Online Professional Learning and
Technical Assistance for
21st Century Community Learning Centers

The U.S. Department of Education’s 2022 21st CCLC Summer Symposium


Championing Equity and Justice


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Championing Equity and Justice

Tuesday, July 19
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

Building Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Through Scholastic Esports

Learn how Scholastic Esports Clubs attract a diverse group of kids who are often not engaged in traditional school activities, providing them a sense of belonging and self-affirmation and self-confidence.

Kevin Brown, Diretor, Global Education & Training, North America Scholastic Esports Federation

Tuesday, July 19
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: Building a Collective Consciousness for Understanding Individuals' Strength

This session will enable educators to understand the ways in which culturally relevant pedagogy (CRP) supports a growth mindset focused on asset-based thinking. CRP incorporates attributes and knowledge from each student's cultural background into instructional strategies and curricula in order to improve educational outcomes.

Erikca Brown, Equity Consultant, Equity Continuum

Janecia Rolland, Restorative Practices, Trauma and Equity Specialist, Restoration Coaching

Wednesday, July 20
7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Culturally Responsive SEL

Join this interactive session and we'll dive into the foundations of social and emotional learning (SEL) and where to start with culturally relevant SEL. Walk away having reflected on the role you play as a youth development professional, actionable steps to make a difference, and resources to continue the work with your students.

Katie Frazier, SEL Trainer, WINGS for Kids

Tristan Richardson, Program Curriculum & Instruction Specialist, WINGS for Kids

Tuesday, July 19
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Dismantling STEM Stereotypes to Engage Girls and Women in STEM Career Pathways

This workshop will focus on building capacity of afterschool professionals to integrate diverse STEM role models and STEM career information into afterschool programming to engage youth who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM. The session will also counter persistent stereotypes about STEM careers and STEM professionals.

Brenda Britsch, Senior Research Scientist, National Girls Collaborative

Karen Peterson, Chief Executive Officer, National Girls Collaborative

Thursday, July 21
4:20 pm - 5:35 pm

Our Society, Ourselves: Roots of Tension Talkback

Roots of Tension is a 10-minute film that explores how personal biases can ignite conflict. It was created in 2019 as a social awareness conversation starter, and is relevant now more than ever. Our educator in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion leads students through a workshop/talkback titled Our Society, Ourselves, encouraging them to dive into a discussion on societal constructs, ideas, and identities. Accompanied by the writer, director, and producers of the film, we explore how art can be used as a tool for social change.

LeGrand Love, Producer, Toolmaker Productions

Allie Long Reusch, CEO/Founder, Toolmaker Productions LLC

Angelica Robinson, Education in the Areas of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Toolmaker Productions

Thursday, July 21
4:20 pm - 5:35 pm

Out-of-School Time Apprenticeships: Building Equity in the Workforce and Strengthening Programs for the Future

Apprenticeships are gaining momentum in out-of-school time (OST) as an alternate career pathway that supports equity in the workforce. How can 21st CCLC programs get involved? Explore the possibilities of apprenticeships, including youth apprenticeships that support older teens and partnerships in your state, territory, or Tribe to grow your staff.

Tony Streit, Principal Investigator, National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE)

Tuesday, July 19
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Socio-Emotional Equity in Afterschool Promotes Social Justice In Education

This workshop will present definitions of socio-emotional skill equity and social justice outcomes that fit to the 21st CCLC afterschool theory of change. Once defined, we will engage expert practitioners from model afterschool programs in Genesee County, Michigan, to discuss their best practices focused on equity and social justice outcomes. To help local evaluators adjust their work to detect equity effects in local evaluations, these discussions will be supplemented with occasional reference to some specifics of socio-emotional skill and practices measurement. At the end of the session, participants will have a framework for understanding and explaining why cultural and family connections are so important for creating and sustaining the optimal ìbroaden and buildî emotion state and why childhood adversity requires additional supports for recovery from the activation of narrow and constrain emotional states. Leaders and frontline staff will leave with a clear idea of multiple actual practices that exemplary afterschool programs use to connect with local culture and to buffer stress responses with the children they serve. Evaluators will gain insights about how to use their existing data to model equity and agency outcomes.

Charles Smith, Managing Consultant, QTurn

Tuesday, July 19
7:45 pm - 9:00 pm

Understanding Who Our Native American Students Are and Why It Matters

This is an interactive presentation discussing the expanding achievement gap associated with Native American students, including historical components associated with colonization and forced simulation through boarding schools. Educators will also explore internal and external factors that impact motivation and persistence in this population, considering self-efficacy, a sense of belonging, and the student's perception of the curriculum.

Sarah Clark, Teacher, Muckleshoot Tribal School

Thursday, July 21
7:10 pm - 8:25 pm

What Youth Need Now

The youth who participate in our afterschool and summer learning programs are ready to engage in issues that deeply concern them. Learn how to incorporate authentic youth voice experiences in your afterschool or summer learning program from the experts - youth.

Leah Silverberg, Project Manager, Afterschool Alliance

College and Career Reimagined


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College and Career Reimagined

Tuesday, July 19
7:45 pm - 9:00 pm

Boost High School Afterschool programs With OST Career Pathways

STEM and computer science (CS)-related careers are booming and not all of them require a 4-year college degree. Students can acquire STEM and computer skills in a variety of ways that can lead to a well-paying job in a variety of technology fields. Learn how you too can build opportunities for your youth to engage in STEM/CS career explorations and get a leg up on their college or career pathways.

Robin de Almeida, PINCH

Lisa Ambrose, Program Manager, Career Readiness, Tennessee Office of Career Pathways

Patti Curtis, Robert Noyce/Ellen Lettvin STEM Education Fellow, U.S. Department of Education

Carolyn Eastman, Project Director, New Hampshire Learning Initiative

Vic Jaras, Consultant, Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Before and After School Programs, Iowa Bureau of School Improvement

Kamille Sheikh, Education Specialist, Utah Title IV-B (21st CCLC) Grant

Tuesday, July 19
7:45 pm - 9:00 pm

Building New Models for College and Career Pathways

Are you discovering how to make college and career pathways for your students a reality? Learn ways to build new models for educational excellence by collaborating with local universities and providing hands-on, experiential learning experiences for your students that align with students' college and career interests.

Megan Hanley, Director, Academies and Student Initiatives, ASU Preparatory Academy

Trista Zobitz, Microschool Program Manager, ASU Preparatory Academy

Wednesday, July 20
4:20 pm - 5:25 pm

Career Pathways for Students: Launching Youth Into the Future

The career possibilities for your students are expansive, and we can help youth develop fundamental skills for success in their eventual careers. Join the U.S. Department of Education's You for Youth (Y4Y) Technical Assistance Team as we describe the career pathways approach and experiment with activities that connect academic skills with diverse career opportunities.

Yana List, Education Specialist, You for Youth (Y4Y)

David McConnell, Lead Training Specialist, You for Youth (Y4Y)

Tuesday, July 19
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Get To Know NOAA Science and Careers

This session will share information about the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and how you could be part of our exciting work. We will provide background about NOAA, connect to NOAA career opportunities, and help educators access resources to engage their students in real-world experiences related to NOAA's mission.

Bronwen Rice, B-WET National Coordinator, NOAA

Wednesday, July 20
7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Getting Students Excited for Future Careers Using Augmented and Virtual Reality

Discover how Pittsylvania County Schools is using augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) to prepare its elementary, middle, high, and career and technical center students for college and the workforce. Students are exposed to real-world activities in health sciences, advanced manufacturing, agri-science, and transportation career pathways - while improving engagement and technical skills.

Michael Carbenia, Senior Executive Director of Workforce, zSpace, Inc.

Angela Rigney, Director of Career & Technical Education/Adult Education, Pittsylvania County Schools

Thursday, July 21
4:20 pm - 5:35 pm

NextGen Leadership – Preparing Youth for the First Job

Too often young workers lose their first job due to a lack of skills not taught in schools. While workplace expectations vary from employer to employer, critical skills must be developed to ensure first job success. The Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association's NextGen Leadership program is designed to foster the development of these skills.

Judy Varn, Education Programs Director, Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association

Allison Wallace, Executive Director, Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association

Wednesday, July 20
4:20 pm - 5:25 pm

Why YES (Youth-Engaging Services)?

Sadly, all children will not reach their full potential because they do not have at least one adult willing to be the positive force in their lives. Their aspirations to be different, daring leaders are silenced by naysayers who may not have the capability to help them succeed in life. Will you be the change agent needed to help children to succeed?

Thomasina Millner, Youth Services Division Program Manager, United Planning Organization

Fast Track to Learning: Engaging the Whole Child


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Fast Track to Learning: Engaging the Whole Child

Thursday, July 21
4:20 pm - 5:35 pm

Community Engagement Through Action Research: Smithsonian Science for Global Goals

How do we engage young people in the issues that are most relevant to them? The Smithsonian Science Education Center will share tools and techniques to help youth discover and value their identity, connect to their community, and take personally meaningful and locally relevant action on global socio-scientific issues.

Heidi Gibson, Science Curriculum Developer, Smithsonian Science Education Center

Logan Schmidt, Science Curriculum Developer, Smithsonian Science Education Center

Thursday, July 21
7:10 pm - 8:25 pm

Connecting Students to Creeks and Communities: Engaging the Whole Child in the MWEE Framework and Out-of-School Watershed STEM Programs

Discover how the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) curricular framework engages out-of-school time youth from their first spark of inquiry in local environmental issues to their lasting action in community-based stewardship. Together, we will explore dynamic, freshwater-focused pedagogies and resources to engage the whole child in virtual and in-person STEM education.

David Kline, Watershed Education Specialist, Stroud Water Research Center

Mandy Nix, Watershed Education Specialist, Stroud Water Research Center

Thursday, July 21
4:20 pm - 5:35 pm

Engagement, Safety, and Environment: Resources and Supports from the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments

Please join us for an interactive session from the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments. The Center offers information and technical assistance focused on improving conditions for learning. Presenters will share resources that are relevant to 21st CCLC grantees, focusing on practices for building resiliency and integrating social, emotional, and academic learning.

Kelly Wells, Principal Technical Assistance Consultant, American Institutes for Research

Sara Wolforth, Deputy Director, National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments

Wednesday, July 20
4:20 pm - 5:25 pm

Getting Started With Service or Service-Learning in Afterschool Programs: Tools and Grants

Learn how to add service or service-learning to your program, and find out about free tools and trainings available to you, and a $500 grant opportunity to support activities during the 2021-22 academic year. Participants in this session will receive preference during the YSA Afterschool Grant review process, so join us to get started!

