Workshops

WORKSHOP LEGEND

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#iAmImpact Healing Circles

NATHAN HOUSTON, FOUNDER OF #IAMIMPACT, #IAMIMPACT, SACRAMENTO, CA

What would happen if we were intentional with our dialogue? What if we really took the time to understand people and help address their needs? The circle process is often overlooked and underutilized within workspaces. Sometimes we just need an old-fashioned sit down with intentional dialogue. This workshop is intended to create intentional dialogue and conversation amongst students by using the circle process. During this workshop, educators will explore what it takes in order to create the positive and healthy space for youth. Come explore the endless possibilities circling. Restorative Justice is not a particular program or blueprint. Restorative Justice is an invitation to dialogue and an exploration of what a community needs to ensure all members strengthen and maintain healthy relationships. This process also helps promote social and emotional learning.

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360/365 Promoting Success in School, Work, and Life

STACEY DARAIO, CO-DIRECTOR, TEMESCAL ASSOCIATES, OAKLAND, CA

What are the social-emotional and character skills that youth need to succeed in school, life, and work? In order for children to grow up to become healthy and productive citizens, they must learn in a variety of settings year-round (365 days) and practice a wide variety of interrelated skills: social-emotional, character and academic that focus on a 360-degree view of the whole child. Learn how social-emotional skills and the Quality Standards dovetail to design effective program activities and positive environments that help young people succeed in school and in life!

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5 Hacks to SEL!

FRED JONES, EXPANDED LEARNING CONSULTANT, AFTERSCHOOL GURU, LOS ANGELES, CA

Hack your social and emotional (SEL) plan with 5 easy to incorporate strategies that are aligned with the 5 core components of SEL. By just implementing these 5 ideas you will help students develop the skills to manage their emotions, resolve conflict nonviolently, and make responsible decisions.

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The Art of Coaching

FRANK ESCOBAR, MANAGER OF AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS, VISALIA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, VISALIA, CA

Is motivating your staff sometimes more difficult than motivating your students?  If so, you’re not alone! The Art of Coaching aims to help you uncover your leadership style, build the capacity of your staff and create a program culture that inspires a high-performing team and a high-quality program.

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Breaking Ice and Breaking Walls

FRED JONES, EXPANDED LEARNING CONSULTANT, AFTERSCHOOL GURU, LOS ANGELES, CA

Ice Breakers are nice, but Ice Breakers combined with processing questions are dynamite! In this workshop you will learn how to make every fun filled activity an opportunity for deeper engagement with the use of the simple skill of asking the right questions.

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Bring Your Club to Life!

FRANK ESCOBAR, MANAGER OF AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS, VISALIA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, VISALIA, CA

Are you struggling to keep your students engaged in your enrichment club/s?  Are you spending too much time on behavior management during club time? If so, maybe it is time to bring your enrichment club/s to life!  Join us and uncover the secrets to offering highly-engaging and dynamic clubs through the use of real-world elements and the 6 keys to providing an experience vs. an activity in your enrichments.

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Building Strong Ships! Relationship Building 101

BRYN DRESCHER, FACILITATOR, EDUCARE FOUNDATION, VAN NUYS, CA

This workshop will provide participants the ability to build relationships with their staff and students quickly so that they can more accurately assess the needs of their students and staff. This workshop will consist of interactive activities and dialogue to learn how to establish better relationships to truly serve your sites, schools, population, and community more effectively. The participants will leave with the skills to utilize their own personal strengths to align themselves better with school staff and administration. They will also leave with some practical tips on how to build better relationships with students within minutes.

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Classroom Management 101

FRED JONES, EXPANDED LEARNING CONSULTANT, AFTERSCHOOL GURU, LOS ANGELES, CA

Have you ever felt your class was out of control?  Well, you’re not alone!  In this workshop, you will learn specific strategies to build trust and establish a rapport with your students to help diffuse those volatile moments.  You will learn how classroom management is about relationships and how to create a safe space for all.

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Classroom Management 102

FRED JONES, EXPANDED LEARNING CONSULTANT, AFTERSCHOOL GURU, LOS ANGELES. CA

Staff members will learn how to integrate the positive Youth Development strategies from Classroom Management 101 and learn new strategies for dealing with challenging students.

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Coaching Staff to Implement High-Quality Programming

REBA ROSE, SENIOR DIRECTOR FOR LEARNING & STAFF DEVELOPMENT, BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THE PENINSULA, MENLO PARK, CA

Site Leaders can ensure programs are implemented effectively by coaching staff as a regular practice. This training will share tools and a model for giving staff feedback and supporting them in strengthening their skills to positively impact program quality.

