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2013 Extra Learning Opportunities Conference

Promising Practices – Proven Strategies

Building Bridges

to New Possibilities

March 5-7, 2013 State College, Pa.


Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Tom Corbett, Governor

Department of Education

Ronald J. Tomalis, Secretary

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

Dr. Carolyn Dumaresq, Deputy Secretary

Bureau of Teaching and Learning

Rita D. Perez, Director

Division of Student Services

Carmen M. Medina, Chief

The Pennsylvania Department of Education does

not discriminate in its educational programs,

activities or employment practices based on race,

color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation,

disability, age, religion, ancestry, union

membership, or any other legally protected

category. This policy is in accordance with state

law, including the Pennsylvania Human Relations

Act, and with federal law, including Title VI and

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX

of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section

504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age

Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 and

the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The following persons have been

designated to handle inquiries regarding

the Pennsylvania Department of

Education’s nondiscrimination policies:

For Inquiries Concerning Nondiscrimination

in Employment:

Pennsylvania Department of Education

Equal Employment Opportunity Representative

Bureau of Human Resources

333 Market Street, 11th Floor

Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333

Voice Telephone: (717) 787-4417

Text Telephone: (717) 783-8445

Fax: (717) 783-9348

For Inquiries Concerning Nondiscrimination

in All Other Pennsylvania Department of

Education Programs and Activities:

Pennsylvania Department of Education

School Services Unit Director

333 Market Street, 5th Floor

Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333

Voice Telephone: (717) 783-3750

Text Telephone: (717) 783-8445

Fax: (717) 783-6802

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Photography and Videotaping Note

Please be aware that participants may be photographed or videotaped during the conference. Some of these

photographs or videos may be displayed in publications and materials connected with the event or by news

media. If you do not want to be photographed and/or videotaped, please position yourself away from the

cameras or inform event staff.


Promising Practices – Proven Strategies

Building Bridges to New Possibilities

The conference will focus on advancing the systems that support and promote

collaboration and youth success, and on key elements of high quality extra learning

opportunities: academic achievement; child well-being and resiliency; community and

family involvement; financing and sustainability; global learning; management and

administration; policy and advocacy; quality programming; research, evaluation and

knowledge base; and staffing and training. These key elements will provide the

backdrop for participants to learn about the development, implementation and

sustainability of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by schools, youth,

parents and the community at-large.

Agenda at a Glance

Tuesday

March 5, 2013

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Registration Area Open

Continental Breakfast

Exhibitor Area Open

21st Century Community Learning Centers Grantees’ Meeting

Lunch, Remarks and Keynote Speaker

Pre-Conference Institutes

Wednesday

March 6, 2013

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. – Noon

12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

4:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Registration Area Open

Exhibitor Area Open

Breakfast Buffet

Opening Remarks and Keynote Speaker

Exhibit Exploration

Workshop Session I

Lunch, Remarks and Keynote Speaker

Workshop Session II

PSAYDN Annual Meeting and Reception

Thursday

March 7, 2013

7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Registration Area Open

Exhibitor Area Open

Breakfast Buffet

Remarks

Workshop Session

Keynote Speaker, Lunch and Closing Remarks

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Workshop, Keynotes and Events

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Conference Registration

Desk, Main Level

Registration Area Open

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Pre-Function Area

Presidents Hall

Main Level

Continental Breakfast

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Lobby, Main Level

Exhibitor Area Open

9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Presidents Hall

Main Level

21st Century Community Learning Centers Grantees’ Meeting

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Presidents Hall

Main Level

Lunch, Remarks and Keynote Speaker

Remarks

Shileste Overton-Morris, Senior Program

Development and Organizational Manager –

Center for Schools and Communities,

Camp Hill, Pa.

Keynote Speaker

Expanded Learning Opportunities

Ron Fairchild, President and Chief Executive

Officer – Smarter Learning Group,

Hampstead, Md.

Ron Fairchild is the founder of the Smarter

Learning Group, a national education consulting

firm. Prior to starting the firm, he served as the

founding chief executive officer of the National

Summer Learning Association. He was also

executive director of its predecessor organization,

the National Center for Summer Learning at

Johns Hopkins University from 2002 through

2009. Fairchild is widely recognized as a national

authority on increasing learning opportunities for

young people and in his keynote presentation,

he will emphasize how to expand time for

learning in order to improve educational and

developmental outcomes. Fairchild has authored

numerous publications and speaks regularly

on topics related to public policy, community

engagement, research, and models of effective

learning interventions and programs. He is

a former classroom teacher with experience

educating both middle and high school students.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science

and history, as well as a master of education

degree from Vanderbilt University.

1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Break

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Pre-Conference Institutes

A 15-minute break will occur at the presenter’s

discretion between 2:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. in the

Main and Second Level Refreshment Areas.

Room 207

Second Level

Achieving Academic Success through the

Creative Process

This institute will focus on the concept of

arts integration, which is an approach to

teaching that uses the fine and performing arts

as primary pathways to learning. The goal

of arts integration is to increase knowledge

of traditional subject areas while fostering a

greater understanding and appreciation of the

fine and performing arts.

Participants will learn how to develop daily

lessons in math, science, reading and writing

that use the arts to engage students fully.

