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Wednesday, October 4
 

7:00am

Registration - Breakfast - Exhibitor Set-Up
Wednesday October 4, 2017 7:00am - 8:00am
TBA

8:00am

Welcome Address & WYAA Updates
Wednesday October 4, 2017 8:00am - 8:30am
Grand Ballroom

8:30am

Morning Keynote - Disciplined Too Young & Too Often: Understanding the School-To-Prison Pipeline
Across the country, school systems are shutting the doors of academic opportunity and funneling children into the juvenile and criminal justice systems by using overly harsh discipline practices to address student misbehavior. Advocates, prevention educators, administrators, law enforcement, and community partners must be aware of current issues that increase a youth's vulnerability to victimization, exploitation, and court involvement, in order to create innovative and relevant ways of engaging with targeted youth.

This presentation will provide an overview of the School-to-Prison Pipeline (STPP) and the various intersections of vulnerability that increase a child's risk of being streamlined into the justice system. In addition, participants will be encouraged to get involved in mitigating STPP issues by increasing protective factors through policy change and reform.

Speakers
avatar for Nubia Peña, JD

Nubia Peña, JD

Utah Juvenile Defenders Office
Nubia, what inspires you to do social justice work? "Very early in my career as an advocate, I realized that issues relating to disenfranchised populations would often fall to the wayside if someone was not readily advocating on their behalf. I pursued a legal career as the natural... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Grand Ballroom

9:40am

Click2Science: An asset for your staff
Afterschool programs often have frequent staff turnover, and program administrators must find ways to train new staff members. It is difficult to provide off-site training for people. Click 2Science has on-line resources for staff training to keep the quality of STEM instruction high. This session will introduce administrators and lead instructors to the Click2Science resources and how to organize a series of quick training sessions based on the Dimensions of Success goals for good STEM programming.

Speakers
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Susan McGuire

STEM Initiative Project Lead, WYAA
I am the project lead for WYAA"s statewide STEM Initiative. I have worked in nonformal science and environmental education for 30 yrs, including the NM Museum of Natural History & Science and Teton Science Schools.


Wednesday October 4, 2017 9:40am - 10:55am
Wyoming Room B

9:40am

Tour Wyoming-Homegrown Resources for Your Projects and Activities
Join us as we tour the Wyoming-focused research gems created by Wyoming State Library and available freely to all citizens of the state. We will delve into digital databases that can connect you with history, places, legislation, inventors, all grown here in Wyoming. In addition we will share history sources found in GoWYLD.net.

Speakers
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Paige Bredenkamp

School Library Consultant, Wyoming State Library
Paige Bredenkamp is a school library consultant at Wyoming State Library. Before that she was a teacher and school librarian in Nebraska and Wyoming.
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Chris Van Burgh

Database Instruction Librarian, Wyoming State Library
Chris Van Burgh is the Database Instruction Librarian at the Wyoming State Library. She worked for the University of Wyoming libraries for 17 years before becoming part of the State Library where she works with public and school libraries. She was a lead for Wyoming™s involvement... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 9:40am - 10:55am
Wyoming Room D

9:40am

Tangible Ideas to Integrate the Arts into STEM
This hands-on workshop provides an overview of the STEAM initiative and the importance of incorporating the arts to strengthen STEM learning. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in several different STEAM activities, and will leave the workshop with 3 tangible project ideas to incorporate into their after-school programming!

Speakers
avatar for Terra Hernandez

Terra Hernandez

ELA & Fine and Performing Arts Consultant, Wyoming Department of Education
Terra Hernandez is the English Language Arts/Fine and Performing Arts consultant for the Wyoming Department of Education. Terra has spent the last 15 years as an educator in Colorado, Nevada, and Wyoming including the last three years as an instructional coach, staff developer and... Read More →
avatar for Tara Pappas

Tara Pappas

Arts Education Specialist, Wyoming Arts Council
Tara Pappas is the Arts Education Specialist for the Wyoming Arts Council (WAC). Formerly a k-12 visual art educator, she has the honor of working with k-12 arts educators, after-school educators, post-secondary professors, teaching artists, museums, and community organizations to... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 9:40am - 10:55am
Big Horn Room

9:40am

You've Got It, So Use It!
Staffing, WOW! Who’s working for you? Are you utilizing your staff’s talents? Does your staff feel valued as professionals? Join us in discovering talents, knowledge, skills and life experiences of your staff as a solid foundation for helping student’s experience unique learning. When we focus on our strengths everyone benefits!

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Bowen

Danielle Bowen

Community Collaborator, Communicate, Collaborate, Celebrate!!!
Danielle Bowen has been involved with the out-of-school time field for over 20 years. She creates synergy to engage key decision makers as she collaborates with various programs and businesses to implement high quality programs. She understands that focusing on collecting and utilizing... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Weisbart

Wendy Weisbart

Professional Development Genius, Communicate, Collaborate, Celebrate!!!
Wendy has spent 20+years creating the best path of success for all students! She has served as a classroom teacher, 21st CCLC facilitator, district administrator, educational sales, professional development, and management on the National level. She has multiple masters’ degrees... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 9:40am - 10:55am
Wyoming Room A

9:40am

Cultivating Resilience Through Kindness
Resilient people have a greater capacity for kindness and can create stronger, more meaningful relationships. Resilience can be cultivated through our behaviors and attitudes. In this workshop participants will learn how to apply Random Acts of Kindness resources to school and home settings to connect children with their inner resilience and evaluate results.

