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Friday, November 1
 

7:30am

7:30am

7:30am

9:00am

9:30am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | "I Am So Glad To Be Here!"
During this interactive session, participants will be invited to reflect upon what motivates you to do the incredible work that you do. David will engage participants in creating and sustaining an intentional and authentically-inclusive culture for their students. Using several interactive teaching approaches including music, sharing excerpts from his Best Me I Can Be series, as well as using American Sign Language, David will invite participants to focus on creating stronger relationships and creating a culture of “...safe and enriching spaces.” You will take away a renewed sense of commitment and dedication to show that you are… SO GLAD TO BE HERE!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. David Parker

Dr. David Parker

David Parker
Dr. David Parker is an educator, consultant, motivational artist and author of books for children. David's educational and professional background is dynamic and diverse and includes Social Work, Education and the Performing Arts. His Social Work perspective is at the foundation of... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Grand Ballroom

10:30am

11:00am

May the FORCE Be With You
Explore how to grow from Jedi Knights to Master Jedis during this fun, analogy session where you can make magic happen in your programs. How can you add the FORCE...Fun, Opportunities, Reflection, Character building and Expanded learning into your weeks. We will also explore this through the eyes of staff, kids, directors, administrators and families in advocating for them in regards to the FORCE.

Speakers
avatar for Courtney Ward

Courtney Ward

Afterschool Coordinator/Supervisor, Davis School District
Courtney Ward has 3 kids of her own and sees the value in afterschool programs. She is a certified teacher with an ESL endorsement and has worked in afterschool for over 20 years through many capacities. She loves to find a school, see the need, and create an opportunity for families... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room 102

11:00am

Supporting the Whole Child through Organic Teaching Opportunities
What skills, qualities, and attributes would you like your students to possess at age 25? During this session, we will discuss core competencies, challenges, and solutions for implementing whole child strategies within the afterschool program. We will learn how to support students to ensure that all are healthy, challenged, engaged, supported and feel safe from grades K to 12. Through organic teaching opportunities, afterschool professionals will learn best practices for sustainable learning objectives and take home digital and offline resources to use in your program as early as Monday afternoon.

Speakers
avatar for Carly Cahoon

Carly Cahoon

Schools Manager, EVERFI
Carly Cahoon MACL is an EVERFI Schools Manager based out of Utah. She has a passion for education and technology and has worked in Education and Nonprofits ensuring the sustainability of teaching practices and experiential engagement.


Friday November 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room 203

11:00am

Minding the Gap
Mind The Gap! There are missed opportunities when afterschool programs and schools are disconnected. By building positive relationships and focusing on program alignment between school administrators and afterschool staff, we can begin to bridge the gap and work together to help youth and families. Using one school’s journey to “Mind The Gap", participants will walk away with an action plan to build and foster these relationships to build a gap-free program.

Speakers
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Deidre Walbeck

Copperview Elementary Assistant Principal, Canyons School District
Deidre Walbeck and Quinci Hambrick work at Copperview Elementary in Canyons School District. Copperview is a highly impacted school where 49% of our students are low income 42% of our students are second language learners speaking over 11 different languages, with a high amount of... Read More →
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Quinci Hambrick

Extended Learning Facilitator, Copperview Elementary
Deidre Walbeck and Quinci Hambrick work at Copperview Elementary in Canyons School District. Copperview is a highly impacted school where 49% of our students are low income 42% of our students are second language learners speaking over 11 different languages, with a high amount of... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room 101

11:00am

Developing Self-Esteem through Physical Activity
Step outside the box of traditional fitness activities and walk away with innovative ideas that demonstrate how to indeed get everyone up and moving while raising self-esteem! These creative fitness activities are appropriate for all ages and abilities, a whole lot of fun, and can be taught even in a limited amount of space. All these games and activities teach skill development, cognitive development, and physical development and are aligned with the HEPA 2.0 After School Physical Activity Standards. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in this one-of-a-kind workshop! Note: In addition to free resources, this session may promote materials that are available only by purchase.

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Slade

Sandy Slade

CEO and Founder, Skillastics
For over 22 years, Sandy Spin Slade was considered one of the best basketball handlers in the world, performing for thousands at NBA half-times, schools, and special events around the globe. Additionally, she revolutionized the educational market by introducing Skillastics®, the... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room 103

11:00am

Finding Balance and Clarity with Mindfulness
Many organizations are incorporating mindfulness training into their professional learning programs. Why? Because research is showing that the simple technique of mindfulness can have amazing results for individuals including: stress reduction, improvements in job satisfaction, emotional regulation, and better focus. Since children reflect the nervous system of the adults around them, mindfulness is an excellent practice for afterschool professionals. Educators find that as they practice techniques to become more mindful, they see improved emotional regulation, focus, and engagement among their students. In this workshop, attendees will be introduced to various mindfulness practices including sitting and walking meditations, body scan, mindful inquiry and communication exercises, and gentle yoga to support a personal and team mindfulness practice. Join us and experience the power of mindfulness.

Speakers
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Edith Sage

Mindfulness Teacher, Mindfulness for Educators
Edith is the former Director of BEACON Afterschool program in Moab, Utah is very familiar with the many challenges of running and working for a high quality afterschool program. Prior to her work with BEACON, she worked with a variety of non-profit organizations as a fundraiser, and... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room 202

11:00am

Get With the Program! STEM Learning for All
New to coding? Overwhelmed with requests to help students with STEM literacy? This session will take those who have never coded before through a simple approach to learning the foundations of all computer languages. Create color and sound on a microcontroller and learn how to program a robotic vehicle in 90 minutes! These activities are steeped in math, science, and computer science concepts, which will help kids realize the connection between what they are learning and how that intersects with STEM careers. Free resources using familiar technology will help you AND your students "Get With The Program"!

Speakers
avatar for Brian Dunnicliffe

Brian Dunnicliffe

Education Technology Consultant, Texas Instruments
I am the TI Consultant who supports all Utah educators. Please come see me about your needs in math and STEM education and we can talk about how TI can add value! Thanks, Brian
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Geoff Warren

Teacher, Davis School District | Texas Instruments
Geoff Warren is a secondary math and science teacher, MESA advisor at Davis SD and Regional Instructor for Teachers Teaching with Technology.


Friday November 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Ballroom 1

11:00am

Technology-Free STEM
How can afterschool programs with limited access to technology provide high-quality STEM programming, especially in areas such as coding, robotics, and more? Come and participate in technology-free STEM activities that you can use for your programs, regardless of whatever resources you have available.

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Julienne Bailey

STEM Bus Coordinator, Utah STEM Action Center
Julienne is a Coordinator with the Utah STEM Bus Program. Her education in entertainment technology combined with her experience working for young people to create a passion for STEM Education. She is always looking for new ways to help students and adults alike to engage creatively... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Ballroom 3

11:00am

Identifying Youth Needs from Negative Behaviors
Working with youth doesn't come without its fair share of dealing with behavioral issues. By looking at these behaviors with a different perspective, mentors can begin to identify the unmet needs of the youth they work with. As the adults, we are responsible for helping them use healthier coping skills so they can succeed. Adjusting our thinking makes it so they can adjust their future. Join us to learn what the five basic human needs are, identify negative and positive ways we try to meet these needs, and understand how we can help fulfill these needs in a healthy way.

Speakers
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Jillian Orr

Teen Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake
Jillian has worked with youth at risk for 6 years, ranging from after-school programs to rehabilitation centers. Working with kids from Beverly hills who are well known, to working with teens who have been trafficked, helping teens has been her passion. Her field is in psychology... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room 201

11:00am

Mental Health and Afterschool
Have you had youth who struggle in your program and you can’t figure out why? Perhaps the answer lies beyond what’s visible and is instead in the realm of mental health. In this session, you will learn about the most common mental health issues among teens, including depression, anxiety, trauma, autism, and self-harming behaviors, and what you and your staff can do to help these precious youth.