Enrique Feldman, Arts Integration Solutions

Facilitator – Arts Integration Solutions,

Tucson, Ariz.

Alison Marshall, Arts Integration Solutions

Facilitator – Arts Integration Solutions,

Tucson, Ariz.

Room 108

Main Level

Developing Quality Summer Learning

Programs

This institute will help participants create

positive summer learning opportunities for

students. Participants will exchange ideas with

peers, learn about best practices, and explore

various tools and resources for programs that

engage students in pursuing their interests and

developing the skills and knowledge necessary

for success in college and career.

Ron Fairchild, President and Chief Executive

Officer – Smarter Learning Group,

Hampstead, Md.

Room 208

Second Level

Explore STEM: Enhancing Math and

Science in Afterschool Programs

In this institute, the presenter will share how

math and science can enhance afterschool

programs. Participants will learn how to design

science, technology, engineering and math

(STEM) activities for different age levels; where

to access STEM resources for out-of-school time

programs; and engage in sample STEM activities.

The institute is presented by the Philadelphia

Math + Science Coalition, a partnership of

corporations, universities, nonprofit organizations

and the School District of Philadelphia.

Donald McKinney, Program Coordinator

– Philadelphia Math + Science Coalition,

Philadelphia, Pa.

Online Conference Evaluation

Please watch your email for an online evaluation of this year’s conference sent from

21stCCLC@csc.csiu.org.

Your comments and suggestions regarding the quality of speakers, presenters and resources,

as well as your overall experience at this conference are valuable in planning future

professional development programs. Your time and thoughtful insights are appreciated.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Room 205

Second Level

A Tutoring Lesson Plan for Improving

Reading Comprehension

Recent research points to specific strategies for

improving student reading comprehension. In

this institute, participants will receive a brief

overview of this research and see how it can be

put into action with a tutoring lesson plan and

use the plan to prepare for a session.

Participants will learn about selecting

appropriate reading texts to use with students

and how to work with assigned texts that are

above a student’s reading level.

Elizabeth Powers, Education Consultant –

Narberth, Pa.

Room 107

Main Level

Inspiring Students to Dream Big

This institute begins with a viewing of “First

Generation,” a documentary film that tells the

story of four high school students aspiring to beat

the odds and be the first in their families to

pursue a college education. At the conclusion of

the film, Dr. Keith Frome, co-founder of College

Summit, will give an overview of the factors and

obstacles that inhibit postsecondary success

among low-income and first generation students.

Frome will facilitate discussion and encourage

participants to examine how the challenges

discussed in the film are applicable to their own

students. Using a strategic action-planning rubric,

participants will break into small groups and

share ideas and recommendations on how to

inspire and encourage youth to break the cycle of

poverty, and bring hope to their families and

communities. Each small group will share its

strategic recommendations and as a result,

participants will leave this session with many

practical suggestions designed to impact the

trajectory of students’ educational lives.

Keith Frome, Co-Founder – College Summit,

Inc., Washington, D.C.; Headmaster – King

Center Charter School, Buffalo, N.Y.

Room 105

Main Level

Weather permitting,

some activities will take

place outdoors. It is

important that you dress

accordingly, including

appropriate footwear.

No Child Left Inside

This institute will provide participants with handson

lessons with meaningful outdoor experiences

for youth, whether their afterschool program is

based in a rural, urban or suburban community.

Representatives from multiple state agencies will

demonstrate no-cost programs that are available

to all 21st Century Community Learning Centers

in Pennsylvania. Participants will discover

everything from learning to track animals in

the woods and recognizing animal skins, to

casting a fishing rod. “One Bird Two Habitats,”

a global education curriculum that identifies the

connectedness between people, birds and forests

in different parts of the world will be shared.

Teachers will experience the exciting world of

geocaching – an outdoor treasure hunt activity

utilizing GPS units – that is available throughout

the world and right in your own schoolyards.

David Carlini, Information and Education

Supervisor – Pennsylvania Game Commission,

Jersey Shore, Pa.

Amidea Daniel, Regional Education Specialist –

Bureau of Boating and Outreach, Bellefonte, Pa.

Linda Ingram, Manager – Nolde Forest

Environmental Education Center, Mohnton, Pa.

Eric Rensel, Natural Resource Specialist at

Pennsylvania Wilds – Pennsylvania Department

of Conservation and Natural Resources,

Harrisburg, Pa.

Estelle Ruppert, Program Specialist at

Pennsylvania State Parks – Pennsylvania

Department of Conservation and Natural

Resources, Harrisburg, Pa.

Resource Table

Resources and handouts from presenters and community

partners are available at the resource table located in the

exhibit area. Materials from this year’s conference will also be

posted on the www.21stCCLC.org website following the event.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Deans Hall

Main Level

Achieving High Quality Out-of-School Time

Programs: Critical for Student Success –

PSAYDN Quality Forum

The Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/

Youth Development Network (PSAYDN)

Quality Forum will feature rotating interactive

sessions on the four core areas of the

PSAYDN Statement of Quality: Structure and

Management, Positive Connections, Safety and

Health, and Engaging Activities. Learn from

national and state experts about cutting edge

research and practical resources and join

out-of-school time colleagues for rotating

roundtable discussions about implementation of

quality programs.