Speakers
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Paula Horwitz

Director of Education, The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
Paula joined the Random Acts of Kindness team as Director of Education in January of 2017, following many years of experience in the classroom and administration. Having served as a 6th-8th grade English/Language Arts teacher for nearly 13 years, Paula thought it was time to finally... Read More →
avatar for Brooke Jones

Brooke Jones

Vice President, The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
Brooke wants to live in a world where people choose kindness over violence, compassion over cruelty, and action over indifference. She also believes every office should offer yoga and a room full of kittens (for stress relief, of course).As Vice President, she oversees the education... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 9:40am - 10:55am
Yellowstone Room

9:40am

Support Struggling Youth with Safe2Tell Wyoming
Safe2Tell Wyoming was designed to help schools identify struggling youth in order to prevent violence and tragedies from occurring. A key component of the Safe2Tell model in schools is educating and engaging students on what to watch for and what to report while equipping them with the resources to confidentially report concerns. This presentation will cover an overview of the Safe2Tell Wyoming program, a review of the 2016/17 success stories, and a year-end report. You will also be informed on how to access Safe2Tell training, presentations, resources, promotional and marketing materials which are available to all Wyoming schools.

Speakers
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Bill Morse

Wyoming Attorney General's Office - Division of Criminal Investigation
Bill Morse is the program manager for Safe2Tell Wyoming of the Wyoming Office of the Attorney General.Bill spent most of his childhood in Hanna, Wyo., where he graduated from Hanna-Elk Mountain High School. After graduation, he attended Wyoming Technical Institute in Laramie and completed... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 9:40am - 10:55am
Wyoming Room C

9:40am

Unlocking the Mysteries of the Adolescent Brain
Effectively supporting young people - their health, education, and future prospects - means working from a real understanding and appreciation of the developmental processes at work in their lives. This interactive and fun workshop highlights the tasks of adolescence, brain development and trauma, and positive youth development especially as it relates to their health.

Participants will be challenged to see adolescents and their behaviors through a developmental lens and then apply this information to their own work and lives focusing on assets, resilience, and competencies in all young people. This training is perfect for juvenile justice personnel, education staff, policy makers, parole officers, social services staff, community organizers, and many others. The training was developed for Wyoming youth-serving professionals by the Youth and Young Adult Health Program Manager at the Wyoming Department of Health in partnership with the State Adolescent Health Resource Center, the National Adolescent Health Resource Center, and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.

Speakers
avatar for Shelly Montgomery

Shelly Montgomery

Adolescent Health Program Manager, Wyoming Department of Health
Shelly Montgomery BSN, RN is the Youth and Young Adult Health Program Manager in the Maternal and Child Health Unit at the Wyoming Department of Health. She was hired in 2013 to develop and implement the youth and young adult health program to address state and national priorities... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 9:40am - 10:55am
Teton Room
  • Workshop Block Deep Dive

9:40am

Workshops - Block 1
Wednesday October 4, 2017 9:40am - 10:55am
TBA

11:05am

More Than A Score
This interactive session explores how disguised learning, project-based strategies using wordless images support the development of 21st century, social-emotional and metacognition skills in an inherently engaging, non-threatening manner. Test-based instruction fails to engage students or to sustainably develop the “whole child”, while wordless images offer unlimited opportunities for scaffolding to adjust for the wide range of student need. Through immediately applicable instructional strategies, participants will learn to guide students in producing narrative and creative writing that is meaningful to them. Students K-12 will collaborate and increase literacy while elevating self-expression and self-esteem!

Speakers
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Megan Gomes

WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS
avatar for Meredith Scott Lynn

Meredith Scott Lynn

Founder & CEO, WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS
Meredith Scott Lynn is an award-winning storyteller, filmmaker, and recognized actress who understands the value of self-expression. As Founder & CEO of WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS, her mission is to foster self-esteem in young people, and to offer robust curricula and programs that inspire... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 11:05am - 12:20pm
Yellowstone Room

11:05am

Helping Today's Students Become Tomorrow's Engineers and Scientists
SAE International's K-8 STEM education solution, AWIM, is a teacher-administered, industry volunteer-assisted program that brings science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to life in the classroom for students in Kindergarten through Grade 8. Benchmarked to the national standards, the AWIM program incorporates integrated STEM learning experiences through hands-on activities that reinforce classroom STEM learning:
  • Primary School Challenges (grades K-3) 
  • Elementary School Challenges (grades 4-6) 
  • Middle School Challenges (grades 6-8) 

Session Highlights & Benefits: (AWIM) A World In Motion is interdisciplinary in nature, which helps students learn to make meaningful connections among disciplines; all activities correlate with the Next Generation Science standards and the Science and Engineering Practices; it builds bridges between corporations and classrooms by giving teachers, volunteers, and students the opportunity to work together and learn from each other.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Ellen Earnhardt

Mary Ellen Earnhardt

Director of 21st Century Classroom Learning Communities and MT After School Programs, SAE
Mary Ellen is the Director of 21st Century Classroom Learning Communities and MT After School Programs. In the past several years, MT after school programs has had the opportunity to work with SAE and the World In Motion Program.


