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Saturday, February 29
 

10:15am

Intentional Lesson Planning
This presentation is designed to help you improve your daily lesson plans and activities. We will discuss challenges with time and behavior management, brainstorm activities, and implement trauma-informed care.

Presenters
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Tana Singley

Children's Activities Coordinator, YWCA-Utah
Tana Singley is the Children's Activities Coordinator at the YWCA-Utah. Her work includes coordinating programs for teens and school-aged children staying at the YWCA to escape family violence. Tana has experience working with a diverse population of children and adults who have experienced... Read More →
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Liz Griffin

YWCA-Utah
Liz has worked in after-school programs for 5+ years. She is very skilled in organizational planning and researching enhancement activities. Liz has her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Saint Catherine University and specializes in celebrating the small victories and planning... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 1087

10:15am

Round Table Confab
Through feedback found in the mid-year reports and conversations with many grantees, I want to create a collaborative forum for programs to come together to talk about needs and areas of opportunity. The four main topics of discussion will be student recruitment, parent engagement, staff retention, and behavior management. Each table will have a list of questions to pursue in a 45 minute discussion, and then there will be a 15 minute share out of all ideas. All topics will be recorded in a google document that a scribe at each table will be responsible for adding into. In the end, all ideas will be shared with all attendees via the google document.

Presenters
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Megan Vlaming

Program Quality Specialist, Department of Workforce Services, Office of Child Care
Megan Vlaming is a Program Quality Specialist for afterschool programs through the Office of Child Care. She oversees State and Federal funding through grants provided to different youth development organizations. With 15 years of experience in the afterschool and child development... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 1008

10:15am

To Play is to Learn
Taking children outside to learn can be a daunting task that leaves children and the adults in charge of them overwhelmed and frustrated. We'll address the challenges of taking children outside as we engage in activities and games that not only are fun, but also offer opportunities for children to learn about nature.

Presenters
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Susan Snyder

Lead Teacher-Naturalist, Ogden Nature Center
Susan Snyder holds a master's degree in Ecological Teaching & Learning and has taught at Ogden Nature Center for 13 years. In that time she has been named Utah's Environmental Educator of the Year, a Project Learning Tree National Outstanding Educator, and received Project Learning... Read More →



Saturday February 29, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 1029

10:15am

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.

Presenters
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 Nico Hallisey

Nico 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 →
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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 February 29, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 1005

10:15am

Catch Me While You Can: Understanding Gang-Involved Youth
This session will include Gangs 101, a basic training on gangs and gang identifiers (dress, graffiti, gang signs/symbols, and sounds). The session will conclude with a presentation on how to work with at-risk youth while supporting them in meeting their educational goals, as well as how to collaborate with administrators when students demonstrate gang activity.

Presenters
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Rob Talamante

Gang Prevention Specialist, Choose Gang Free
I started my career working with troubled juveniles at Salt Lake Valley Detention Center, becoming the Senior Counselor for the Delta 1 and Alpha Unit’s in 2013-2015 then worked at a residential behavior unit at Copper Hills Youth Center from 2015-2016. I became a Gang Prevention... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 1083

10:15am

Grab-and-Go STEM
Preparing STEM activities does NOT have to be time consuming and costly -- this session will introduce participants to fun and easy pre-built STEM activities and FREE resources that will elevate an afterschool program's STEM game to the next level. By the end of the session, participants will have a few STEM lessons in their arsenal and information on free STEM resources that can be used all year long.

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Becca Robison

Program Coordinator, STEM Action Center
The STEM in Motion program is dedicated to connecting educators to STEM resources. The STEM in Motion team travels the state, visiting schools and providing full-day STEM curriculum in K-8 classrooms. The STEM in Motion team is currently focused on connecting schools across the state... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 1082

10:15am

Behavior Management Through Choice and Autonomy
Building choice and autonomy into learning environments can drastically reduce challenging behaviors and build important life skills. This interactive session will give participants the tools to harness the power of choice to improve overall behavior, motivation, and independence in the classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Katie Acheson

Katie Acheson

Out-of-School Time Specialist, Utah Afterschool Network
Bad dad joke aficionado, Katie most recently hails from Denver, CO with a pocketful of jokes and a love for making people laugh. For over twenty years, Katie has worked with children and families and welcomes a new adventure here at UAN. Through sheer tenacity, Katie completed an... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 1026

10:15am

Helping Youth Who Have Experienced Trauma
Whether you know it or not, many youth in your afterschool programs have in the past or are currently experiencing some kind of trauma. It could be domestic violence or abuse at home, death or incarceration of a parent, or poverty and homelessness. Sometimes, we don't realize that many behavioral issues and choices kids make are a direct result of the trauma they've faced earlier in life. In this presentation, we will discuss both the causes and effects trauma has on youth, as well as how to deal with them in a trauma-informed way.