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Common Core Success – Making the Most of Summer Time

NAZANEEN KHALILNAJI-OTTO, DIRECTOR OF THE SUMMER MATTERS CAMPAIGN, PARTNERSHIP FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH, OAKLAND, CA

These are great times for summer learning.  The Common Core delivered a mandate that k-12 education provide the type of learning – with collaboration, communication, and critical thinking – that good summer programs have been doing for years. Come explore how programs across the state are being intentional about Common Core practices, how you can make your programs more intentional, and why and how you can talk about your added value with school leaders. Participants will be able to identify what good programs are doing to support the Common Core, outline how they can be more intentional about supporting the Common Core, and describe key messages to effectively communicate with school leaders about the good things they are already doing.

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Cool Spins on a Hot Summer Culture- Creating a Unique Program Culture

NAZANEEN KHALILNAJI-OTTO, DIRECTOR OF THE SUMMER MATTERS CAMPAIGN, PARTNERSHIP FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH, OAKLAND, CA

Unique program cultures can be created by delivering simple things in extraordinary ways. Cool Spins on a Hot Summer Culture is an interactive workshop that will provide practical strategies for creating a unique experience for your youth. In this workshop, participants will experience how summer themes, traditions, and spirit connect with learning goals to make programs relevant and interesting. Participants will leave with tools and resources as well as having practiced putting together some of the core elements that make summer learning feel like extraordinary experience for youth “campers.”Participants will be able to describe the key elements that create a unique program culture and apply some key elements of a unique program culture to construct a model program experience for students.

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Creating The Ideal “Out-of-Sight” Coordinator in Expanded Learning

RAY TRINIDAD, DIRECTOR OF HIGH TECH MIDDLE SCHOOL, CHULA VISTA, CA

This workshop will focus on preparing Site Coordinators to become stronger supervisors, managers and program developers through proven business practices. Professionalism, Execution, Reflection will be at the core of the interactive discussions and activities of this workshop. Topics addressed will also include Critical Conversations, Creating a Sense of Urgency, Teamwork, and Trust.

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Crossing the “t” in STEM Environments

DAVID TONG, DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS, TGR FOUNDATION, DIRECTOR, TGR EDU: CREATE, TGR FOUNDATION, IRVINE, CA

Supporting student learning outcomes through technology integration becomes challenging when choosing an effective tool among the growing pool of digital resources. Attendees will re-examine the “T” in STEM and discuss the role that technology currently plays in both education and real-world context. Using a reflective process, they will examine effective technology integration and engage in various uses of technology tools and applications within a lesson that is aligned with the 5E instructional model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate).

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Cultivating Interdisciplinary Collaboration Opportunities through Technology

DAVID TONG, DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS, TGR FOUNDATION, DIRECTOR, TGR EDU: CREATE, TGR FOUNDATION, IRVINE, CA

The future of learning begins with educators by shifting the way they collaboratively teach. They will explore lessons that promote interdisciplinary STEAM learning- for example, Geometric Building Design, which builds on the idea of spatial reasoning by exploring 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes through engineering, math, and technology. Attendees will also engage in activities that integrate critical power skills necessary to thrive in the STEM workforce.

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Dabbling in the Data: Hands-On Data Analysis Activities for Teams

COREY NEWHOUSE, FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL, PUBLIC PROFIT, OAKLAND, CA

Nonprofit organizations are called to demonstrate impact and to engage in data-informed continuous quality improvement. Too few have the capacity to engage with data in a meaningful way, often because staff lack formal training and confidence in their own abilities. Dabbling in the Data is a user-friendly guide to participatory data analysis methods that any organization can use. By making the most of our natural abilities to detect patterns and make conclusions, Dabbling turns data analysis from a dreaded chore to a mission-critical conversation. In this hands-on workshop, we will share several participatory data analysis techniques that evaluators or program teams can use to stimulate robust, data-driven conversations.

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Data-Informed Program Planning

COREY NEWHOUSE, FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL, PUBLIC PROFIT, OAKLAND, CA

Planning with data in mind is one way to ensure that your program is achieving what it has set out to do. Participants experience the continuous quality improvement process – assess, plan, and improve – through participatory data exercises, small-group planning, and targeted goal setting.