Wednesday October 4, 2017 11:05am - 12:20pm
Big Horn Room

11:05am

Increasing Protective Factors by Engaging Families of Youth with Risk Factors
“Risk factors” are any circumstances that may increase youths’ likelihood of engaging in risky behaviors. Conversely, “protective factors” are any circumstances that promote healthy youth behaviors and decrease the chance that youth will engage in risky behaviors. In this panel presentation, presenters from Kansas, Colorado and Texas will share how their states, districts and programs are working to mitigate the effects of risk factors on students and families.

Speakers
JF

Johanna Friedel

Project Director, 21st CCLC
JG

jane groff

Executive Director, KPIRC
Dr. Jane Groff has served as the Director of the Kansas Parent Information Resource Center (KPIRC) for ten years. While supervising all KPIRC priorities, Dr. Groff provides professional development and technical assistance on family engagement in education to Kansas districts and... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 11:05am - 12:20pm
Wyoming Room D

11:05am

Re-Envision Juvenile Justice: A Multi-Tiered Approach Towards Change

A growing body of research presents the case that harsh punitive policies found in the juvenile justice system, do not work, either for the youth or public safety. Our continued reliance on practices that prioritize confinement and the use of probation services with arbitrary conditions, largely isolate youth from their community and consumes resources that could, if wisely reinvested, help empower youth towards positive change.

This workshop will challenge participants to re-envision juvenile justice through the lens of restorative principles that supports youth within the context of their families, schools, and communities. In addition, this session will discuss Utah’s recently passed comprehensive juvenile justice legislation, House Bill 239, as a possible model for local reform. This bill is expected to cut the population of juveniles placed in state custody by 47 percent over the next five years, freeing up more than $70 million for reinvestment in evidence-based alternatives to incarceration, which could and should include diversion initiatives, accessible mental health services, and after-school programs.


Speakers
avatar for Nubia Peña, JD

Nubia Peña, JD

Utah Juvenile Defenders Office
Nubia, what inspires you to do social justice work? "Very early in my career as an advocate, I realized that issues relating to disenfranchised populations would often fall to the wayside if someone was not readily advocating on their behalf. I pursued a legal career as the natural... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 11:05am - 12:20pm
Teton Room

11:05am

Supporting At-Risk or Struggling Youth with Wraparound in Wyoming
High Fidelity Wraparound- Come and learn what it is and how it is working for Wyoming Families to help at-risk or strugglings youth stay in their homes, schools and communities.

Speakers
avatar for Veronica Pedersen

Veronica Pedersen

Director of Community Relations, Magellan
Veronica Pedersen attended Purdue University and Indiana University, and has a Master's of Social Work. She has worked in education and the mental ealth field for 20 plus years.
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Sharon Weber

Director of Training, Magellan of Wyoming Wraparound
Sharon is the Director of Training for Magellan in Wyoming. Sharon came to the position with 26 years working for non-profits and as a certified Family Care Coordinator, Family Support Partner, HFWA Coach and HFWA Process Mentor.


Wednesday October 4, 2017 11:05am - 12:20pm
Wyoming Room A

11:05am

Youth Empowerment Council: Suicide Prevention Awareness Team
Education for youth from youth provides an excellent way to educate our younger population about engagement, empowerment, and how they can overcome obstacles they may face. The Youth Empowerment Council educates their peers on suicide prevention on a monthly basis in the school districts across Wyoming. This workshop will give an idea of how those presentations are given to youth to help their friends and family conquer the epidemic of suicide.

Speakers
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Brittlynn Bulgrin

Youth Empowerment Council Coordinator, Natrona County Suicide Prevention Task Force
Brittlynn has her associates in Addictionology from Casper College. She is currently acquiring my Bachelors in Social Work. She is the Youth Empowerment Council Coordinator at Mercer Family Resource Center. Also, she facilitates an Insight II course for adolescents, which is an early... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 11:05am - 12:20pm
Wyoming Room B

11:05am

Behavior Support Techniques - Part 1
This is a 2-part workshop. Attendance for Part 1 is not required for Part 2.

Ever felt like pulling your hair out while thinking, "I wasn't trained for this!"? Of course you have, we all have! Throughout this two-part workshop participants will learn strategies and powerful tools for addressing challenging behavior. Guidelines for responding to behavior will be examined through discussion and practicing with scenarios. Participants will learn how to identify influences on behavior, define behavior problems, and develop plans to teach skills.