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Brent Hinsley

Child Advocate and Prevention Specialist, YCC Family Crisis Center
Brent Hinsley has worked with kids and teens for over 20 years in churches, homeless shelters, and especially with those who have been exposed to domestic violence. He has vast experience and training in dealing with and bringing healing to youth who have faced massive emotional and... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 1080

11:30am

Dyad Reading: Improving Reading Outcomes in 15 Minutes a Day
Dyad reading is a cooperative peer-assisted reading strategy; a strong reader and a struggling reader sit side by side and read aloud from a challenging text in unison for 15 minutes each day. With over 50 years of research, the Dyad reading method has been shown to promote literacy skills by incorporating sight and sound multi-sensory experience. We will briefly highlight the evidence for this strategy and its average impact of 2-3 years of reading growth on student outcomes in one year. Additionally, this session will train participants on how to implement Dyad reading with in their schools. Participants will walk away from this session with the tools needed to immediately implement this strategy.

Presenters
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Erika Thomas

Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Erika started out her career in education as a teacher in inner-city Phoenix. There she taught 1st, 3rd, and 4th grade. She also worked as a K-12 instructional coach for several years in Provo City School District. She is currently the K-3 Literacy Specialist at USBE.



Saturday February 29, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 1087

11:30am

School-Day and Afterschool Alignment
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? 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.

Presenters
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 February 29, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 1029

11:30am

Find Your Rhythm
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 the south side of the school. This session will also be offered during block 3. 

Presenters
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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 February 29, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
DrumBus on South Side of School

11:30am

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.

Presenters
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 Nico Hallisey

Nico 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 February 29, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 1005

11:30am

Get Uncomfortable: Talking About Abuse
Participants will gain knowledge on each type of child abuse (physical, sexual, emotional and neglect), and will strenghen their skill in recognizing signs and symptoms for each of them. Attendees will also learn how to receive a disclosure, and the ways that a child might discuss abuse. They will also learn when and how to report child abuse, and what they should do after a report is made to support their students. This presentation will also go over preventative safety measures and strategies for intervening in potentially unsafe situations, and how to discuss these things with other adults to collaborate and prevent child abuse.

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Makenzie Lock

Education Program Administrator, Prevent Child Abuse Utah
Makenzie Lock graduated with her degree in Public Health from Westminster College. After college, she accepted an internship at the CAARE (Child and Adolescent Abuse Resource and Evaluation) center in Scaramento, California. There she realized that while she enjoyed helping youth... Read More →



Saturday February 29, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 1080

11:30am

Aligning Afterschool with SEEd Standards
One of the goals of afterschool is to help support school day learning in fun, hands-on ways. This session will take you on a tour through the State SEEd (science and engineering) standards, and give you hands on experience with activities to support these standards for all age groups.

Presenters
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Deborah Ivie

Assistant Professor, USU Extension
Deborah Ivie has worked in the field of afterschool for over 13 years. She received her Master's Degree in Family Life Education with emphasis in Human Development and Early Childhood Education Certification from Brigham Young University. She is currently serving as a faculty member... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 1021

11:30am

Every Afterschool Kid Outdoors: Weaving Environmental Education into Afterschool Programming
Imagine afterschool programming that aligns with in-school outcomes, is grounded in peer-reviewed research, AND contributes to the mental and emotional well-being of students... all of this can be achieved by incorporating environmental education (EE) into afterschool programming. EE experts from Tracy Aviary will introduce session participants to the basics of EE by sharing research, case studies, and practical, ready-to-use activities and lesson plans. Let Tracy Aviary guide you in getting every afterschool kid outdoors!

Presenters
avatar for Kylie Jones-Greenwood

Kylie Jones-Greenwood

Community & Outreach Programs Coordinator, Tracy Aviary
Let's talk about rescue dogs, knitting, sci-fi books, tattoos, and coffee. Please use they/them pronouns when you talk to me.


