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Saturday, February 29
 

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

10:15am

How to Teach Soft Skills in a Tech-Driven World
This session will help you teach soft skill topics, such as character education, mental wellness, leadership, resilience, and conflict resolution, organically. Educators will learn best practices for sustainable learning objectives and will receive take-home digital and offline resources. This session will help you recognize how useful digital resources can be, how to use them for ultimate impact, and how to make sure that experiential opportunities are infused into digital use.

Presenters
avatar for Carly Cahoon

Carly Cahoon

Schools Manager, EVERFI
Carly Cahoon MACL is an EVERFI Schools Manager based out of Utah. She has a passion for education and technology and has worked in Education and Nonprofits ensuring the sustainability of teaching practices and experiential engagement.


Saturday February 29, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 1022

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.

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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

Improving Outcomes through Motivational Interviewing
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative approach to evoking change talk from students to create internal motivation for positive change. MI processes can be used by teachers, administrators, counselors, or any other staff to help students overcome ambivalence when making needed changes. This session will provide an overview of Motivational Interviewing and provide opportunities to practice some of the MI processes.

Presenters
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Stephanie Patton

Adult Education Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Stephanie graduated from Brigham Young University in Business Management with an emphasis in Finance. She later returned to school to earn a Master’s in Professional School Counseling from USU. Her career has focused on working with at-risk populations. These experiences include... Read More →



Saturday February 29, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 1018

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

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.

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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 to Breathe: Mindfulness for Youth
Social and emotional skills play a fundamental role in the attainment of academic goals. These skills help to channel attention to productive tasks, sustain motivation when work becomes demanding, and handle the frustrations of sharing and learning within a peer group. All of these skills depend upon the ability to understand and manage emotions. This is where mindfulness can be beneficial! Learning to Breathe is a mindfulness-based curriculum for youth. Mindfulness offers the opportunity to develop resilience in the face of uncomfortable feelings that otherwise might provoke a response that could be harmful.

Presenters
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Mercy Jacobo

Prevention Specialist II, Weber Human Services- Prevention
Mercy Jacobo has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Weber State University. She has been certified in Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST), is a Certified Prevention Specialist, and has attended QPR, SafeTALK, ASIST, and Mental Health First... Read More →
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Aracely Warner

Health Educator, Weber Human Services
I graduated from the California State San Bernardino University with a Bachelors in Public Health. I have been working with Weber Human Services for 5 years in the prevention department. Working with members of the community brings such a warmth and rewarding personal experience to... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Room 1022

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

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

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