Speakers
avatar for Kat King

Kat King

Business Development Manager, Kids Included Together
Kathryn (Kat) has over 20 years of youth development experience in a variety of settings including preschool, summer camp, after school, and teen programs. For the past ten years, she has been providing coaching, training, and technical assistance to out-of-school-time professionals... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 11:05am - 12:20pm
Wyoming Room C

11:05am

Workshops - Block 2
Wednesday October 4, 2017 11:05am - 12:20pm
TBA

12:30pm

Lunch & Keynote - Keeping Kids Out of the Justice System: Afterschool as a Path to Child Well-Being
This presentation will provide a broad overview of the youth justice system, including a brief historical perspective, the ways in which we are failing youth who are in trouble with the law, and research that we should consider when making decisions about young people. The presenter will share policy and practice changes as well as community based models from other jurisdictions that have improved outcomes for youth. Participants will be encouraged to draw upon this information to think more deeply about how afterschool programs can play a stronger role in youth justice reform and how to best support justice system involved youth in Wyoming, particularly vulnerable populations such as low-income youth and Native American youth

Speakers
avatar for Anna Wong

Anna Wong

Senior Policy Associate, Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice Fairness and Equity
Anna Wong is a Senior Policy Associate with the W. Haywood Burns Institute (BI). She provides technical assistance to BI sites, analyzes data, assists in developing local strategies to reduce disparities, conducts policy research, and facilitates training for youth justice professionals... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Grand Ballroom

2:00pm

Share-A-Thon
Wednesday October 4, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Grand Ballroom

2:30pm

Project Based Learning (PBL)
Learn about the comprehensive, Research-based model for Project-based Learning from the Buck Institute for Education. The purpose of the 21st CCLC Initiative in PBL is to improve staff practices accross Wyoming so that we have a shared understanding of what high quality PBL looks like in practice. Learn about the three parts to Gold Standard PBL.
  1. Student Learning Goals
  2. Project Design Elements
  3. Project-based Teaching practices. 
After attending PBL in June of 2016, Kathleen and Lisa (in practice) have established PBL in programs and will share strategies that work for both student learning and professional development. Session attendees will receive tools and resources to supplement their current PBL efforts and for those new to PBL, a great foundation to launch your efforts.


Speakers
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Kathleen Gillgannon

Executive Director, After School for Kids (ASK)
Kathleen Gillgannon is a youth program developer at heart and has spent her career working toward innovative programs that impact 21st Century Learning. Kathleen began working with 21CCLC programs in 2003 and has used her experience to implement quality after school education for... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Plant

Lisa Plant

Rock Springs Jr. High Scool
With 20 years’ experience in after school Lisa Plant is an expert with 21st Century Community Learning Centers schools, students, families, and affiliates.  Lisa Plant, BA, 21st Century Community Learning Center Program Director, began her career with Sweetwater County School... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Wyoming Room B

2:30pm

Advocating for Afterschool - The ESSA Conversation
Under the new education law, ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), states have spent much of the last year preparing new state plans with new indicators of student and school success. In this workshop, attendees will be able to look at Wyoming's plan and map out how their 21st CCLC, afterschool, and summer programs build into the states accountability and support systems in Title I, and can be combined with Title II, Title IVA and more. The workshop will conclude with general advocacy approaches to continue to build access and opportunities for afterschool.

Speakers
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Jillian Luchner

Policy Associate, Afterschool Alliance
Jillian Luchner is a Policy Associate at the Afterschool Alliance. Focusing on state level policies, Jillian collects and organizes information on 21st Century Community Learning Center state grants, child care policy, ESSA implementation plans and state legislation. A former teacher... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Wyoming Room A

2:30pm

Family Engagement Measures: How States, Districts and Programs Are Measuring Family Engagement
Measuring the degree to which families are engaged in their children’s learning and then using that data for informing improvement processes can be challenging. In this panel presentation, presenters from Kansas, Colorado and Texas will share how their states, districts and programs are measuring family engagement in ways that are more meaningful to promoting student success. Participants will also learn how the use of a logic model can lead to the development of effective family engagement strategies.

Speakers
JF

Johanna Friedel

Project Director, 21st CCLC
JG

jane groff

Executive Director, KPIRC
Dr. Jane Groff has served as the Director of the Kansas Parent Information Resource Center (KPIRC) for ten years. While supervising all KPIRC priorities, Dr. Groff provides professional development and technical assistance on family engagement in education to Kansas districts and... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Wyoming Room D

2:30pm

Introduction to Wyoming Program Quality Practices (PQPs)
In this session, attendees will learn about the development of the Wyoming Program Quality Practices (PQPs) which were developed by a statewide team of afterschool providers. We will discuss the importance of this tool and strategies to use them as a part of a larger quality improvement system which defines, assesses and supports quality. PQPs are a framework for school-age afterschool and youth development programs that provide a common understanding of the essential components of quality practice in afterschool and youth development programs. 

Speakers
avatar for Ellen Gannett

Ellen Gannett

Director, National Institute on Out-of-School Time
Ellen S. Gannett is director of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College. A national action/research project, NIOST has provided research, evaluation, technical assistance, consultation, and specialized training on... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Yellowstone Room

2:30pm

Behavior Support Techniques - Part 2
This is a 2-part workshop. Attendance for Part 1 is not required for Part 2.