Saturday February 29, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 1082

11:30am

Check Your Gut
A growing number of studies show a link between hidden biases and actual behavior. In other words, hidden biases can reveal themselves in action, especially when a person's efforts to control behavior consciously flags under stress, distraction, relaxation, or competition. If people are aware of their hidden biases, they can monitor and attempt to ameliorate hidden attitudes before they are expressed through behavior. Such efforts may, over time, reduce the strength of unconscious biases.

Presenters
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Megan Vlaming

Program Quality Specialist, Department of Workforce Services, Office of Child Care
Megan Vlaming is a Program Quality Specialist for afterschool programs through the Office of Child Care. She oversees State and Federal funding through grants provided to different youth development organizations. With 15 years of experience in the afterschool and child development... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 1008

11:30am

Making the Connection Between Art and Social-Emotional Learning
This session will begin to touch on the vast effects that arts programming can have on our youth's well-being, communication skills, and ability to self-regulate emotions. Front line staff will be encouraged to think outside the box when it comes to utilizing the arts as a valuable tool in planning, behavior management, and connecting with youth! We will also discuss how to utilize basic therapeutic art techniques to promote Social and Emotional learning, and how add these tips and tricks to your Afterschool tool box.

Presenters
avatar for Taylor Grzeskiewicz

Taylor Grzeskiewicz

Center Coordinator, Promise South Salt Lake
Taylor Grzeskiewicz is currently the Promise South Salt Lake Center Coordinator for the Historic Scott School Arts and Community Center and the Commonwealth Performing Arts and Youth Entrepreneurial Center. She has worked in the Afterschool field for seven years, combining her passion... Read More →
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Tori Smith

Center Coordinator, Promise South Salt Lake
Tori Smith is currently the Promise South Salt Lake Center Coordinator for Roosevelt Elementary and the Meadowbrooke STEM Center. She has worked with youth in various capacities for over four years, most recently focusing on cultivating collaborative high quality planning on a organization... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 1022

11:30am

Speaking Your Student's Love Language
As discovered in Gary Chapman’s book "The Five Love Languages," each child has a special love language that fills up their reservoir the quickest. We will discover how to find the love language for yourself and for your students so that you can find greater connection and have the ability to nurture kids with love. Behavior will improve and your connections with the student will impact them for a life time.

Presenters
avatar for Connie McCullough

Connie McCullough

Sistema Utah Director, American Preparatory Academy
Connie McCullough is a Sistema Utah Director at American Preparatory Academy. She manages and runs an afterschool music program where 140 kids receive three hours of music instruction each day. She loves teaching music. She and her partner Trina Christensen manage Sistema Strings... Read More →



Saturday February 29, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 1083

1:15pm

Invite Only: Align for Success School-Day/Afterschool Alignment Cohort
The first round of surveys has come to an end and now it’s time to celebrate! This session is for participants in the Align for Success School-Day and Afterschool Alignment Project. We will take a dive into the survey results and discuss next steps for the technical assistance that will be provided by UAN. Coordinators, please bring 1-2 staff members with you to join Lisa Wisham and Holly Phillips in this interactive invitation-only session.

Curious about school-day and afterschool alignment? Check out the School Day and Afterschool Alignment offering, which is open to all conference attendees.

Presenters
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 February 29, 2020 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Room 1005

1:15pm

Let the Kids be Artists!
You don’t need be “good at drawing” to lead art activities for youth. An art teacher is more like a scientist setting up the right conditions for kids to make creative discoveries. A space to make art is a petri dish where youth engagement with art can grow exponentially when it is set up to let kids choose how to make their own projects. Take the plunge into creative chaos and leave with an original piece of artwork made by one of your peers!

Presenters
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Lauren Underwood

Program Assistant, YouthCity
Lauren has been working with youth in afterschool programs for nearly a decade in various settings such as a cooperative school, a community cycling center, schools and community programs. She holds a self-designed BA titled Facilitating Creative Learning through Community from Western... Read More →



Saturday February 29, 2020 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Room 1008

1:15pm

Reading is Cool Again: Tapping into What's Popular to Promote Literacy in Afterschool
It's a golden age for geekdom in 2020! Age appropriate books, comics, and graphic novels are plentiful and "cross-platform" in print, digital formats, and probably adapted into a hit webseries or movie somewhere. But can we tap into what's cool to create excitement for reading in our programs across a diverse range of kids? Yes!

