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Saturday, February 29
 

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

From Vision to Reality
Informal Education is a profession poised to make a difference. In this session, we will look at how to take a new STEAM programming idea from the drawing board into a learning setting. The focus will be on developing afterschool professionals' implementation capacity, support systems, and effective resources.

Presenters
avatar for Wendi Laurence

Wendi Laurence

Create-osity
Wendi Laurence is the founder of Create-osity, a company that brings learning innovation to life through developmental program evaluation and curriculum design. Her work has supported learning nationwide with varied organizations such as the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 1025

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

PROTECT Utah: Trafficking and Exploitation Prevention Education
PROTECT Utah is the first official state-approved providers of human trafficking education training and curricula. doTERRA's philanthropic branch, the Healing Hands Foundation, has graciously covered all the costs for implementing this program across the state. Come learn ways to inform and empower your youth to protect themselves and their friends from those who seek to exploit them.


Presenters
avatar for Jacob Thompson

Jacob Thompson

Regional Director, 3 Strands Global
Jacob is serving as the Regional Director of 3Strands Global Foundation for the entire state of Utah. His primary focus is to the be face, voice, and advocate for PROTECT Utah and its mission of human trafficking and exploitation prevention education. He oversees the implementation... Read More →
avatar for Josh Loaiza

Josh Loaiza

Implementation Coordinator, 3 Strands Global
Josh is the Implementation Coordinator for 3Strands Gobal in Utah. He specializes in marketing and business strategy. Josh received his bachelor’s degree in business and marketing from the Goddard School of Business at Weber State University. After finishing his degree, Josh started... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 1021

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

At the Heart of Quality Recruitment and Retention
Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets." - W. Edwards Demming 

How is your afterschool staffing system designed? Whether you implement a strategic hiring process or you leave it up the afterschool gods, the National Afterschool Associations' Core Knowledge & Competencies can help. Learn how this tool aligns with both the continuous improvement cycle and the Utah Quality Improvement Model to design a staffing system that effectively recruits and retains the quality staff your afterschool program needs.

Presenters
avatar for Kelly Riding

Kelly Riding

Executive Director, Utah Afterschool Network
Kelly Riding joined the Utah Afterschool Network (UAN) in November 2015 as the Executive Director. She is responsible for the growth, development, and strategic leadership of UAN. She also oversees the execution of UAN’s mission, which is to ensure youth have access to high quality... Read More →
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 →


Saturday February 29, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 1025

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

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.

Presenters
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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

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

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

The Art of Mentoring
Why mentor? How does one give and receive meaningful and constructive feedback? How do you grow a gangly group of new employees into a power house team of working professionals? In this interactive research-based session, we will unpack the difference between leadership and management, explore the impact of positive and negative mentoring and exchange real-world strategies for staff development. This session is designed for those supervising teams of young professionals.

Presenters
avatar for Elizabeth Rich

Elizabeth Rich

Associate Director, Salt Lake City Corp.
Elizabeth Rich has been working in afterschool programs for twenty years and is currently an Associate Director for the Division of Youth & Family for Salt Lake City Corporation. She runs the YouthCity afterschool and summer programs. Liz graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Room 1083

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

CANCELLED!! QPR: Suicide Prevention Training CANCELLED!!
How comfortable are you with assessing suicide risk with youth? This internationally recognized suicide prevention intervention, QPR, has been shown to be highly effective in reducing suicide. QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer is a training that helps identify myths of suicide, addresses verbal, behavioral, and situational cues to be attentive towards, assists in learning how to ask the tough questions in a tactful way, improve how to persuade others to receive help, and then identify resources for those individuals who may be suffering. Much like CPR, QPR can build your confidence in your abilities to help save a life.

Presenters
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RD Boardman

Licensed Psychologist/Assistant Clinical Professor at BYU, Licensed Psychologist
I'm originally from Colorado. I completed my PhD in Counseling Psychology at Brigham Young University and my doctoral internship at Colorado State University. I worked in Sitka Alaska for 3 years in with Alaska Native and US coast guard populations, predominantly with trauma, neuropsychological... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Room 1025

2:30pm

Let's Break It Down: Strategies for Building a Strong Team Culture
What is organizational culture? What does it look like? In this session, attendees will have opportunities to break down their current work environments, learn the qualities of a collaborative culture, and then find ways to implement newly learned strategies through interactive group discussion. Whether you are a group leader, site coordinator, or administrator, you all play an important role in building and maintaining a strong, positive, and cohesive afterschool team.

