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Friday, November 1

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.

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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

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"!

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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

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

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!

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Carrie Rogers-Whitehead

Founder, Digital Respons-Ability
Carrie Rogers-Whitehead is the founder of Digital Respons-Ability, a mission-based company providing digital citizenship education. Her company provides trainings to tens of thousands of students, parents and educators across the state of Utah and beyond. Carrie is also the author... Read More →

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

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.

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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 →
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Donnaly Crull

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

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
Saturday, November 2

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!


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

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.

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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

2:45pm MDT

Hosting a Family Code Night
Computer science isn't just for youth! This session will help you learn how to tie computer science with family engagement by planning and hosting a family code night in your program. This can be used as part of Lights On Afterschool or other family outreach events. No coding experience necessary!

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Deborah Ivie

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 →

Pete Wecker

Afterschool Program Coordinator, USU Extension 4-H

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