Wednesday, March 13
Lunch on Your Own
11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Registration and Exhibit Area Open
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Institutes
Parents and families have the greatest influence on children’s attitudes toward education and career choices. If students’ attitudes toward science, particularly the physical sciences, are not influenced positively by parental/familial attitudes, efforts to improve the quality of content and teaching of these subjects in school may be futile. Research shows that parental involvement increases student achievement outcomes and family-oriented programs have a direct impact on student performance.
Based on this premise, collaborators at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center developed a curriculum for NASA Family Science Nights (FSN) for middle school students and their families. During this institute, presenters will highlight the benefits of FSN and provide resources for afterschool programs to use to engage families. Those who wish to become certified in FSN can do so by completing a culminating project and attending two webinars following the conference.
Presented by Sarah Eyermann, Astrophysics Education Specialist, University of Maryland and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD; and Sara Mitchell, Astrophysics Education Specialist, University of Maryland and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
During the last two decades, Challenger Learning Center – a living legacy to the seven Challenger astronauts who lost their lives – has developed 26 space and science programs, also called missions, that have been viewed/used in all 50 states and 22 countries. These missions use science and math to help students build both their content knowledge and skills most needed for the 21st century, including decision-making, teamwork, problem solving and communication.
Immerse yourself during this institute in one of the missions and experience firsthand how the curriculum comes to life and engages and captivates you. Learn about the range of subject matter, associated lesson plans, class suitability and standards for each mission and how these missions can benefit your out-of-school time programs.
Presented by Jackie Shia, Director, Challenger Learning Center, Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, WV
Active shooter threats provide unique challenges for afterschool staff and their students. Mental preparation and a plan are vital to help manage the situation. The Pennsylvania State Police will open this institute with an active shooter presentation, after which they will talk about issues related to the general safety and security of afterschool students.
Presented by Public Information Officer, Pennsylvania State Police, Harrisburg, PA
All learning is social and emotional, and afterschool settings provide opportunities that are ripe for social emotional skill development. The Wings for Kids approach provides a unique depth of implicit and explicit teaching by weaving social emotional learning throughout out-of-school time. Afterschool programs that build social emotional skills measured significant improvement in grades, test scores, attachment to school and positive social behaviors.
Learn about early and comprehensive approaches grounded in principles of positive youth development, as well as evidence-based social emotional learning practices to foster the mindsets, skills and confidence within each child to behave well, make good decisions and build healthy relationships.
Presented by WINGS for Kids, Charleston, SC
Learn more about the framework developed for responding to the needs of afterschool children and families of the incarcerated that uses systems and community programs based on research findings and best practice recommendations. Presenters will talk about data and demographics and examine the impact of parental incarceration on children including the effects of trauma and toxic stress on brain development. They will also provide a national perspective on promising practices for responding to the needs of these children and families, as well as guidance on creating environments within afterschool settings that promote resilience, minimize stigma and provide cost effective services. There will be an opportunity to engage in small group discussion on how to apply suggested best practices in your afterschool program.
Presented by Ann Adalist-Estrin, Director, National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated at Rutgers University Camden, Camden, NJ
Thursday, March 14
Breakfast on Your Own
7:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. | Registration and Exhibit Area Open
8:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Welcome, Opening Remarks and Keynote Address
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. | Exhibit Exploration
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Workshops
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Exhibit Exploration and Lunch on Your Own
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Workshops
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Exhibit Exploration
2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. | Workshops
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network Annual Meeting and Reception
Friday, March 15
Breakfast on Your Own
7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Registration Area Open
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | 21st CCLC Grantees’ Meeting