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Michael Cox

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, University Neuropsychiatric Institute
Michael began working with youth in 2003 at an afterschool program. He pursued Bachelors and Masters degrees in Social Work in order to learn how to help the youth who most struggled in his ASP.


Friday November 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Ballroom 2

12:30pm

1:30pm

Utah Education Network Resources Come In All Shapes and Sizes
The Utah Education Network offers a variety of educational resources that are cross-curricular, diverse, multi-platform, and free. Join us to learn how to explore multicultural resources, find age-appropriate and high-quality digital resources, and help students use screen-time effectively.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Cohne

Lisa Cohne

Community Partnership Manager, Utah Education Network
Lisa Cohne, MSW - has been an an educator and leader for community partnerships and engagements for almost 15 years with the Utah Education Network.


Friday November 1, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Meeting Room 203

1:30pm

Walk, Listen, and Learn with The Walking Classroom
Attendees in this session will learn about the link between exercise and cognitive function, be introduced to the features of The Walking Classroom, and will get to experience the program themselves. Everyone will walk, listen, and learn! Come learn how The Walking Classroom aligns with academic standards for grades 4-8 and understand how it supports academic enrichment, increased physical activity, social-emotional learning, and health literacy. Note: In addition to free resources, this session may promote materials that are available only by purchase.

Speakers
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Teri Webb

4th Grade Teacher, Springside Elementary
Teri is a 4th grade teacher and has been using The Walking Classroom program with her students since August of 2014.


Friday November 1, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom 1

1:30pm

Authentic Family Engagement: Challenges and Opportunities
Attendees in this session will hear from United Way of Salt Lake staff on the barriers surrounding family engagement in schools, and their experiences in overcoming these obstacles. Presenters will engage attendees in a discussion of promising practices for family engagement, and will leave with tangible ideas to try in their own engagement efforts.

Speakers
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Igor Limansky

Director of Grassroots Leadership Development, United Way of Salt Lake
Igor is Senior Director of Grassroots Leadership Development at United Way of Salt Lake and has worked for the last 10 years as a community organizer. As a first-generation American and son of an Egyptian mother and a French father, Igor's work has been personally motivated to organize... Read More →
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Sarah Schafer

Senior Community School Director, United Way of Salt Lake
Sarah is a Senior Community School Director with United Way of Salt Lake at Cottonwood High School. Sarah has her Masters of Public Health and is excited to continue learning how to integrate family voices into school settings.
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Jessica Olmos

Community School Director, United Way of Salt Lake
Jessica is a Community School Director with United Way of Salt Lake at Kearns Jr High.  Jessica has been working in the Kearns community for a little over 12 years, and really loves the people there.  She works to help students and their families strive for higher education.


Friday November 1, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Meeting Room 102

1:30pm

The Laws of Motion: Integrating STEM and Physical Activity
Numerous studies have shown that children who are active and healthy have a lower risk of juvenile behavior, an increase in academic achievement, and tend to have a much better self-image. This workshop integrates STEM and physical activity in a unique format that helps develop healthier, more productive children. Experience how easy it is to motivate and engage children to move, learn, and love it! Note: In addition to free resources, this session may promote materials that are available only by purchase.

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Slade

Sandy Slade

CEO and Founder, Skillastics
For over 22 years, Sandy Spin Slade was considered one of the best basketball handlers in the world, performing for thousands at NBA half-times, schools, and special events around the globe. Additionally, she revolutionized the educational market by introducing Skillastics®, the... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Meeting Room 103

1:30pm

SafeUT
SafeUT, the crisis chat and school safety tip line app, has been around for 3 years, yet we still come across people who don't know about the resource. With it being free, confidential, and available 24/7 and 365, we want every student, parent, and educator to understand that we are here for them in any situation. For afterschool staff, students, and families, this resource is invaluable. We will dive into the history of SafeUT, the successes that we have seen, how it functions, what users can do on the app, and how this can benefit the afterschool community. Attendees will walk away from the presentation with a deep knowledge of the app and how they can let their students and their families know that this resource is available for them.

Speakers
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Marnie Saunders

Project Facilitator, SafeUT
Marnie Saunders is a Project Facilitator for SafeUT. She has 18 years of experience in behavioral health and early childhood education. Marnie loves working for SafeUT because she enjoys spreading the word about this amazing resource and is passionate about suicide prevention. When... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom 2

1:30pm

Closing the Gender Gap and Empowering Utah's Girls
In 1995, women made up almost 40 percent of the computing workforce. Today, women make up less than 25 percent. With the tech industry booming, we have a duty to not only equip our girls with computer science skills but also provide a safe and supportive environment of peers and role models where girls learn to see themselves as computer scientists. Girls Who Code is working to close the gender gap in technology and we are on track to reach gender parity in 2027. In 2018, we launched 106 clubs in Utah and over 6,000 clubs across the U.S. Let’s dive deep into a free and flexible program that features Women in Tech spotlights, impact projects, and 120 tutorials of coding curriculum to choose from. Are you ready to join the movement?

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Friday November 1, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Meeting Room 202

1:30pm

Rubik's Cube Clubs and the Power of Play
Rubik’s Cube clubs foster positive peer collaboration; students of all ages can support one another’s successes as they learn to solve the Rubik’s Cube, work together to create strategies for memorizing algorithms, and stretch their creativity designing and building Rubik’s Cube mosaics. Rubik's Cube units and lessons address a variety of STEM concepts, critical thinking skills, and social-emotional learning. Rubik’s Cube clubs are a part of quality afterschool programs that want to build life skills, a sense of belonging, resiliency, and self-esteem. Participants will walk away knowing how to implement Rubik’s Cube clubs and receive the Cubes and resources at no cost. Participants will learn beginning strategies in solving the Rubik’s Cube.

Speakers
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Wendy Jensen

Teacher, Good Foundations Academy
Music instructor at Good Foundations Academy - 2009 - Present Director of Theater program - 2009 - Present Choir director - 2009 - Present Coordinator Utah's Rubik's Cube competition - 2017 - Present


Friday November 1, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Meeting Room 201

1:30pm

Keeping it Going
This workshop is a follow up to the keynote presentation and will focus on the expectations and responsibilities for afterschool professionals in creating and sustaining an intentional and authentically-inclusive culture. Obstacles to developing this culture will be explored. Action plans to overcome these obstacles will be created. Find out the part that you play in making sure that all feel “...loved, safe, and supported by caring relationships, empowering them to foster growth within themselves and within their communities.”

Speakers
avatar for Dr. David Parker

Dr. David Parker

David Parker
Dr. David Parker is an educator, consultant, motivational artist and author of books for children. David's educational and professional background is dynamic and diverse and includes Social Work, Education and the Performing Arts. His Social Work perspective is at the foundation of... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom 3

1:30pm

Why Are You the Way You Are?
Have you ever looked at your group of kids, covered in the slime ingredients that should be in the bowl, and thought these words, "why are you the way you are?" Not all children develop at the same time, but there are strengths and limitations for the age groups we serve. In this session, we will dive into the developmental stages of youth and what that means for us and our programs.

Speakers
avatar for Elinor Blankenship

Elinor Blankenship

Out-of-School-Time Specialist, Utah Afterschool Network
Ladies and Gentlemen! Children of all ages! We introduce to you Elinor Blankenship! Originally from Kentucky, Elinor stopped clowning around long enough to finish her bachelor’s degree in music at Asbury University. Although she thought about running away to join the circus, she... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Meeting Room 101

2:30pm

2:45pm

Assess Yourself! A Self-Assessment Conversation
As we go through the school year, it is important to reflect on why we do what we do in our daily interactions with students. When you think back to the last time you sat down with your team to talk about struggles and successes in your program, what did you take away from the conversation that allowed you to shape your future interactions? Following the School-Age & Youth Program Quality Assessment Tools (SAPQA & YPQA), attendees will learn how this self-assessment training can establish a foundational knowledge of what best practices look like in terms of running activities from each attendee’s own unique perspective. We will also take the time to share what is and isn't working well and gain knowledge from one another to understand the best practices to implement in our programs.