Ever felt like pulling your hair out while thinking, "I wasn't trained for this!"? Of course you have, we all have! Throughout this two-part workshop participants will learn strategies and powerful tools for addressing challenging behavior. Guidelines for responding to behavior will be examined through discussion and practicing with scenarios. Participants will learn how to identify influences on behavior, define behavior problems, and develop plans to teach skills.

Speakers
avatar for Kat King

Kat King

Business Development Manager, Kids Included Together
Kathryn (Kat) has over 20 years of youth development experience in a variety of settings including preschool, summer camp, after school, and teen programs. For the past ten years, she has been providing coaching, training, and technical assistance to out-of-school-time professionals... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Wyoming Room C

2:30pm

Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) has led to a reframing of child welfare and prevention efforts across the country.  As the impacts of early trauma are identified through the ACEs survey, providers are able to more intentionally target efforts to address the underlying issues which may be impacting health and behavioral issues.  This section will provide an overview of the ACE study and what we can learn from this information.

Speakers
JD

Jennifer Davis

Wyoming Children's Trust Fund
Jennifer Davis is a 2001 graduate of Northern Arizona University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Jennifer has primarily practiced as a pediatric physical therapist in Arizona and Wyoming since that time. She also has experience in geriatric, outpatient, and neurological rehabilitation... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Big Horn Room
  • Workshop Block Block 3

2:30pm

Workshops - Block 3
Wednesday October 4, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm
TBA

3:55pm

Books to Basketballs: Boost your afterschool program on a budget
Great, low-cost resources are rocket fuel for your program! Learn how educators and program staff like you are using high-quality/low-cost books, educational resources, and other essentials to care for the whole child in their after-school and youth-serving programs. We'll work through planning a project from start to finish- including fundraising to make it a reality! Great examples to get your ideas brewing will be included!

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Elgersma

Melissa Elgersma

Partner Development Manager, First Book
Melissa joined First Book in 2016 as a Partner Development Manager with more than 15 years experience in the nonprofit, public education, and library sectors. Prior to joining First Book, Melissa was a teacher with Baltimore City Public Schools. Her experience also includes managing... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 3:55pm - 5:10pm
Wyoming Room D

3:55pm

WY Statewide Professional Learning Community - Career Development
Attend this session to learn about Project ECHO in Career Development - a statewide professional learning community that is delivered once/week and is accessible online or by phone. This community collaborates on the exchange of free resources, ideas, curriculum and case studies around topics relevant to career development and planning for students ages 5 - 18. Learn how to join the community and find resources that can be immediately implemented in your learning environment!

Speakers

Wednesday October 4, 2017 3:55pm - 5:10pm
Wyoming Room B

3:55pm

Connecting the Dots
It’s time to connect the dots -community, families, school day, partners…Where does one even begin? How do we have the valuable conversations and with whom? Quality afterschool programs are all about collaboration. When designing and implementing your program intentional partnerships must be at the forefront of conversations. Join us in mapping out your amazing community. During this session, we will take a deeper dive into practical beneficial resources.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Bowen

Danielle Bowen

Community Collaborator, Communicate, Collaborate, Celebrate!!!
Danielle Bowen has been involved with the out-of-school time field for over 20 years. She creates synergy to engage key decision makers as she collaborates with various programs and businesses to implement high quality programs. She understands that focusing on collecting and utilizing... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Weisbart

Wendy Weisbart

Professional Development Genius, Communicate, Collaborate, Celebrate!!!
Wendy has spent 20+years creating the best path of success for all students! She has served as a classroom teacher, 21st CCLC facilitator, district administrator, educational sales, professional development, and management on the National level. She has multiple masters’ degrees... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 3:55pm - 5:10pm
Big Horn Room

3:55pm

Leveraging Data: The power of interim measures
The Denver Afterschool Alliance recently completed a comprehensive evaluation of how the systems-level services have helped sites improve in quality and increase their capacity to serve youth. Most saliently, we found that a majority of individuals, sites, and organizations fall onto a three year process we labeled the “observe, prove, discover trajectory” of data-driven practices. This trajectory has been instrumental for increasing the capacity of Denver’s afterschool provider community to use data. This workshop will allow participants to assess where they lie on this trajectory and make a plan for addressing gaps in their systems and areas where their capacity to use data can be increased.

After participants determine their current stage of data use, the presenters will facilitate a workshop around robust data-driven decision-making processes by modeling the following four critical steps: 1) generating buy-in through goal setting, 2) unlocking the power of multiple data sources, 3) analyzing data as a team, and 4) employing an interim measurement strategy.