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Educator Aware: How to Keep Your Fire Lit by Knowing Thyself Better

BRYN DRESCHER, FACILITATOR, EDUCARE FOUNDATION, VAN NUYS, CA

Educators and expanded learning burnout is real. You are on the front lines with our students and yet most of us have gotten a bit foggy on what got us started. This workshop seeks to help participants know thyself better in order to better serve their students. Through interactive fun activities, we will remind you why you matter just as much as the students you serve. It is easy to get off track this session is designed to help you not continue to give from an empty cup.

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Empowering Girls to Succeed In and Out of School

GABRIELA B. DELGADO, PROGRAM SPECIALIST, SAN DIEGO COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION, SAN DIEGO, CA

This session explores issues that impact girls’ development such as body image, self-esteem, and relationships. Research-based strategies to engage female students to school and the community are explored. Participants will practice several hands-on activities that can be used in the classroom, group, or after-school settings. Participants will also gain strategies, resources, and several practical tools that can augment existing programs and practices.

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Engaging Youth In and Out of School

GABRIELA B. DELGADO, PROGRAM SPECIALIST, SAN DIEGO COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION, SAN DIEGO, CA

This interactive training provides participants with a hands-on approach to building connections and relationships with students.  Topics covered include but are not limited to: media literacy; empowerment; healthy relationships; life skills, service learning, and team-building.

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Expanded Learning and the Quality Standards: Do You Know How Your Job Contributes to the Larger Picture?

DR. MICHELLE PERRENOUD, PROJECT COORDINATOR, STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES DIVISION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION, LOS ANGELES, CA

There is a lot that goes into making a quality program so that young people can have a quality learning experience at the site-based level. Your innate talent and experience are important and being part of a team who is committed to quality is essential. To do this well, everyone needs to be grounded in the vision for California Expanded Learning Programs and understand the Quality Standards that focus specifically at the site level (point-of-service). These standards and your practice are fundamental to the quality experience youth in your program will have. Come find out how your work contributes to the overall success of our field and the quality we bring to the lives of those we serve.

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Facilitating Strength-Based Groups

GABRIELA B. DELGADO, PROGRAM SPECIALIST, SAN DIEGO COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION, SAN DIEGO, CA

Offering supportive spaces for youth to connect and build meaningful relationships are critical. This training provides participants with an introduction to creating such a space through group facilitation. Whether the group focuses on grief, life skills, or service learning, the components of facilitation remain the same. Participants will participate in small group scenarios and receive constructive feedback to assist with learning and growth.

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Facilitative Leadership: Promoting Youth Engagement and Leadership

REBA ROSE, SENIOR DIRECTOR FOR LEARNING & STAFF DEVELOPMENT, BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THE PENINSULA, MENLO PARK, CA

Staff need to build our leadership skills so that we can model confidence and promote leadership skills with young people in our programs. Staff will practice these skills and explore strategies for taking youth skills to the next level.

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Freedom Writers Methodology

MARCUS STROTHER, COORDINATOR OF YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, SACRAMENTO CITY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, SACRAMENTO, CA

The Freedom Writers Diary and the movie Freedom Writers is an educational phenomenon. As a Freedom Writer Teacher who works closely with Erin Gruwell, I will provide Freedom Writer instructional methodology that can be used in the Expanded Learning space to build relationships, change culture, and use writing for healing. During this interactive workshop, we will participate in strategies like the “Line Game,” “Froot Loop Bingo,” and the “Crayon Game.” This workshop will work to build a small learning community that will leave feeling like a family ready to take on the challenges of working with our students, parents, and community.

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From S.T.E.M. to S.T.E.A.M

FRED JONES, EXPANDED LEARNING CONSULTANT, AFTERSCHOOL GURU, LOS ANGELES. CA

Science without art is bleak and lacking in perspective, but you don’t have to view them as separate and apart. S.T.E.A.M. programming gives you the best of both worlds as creativity sparks innovation! Learn how to marry your love of music, art, and creativity with your passion for science and inquiry-based learning!

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Gender Inclusive: How to Go Beyond Just Appearance of Inclusion

BRYN DRESCHER, FACILITATOR, EDUCARE FOUNDATION, VAN NUYS, CA

Ever had a situation where you didn’t know how to address a student? Weren’t sure what pronouns to use? Have students identifying as Trans, non-binary yet you aren’t well versed on how to best make these students feel truly seen. As the subjects of gender, identify, sexuality becoming more complex and nuanced we need to be prepared and aware of how best to make people feel truly inclusive, seen, and safe. Participants will learn more about the various identities and how best to create a more inclusive environment in their programs. We will also discuss how to not just appear inclusive but continue a rolling dialogue and setting for growth toward inclusion as an ongoing practice.