A number of expert panelists will be providing

presentations during this institute including:

Shawn Stelow, The Finance Project; Wayne

Jones, The Heinz Endowments; Jamie Dunlap,

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; and Kate

Hynes, Penn State University. The institute

will be moderated by Kacy Conley, PSAYDN

Director, and Kasey Thompson, Chair of the

PSAYDN Quality Committee.

Room 106

Main Level

Participants are

encouraged to bring their

own laptop, iPad or tablet

to the session to explore

the Y4Y site in real time.

WiFi will be provided.

You for Youth (Y4Y): Improving Program

Quality

You for Youth (Y4Y) is the United States

Department of Education’s online professional

development portal for 21st Century Community

Learning Centers programs. An overview of the

website will highlight the resources available and

navigation of the newly redesigned layout. After

the overview, Y4Y’s trainers will guide

participants in using the portal to incorporate

project-based learning into programs, with a

special focus on civic learning and engagement

projects for youth of all ages.

Jennifer Kobrin, Senior Director of the Center for

Afterschool and Expanded Learning

Foundations, Inc., Mount Laurel, N.J.

Tania Pawluk, Assistant Director of the Center

for Afterschool and Expanded Learning

Foundations, Inc., Mount Laurel, N.J.

Continuing Education

Credits – Act 48

The Center for Schools and Communities, as

a division of the Central Susquehanna

Intermediate Unit, offers Act 48 professional

development credit for those with

Pennsylvania teaching or administrative

certificates. To receive credit, participants

must attend sessions from beginning to end

and provide their professional ID number on

appropriate paperwork to be submitted before

leaving the conference.

Continuing Education

Credits – NASW

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the National

Association of Social Workers (NASW) will be

awarding continuing education credits for

completion of approved workshops.

A certificate fee of $15 for NASW Members

and $25 for nonmembers will be charged and

can be paid directly to the NASW

representative who will be located in the

exhibit area for the duration of the conference.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Conference Registration

Desk, Main Level

Registration Area Open

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Lobby, Main Level

Exhibitor Area Open

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Presidents Hall

Pre-Function Area

Main Level

Breakfast Buffet

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Presidents Hall

Main Level

Opening Remarks and Keynote Speaker

Opening Remarks

Susan D’Annunzio, Student Services Supervisor

– Pennsylvania Department of Education,

Harrisburg, Pa.

Shileste Overton-Morris, Senior Program

Development and Organizational Manager –

Center for Schools and Communities,

Camp Hill, Pa.

Keynote Speaker

A Message of Hope: The Manny Scott Story

Manuel Scott, Founder of INK and Original

Freedom Writer – Atlanta, Ga.

An original Freedom Writer whose story is

told in the Hollywood film “Freedom Writers,”

Manuel Scott has devoted his life to equipping

others with proven tools to succeed. A dynamic

speaker and facilitator whose experiences have

helped him inspire people of all ages and life

stages, Scott travels the world empowering

leaders, educators and youth through powerful

programs and presentations taken from his own

life experiences.

At fourteen, Scott dropped out of school and

began to fulfill his teacher’s awful prediction

that he would be either dead or in jail by

the age of 18. His use of drugs and alcohol

eventually led to involvement in criminal

activities. He says, “When I look back, I

now see that I was heading down a path that

would have destroyed me.” However, due to

an amazing transformation, he has defied the

odds. “I was dismissed as ‘unreachable’ and

‘unteachable,’ and classified as an ‘English

as a Second Language’ student,” he says.

“But something special happened and I love

sharing that message with others.” The former

high school dropout now holds degrees from

the University of California at Berkeley and

Trinity International University. He is currently

working on his doctorate in Chicago and is the

author of “Take Matters Into Your Own Hands:

Dream Now!”.

Scott now speaks at universities, civic

organizations, schools, retreats, seminars and

religious institutions. In his keynote address,

Scott will share his story, and several eyeopening

insights to inspire people to become

change agents called Page Turners, those who

help others write new, more fulfilling chapters in

their lives. “I do not share my story to impress

people,” Scott explains, “but to impress upon

them some invaluable lessons that literally

changed my life.”

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Lobby, Main Level

Exhibit Exploration

10:30 a.m. – Noon

Workshop Session I

Room 108

Main Level

Using Science as a Way to Engage and

Inspire Students

In this lively workshop, proven techniques for

engaging all types of learners in the science

processes will be demonstrated. The presenter’s

belief is that the best science teaching starts

with active, engaging learning. How-to tips on

everything from safety, to managing materials,

to how to set up cooperative groups will be

given. By using differentiated instruction,

alternative assessment, cooperative learning,

the learning cycle, discrepant events and

other established strategies, participants will

explore myriad ways to use science as a natural

springboard for re-engaging and challenging

all types of afterschool learners. Many helpful

ideas and technology resources will be shared.

Debbie Silver, Consultant – Debbie Silver

Presents, Melissa, Texas

Room 104

Main Level

Evaluation Resources for 21st CCLC

Grantees

In this workshop, the state evaluators for

Pennsylvania’s 21st Century Community

Learning Centers program will review and

demonstrate the evaluation resources available

to grantees to use for their local evaluation.