We conclude with a discussion around how these processes support the continuous quality improvement efforts and help move staff towards seeing data as a tool for deep learning and improvement. By focusing on the participatory aspects of data usage, this workshop is intended to serve multiple audiences. Program and organizational leaders will walk away with easy-to-use tools that will help them evaluate the performance of their services, while intermediary and coordinating entity staff will be able to assess the gaps in their continuous quality improvement systems.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Read

Daniel Read

Senior Research Analyst, Denver Public Schools/ Denver Afterschool Alliance
Talk with me about anything and everything evaluation. Are you doing something interesting around social emotional learning? Have you implemented a continuous improvement system that you love? What are the struggles and opportunities for growth at your programs? The Denver Public... Read More →



Wednesday October 4, 2017 3:55pm - 5:10pm
Wyoming Room B

3:55pm

Quality Advisor Followup Session (invitation only)
As a followup to the Summer Quality Advisor Training, this session will offer QAs the opportunity to have their key questions answered and continue sharpening their coaching skills.

Speakers
avatar for Ellen Gannett

Ellen Gannett

Director, National Institute on Out-of-School Time
Ellen S. Gannett is director of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College. A national action/research project, NIOST has provided research, evaluation, technical assistance, consultation, and specialized training on... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 3:55pm - 5:10pm
Yellowstone Room

3:55pm

Making Connections: Fostering Friendships for Youth with and without Disabilities
The best thing that a youth can gain from your program is a quality friendship. Many times, children with disabilities struggle with initiating and maintaining friendships. In this workshop, participants will learn how to help all youth develop their friendship skills by practicing activities to remove the barriers to friendships and applying a social mapping tool to examine friendship interactions.

Speakers
avatar for Kat King

Kat King

Business Development Manager, Kids Included Together
Kathryn (Kat) has over 20 years of youth development experience in a variety of settings including preschool, summer camp, after school, and teen programs. For the past ten years, she has been providing coaching, training, and technical assistance to out-of-school-time professionals... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2017 3:55pm - 5:10pm
Wyoming Room C

3:55pm

Workshops - Block 4
Wednesday October 4, 2017 3:55pm - 5:10pm
TBA

5:45pm

Reception
Heavy Hors D'ouerves will be served + a cash bar in a relaxed atmosphere.
Join us to honor WY Senators Affie Ellis and Stephan Pappas as 2017 Champions of Afterschool!

You will also get a chance to win a $500 mini-grant for an afterschool program of your choice.
Raffle: Must be present to win.

Wednesday October 4, 2017 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Grand Ballroom
 
Thursday, October 5
 

8:00am

Breakfast
Thursday October 5, 2017 8:00am - 8:30am
Grand Ballroom

8:30am

Lights On Rally for Afterschool
Come to celebrate afterschool programs! 

Events include:
  • An energizing performance and activity combining out-of-school time (OST) programs and hip hop by Meredith Scott Lynn. .
  • The reading of Govornor Mead's Proclamation for Afterschool
  • A video from #AfterschoolWorks
  • An update on the field and advocacy from Jillian Luchner of the Afterschool Alliance 
  • A presentation from Jaycey Lindsey - Miss Wyoming International - on her Engaging Women in STEM campaign
  • A program update from Sublette BOCES who won a $1000 for their program. The money funded a project to teach their students about the science of pollination and community engagement.
  • SHARE-A-THON - Networking opportunities - Visit with each exhibitor for your raffle ticket to win $500 for an afterschool program of your choice
It will be FUN! Can't wait to celebrate with you!



Thursday October 5, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom

10:10am

Implementing and integrating engineering in the classroom: tools, resources, and examples
Take advantage of the resources available to you through the University of Wyoming and get ready to try something new. In this workshop, educators will learn about program opportunities for integrating engineering in the classroom, and will engage in hands-on demonstrations to inspire creative thinking. Educators will learn about new instructional approaches and will be encouraged to experiment with tools that can be used for data collection and analysis to connect cross-curricular content. Educators will come away with new ideas and resources for implementing engineering in the classroom and effectively addressing standards related to Science, Common Core, ISTE and CTE.

Speakers
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Teddi Hofmann

University of Wyoming, College of Engineering and Applied Science
Teddi Hofmann is the K-14 Project Coordinator for the University of Wyoming, College of Engineering and Applied Science. This is her third year in the position and she looks forward to opportunities to connect with schools across the state to expose students and teachers to the breadth... Read More →
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Sylvia Parker

University of Wyoming, Science and Math Teaching Center
Sylvia Parker is the Coordinator in the Science and Math Teaching Center at UW. She has worked as a teacher, researcher and advocate providing professional development and technical assistance to teachers, schools and communities seeking to create high quality public schools. Her... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 10:10am - 11:25am
Wyoming Room D

10:10am

Re- Designing Program Activities to Deepen Learning and Student Engagement
This workshop will focus on best practices in youth development to explore ways in which programs can move away from single day, single point in time activities to more inquiry based, authentic activities driven by student choice and learning. Multiple perspectives for curriculum implementation and challenges will be discussed, all focused on student driven learning over a sustained period of time.