Michael Minks, Vice President of Operations, Youth Service America

Thursday, July 21
4:20 pm - 5:35 pm

Incorporating Student Voice & Choice With Y4Y

Inviting students to see themselves as stakeholders in their own learning equips them with many tools necessary for lifelong success. It also promotes buy-in and keeps students engaged in your program. By listening to young people, you show them that their opinions and perspectives are both valued and valuable. Join the U.S. Department of Education's You for Youth (Y4Y) Technical Assistance Team as we discuss opportunities to continually improve program quality using strategies for gathering student input, designing activity plans in response to that input, and responding to student feedback.

Sarah Brightwell, Senior Curriculum and Training Specialist, You for Youth (Y4Y)

Olani Lilly, Senior Curriculum and Training Specialist, You for Youth (Y4Y)

Wednesday, July 20
4:20 pm - 5:25 pm

Observing the Whole Child for Socio-Emotional Equity

Socio-emotional skills are at the center of any whole child theory of change because socio-emotional skills have a compounding effect on many developmental outcomes (e.g., academic achievement) and must be accurately "seen" to build socio-emotional equity. Three best practice methods of observing children's social and emotional learning (SEL) skills are introduced to participants, with guidance for use. Participants will learn about the parts of socio-emotional skill and the whole child definition of equity learn three types of observational assessment consider the relationship between mindfulness and bias reduction and understand how an adult rating can be used to capture skill growth.

Charles Smith, Managing Consultant, QTurn

Wednesday, July 20
7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Practical Strategies for Connecting SEL and STEM

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and social and emotional learning (SEL) enrichments are powerful tools for learning but are often facilitated as separate activities. In this session, participants will practice using a set of STEM facilitation strategies and connect them to SEL competencies to create a more inclusive, respectful, and inspiring learning experience for all.

Rachael Van Schoik, Science Action Club Manager, California Academy of Sciences

Wednesday, July 20
4:20 pm - 5:25 pm

Productive Struggle: The Art of Scaffolding Difficulty as a Technique for Growth

How do we find the right balance of challenging our students or our teams toward growth and supporting them along the way? The answer lies in the idea of "productive struggle," and in this workshop participants will discover ways to find that balance. Productive struggle means knowing just how far to push, and what happens when you do.

Erika Petrelli, Senior Vice President of Leadership Development, The Leadership Program

Tuesday, July 19
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

Social and Emotional Learning Connection in 21st CCLC Programs: Why, What, and How

The term social-emotional learning, or SEL, has become much more common in recent years. How can out-of-school time programs utilize it and its benefits with so little time? This session will leave you with a stronger understanding of SEL's significance, and how to use it strategically to build relationships and improve many other areas. Evidence-based strategies and resources will be shared to use immediately.

Heathre Palige, 21st CCLC Director and Site Coordinator, Pinnacle Charter School

Tuesday, July 19
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

STEMulate Your Afterschool and Summer Program!

Join us in this exciting hands-on workshop and learn how to integrate STEAM and STEMulate your afterschool program. Bring your problem-solving skills as we construct several STEAM activities and learn how to create a blended learning environment.

William Albert, CEO & Founder, STEMfinity

Jason Lindsey, Mr. Science, Hooked on Science

Tuesday, July 19
7:45 pm - 9:00 pm

Strong Math Skills = Strong Academic and Social Development

All students can learn math! Through games and visual activities, students can touch, talk, and explore math and develop stronger math skills. Games provide opportunities to practice and problem-solve. Visual activities help students ìseeî math concepts and allow them to communicate and collaborate about their experiences, developing a stronger math sense.

Mary Curry, Math Enthusiast, MANGO Math Group

Thursday, July 21
7:10 pm - 8:25 pm

Student Voice and Choice: Creating Media That Empower

Creating media to amplify youth voices powerfully engages students by offering choice, voice, and relevance. Find out how Motivos bilingual magazine amplifies youth voice while connecting students with opportunities to explore their passions and connect with their communities. Student firsthand accounts, video clips, and interactive activities await!

Jenee A Chizick, Founder, Motivos bilingual magazine

Karyme Font, Editorial Fellow, Motivos bilingual magazine

Tuesday, July 19
7:45 pm - 9:00 pm

The District Summer Learning Network's Focus on Whole Child Development

Learn from districts in the District Summer Learning Network that are integrating a whole child development approach in their summer learning design. Learn about their vision for what this looks like across their district, and how they've created the conditions for sites, staff, and partners to help students build confidence, positive relationships, leadership skills, and new experiences they can take into the school year.

Giula Cox, Technical Advisor, FHI 360

Great Leaders Track: Management, Leadership, and Sustainability


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Great Leaders Track: Management, Leadership, and Sustainability

Thursday, July 21
7:10 pm - 8:25 pm

21APR Listening Sessions for Subgrantees

The 21APR team invites subgrantees and program staff to share their initial experiences with 21APR data entry for the new GPRA. This will include experiences inputting data, overall workflow, and system design; general questions about data collection processes around the new GPRA, and how the user has experienced this transition; and a system wish list.

Debora Ortloff, Subject Matter Expert, The Tactile Group

Wednesday, July 20
4:20 pm - 5:25 pm

Afterschool Promoting Healthy Futures: How Programs Are Addressing the Well-Being of Students and Staff

Afterschool programs help to provide the positive settings, relationships, and experiences that are the foundational building blocks for young people's healthy development. Join this session to learn about best practices to support students' well-being, as well as strategies to support the health and wellness of program staff.

Nikki Yamashiro, Vice President of Research, Afterschool Alliance

Tuesday, July 19
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Behavior Change, But Not for Kids: Redesigning Youth Development Training

Want your staff training to be as engaging as scrolling through TikTok or exercising with Peloton? Learn the research behind adult learning, engagement, motivation, and habit formation, and how you can use these strategies to deliver effective professional learning experiences in youth development settings. We'll discuss three must-haves every training needs to inspire professionals to implement what they learn ó and have fun, too! We will also review how to use technology, including our Change Up Learning training platform, to advance staff development.

Jennifer Curry, CEO, Change Impact

Wednesday, July 20
7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

ELEVATING Teacher Leaders Through Summer Programs

Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) works to reignite, reconnect, and revolutionize learning for students due to the pandemic. To inspire FCPS students to achieve their full potential, time is spent building teacher leader capacity through summertime programs. Participants will learn strategies to develop teacher leaders and create a shared systemic vision of continual growth.

Justine Freimanis, Teacher Specialist of School Improvement, Frederick County Public Schools

Jessica Zentz-Ridenour, Grants Coordinato4, Frederick County Public Schools

Wednesday, July 20
7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Feedback Can Improve Staff Engagement and Organizational Performance!

Do you get stressed thinking about employee performance? Giving and receiving feedback can be emotion-laden and damaging to your organization's culture if not done effectively. Come practice skills to improve feedback discussions and use them to increase engagement. Let feedback become a powerful tool for organizational performance and growth.

Hillary Jones, Education Specalist, Foundations, Inc.

Yana List, Education Specalist, Foundations, Inc.

Tuesday, July 19
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

From Good to Great: A Data-Driven Management Framework for 21st CCLC Programs

Many 21st CCLC program leaders find it difficult to track the effectiveness of strategies used to support student and staff development and demonstrate progress. In this session, we will explore a simplified framework program leaders can use to create a data-driven culture and effectively manage, improve, and sustain their programs.

Andrew Francis, Education Specialist, Foundations Inc.

Tuesday, July 19
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

From Good to Great: A Data-Driven Management Framework for 21st CCLC Programs

Many 21st CCLC program leaders find it difficult to track the effectiveness of strategies used to support student and staff development and demonstrate progress. In this session, we will explore a simplified framework program leaders can use to create a data-driven culture and effectively manage, improve, and sustain their programs.

Yana List, Education Specialist, Foundations Inc.

Thursday, July 21
4:20 pm - 5:35 pm

It is Not What You Say; It is How You Say It: Effective Communication in the Workplace

"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." So said George Bernard Shaw - and in this workshop participants will discover the many pitfalls to effective communication. But, rest assured - participants will also learn strategies for avoiding those pitfalls and will walk away understanding just how impactful our words can be. Communication, both verbal and nonverbal, has a huge impact on the engagement of our teams, the success of our programs, and the positive cultures of our organizations.

Tom Armstrong, Senior Director of Programming, The Leadership Program

Thursday, July 21
4:20 pm - 5:35 pm

Lessons in Love From a Veteran Educator

Join a 40-year veteran educator as she shares strategies for school leaders focused on the fundamentals of relational leadership. Hear and reflect on stories from the trenches and then practice and respond in small-group breakouts, winding up with a practical bag of takeaways to apply every day. A thoughtful and engaging session.

Vandy Kemp, Senior Consultant, Prosper and Partners Consulting LLC

Wednesday, July 20
4:20 pm - 5:25 pm

Messaging Afterschool: How to Share Your Afterschool Story

Searching for the right words to describe your afterschool or summer learning program to potential partners? 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.

Tiyana Glenn, Project Manager, Afterschool Alliance

Sophie Kidd, Project Associate, Afterschool Alliance

Tuesday, July 19
7:45 pm - 9:00 pm

Sustainability: Not Just a Buzzword!

Time-limited grants and diminishing funding matched with ever-shifting priorities sometimes cause education leaders to scramble to find ways to sustain successful initiatives or programs. In this workshop, learn about the ìFour Steps to Sustainability Successî and gain an understanding of how each step will bring organizations closer to maintaining programs.

Shawn Petty, Senior Study Director, Westat

Tuesday, July 19
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Sustaining Your 21st CCLC Program by Leveraging the American Rescue Plan and Other Funding

Start thinking about sustaining your 21st CCLC program to ensure students have ongoing access to quality, comprehensive programs. We'll focus on leveraging federal, state, and local government funding to sustain your program ó including how to access funding available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021.

Jeff Cole, Associate Vice President, School-Community Partnerships, Beyond School Bells

Tuesday, July 19
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Sustaining Your 21st CCLC Program by Leveraging the American Rescue Plan and Other Funding

Start thinking about sustaining your 21st CCLC program to ensure students have ongoing access to quality, comprehensive programs. We'll focus on leveraging federal, state, and local government funding to sustain your program ó including how to access funding available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021.

Erik Peterson, Senior Vice President of Policy, Afterschool Alliance

Tuesday, July 19
7:45 pm - 9:00 pm

The "Superteam Meeting": 3+ Ways to Mindfulness and Staff Support

For staff to feel supported, we need to spend time ensuring they are feeling safe and seen. When this happens, they carry it over to their peers and students. In the session, we will walk through simple ways to approach mindfulness in staff meetings that don't intimidate staff. We will share methods that support you as a leader to build confidence in delivering a mindful practice, and how to incorporate it into your staff meetings in a nonthreatening way. No fluff here.