Leslie McConnell, Grants and Evaluation

Specialist – Allegheny Intermediate Unit,

Homestead, Pa.

Yolanda Yugar, Evaluation Specialist –

Allegheny Intermediate Unit, Homestead, Pa.

Room 206

Second Level

How to Reach Youth Today

In this workshop, proven practices and

principles that engage, equip and empower

people everywhere to reach youth will be

shared. Based on the presenter’s doctoral

research and own life experiences, he explains

how to develop real relationships with students

and persuade them to make the most of their

lives. These are tools that others used to reach

Scott, and tools that out-of-school time leaders

everywhere can use right now to begin affecting

the lives of youth with incredible success.

Manuel Scott, Founder of INK and Original

Freedom Writer – Atlanta, Ga.

Room 105

Main Level

This workshop will be

repeated in Workshop

Session II.

Writing as Discovery

Writing is a tool of discovery, a practice that can

help youth, and those who work with youth, find

their voice and develop their thinking. In this

workshop participants will learn an approach

to writing that focuses on informal, expressive

writing as a way to strengthen language skills

and thinking and includes an easy-to-use set

of process tools that are appropriate for the

afterschool environment. The skills and ideas

learned in this session will prepare participants

to use writing as a way to help young people

tell their stories, express their feelings and build

community. It will also provide a foundation to

develop afterschool program activities, such as

creating a literary journal or blog that can be

used with students of all ages.

Nancy Linnon, Writer, Teacher and Editor –

The Moving Pen, Portland, Ore.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Room 208

Second Level

This workshop will be

repeated in Workshop

Session II.

Celebrating Multicultural Scientists and

Inventors Through Hands-On Science

This empowering workshop is designed to

introduce, highlight and reinforce the important

contributions made to science and technology by

scientists and inventors from diverse backgrounds.

Hands-on science demonstrations, with historical

perspectives on the scientists and inventors that

influenced the science behind these experiments

will be presented. The workshop will provide staff

with resources, strategies and best practices for

integrating multicultural perspectives into their

afterschool science projects.

Martino Fleming, Multimedia Specialist –

Grand Hank Productions, Inc., Philadelphia, Pa.

Tyraine Ragsdale, Founder and President –

Grand Hank Productions, Inc., Philadelphia, Pa.

Room 207

Second Level

Using the Arts to Engage Learners

This workshop will focus on the concept of arts

integration, which is an approach to teaching

that uses the fine and performing arts as primary

pathways to learning. The goal of arts integration

is to increase knowledge of traditional subject

areas while concurrently fostering a greater

understanding and appreciation of the fine and

performing arts. Participants will learn how to

develop daily lessons in math, science, reading

and writing that use the arts to fully engage

students.

Enrique Feldman, Arts Integration Solutions

Facilitator – Arts Integration Solutions,

Tucson, Ariz.

Alison Marshall, Arts Integration Solutions

Facilitator – Arts Integration Solutions,

Tucson, Ariz.

Room 106

Main Level

This workshop will be

repeated in Workshop

Session II.

How to Involve Language Minority Parents

Increasing parent communication creates bridges

in afterschool-parent relationships. One of the

key factors in a student’s success in academics

is parental involvement. This workshop will

provide teachers with clear research on the

influence of parent involvement and reasons why

many parents, especially the language minority,

seem to be disconnected from school life. Most

importantly, participants will explore practical

ways to involve all parents and work to build

cultural bridges in the community.

Rebekah Goode, Program Coordinator –

In Goode Company, Charlotte, N.C.

Room 205

Second Level

Special Needs and Inclusion of Diverse

Abilities

This workshop will provide intervention

strategies for working with special needs students

in out-of-school time. Participants will learn how

to select and adapt activities so all students can

participate as fully as possible. The presenter

will focus on providing educational principles

that enhance learning for a variety of disabilities

so participants can gain an awareness of the

challenges faced by these unique students and

methods for accommodating their individual

needs.

Gale Gorke, Speaker, Trainer and Author –

Calimesa, Calif.

Continuing Education Credits – PQAS

This conference is Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System (PQAS) certified. To receive credit,

participants must attend sessions from beginning to end and submit the appropriate

paperwork before leaving the conference.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Room 107

Main Level

This workshop will be

repeated in Workshop

Session II.

Design Squad: Engaging Kids in Hands-On

Engineering

WQED Multimedia is proud to offer “Design

Lives Here,” an innovative project that provides

engineering, architectural and design activities

to middle school educators and afterschool

program teachers. “Design Lives Here” is based

on the PBS television program “Design Squad

Nation,” a reality show created to inspire the

next generation of engineers. In this workshop,

participants will enjoy a “Design Lives Here”

orientation and training about the show’s

approaches to engineering in the classroom.

The group will explore a few engineering

experiments and corresponding curriculum

assignments with materials provided.

Participants will learn how kids can design and

build working solutions for real-world clients—

people who are hungry for clever ideas from a

new generation of innovators.

