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Friday, November 1
 

7:30am MDT

Attendee Check-In
Friday November 1, 2019 7:30am - 9:00am MDT
2nd Floor

7:30am MDT

Networking Breakfast
Parfait Bar Menu:
-Assorted Yogurts
-Oatmeal with brown sugar, raisins, and milk
-House-Made Granola
-Seasonal Fruit
-Coffee, Orange Juice, Hot Chocolate, Hot Tea

Friday November 1, 2019 7:30am - 9:00am MDT
Grand Ballroom

7:30am MDT

9:00am MDT

9:30am MDT

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 MDT
Grand Ballroom

10:30am MDT

11:00am MDT

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 MDT
Meeting Room 102

11:00am MDT

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 MDT
Meeting Room 203

11:00am MDT

CANCELLED: 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 MDT
Meeting Room 202

11:00am MDT

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 MDT
Ballroom 1

11:00am MDT

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.

Speakers
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Julienne Bailey

STEM Bus Coordinator, Utah STEM in Motion Team
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 MDT
Ballroom 3

11:00am MDT

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
avatar for Jillian Orr

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 MDT
Meeting Room 201

11:00am MDT

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.

Speakers
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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 MDT
Ballroom 2

12:30pm MDT

Networking Lunch and Exhibitor Exploration
Little Italy Menu: 
-Casear Salad
-Seasonal Fresh Fruit
-Garlic Bread
-Fettuccine and Penne Pasta- Gluten free pasta available by request
-Alfredo and Marinara Sauce
-Meatballs
-Steamed Vegetables


Friday November 1, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm MDT
Grand Ballroom

1:30pm MDT

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 MDT
Meeting Room 203

1:30pm MDT

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 MDT
Meeting Room 102

1:30pm MDT

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 MDT
Ballroom 2

1:30pm MDT

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?

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Souza

Amanda Souza

Manager of Community Partnerships, Girls Who Code
Amanda Souza is a dedicated advocate for educational equity. She has served students in several capacities and now works with Girls Who Code to increase computer science skills for female students.


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

1:30pm MDT

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 MDT
Meeting Room 201

1:30pm MDT

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 MDT
Ballroom 3

1:30pm MDT

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 MDT
Meeting Room 101

2:30pm MDT

2:45pm MDT

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 MDT
Meeting Room 103

2:45pm MDT

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

Assistant Professor, USU 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 MDT
Meeting Room 203

2:45pm MDT

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 and expand capacity as well as 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 MDT
Meeting Room 102

2:45pm MDT

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.

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 2:45pm - 3:45pm MDT
Meeting Room 101

2:45pm MDT

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.

Speakers
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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 MDT
Meeting Room 201

2:45pm MDT

Powering Potential
Did you know that in Utah 1 out of 10 students didn’t graduate in 2018? 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. In this session you will learn skills so you can help youth tackle challenges, become life long learners, and power their potential!

Speakers
avatar for Kristen Knoche

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 →



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

2:45pm MDT

My Best Day Ever!
This session is designed to build relationships, increase trust, shape positive perceptions, and allows you to become an author as you write about your 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 MDT
Ballroom 1

2:45pm MDT

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

Founder, 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 MDT
Ballroom 3

3:45pm MDT

4:00pm MDT

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 tool. 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
Holly Phillips is the School Alignment Specialist for the Utah Afterschool Network. She has spent the last year researching school day and afterschool alignment with 24 pilot afterschool sites in the greater Salt Lake area. In collaboration with the Utah Education Policy Center, Utah... Read More →



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

4:00pm MDT

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 observations and ask meaningful questions. They should have more confidence to express themselves creatively and encourage the same in others.

Speakers
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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 MDT
Meeting Room 102

4:00pm MDT

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 MDT
Meeting Room 201

4:00pm MDT

Afterschool For Life!
Not many set out to establish a career working in afterschool, but after a little time building positive relationships and having so many amazingly impactful interactions with youth, some may find themselves wanting to continue to grow and learn ways to better serve youth. This session will explore how you can leverage your unique experience afterschool to either build an afterschool career or find the relevance and transferable skills to help you on your career path. 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 MDT
Meeting Room 103

4:00pm MDT

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 MDT
Ballroom 3

4:00pm MDT

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 MDT
Meeting Room 101

4:00pm MDT

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.