Julia Gabor, Mindful Founder, kid-grit

Michelle Pina, Director of Partnerships and Outreach, kid-grit

Tuesday, July 19
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

The Dreamer, the Realist, and the Critic: How Teams Thrive

Walt Disney's famous creative process for expanding new ideas is more than just an effective brainstorming tool — It is also an important reminder of how strong teams are built. Whether you are a dreamer, a realist, or a critic, your voice is needed and your input helps drive an idea, or an organization, forward. Participants of this workshop will explore the benefits of the "dreamer, realist, and critic" approach, and will assess their own team's opportunities for growth.

Erika Petrelli, Senior Vice President of Leadership Development, The Leadership Program

Thursday, July 21
7:10 pm - 8:25 pm

Where Is My T.E.A.M. (Trusting Environment And Management)?

Does your organization have a T.E.A.M.(Trusting Environment AND Management)? To produce quality work and meet the needs of youth, you must have BOTH! This session will provide you with innovative strategies to effectively communicate, manage, and mentor staff. Let's intentionally be a T.E.A.M.

Thomasina Millner, Youth Services Division Program Manager, United Planning Organization

Tuesday, July 19
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

You for Youth Listening Session: Effective Leadership in Social and Emotional Wellness Practice

You already have the tools for implementing strong social and emotional wellness practices in your program. In this session, Y4Y will guide you through interactive exercises to help you unearth them. You'll reflect on past effective leadership practices with proven outcomes, work with peers to isolate your highest needs around social and emotional wellness, then brainstorm how to marry effective leadership practices and social and emotional wellness solutions in your program. Y4Y facilitators will offer a quick review of relevant Y4Y resources, and get your feedback on your specific professional development needs around social and emotional wellness for both leaders and frontline staff.

Sherri Lauver, Deputy Director and Senior Content Specialist, You for Youth (Y4Y)

Great Leaders Track: Management, Leadership, Sustainability


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Great Leaders Track: Management, Leadership, Sustainability

Wednesday, July 20
7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Self-Care as Organizational Care

Self-care is typically framed as the responsibility of staff as the result of inevitable working conditions that require it. This session challenges organizational leaders to take ownership of their role in providing workspaces that are conducive to personal fulfillment, growth, and well-being. In this session, you will assess current organizational practices and their impact on staff's well-being. You will also share current best practices and learn new ones to increase staff satisfaction, well-being, and retention. This session is designed to examine and improve positive organizational functioning and help you shift from a reactive approach to a proactive one.

Katherine Spinney, Youth Development Advocate, Katherine Spinney Coaching, LLC

Tuesday, July 19
7:45 pm - 9:00 pm

The Urgency of Now: Transforming Summer Learning for our Nation's Youth

Creating a three-year summer learning roadmap can help your district articulate a bold vision and implementation plan for summer learning. By setting a longer implementation window, your district can create room to learn and grow over time, rather than focus exclusively on the urgency of the year ahead.

Nancy Gannon, Senior Advisor of Teaching & Learning, FHI 360

Innovative Community and Family Connections


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Innovative Community and Family Connections

Tuesday, July 19
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

"Bundling" It All Up: A Transmedia Model for Making Natural History Science Accessible for Students and Teachers

Join educators from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History to learn about the museum's transmedia bundle model for K12 digital learning. Learn about the pedagogy and research behind the approach, discover resources for your learners, experience portions of our digital school programs, and learn how you can plug these programs and resources into your own teaching!

Maggy Benson, Distance Learning Manager, Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

Nicole Webster, Manager of School and Youth Programs, Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

Thursday, July 21
4:20 pm - 5:35 pm

A Community of Practice: Building Afterschool Family Engagement Capacity Through STEM at the State Level

Dithering over what is the next level of support for afterschools' family engagement practices? Consider a community of practice (CoP). This session will describe a recent state-level collaboration to improve family engagement practices using STEM among afterschool programs through a CoP model.

Susan Gamble, Director, WVSAN

Sherry Swint, Coordinator, West Virginia Department of Education

Tuesday, July 19
7:45 pm - 9:00 pm

Community Coalitions: No One Entity Can Create and Sustain Academic Achievement Alone and Parents Are Essential

No one entity can create and sustain academic achievement for children. Children's success depends on the intersectionality with the school, child, community stakeholders, and the parent as a partner. A coalition approach fosters a sense of shared power, shared responsibility, and honors the expertise of the collective participants to achieve successful and intended outcomes.

Sylvia Quinton, Development Director, Suitland Technology Education Engagement Resource Center, Inc.

Tuesday, July 19
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Nurturing Relationships Between Educators and Researchers: A Facilitated Discussion on Culturally Responsive Guidelines for Building Meaningful Partnerships between Community Organizations and Educational Researchers

What are the essential elements of good partnerships between education providers and researchers and how do you build those relationships over time? In this interactive session, we will invite participants to engage in an open dialogue around strategies for building strong and mutually beneficial partnerships between researchers and education practitioners.

Jennifer Borland, Director of Research Programs, Rockman et al

Camellia Sanford Dolly, Development of Professional Development, Rockman et al

Cecilia Garibay, President, The Garibay Group

Nisaa Kirtman, Senior Research Associate, Rockman et al

Wednesday, July 20
7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Partnerships, Access, and Adaptation: How Districts Are Supporting Summer Learning in Challenging Times

Based on findings from a Wallace Foundation-funded summer learning landscape study, this session will focus on ways 21st CCLC programs can support strong summer learning opportunities for students at all levels and the importance of professional learning opportunities focused on social and emotional learning, family engagement, equity and inclusion, and trauma-informed practices.

Tony Streit, Managing Project Director, Education Development Center, Inc.

Thursday, July 21
4:20 pm - 5:35 pm

Relationship Building for Efficacy and Sustainability

Are critical partners aware of the impacts of your work? This "partner" presentation to the Afterschool Alliance's crafting a message session ("Messaging Afterschool") will help programs think through how to deliver their messages to key constituencies such as education leaders, the media, local governments, business and philanthropy partners, and others.

Janelle Cousino, Senior Adviser, Janelle Cousino, Afterschool Alliance

Katie Landes, Director, Georgia State Afterschool Network

Steven Williams, Network Lead, Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool and Youth Development Network (PSAYDN)

Wednesday, July 20
7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

School-Camp Partnerships: Harnessing Nature and Fun for School Readiness

Nature. Games. Sleep-away from home. What do you imagine when you think of summer camp? Leaders from American Camp Association National Summer Learning Association will share their partnership and how 21stCCLC programs can contact camps and bring together the best of what camp, school, and afterschool programs offer.

Laurie Browne, Sr. Director of Research & Education, American Camp Association

Brodrick Clarke, Vice President, Programs and Systems Quality, National Summer Learning Association

Brodrick Clarke, Vice President, Programs and Systems Quality, National Summer Learning Association

Laurie Browne, Ph.D., Sr. Director of Research & Education, American Camp Association

Tuesday, July 19
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

Take a Moment for Yourself: Equipping Children and Families With Coping Strategies Within a Place-Based Context

In response to the disruptions that occurred in the lives of children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic, we aimed to empower children and families through enhancing their executive function skills and teaching coping strategies ó as everyday tools ó while building a community based on shared experiences to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 burnout.

Mai Lor, Community Engagement Supervisor, Twin Cities PBS

Sarah Rodriguez, Professional Development & Community Engagement Specialist, Twin Cities PBS

Wednesday, July 20
4:20 pm - 5:25 pm

The 5Ws (and 1 H) of Family Engagement in Afterschool Programs

The term "family engagement" often prompts more questions than answers. Family engagement specialist Jennifer Wotring will share strategies around the West Virginia Statewide Family Engagement Center's SEAMless approach to address the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY, and HOW of increasing family engagement in out-of-school time programs.

Jennifer Wotring, Senior Program Manager-Family Engagement Specialist, The EdVenture Group

Wednesday, July 20
4:20 pm - 5:25 pm

Together We Learn: Building the Capacity of Families and Communities From Within

In this session, participants will engage in a discussion around Save the Children's Community Engagement Framework and the local community approach to building partner capacity around conducting a community needs assessment, developing caregiver focus groups, and implementing new initiatives within our communities around early education.

Chelsea Gifford, Lead Associate, Community Engagement, Save the Children

Michelle Smith, Community Engagement Lead Associate, Save the Children

Plenary Session


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Plenary Session

Tuesday, July 19
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Opening Plenary Session - Engaging Girls in STEM

We know women and girls are finding incredible success in some STEM fields like biology and medicine, so why are they underrepresented in engineering, computer science, and other STEM fields? In this plenary you will meet amazing women working for NASA, gather recent research on supporting girls in STEM, and then learn from OST practitioners who are making great strides in engaging girls in STEM. Leave with new ideas and tools you can use to get more girls into STEM where they belong!

Maria Arredondo, Educational Programs Specialist, Office of STEM Engagement, NASA Glenn Research Center

Patti Curtis, Robert Noyce/Ellen Lettvin STEM Education Fellow, U.S. Department of Education

Teresa Drew, Director, Million Girls Moonshot

Gina Henderson, Chief of the Integrative Operations Branch of Exploration Systems and Operations Division, NASA

James Lane, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Education

Kristin Lewis-Warner, Senior Consultant of STEM Partnerships, Partnerships in Education and Resilience

Nicole Puri-Collins, Chief Executive Officer, Techbridge Girls

Savita Raj, Chief Program Officer, Girls Scouts of the USA

Marile Colon Robles, Project Scientist and Education Outreach Coordinator, NASA

La' Shawndra Scroggins, Group Leader, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, U.S. Department of Education

Jackie Smalls, Chief Program Officer, code.org

Tara Strang, Performance and Evaluation Assistant Manager, NASA

Deanna J. Whitehead, Chief of the Flight & Ground Software & Simulation Division, NASA

Wednesday, July 20
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Plenary Session - Embracing the Power of Your Leadership Imprint

It has been said that "we never touch another so lightly that we do not leave a trace". In this humorous inspirational keynote, Tara emphasizes that we are all leaders in some capacity, regardless of title or position, and that kids are constantly seeking leaders who they can follow. Through powerful stories of her time spent both teaching and coaching diverse populations, Tara emphasizes the importance of embracing intentional actions that will inspire and motivate. Characteristics of great leaders will be discussed and attendees will take away tremendous encouragement with which to embrace the power of their leadership footprint on a daily basis.

Tara Brown, The Connection Coach

Janell Wood, Program Officer, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, U.S. Department of Education

Thursday, July 21
5:55 pm - 6:55 pm

Plenary Session - From the Field: Updates From National Out-of-School Time Organizations

Join the Afterschool Alliance, Foundations, Inc., the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and the National AfterSchool Association for updates on what their organizations are doing in the Out-of-School Time field in 2022 and beyond!