Jennifer Stancil, Executive Director of

Educational Partnerships – WQED Multimedia,

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Room 203

Second Level

Well Kids: Safety, Nutrition and Wellness

Lessons

In this workshop, WQED Media's adjunct faculty

from the Allegheny Intermediate Unit will share

a safety, nutrition and wellness curriculum

that explores diverse topics—such as trying

new foods, practicing fire safety and learning

the importance of hygiene—through Sesame

Street and other PBS shows. The curriculum,

based on Common Core standards for K-1-2,

gives primary teachers and K-1-2 afterschool

providers access to PBS assets, video links

videos, print resources and games, using the most

recognizable and trusted PBS character friends.

Participants will learn how to use “My Street,”

which is “Sesame Workshop’s” social network, to

share videos with afterschool programs, teachers

and parents. Each participant will receive CDs,

booklets, postcards, bookmarks, a “Let’s Get

Ready: Planning for Emergencies” DVD, song

and activity pack, and comprehensive “Food for

Thought” kit.

Cathy Cook, Head Start Teacher –

Allegheny Intermediate Unit, Homestead, Pa.

Gina Masciola, Head Start Teacher –

Allegheny Intermediate Unit, Homestead, Pa.

Room 204

Second Level

Teaching the Food System During

Afterschool

This free, downloadable curriculum for high

school educators spans the health, ecological

and social implications of getting food from

“field to plate.” It exposes learners to a breadth

of subject areas, ranging from history to soil

science to nutrition, and reveals where these

topics intersect. Most importantly, it encourages

learners to consider the outcomes several degrees

removed from their actions. In the presenter’s

view, thoughtful consideration of downstream

consequences is a key ingredient for a livable

future. Attendees should come prepared to be

engaged in discussion.

Brent Kim, Project Officer – Johns Hopkins

Center for a Livable Future, Baltimore, Md.

Noon – 12:15 p.m.

Break

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Presidents Hall

Main Hall

Lunch, Remarks and Keynote Speaker

Remarks

Charles Goulding Jr., 21st CCLC Program

Officer – Pennsylvania Department of Education,

Harrisburg, Pa.

Keynote Speaker

The Art and Heart of Education

Debbie Silver, Consultant – Debbie Silver

Presents, Melissa, Texas

Dr. Debbie Silver is an award-winning educator

with 30 years of experience as a classroom

teacher, staff development instructor and

university professor. Her recognitions include

being named the 1990 Louisiana State Teacher of

the Year and the 2007 Distinguished Alumnus

from the College of Education at Louisiana Tech

University. Along the way, she has taught almost

every grade level and every kind of student.

Silver has been an invited author for several

educational journals and given keynotes at state,

national and international conferences in 49

states, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

She was a featured teacher for the “PBS Online

Teacher Chat” and several online teacher courses.

Silver is the author of the bestselling book,

“Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers:

Finding the Rhythm for Differentiated

Instruction.” She is co-author of “Because You

Teach” and “Middle School Matters.”

In this keynote address, Silver will use humor

and sensitivity to remind audiences how

important teachers are in the lives of students.

She will demonstrate how to engage all types of

learners in the classroom. Her belief is that all

children have gifts, and teachers hold the

important key for getting students to “open

them.” Participants will leave with new ideas for

creative instructional and assessment strategies.

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Main and Second Level

Refreshment Areas

Break

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Workshop Session II

Room 206

Second Level

Local Evaluation of Your 21st CCLC

Program

In this workshop, a panel of local evaluators for

21st Century Community Learning Centers

program will participate in guided discussion

regarding the implementation of program

evaluation at the local level. Local evaluators will

explain their evaluation approach, roles and

responsibilities, challenges, and how evaluation is

used to improve programs. Leslie McConnell and

Yolanda Yugar, state evaluators from Allegheny

Intermediate Unit, will moderate the session.

Panelists:

Rachel Saul, Evaluator and Private Consultant

– Uniontown, Pa.

Alex Schuh, Executive Director – Frontier21,

Philadelphia, Pa.

Susan Voigt, Program Evaluation and Data

Specialist – Capital Area Intermediate Unit,

Enola, Pa.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Room 108

Main Level

Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers

– Engaging All Learners

Based on her best-selling book, “Drumming to

the Beat of Different Marchers: Finding the

Rhythm for Differentiated Instruction,” the

presenter offers her wisdom and humor to

answer the question, “How do we engage

students from all backgrounds and

experiences” She believes that by capitalizing

on student strengths rather than emphasizing

their weaknesses, teachers can elicit greater

achievement gains and higher motivation among

students. How to give students multiple

opportunities to demonstrate what they know

and understand will be discussed. By designing

responsive student-centered assignments and

assessments, teachers can provide multiple

avenues through which students can master.

Debbie Silver, Consultant – Debbie Silver

Presents, Melissa, Texas

Room 107

Main Level

This workshop was

offered in Workshop

Session I.

Design Squad: Engaging Kids in Hands-On

Engineering

WQED Multimedia is proud to offer “Design

Lives Here,” an innovative project that provides

engineering, architectural and design activities to

middle school educators and afterschool program

teachers. “Design Lives Here” is based on the

PBS television program “Design Squad Nation,”

a reality show created to inspire the next

generation of engineers. In this workshop,

participants will enjoy a “Design Lives Here”

orientation and training about the show’s

approaches to engineering in the classroom.

