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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

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

11:00am MDT

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

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Slade

Sandy Slade

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


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

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

1:30pm MDT

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

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Slade

Sandy Slade

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


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

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

2:45pm 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

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

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
 
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

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

Speakers
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Kat Martinez

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


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

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

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

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

Speakers
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Trina Christensen

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


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

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

2:45pm 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

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