiffany Gipson, Director of Quality Initiatives; Troy Selvey, Program Specialist, California AfterSchool Network, Sacramento, CA

We CAN Conversation/Training: In the session, participants will start to understand what systems thinking is, identify the systems in which they exist and have influence, and begin to understand how empathy and equity can begin to redefine what transformational change and success in a system could really look like. CAN will explore how we anchor in Equity as a driver when using both Compassionate Systems (a systems thinking framework used by many in the CA Expanded Learning field and the greater K-12 system) and Continuous Quality Improvement to change not only outcomes but processes for approaching the redesign of an educational system where the invisible are seen and the quieted voices are not only heard but lead the conversation. We will use the SEL framework as a way to simplify and ground the discussion in language that is familiar to the Expanded Learning field.
ULA, MLA, CB, PK, E, M, H
Strand: California AfterSchool Network Workshop Strand

The Elements of Pride and Progress: Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth
Naiyah McGlamery, Intern/Apprentice, Kamora's Cultural Corner, Hartford, CT

1 in 6 people belonging to Generation Z identify as LGBTQ+ which means if you work with youth, you likely work with Queer and/or Genderqueer youth. If you are interested in building a greater understanding of how to support the young people who you work with, come learn with and from a Queer and Genderqueer teenager about LGBTQ+ terminology and allyship. Although this workshop is targeted towards professionals who work directly with youth, all are welcome!
MLA, DS, M, H
Strand: Older Youth

EmPOWERing 21st Century Girls
Rasheda Kamaria Williams, Chief Empowering Officer, Empowered Flower Girl, Royal Oak, MI

Empowered Flower Girl explores how educators, after-school professionals, and other youth advocates can support girls’ positive development. We will discuss ways to connect and engage 21st Century girls to live powerfully in the face of adversity - from cyberbullying to societal pressure.
ULA, MLA, DS, M, H
Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

Energize your Emergency Drills! 
Sherry Colgan Stone, Ed.D., Emergency Preparedness & Security Manager, Chula Vista Elementary School District, Chula Vista, CA 

Emergency drills can be energizing, empowering, and fun.  Yes….FUN! They don’t always have to look like emergency drills and the students don’t need to know that they practicing for an emergency!  Come learn both traditional and non-traditional ways to teach students to respond to emergencies. This will be an interactive workshop, loaded with great ideas for energizing your before and after school emergency procedures.  
MLA, CB, DS, PK, E, M, H
Strand: Staff Leadership

Girls Who Code and You: Building Partnerships to Teach Girls to Code and Change the World
Emily Ong, Senior Manager, Community Partnerships and Outreach, Girls Who Code, Culver City, CA

Women hold less than a quarter of U.S. computing jobs and this number is declining. Schools, districts, and community partners can play critical roles in closing the gender gap in technology and inspiring and equipping girls to pursue 21st-century opportunities. 
 
Join us to learn 1) best practices for building inclusive and holistic coding programs with adaptable options for the virtual learning landscape, 2) tangible activities and program design recommendations you can implement right away, and 3) how your organization can partner with Girls Who Code to empower young women to access tech opportunities and change the world through computer science.
ULA, MLA, DS, E, M, H
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality; Staff Leadership; Partnerships & Building Relationships 

It's Okay To Change Your Mind!
Jodie Knowles, Creator/Trainer/Advocate, Luminous Minds Project, Seattle, WA

Our world has changed! It has become clear we desperately need a more socially/emotionally intelligent and trauma-informed society. In this workshop, we will provide relevant social/emotional education to upgrade a new way of thinking and being in the world that is relevant to today's circumstances.
ULA, MLA, DS, CB, E, M, H 
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality

New Focus on Relationships; Implementing Harmony in Afterschool Programs
Larry Taylor, Executive Director of Youth Development, YMCA of Greater Houston. TX; Lisa Rice, Quality & Accreditation Advisor for Champions, KinderCare Education LLC, Tucson, AZ

Larry and Lisa share their expertise and experience scaling up implementation of SEL in different organizations; one in a local community and one nationwide. Successful implementation and adoption of SEL practices bridges the gap between in-school and out-of-school classrooms. They offer practical examples of systems and practices that support a coordinated effort to support social and emotional learning throughout a child’s day.
ULA, MLA, DS, CB, E, M, H
Strand: Harmony SEL Workshop Strand

Our Youth Matter
Jocelyn Guansing, Director of Education; Matthew Emerzian, CEO and Founder, Every Monday Matters, Los Angeles, CA

Our youth are intelligent, talented, caring, curious, resilient and so much more. They deserve to understand how much and why they matter. With EMM's resources, you will help youth connect to and value who they are, practice how they can support and celebrate others, and work together to create a world that matters. Students learn the vital roles they play in our classrooms, programs, and communities. Attendees will be empowered to bring SEL to their students, families, and communities.
MLA, DS, E, M, H
Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

Redefining Juvenile Justice and Youth Outreach from a Developmental Approach
Dr. Kathleen Van Antwerp, Co-Executive Director; Senta Greene, Co-Executive Director, Full Circle Consulting Systems, Inc., Ventura, CA

This workshop learning experience will offer a comprehensive, evidence-based educational curriculum for youth, parents, community providers, and law enforcement officers in the science of child and adolescent development to intercept and divert youth violence, crime, and delinquency. Our educational model focuses on enhancing academic performance and the social-emotional well-being of youth and fostering emotional well-being and resilience by providing safety, stability, and consistency.
MLA, M
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality
CEUs

A Student Wellness and Leadership Pathway (Franklin Covey)
Gary McGuey, High School Practice Leader, Franklin Covey Education, Canandaigua, NY

This session will explore how Franklin Covey Education has taken the best Leadership content from Franklin Covey and infused it into 4 leadership courses for students. This highly engaging and interactive session will provide leadership tools and strategies that individuals can implement tomorrow.
ULA, MLA, DS, CB, M, H
Strand: Older Youth

Supercharge Your Project-Based Learning
Fred Jones, CEO/Owner, Afterschool Guru, Los Angeles, CA

Project-based learning (PBL) is fun! But, when implemented correctly, it also becomes a powerful tool to teach 21st Century skills and to energize your program! Join our interactive hands-on workshop where you will learn how to design and administer powerful PBL activities that students will wholeheartedly embrace! Learn how to encourage your students to think outside of the box and to take ownership of their own education! Bring your imaginations, a sense of humor, and an open mind!
MLA, CB, DS, E, M, H
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality

Your Secret Superpower: Your Public Library
Marisa Miller, Consultant/Writer, Afterschool Publishing, Santa Barbara, CA

Sometimes you feel you need superpowers in your work to positively develop youth! What you may not know is that your local public library is a secret superpower waiting for you! Your library is a treasure trove of free digital and physical resources. In this interactive and demonstration-based workshop, learn about the amazing range of what is available and explore practical fun ideas of how to use them in your program to help make a positive difference for your staff, children, and families.
MLA, DS, PK, E, M, H, HE
Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

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