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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
 
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

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

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

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
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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

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
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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

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

Finding Your Happy Place with Music, Movement, and Emotion
This session introduces concepts of how music and movement can help youth get through tough times and move their emotions from frustrated, sad, scared, and unsure to feelings of balance and positivity. Join Arts Kids to learn strategies that will help youth in your program build resiliency and find their happy place.

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 →
avatar for Adam Wayman

Adam Wayman

Arts Kids
Adam Wayman is beginning his 11th year of directing music and programs for Kindergarten to 9th grade. He received his B.S. in Music Education from Utah State University, working in Davis School District,his groups have received honors from local and out of state judging. Along with... Read More →
avatar for Nicholas Hallisey

Nicholas Hallisey

Arts Kids
Nicholas Hallisey is a 15-year-old sophomore at Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts and has a passion for music and helping kids. He has hosted afterschool sessions for over 5 years along with his dad, during Cowboy Ted programs. Nico plays drums, guitar and trumpet and loves... Read More →


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

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

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

1:30pm MDT

No Growth Without Grit
“Humans are creatures of habit. If you quit when things get tough, it gets that much easier to quit the next time.” - Travis Bradberry. Having a growth mindset helps youth to develop grit and overcome challenges that they might face in life. So how can you help foster this mindset in your youth? In this session, you will consider how your feedback can promote or detract from youth’s growth mindset. Through scenario role-playing exercises, you will experience how different types of students need different forms of feedback and you will come away with strategies to build growth mindsets and grow grit in ALL of your youth.

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 →



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

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

2:45pm MDT

Cowboy Day Camps and Stick Horse Rodeos
Join Cowboy Ted and friends to learn how to host real cowboy activities with youth of all ages that focus on fine motor skills, gross motor skills, sharing and community, resiliency, and completion over competition.

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 2:45pm - 3:45pm MDT
Meeting Room 103

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

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

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 →
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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.

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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

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.

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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

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

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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