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Healing the Hurt

GABRIELA B. DELGADO, PROGRAM SPECIALIST, SAN DIEGO COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION, SAN DIEGO, CA

Exposure to trauma and toxic stress have a direct impact on health outcomes, brain development, learning, and connections with others. Understanding traumatic stress is the first step in supporting students who have been exposed to adverse experiences. This workshop explores strategies and techniques that can help mitigate the impact of trauma and increase resilience, academics, and meaningful relationships. Participants will be provided with research-based information that can enhance their current restorative and PBIS framework.

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How To Build A Supportive Storytelling Culture

RICHARD REYES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PLUS ME PROJECT, LOS ANGELES, CA

Does your organization embrace a strong storytelling culture that results in staff feeling connected and students feeling heard? In this workshop, participants will learn PLUS ME Project’s six-step process to building a strong storytelling culture within your organization/school that boosts team morale and inspires the students you serve. Join us as we dig into our own personal narratives and gain tools that can immediately be implemented back home.

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Identity and the Power of Story

ERIN BROWDER, LEADERSHIP AND ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT, ERIN BROWDER LLC, LOS ANGELES, CA

Participants will explore their personal stories and how they shape identity and reality. Participants will engage in meaningful dialogue, reflective practices, and intentional strategies that unlock the diversity and richness of their lives and guide them daily. They will learn key ways to leverage these stories, guide others through a process that transforms stories into empowerment tools and accelerate achievement.

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Keeping Your Tank Full

GABRIELA B. DELGADO, PROGRAM SPECIALIST, SAN DIEGO COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION, SAN DIEGO, CA

Caring for others can be rewarding and it can also be draining. Learning to take care of ourselves as we offer support to others is the key to avoiding burnout. This training focuses on self-care strategies that educators can use for themselves. Participants can expect to be engaged with various activities and reflective exercises.

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Leading with Head and Heart

ALEAH ROSARIO, DIRECTOR OF CAPACITY BUILDING, CALIFORNIA SCHOOL-AGE CONSORTIUM, OAKLAND CA

Those in leadership positions have a responsibility to both lead and manage. By taking time to understand the differences between the two, we can take steps to cultivate both. Join us to explore how leaders create safe, supportive environments by modeling self-awareness, interpersonal skills, and growth mindset in how we lead and manage. By aligning one’s deep inner values with action, managers, directors, and coordinators can apply a type of leadership that embodies social-emotional learning, models good character, and activates the head and heart.

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The Magic of STEM (101)

FRED JONES, EXPANDED LEARNING CONSULTANT, AFTERSCHOOL GURU, LOS ANGELES, CA

Designed as a beginner’s introduction to what is STEM Participants will learn the qualities of an effective STEM program and how to implement it in an OST environment. The ultimate quick start guide to what is STEM and why it is such an important component of your student’s 21st Century Education! Unpack each component and discover what makes a quality STEM program and how to implement it in your school! Focus on effective experiments.

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The Magic of STEM (102)

FRED JONES, EXPANDED LEARNING CONSULTANT, AFTERSCHOOL GURU, LOS ANGELES, CA

The 2nd part to our STEM 101 introduction to STEM concepts (see above).  We delve a little deeper into inquiry-based learning and decipher the design process so staff can utilize it as a vehicle for successful STEM programming. 

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Meditation for Managing Daily Stress

JEFFREY ZLOTNIK, FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE MEDITATION INITIATIVE, SAN DIEGO, CA

This workshop will help you develop a daily practice of meditation in addition to learning how to lead your students in meditation. Meditation is a healthy way to manage stress and anxiety, improve focus and attention, and share tools for anger management while improving overall mental and emotional health and well-being.

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Mentoring Matters

MARCUS STROTHER, COORDINATOR OF YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, SACRAMENTO CITY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, SACRAMENTO, CA

In today’s society, many of our young people are being put into situations they just can’t understand. Having a mentor to guide them through these times is vital. This conversation is about understanding the relationship necessities of being a mentor. We don’t choose to be a mentor, young people choose who their mentors are. Understanding this very point is the beginning of building a relationship that becomes a mentoring relationship. Participants will be provided with tools for creating mentoring programs, establishing a mentoring network, and trainings that can be used for adults and peer mentoring methods. The ideology behind mentoring is much bigger than small touches, once a week and through this workshop, participants will also understand the importance of being invested in students and the key to “showing up” for students when you become their mentor.