Speakers
avatar for Angel Gomez

Angel Gomez

Out-of-School-Time Specialist, Utah Afterschool Network
As UAN’s personal office DJ, Angel Gomez has been known to shake his feet and groove to the beat from the comfort of his standing desk. Originally from West Los Angeles, he dabbled in the saxophone in his early years and developed an affinity for all things music, but since moving... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Ballroom 2

2:45pm

Collaborating with Adult Education to Encourage Family Literacy
How does increasing the literacy of caregivers affect the whole family? What resources are available to afterschool programs to help build literacy in all members of a household? How can afterschool collaborate with Adult Education programs in building literacy within a household? Come and find the answers to all of these questions and more in this interactive session.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Patton

Stephanie Patton

Adult Education Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Stephanie graduated from Brigham Young University in Business Management with an emphasis in Finance. She later returned to school to earn a Master’s in Professional School Counseling from USU. Her career has focused on working with at-risk populations. These experiences include... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Meeting Room 103

2:45pm

Innovative Approaches to School Alignment
One of the key components of effective out-of-school time programming is school-day alignment. In this session, participants will identify key components of strong school/afterschool collaboration, learn how to implement both formal and informal alignment strategies, and recognize benefits of aligned experiential learning and a targeted tutoring approach through preliminary data results.

Speakers
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Deborah Ivie

Extension Youth Programs Assistant Professor, Utah State University Extension
Deborah Ivie has worked in the field of afterschool for over 13 years. She received her Master's Degree in Family Life Education with emphasis in Human Development and Early Childhood Education Certification from Brigham Young University. She is currently serving as a faculty member... Read More →
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Denise Taylor

Administrative Support, Entheos Academy Afterschool
Denise Taylor has worked with afterschool for the past six years. During the day she directs an electives program for elementary and middle school students that gives kids the opportunities to pursue their passions. She is the mother of four children. She spends her spare time watching... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Meeting Room 203

2:45pm

National and State Funding to Improve Your Afterschool Program
National Service offers millions of dollars of funding available to organizations in the state of Utah to fund dedicated AmeriCorps members. These members can be used to improve outreach and programming for your afterschool program. In our highly-interactive session, you will explore in small groups how using this funding will enhance/expand capacity and maximize resources. We will provide examples of other Utah afterschool programs that have been successful with National Service programs and end the session explaining how to apply for AmeriCorps, NCCC, SeniorCorps, and VISTA funding.

Speakers
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Mike Moon

Associate Director, UServeUtah
Mike Moon is the Associate Director of the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism. He has been with the Commission since 2019. The Commission’s purpose is to enable individuals, communities, and organizations in Utah to benefit from the service, power, skills, and passion of... Read More →
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Elizabeth Oliver

National Service Programs Manager, UServeUtah
Elizabeth Oliver currently serves as the National Service Programs Manager for UServeUtah. She has previously worked in non-profit project management for the last six years primarily focusing on homeless and housing services. Elizabeth loves working with AmeriCorps programs across... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Meeting Room 102

2:45pm

Let's Move: How Afterschool Can Support Physical Activity in Kids
This session will describe the current rates of physical activity among children and adolescents and the importance of physical activity to health, learning, and social behaviors. We will focus on physical activity recommendations and how to reduce screen time in afterschool settings, using physical activity as a part of homework help or academic activities, and how to get kids to move during structured and unstructured play time. The session will also present alternatives for withholding physical activity time for misbehavior and the science behind why this is counterproductive.

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Dr. Lori Spruance

Assistant Professor, BYU
Dr. Lori Spruance is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health at Brigham Young University. Her research focuses on child nutrition and physical activity in and out of school settings. She formerly worked at the Logan City Parks & Recreation as an after school spe... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Meeting Room 101

2:45pm

Eating Disorders: A Basic Overview
This session will provide an overview of eating disorder behaviors, warning signs, risk factors, and support available. We will explore the myths of dieting and the way media and other factors can influence our views of self and others. Participants will be able to identify the warning signs and risk factors of eating disorders, the 10 principles of Intuitive Eating, and understand how media and other factors influence body image perspectives.

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Tori Harrington

Program Director, Center for Change
Tori Harrington attended Brigham Young University where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development. She then went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Phoenix. Tori’s previous experience of working... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Meeting Room 201

2:45pm

Playing for Keeps: Fun Activities for Math and Reading Essentials
During this session, attendees will learn how to help students master basic skills in math and reading with student-driven activities that are hands-on, self-correcting, and fun! Note: This session may promote materials that are available only by purchase.

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Ron Stuart

President, Learning Wrap-ups, Inc.
Ron has been working with Learning Wrap-ups from the beginning in the early 80's. He has overseen the company growth from a few school sales in the Weber County School District to current sales throughout the USA and many parts of the world.


Friday November 1, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Meeting Room 202

2:45pm

My Best Day Ever!
"My Best Day Ever" is designed to build relationships, increase trust, shape positive perceptions, and allows everyone to become authors as they write about their Best Day! With David's help, participants will reflect on an enjoyable time and create a ‘story book’ to share that experience with others in the workshop. The take-away...we will laugh, sing, create stories and share our joy with one another!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. David Parker

Dr. David Parker

David Parker
Dr. David Parker is an educator, consultant, motivational artist and author of books for children. David's educational and professional background is dynamic and diverse and includes Social Work, Education and the Performing Arts. His Social Work perspective is at the foundation of... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Ballroom 1

2:45pm

Skills for Life: Social-Emotional Learning and Technology
Social-emotional learning (SEL) is getting a lot of attention both inside and outside the classroom, as the correlations between SEL and academic performance become clear. But did you know that SEL also connects to digital skills such as digital safety, peer resistance, and appropriate digital behaviors? Learn about a recent local study completed by Digital Respons-Ability that shows the connections between SEL and healthy digital habits, and walk away with some hands-on activities and experiences that can be immediately implemented to increase your students' SEL, life, and digital skills!

Speakers
avatar for Carrie Rogers-Whitehead

Carrie Rogers-Whitehead

CEO, Digital Respons-Ability
Carrie Rogers-Whitehead is the founder of Digital Respons-Ability, the state sponsored provider of digital citizenship education. Her company provides trainings to tens of thousands of students, parents and educators across the state of Utah. Carrie is also the author of Digital Citizenship... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Ballroom 3

3:45pm

4:00pm

Invite Only: Align for Success School/Afterschool Alignment Cohort
Growing evidence suggests that intentional linkages between the school day and afterschool programming can help support children's learning and development. This session is for participants in the Align for Success project to receive important background information and crucial updates on what's coming during this school year. We will explore evidence-based tools, resources and examples of alignment as well as dive into the newly created Align for Success rubric. Teams will have dedicated time for goal setting and planning. This session is by invitation only but check out the "School Day Alignment and Academic Improvement" session on Saturday right after lunch, which is open to all attendees.

Speakers
avatar for Holly Phillips

Holly Phillips

School Alignment Specialist, Utah Afterschool Network
Blame it on growing up near the waves in Huntington Beach, CA, but Holly Philips has always been inspired by nature and the outdoors. Her curiosity of wild things led her to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where she earned a degree in Wildlife Ecology-Information and Education... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 203

4:00pm

Nature Journaling
Nature journaling can be a powerful technique to foster learning as well as an enjoyable past time. Learners are encouraged to spend time observing nature and recording their observations, usually in a combination of sketching and written description. The process is simple but allows for the development of a wide range of skills and can incorporate a variety of topics, including art, language, math, wellness, and science. Nature journaling also can be adapted for students with a variety of learning styles. It allows them to develop creativity, independent thought, choice-making, and self-confidence. Participants should leave this session with a greater appreciation of the natural world and a better understanding of how to conduct scientific observation and ask meaningful questions. They should have more confidence to express themselves creatively and encourage the same in others.