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Omid Amini

Denver Public Schools
All together, Laurel, Omid and Jon have over 20 years of youth development work in non-traditional and out of school settings. Their experiences have informed their practice in striving for student designed activities that promote engagement, 21st century skills and deep learning... Read More →
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Angela Vigil

Denver Public Schools
All together, Angela, Omid and Jon have over 20 years of youth development work in non-traditional and out of school settings. Their experiences have informed their practice in striving for student designed activities that promote engagement, 21st century skills and deep learning... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 10:10am - 11:25am
Wyoming Room B

10:10am

Jump Start STEM
So you’re thinking of doing more STEM in your afterschool programming and now you have “STEM kits” piled high in your office collecting dust. What do you do with all that stuff?!

Sometimes starting a STEM program can seem daunting, but it’s no more challenging than be willing to dive in and try things out. In this breakout session we’ll take a look at a couple of popular STEM kits to demystify the content and figure out how to turn your afterschool program into a STEM-tastic experience. We’ll also take a look at a variety of STEM kits to do some side by side comparison to find out what would best meet your program needs. Kits to be discussed include: Snap Circuits, Chemistry, Electricity and Magnetism, and Forces & Motion kits.

Speakers
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Leah Ritz

Director of Education, The Science Zone
Leah Ritz has a Master's of Science in Natural Science with a concentration in Natural Science Education as well as Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Wyoming. She brings a background in informal science education and a commitment to developing high quality... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 10:10am - 11:25am
Yellowstone Room

10:10am

APAS 101
This session will provide an overview of APAS - A Program Assessment System- that helps afterschool programs link quality and youth outcomes together. As an introduction, providers who are new or want a refresher will understand the purpose of the whole system and be ready to use the SAYO and APT assessment tools in their own programs.

Speakers
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Ellen Gannett

Director, National Institute on Out-of-School Time
Ellen S. Gannett is director of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College. A national action/research project, NIOST has provided research, evaluation, technical assistance, consultation, and specialized training on... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 10:10am - 11:25am
Wyoming Room A

10:10am

Children's Mental Health and Resiliency
Up to 1 in 5 children live with a mental health condition that affects behavior, emotional management, or learning. Yet it can be difficult to know how to help these children. As an overview of children’s and adolescent mental health issues, this workshop will educate you about mental health diagnoses for children and adolescents, other factors that may contribute to children’s mental health, and common types of mental health therapy for children and families. You’ll participate in a resilience-building activity and learn ways to support children and families as they cope with mental health issues.

Enroll Wyoming will then discuss the importance of access to mental health care for children and their families and review opportunities for care givers to provide information and resources for children and families they serve.

Speakers
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Monica Jennings

Navigator, Enroll Wyoming
Monica Jennings is originally from Richmond, VA and graduated from the University of Virginia.  She has furthered her education and is working to complete her Masters degree in Organizational Leadership through Gonzaga University.  Monica has devoted her career to the well-being... Read More →
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Aurelia “Andi” Neuda, MA, LPC, LAT

Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Addictions Therapist, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center - Children's Clinic/Behavioral Health Services
Aurelia “Andi” Neuda is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Addictions Therapist with over 20 years of experience working in the counseling field. Currently she is working with children and adolescents at the Cheyenne Children’s Clinic. She graduated with a Master’s... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 10:10am - 11:25am
Big Horn Room

10:10am

It's In the Bag: Creating a Bag of Tricks
Who knew?! This highly interactive workshop will prepare every participant to go back and create an effective, portable treasure chest of behavior and sensory supports, referred to as a "Bag of Tricks". Participants will discover simple and inexpensive items found in any dollar store that can be used to support youth when they are struggling. Highlights include a competition for the most creative use of an item and a door prize drawing for a Bag of Tricks.

Speakers
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Kat King

Business Development Manager, Kids Included Together
Kathryn (Kat) has over 20 years of youth development experience in a variety of settings including preschool, summer camp, after school, and teen programs. For the past ten years, she has been providing coaching, training, and technical assistance to out-of-school-time professionals... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 10:10am - 11:25am
Wyoming Room C

10:10am

Workshops - Block 5
Thursday October 5, 2017 10:10am - 11:25am
TBA

11:30am

Lunch & Keynote - Lessons from the Field to Support Inclusive Afterschool Programs
Often in our lives as afterschool staff we face unusual challenges, and sometimes these moments can change the trajectory of our career path. When Kat started her career as an afterschool director, she had several of these moments when youth with significant disabilities wanted to join her program. Kat had no idea what inclusion was or how to support them. Kat will share stories of her journey from afterschool director to inclusion specialist, and some lessons learned along the way. This presentation will include an overview of the benefits of inclusive programs, explore the current trends in respectful language, and provide examples of true social inclusion in afterschool programs.

Thursday October 5, 2017 11:30am - 1:15pm
Grand Ballroom

1:10pm

21st CCLC-Cohort 12 and Grant Management
Participants will learn the nuts and bolts of quality grant management as required by the 21st CCLC program. Intentional grant implementation practices are the answer to the "Now what?" after receiving a new grant award. Key sections of the Uniform Grant Guidance will be discussed and session participants learn how to find and use resources to build a program designed for continuous improvement. The information shared will be beneficial to any and all grant subrecipients.