The group will explore a few engineering

experiments and corresponding curriculum

assignments with materials provided.

Participants will learn how kids can design and

build working solutions for real-world clients—

people who are hungry for clever ideas from a

new generation of innovators.

Jennifer Stancil, Executive Director of

Educational Partnerships – WQED Multimedia,

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Room 104

Main Level

Survival is an Attitude: Preparing Your

Afterschool Program for Emergencies

A crisis or emergency cannot be predicted, but

the outcomes can vary greatly due to the level

of preparedness. Afterschool programs are

located in a variety of places such as schools,

community centers and faith-based buildings.

Programs should not rely solely on the building’s

emergency plan for their out-of-school time

hours, but develop a safety plan specific to their

program. An off-site plan for field trips is also

recommended. When an emergency happens,

parents expect that providers will take care of

their children; and sometimes a long-term crisis

means that school staff is responsible for the

children for several hours or overnight. Safety

experts will present strategies for ensuring

afterschool programs are well prepared for the

unexpected.

Michael Guido, Owner and Co-Founder – MG

Tactical Advantage, LLC, Carlisle, Pa.

Michael Hurley, Director of School Safety

Services – MG Tactical Advantage, LLC,

Carlisle, Pa.

Room 204

Second Level

This workshop will be

repeated on Thursday

morning.

Attendance Matters: Improving Attendance

in School and Afterschool Programs

Chronic absenteeism, missing 10 percent of the

school year for any reason, is one of the

earliest indicators that a student may be off

track for graduation. Chronic absenteeism

increases achievement gaps at the elementary,

middle and high school levels. In this

workshop, the presenter will define the

problem, review the impact of chronic

absenteeism and examine reasons why students

do not attend school or participate in

afterschool programs. Participants will

examine the benefits of afterschool programs

and their impact on student performance in

schools; as well as explore strategies and

activities to promote a good working

partnership between schools and afterschool

programs.

Gail Heinemeyer, Director of Support Services

– Ridley School District, Ridley, Pa.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Room 208

Second Level

This workshop was

offered in Workshop

Session I.

Celebrating Multicultural Scientists and

Inventors Through Hands-On Science

This empowering workshop will introduce,

highlight and reinforce the important

contributions made to science and technology

by scientists and inventors from diverse

backgrounds. Hands-on science demonstrations,

with historical perspectives on the scientists and

inventors that influenced the science behind

these experiments, will be presented.

The session will provide teachers with

resources, strategies and best practices for

integrating multicultural perspectives into their

afterschool science projects.

Martino Fleming, Multimedia Specialist –

Grand Hank Productions, Inc., Philadelphia, Pa.

Tyraine Ragsdale, Founder and President –

Grand Hank Productions, Inc.,

Philadelphia, Pa.

Room 105

Main Level

This workshop was

offered in Workshop

Session I.

Writing as Discovery

Writing is a tool of discovery, a practice that can

help youth—and those who work with youth—

find their voice and develop their thinking. In

this session participants will learn an approach

to writing that focuses on informal, expressive

writing as a way to strengthen language skills

and thinking and includes an easy-to-use set of

process tools that are appropriate for the

afterschool environment.

The skills developed in this session will prepare

participants to use writing as a way to help

young people tell their stories, express their

feelings and build community. It will also

provide a foundation to develop afterschool

program activities, such as creating a literary

journal or blog that can be used with students of

all ages.

Nancy Linnon, Writer, Teacher and Editor –

The Moving Pen, Portland, Ore.

Room 205

Second Level

Community/Collaborative Building for

Afterschool Programs

Finding and connecting with community

organizations, both for-profit and nonprofit,

ensures success in any program. This workshop

will introduce strategies for identifying, securing,

supporting and fostering longevity in community,

and collaborative connections to benefit

afterschool programming.

Gale Gorke, Speaker, Trainer and Author –

Calimesa, Calif.

Room 106

Main Level

This workshop was

offered in Workshop

Session I.

How to Involve Language Minority Parents

Increasing parent communication creates bridges

in afterschool-parent relationships. One of the

key factors in a student’s success in academics is

parental involvement. This workshop will

provide teachers with clear research on the

influence of parent involvement and the reasons

many parents, especially the language minority,

seem to be disconnected from school life. Most

importantly, participants will explore practical

ways to involve all parents and work to build

cultural bridges in the community.

Rebekah Goode, Program Coordinator –

In Goode Company, Charlotte, N.C.

Room 207

Second Level

This workshop will be

repeated on Thursday

morning.

Youth in Action: Expanding Opportunities

for Youth to be in Leadership Roles

Young people have amazing skills, abilities and

passion for issues that affect them in their local

communities. In this session, participants will

learn about strategies for engaging more young

people, creating stronger youth-adult partnerships

and finding resources for supporting youth in

leadership roles. Youth across the state are

already actively involved as advocates, peer

tutors, youth council members, philanthropists,

facilitators for youth-led workshops and many

other roles. This workshop will provide

leadership opportunity ideas to make available to

afterschool youth.

