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Friday, November 1
 

11:00am MDT

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

Speakers
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Deidre Walbeck

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

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


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

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

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
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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

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

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

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 →
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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!
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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
 
Saturday, November 2
 

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 →
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Lori Pomeroy

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


Saturday November 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm 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 Landscape of Family Engagement in Utah
As the demographics of Utah have changed, the perspectives and needs of the families we serve have also changed. In the Spring of 2018, a team of family engagement practitioners from the Utah State Board of Education, Granite School District, Salt Lake City School District and University Neighborhood Partners interviewed highly engaged, negatively engaged and apparently unengaged parents, as well as students, administrators, teachers, partners and other stakeholders. Insights from these interviews will be shared along with "next" practices for engaging families in educational settings.

Speakers
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Jenny Mayer-Glenn

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


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

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.

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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

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
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Nels Anderson

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


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

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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

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
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Nels Anderson

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


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

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 →
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Christina Andino

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


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

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!

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 →


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

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
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Patrick Bentley

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


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

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Catherine Tobey

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


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

4:00pm MDT

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!
Calling all leaders! The State of Afterschool Report is hot-off-the press. Earlier this year, Utah Afterschool Network released this report using local program data, success stories, and evaluations to tell the story of afterschool programs in Utah. In this final hour of the conference, we're going to bring this data to life. Through interactive discussions, small group work, and networking, we will discuss how utilizing this report in your own neck of the woods will improve your program outcomes. I know data can be dry, but this session most certainly won't be!

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Riding

Kelly Riding

Executive Director, Utah Afterschool Network
Kelly Riding joined the Utah Afterschool Network (UAN) in November 2015 as the Executive Director. She is responsible for the growth, development, and strategic leadership of UAN. She also oversees the execution of UAN’s mission, which is to ensure youth have access to high quality... Read More →



Saturday November 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Meeting Room 202

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