Sessions 2018-03-20T14:02:47+00:00

Building Social Awareness and Strengthening Emotional Intelligence in Adults in Afterschool

This institute will focus on emotional and social intelligence for out-of-school time providers, including directors and frontline staff. Participants will explore the Action Based Emotional Intelligence three-pronged model: know yourself, choose yourself and align yourself. Participants can expect both small and large group work, role plays, completion of self-assessments, team building, videos and instruction – all of which will be used to build the key skills of self-awareness, self-management and social awareness. A variety of resources will be shared.

Presented by: Liz Joye, Program Improvement Specialist, EDJ Consulting, Charleston, SC

College and Career Readiness Programs in Afterschool

Afterschool programs that focus on college and career readiness can provide successful transitions between high school, college or work, by helping students gain the skills, knowledge and expertise needed for their postsecondary success. This institute will offer ways to integrate college and career readiness into out-of-school time programs through activities, partnerships and family involvement. Participants will receive implementation and coaching strategies and will learn about tools available through You for Youth.

Presented by: Jennifer Conner, Education Specialist, You for Youth, Mount Laurel, NJ; and Allyson Zalewski, Lead Education Specialist, You for Youth, Mount Laurel, NJ

An Empowerment Approach to Performance Management

Strengths-based leaders do not ignore concerns; they use strengths-based communication and goal planning approaches to help staff build their strengths and overcome challenges. In this institute leaders will practice giving strengths-based feedback, discuss goal plans and identify the benefits of using scaling tools to measure progress.

Presented by: Susan Washinger, Program Coordinator, Network of Evaluation, Services and Training, Temple University Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA

Engaging Students and Their Families Through STEM

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 or 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 Family Science Nights (FSN) for middle school students and their families. This institute highlights the benefits of FSN and provides resources for afterschool programs to use to engage families. Those who wish to become certified in FSN can do so by completing two additional online workshops following the conference and a culminating project.

Presented by: Sarah Eyermann, Astrophysics Educator Specialist, CRESST/USRA and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD; and Sara Mitchell, Astrophysics Educator Specialist, CRESST/USRA and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

Engaging Students in Critical Discourse on Race: Why It Is Important and How to Do It Responsibly

In this institute, participants will receive guidance on how to have relevant and meaningful conversations with students about race, racism, and social injustice. The presenters will use this interactive session to help participants build capacity to safely broach sensitive issues. The goal is for the participants to leave the session in confidence with ready-to-use strategies for the afterschool setting.

Presented by: Kori Hamilton Biagas, Doctoral Candidate, Center for Urban Education, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Positive Discipline When Working With Kids

When young people are comfortable, unafraid, and engaged there is less of a need for afterschool leaders to impose order. This workshop will explore ways to create program environments where students experience mutual respect, empowerment, and excitement for learning. Participants will learn discipline strategies based on solutions instead of punishment and encouragement instead of fear.

Presented by: Rebecca Fabiano, Senior Consultant, Development Without Limits, New York, NY

Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree (PLT) uses trees and forests as a means to increase students’ understanding of the environment and actions they can take to conserve it. From its beginnings in 1976, PLT has exemplified high-quality environmental education. This workshop is intended for educators working with Pre-K through grade 6, and the information provided can be used with students in informal settings. The materials are designed to connect children to nature, engage students in learning, improve student achievement, and grow 21st century skills – including the ability to think critically and solve problems. This interactive, hands-on institute provides afterschool staff time to experience and model select PLT activities to replicate in the classroom.

Presented by: Jean Devlin, Natural Resource Program Specialist, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Harrisburg, PA

Teaching STEM Through Children’s Literature

Participants will be introduced to a wide array of STEM-themed children’s literature to incorporate within STEM lessons and classroom activities. Learn how to integrate fiction and non-fiction stories to introduce the engineering design process and cycle. This institute will focus on undertaking engineering design challenges and aligning those challenges with STEM-based literature for children in grades 3-5.