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Rowe Zwahlen

Assistant Professor, Utah State University Extension
Rowe Zwahlen is an Extension assistant professor for agriculture, natural resources, and 4-H youth development in Emery County, UT. He holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture from BYU. Before... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 102

4:00pm

Shaping the Future with Career and Technical Education
Career and Technical Education (CTE) can be a powerful way to engage youth and prepare them to succeed in school and beyond. In this interactive session, you'll explore the pros and cons of trade careers, discover cost-saving strategies for accessing college, and discover free resources from public media's "American Graduate: Getting to Work" initiative to help students grades 7-12 explore future possibilities.

Speakers
avatar for Jenn Gibbs

Jenn Gibbs

Project Manager | UtahFutures American Graduate, Utah Education Network
Jenn Gibbs, PhD is a content specialist at UEN and serves on the Utah PTA's Education Commission. As project manager for UtahFutures American Graduate, she works to connect learners and those who guide them with public resources to help them succeed in school, in work and in life... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 201

4:00pm

Afterschool For Life!
Not many set out to establish a career working in afterschool programs, but after a little time building positive relationships and having so many amazingly impactful interactions for both the staff and youth, some may find themselves wanting to continue to grow and learn how to better serve the youth they care so much for. This session will explore how you can leverage your unique experience afterschool to either continue to grow in the field and build an afterschool career or find the relevance and transferable skills to help you make the most of your time from 3-5 in your overall career journey. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the afterschool career field in general and planning strategies to support continued growth. We will discuss steps that staff can take for themselves as well as strategies afterschool leadership can utilize to support, retain, and help their team grow.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Trentelman

Ben Trentelman

Director of Operations, Utah Afterschool Network
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Ben Trentelman, a young padawan, began the long journey to becoming an afterschool Jedi. Trained and inspired in Ogden as a student and participant in the afterschool arts by his mentors at the Marshall White Community Center, Youth Impact... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 103

4:00pm

Bringing Camp Fun Indoors
Summer camps are known for their outdoor activities and high energy fun. How can these zany games and activities be brought into afterschool? In this session, your "camp counselors" Chaz and Elinor will walk you through some favorite camp games that are not just high energy, but also add some fun into physical activity time for your students. Come prepared to move!

Speakers
avatar for Chaz Pounder

Chaz Pounder

Out-of-School Time Specialist, Utah Afterschool Network
Chaz Pounder has been highly involved with youth programming since 2008. He has served with youth in Outdoor Recreation and Outreach programs for the Boy Scouts of America along with working in the classroom as a Study Skills Instructor & Behavioral Coach. For the last five years... Read More →
avatar for Elinor Blankenship

Elinor Blankenship

Out-of-School-Time Specialist, Utah Afterschool Network
Ladies and Gentlemen! Children of all ages! We introduce to you Elinor Blankenship! Originally from Kentucky, Elinor stopped clowning around long enough to finish her bachelor’s degree in music at Asbury University. Although she thought about running away to join the circus, she... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom 3

4:00pm

Food for Thought: How Afterschool Can Support Nutrition
This session will describe the current nutrition status of children and adolescents, such as sugar intake and fruit and vegetable intake as well as the benefits of nutrition on health and learning. We will discuss the Smart Snacks criteria used in schools and resources for healthier holiday parties, themed parties, and non-food rewards. Lastly, the session will focus on how to support nutrition in the home through various communication channels and scientifically accurate websites and resources.

Speakers
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Dr. Lori Spruance

Assistant Professor, BYU
Dr. Lori Spruance is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health at Brigham Young University. Her research focuses on child nutrition and physical activity in and out of school settings. She formerly worked at the Logan City Parks & Recreation as an after school spe... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 101

4:00pm

Sexual Assault Response
In this session, attendees will be provided with an overview of resources and services for teens and young adult survivors of sexual assault or dating violence. This session will review responses to disclosures and continued support for survivors.

Speakers
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Danielle Rodriguez

Sexual Assault Services Coordinator, Safe Harbor
Danielle Rodriguez began working in the field of sexual assault as an intern for the Hospital Response Team and Crisis Line Volunteer for the Rape Recovery Center in Salt Lake City in the fall of 2016 after becoming a Certified Sexual Assault Counselor. After interning she worked... Read More →
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Tori Vance

Outreach Director, Safe Harbor
Tori Vance began her work in domestic violence and sexual assault organizations in 2012 in Lincoln Parish, Louisiana. I graduated from Louisiana Tech in 2013 with my Bachelors in Family and Child Studies and later obtained my SSW license.  She moved to Utah shortly after graduating... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 202

4:00pm

Jump into Coding
Coding will be extremely important in the future. It already is. The State of Utah has just announced a new plan to make sure that every K-12 student in the state has a chance to become educated in computer science by 2022. We have developed a program that prepares teachers and empowers students as they begin this journey into the world of coding and technology. Bring your laptop and come join us as we jump into the future of CS education! Note: This session may promote materials that are available only by purchase.

Speakers
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Talon Hatch

Business Development, Skill Struck
Talon was born and raised in Utah. He recently graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Communications. He has been in education technology for the past year and a half and has a deep passion for STEM and the future of education.
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Brian Rasmussen

Director of Operations, Skill Struck
Brian was born and raised in Southern California. He recently graduated with a degree in Information Systems from Brigham Young University. He loves technology and wants to use it to make the world a better place.
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Alma Thurber

Head Instructor, Skill Struck
Alma was born and raised in Utah. He is a junior at Brigham Young University studying Information Systems. He is Skill Struck's head instructor and has taught coding to over 200 people.


Friday November 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom 1

4:00pm

Develop Emotional Intelligence with the +/- Code
The +|- Code is a school and afterschool program to help students develop their emotional intelligence. It helps children and teenagers improve their discernment and better understand their emotions and environment. During this session, attendees can develop a new vision of emotional intelligence and discover a unique tool to decode fake news, facial expressions, to solve conflicts, make better choices, enhance empathy and leadership skills. Note: This session may promote materials that are available only by purchase.

Speakers
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Eloi Delmonico

Director, Source Code Technology (SCT) Foundation
Eloi Delmonico has been working in the field of Emotional intelligence for many years. He first worked as a teacher and then as a school principal in Switzerland. After several years of research and experiences, he decided to devote his life to conceiving and deploying a new Program... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom 2

5:30pm

 
Saturday, November 2
 

7:30am

7:30am

7:30am

9:00am

9:30am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | That Reminds Me of a Story
Story’s ability to connect, affirm, and inspire is at the heart of being human, and also at the heart of our work with young people. Bill shares his experiences, stories, and songs from a lifetime of work with young people in 49 states, five countries, and over 3,000 schools. In reminding us that we are hard-wired for stories, he’ll also challenge us to find the stories in our lives that will touch others. Also, we’ll be sure to all laugh and sing.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Harley

Bill Harley

Bill Harley Storyteller
Bill Harley is well-traveled, well-read, well-educated, well-spoken and well-loved. Accompanied by his guitar, his narrative songs and stories, both original and traditional, are a celebration of our common humanity. Best known for his work with children and families, his ability... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Grand Ballroom

10:30am

11:00am

Ginormous Paint Party! Where, What, Who, and Why?
In your time together with Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre (UFOMT), we’ll party with paint and words, leaving you and the group with one ginormous backdrop and an original story to go with it. We support classes and afterschool projects FREE of charge through POPS funding from the State School Board and matching funds from private donors and foundations. Opera by Children (OBC), having served K–6 classrooms for 23 years, has developed a system where creativity is robustly unleashed in each student as groups either create a class opera or a Festival Songwriter (6th on up) project (a professionally realized song that’s “radio-ready”). Learn the literacy, ELA, Fine Arts standards, and more which drive this program while creating your own original work as a group.

