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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

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

1:30pm MDT

Utah Education Network Resources Come In All Shapes and Sizes
The Utah Education Network offers a variety of educational resources that are cross-curricular, diverse, multi-platform, and free. Join us to learn how to explore multicultural resources, find age-appropriate and high-quality digital resources, and help students use screen-time effectively.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Cohne

Lisa Cohne

Community Partnership Manager, Utah Education Network
Lisa Cohne, MSW - has been an an educator and leader for community partnerships and engagements for almost 15 years with the Utah Education Network.


Friday November 1, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
Meeting Room 203

1:30pm MDT

Walk, Listen, and Learn with The Walking Classroom
Attendees in this session will learn about the link between exercise and cognitive function, be introduced to the features of The Walking Classroom, and will get to experience the program themselves. Everyone will walk, listen, and learn! Come learn how The Walking Classroom aligns with academic standards for grades 4-8 and understand how it supports academic enrichment, increased physical activity, social-emotional learning, and health literacy. Note: In addition to free resources, this session may promote materials that are available only by purchase.

Speakers
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Teri Webb

4th Grade Teacher, Springside Elementary
Teri is a 4th grade teacher and has been using The Walking Classroom program with her students since August of 2014.


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

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

Nature Journaling
Nature journaling can be a powerful technique to foster learning as well as an enjoyable past time. Learners are encouraged to spend time observing nature and recording their observations, usually in a combination of sketching and written description. The process is simple but allows for the development of a wide range of skills and can incorporate a variety of topics, including art, language, math, wellness, and science. Nature journaling also can be adapted for students with a variety of learning styles. It allows them to develop creativity, independent thought, choice-making, and self-confidence. Participants should leave this session with a greater appreciation of the natural world and a better understanding of how to conduct scientific observations and ask meaningful questions. They should have more confidence to express themselves creatively and encourage the same in others.

Speakers
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Rowe Zwahlen

Assistant Professor, Utah State University Extension
Rowe Zwahlen is an Extension assistant professor for agriculture, natural resources, and 4-H youth development in Emery County, UT. He holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture from BYU. Before... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Meeting Room 102

4:00pm MDT

Shaping the Future with Career and Technical Education
Career and Technical Education (CTE) can be a powerful way to engage youth and prepare them to succeed in school and beyond. In this interactive session, you'll explore the pros and cons of trade careers, discover cost-saving strategies for accessing college, and discover free resources from public media's "American Graduate: Getting to Work" initiative to help students grades 7-12 explore future possibilities.

Speakers
avatar for Jenn Gibbs

Jenn Gibbs

Project Manager | UtahFutures American Graduate, Utah Education Network
Jenn Gibbs, PhD is a content specialist at UEN and serves on the Utah PTA's Education Commission. As project manager for UtahFutures American Graduate, she works to connect learners and those who guide them with public resources to help them succeed in school, in work and in life... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Meeting Room 201
 
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 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

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.

Speakers
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Colin Crebs

Program Manager, Salt Lake City Corporation
With 10+ years experience in the afterschool realm, Colin is the Program Manager of YouthCity Fairmont Park, a certified teacher from WGU, and a licensed attorney with the Utah State Bar. What does he owe it all to? Quality afterschool, from his days in the YouthCity teen program... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
Executive Room 100

1:30pm MDT

School Day Alignment and Academic Improvement
Curious about new initiatives happening in Utah around school and afterschool alignment? Seeking additional resources to jump start your academic goals? Searching for new tools and lesson plan ideas? Join in as we celebrate successes, dive into evidence-based practices, and problem solve challenges around school alignment. Participate in a discussion on academic success and student engagement while exploring tips on how to align outcomes with school day staff.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Wisham

Lisa Wisham

Research Associate, Utah Education Policy Center
Lisa Wisham is a Research Associate for the Utah Education Policy Center at the University of Utah. As a member of the Bridgeworks School Improvement Team, she co-designs and co-facilitates professional learning opportunities for school turnaround leaders, supports school leadership... Read More →
avatar for Holly Phillips

Holly Phillips

School Alignment Specialist, Utah Afterschool Network
Holly Phillips is the School Alignment Specialist for the Utah Afterschool Network. She has spent the last year researching school day and afterschool alignment with 24 pilot afterschool sites in the greater Salt Lake area. In collaboration with the Utah Education Policy Center, Utah... Read More →



Saturday November 2, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
Meeting Room 203

1:30pm MDT

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

2:45pm MDT

Afterschool Juggling
Communication is key; we have heard it over and over, and it is true. With our coworkers, with our families, with the parents of kids in our programs. . . basically everyone. During this workshop, we will look at what we do as afterschool professionals in a new light, by learning how to juggle the way we look at all the things that happen in our day. Walk away with a juggling game that you can take back to your team on Monday to share your new-found skills!

Speakers
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Jerrad Strand

Youth and Teen Director, Jewish Community Center
Jerrad Strand is the Youth and Teen Director for the JCC in Salt Lake for the past 16 years, Jerrad is an empathetic and passionate leader. Through his experiences from camper to today, he believes in hard work, creative thinking, and communication as he leads his team by example... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm MDT
Meeting Room 201

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

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

Learning to Play: The Benefits of Play
This interactive, games-based workshop explores the long-term benefits of play and lays the foundation for creating a safe, inclusive, and respectful environment for youth. Participants will walk away with ready-to-use group management tools, as well as an understanding of how to select and leverage games that support the physical, social, and emotional development of youth.

Speakers
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Ashley Engeler

Program Director, Playworks Utah
Ashley joins us with a decade of experience working in youth development. Her unique professional history includes hands-on work in after school programs, developing and implementing elementary school programming, and providing ongoing professional development for administrators and... Read More →
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Sarah Keady

Program Specialist, Playworks Utah
Sarah is the Certified Pro Trainer for Playworks Utah, as well as a Site Coordinator for two elementary schools in the Salt Lake area. She graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Community Health and Exercise Science, and enjoys working with adults and children to create... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Ballroom 3

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.

Speakers
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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