Presented by: Diana Wehrell-Grabowski, Science and STEM Education Consultant, Cocoa Beach, FL

Afterschool Quality and Outcomes

The quality of an afterschool program impacts student and staff retention as well as key program outcomes such as academic improvement for students. This workshop will provide the essential foundations of quality afterschool programs and allow participants to reflect on their own 21st Century Community Learning Centers program goals. In afterschool it is easy to lose sight of program quality while balancing grant requirements. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss how both sides can come together for quality programming.

Presented by: Leah Wallace, Program Manager, Field Services, David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, Ypsilanti, MI

Curriculum for a Crowded World

As the world population grows from 7.3 billion today, to over 9 billion by mid-century, it will be vital for students to understand the connections between people and our planet. In this workshop, discover innovative, hands-on activities to introduce students to fundamentals of human geography, including population trends, natural resource use and distribution. Engage in role-playing simulations, games and cooperative learning challenges that integrate standards for science, math, and social studies. Participants will receive a CD-ROM of activities.

Presented by: Jennifer Knepper, Teacher Trainer, Population Education, Washington, DC

Designing Effective Summer Programs – How to Use Engaging Themes and Activities to Keep Youth Active

Summer programs provide unique opportunities for young people to learn about and interact with the world around them through activities and trips not offered during the regular school year. Planning an engaging and effective summer program requires thoughtful preparation to ensure that young people are safe, engaged, and having fun all summer long. This workshop will help participants understand the importance of providing intentional summer learning opportunities based on research related to “summer learning loss.” Participants will leave with concrete ideas for specific trips and fun indoor and outdoor activities they can incorporate into their summer programs.

Presented by: Rebecca Fabiano, Senior Consultant, Development Without Limits, New York, NY

Helping Your Kids Excel at Social and Emotional Learning

This workshop explores methods, materials and strategies for introducing and promoting emotional and social intelligence in out-of-school time programs. The portion of this session pertaining to emotional intelligence, or intra-personal social skills, explores self-confidence, personal responsibility, optimism, and perseverance. The information presented on social intelligence or inter-personal social skills, delves into communication, empathy, problem solving, and collaboration. Numerous resources will be provided for participants to review and determine if they would work in their programs.

Presented by: Liz Joye, Program Improvement Specialist, EDJ Consulting, Charleston, SC

Implementing ESSA: Engaging Local School and/or Community Leaders

With the submission of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan, it is vital for out-of-school time (OST) providers to communicate, advocate, and establish partnerships with local school and community leaders to ensure OST serves as a valuable resource and evidence-based intervention. This workshop provides an understanding of OST opportunities in ESSA and how to build those important relationships.

Presented by: Caroline Allen, Coordinator, Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network, Center for Schools and Communities, Camp Hill, PA; and Laura Saccente, Director, Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network, Center for Schools and Communities, Camp Hill, PA

Improve Program Quality With a Professional Development Plan

Staff are the key to high-quality out-of-school time programs, and professional development should be provided in every program. In this workshop, participants will learn how to implement an ongoing, professional development cycle in their program using the free resources available from Click2Science professional development. Participants will leave with strategies that can be implemented immediately.

Presented by: Kacy Conley, Director, Pennsylvania School-Age Child Care Alliance, Catonsville, MD; Wendy Roush, Regional Manager, Hildebrandt Learning Centers, LLC, Lancaster, PA; and Betsy Saatman, TA Specialist, Pennsylvania Key, Reading, PA

Literacy Everywhere

Not all students who are struggling readers look the same or sound the same, and not all reading difficulties should be addressed in the same way. Identifying the areas of difficulty can be key to helping a student, but is not always an easy or simple thing to do. One of the best tools in a 21st Century Community Learning Centers program is correspondence with the students’ teachers. The school should be able to identify struggling readers and provide information on the areas of need. You for Youth will provide helpful suggestions for identifying and supporting students even without having any information about them from their school.