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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 February 29, 2020 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Room 1018

1:15pm

Find Your Rhythm
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 the south side of the school. This session will also be offered during block 2. 

Presenters
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 February 29, 2020 1:15pm - 2:15pm
DrumBus on South Side of School

1:15pm

It's Better with Balloons
How do you get kids excited about health and wellness? Come join us for this interactive session where you can learn about Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards while having fun! See how you can turn balloons, balls, and more into fun and exciting ways to exercise!

Presenters
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 →


Saturday February 29, 2020 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Room 1087

1:15pm

A Child's Brain on Stress: Teaching Children How to Create Mindful Moments in a Stressful World
This presentation will look at the effects of stress on children. We will briefly discuss what happens to the brain and a child's development during stressful moments, as well as identify behaviors that alert adults that children are experiencing stress. We will then learn how to teach children strategies using mindfulness and yoga that will help them find a calm, safe place in a stressful world.

Presenters
avatar for Christina Pay

Christina Pay

Assistant Professor, USU Extension
Christina has been an advocate for children for most of her adult life. She is currently an assistant professor of Family and Consumer Sciences at USU Extension. Christina has also worked as Program Assistant for The Center for Shaken Baby Syndrome, Afterschool Director at Davis School... Read More →
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Bethany Forest

Founder/CEO/Yoga Instructor, Hippie Skin
Bethany is founder and CEO of Hippie Skin a healthy, natural skin care company based in Ogden, Utah. She has been a certified Yoga instructor since 2012. Bethany firmly believes that establishing a foundation upon which children and their caregivers/teachers can manage stress contributes... Read More →



Saturday February 29, 2020 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Room 1026

1:15pm

Near-Peer Mentors and National Youth Science Day
Do you want a fun, interesting way to get more kids interested in STEM? Do you know youth who would be willing to mentor younger kids for a few hours? Then you have the makings of a great National Youth Science Day! Come and join us for a hands-on Deep Dive into what NYS Day is all about, and walk away with all the materials you'll need to host an event of your own. It doesn't get much better than that.

Presenters
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Deborah Ivie

Assistant Professor, USU Extension
Deborah Ivie has worked in the field of afterschool for over 13 years. She received her Master's Degree in Family Life Education with emphasis in Human Development and Early Childhood Education Certification from Brigham Young University. She is currently serving as a faculty member... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Room 1021

1:15pm

STEM: Easy as Gum and Chocolate
Science and Technology are becoming more and more relevant to our lives and adding STEM based activities to after school programming is not only fun for participants, but is beneficial for our youth. The National Informal STEM Education Network has free online STEM based curriculum and training videos. These activities are low cost, adaptable to any sized program and are easy for teachers to follow—no scientific background is needed. Using this resource, educators can add cheap, easy, and fun STEM activities to their programs.

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Annette Cumins

4-H STEM Educator, Utah State University Extension
Annette Cumins has been working as a STEM Educator for 4-H in Weber County for nearly four years. She also works for the Weber County School District as an ESL aide, Special Education aide, and a STEM special instructor.
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Sarah Bhattarai

4-H STEM Educator, Utah State University Extension
Sarah Bhattarai graduated from Brigham Young University Idaho with a Bachelors of Science in physics. She has been working as a STEM Educator for 4-H in Weber County for over a year.



Saturday February 29, 2020 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Room 1082

1:15pm

All Are Welcome: Strategies for Creating Trauma-Informed and Inclusive Classrooms
The first step for creating a positive environment is making sure all youth feel safe and welcomed. We talk a lot about the importance of having trauma-informed and inclusive programs, but what does that look like? In this session, participants will learn the 6 components of a trauma-informed approach, reflect on what it means to have a trauma-informed and inclusive classroom, and develop concrete ways to practice inclusive and trauma-informed programming. Participants will walk away with inclusive and trauma-informed language, examples of how to empower and support their youth, and solutions of how to overcome barriers to creating a safe and inclusive classroom.