Speakers
avatar for Pamela Gee

Pamela Gee

Opera by Children Director, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre
Pamela Nelson Gee has taught, mentored, performed, and inspired using the arts, especially in education. As an arts educator she has had grassroots, to state, and national involvement and been able to develop purposeful processes in arts education in collaboration with many of the... Read More →
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Lori Pomeroy

Opera by Children Art Mentor, Utah Fesitval Opera and Musical Theatre
Lori Pomeroy has been an art mentor for Opera By Children UFOMT for seven years, and loves doing things big! She loves working with children and bringing out their endless possibilities. She is also a BTSALP visual art teacher at Sunrise Elementary in Smithfield, Ut. where she has... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room 202

11:00am

Invite Only: Align for Success School/Afterschool Alignment Cohort
Growing evidence suggests that intentional linkages between the school day and afterschool programming can help support children's learning and development. This session is for participants in the Align for Success project to receive important background information and crucial updates on what's coming during this school year. We will explore evidence-based tools, resources and examples of alignment as well as dive into the newly created Align for Success rubric. Teams will have dedicated time for goal setting and planning. This session is by invitation only but check out the School Day Alignment and Academic Improvement offering, which is open to all conference attendees.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Wisham

Lisa Wisham

Research Associate, Utah Education Policy Center
Lisa Wisham is a Research Associate for the Utah Education Policy Center at the University of Utah. As a member of the Bridgeworks School Improvement Team, she co-designs and co-facilitates professional learning opportunities for school turnaround leaders, supports school leadership... Read More →
avatar for Holly Phillips

Holly Phillips

School Alignment Specialist, Utah Afterschool Network
Blame it on growing up near the waves in Huntington Beach, CA, but Holly Philips has always been inspired by nature and the outdoors. Her curiosity of wild things led her to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where she earned a degree in Wildlife Ecology-Information and Education... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room 203

11:00am

The Audacity of Risk
To encourage healthy risk taking in youth, most programs utilize outdoor activities such as hiking or skateboarding. These activities are highly valuable, but often leave out students who lack interest in such activities and also present risk of physical harm. During this session, we will discuss a tried and true method for students who would rather engage creatively and safely rather than physically: the breaking of social norms. Attendees will be given free, ready-to-use, curriculum, instructed on how to design their own activities and asked to break some social norms themselves.

Speakers
SU

Scott Udall

Independent Designer, Independent
Scott Udall works for Salt Lake City Public Services and served in the Youth and Family Division for five years. His previous work has centered on incentive system design, character development, and the integration of the Utah Core curriculum into interest-based programming.


Saturday November 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Executive Room 100

11:00am

The Landscape of Family Engagement in Utah
As the demographics of Utah have changed the perspectives and needs of the families we serve have also changed. In the Spring of 2018, a team of family engagement practitioners from the Utah State Board of Education, Granite School District, Salt Lake City School District and University Neighborhood Partners interviewed highly engaged, negatively engaged and apparently unengaged parents, as well as students, administrators, teachers, partners and other stakeholders. Insights from these interviews will be shared along with "next" practices for engaging families in educational settings.

Speakers
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Jenny Mayer-Glenn

Director, University Neighborhood Partners
Jenny is the Director of University Neighborhood Partners (UNP) working to bring together SLC residents, community organizations and University of Utah faculty and staff in reciprocal learning, action and benefit. She served as the Director of Family-School Collaboration at the Salt... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room 102

11:00am

You Can Dance if You Want To
Everyone is a dancer and can benefit through play and exploration in movement. In addition to heart health and gross motor skills improved through dance, dance serves as a way to teach social-emotional skills, sequencing, math concepts, and storytelling. Performing can also enhance children’s confidence and self-esteem, which in turn fosters leadership skills. Join us to learn the three elements of dance, the eight basic locomotor movements, and how to structure and plan a dance activity or lesson in your afterschool program.

Speakers
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Kat Martinez

Trainer, Self
Kat has a BFA in dance and is a licensed educator. She has worked in Child Care for 10 years and before that taught middle school for many years. She currently work as a trainer for Child Care Licensing, but this proposal is passionate about teaching dance.


Saturday November 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Ballroom 3

11:00am

Strategies for Creating Trauma-Informed and Inclusive Classrooms
The goal of out-of-school time programs is to have a program that creates an environment for all youth to learn and thrive. Step one for creating the environment is making sure all youth feel safe and welcomed. We talk a lot about the importance of having trauma-informed and inclusive programs, but what does that look like? In this session, participants will learn the 6 components of a trauma-informed approach, reflect on what it means to have a trauma-informed and inclusive classroom, and develop concrete ways to practice inclusive and trauma-informed programming. Participants will walk away with inclusive and trauma-informed language, examples on how to empower and support their youth, and solutions on how to overcome barriers to creating a safe and inclusive classroom.

Speakers
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Rachel Coffey

Community Educator, Planned Parenthood of Utah


Saturday November 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room 103

11:00am

Jazz Math Hits
NBA Math Hoops, in partnership with the Utah Jazz, is a FREE comprehensive community program, featuring a basketball board game and curriculum, that allows students to learn fundamental math skills through the game of basketball. Students take on the role of being their own NBA/WNBA coach in a fast-paced game - all while learning! All program content is developed in alignment with Common Core State Standards and 21st Century Learning Skills, and has been shown to improve students’ foundational math and social-emotional skills. All participants who attend this session will walk away with all the tools needed to start this experience right away at their site.

Speakers
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Colleen Serafini

Chief Partnership Officer, Learn Fresh Education Company
Colleen's position at Learn Fresh Education Company has allowed her to bring culturally relevant curriculums to thousands of students nation-wide. In Utah, our program Jazz Math Hits has been a huge success! Prior to coming to Learn Fresh, She worked in the afterschool program industry... Read More →
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Nick Monzi

CEO, Learn Fresh Education Company
Nick Monzi currently serves as CEO and Co-Founder at Learn Fresh, a national education nonprofit. Since the organization's founding, he has worked with global corporations, leading urban school districts, and national and regional after-school program providers to develop the Learn... Read More →
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Jeff Drexler

COO, Learn Fresh Education Company
Jeff is a forward thinking individual who strongly believes in the positive impacts that a fundamental education can provide. At Learn Fresh, Jeff works with NBA and NFL teams, suppliers, and other external partners to schedule, coordinate, and execute a wide variety of events. Jeff... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Ballroom 2

11:00am

Leveraging the Power of Citizen Science in Out-of-School Time
Recognizing that the middle school years present a pivotal opportunity to ignite - or extinguish - a student’s lifelong interest in STEM, Science Action Club (SAC) designs educational resources that leverage the power of citizen science. Participation in citizen science projects help spark youth excitement for science and grow a new generation of environmental stewards. Youth in SAC investigate birds, bugs, and clouds in their local environment and use citizen science to document their discoveries, share data with professional scientists, and design strategies to protect our planet. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll go outdoors to explore how SAC uses citizen science projects to increase interest in STEM and build environmental literacy among out-of-school time youth.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Herszenhorn

Laura Herszenhorn

Director of Expanded Learning and Youth Engagement, California Academy of Sciences
Laura leads a team of talented museum educators and designers who develop programs to foster a more scientifically literate and civically engaged society. At the California Academy of Sciences, her portfolio includes science and environmental education initiatives designed to transform... Read More →
avatar for Rachael Van Schoik

Rachael Van Schoik

Science Action Club Manager, California Academy of Sciences
Rachael has worked in non-profit management at the intersection of science, equity, and education for over 10 years in the Bay Area. As the Science Action Club Manager, she leads national efforts to scale Science Action Club. Previously, she spent three years in Public Programs at... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room 101

11:00am

Five Mindful Ways to Shift the Climate of Your Program
Let’s start from the inside out! In this session, we will explore and share resources and tips on how to work with students on their personal behavior and accountability, self-regulation self-awareness, decision-making skills, and other social-emotional learning skills. We will share how mindfulness is cross-curricular with SEL activities and how to implement these new concepts in your program. There is a growing need for youth to understand their own behavior, and the need is becoming more dynamic by the minute! We will take a dive into today’s digital dilemma and provide a new approach so that students can make healthier decisions about how to use devices and social media. We will provide ideas and resources that help students understand their potential and become thoughtful and kinder contributors to a larger society. Join us and expect to learn by doing in this session; sorry, no lecturing here!