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More Than a Fieldtrip: Designing Lesson Plans for Experiential Learning Opportunities

EARL EDWARDS, RESEARCHER, UCLA CENTER FOR THE TRANSFORMATION OF SCHOOLS, LOS ANGELES, CA

How do we truly prepare our students for the real demands college and the workforce? This session explores five key principles of experiential learning that helps youth developers design interactive, engaging instructional experiences that align with 21st-century skill. The session provides lesson plan templates and exemplars lessons to transform field trips into measurable learning experiences that students will never forget.

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Positive Discipline- Getting IN with Discipline!

RAY TRINIDAD, DIRECTOR OF HIGH TECH MIDDLE SCHOOL, CHULA VISTA, CA

Join this faced-paced and interactive workshop specifically developed for the Expanded Learning movement to help create a positive and productive learning climate at your program. Take advantage of understanding the “Ins” that will “In”-power your staff and “In”-spire your participants! Over the years, this workshop has helped hundreds of Expanded Learning programs in California and beyond.

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Positive Emotional Climates: The Future of Behavior Management

ERIN BROWDER, LEADERSHIP AND ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT, ERIN BROWDER LLC, LOS ANGELES, CA

Grounded in research from the fields of educational psychology, emotional intelligence, and neurobiology, this workshop will offer a toolkit for educators, principals, health care staff, and school counselors whose work serves student populations and communities who have been exposed to varying levels of childhood trauma and adversity. This workshop will unpack the concept of trauma-informed approaches, emotional climate, emotional awareness, and mindfulness, in addition to providing strategies and techniques that support the well-being of adults and children. Participants will engage in activities and rich discussions that integrate their professional and personal experiences, while exploring consequences and emotional tolls of working closely with people affected by trauma and adversity. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate and build off each others’ expertise.

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Power-Up & STEAM Through Video Game Design

DAVID TONG, DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS, TGR FOUNDATION, DIRECTOR, TGR EDU: CREATE, TGR FOUNDATION, IRVINE, CA

Engage your students through a video game design lesson series that promotes interdisciplinary STEAM learning. Integrate a team-based project module, where students will have an opportunity to storyboard and develop their own game.  This workshop allows participants to examine game design elements to experience the interdisciplinary understanding that is required to develop an engaging video game. Graphic designers, programmers, product marketers, and audio composers must learn to effectively collaborate and utilize other 21st century skills to produce successful games.

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The Power of Why

FRANK ESCOBAR, MANAGER OF AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS, VISALIA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, VISALIA, CA

So often when we share with others what we do in our work, we leave out one thing – why we do it. In this session, we will seek to uncover our personal and professional “Why” in what we do in life. Come ready to reflect, to explore and to connect our passions to our visions!

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Race to the Table: Equity Explored

BRYN DRESCHER, FACILITATOR, EDUCARE FOUNDATION, VAN NUYS, CA

In this session, participants will engage in opportunities to uncover racial bias. Each of us must do our part to examine our own bias and how we witness that manifesting in our work with diverse student populations. This session will be highly interactive and discussion is encouraged. We will discuss strategies and exchange ideas on what we have seen that has worked and what could work better. Participants will leave with a better understanding of themselves as it relates to racial bias and how to better address issues that come up around bias and racial issues.

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Reframing Conflict for Students of Color in Public Schools

RAÚL J. ALCANTAR, PROGRAM MANAGER, OAKLAND LEAF FOUNDATION, OAKLAND, CA 

Throughout this training, participants will be charged with the task to identify what oppression looks like, sounds like, and feels like in the context of public school classrooms. As a community, we will push past our moments of discomfort to reimagine what an emotionally safe program can look like for all students to learn and thrive. Participants will walk away with strategies and tools we co-create that will support in developing a culture where conflict situations become opportunities for growth.

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Resilience is Everything

DEE HANKINS, INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER, RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA

After spending 18 years in foster care and dealing with the many heartbreaks, disappointments, and let downs that came with it, Dee Hankins never gave up. Instead, he endured his struggle and bounced back even stronger. Learn how pain can become a passion and how you can take the lessons learned on your journey and become more resilient.

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Restorative Practices

GABRIELA B. DELGADO, PROGRAM SPECIALIST, SAN DIEGO COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION, SAN DIEGO, CA

Restorative practices offer schools a framework from which to work from when engaging students, parents, staff, and community members. This is not a program, rather a philosophical approach to connecting with others. Participants will gain the necessary skills to understand the foundational elements of a restorative framework. Practical skills and steps to implementation are shared.