Presenters
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Ocean Candler

Community Educator, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah
Ocean Candler has been involved with Planned Parenthood for the last seven years, recently moving into a position as a Community Educator. She has a passion for providing inclusive and empowering sexual health education to youth and adults throughout Utah. Ocean earned a BS in Public... Read More →
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Halima Noor

Community Educator, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah
Halima Noor is a Community Health Educator who gives youth and adults tools to express themselves, take action and respect diverse opinions when facilitating comprehensive sex education. She has been on the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah education team for a year now. Previous... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Room 1080

1:15pm

Learning Activities: Games That Teach
Everyone loves playing games and when it comes to youth development, we can take these games and use them to teach life lessons. This class is designed to provide you with tools for leading discussions for processing games to get the most out of them. Learn step by step how you too can become a master Facilitator! Yes, you will learn new games, but the focus of this class will be how to take them to the next level of learning.

Presenters
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Vernon Parent

Extension Associate Professor, USU Extension
Vernon Parent has been teaching and mentoring youth for most of his life. As an early peer mentor in Silicon Valley California, Vernon taught inner city kids about natural systems working in coastal tidal pools and forest ecosystems. Since that time he has worked with youth of all... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Room 1029

2:30pm

If Disney Ran Your Afterschool Program
“The Mouse” is known for its excellent customer service and the ability to make the most ordinary moments, magical. In this session, we will take a look at the 4 Keys that are used to train all of their Cast Members and what those would look like if we brought them to our afterschool programs. Participants will reflect on their program’s procedures and program culture, as well as walk away with some resources to recharge the magic in their program.

Presenters
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 →


Saturday February 29, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 1021

2:30pm

Incentives That Matter
How and why are youth rewarded in your program? Does every staff member give out incentives consistently between youth and behaviors? Has your incentive system actually created any form of long term change in program attendees? If you lack clear answers for any of these questions this session is intended to help you answer them for your program. Using a tried and true method we will review the values your program has and how to use those values to create an incentive system that doesn't reward behavior, but instead rewards meaningful conversations that assists youth in connecting their behavior to abstract concepts like "Compassion" and "Resilience."

Presenters
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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 February 29, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 1029

2:30pm

Party and Play with ELA and Fine Arts Core the Opera by Children Way!
In our time together, we’ll party with words and melodies leaving you and the group with one awesome song. Learn the literacy, English language arts, and fine arts standards utilized while creating your own original work as a group. The Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre supports education classes and after school projects free of charge through funding from the State School Board, private donors, and foundations.

Presenters
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 →


Saturday February 29, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 1008

2:30pm

Winning with Parents: Building Positive Relationships
One of the many challenges we face working in afterschool, is that of engaging parents on a meaningful level with program staff, because let’s be honest, parental involvement is not a one size fits all practice. In this session, participants will be given valuable resources to implement successful practices such as grade tracking, family enrichment nights, college readiness, parent volunteer opportunities, and more. Join us for this engaging workshop and get a win with the parents you work with.

Presenters
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 February 29, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 1026

2:30pm

Keep Calm and Dance! Creating and Increasing Physical Activity with Dance
You don't have to be a dancer to provide high engaging dance opportunities in your after school program. OST providers across the country are already supporting the healthy development of young people, and the dance arts can be a great way to increase physical activity while youth express themselves through movement. Participants will move and groove in learning the benefits of creating a dance program. Backed up by the recent Healthy Eating & Physical Activity (HEPA) and Arts standards in after school research, participants will see the impact a dance program can make for youth and dance away knowing how to teach a routine, provide stage performance tips, how to engage youth in their community with dance, and promote a healthy lifestyle with the performing arts.

Presenters
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Kira Coelho

Afterschool Program Supervisor, Salt Lake County Youth Services
Kira Coelho hails from Tulare, California. As a little girl with big dreams, Kira began dancing her way into the hearts of many with her superpower: youth advocacy. Fast forward to this side of Y2K, and Kira suited herself up with a bachelor's degree in Recreation Administration... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 1005

2:30pm

A Walk Through the System
Have you ever wondered what happens when a child and family are reported to the Division of Child & Family Services? This session will help you gain knowledge on what to be aware of when making a report, the process of a child protective service case and the outcomes of an investigation that can lead to an in-home service case or a removal with the Judicial Court system. This session will guide you to understand the child abuse and neglect system and help you be a more informative reporter and afterschool caregiver.