Andrew Francis, Education Specialist, Center for Afterschool and Expanded Learning, Foundations Inc.

Jodi Grant, Executive Director, Afterschool Alliance

Rhonda Lauer, President and CEO, Foundations, Inc.

Angelica Portillo, Director of Advocacy and Workforce Initiatives, National AfterSchool Association

Carlos Santini, CEO, Mizzen by Mott

La' Shawndra Scroggins, Group Leader, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, U.S. Department of Education

Wednesday, July 20
5:55 pm - 7:10 pm

Plenary Session - Students in Action

The Department of Education is excited to highlight innovative 21st CCLC programs from around the country in this plenary session. Featured programs include The SPOT from Wilson, North Carolina, San Antonio Youth from San Antonio, Texas, CREATE from Washington, D.C., ACHIEVE from Tucson, Arizona, The Broken Ground Gentlemen from Concord, New Hampshire, and Greenville ISD's ACE from Greenville, Texas. Attendees will be dazzled by program achievements presented in video format, and hear straight from students in the live portions of this engaging session!

Sherri Lauver, Deputy Project Director and Lead Content Specialist, You for Youth (Y4Y)

Debbie Little, Management Program Analyst, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, U.S. Department of Education

Gail Payne, Program Officer, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, U.S. Department of Education

Ruth Ryder, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

La' Shawndra Scroggins, Group Leader, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, U.S. Department of Education

Thursday, July 21
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Plenary Session - U.S. Department of Education Updates

Julie Coplin, Education Program Specialist, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, U.S. Department of Education

Sean Grobe, Project Director, You for Youth (Y4Y)

Andrea Jackson, Program Officer, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, U.S. Department of Education

Debbie Little, Management Program Analyst, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, U.S. Department of Education

La' Shawndra Scroggins, Group Leader, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, U.S. Department of Education

Taking Charge of Health: Strategies to Promote Wellness


Session times are in EDT timezone

Taking Charge of Health: Strategies to Promote Wellness

Tuesday, July 19
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

ACTIVate Learning: Aligning Physical Activity With Academics and Social-Emotional Learning

This interactive session for afterschool facilitators integrates academic standards and social-emotional learning (SEL) content into fun, engaging physical activities for K-8 students. This alignment increases focus and academic performance and boosts self-confidence. Join in for 30+ activities aligned with math and English language arts standards and SEL to foster active learning in afterschool.

Stacy Baugues, Founder and CEO, PowerUp Your School

Alicia Price, Director of National Partnerships, PowerUp Fitness, LLC

Tuesday, July 19
7:45 pm - 9:00 pm

Be Fit. Be Healthy. Be Kind: Promoting Social, Emotional, and Physical Wellness for Youth

This session will provide participants with tangible, fun, engaging, and easy-to-use tools and resources that will promote and improve health and wellness for both teachers and their students.

Melissa Britt, Vice President of Educational Practices, The Be Kind People Project (BKPP)

Krysta Flores, National Manager of Online Learning, The Be Kind People Project

Anthony Kelly, National Manager of Creative Content and Be Kind Crew Experiences, The Be Kind People Project

Tuesday, July 19
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

Healthy Students, Engaged Learners: Connecting Wellness and Learning

Many factors contribute to the health, physical, and social behaviors that lead to student and staff wellness. This session will demonstrate practical knowledge and proven strategies to promote healthy habits through social emotional learning (SEL) exercises, physical activity, and hands-on cooking demonstrations.

Ally Dedrick, Senior Manager, Outreach & Partnerships, Reebok/Adidas

Rupa Mahadevan, Assistant Professor of General Medicine-Pediatrics, Department of Medicine, Louisiana State University

Raquel Perez, Associate Director of Programs, Common Threads

Michelle Pina, Dynamic Director of Partnerships & Outreach, kid-grit

Tuesday, July 19
7:45 pm - 9:00 pm

NASA Fit-NESS (Nutrition, Exercise, and Sleep Science)

Join NASA's Next Gen STEM to explore activities modeled from research on astronaut fit-NESS (nutrition, exercise, sleep science). The hands-on activities allow students to learn practical skills for taking charge of their health and fitness by building nutritional meals, investigating the importance of exercise, and identifying disruptions in sleep patterns.

Tysha Batts, Education Specialist, Paragon TEC

Seth Johnspon, Education Specialist, Paragon TEC

Rachel Power, Next Gen STEM Technical Lead, Paragon TEC

Thursday, July 21
4:20 pm - 5:35 pm

Prioritizing Program Resiliency With Data-Driven Solutions

What was once considered a global pandemic that largely left children unimpacted has left them more vulnerable to multiple health inequities. Learn about data-driven solutions that can help programs and leaders address the continued whole child health need, while also building resiliency in your program for years to come.

Jonathan Wallace, Director, Business Development, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Wednesday, July 20
7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Promoting Student Health After School Through Policy, Programs, and Partnerships – A N.E.A.T. Approach

Afterschool programs have a unique opportunity to support student health. The N.E.A.T. Program partners with afterschool organizations to teach and promote healthy behaviors to students in Knox County, Tennessee. Learn about program successes and take back practical guidance to make the healthy choice the easy choice for your students.

Abigail Ford, Nutritionist, Knox County Health Department

Wednesday, July 20
4:20 pm - 5:25 pm

REACH to Connect With Students: Implementing SEL Daily in Your Program

Social-emotional learning skills are best taught through modeling, but how exactly do you do it? Through the R.E.A.C.H. Pillars of Social-Emotional Communication, educators will learn how to connect with their students on a new level that will help them feel heard, respected, and supported through emotional and behavioral challenges.

Chelsea Elliott, Founder, Somocom Lab

Thursday, July 21
4:20 pm - 5:35 pm

Resilience Mapping After COVID-19

Resilience Mapping is a strengths-based approach using asset mapping to better support youth and build trust during the return to in-person programming. This strategy works to build resilience among staff and students to counterbalance adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the broader traumatic impact of COVID-19.

Marina Fradera, Trauma and Curriculum Specialist, Sunrise of Philadelphia, Inc

Thursday, July 21
7:10 pm - 8:25 pm

The Importance of Healthy Coping Skills in Student Programs

A balance is needed between gaining knowledge and mental and emotional well-being. This session will help you empower children with healthy coping skills, and teach the importance of a variety of healthy coping skills, why students need them, and how using engaging activities helps create a tool box of healthy coping tools.

Angie Jowers, Founder, Cope2Hope

Thursday, July 21
4:20 pm - 5:35 pm

Unplug: The Digital Diet Plan

The question is this: Are we addicted to our devices? Do our screens control us? Is there a better way to use this tool? The solution: Unplug: The Digital Diet Plan! We have a critical need for a greater understanding of what the overuse of technology does to our physical, emotional, mental, and social health.

Lauren Bradford, Miss Alabama 2021, Miss Alabama Organization

Hannah Bradley, Project Instructor, Alabama Learning Exchange

Hailey Ridgeway, Education Administrator, Alabama State Department of Education

Virtual Teaching and Learning: Strategies That Work


Session times are in EDT timezone

Virtual Teaching and Learning: Strategies That Work

Tuesday, July 19
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Designing Student and Staff Centered Experiences with Mizzen by Mott

Mizzen by Mott teams up with high-quality content partners to host over 1,400 pieces (and growing!) of free and engaging instructional content that equip afterschool educators. The broad range of content is comprehensive, connected to standards and reviewed by practitioners. Whether you are looking for a 30-minute activity or a multi-week module, Mizzen content partners have designed it for you!

Hailee Moehnke, Manager of Projects and Events, Mizzen by Mott

Carlos Santini, CEO, Mizzen by Mott

Kristin Stayer, Vice President, Mizzen by Mott

Tuesday, July 19
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Improving Digital Literacy With Y4Y

Join us to learn how to help students find information online while remaining safe. You will be introduced to a series of guiding questions that students can use to evaluate the information they find. We'll then explore tools that help students create and communicate content online effectively using the best formats for their audience and message.

Yana List, Education Specialist, You for Youth (Y4Y)

David McConnell, Lead Training Specialist, You for Youth (Y4Y)

Thursday, July 21
7:10 pm - 8:25 pm

Stay Logged In: Reasons to Keep Virtual/Hybrid Options for Community Learning Centers

This active and fun session works through the top eight tips for making virtual (or any) settings work for children and youth ages 4 to 12. It includes lots of practical activities and examples that can help inspire you to make your programs engaging, fun, and memorable.

Kate Carpenter, Executive Director, America SCORES Milwaukee

David Murguia, Program Director, America SCORES Milwaukee

Arshales Peterson, Education Director/Day School Teacher, America SCORES Milwaukee

Wednesday, July 20
4:20 pm - 5:25 pm

Three Signature Practices That Ignite, Engage, and Sustain Social-Emotional Learning Virtually and In Person

Explore the world of social emotional learning via a virtual platform! It can be hard to create lessons that keep students engaged while working in the virtual world. This session will ignite new ways for teachers and program staff to implement community building, responsible decisions, and student ownership.

Julia deLeon, Professional Learning Partner, Big Thought

William Campbell, III, Professional Learning Manager, Big Thought

Lela Wesley, Director of Professional Learning, Big Thought

Thursday, July 21
4:20 pm - 5:35 pm

Unlocking STEM With Digital Escape Rooms

Are you looking for an exciting way to engage your students? Have you considered using digital escape rooms? This interactive session will explore how digital escape rooms can be used in the classroom and provide resources for you to create your own escape room.

Paige Wheeler, Program Specialist, Sr, NMSU STEM Outreach Center

Tuesday, July 19
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

What Is All That Data Really Telling You?

The Westat team will provide an overview of the data dashboards they have developed using Tableau by extracting data points from a robust data system that captures hundreds of data points on students and adults served in 705 centers throughout the state of Texas. These dashboards have helped staff better understand context and information in order to improve their programs and assist with attendance and dosage over time to benefit all students.

Lauri Celli, Education Specialist, Westat

Shanya Dean, Deputy Director, Texas 21st CCLC - Westat

Eric Grebing, Project Director, SERVE Center at UNC-Greensboro

Tuesday, July 19


Session times are in EDT timezone
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Plenary Session

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Plenary Session

Opening Plenary Session - Engaging Girls in STEM

We know women and girls are finding incredible success in some STEM fields like biology and medicine, so why are they underrepresented in engineering, computer science, and other STEM fields? In this plenary you will meet amazing women working for NASA, gather recent research on supporting girls in STEM, and then learn from OST practitioners who are making great strides in engaging girls in STEM. Leave with new ideas and tools you can use to get more girls into STEM where they belong!