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Service-Learning Comes Alive

GABRIELA B. DELGADO, PROGRAM SPECIALIST, SAN DIEGO COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION, SAN DIEGO, CA

This engaging workshop provides participants with an overview of service-learning models that can be used to meet Common Core standards. Strategies to engage the entire school community are presented.

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Self-Care: For YOU and the YOUTH

MARCUS STROTHER, COORDINATOR OF YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, SACRAMENTO CITY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, SACRAMENTO, CA

As adults, we forget the importance of self-care. We forget that the best you is a rested you. During this workshop, we will work on forgiveness journals, self-care practices and ideology around culture building. The building of a successful culture in the classroom, a school, and a community is the first investment in creating successful students. The educational system often invests most of its time on creating programs for youth. I want to provide methods of change that will allow for programming for our adults to be strong, healthy and purposeful adults that work with our students.

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Social Emotional Learning, Building Character and Enhancing Quality

ALEAH ROSARIO, DIRECTOR OF CAPACITY BUILDING, CALIFORNIA SCHOOL-AGE CONSORTIUM, OAKLAND CA

To thrive in school, work, and life in the 21st Century, young people need to be able to assess their own skills and behaviors, work with others, and persist in the face of challenges. Just as we want young people to be socially conscious citizens and well prepared for productive careers, staff must model social-emotional and character capacity. This session will introduce participants to social-emotional and character skills that expanded learning programs are well-positioned to support, and their relationship to the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning Programs in California. Participants will be able to articulate what social-emotional learning and character skills look like in youth and identify strategies to create environments where young people believe, “I am, I belong and I can.”

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Social Emotional Learning: Staff Practice, Youth Skills, and the Active Ingredient – Developmental Relationships

DR. MICHELLE PERRENOUD, PROJECT COORDINATOR, STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES DIVISION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION, LOS ANGELES, CA

Social Emotional Learning and Skills Development are important tools for navigating experiences and promoting success in life.  These skills are powerful predictors of important youth outcomes such as academic achievement, work readiness, and positive self-esteem.  However, without developmental relationships and intentionally designed experiences, youth are challenged to get there on their own. Come learn about the staff practices that make the difference and learn how important YOU are in the development of your students and their SEL skills.

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Social Media 101 for Expanded Learning Growth

BRYN DRESCHER, FACILITATOR, EDUCARE FOUNDATION, VAN NUYS, CA

Social Media is the #1 form of communication and marketing these days yet hardly any sites or programs are using as effectively as they could. In this workshop we will explore ways to utilize the 100s or 1000s of devices on your campus and how to promote your programs and wins through Social Media. How to mobilize your social media team to get the word out about what is going on and how to better harness the power of SM to market your programs to attract donors and support.

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The State of Black Students: Examining the Role Structural Racism and Implicit Bias Plays in Supporting our Black Youth

EARL EDWARDS, RESEARCHER, UCLA CENTER FOR THE TRANSFORMATION OF SCHOOLS, LOS ANGELES, CA

Black youth are one of the most vulnerable student populations in California. This session examines academic and mental health outcomes of Black youth in California and explores the impact that structural racism and implicit bias have on the educational opportunities of young Black boys and girls. The session will be interactive and focus specifically on how the expanded learning community can better support Black youth.

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Success in the Middle Matters! Understanding Interests of Middle School Youth to Purposefully Design Meaningful Learning Experiences

DR. MICHELLE PERRENOUD, PROJECT COORDINATOR, STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES DIVISION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION, LOS ANGELES, CA

Students in the middle grades face unique challenges in the transitional years between elementary and high school.  Programs also face distinctive challenges while striving to meet the needs of this age group.  Learn about research on youth and practitioner perspectives’ regarding what makes a program attractive and the conditions that foster young people’s desires to attend and participate.  Boost your overall effectiveness by designing or transition your afterschool expanded learning activities/program into a thriving learning zone.  The workshop will move at a quick pace offering dynamic opportunities to connect, learn, and share while identifying needs, challenging roadblocks, learning about resources, and constructing solutions.

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Summer Gains: Deepening Summer Programming Impact

ALEAH ROSARIO, DIRECTOR OF CAPACITY BUILDING, CALIFORNIA SCHOOL-AGE CONSORTIUM, OAKLAND CA

All children deserve opportunities to learn and thrive in a variety of settings and year-round. Unfortunately for many, quality learning opportunities during the summer months are scarce. In this workshop, participants will explore the reality of summer learning loss, especially for low-income children and youth, and learn elements of high-quality programs that have the biggest impact. Participants will walk away with tools and ideas to help begin or strengthen their commitment to continuous improvement and ensure young people experience high-quality summer learning opportunities.