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Gentry Holbrook

Salt Lake Valley Trainer, DCFS
Gentry has worked for the Division of Child & Family Services for four years. In her four years with the Division she spent two working as a "permanency worker" that helped facilitate reuniting families and if needed facilitating adoptions for children. She spent close to two years... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 1080

2:30pm

The GREAT Great Salt Lake
Great Salt Lake is a living laboratory with a plethora of opportunities for learning, interacting with our environment, recreation and cultural engagement. Join us and gain not only a greater appreciation for the Great Salt Lake but tools and resources on how to teach about this great ecosystem. Experience hands-on demonstrations and activities that you can take back to your program.

Presenters
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Jaimi Butler

Coordinator, Great Salt Lake Institute at Westminster College
Jaimi Butler is the coordinator of the Great Salt Lake Institute, housed at Westminster College. Despite the Great Salt Lakes’ reputation for being inhospitable, Jaimi fell in love with the lake and made it her place. After graduating with her Fisheries and Wildlife degree from... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 1082

2:30pm

Happily Ever After: Intro to LGBTQ Children's Books
This session offers participants a hand-on introduction to different types of children’s and middle reader books that feature lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning themes and characters. Innovative books like “George,” “And Tango Makes Three,” and “I am Jazz,” among others, can be useful tools for creating inclusive spaces for LGBTQ young people and families, and for facilitating conversations with youth about gender variance, unconscious bias, and diversity. Participants will be given resources for guiding discussion, prompting questions, and intervention strategies to ensure conversations are safe, productive, and engaging for youth.

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Bonnie Owens

Safe at School Coordinator, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah
Bo(nnie) Owens received both a Bachelor’s degree in Gender Studies and a Masters degree in Education, Culture, and Society from the University of Utah. An activist by trade and an educator by profession, Bo(nnie) has explored teaching in a variety of educative settings including... Read More →



Saturday February 29, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 1022

3:45pm

Building a Strong Team When You're Not "The Manager"
Wondering how to feel more fulfilled in your job as an afterschool professional? Building a strong team is not just the responsibility of your manager! In this session, we will learn all of the ins and outs of BEING PART of a strong team, including professional communication, attitude, confidence, and navigating tough conversations. This session is geared towards front line staff members, especially those who are new to the afterschool field, are feeling unsure about how to have the sometimes awkward conversations with a supervisor, and are looking to strengthen their team without the title of "site manager", "coordinator", etc. but all positions are welcome to attend!

Presenters
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Lauren Levorsen

Program Coordinator, Promise South Salt Lake
Lauren Levorsen started her afterschool career on accident, after applying for multiple jobs in Salt Lake City after returning home from an LDS mission in Madrid, Spain and interviewing for a job that she didn't remember applying for. She started as a frontline staff member at YouthCity... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 1080

3:45pm

Afterschool Wellness Rockstars: Developing Kids through Active Play and Nutrition
Being active and eating well are critical pieces of child development. Afterschool providers have the power to help kids thrive through simple activities that teach lifelong skills. Participants will leave the session with ideas, activities, and resources to incorporate wellness in afterschool settings.

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Travis Olsen

CHEC, WMHD
Travis has worked for the Weber-Morgan Health Dept. for 4 1/2 years. His background is in public health, where he works on creating active and healthy communities in Weber and Morgan counties in worksite, school, coalition, and other settings.



Saturday February 29, 2020 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 1029

3:45pm

Family Fun STEAM Nights
With all the buzz of teaching science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), it’s the perfect time for magnifying STEAM education in your program. Hosting a Family STEAM night is one way to do this. This session is designed to bring new ideas and conversations to an age-old practice and to help new and seasoned coordinators design a plan for their first extravaganza! Family STEAM nights are the best ways to: involve families as partners and key stake holders, use real life experiences to connect learning with the broader community, and build program-wide excitement about STEAM.

Presenters
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Megan Shaw

Program Coordinator, Neighborhood House
Megan has worked at Neighborhood House since 2012, starting first as a teacher before becoming the School Age Program Coordinator. Megan began her twenty-plus year career at the Boys & Girls Club after being inspired by the adult mentors in her life who showed passion for helping... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 1025

3:45pm

The Science of Play
This games-based workshop builds upon our fall session from Jump Start, explores the benefits play has on the social and emotional development of children, and includes opportunities to build game-play into a well-rounded program.

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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 February 29, 2020 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 1005