Speakers
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Michelle Pina

kid-grit Ambassador, kid-grit
Michelle Pina has a professional background which includes working as a middle school teacher, professional development coordinator, program evaluator and federal grant director. She has 15 years of experience in leading and starting up self-funded out-of-school-time (OST) programs... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room 201

11:00am

Telling Your Story
The ability to tell our own story, not the story others tell about us, is a crucial part of remembering who we are and imagining who we might become. Using prompts and story sharing in small groups, Bill will lead participants in a discovery of how experiences in our lives are crafted into stories about who we are. In drawing on our experiences we’ll also learn how this process can be used in helping others tell their own stories about themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Harley

Bill Harley

Bill Harley Storyteller
Bill Harley is well-traveled, well-read, well-educated, well-spoken and well-loved. Accompanied by his guitar, his narrative songs and stories, both original and traditional, are a celebration of our common humanity. Best known for his work with children and families, his ability... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Ballroom 1

12:30pm

1:30pm

Find Your Rhythm *Session Offered Twice*
Come experience the power of group rhythm. Choose from a variety of world percussion instruments, and see how a few basic instructions, games, and most importantly laughter, can teach the group to make dynamic music together. Whether you are looking for ideas for your music program, wanting to bring an experience to your students or staff, or just want to rejuvenate your mind after a weekend of soaking up information, join us and find your rhythm.

Speakers
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Nels Anderson

Owner, DrumBus Utah
Ten years ago, Nels Anderson stumbled into drum facilitation. After getting his degree in biology, an opportunity came along to facilitate drum circles. The feeling of harnessing human potential and focusing it into group music completely redirected his life’s path. After working... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Outside Courtyard

1:30pm

Objection! Running Mock Trials in an Afterschool Setting
Want to weave social studies, creative writing, and theatrics together into compelling courtroom drama? Consider running mock trials for your students! In this session, we'll put it into action ourselves, roleplaying as attorneys, bailiffs, judges, witnesses, and juries in a classroom setting.

Speakers
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Colin Crebs

Program Manager, Salt Lake City Corporation
With 10+ years experience in the afterschool realm, Colin is the Program Manager of YouthCity Fairmont Park, a certified teacher from WGU, and a licensed attorney with the Utah State Bar. What does he owe it all to? Quality afterschool, from his days in the YouthCity teen program... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Executive Room 100

1:30pm

School Day Alignment and Academic Improvement
Curious about new initiatives happening in Utah around school and afterschool alignment? Seeking additional resources to jump start your academic goals? Searching for new tools and lesson plan ideas? Join in as we celebrate successes, dive into evidence-based practices, and problem solve challenges around school alignment. Participate in a discussion on academic success and student engagement while exploring tips on how to align outcomes with school day staff.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Wisham

Lisa Wisham

Research Associate, Utah Education Policy Center
Lisa Wisham is a Research Associate for the Utah Education Policy Center at the University of Utah. As a member of the Bridgeworks School Improvement Team, she co-designs and co-facilitates professional learning opportunities for school turnaround leaders, supports school leadership... Read More →
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Holly Phillips

School Alignment Specialist, Utah Afterschool Network
Blame it on growing up near the waves in Huntington Beach, CA, but Holly Philips has always been inspired by nature and the outdoors. Her curiosity of wild things led her to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where she earned a degree in Wildlife Ecology-Information and Education... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Meeting Room 203

1:30pm

The Power of Music: Incorporating Music Enrichment into Afterschool
Discover just how powerful music can be and how it can become a tool to help students develop a stronger self-confidence. In this hands-on session, we will explore music improvisation, composing, the power of performance, and group collaboration.

Speakers
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Trina Christensen

Sistema Utah Director, American Preparatory Academy
Trina Christensen is the Sistema Utah Program Director in West Valley City, Utah where we have 25 faculty and have over 400 students in their program. She truly believes that every child should have the opportunity to learn music and strives to bring highest quality music education... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom 1

1:30pm

Stepping into Your Leadership Role
Becoming a new supervisor isn't easy. This session will guide newer supervisors through the basics of becoming a strong leader and manager through eight key components built around communication and accountability. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect with others about their own leadership styles, set goals towards personal growth, and step into leadership with confidence!

Speakers
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Danielle Latta

Program Manager, Salt Lake County Youth Services
Over the past 5 years, Danielle Latta is currently working as the Afterschool Program Manager for Salt Lake County Youth Services overseeing the operations for 13 high quality afterschool programs and grant management. Danielle started her work in out of school field at age 16, as... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Meeting Room 102

1:30pm

Captain CREATE MyPlate: Ready-to-Use
If you are looking for “ready to use” lessons that include a MyPlate message, an on-the-move physical game, and nutritious snack-tasting experience, this is the workshop for you! The curriculum has six lessons (Introduction to Myplate and 1 lesson per food group) that are targeted to 1-3rd graders, but can be adapted for all elementary school ages. We will also share and discuss tips and strategies for designing physical activity and nutrition lessons in hands-on and engaging ways

Speakers
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Darlene Christensen

Associate Extension Professor, Utah State University Extension
Darlene Christensen has been with Utah State University Extension for 15 years. In addition to serving as the supervisor for Tooele County SNAP-ed program, she is the state-wide youth program coordinator.
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Hiram Wigant

Create Better Health Ambassador, Utah State University | Create Better Health
Hiram Wigant has teaching experience both as an After School Educator and an Elementary School Teacher. He currently works as a Create Better Health Ambassador for the Utah SNAP-Ed program with an emphasis on providing quality health education to children and youth.


Saturday November 2, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Meeting Room 201

1:30pm

Equality vs. Equity in Math: How All Students Can Learn Math
In education, we tend to give students all the same information. We assume they are all at the same level and expect them to learn and progress at the same rate. In reality, students come to school with very different levels of understanding - especially in math. In this session, attendees will discuss and participate in games that create an equity-based system in math so that all students are progressing. Armed with a positive attiude and the belief that all students can progress, we can begin to differentiate math instruction and give students ownership in their learning. Math is not a spectator sport; we have to get in there and play, and in this session, we'll do just that! Note: in addition to free resources, this session may promote materials that are available only by purchase.

