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Developing High Quality Programs [clear filter]
Saturday, February 29


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.


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


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.


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


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.

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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