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Supercharge Your Project-Based Learning (PBL)

FRED JONES, EXPANDED LEARNING CONSULTANT, AFTERSCHOOL GURU, LOS ANGELES. CA

Project-based learning (PBL) is fun! But, when implemented correctly it also becomes a powerful tool to teach 21st Century Skills and to energize your program! Join our interactive hands-on workshop where you will learn how to design and administer powerful PBL activities that students will wholeheartedly embrace! Learn how to encourage your students to think outside of the box and to take ownership of their own education! This fast-paced workshop uses blended learning techniques and small and large group work to keep you focused and engaged. Bring your smartphones, a sense of humor, and an open mind!

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Supporting The Needs of Youth Experiencing Homelessness

EARL EDWARDS, RESEARCHER, UCLA CENTER FOR THE TRANSFORMATION OF SCHOOLS, LOS ANGELES, CA

In this session, participants will be introduced to important data, knowledge, and policies designed to support students experiencing housing instability. The session will define youth homelessness and provide educators with strategies and resources to help ensure students experiencing homelessness are able to continue striving academically, socially, and emotionally.

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Supporting Transgender & Non-Binary Youth

KATHIE MOEHLIG, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TRANSFAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES, SAN DIEGO, CA

Led by one of the country’s leading experts on supporting transgender and non-binary youth, this session will provide expanded learning professionals the tools and resources you need to more deeply understand issues around gender, and to support, respect, and empower gender-diverse youth. Kathie will cover a range of relevant issues, from understanding gender identity and state laws to incorporating best practices that create safe and inclusive environments in homes, schools, and communities. She’ll also open discussion to your specific challenges, providing guidance based on her many years of experience.

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Supporting Youth Mental Health and Well-Being

JENNIFER L. MAGNABOSCO, PHD., ACC, ADJUNCT FACULTY MEMBER, SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, DANA POINT, CA

Social support (emotional, psychological, and social) is vital to positive youth mental health and well-being: Youth who feel close to one adult with whom they can talk about personal issues lessens their chances of developing a mental and/or substance use disorder. Emotional support from teachers and administrators has been linked to youth well-being.

This presentation/workshop will discuss strategies (e.g., responsive communication, knowledge building about trauma, fostering resiliency, cultural competency approaches, mindfulness activities) that adults can use to provide social support for youth well-being. The key to these strategies is knowing how to effectively use one’s Emotional Intelligence (EI – the ability to perceive and apply emotions to life’s tasks, use emotions to facilitate thinking, and manage emotions within self and in relation to others). The basics of EI and how to more directly use it to support youth will also be discussed.

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Take on a Growth Mindset and Shift Your Practice from Behavior Management to Behavior Coaching

REBA ROSE, SENIOR DIRECTOR FOR LEARNING & STAFF DEVELOPMENT, BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THE PENINSULA, MENLO PARK, CA

Staff will explore the concept of a growth mindset as they take on techniques for promoting healthy choices and reinforcing positive behaviors. This is a shift from being only an adult controlled or managed environment. Instead, staff take on the role of coach and guide students to reflect on their behaviors and “self-correct.”

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Think Outside the Survey Box: Creative Ways to Solicit Youth Feedback

COREY NEWHOUSE, FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL, PUBLIC PROFIT, OAKLAND, CA

Break out of the survey box! There’s more than one way to learn what youth think, care about, want to do, or have learned in your program…. so let’s use them! In this session, participants will learn about verbal, kinesthetic and visual ways to solicit young people’s input through hands-on practice and review of our comprehensive implementation manual for youth work professionals. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to identify 2-3 creative strategies for data collection in their programs, understand their pros and cons and have a list of next steps for implementing these methods.

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Understanding Impact: The Difference Between Enabling & Empowering

RAÚL J. ALCANTAR, PROGRAM MANAGER, OAKLAND LEAF FOUNDATION, OAKLAND, CA 

Are you interested in creating a holistic empowered staff community that reflects your student community? Join us in creating a safe space where we can have honest discussions around the importance of having difficult conversations and how positive adult-to-adult interactions can foster positive impact on our student community. Participants will walk away with researched-based strategies and resources along with opportunities to share tangible best practices that can be tailored to the needs of your program.