Presenters
avatar for Angel Gomez

Angel Gomez

Out-of-School Time Specialist, Utah Afterschool Network
As UAN’s personal office DJ, Angel Gomez has been known to shake his feet and groove to the beat from the comfort of his standing desk. Originally from West Los Angeles, he dabbled in the saxophone in his early years and developed an affinity for all things music, but since moving... Read More →
avatar for Erica Andino

Erica Andino

Out-of-School Time Specialist, Utah Afterschool Network
Hailing from Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York; Erica is a proud Nuyorican who enjoys things that take her back to her roots. She grew up in the foster care system during her teen years but has proven her resilience by dedicating 11 years of her life to working with afterschool youth... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 1025

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.

Presenters
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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

Resilience Building: A Practical Approach for Teaching Resiliency
Drawing upon information provided by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant in their book Option B, we will explore the concept of personal resiliency. Have you ever wondered why some people seem to bounce back from hardship quicker or faster than others? In this session, we will explore practical tips founded in groundbreaking research about how to courageously face adversity, build resilience and find more joy in life. Our goal is to provide out-of-school time providers with practical tips and strategies to teach resiliency.

Presenters
avatar for Elizabeth Rich

Elizabeth Rich

Associate Director, Salt Lake City Corp.
Elizabeth Rich has been working in afterschool programs for twenty years and is currently an Associate Director for the Division of Youth & Family for Salt Lake City Corporation. She runs the YouthCity afterschool and summer programs. Liz graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 1083

3:45pm

Experience Entrepreneurship with Venture Lab
Entrepreneurship isn’t just about starting companies; it is a skillset and a way of thinking. Learn how to empower youth to innovate, create, and discover their potential through an innovative and fun entrepreneurship curriculum, training, and program called VentureLab. You will engage in the entrepreneurial process and walk away with tools and resources for your program. Entrepreneurial learning is the perfect vehicle to help students develop a mindset and ‘heartset’ that they can use for a lifetime, no matter what they choose to become.  

Presenters
avatar for Ben Trentelman

Ben Trentelman

Director of Operations, Utah Afterschool Network
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Ben Trentelman, a young padawan, began the long journey to becoming an afterschool Jedi. Trained and inspired in Ogden as a student and participant in the afterschool arts by his mentors at the Marshall White Community Center, Youth Impact... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Riding

Kelly Riding

Executive Director, Utah Afterschool Network
Kelly Riding joined the Utah Afterschool Network (UAN) in November 2015 as the Executive Director. She is responsible for the growth, development, and strategic leadership of UAN. She also oversees the execution of UAN’s mission, which is to ensure youth have access to high quality... Read More →



Saturday February 29, 2020 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 1087

3:45pm

Playing the Infinite Game: How-to's for Building an Effective Leadership Team
Do you know the game you’re playing? In an age of exponential change, does your management team have the skills and competencies to thrive? Is your team playing and an infinite game or a finite one? In this session, participants will learn how to identify common challenges faced in leadership and how to combat ineffectiveness by leading with an Infinite Mindset inspired by Simon Sinek, author of the Infinite Game. Participants will feel inspired and ready to create long-term strategies to lead their organizations to succeed beyond their own lifetimes. Are you ready to play?

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 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 1026

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

Working with Students with a Disability
Attendees will learn and discuss Basic American Disability Act (ADA) laws, share situations and solutions in afterschool programming, and learn new skills to create an inclusive environment.

Presenters
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Sarah Benj

ADA Coordinator, Salt Lake City Mayor's Office
I was born in Sudan and raised in the United States. My six sisters and my mother and I have been living in Utah since we first arrived in 1999. I attended and graduated from Salt Lake Community with an Associate Degree in Social Work. I continued on my education and attended and... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 1082