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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 MDT
Meeting Room 202

4:00pm MDT

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
avatar for Talon Hatch

Talon Hatch

Partnership Manager, Skill Struck
At Skill Struck, we work to make Computer Science equitable and accessible for every school in the state. We work with educators to create a K-12 CS grade alignment and avoid gaps in the process. We provide schools with teacher-focused professional development, standard aligned curriculum... Read More →
avatar for Donnaly Crull

Donnaly Crull

Vendor, Skill Struck
Talk to us about Computer Science Education in Utah and how it is expanding through out the state!
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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 MDT
Ballroom 1

4:00pm MDT

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
ED

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 MDT
Ballroom 2

5:15pm MDT

 
Saturday, November 2
 

7:30am MDT

Attendee Check-In
Saturday November 2, 2019 7:30am - 9:00am MDT
2nd Floor

7:30am MDT

Networking Breakfast
Old Style Breakfast Buffet: 
-Scrambled Eggs
-Biscuits and Country Gravy
-Seasoned Breakfast Potatoes
-Orange Wedges
-Coffee, Orange Juice, Hot Chocolate, Hot Tea


Saturday November 2, 2019 7:30am - 9:00am MDT
Grand Ballroom

7:30am MDT

8:00am MDT

Rise and Shine with Laughter Yoga
Leave your yoga mats at home and join Clint Darr for something new. All you'll need is you! Start the day off on the right foot and experience the medicine of laughter firsthand.

Speakers
avatar for Clint Darr

Clint Darr

Afterschool Regional Educator, Missouri Afterschool Network
Clint works for the Missouri Afterschool Network providing coaching, training, and technical support to afterschool programs throughout Missouri. Clint’s broad range of experience includes a career as a professional firefighter/EMT, 14 years as a classroom teacher, and 3 years as... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 8:00am - 8:30am MDT
Southeast Lobby, 1st Floor

9:00am MDT

9:30am MDT

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 MDT
Grand Ballroom

10:30am MDT

11:00am MDT

Ginormous Paint Party! Where, What, Who, and Why?
In our time together, we’ll party with paint and words, leaving you and the group with one ginormous backdrop and an original story to go with it. Learn the literacy, english language arts, and fine arts standards while creating your own original work as a group. The Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre supports education classes and afterschool projects free of charge through funding from the State School Board, private donors, and foundations.

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 →
LP

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 MDT
Meeting Room 202

11:00am MDT

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 tool. 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 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
Holly Phillips is the School Alignment Specialist for the Utah Afterschool Network. She has spent the last year researching school day and afterschool alignment with 24 pilot afterschool sites in the greater Salt Lake area. In collaboration with the Utah Education Policy Center, Utah... Read More →



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

11:00am MDT

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 instructed on how to design their own activities, given free, ready-to-use curriculum, and will be 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 MDT
Executive Room 100

11:00am MDT

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
JM

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 MDT
Meeting Room 102

11:00am MDT

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 welcome. 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 create a safe and inclusive classroom.

Speakers
RC

Rachel Coffey

Community Educator, Planned Parenthood of Utah


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

11:00am MDT

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 MDT
Meeting Room 101

11:00am MDT

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 (SEL) 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
MP

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 MDT
Meeting Room 201

11:00am MDT

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 MDT
Ballroom 1

12:30pm MDT

Networking Lunch and Exhibitor Exploration
South of the Border Buffet: 
-Southwest Salad of Fresh Greens, Tomato, Green Onion, Cheese, and Crispy Tortilla Strips with House Dressing
-Beef Tacos with Crispy Corn Shells and Traditional Taco Condiments
-Refried beans
-Spanish Rice
-Cinnamon Crisps

Saturday November 2, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm MDT
Grand Ballroom

1:30pm MDT

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. Please note: this session will be on the DrumBus which will be parked on 24th Street.

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 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
Outside Courtyard

1:30pm MDT

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
CC

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 MDT
Executive Room 100

1:30pm MDT

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 →
avatar for Holly Phillips

Holly Phillips

School Alignment Specialist, Utah Afterschool Network
Holly Phillips is the School Alignment Specialist for the Utah Afterschool Network. She has spent the last year researching school day and afterschool alignment with 24 pilot afterschool sites in the greater Salt Lake area. In collaboration with the Utah Education Policy Center, Utah... Read More →



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

1:30pm MDT

You Gotta Laugh!
Laughter: the best medicine for all that ails us! Embrace the power of laughter, and how it can improve your out-of-school time program and energize you, your staff, and your students! Learn about the physical, emotional, and social benefits of laughter, and when not ROTFL, hear anecdotes, tips and strategies for using humor and laughter in your out-of-school time program as well as in your personal life, and practice laughter yoga techniques delivered by a certified instructor. If you want happier, healthier, more engaged students, then You Gotta Laugh! Attendees of this session will learn about the physical, social, and emotional benefits of laughter, how to find and keep laughter in their personal and professional lives, and how to incorporate fun and engaging laughter activities into their afterschool program.

