5 Reading Activities to Increase Engagement and Rigor
Engaging learners in reading can be really challenging. This workshop will provide five reading activities that can help increase student engagement in afterschool. The presenter will walk through each activity and give participants the opportunities to practice and discuss these strategies.
Bridget Spackman, Content Creator and Author, The Lettered Classroom, York, PA
Global Classroom: Engaging Youth with the Sustainable Development Goals
Climate change, social and economic injustice, and political instability are among the issues today’s youth face. Education and youth development aim to empower young people to be change-makers in their communities and globally. By engaging young people with the Sustainable Development Goals, our classrooms and youth programs can begin to prepare them to respond to the universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and promote peace and prosperity for all people.
Adana Wright, Director of Global Classroom, One to World, New York, NY
How to Be the Supervisor Your Staff Need
In the out-of-school time (OST) field, we dedicate so much time and energy toward our students that we often neglect our staff in the process; a major contributor to the high turnover rate in the field, estimated by the National Afterschool Association to be as high as 40% pre-pandemic and nearly 60% throughout it.
In a field built on relationships, we cannot continue to ask our students, families and staff to consistently build new ones. This turnover rate harms our programs, our staff, and our bottom line. With stronger leadership who support high-quality staff, we can help our retention both with staff and our students. This workshop will focus on providing tools to OST leadership to better support their staff with a focus on clear expectations, recognition, leveraging strengths, providing feedback, and investing in professional development.
Katherine Spinney, ACC, MT, MSW, Katherine Spinney Coaching LLC, Baltimore, MD
Resilience Mapping During COVID-19 in Afterschool
To aid in youth wellness and risk prevention, Sunrise of Philadelphia has applied the non-clinical, strengths-based approach of asset mapping to identify purposeful social emotional learning opportunities that better support youth and build trust for a return to in-person programming. We will share this strategy for counterbalancing Adverse Childhood Experiences and the broader traumatic impact of COVID-19 by intentionally investing in protective factors as a way to build resilience among youth.
Marina M. Fradera, Trauma and Curriculum Specialist, Sunrise of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Strategies to Support Students as They Create Products of Learning
Students create in both big and small ways throughout the school year. In this workshop we will examine how to support students as creators of content. We will look at how to develop the supporting resources necessary to everyday artifacts of student learning as well as for larger independent and collaborative projects. This workshop will provide an overview and hands-on opportunities for exploring open-ended creation tools.
Monica Burns, Ed.D., Founder, Class Tech Tips, Jersey City, NJ