Presented by: Jennifer Conner, Education Specialist, You for Youth, Mount Laurel, NJ; and Allyson Zalewski, Lead Education Specialist, You for Youth, Mount Laurel, NJ

Navigating Pennsylvania’s 21st Century Evaluation

In this workshop, state evaluators from the Allegheny Intermediate Unit will review 21st Century Community Learning Centers evaluation requirements, walk participants through the required forms and systems (including the federal 21APR system), and provide practical strategies and resources for operationalizing the evaluation at the local level. Whether new or veteran, all grantees will benefit from the opportunity to discuss the reporting elements and how to apply them to grantee programs.

Presented by: Leslie Kirby McConnell, Evaluation, Grants and Data Specialist, Allegheny Intermediate Unit, Homestead, PA

Engaging English Learners in Afterschool Settings

Despite personal strengths, children who are English learners (ELs) in the United States face many challenges in both school and afterschool. In this workshop, participants will hear findings from a national survey of school social workers’ perspectives on ELs, including access to resources and concerns about discrimination. The presenter will discuss approaches to advocating with ELs at all societal levels.

Presented by: Kerry Vandergrift, Faculty, Radford University, Radford, VA

Evaluation in Afterschool

Assessment and evaluation can supply a wealth of valuable data about the quality of a youth program, but assessment just provides the data – a list of numbers and words. To learn from the evaluation and use it effectively to make improvements is a must for afterschool programs. This workshop is intended for those working closely with the external evaluator for their program.

Presented by: Leah Wallace, Program Manager of Field Services, David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, Ypsilanti, MI

Helping Youth Build Their Social Capital

Social capital refers to the value of relationships between people. Having a lot of it can be a determining factor in not only getting a job, but in keeping one, too. High degrees of social capital can mean greater promotional opportunities, increased job satisfaction and higher pay. Moreover, social capital is the key to formal and informal career development support, the key ingredient for a successful career. A high degree of social capital provides youth with a lot more than job leads – it serves as legitimization for participation and completion of workforce development programs and services. It is so much easier to get a credential when one knows someone on the other side of the workforce who wants to help you put that credential to work. In this workshop, participants will consider social capital and determine its value in today’s workforce development system.

Presented by: Edward DeJesus, National Director, Workforce Development Policy and Programs for Youth Advocate Programs, Inc., Harrisburg, PA

Pursuing Systemic Change to Advance Family Engagement

High-impact family engagement is a core strategy for improving children’s development and increasing student achievement. From the very beginning of early childhood programs like Head Start, parent engagement has been a significant element. The family, school and community engagement field has benefited from this approach. Learn what extensive research tells us about the impact family engagement has on development and learning; hear about a movement to both build capacity for high-impact family engagement practices; and elevate family engagement as a priority in the policy sector. Afterschool can help shape the future direction of family engagement.

Presented by: Keami Harris, Director of Capacity Building Programs, National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement, Washington, DC

Strong Staff = Strong Programs

This workshop looks at three of the critical components of building and maintaining a strong staff: interviewing and hiring staff, staff orientation, and staff recognition and retention. Participants are encouraged to bring any staff recognition and reward techniques they have found successful. The session is interactive with a mixture of videos, small group work and a large group activity. Participants will leave with tools and resources to build and maintain a strong staff.

Presented by: Liz Joye, Program Improvement Specialist, EDJ Consulting, Charleston, SC

Three Dimensional Learning Science Standards

Children learn best when they are actively involved with phenomena and educators can maintain students’ interest in science through exciting activities. This workshop will set the stage for participants to excite children about science, build science knowledge and inquiry abilities, and help children learn important teamwork skills. This workshop will focus on Three Dimensional Learning as described in the Next Generation Science Standards and the Pennsylvania Science Framework: scientific practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas. Participants will learn how to turn any exciting science experience, into a meaningful activity to ensure learning and alignment with the Pennsylvania standards.