Speakers
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Karen Bierhaus

21stCCLC Program Consultant, Wyoming Department of Education
Karen has worked in the education field for over 20 years including time in a school district and the last 5 years with the Wyoming Department of Education. She received her BS degree from the University of Wyoming in secondary science education studying geology, Native American... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Wyoming Room A

1:10pm

Brag About It!
Get the word out!!!! How do you promote your program? Gather and utilize your program data to tell your story, apply for funding and enhance the quality of your program. There are a plethora of amazing ways to celebrate your program! Join us for quick real-life scenarios that will make your job easier. We will explore creative ways of marketing all of your unique programming. It is time to celebrate your successes!

Speakers
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Danielle Bowen

Community Collaborator, Communicate, Collaborate, Celebrate!!!
Danielle Bowen has been involved with the out-of-school time field for over 20 years. She creates synergy to engage key decision makers as she collaborates with various programs and businesses to implement high quality programs. She understands that focusing on collecting and utilizing... Read More →
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Wendy Weisbart

Professional Development Genius, Communicate, Collaborate, Celebrate!!!
Wendy has spent 20+years creating the best path of success for all students! She has served as a classroom teacher, 21st CCLC facilitator, district administrator, educational sales, professional development, and management on the National level. She has multiple masters’ degrees... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Yellowstone Room

1:10pm

Building Self-Esteem with Storytelling, Writing, and Even Rapping!
Storytelling is a powerful tool for increasing the self-esteem of young people! Self-awareness and self-esteem are vital to the development of the whole child, beyond what is measurable by a test score. Whether through journaling, spoken stories, or rap songs, discovering one’s "own voice" is the key to expanding students' writing, reading and public speaking skills, elevating self-esteem, empathy and resilience. In this lively, interactive session, educators will learn to inspire collaboration, writing, and public speaking through fun and engaging strategies that call on students to share their stories!

Speakers
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Megan Gomes

WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS
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Meredith Scott Lynn

Founder & CEO, WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS
Meredith Scott Lynn is an award-winning storyteller, filmmaker, and recognized actress who understands the value of self-expression. As Founder & CEO of WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS, her mission is to foster self-esteem in young people, and to offer robust curricula and programs that inspire... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Wyoming Room C

1:10pm

Invisible Children: Homelessness in Wyoming Schools
When you think of Wyoming’s scenic views you probably don’t picture homeless families among them, but thousands of Wyoming children experience this tragedy every year.  This presentation will cover the myths and realities of family homelessness, an overview of family homelessness in Wyoming, and the resources available to these families through Wyoming schools.

Speakers
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Kenya Haynes

State Coordinator for Homeless Education, Wyoming Department of Education
Kenya Haynes is the State Coordinator for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth at the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE). In addition to leading the homeless youth program, Ms. Haynes is the State Coordinator for federal Neglected or Delinquent Youth Programs, Gender Equity... Read More →




Thursday October 5, 2017 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Wyoming Room D

1:10pm

Reducing the “School to Prison” Pipeline
This workshop will focus on three main areas to bring awareness, start the conversations and best practices for reducing the school to prison pipeline. We will share stats for the Cheyenne and Denver areas, best practices for after school programs and relevance to the rural area.

Speakers
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Yvette Jarvis

Program Specialist, Denver Public Schools- DELCS
Yvette is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Boston University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She is the 1st African American to be elected to the City Council of Athens, in the history of Greece. Challenging the status quo she campaigned vibrantly... Read More →
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Sydney Price

Midtown north Supervisor, Denver Public Schools - DELCS
Sydney Price is a native of Denver Colorado. Attending undergrad at Colorado State University with a Bachelors in Health and Exercise Science and a Master's in Organizational Leadership from Regis University. Spent 6 years working with a non-profit organization in the youth department... Read More →



Thursday October 5, 2017 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Big Horn Room

1:10pm

Workshops - Block 6
Thursday October 5, 2017 1:10pm - 2:25pm
TBA

2:30pm

Share-A-Thon Raffle
Get your raffle ticket by visiting with every exhibitor!

Prizes Include:
  • $500 grant from Wyoming Community Foundation (Must be present to win!)
  • STEM Activity Kits and Games from First Book
  • Free or discounted conference registrations - WYAA, NAA, Boost, etc.
  • STEM Curriculum
  • And More!

Thursday October 5, 2017 2:30pm - 2:45pm
Grand Ballroom

3:55pm

Click2Science: An asset for your students
In addition to benefits for your staff and volunteers, Click2Science provides a library of STEM activities to bring directly to your students. These comprehensive hands-on activities include step-by-step instructions, learning objectives, and career connections through the STEM fields. In this session we will explore the Click2Science website to locate these activities, discover the skills they support, and try out a few for ourselves!

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Samantha Ogden

K-12 Program Coordinator, Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium
Samantha has been working with students and STEM education outreach since her high school job as a presenter at the Casper Planetarium. She is now the K-12 Outreach Coordinator for the Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium, where she gets to continue outreach education in all STEM... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 3:55pm - 5:10pm
Wyoming Room A