Maria Arredondo, Educational Programs Specialist, Office of STEM Engagement, NASA Glenn Research Center

Patti Curtis, Robert Noyce/Ellen Lettvin STEM Education Fellow, U.S. Department of Education

Teresa Drew, Director, Million Girls Moonshot

Gina Henderson, Chief of the Integrative Operations Branch of Exploration Systems and Operations Division, NASA

James Lane, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Education

Kristin Lewis-Warner, Senior Consultant of STEM Partnerships, Partnerships in Education and Resilience

Nicole Puri-Collins, Chief Executive Officer, Techbridge Girls

Savita Raj, Chief Program Officer, Girls Scouts of the USA

Marile Colon Robles, Project Scientist and Education Outreach Coordinator, NASA

La' Shawndra Scroggins, Group Leader, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, U.S. Department of Education

Jackie Smalls, Chief Program Officer, code.org

Tara Strang, Performance and Evaluation Assistant Manager, NASA

Deanna J. Whitehead, Chief of the Flight & Ground Software & Simulation Division, NASA

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Innovative Community and Family Connections

"Bundling" It All Up: A Transmedia Model for Making Natural History Science Accessible for Students and Teachers

Join educators from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History to learn about the museum's transmedia bundle model for K12 digital learning. Learn about the pedagogy and research behind the approach, discover resources for your learners, experience portions of our digital school programs, and learn how you can plug these programs and resources into your own teaching!

Maggy Benson, Distance Learning Manager, Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

Nicole Webster, Manager of School and Youth Programs, Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Taking Charge of Health: Strategies to Promote Wellness

ACTIVate Learning: Aligning Physical Activity With Academics and Social-Emotional Learning

This interactive session for afterschool facilitators integrates academic standards and social-emotional learning (SEL) content into fun, engaging physical activities for K-8 students. This alignment increases focus and academic performance and boosts self-confidence. Join in for 30+ activities aligned with math and English language arts standards and SEL to foster active learning in afterschool.

Stacy Baugues, Founder and CEO, PowerUp Your School

Alicia Price, Director of National Partnerships, PowerUp Fitness, LLC

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Great Leaders Track: Management, Leadership, and Sustainability

Behavior Change, But Not for Kids: Redesigning Youth Development Training

Want your staff training to be as engaging as scrolling through TikTok or exercising with Peloton? Learn the research behind adult learning, engagement, motivation, and habit formation, and how you can use these strategies to deliver effective professional learning experiences in youth development settings. We'll discuss three must-haves every training needs to inspire professionals to implement what they learn ó and have fun, too! We will also review how to use technology, including our Change Up Learning training platform, to advance staff development.

Jennifer Curry, CEO, Change Impact

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Virtual Teaching and Learning: Strategies That Work

Designing Student and Staff Centered Experiences with Mizzen by Mott

Mizzen by Mott teams up with high-quality content partners to host over 1,400 pieces (and growing!) of free and engaging instructional content that equip afterschool educators. The broad range of content is comprehensive, connected to standards and reviewed by practitioners. Whether you are looking for a 30-minute activity or a multi-week module, Mizzen content partners have designed it for you!

Hailee Moehnke, Manager of Projects and Events, Mizzen by Mott

Carlos Santini, CEO, Mizzen by Mott

Kristin Stayer, Vice President, Mizzen by Mott

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Championing Equity and Justice

Dismantling STEM Stereotypes to Engage Girls and Women in STEM Career Pathways

This workshop will focus on building capacity of afterschool professionals to integrate diverse STEM role models and STEM career information into afterschool programming to engage youth who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM. The session will also counter persistent stereotypes about STEM careers and STEM professionals.

Brenda Britsch, Senior Research Scientist, National Girls Collaborative

Karen Peterson, Chief Executive Officer, National Girls Collaborative

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

College and Career Reimagined

Get To Know NOAA Science and Careers

This session will share information about the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and how you could be part of our exciting work. We will provide background about NOAA, connect to NOAA career opportunities, and help educators access resources to engage their students in real-world experiences related to NOAA's mission.

Bronwen Rice, B-WET National Coordinator, NOAA

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Virtual Teaching and Learning: Strategies That Work

Improving Digital Literacy With Y4Y

Join us to learn how to help students find information online while remaining safe. You will be introduced to a series of guiding questions that students can use to evaluate the information they find. We'll then explore tools that help students create and communicate content online effectively using the best formats for their audience and message.

Yana List, Education Specialist, You for Youth (Y4Y)

David McConnell, Lead Training Specialist, You for Youth (Y4Y)

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Innovative Community and Family Connections

Nurturing Relationships Between Educators and Researchers: A Facilitated Discussion on Culturally Responsive Guidelines for Building Meaningful Partnerships between Community Organizations and Educational Researchers

What are the essential elements of good partnerships between education providers and researchers and how do you build those relationships over time? In this interactive session, we will invite participants to engage in an open dialogue around strategies for building strong and mutually beneficial partnerships between researchers and education practitioners.

Jennifer Borland, Director of Research Programs, Rockman et al

Camellia Sanford Dolly, Development of Professional Development, Rockman et al

Cecilia Garibay, President, The Garibay Group

Nisaa Kirtman, Senior Research Associate, Rockman et al

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Championing Equity and Justice

Socio-Emotional Equity in Afterschool Promotes Social Justice In Education

This workshop will present definitions of socio-emotional skill equity and social justice outcomes that fit to the 21st CCLC afterschool theory of change. Once defined, we will engage expert practitioners from model afterschool programs in Genesee County, Michigan, to discuss their best practices focused on equity and social justice outcomes. To help local evaluators adjust their work to detect equity effects in local evaluations, these discussions will be supplemented with occasional reference to some specifics of socio-emotional skill and practices measurement. At the end of the session, participants will have a framework for understanding and explaining why cultural and family connections are so important for creating and sustaining the optimal ìbroaden and buildî emotion state and why childhood adversity requires additional supports for recovery from the activation of narrow and constrain emotional states. Leaders and frontline staff will leave with a clear idea of multiple actual practices that exemplary afterschool programs use to connect with local culture and to buffer stress responses with the children they serve. Evaluators will gain insights about how to use their existing data to model equity and agency outcomes.

Charles Smith, Managing Consultant, QTurn

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Fast Track to Learning: Engaging the Whole Child

STEMulate Your Afterschool and Summer Program!

Join us in this exciting hands-on workshop and learn how to integrate STEAM and STEMulate your afterschool program. Bring your problem-solving skills as we construct several STEAM activities and learn how to create a blended learning environment.

William Albert, CEO & Founder, STEMfinity

Jason Lindsey, Mr. Science, Hooked on Science

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Great Leaders Track: Management, Leadership, and Sustainability

Sustaining Your 21st CCLC Program by Leveraging the American Rescue Plan and Other Funding

Start thinking about sustaining your 21st CCLC program to ensure students have ongoing access to quality, comprehensive programs. We'll focus on leveraging federal, state, and local government funding to sustain your program ó including how to access funding available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021.

Jeff Cole, Associate Vice President, School-Community Partnerships, Beyond School Bells

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Great Leaders Track: Management, Leadership, and Sustainability

Sustaining Your 21st CCLC Program by Leveraging the American Rescue Plan and Other Funding

Start thinking about sustaining your 21st CCLC program to ensure students have ongoing access to quality, comprehensive programs. We'll focus on leveraging federal, state, and local government funding to sustain your program ó including how to access funding available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021.

Erik Peterson, Senior Vice President of Policy, Afterschool Alliance

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Virtual Teaching and Learning: Strategies That Work

What Is All That Data Really Telling You?

The Westat team will provide an overview of the data dashboards they have developed using Tableau by extracting data points from a robust data system that captures hundreds of data points on students and adults served in 705 centers throughout the state of Texas. These dashboards have helped staff better understand context and information in order to improve their programs and assist with attendance and dosage over time to benefit all students.

Lauri Celli, Education Specialist, Westat

Shanya Dean, Deputy Director, Texas 21st CCLC - Westat

Eric Grebing, Project Director, SERVE Center at UNC-Greensboro

2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Championing Equity and Justice

Building Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Through Scholastic Esports

Learn how Scholastic Esports Clubs attract a diverse group of kids who are often not engaged in traditional school activities, providing them a sense of belonging and self-affirmation and self-confidence.

Kevin Brown, Diretor, Global Education & Training, North America Scholastic Esports Federation

2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Championing Equity and Justice

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: Building a Collective Consciousness for Understanding Individuals' Strength

This session will enable educators to understand the ways in which culturally relevant pedagogy (CRP) supports a growth mindset focused on asset-based thinking. CRP incorporates attributes and knowledge from each student's cultural background into instructional strategies and curricula in order to improve educational outcomes.

Erikca Brown, Equity Consultant, Equity Continuum

Janecia Rolland, Restorative Practices, Trauma and Equity Specialist, Restoration Coaching

2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Great Leaders Track: Management, Leadership, and Sustainability

From Good to Great: A Data-Driven Management Framework for 21st CCLC Programs

Many 21st CCLC program leaders find it difficult to track the effectiveness of strategies used to support student and staff development and demonstrate progress. In this session, we will explore a simplified framework program leaders can use to create a data-driven culture and effectively manage, improve, and sustain their programs.

Andrew Francis, Education Specialist, Foundations Inc.

2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Great Leaders Track: Management, Leadership, and Sustainability

From Good to Great: A Data-Driven Management Framework for 21st CCLC Programs

Many 21st CCLC program leaders find it difficult to track the effectiveness of strategies used to support student and staff development and demonstrate progress. In this session, we will explore a simplified framework program leaders can use to create a data-driven culture and effectively manage, improve, and sustain their programs.

Yana List, Education Specialist, Foundations Inc.

2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Taking Charge of Health: Strategies to Promote Wellness

Healthy Students, Engaged Learners: Connecting Wellness and Learning

Many factors contribute to the health, physical, and social behaviors that lead to student and staff wellness. This session will demonstrate practical knowledge and proven strategies to promote healthy habits through social emotional learning (SEL) exercises, physical activity, and hands-on cooking demonstrations.

Ally Dedrick, Senior Manager, Outreach & Partnerships, Reebok/Adidas

Rupa Mahadevan, Assistant Professor of General Medicine-Pediatrics, Department of Medicine, Louisiana State University

Raquel Perez, Associate Director of Programs, Common Threads

Michelle Pina, Dynamic Director of Partnerships & Outreach, kid-grit

2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Fast Track to Learning: Engaging the Whole Child

Social and Emotional Learning Connection in 21st CCLC Programs: Why, What, and How

The term social-emotional learning, or SEL, has become much more common in recent years. How can out-of-school time programs utilize it and its benefits with so little time? This session will leave you with a stronger understanding of SEL's significance, and how to use it strategically to build relationships and improve many other areas. Evidence-based strategies and resources will be shared to use immediately.