Presented by: David Bauman, Science Advisor, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Harrisburg, PA

Wellness Triple Threat: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, and Staff Wellness in Out-of-School Time Programs

Do you need to motivate students in your afterschool program with physical activity – or introduce new snack options while throwing in some exciting nutrition education? Think about your program – are staff drinking water, eating fruit, and being physically active with students? Tackle the healthy environment triple threat: physical activity, nutrition and employee wellness. Learn new physical activities and games for quick brain breaks to infuse into academic enrichment time or to use for outdoor play. Explore tools and resources for serving “smart snacks” and weaving nutrition education into your programming. Discover how to encourage staff to be healthy role models while improving their own health at the same time. This session is all about helping program leaders and staff bring wellness to life in out-of-school time. All information is aligned to the School Health Index components focused on before and after school programs and the National AfterSchool Association’s Standards for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity.

Presented by: Michelle Dinnen Owens, National Advisor, Healthy Schools and Communities Program, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, New York, NY

Your Students and Their Families Can Be Scientists

Today’s science scene is all about kids being scientists by collecting, interpreting, analyzing, and presenting data and solutions for current problems. Participants will learn how to involve their students (K-12) and their families in real life, hands-on learning experiences contributing to current scientific research. Along with resource sharing, participants will experience two to three low-cost, tangible science activities that lend themselves to creating a better environment.

Presented by: E. Parke Brown, Youth Development Coordinator, Center for Schools and Communities, Camp Hill, PA on behalf of Winnie Black, Project Accelerate Coordinator, Center for Schools and Communities, Camp Hill, PA

Budget Tips for 21st CCLC Programs

Building and maintaining a budget for a 21st Century Community Learning Centers program is essential for continued program success. This workshop will focus on budget documents and the process for budget revisions, and is intended for program directors and fiscal managers. There will be an opportunity for those who register for this workshop to submit questions in advance that will be addressed by the presenters as time allows.

Presented by: Maribel Martinez, Fiscal Management Technician, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Harrisburg, PA; and WaTanya Ney, Program Officer, Division of Student Services, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Harrisburg, PA

Citizen Science – Investigating the World Around Us

Whether your 21st Century Community Learning Centers program is in an urban area, a rural setting, or somewhere in between, the presenter will provide lessons and activities that can be replicated in a school parking lot or playground area. Bring a jacket and be prepared to spend some of this workshop time outdoors as the presenter demonstrates activities that help afterschool students learn about conservation, natural ecosystems and the earth’s biological diversity across the commonwealth. This workshop will be fast moving and participants will leave with low to no-cost lessons that can be replicated.

Presented by: Amy Weidensaul, Director of Community Conservation and Education, Audubon Pennsylvania, Audubon, PA

Friendship: Building a Good Life

The PEAL (Parent Education and Advocacy Leadership) Center has just released a new resource titled, “Friendships: Building a Good Life. Strategies for Families of Children with Disabilities and their Peers, Communities, and Schools.” Workshop participants will receive a copy of this booklet and experience an interactive session to help gain understanding how to make a difference in someone’s life by facilitating natural opportunities for friendship building. Participants will review the design and organization of the booklet as well as reviewing and discussing the three guiding principles: 1. Everyone has a role to play in the development of friendships, 2. Friendships are important to all, and 3. Everyone benefits when we support friendship development for kids. Presenters will allow for discussion on possible barriers to friendship development and dialogue on ways to overcome these obstacles.

Presented by: Lorie Brew, Project MAX Coordinator, PEAL Center, Philadelphia, PA; and Kathleen Haigh, Parent Advisor, PEAL Center, Philadelphia, PA

Keeping Arts in Education

Learn about Arts in Education (AIE) programs and resources that are offered through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency celebrating 50 years of service to the commonwealth. Learn how to access AIE services and opportunities to support work in your communities and afterschool programs.