Deborah Stewart, Director – Youth Development

Training and Resource Center,

New Haven, Conn.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Room 203

Second Level

This workshop will be

repeated on Thursday

morning.

Linking Literacy and Science: Engaging

Ways to Enhance Questioning, Reasoning

and Analytical Skills in Informal

Environments

Children’s books are a great resource for

science learning, as well as a strategic method

for reaching children and parents in local

communities. The skills necessary for learning

to read are aligned with skills that are critical

to scientific thinking. This workshop will

demonstrate the integration of science and

literacy with activities from The Franklin

Institute Science Museum’s National Science

Foundation funded “LEAP into Science”

afterschool program and highlight the role

of books as an access point for working with

children and families.

Dale McCreedy, Director of the Gender and

Family Learning Programs – The Franklin

Institute Science Museum, Philadelphia, Pa.

Anna Padget, Program Associate of the Gender

and Family Learning Programs – The Franklin

Institute Science Museum, Philadelphia, Pa.

4:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Deans Hall

Main Level

PSAYDN Annual Meeting and Reception

The Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth

Development Network Annual Meeting and

Reception will celebrate the network’s

accomplishments over the past year, share goals

for the future and honor statewide afterschool

champions.

Kacy Conley, Director – Pennsylvania Statewide

Afterschool/Youth Development Network,

Camp Hill, Pa.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Conference

Registration Desk

Main Level

Registration Area Open

7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lobby, Main Level

Exhibitor Area Open

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Presidents Hall

Main Level

Breakfast Buffet

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Presidents Hall

Main Level

Remarks

Shileste Overton-Morris, Senior Program

Development and Organizational Manager –

Center for Schools and Communities,

Camp Hill, Pa.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Break

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Workshop Session

Room 207

Second Level

This workshop was

offered in Workshop

Session II on Wednesday.

Youth in Action: Expanding Opportunities

for Youth to be in Leadership Roles

Young people have amazing skills, abilities and

passion for issues that affect them in their local

communities. Participants will learn about

strategies for engaging more young people,

creating stronger youth-adult partnerships and

finding resources for supporting youth in

leadership roles. Youth across the state are

already actively involved as advocates, peer

tutors, youth council members, philanthropists,

facilitators for youth-led workshops and many

other roles. This workshop will provide

leadership opportunity ideas to make available

to afterschool youth.

Deborah Stewart, Director – Youth

Development Training and Resource Center,

New Haven, Conn.

Room 104

Main Level

Funding to Serve Healthy Meals and Offer

Nutrition Education in Afterschool

Participants will learn how to contribute to

student wellness by offering reimbursable,

healthy meals to children in need. Participants

will hear firsthand from the United States

Department of Agriculture about how these

nutrition programs work and will also learn about

strategies and resources that support healthy

nutrition in afterschool programs.

Signe Anderson, Child Nutrition Program

Analyst – Food Research Action Center,

Washington, D.C.

Room 106

Main Level

Getting Every Family Involved: Tips for

Engaging Busy Families

Engaging parents and families in out-of-school

time programs is a challenging task for a variety

of reasons, one of which is fast-paced lives.

Family engagement in young people’s daily lives

and school is invaluable for educational

achievement, healthy development and strength

in the community. Building and sustaining

positive relationships is the key. This workshop

will explore a variety of ways for programs to

connect with and encourage parent and family

involvement in mutually meaningful ways

including forming partnerships; helping parents

feel welcome, accepted and valued; giving

families opportunities to help shape the program;

and effective and positive communication.

Denise Madzik, STARS TA Lead Consultant –

Northampton Community College,

Bethlehem, Pa.

Room 107

Main Level

Credit Recovery: Afterschool as a Stepping

Stone to Graduation

Getting behind in earning credits for high school

graduation is one of the top reasons students

decide to drop out of school. Even students with

the motivation to complete high school face

what they perceive as an insurmountable

problem. One key feature of many turn-around

schools and afterschool programs, especially

those that are successful in impoverished

communities, is a credit recovery program. This

allows students to earn graduation credits on an

accelerated basis. This session will examine

research and best practices in credit recovery

curriculum and instruction; technology-based

and instructor-driven programs; and the

organization and administration of successful

programs in both rural and urban environments.

Howard Johnston, Professor of Secondary

Education – University of South Florida,

Tampa, Fla.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Room 108

Main Level

Supporting All Students: Best Practices in

Afterschool Programs

Helping all students grow and learn is

fulfilling, rewarding and, at times, frustrating.

This is true in school as well as afterschool

programs. This session will explore how best

to serve special education students and

children with unique needs in the classroom

and afterschool programs. Participants will

leave with a refreshed perspective and practical

strategies.

Dru Tomlin, Director of Middle Level Services

– Association for Middle Level Education,

Westerville, Ohio

Room 204

Second Level

This workshop was

offered in Workshop

Session II on Wednesday.

Attendance Matters: Improving Attendance

in School and Afterschool Programs

Chronic absenteeism, missing 10 percent of the

school year for any reason, is one of the

earliest indicators that a student may be off

track for graduation. Chronic absenteeism

increases achievement gaps at the elementary,

middle and high school levels. In this

workshop, the presenter will define the

problem, review the impact of chronic

absenteeism and examine reasons why students

do not attend school or participate in

afterschool programs. Participants will

examine the benefits of afterschool programs

and their impact on student performance in

schools; as well as explore strategies and

activities to promote a good working

partnership between schools and afterschool

programs.