Heathre Palige, 21st CCLC Director and Site Coordinator, Pinnacle Charter School

2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Innovative Community and Family Connections

Take a Moment for Yourself: Equipping Children and Families With Coping Strategies Within a Place-Based Context

In response to the disruptions that occurred in the lives of children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic, we aimed to empower children and families through enhancing their executive function skills and teaching coping strategies ó as everyday tools ó while building a community based on shared experiences to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 burnout.

Mai Lor, Community Engagement Supervisor, Twin Cities PBS

Sarah Rodriguez, Professional Development & Community Engagement Specialist, Twin Cities PBS

2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Great Leaders Track: Management, Leadership, and Sustainability

The Dreamer, the Realist, and the Critic: How Teams Thrive

Walt Disney's famous creative process for expanding new ideas is more than just an effective brainstorming tool — It is also an important reminder of how strong teams are built. Whether you are a dreamer, a realist, or a critic, your voice is needed and your input helps drive an idea, or an organization, forward. Participants of this workshop will explore the benefits of the "dreamer, realist, and critic" approach, and will assess their own team's opportunities for growth.

Erika Petrelli, Senior Vice President of Leadership Development, The Leadership Program

2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Great Leaders Track: Management, Leadership, and Sustainability

You for Youth Listening Session: Effective Leadership in Social and Emotional Wellness Practice

You already have the tools for implementing strong social and emotional wellness practices in your program. In this session, Y4Y will guide you through interactive exercises to help you unearth them. You'll reflect on past effective leadership practices with proven outcomes, work with peers to isolate your highest needs around social and emotional wellness, then brainstorm how to marry effective leadership practices and social and emotional wellness solutions in your program. Y4Y facilitators will offer a quick review of relevant Y4Y resources, and get your feedback on your specific professional development needs around social and emotional wellness for both leaders and frontline staff.

Sherri Lauver, Deputy Director and Senior Content Specialist, You for Youth (Y4Y)

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Taking Charge of Health: Strategies to Promote Wellness

Be Fit. Be Healthy. Be Kind: Promoting Social, Emotional, and Physical Wellness for Youth

This session will provide participants with tangible, fun, engaging, and easy-to-use tools and resources that will promote and improve health and wellness for both teachers and their students.

Melissa Britt, Vice President of Educational Practices, The Be Kind People Project (BKPP)

Krysta Flores, National Manager of Online Learning, The Be Kind People Project

Anthony Kelly, National Manager of Creative Content and Be Kind Crew Experiences, The Be Kind People Project

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

College and Career Reimagined

Boost High School Afterschool programs With OST Career Pathways

STEM and computer science (CS)-related careers are booming and not all of them require a 4-year college degree. Students can acquire STEM and computer skills in a variety of ways that can lead to a well-paying job in a variety of technology fields. Learn how you too can build opportunities for your youth to engage in STEM/CS career explorations and get a leg up on their college or career pathways.

Robin de Almeida, PINCH

Lisa Ambrose, Program Manager, Career Readiness, Tennessee Office of Career Pathways

Patti Curtis, Robert Noyce/Ellen Lettvin STEM Education Fellow, U.S. Department of Education

Carolyn Eastman, Project Director, New Hampshire Learning Initiative

Vic Jaras, Consultant, Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Before and After School Programs, Iowa Bureau of School Improvement

Kamille Sheikh, Education Specialist, Utah Title IV-B (21st CCLC) Grant

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

College and Career Reimagined

Building New Models for College and Career Pathways

Are you discovering how to make college and career pathways for your students a reality? Learn ways to build new models for educational excellence by collaborating with local universities and providing hands-on, experiential learning experiences for your students that align with students' college and career interests.

Megan Hanley, Director, Academies and Student Initiatives, ASU Preparatory Academy

Trista Zobitz, Microschool Program Manager, ASU Preparatory Academy

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Innovative Community and Family Connections

Community Coalitions: No One Entity Can Create and Sustain Academic Achievement Alone and Parents Are Essential

No one entity can create and sustain academic achievement for children. Children's success depends on the intersectionality with the school, child, community stakeholders, and the parent as a partner. A coalition approach fosters a sense of shared power, shared responsibility, and honors the expertise of the collective participants to achieve successful and intended outcomes.

Sylvia Quinton, Development Director, Suitland Technology Education Engagement Resource Center, Inc.

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Taking Charge of Health: Strategies to Promote Wellness

NASA Fit-NESS (Nutrition, Exercise, and Sleep Science)

Join NASA's Next Gen STEM to explore activities modeled from research on astronaut fit-NESS (nutrition, exercise, sleep science). The hands-on activities allow students to learn practical skills for taking charge of their health and fitness by building nutritional meals, investigating the importance of exercise, and identifying disruptions in sleep patterns.

Tysha Batts, Education Specialist, Paragon TEC

Seth Johnspon, Education Specialist, Paragon TEC

Rachel Power, Next Gen STEM Technical Lead, Paragon TEC

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Innovative Community and Family Connections

School-Camp Partnerships: Harnessing Nature and Fun for School Readiness

Nature. Games. Sleep-away from home. What do you imagine when you think of summer camp? Leaders from American Camp Association National Summer Learning Association will share their partnership and how 21st CCLC programs can contact camps and bring together the best of what camp, school, and afterschool programs offer.

Brodrick Clarke, Vice President, Programs and Systems Quality, National Summer Learning Association

Laurie Browne, Ph.D., Sr. Director of Research & Education, American Camp Association

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Fast Track to Learning: Engaging the Whole Child

Strong Math Skills = Strong Academic and Social Development

All students can learn math! Through games and visual activities, students can touch, talk, and explore math and develop stronger math skills. Games provide opportunities to practice and problem-solve. Visual activities help students ìseeî math concepts and allow them to communicate and collaborate about their experiences, developing a stronger math sense.

Mary Curry, Math Enthusiast, MANGO Math Group

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Great Leaders Track: Management, Leadership, and Sustainability

Sustainability: Not Just a Buzzword!

Time-limited grants and diminishing funding matched with ever-shifting priorities sometimes cause education leaders to scramble to find ways to sustain successful initiatives or programs. In this workshop, learn about the ìFour Steps to Sustainability Successî and gain an understanding of how each step will bring organizations closer to maintaining programs.

Shawn Petty, Senior Study Director, Westat

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Great Leaders Track: Management, Leadership, and Sustainability

The "Superteam Meeting": 3+ Ways to Mindfulness and Staff Support

For staff to feel supported, we need to spend time ensuring they are feeling safe and seen. When this happens, they carry it over to their peers and students. In the session, we will walk through simple ways to approach mindfulness in staff meetings that don't intimidate staff. We will share methods that support you as a leader to build confidence in delivering a mindful practice, and how to incorporate it into your staff meetings in a nonthreatening way. No fluff here.

Julia Gabor, Mindful Founder, kid-grit

Michelle Pina, Director of Partnerships and Outreach, kid-grit

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Fast Track to Learning: Engaging the Whole Child

The District Summer Learning Network's Focus on Whole Child Development

Learn from districts in the District Summer Learning Network that are integrating a whole child development approach in their summer learning design. Learn about their vision for what this looks like across their district, and how they've created the conditions for sites, staff, and partners to help students build confidence, positive relationships, leadership skills, and new experiences they can take into the school year.

Giula Cox, Technical Advisor, FHI 360

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Great Leaders Track: Management, Leadership, Sustainability

The Urgency of Now: Transforming Summer Learning for our Nation's Youth

Creating a three-year summer learning roadmap can help your district articulate a bold vision and implementation plan for summer learning. By setting a longer implementation window, your district can create room to learn and grow over time, rather than focus exclusively on the urgency of the year ahead.

Nancy Gannon, Senior Advisor of Teaching & Learning, FHI 360

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Championing Equity and Justice

Understanding Who Our Native American Students Are and Why It Matters

This is an interactive presentation discussing the expanding achievement gap associated with Native American students, including historical components associated with colonization and forced simulation through boarding schools. Educators will also explore internal and external factors that impact motivation and persistence in this population, considering self-efficacy, a sense of belonging, and the student's perception of the curriculum.

Sarah Clark, Teacher, Muckleshoot Tribal School

Wednesday, July 20


Session times are in EDT timezone
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Plenary Session

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Plenary Session

Plenary Session - Embracing the Power of Your Leadership Imprint

It has been said that "we never touch another so lightly that we do not leave a trace". In this humorous inspirational keynote, Tara emphasizes that we are all leaders in some capacity, regardless of title or position, and that kids are constantly seeking leaders who they can follow. Through powerful stories of her time spent both teaching and coaching diverse populations, Tara emphasizes the importance of embracing intentional actions that will inspire and motivate. Characteristics of great leaders will be discussed and attendees will take away tremendous encouragement with which to embrace the power of their leadership footprint on a daily basis.

Tara Brown, The Connection Coach

Janell Wood, Program Officer, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, U.S. Department of Education

12:20 pm - 1:25 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

12:20 pm - 1:25 pm

Great Leaders Track: Management, Leadership, and Sustainability

Afterschool Promoting Healthy Futures: How Programs Are Addressing the Well-Being of Students and Staff

Afterschool programs help to provide the positive settings, relationships, and experiences that are the foundational building blocks for young people's healthy development. Join this session to learn about best practices to support students' well-being, as well as strategies to support the health and wellness of program staff.

Nikki Yamashiro, Vice President of Research, Afterschool Alliance

12:20 pm - 1:25 pm

College and Career Reimagined

Career Pathways for Students: Launching Youth Into the Future

The career possibilities for your students are expansive, and we can help youth develop fundamental skills for success in their eventual careers. Join the U.S. Department of Education's You for Youth (Y4Y) Technical Assistance Team as we describe the career pathways approach and experiment with activities that connect academic skills with diverse career opportunities.

Yana List, Education Specialist, You for Youth (Y4Y)

David McConnell, Lead Training Specialist, You for Youth (Y4Y)

12:20 pm - 1:25 pm

Fast Track to Learning: Engaging the Whole Child

Getting Started With Service or Service-Learning in Afterschool Programs: Tools and Grants

Learn how to add service or service-learning to your program, and find out about free tools and trainings available to you, and a $500 grant opportunity to support activities during the 2021-22 academic year. Participants in this session will receive preference during the YSA Afterschool Grant review process, so join us to get started!

Michael Minks, Vice President of Operations, Youth Service America

12:20 pm - 1:25 pm

Great Leaders Track: Management, Leadership, and Sustainability

Messaging Afterschool: How to Share Your Afterschool Story

Searching for the right words to describe your afterschool or summer learning program to potential partners? 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.