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Understanding LIAS Principles

FRED JONES, EXPANDED LEARNING CONSULTANT, AFTERSCHOOL GURU, LOS ANGELES. CA

What is active? What is meaningful? How does this relate to your life? These are the driving questions we pose to students as we follow the Learning In Afterschool and Summer principles. Fasten your seatbelts as we explore how these principles define what is a quality afterschool program, and what that would look like in your school!

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Unlocking Greatness: Shifting our Perception of Mentoring Black and Latino Boys

EARL EDWARDS, RESEARCHER, UCLA CENTER FOR THE TRANSFORMATION OF SCHOOLS, LOS ANGELES, CA

In 2014, President Barack Obama started the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative encouraging mentorship for young Black boys; however, how that mentorship should be implemented is still to be determined. This workshop highlights promising mentoring practices and challenges perceptions about mentoring. The goal is to shift the current mentoring paradigm from mentors serving as role models to instead serving as resource advocates and connectors.

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Using Your Emotional Intelligence To Support Youth Development

JENNIFER L. MAGNABOSCO, PHD., ACC, ADJUNCT FACULTY MEMBER, SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, DANA POINT, CA

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the ability to perceive and apply emotions to life’s tasks, use emotions to facilitate thinking, and manage emotions within self and in relation to others. EI is increasingly recognized as a necessary skill/competency in the workplace. It has been “proven” to be essential for job performance, team success, quality-based service delivery, effective leadership, career adaptability and decision-making, and life/work balance.

This presentation/workshop will discuss the 1) dimensions of EI, 2) links between EI, job performance, and working effectively and compassionately with fellow staff and students, and 3) activities and actions that may increase one’s capacity to more directly use EI to enhance the development of youth in the classroom and as emerging leaders.

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When #@$! Hits the Fan, Know That You Can!

RAY TRINIDAD, DIRECTOR OF HIGH TECH MIDDLE SCHOOL, CHULA VISTA, CA

This Workshop is centered on Risk Management and Emergency Procedures. Participants will learn the Six Cs when dealing with minor concerns to a major crisis by reviewing scenarios that can happen at a school site. Participants will work together to find solutions and reasonable responses to unexpected issues. Knowing how to handle an emergency is as important as what to do when dealing with the safety of our youth!

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Youth Development – How Understanding the Adolescent Brain Contributes to Flow in the Classroom

CARLOS SANTINI, VICE PRESIDENT OF PROGRAMS, AFTER-SCHOOL ALL-STARS, LOS ANGELES, CA

Brain research gives us special insight into how understanding the adolescent brain can be foundational in engaging youth, understanding root causes of behavior, and improving effectiveness as an instructor, providing for a more profound program experience for middle school youth. Staff will receive key insights into how incentives, motivation, participation, and behavior are rooted in the stages of brain development. In addition, Staff will reflect on research findings and apply strategies to specific site and classroom situations/scenarios. Engagement begins with understanding!

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Youth Leadership Development: A Lifespan Approach to Skill Building In the Here & Now

JENNIFER L. MAGNABOSCO, PHD., ACC, ADJUNCT FACULTY MEMBER, SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, DANA POINT, CA

Models of leadership have evolved since the mid-20th century in tandem with the evolving complexities in organizations, systems, communities, and societal challenges. Youth leadership development and skill-building are now seen as more similar than different to adults. This recognition has led to a “lifespan” approach for leadership development skill-building and program development, with new and beneficial applications of leadership theory and dimensions for youth.

This presentation/workshop will 1) discuss models/styles and dimensions of leadership (e.g., knowledge and confidence building, motivation, communication, decision-making, social and emotional intelligence, collaboration) helpful for youth leadership skill-building and program development, 2) highlight cross-over information from adult leadership theory and applications to youth; and 3) provide tips on activities and actions that can be helpful for staff and students to use in the classroom, youth-led school activities/clubs and future planning for youth leadership development programs. 

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Youth Outcome Goals Clinic

COREY NEWHOUSE, FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL, PUBLIC PROFIT, OAKLAND, CA

Through small group work, interactive activities and full group discussion, we will identify good (measurable, manageable and meaningful) youth outcomes and possible ways to measure them in your summer program.  Please bring your ideas for your summer program goals (these could come from a list of key program activities, a vision statement, key grant requirements, or what you urgently want to make happen for your youth regardless of your grant requirements) to use as a guide to develop your own youth outcomes. By the end of the workshop, participants should leave with some concrete examples of good youth outcomes and ways to monitor and measure them.

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