Presented by: Jamie Dunlap, Director of the Arts in Education Division, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Harrisburg, PA

Reflection: Part of the Learning Process

During science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning experiences, youth need opportunities to reflect and process to develop a personal understanding of what is happening. In this hands-on workshop, participants will develop strategies for encouraging youth to reflect while solving the problem presented in a design challenge. Participants will walk away with strategies to implement immediately in their program and resources from Click2SciencePD.

Presented by: Kacy Conley, Director, Pennsylvania School-Age Child Care Alliance, Catonsville, MD; Wendy Roush, Regional Manager, Hildebrandt Learning Centers, LLC, Lancaster, PA; and Betsy Saatman, TA Specialist, Pennsylvania Key, Reading PA

Taking an Active Role to Cultivate Family Engagement

Education leaders have to plan for family engagement; it does not just happen. In this workshop, principles for family engagement and cultural and institutional barriers will be discussed. Participants will be challenged to analyze their own schools or programs and generate ideas of programs and strategies they can share with their colleagues.

Presented by: Frances Frost, Family Ambassador, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC

“Tech It Out” Night

This workshop will begin with a lesson activator and participant survey to determine the audience’s experience with digital learning. The presenters will address critical questions regarding technology and social development. Participants will learn how to organize an open house evening session for their school community and will learn ways to engage their attendees through hands-on/minds-on activities to use at their “Tech It Out” Night. The workshop will culminate with an activity to share “techtastic” ideas to showcase the afterschool program for the community.

Presented by: Shirley Murray, Principal, Pequea Elementary School, Willow Street, PA; and Grace Painter, Elementary Teacher, Pequea Elementary School, Willow Street, PA

Opioid Awareness and Prevention: Resources and Tools for Educators

The opioid epidemic has become a national public health issue with an alarming increase in addiction, crime and deaths. This plenary session will highlight the biological and social factors contributing to this epidemic, how to spot the warning signs of opioid use or addiction, and how afterschool programs can play a role in providing awareness to students and families on this topic. Learn ways to teach youth about protective factors that are needed to lead a drug-free life – factors such as being able to appropriately analyze influences, access valid information about opioids, make healthy decisions, set goals that promote a positive quality of life, and practice health enhancing behaviors.

Presented by: Stephanie Bradley, Director, Principal Investigator, EPISCenter, University Park, PA; Geoffrey Kolchin, Program Analyst, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Harrisburg, PA

Pennsylvania Best Practices in Reaching Highly Mobile and Displaced Students

In this plenary session, participants will hear from 21st Century Community Learning Centers in Pennsylvania that have received the highest numbers of students from Puerto Rico following Maria, the devastating hurricane that severely damaged the island in September 2017. Learn what steps can be taken to help prepare your afterschool program for receiving students who have experienced similar traumas as presenters discuss their challenges and victories. Learn tips and techniques for welcoming displaced students impacted by trauma to your out-of-school time programs.

Presented by: Lucretia Brown, Director of Equity, Allentown School District, Allentown, PA; Michelle Norman, 21st CCLC Program Director, Lebanon School District, Lebanon, PA; Nicole Norman, 21st CCLC Program Coordinator, Lebanon School District, Lebanon, PA; and Ludy Soderman, Director of Multilingual Family Support Office, Philadelphia School District, Philadelphia, PA

Social Emotional Learning in Afterschool

Afterschool programs with a strong intentional focus on social and personal skills were found to improve students’ self-esteem and self-confidence (Durlak & Weissberg, 2007). The Susan Crown Exchange and the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality developed standards for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) which are emotion management, empathy, teamwork, initiative, responsibility and problem solving. Participants will learn how research demonstrates that regular attendance  at quality afterschool programs with strong SEL focus benefits children and youth.

Presented by: Leah Wallace, Program Manager of Field Services, David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, Ypsilanti, MI