Gail Heinemeyer, Director of Support Services

– Ridley School District, Ridley, Pa.

Room 208

Second Level

Promoting Reading, Writing, Science and

Math in Afterschool Programs

“Project Learning Tree” is an award-winning

environmental education program designed for

teachers and other educators, parents and

community leaders working with youth from

preschool through grade 12. The lesson plans

include “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” for primary

grades, while high school students are given the

opportunity to research invasive species in the

Biodiversity Unit. The educational materials are

designed to meet the common components of

national education reform by using the

constructivist approach to learning, whole

language teaching, cooperative learning, problem

solving and authentic assessments. The primary

and secondary modules have been correlated to

state learning standards and will be provided to

workshop participants.

Ruth Roperti, President – Pennsylvania

Association of Environmental Educators,

Beaver Falls, Pa.

Room 206

Second Level

This workshop was

offered in Workshop

Session II on Wednesday.

Linking Literacy and Science: Engaging

Ways to Enhance Questioning, Reasoning

and Analytical Skills in Informal

Environments

Children’s books are a great resource for

science learning, as well as a strategic method

for reaching children and parents in local

communities. The skills necessary for learning

to read are aligned with skills that are critical

to scientific thinking. This workshop will

demonstrate the integration of science and

literacy with activities from The Franklin

Institute Science Museum’s National Science

Foundation funded “LEAP into Science”

afterschool program and highlight the role

of books as an access point for working with

children and families.

Dale McCreedy, Director of the Gender and

Family Learning Programs – The Franklin

Institute Science Museum, Philadelphia, Pa.

Anna Padget, Program Associate of the Gender

and Family Learning Programs – The Franklin

Institute Science Museum, Philadelphia, Pa.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Room 105

Main Level

Change over Time: Supporting Growth,

Development and Transitions in Afterschool

Programs

In this interactive workshop, participants will

explore ideas of change over time in afterschool

programs, with an eye toward youth-adult

relationships and activities. The presenter will

discuss strategies for welcoming new students;

examine how their roles grow, and how

gradually to increase responsibilities and

leadership opportunities for youth. Finally,

participants will consider youth transitions –

both within and beyond a program.

Thomas Akiva, Assistant Professor of Applied

Developmental Psychology – University of

Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Main and Second Level

Refreshment Areas

Break

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Presidents Hall

Main Level

Welcome, Keynote Speaker, Lunch

and Closing Remarks

Contrell Armor, Youth Development Program

Coordinator – Center for Schools and

Communities, Camp Hill, Pa.

Keynote Speaker

Youth-Adult Relationships in Afterschool

Programs: The Power of Positive

Connections

Thomas Akiva, Assistant Professor of Applied

Developmental Psychology – University of

Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Dr. Thomas Akiva recently joined the University

of Pittsburgh faculty in the Department of

Psychology in Education. Prior to receiving his

doctorate, Akiva spent nearly two decades

working as a practitioner and consultant in the

youth development field; including four years

directing a summer camp for teens and over 10

years with the Weikart Center for Youth Program

Quality, now a division of the Forum for Youth

Investment. At the Weikart Center, he helped

design and build afterschool quality improvement

systems in statewide and citywide networks, led

numerous training workshops for youth workers

and produced a youth worker curriculum,

currently in use across the U.S. In 2011, he

received the Emerging Scholar Award from the

Out-of-School Time Special Interest Group of the

American Educational Research Association.

His research focuses on motivation and learning

during out-of-school time. Current projects

include a study of youth leadership and decisionmaking

across multiple contexts and an

investigation of late-adolescents’ motivation to

attend youth programs. In his keynote

presentation, he will focus on youth-adult

relationships as the feature that matters most in

out-of-school time programs.

Closing Remarks

Susan D’Annunzio, Student Services Supervisor

– Pennsylvania Department of Education,

Harrisburg, Pa.

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Penn Stater Hotel

Tuesday, March 5

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Registration Area Open

Continental Breakfast

Exhibitor Area Open

21st CCLC Grantees’ Meeting

Lunch, Remarks and Keynote Speaker

Pre-Conference Institutes

Wednesday, March 6

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. – Noon

12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

4:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Registration Area Open

Exhibitor Area Open

Breakfast Buffet

Opening Remarks and Keynote Speaker

Exhibit Exploration

Workshop Session I

Lunch, Remarks and Keynote Speaker

Workshop Session II

PSAYDN Annual Meeting and Reception

Thursday, March 7

7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Registration Area Open

Exhibitor Area Open

Breakfast Buffet

Remarks

Workshop Session

Keynote Speaker, Lunch

and Closing Remarks

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The mission of the department is to

academically prepare children and adults to

succeed as productive citizens. The

department seeks to ensure that the technical

support, resources and opportunities are in

place for all students, whether children or

adults, to receive a high quality education.

This conference was coordinated in

conjunction with the Center for Schools

and Communities.

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