Speakers
avatar for Clint Darr

Clint Darr

Afterschool Regional Educator, Missouri Afterschool Network
Clint works for the Missouri Afterschool Network providing coaching, training, and technical support to afterschool programs throughout Missouri. Clint’s broad range of experience includes a career as a professional firefighter/EMT, 14 years as a classroom teacher, and 3 years as... Read More →



Saturday November 2, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
Ballroom 3

1:30pm MDT

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 MDT
Meeting Room 101

2:30pm MDT

2:45pm MDT

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
JS

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 MDT
Meeting Room 201

2:45pm MDT

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. Please note: this session will be on the DrumBus which will be parked on 24th Street.

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 MDT
Outside Courtyard

2:45pm MDT

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 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 MDT
Ballroom 2

2:45pm MDT

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 will learn more about who is 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
avatar for Erica Andino

Erica Andino

Out-of-School Time Specialist, Utah Afterschool Network
Hailing from Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York; Erica is a proud Nuyorican who enjoys things that take her back to her roots. She grew up in the foster care system during her teen years but has proven her resilience by dedicating 11 years of her life to working with afterschool youth... Read More →
CA

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 MDT
Ballroom 3

2:45pm MDT

PROTECT Utah: Preventing Exploitation of Utah's Most Vulnerable Youth
It's clear that afterschool programs provide expanded learning opportunities and a place for students to grow. It would be advantageous for these students, who are in an environment that fosters unique relationships with the educators, 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 young, including being groomed and trafficked for sex or labor. Join us to learn how the PROTECT Utah prevention education program can help to enhance your afterschool program by providing youth with opportunities to protect themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Thompson

Jacob Thompson

Regional Director, 3 Strands Global
Jacob is serving as the Regional Director of 3Strands Global Foundation for the entire state of Utah. His primary focus is to the be face, voice, and advocate for PROTECT Utah and its mission of human trafficking and exploitation prevention education. He oversees the implementation... Read More →
avatar for Josh Loaiza

Josh Loaiza

Implementation Coordinator, 3 Strands Global
Josh is the Implementation Coordinator for 3Strands Gobal in Utah. He specializes in marketing and business strategy. Josh received his bachelor’s degree in business and marketing from the Goddard School of Business at Weber State University. After finishing his degree, Josh started... Read More →



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

2:45pm MDT

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 MDT
Meeting Room 203

2:45pm MDT

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
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 2:45pm - 3:45pm MDT
Meeting Room 101

2:45pm MDT

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.

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 2:45pm - 3:45pm MDT
Ballroom 1

3:45pm MDT

4:00pm MDT

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 →



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

4:00pm MDT

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!

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 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Ballroom 2

4:00pm MDT

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 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.

Speakers
CT

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 MDT
Meeting Room 102

4:00pm MDT

Fun and Easy Fitness Activities with Cowboy Ted
In this session, Cowboy Ted and friends will teach you how to use hands-on techniques to host fun fitness activities in your program. With activities like soda bottle bowling, milk carton mix-up, flying disc toss, and cup stacking, you'll learn how to engage kids in fun activities that encourage mental, emotional, and physical fitness, and that can easily be recreated in your program. 

Speakers
avatar for Cowboy Ted Hallisey

Cowboy Ted Hallisey

Founder, Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids
Cowboy Ted Hallisey is host of The Cowboy Ted Show and Cowboy Ted 101. He produces and hosts video programs for kids and families that are shown in classrooms, TV, FaceBook, YouTube, and several web sites.Cowboy Ted started Cowboy Ted’s Foundation for Kids with a goal of touching... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Meeting Room 103

4:00pm MDT

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.

Speakers
DT

Dallas Thornley

STEM Vista, Utah Afterschool Network
Originally a military brat with many hometowns, Dallas found herself back in Salt Lake City with her beautiful daughter. Navigating corporate America and realizing her happiness laid elsewhere, she jumped at the chance to immerse herself back into the academic world when she found... Read More →


STEAM pdf

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

4:00pm MDT

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. 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.

Speakers
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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 MDT
Meeting Room 203