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Tuesday, Feb. 23
8:00 a.m. | Virtual Exhibit Hall Open
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Workshops
Do you find yourself struggling to maintain meaningful relationships with youth during this time of social distancing? Do you feel lost in a sea of social media platforms? Are you facing the prospect of doing more with less funding? Join the administrative team for the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program for a session packed with lessons learned and mistakes to avoid during a transition to a virtual program. From austere decisions to messy communication to zapped budgets, learn how LEAP faced the challenges of moving a robust, in-person, multi-site out-of-school time program entirely online.
Heather Sparks, LEAP Out-of-School Program Manager, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jovan Ellis, LEAP Curriculum and Program Specialist, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Khyra Lammers, LEAP Teen Specialist, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Kathryn Butcher, LEAP Program Assistant, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The NOAA Meaningful Watershed Education Experience is an excellent framework integrating STEM/STEAM and E-STEAM (environmentally themed) programming into in-school and afterschool programs. By exploring phenomena or environmental issues on their school grounds or adjacent communities, students build their skills of observation, measurement, action design and synthesis. Utilizing the MWEE model to facilitate real-world learning creates a perfect storm for community-based educational experiences. The framework encourages the development of collaborative networks that include environmental educators, school districts and other professionals within the student’s neighborhood. Participants will be provided an overview of the MWEE framework and begin redesigning their vision of integrative explorations in the afterschool space. Participants will also participate in several sample activities that can be conducted at schools in urban, rural and suburban settings. As bonus, this program will help program coordinators address multiple Pennsylvania Academic Standards, as well as explore a variety of Career Pathways.
Tamara Peffer, Environment and Ecology Content Advisor, Pennsylvania Department of Education
David Kline, Watershed Education Specialist, Stroud Water Research Center, Avondale, Pennsylvania
Educators and OST program providers have been catapulted into new relationships with children and their families during the unprecedented months since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Distance learning presents challenges and offers opportunities to build upon the special connections with families found in afterschool settings. This interactive session will examine how families can positively contribute to student engagement and discuss three new ways to deepen connections to families whether afterschool programming is in-person or remote. Participants will learn strategies to rethink and redesign programming to make connections with students and families a central strategy to program design.
Jennifer Brevoort, Senior Consultant, Development Without Limits, Washington, D.C.
In this session, participants will learn strategies for creating engaging online and hybrid mathematics classrooms. Shifting from an in-person traditional classroom to online instruction necessitates designing for student choice, timely feedback and learning for mastery. Six shifts for teachers moving online will be used as a framework for structuring and empowering students. Teachers and coordinators from all content areas will find relevance as examples draw from mathematics and humanities classrooms.
Adam Lavallee, Ph.D., Mathematics and Economics Teacher, Springfield, Pennsylvania
Attend this session to learn about instructional strategies, resources, tools and practices to make character an integral part of the out-of-school time culture and climate. Participants will learn about The Six Pillars of Character, the TEAM approach to character development, and have time to discuss how to best implement CHARACTER COUNTS! in their classrooms and programs as a whole.
Designed for preK-12 educators, this session includes breakout time where participants will plan CHARACTER COUNTS! implementation pertinent to their appropriate grade level.
Jeff Kluever, Director of Programs and Administration, The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
Tabitha Choquette, Assistant Director of Programs, The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
In our current climate, change is the new norm. As a leader, supporting afterschool staff to move through changes in positive and productive ways is critical. Change can bring a sense of unease and disequilibrium. Leaders who recognize the social and emotional aspects of change help others navigate the ever-changing waters of education. In this session, participants will gain specific strategies to guide staff through change with empathy and courage.
Wendy Kubasko, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Special Education, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
Get ahead with a winter planning session! Summer is right around the corner, and what a great time for STEM to inspire students to keep on learning through engaging, real life and relevant activities. An intentionally designed summer program will help students retain and build new knowledge and skills. In this session, the U.S. Department of Education’s You for Youth (Y4Y) technical assistance team will outline a nine-step process for designing a STEM-based summer learning program, best practices for implementing that program regardless of the delivery method (in person, virtual or hybrid) and tools to make planning easier.
David McConnell, Lead Training Specialist, Y4Y, Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Andrew Francis, Education Specialist, Y4Y, Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Whether you are a staff developer, program lead or educator, using brain-compatible principles will benefit you and your audiences. The session will use brain-friendly principles to help you organize and deliver highly memorable presentations. You will receive individualized coaching on your own delivery style and have multiple opportunities to present using the techniques that are shared. If you want to learn how to have participants rate your training sessions as a WOW, this workshop is for you.
Shauna King, Professional Development Specialist, King Professional Development Services, Greenbelt, Maryland