Tiyana Glenn, Project Manager, Afterschool Alliance

Sophie Kidd, Project Associate, Afterschool Alliance

12:20 pm - 1:25 pm

Fast Track to Learning: Engaging the Whole Child

Observing the Whole Child for Socio-Emotional Equity

Socio-emotional skills are at the center of any whole child theory of change because socio-emotional skills have a compounding effect on many developmental outcomes (e.g., academic achievement) and must be accurately "seen" to build socio-emotional equity. Three best practice methods of observing children's social and emotional learning (SEL) skills are introduced to participants, with guidance for use. Participants will learn about the parts of socio-emotional skill and the whole child definition of equity learn three types of observational assessment consider the relationship between mindfulness and bias reduction and understand how an adult rating can be used to capture skill growth.

Charles Smith, Managing Consultant, QTurn

12:20 pm - 1:25 pm

Fast Track to Learning: Engaging the Whole Child

Productive Struggle: The Art of Scaffolding Difficulty as a Technique for Growth

How do we find the right balance of challenging our students or our teams toward growth and supporting them along the way? The answer lies in the idea of "productive struggle," and in this workshop participants will discover ways to find that balance. Productive struggle means knowing just how far to push, and what happens when you do.

Erika Petrelli, Senior Vice President of Leadership Development, The Leadership Program

12:20 pm - 1:25 pm

Taking Charge of Health: Strategies to Promote Wellness

REACH to Connect With Students: Implementing SEL Daily in Your Program

Social-emotional learning skills are best taught through modeling, but how exactly do you do it? Through the R.E.A.C.H. Pillars of Social-Emotional Communication, educators will learn how to connect with their students on a new level that will help them feel heard, respected, and supported through emotional and behavioral challenges.

Chelsea Elliott, Founder, Somocom Lab

12:20 pm - 1:25 pm

Innovative Community and Family Connections

The 5Ws (and 1 H) of Family Engagement in Afterschool Programs

The term "family engagement" often prompts more questions than answers. Family engagement specialist Jennifer Wotring will share strategies around the West Virginia Statewide Family Engagement Center's SEAMless approach to address the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY, and HOW of increasing family engagement in out-of-school time programs.

Jennifer Wotring, Senior Program Manager-Family Engagement Specialist, The EdVenture Group

12:20 pm - 1:25 pm

Virtual Teaching and Learning: Strategies That Work

Three Signature Practices That Ignite, Engage, and Sustain Social-Emotional Learning Virtually and In Person

Explore the world of social emotional learning via a virtual platform! It can be hard to create lessons that keep students engaged while working in the virtual world. This session will ignite new ways for teachers and program staff to implement community building, responsible decisions, and student ownership.

Julia deLeon, Professional Learning Partner, Big Thought

William Campbell, III, Professional Learning Manager, Big Thought

Lela Wesley, Director of Professional Learning, Big Thought

12:20 pm - 1:25 pm

Innovative Community and Family Connections

Together We Learn: Building the Capacity of Families and Communities From Within

In this session, participants will engage in a discussion around Save the Children's Community Engagement Framework and the local community approach to building partner capacity around conducting a community needs assessment, developing caregiver focus groups, and implementing new initiatives within our communities around early education.

Chelsea Gifford, Lead Associate, Community Engagement, Save the Children

Michelle Smith, Community Engagement Lead Associate, Save the Children

12:20 pm - 1:25 pm

College and Career Reimagined

Why YES (Youth-Engaging Services)?

Sadly, all children will not reach their full potential because they do not have at least one adult willing to be the positive force in their lives. Their aspirations to be different, daring leaders are silenced by naysayers who may not have the capability to help them succeed in life. Will you be the change agent needed to help children to succeed?

Thomasina Millner, Youth Services Division Program Manager, United Planning Organization

1:55 pm - 3:10 pm

Plenary Session

1:55 pm - 3:10 pm

Plenary Session

Plenary Session - Students in Action

The Department of Education is excited to highlight innovative 21st CCLC programs from around the country in this plenary session. Featured programs include The SPOT from Wilson, North Carolina, San Antonio Youth from San Antonio, Texas, CREATE from Washington, D.C., ACHIEVE from Tucson, Arizona, The Broken Ground Gentlemen from Concord, New Hampshire, and Greenville ISD's ACE from Greenville, Texas. Attendees will be dazzled by program achievements presented in video format, and hear straight from students in the live portions of this engaging session!

Sherri Lauver, Deputy Project Director and Lead Content Specialist, You for Youth (Y4Y)

Debbie Little, Management Program Analyst, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, U.S. Department of Education

Gail Payne, Program Officer, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, U.S. Department of Education

Ruth Ryder, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

La' Shawndra Scroggins, Group Leader, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, U.S. Department of Education

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Championing Equity and Justice

Culturally Responsive SEL

Join this interactive session and we'll dive into the foundations of social and emotional learning (SEL) and where to start with culturally relevant SEL. Walk away having reflected on the role you play as a youth development professional, actionable steps to make a difference, and resources to continue the work with your students.

Katie Frazier, SEL Trainer, WINGS for Kids

Tristan Richardson, Program Curriculum & Instruction Specialist, WINGS for Kids

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Great Leaders Track: Management, Leadership, and Sustainability

ELEVATING Teacher Leaders Through Summer Programs

Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) works to reignite, reconnect, and revolutionize learning for students due to the pandemic. To inspire FCPS students to achieve their full potential, time is spent building teacher leader capacity through summertime programs. Participants will learn strategies to develop teacher leaders and create a shared systemic vision of continual growth.

Justine Freimanis, Teacher Specialist of School Improvement, Frederick County Public Schools

Jessica Zentz-Ridenour, Grants Coordinato4, Frederick County Public Schools

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Great Leaders Track: Management, Leadership, and Sustainability

Feedback Can Improve Staff Engagement and Organizational Performance!

Do you get stressed thinking about employee performance? Giving and receiving feedback can be emotion-laden and damaging to your organization's culture if not done effectively. Come practice skills to improve feedback discussions and use them to increase engagement. Let feedback become a powerful tool for organizational performance and growth.

Hillary Jones, Education Specalist, Foundations, Inc.

Yana List, Education Specalist, Foundations, Inc.

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

College and Career Reimagined

Getting Students Excited for Future Careers Using Augmented and Virtual Reality

Discover how Pittsylvania County Schools is using augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) to prepare its elementary, middle, high, and career and technical center students for college and the workforce. Students are exposed to real-world activities in health sciences, advanced manufacturing, agri-science, and transportation career pathways - while improving engagement and technical skills.

Michael Carbenia, Senior Executive Director of Workforce, zSpace, Inc.

Angela Rigney, Director of Career & Technical Education/Adult Education, Pittsylvania County Schools

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Innovative Community and Family Connections

Partnerships, Access, and Adaptation: How Districts Are Supporting Summer Learning in Challenging Times

Based on findings from a Wallace Foundation-funded summer learning landscape study, this session will focus on ways 21st CCLC programs can support strong summer learning opportunities for students at all levels and the importance of professional learning opportunities focused on social and emotional learning, family engagement, equity and inclusion, and trauma-informed practices.

Tony Streit, Managing Project Director, Education Development Center, Inc.

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Fast Track to Learning: Engaging the Whole Child

Practical Strategies for Connecting SEL and STEM

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and social and emotional learning (SEL) enrichments are powerful tools for learning but are often facilitated as separate activities. In this session, participants will practice using a set of STEM facilitation strategies and connect them to SEL competencies to create a more inclusive, respectful, and inspiring learning experience for all.

Rachael Van Schoik, Science Action Club Manager, California Academy of Sciences

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Taking Charge of Health: Strategies to Promote Wellness

Promoting Student Health After School Through Policy, Programs, and Partnerships – A N.E.A.T. Approach

Afterschool programs have a unique opportunity to support student health. The N.E.A.T. Program partners with afterschool organizations to teach and promote healthy behaviors to students in Knox County, Tennessee. Learn about program successes and take back practical guidance to make the healthy choice the easy choice for your students.

Abigail Ford, Nutritionist, Knox County Health Department

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Innovative Community and Family Connections

School-Camp Partnerships: Harnessing Nature and Fun for School Readiness

Nature. Games. Sleep-away from home. What do you imagine when you think of summer camp? Leaders from American Camp Association National Summer Learning Association will share their partnership and how 21stCCLC programs can contact camps and bring together the best of what camp, school, and afterschool programs offer.

Laurie Browne, Sr. Director of Research & Education, American Camp Association

Brodrick Clarke, Vice President, Programs and Systems Quality, National Summer Learning Association

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Great Leaders Track: Management, Leadership, Sustainability

Self-Care as Organizational Care

Self-care is typically framed as the responsibility of staff as the result of inevitable working conditions that require it. This session challenges organizational leaders to take ownership of their role in providing workspaces that are conducive to personal fulfillment, growth, and well-being. In this session, you will assess current organizational practices and their impact on staff's well-being. You will also share current best practices and learn new ones to increase staff satisfaction, well-being, and retention. This session is designed to examine and improve positive organizational functioning and help you shift from a reactive approach to a proactive one.

Katherine Spinney, Youth Development Advocate, Katherine Spinney Coaching, LLC

Thursday, July 21


Session times are in EDT timezone
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Plenary Session

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Plenary Session

Plenary Session - U.S. Department of Education Updates

Julie Coplin, Education Program Specialist, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, U.S. Department of Education

Sean Grobe, Project Director, You for Youth (Y4Y)

Andrea Jackson, Program Officer, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, U.S. Department of Education

Debbie Little, Management Program Analyst, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, U.S. Department of Education

La' Shawndra Scroggins, Group Leader, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, U.S. Department of Education

12:20 pm - 1:35 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

12:20 pm - 1:35 pm

Innovative Community and Family Connections

A Community of Practice: Building Afterschool Family Engagement Capacity Through STEM at the State Level

Dithering over what is the next level of support for afterschools' family engagement practices? Consider a community of practice (CoP). This session will describe a recent state-level collaboration to improve family engagement practices using STEM among afterschool programs through a CoP model.

Susan Gamble, Director, WVSAN

Sherry Swint, Coordinator, West Virginia Department of Education

12:20 pm - 1:35 pm

Fast Track to Learning: Engaging the Whole Child

Community Engagement Through Action Research: Smithsonian Science for Global Goals

How do we engage young people in the issues that are most relevant to them? The Smithsonian Science Education Center will share tools and techniques to help youth discover and value their identity, connect to their community, and take personally meaningful and locally relevant action on global socio-scientific issues.