Speakers
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Mary Curry

Math Enthusiast, MANGO Math Group
Mary Curry is an educator (BS degree in Elem Ed from USD, MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Seattle U, endorsement in Special Education from UW), parent (3 beautiful girls) and a math enthusiast (converted in 2004). Mary has taught for many years in both elementary and junior... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Meeting Room 202

1:30pm

The Teaching Toolbox: Grab and Go Strategies for Building STEM Identity
Leading STEM activities with youth takes practice and skill. Adopting effective strategies into your practice can help bolster the experiences of the youth in your program as well as build professional skills in your staff and yourself. Science Action Club (SAC) makes it easy and fun to lead hands-on STEM anywhere, anytime and provides tested facilitation strategies for front-line staff to use. In this session, you’ll learn five tips from SAC’s Teaching Toolbox, deep dive on a few key strategies, and push your practice as a STEM educator.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Herszenhorn

Laura Herszenhorn

Director of Expanded Learning and Youth Engagement, California Academy of Sciences
Laura leads a team of talented museum educators and designers who develop programs to foster a more scientifically literate and civically engaged society. At the California Academy of Sciences, her portfolio includes science and environmental education initiatives designed to transform... Read More →
avatar for Rachael Van Schoik

Rachael Van Schoik

Science Action Club Manager, California Academy of Sciences
Rachael has worked in non-profit management at the intersection of science, equity, and education for over 10 years in the Bay Area. As the Science Action Club Manager, she leads national efforts to scale Science Action Club. Previously, she spent three years in Public Programs at... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Meeting Room 101

1:30pm

No Growth without Grit
“Humans are creatures of habit. If you quit when things get tough, it gets that much easier to quit the next time.” - Travis Bradberry. Having a growth mindset helps youth to develop Grit and overcome challenges that they might face in life. So how can you help foster this mindset in your youth? In this session, you will consider how your feedback can promote or detract from youth’s growth mindset. Through scenario role-playing exercises, you will experience how different types of students need different forms of feedback and you will come away with strategies to build growth mindsets and grow Grit in ALL of your youth.

Speakers
avatar for Chaz Pounder

Chaz Pounder

Out-of-School Time Specialist, Utah Afterschool Network
Chaz Pounder has been highly involved with youth programming since 2008. He has served with youth in Outdoor Recreation and Outreach programs for the Boy Scouts of America along with working in the classroom as a Study Skills Instructor & Behavioral Coach. For the last five years... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom 2

2:30pm

2:45pm

Afterschool Juggling
Communication is key, we have heard it over and over, and it is true. With our coworkers, with our families, with the parents of kids in our programs. . . basically everyone. During this workshop, we will look at what we do as Afterschool Professionals in a new light, by learning how to juggle the way we look at all the things that happen in our day. Walk away with a Juggling Game that you can take back to your team on Monday to share your new-found skills!

Speakers
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Jerrad Strand

Youth and Teen Director, Jewish Community Center
Jerrad Strand is the Youth and Teen Director for the JCC in Salt Lake for the past 16 years, Jerrad is an empathetic and passionate leader. Through his experiences from camper to today, he believes in hard work, creative thinking, and communication as he leads his team by example... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Meeting Room 201

2:45pm

Find Your Rhythm *Session Offered Twice*
Come experience the power of group rhythm. Choose from a variety of world percussion instruments, and see how a few basic instructions, games, and most importantly laughter, can teach the group to make dynamic music together. Whether you are looking for ideas for your music program, wanting to bring an experience to your students or staff, or just want to rejuvenate your mind after a weekend of soaking up information, join us and find your rhythm.

Speakers
NA

Nels Anderson

Owner, DrumBus Utah
Ten years ago, Nels Anderson stumbled into drum facilitation. After getting his degree in biology, an opportunity came along to facilitate drum circles. The feeling of harnessing human potential and focusing it into group music completely redirected his life’s path. After working... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Outside Courtyard

2:45pm

Meaningful Connections
Do you wish you could shape the leaders of the future? Would you like to be able to connect with people in a more meaningful way? During this workshop, you'll uncover the various messages you are unintentionally sending out to others and how they may be interpreting them. You will learn how to make simple changes in your stance, hand gestures, tone, and words to get amazing results and more meaningful connections. Learn how to become the influential leader you were always meant to be! Learn how to infuse more passion into your programs, own the room, and shape the future!

Speakers
PB

Patrick Bentley

Challenge Course Manager, Bridgerland Adventure Park
Patrick is a dynamic and inspiring Trainer, Mentor, and Experiential Learning Expert. He is certified as a Level II facilitator and a Challenge Course Manager through the Association for Challenge Course Technologies (ACCT) for the past 10 years. His life experiences and varied skills... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Ballroom 2

2:45pm

Journey through Foster Care
Who's in Foster Care? How does the Foster Care system work? Is every young person’s experience the same? Through an interactive journey and rich discussion, participants learn who's in foster care, different ways a young person can enter the system, how to better navigate the foster care system, and different ways a young person can leave the system so that they can be more supportive of foster youth and their individual case plan.

Speakers
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Christina Andino

Social Worker, FosterClub
Christina and Erica Andino are biological sisters from Brooklyn, New York. Both have years of experience in the Utah Foster Care system as foster youth who aged out. Christina and Erica defeated statistics by graduating from high school and obtaining college degrees. Christina has... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Ballroom 3

2:45pm

PROTECT Utah: Preventing Exploitation of Utah's Most Vulnerable Youth
It's clear that after school programs provide expanded learning opportunities for those students who both want them and need them and they provide wonderful opportunities for students to grow. It would be advantageous for these students, who are in an environment that fosters a unique relationship with the instructors, to also grow in areas that protect and prevent them from being manipulated and exploited. Youth are vulnerable to such exploitation by virtue of being youth including being groomed and trafficked for sex or labor. After school programs provide a safe place for youth while grow their skills. The PROTECT Utah prevention education program enhances this by providing youth opportunities to enhance their skills to protect themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Thompson

Jacob Thompson

Regional Director, 3Strands Global Foundation
Jacob received his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics at Weber State University. Following which he worked with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) as a project coordinator on research projects in 8 different countries across the world. He... Read More →
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Josh Loaiza

Implementation Coordinator, 3Strands Global Foundation
Josh received his Bachelors degree in Marketing and Business from the Goddard School of Business at Weber State University. After finishing his degree he started his Career in Marketing and Advertising, first at an Advertising Agency in Salt Lake working on multiple high profile accounts... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Executive Room 100

2:45pm

Suicide Prevention: Something Everyone Can Do
Suicide is the #1 killer among our teens in Utah, and yet it is the most preventable death. Empowered with information on the signs of suicide ideation, participants will learn how to determine whether or not an individual is contemplating suicide and how to steer them towards professional resources to get the help they need. We will utilize the Question Persuade Refer (QPR) model of suicide prevention and intervention. Participants will walk away with tools that are applicable to both youth and adults.

Speakers
avatar for Tammy Okelberry

Tammy Okelberry

Counselor/Director, American Preparatory Academy
Tammy received her BS in Social Work at BYU and began her career at the Idaho Youth Ranch in the Intake and Assessment Unit and later piloted a long standing program for the State of Idaho Juvenile Justice to work with first time status offenders in the Magic Valley area. She received... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Meeting Room 203

2:45pm

Get Real: Engage Youth in Citizen Science, No Experience Necessary
You don’t need to be a professional scientist or trained engineer to lead great STEM programming that is authentic, meaningful, and fun. All you need is curiosity, a willingness to learn alongside youth, and access to quality curriculum resources. Designed by a world-class museum and research institute, Science Action Club (SAC) makes it easy and fun to lead hands-on STEM anywhere, anytime. SAC activities empower youth to connect with nature and contribute to global citizen science projects like iNaturalist, eBird, and NASA’s GLOBE Observer. Come explore SAC kits and resources, get hands-on practice with activities, and learn practical tips and tricks for facilitating real science and nature investigations with youth.

Speakers
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Laura Herszenhorn

Director of Expanded Learning and Youth Engagement, California Academy of Sciences
Laura leads a team of talented museum educators and designers who develop programs to foster a more scientifically literate and civically engaged society. At the California Academy of Sciences, her portfolio includes science and environmental education initiatives designed to transform... Read More →
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Rachael Van Schoik

Science Action Club Manager, California Academy of Sciences
Rachael has worked in non-profit management at the intersection of science, equity, and education for over 10 years in the Bay Area. As the Science Action Club Manager, she leads national efforts to scale Science Action Club. Previously, she spent three years in Public Programs at... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Meeting Room 101

2:45pm

Hosting a Family Code Night
Both the Utah Afterschool Network and Utah State University Extension have made commitments with CS4ALL to increase support for computer science education in Utah. But computer science isn't just for youth! This session will help you to learn how to tie computer science with family engagement by planning and hosting a Family Code night in your program. This can be used as part of Lights On Afterschool or other family outreach events. No coding experience necessary!

