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Friday, November 1
 

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

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

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

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 MDT
Ballroom 1

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

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

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

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

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.

Speakers
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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 MDT
Meeting Room 202

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

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
 
Saturday, November 2
 

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

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 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 in their program.

Speakers
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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 MDT
Ballroom 2

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
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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 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

Equality vs. Equity in Math: How All Students Can Learn Math
In education, we tend to give all students 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 attitude 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
avatar for Mary Curry

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 MDT
Meeting Room 202

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

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
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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

Gaining Our Full Potential
Many youth struggle in some aspect of their lives, perhaps in ways that are out of their direct control, such as economic issues, mental health, or even destructive family life. Join the Resilient Service team to learn more about the work they've done to impact the lives of 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.

Speakers
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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 MDT
Executive Room 100