Heidi Gibson, Science Curriculum Developer, Smithsonian Science Education Center

Logan Schmidt, Science Curriculum Developer, Smithsonian Science Education Center

12:20 pm - 1:35 pm

Fast Track to Learning: Engaging the Whole Child

Engagement, Safety, and Environment: Resources and Supports from the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments

Please join us for an interactive session from the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments. The Center offers information and technical assistance focused on improving conditions for learning. Presenters will share resources that are relevant to 21st CCLC grantees, focusing on practices for building resiliency and integrating social, emotional, and academic learning.

Kelly Wells, Principal Technical Assistance Consultant, American Institutes for Research

Sara Wolforth, Deputy Director, National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments

12:20 pm - 1:35 pm

Fast Track to Learning: Engaging the Whole Child

Incorporating Student Voice & Choice With Y4Y

Inviting students to see themselves as stakeholders in their own learning equips them with many tools necessary for lifelong success. It also promotes buy-in and keeps students engaged in your program. By listening to young people, you show them that their opinions and perspectives are both valued and valuable. Join the U.S. Department of Education's You for Youth (Y4Y) Technical Assistance Team as we discuss opportunities to continually improve program quality using strategies for gathering student input, designing activity plans in response to that input, and responding to student feedback.

Sarah Brightwell, Senior Curriculum and Training Specialist, You for Youth (Y4Y)

Olani Lilly, Senior Curriculum and Training Specialist, You for Youth (Y4Y)

12:20 pm - 1:35 pm

Great Leaders Track: Management, Leadership, and Sustainability

It is Not What You Say; It is How You Say It: Effective Communication in the Workplace

"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." So said George Bernard Shaw - and in this workshop participants will discover the many pitfalls to effective communication. But, rest assured - participants will also learn strategies for avoiding those pitfalls and will walk away understanding just how impactful our words can be. Communication, both verbal and nonverbal, has a huge impact on the engagement of our teams, the success of our programs, and the positive cultures of our organizations.

Tom Armstrong, Senior Director of Programming, The Leadership Program

12:20 pm - 1:35 pm

Great Leaders Track: Management, Leadership, and Sustainability

Lessons in Love From a Veteran Educator

Join a 40-year veteran educator as she shares strategies for school leaders focused on the fundamentals of relational leadership. Hear and reflect on stories from the trenches and then practice and respond in small-group breakouts, winding up with a practical bag of takeaways to apply every day. A thoughtful and engaging session.

Vandy Kemp, Senior Consultant, Prosper and Partners Consulting LLC

12:20 pm - 1:35 pm

College and Career Reimagined

NextGen Leadership – Preparing Youth for the First Job

Too often young workers lose their first job due to a lack of skills not taught in schools. While workplace expectations vary from employer to employer, critical skills must be developed to ensure first job success. The Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association's NextGen Leadership program is designed to foster the development of these skills.

Judy Varn, Education Programs Director, Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association

Allison Wallace, Executive Director, Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association

12:20 pm - 1:35 pm

Championing Equity and Justice

Our Society, Ourselves: Roots of Tension Talkback

Roots of Tension is a 10-minute film that explores how personal biases can ignite conflict. It was created in 2019 as a social awareness conversation starter, and is relevant now more than ever. Our educator in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion leads students through a workshop/talkback titled Our Society, Ourselves, encouraging them to dive into a discussion on societal constructs, ideas, and identities. Accompanied by the writer, director, and producers of the film, we explore how art can be used as a tool for social change.

LeGrand Love, Producer, Toolmaker Productions

Allie Long Reusch, CEO/Founder, Toolmaker Productions LLC

Angelica Robinson, Education in the Areas of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Toolmaker Productions

12:20 pm - 1:35 pm

Championing Equity and Justice

Out-of-School Time Apprenticeships: Building Equity in the Workforce and Strengthening Programs for the Future

Apprenticeships are gaining momentum in out-of-school time (OST) as an alternate career pathway that supports equity in the workforce. How can 21st CCLC programs get involved? Explore the possibilities of apprenticeships, including youth apprenticeships that support older teens and partnerships in your state, territory, or Tribe to grow your staff.

Tony Streit, Principal Investigator, National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE)

12:20 pm - 1:35 pm

Taking Charge of Health: Strategies to Promote Wellness

Prioritizing Program Resiliency With Data-Driven Solutions

What was once considered a global pandemic that largely left children unimpacted has left them more vulnerable to multiple health inequities. Learn about data-driven solutions that can help programs and leaders address the continued whole child health need, while also building resiliency in your program for years to come.

Jonathan Wallace, Director, Business Development, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

12:20 pm - 1:35 pm

Innovative Community and Family Connections

Relationship Building for Efficacy and Sustainability

Are critical partners aware of the impacts of your work? This "partner" presentation to the Afterschool Alliance's crafting a message session ("Messaging Afterschool") will help programs think through how to deliver their messages to key constituencies such as education leaders, the media, local governments, business and philanthropy partners, and others.

Janelle Cousino, Senior Adviser, Janelle Cousino, Afterschool Alliance

Katie Landes, Director, Georgia State Afterschool Network

Steven Williams, Network Lead, Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool and Youth Development Network (PSAYDN)

12:20 pm - 1:35 pm

Taking Charge of Health: Strategies to Promote Wellness

Resilience Mapping After COVID-19

Resilience Mapping is a strengths-based approach using asset mapping to better support youth and build trust during the return to in-person programming. This strategy works to build resilience among staff and students to counterbalance adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the broader traumatic impact of COVID-19.

Marina Fradera, Trauma and Curriculum Specialist, Sunrise of Philadelphia, Inc

12:20 pm - 1:35 pm

Virtual Teaching and Learning: Strategies That Work

Unlocking STEM With Digital Escape Rooms

Are you looking for an exciting way to engage your students? Have you considered using digital escape rooms? This interactive session will explore how digital escape rooms can be used in the classroom and provide resources for you to create your own escape room.

Paige Wheeler, Program Specialist, Sr, NMSU STEM Outreach Center

12:20 pm - 1:35 pm

Taking Charge of Health: Strategies to Promote Wellness

Unplug: The Digital Diet Plan

The question is this: Are we addicted to our devices? Do our screens control us? Is there a better way to use this tool? The solution: Unplug: The Digital Diet Plan! We have a critical need for a greater understanding of what the overuse of technology does to our physical, emotional, mental, and social health.

Lauren Bradford, Miss Alabama 2021, Miss Alabama Organization

Hannah Bradley, Project Instructor, Alabama Learning Exchange

Hailey Ridgeway, Education Administrator, Alabama State Department of Education

1:55 pm - 2:55 pm

Plenary Session

1:55 pm - 2:55 pm

Plenary Session

Plenary Session - From the Field: Updates From National Out-of-School Time Organizations

Join the Afterschool Alliance, Foundations, Inc., the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and the National AfterSchool Association for updates on what their organizations are doing in the Out-of-School Time field in 2022 and beyond!

Andrew Francis, Education Specialist, Center for Afterschool and Expanded Learning, Foundations Inc.

Jodi Grant, Executive Director, Afterschool Alliance

Rhonda Lauer, President and CEO, Foundations, Inc.

Angelica Portillo, Director of Advocacy and Workforce Initiatives, National AfterSchool Association

Carlos Santini, CEO, Mizzen by Mott

La' Shawndra Scroggins, Group Leader, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, U.S. Department of Education

3:10 pm - 4:25 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

3:10 pm - 4:25 pm

Great Leaders Track: Management, Leadership, and Sustainability

21APR Listening Sessions for Subgrantees

The 21APR team invites subgrantees and program staff to share their initial experiences with 21APR data entry for the new GPRA. This will include experiences inputting data, overall workflow, and system design; general questions about data collection processes around the new GPRA, and how the user has experienced this transition; and a system wish list.

Debora Ortloff, Subject Matter Expert, The Tactile Group

3:10 pm - 4:25 pm

Fast Track to Learning: Engaging the Whole Child

Connecting Students to Creeks and Communities: Engaging the Whole Child in the MWEE Framework and Out-of-School Watershed STEM Programs

Discover how the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) curricular framework engages out-of-school time youth from their first spark of inquiry in local environmental issues to their lasting action in community-based stewardship. Together, we will explore dynamic, freshwater-focused pedagogies and resources to engage the whole child in virtual and in-person STEM education.

David Kline, Watershed Education Specialist, Stroud Water Research Center

Mandy Nix, Watershed Education Specialist, Stroud Water Research Center

3:10 pm - 4:25 pm

Virtual Teaching and Learning: Strategies That Work

Stay Logged In: Reasons to Keep Virtual/Hybrid Options for Community Learning Centers

This active and fun session works through the top eight tips for making virtual (or any) settings work for children and youth ages 4 to 12. It includes lots of practical activities and examples that can help inspire you to make your programs engaging, fun, and memorable.

Kate Carpenter, Executive Director, America SCORES Milwaukee

David Murguia, Program Director, America SCORES Milwaukee

Arshales Peterson, Education Director/Day School Teacher, America SCORES Milwaukee

3:10 pm - 4:25 pm

Fast Track to Learning: Engaging the Whole Child

Student Voice and Choice: Creating Media That Empower

Creating media to amplify youth voices powerfully engages students by offering choice, voice, and relevance. Find out how Motivos bilingual magazine amplifies youth voice while connecting students with opportunities to explore their passions and connect with their communities. Student firsthand accounts, video clips, and interactive activities await!

Jenee A Chizick, Founder, Motivos bilingual magazine

Karyme Font, Editorial Fellow, Motivos bilingual magazine

3:10 pm - 4:25 pm

Taking Charge of Health: Strategies to Promote Wellness

The Importance of Healthy Coping Skills in Student Programs

A balance is needed between gaining knowledge and mental and emotional well-being. This session will help you empower children with healthy coping skills, and teach the importance of a variety of healthy coping skills, why students need them, and how using engaging activities helps create a tool box of healthy coping tools.

Angie Jowers, Founder, Cope2Hope

3:10 pm - 4:25 pm

Championing Equity and Justice

What Youth Need Now

The youth who participate in our afterschool and summer learning programs are ready to engage in issues that deeply concern them. Learn how to incorporate authentic youth voice experiences in your afterschool or summer learning program from the experts - youth.

Leah Silverberg, Project Manager, Afterschool Alliance

3:10 pm - 4:25 pm

Great Leaders Track: Management, Leadership, and Sustainability

Where Is My T.E.A.M. (Trusting Environment And Management)?

Does your organization have a T.E.A.M.(Trusting Environment AND Management)? To produce quality work and meet the needs of youth, you must have BOTH! This session will provide you with innovative strategies to effectively communicate, manage, and mentor staff. Let's intentionally be a T.E.A.M.

Thomasina Millner, Youth Services Division Program Manager, United Planning Organization