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Deborah Ivie

Extension Youth Programs Assistant Professor, Utah State University Extension
Deborah Ivie has worked in the field of afterschool for over 13 years. She received her Master's Degree in Family Life Education with emphasis in Human Development and Early Childhood Education Certification from Brigham Young University. She is currently serving as a faculty member... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Meeting Room 202

2:45pm

Happily Ever After: LGBTQ Children's Books
This session offers participants a hands-on introduction to different types of children’s and middle reader books that feature lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning themes and characters. Innovative books like “George,” “And Tango Makes Three,” and “I am Jazz,” among others, can be useful tools for creating inclusive spaces for LGBTQ young people and families, and for facilitating conversations with youth about gender variance, unconscious bias, and family diversity. Participants will be given resources for guiding discussion, prompting questions, and intervention strategies to ensure conversations are safe, productive, and engaging for youth.

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Bonnie Owens

Safe at School Coordinator, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah
Bo(nnie) Owens received both a Bachelor’s degree in Gender Studies and a Masters degree in Education, Culture, and Society from the University of Utah. An activist by trade and an educator by profession, Bo(nnie) has explored teaching in a variety of educative settings including... Read More →



Saturday November 2, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Meeting Room 102

2:45pm

Storytelling 101
Storytelling is a craft anyone can develop, and useful in every part of our lives. Bill offers some basic pointers on telling stories – what to look for, how to learn them, and how to tell them. He’ll introduce several simple stories to the participants and they will walk out of the workshop with a story to tell and resources to use.

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Bill Harley

Bill Harley Storyteller
Bill Harley is well-traveled, well-read, well-educated, well-spoken and well-loved. Accompanied by his guitar, his narrative songs and stories, both original and traditional, are a celebration of our common humanity. Best known for his work with children and families, his ability... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Ballroom 1

3:45pm

4:00pm

FUNN Without Props 3.0
We are back with the "No Props needed," bums out of the seats, interactive, Functional Understanding Not Needed, exciting workshop that gets rave reviews from past attendees. Get ready for version 3.0 with Patrick. We again pose the question of having to "entertain" a group for 15-30 minutes with ZERO equipment. In this workshop, we will learn about various events/games/activities that you can use as we run through them with you being the participant. You will be able to IMMEDIATELY recreate these activities with your own groups -- wherever you may find yourself. So, whatever you do, do not skip this workshop because we will once again be raising the roof and having ourselves a ton of FUNN while we learn!

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Patrick Bentley

Challenge Course Manager, Bridgerland Adventure Park
Patrick is a dynamic and inspiring Trainer, Mentor, and Experiential Learning Expert. He is certified as a Level II facilitator and a Challenge Course Manager through the Association for Challenge Course Technologies (ACCT) for the past 10 years. His life experiences and varied skills... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom 2

4:00pm

Learning to Play: The Benefits of Play
This interactive, games-based workshop explores the long-term benefits of play and lays the foundation for creating a safe, inclusive, and respectful environment for youth. Participants will walk away with ready-to-use group management tools, as well as an understanding of how to select and leverage games that support the physical, social, and emotional development of youth.

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Ashely Engeler

Program Director, Playworks Utah
Ashley joins us with a decade of experience working in youth development. Her unique professional history includes hands-on work in after school programs, developing and implementing elementary school programming, and providing ongoing professional development for administrators and... Read More →
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Sarah Keady

Program Specialist, Playworks Utah


Saturday November 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom 3

4:00pm

S'mores, Snakes, and Sweat: Outdoor Education for Tomorrow's Leaders
We all know getting outside is good for the body and the mind, but time, money, and opportunity can be huge barriers - especially for kids and youth. In addition, when our curriculum is confined to a classroom, it restricts our students’ opportunity to build resilience, practice stewardship, and discover community. In this session, we will discuss a unique approach to leadership development, the practicalities of partnering with other organizations, and the transferability of trail ethics to life in a city.

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Catherine Tobey

Managing Partner, Arcadia Guided Outdoor Education
Catherine is passionate about community building through art, conversation, service, and the outdoors. Born and raised in Ogden, she is thrilled to introduce the wilderness to youth so they might be captivated and challenged by it. In addition to earning an undergraduate degree on... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 102

4:00pm

Powering Potential
Did you know that in Utah 1 out of 10 students didn’t graduate in 2018 (USBE)? Are your youth at risk of becoming a number in this sad statistic? Youth faced with challenges like lack of motivation, family issues, and daily stressors can lead to dropout. Learn skills on how you can help youth tackle challenges, become life long learners, and power their potential!

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Kristen Knoche

Out-of-School-Time Specialist, Utah Afterschool Network
If you were to describe Kristen Knoche to a stranger, you might start with her affinity for pebbled ice, appreciation for soccer, and a surprisingly large number of hiccups. Although she is a native to Utah, she enjoys exploring new terrain within our state lines, like the Peace Gardens... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 201

4:00pm

Solve for Why: The Importance of STEM
During this session, participants will discuss the importance of STEM education and learn strategies for engaging students in the process. We will explore the importance of STEM fields for both the future workforce, but more importantly, the need to create a future of problem-solvers. Learn how to help your students enjoy STEM with an end-goal in mind and walk away with ideas for new resources and partnership opportunities.

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Dallas Thornley

STEM Vista, Utah Afterschool Network
Dallas Thornley is an "all over the US" native and is new to the Utah Afterschool Network.  She comes to UAN with teaching experience from Salt Lake Community College's NASPA award-winning bridge program, "Bridge to Success" working with first-generation, ESL, and undocumented college... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 101

4:00pm

Gaining Our Full Potential
Resilient Service has been involved in 5 different middle schools, some of which we function through their after school programs. In our experience, most of the students that we have had the privilege to spend time with are struggling in some aspect of their lives, perhaps in ways that are out of their direct control. Whether it be economic issues, mental health problems, or even destructive family life. The main purpose of this presentation is to discuss how we, as a small organization in Cache Valley, have worked to impact the lives of these students by helping them engage in service, understand some of the challenges they currently face and will face, and know what it is like to feel valued and be valuable to others.

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Mark Jenkins

Director, Resilient Service
Born and raised in Bozeman, MT, Mark came to Utah State University with the intent to receive a meaningful education, progress towards law, and contribute to the betterment of socioeconomic issues. He is very interested in gaining a better understanding of the impact mental health... Read More →
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Kellen Law

Director, Resilient Service
Student at USU. Co-Founder of Resilient Service


Saturday November 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Executive Room 100

4:00pm

What's in Their Backpack?
Students can bring some interesting things to school with them in their backpacks. From unicorns to Takis to cell phones (of course!). But they also bring with them things that aren’t so obvious: low self-worth, abuse, identity issues, unique family situations, mental illness, and others that they carry around with them throughout the school day. From kindergarten to 12th grade, these hidden variables greatly affect their ability to be present and learn in your program. Educators are compassionate but often don’t have the skills needed to identify and manage these issues. Aside from inundating counselors with referrals or ignoring them, what can educators do? We will first unpack what these issues may be, including ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), and then explore skills that anyone can use to respond to students and help them access the education they deserve.

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Tammy Okelberry

Counselor/Director, American Preparatory Academy
Tammy received her BS in Social Work at BYU and began her career at the Idaho Youth Ranch in the Intake and Assessment Unit and later piloted a long standing program for the State of Idaho Juvenile Justice to work with first time status offenders in the Magic Valley area. She received... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 203