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Saturday, February 29


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


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!


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


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.

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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


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!


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