Wednesday, April 19

Youth Speakers: Royce Mann, Merveille Kouekabakilaho, Adriana Ibanez
Moderator: Rhonda Ridley, President/CEO, Affinity Public Relations and former educator, Bronx, NY 

How often do you take the opportunity to have an intentional conversation with middle and high school youth and hear their viewpoint? This panel session offers a perfect opportunity to have an open, in-depth, and candid conversation about learning, graduation, bullying/cyberbullying, racism, teen dating, body image, peer pressure, LGBTQIA, and other challenges facing our youth today. Come prepared with questions!

Strand: Panel Sessions; Older Youth 


Social Emotional Learning Panel
Moderator: Dr. Michelle Perrenoud, Project Coordinator, Los Angeles County Office of Education, Downey, CA

Panel members: Johanna Fridel M.Ed., ACE Project Director, Greenville ISD, Greenville, TX; Corey Newhouse, MPP, Founder and Principal, Public Profit, Oakland, CA; Julia Rugg, Chief Strategy Officer, WINGS, Charleston, SC; Stu Semigran, President & Co-Founder, EduCare Foundation, Van Nuys, CA 

Social Emotional Learning is an important set of skills, attitudes and behaviors youth and adults can acquire and effectively apply to positively navigate experiences and promote success in life.  These skills can be powerful predictors of important youth outcomes such as academic achievement, college and career readiness, positive self-esteem and connection to your local and global community. Come learn from experts across the country about program models, staff practices and partnerships that have shown success and learn ways you can enhance the SEL aspect of your work on all levels of your program or organization. 

Strand: BOOST Panel Session; Program Design, Development and Quality

Thursday, April 20

Project- Based Learning Expert Panel
Moderator: Kyle Wagner, Innovations Consultant, Transform Educational Consulting, San Diego, CA

Panel members: Jamie Holmes, 8th Grade Humanities, High Tech Middle Chula Vista, Chula Vista, CA. Rodrigo Arancibia, After School Program Programs Lead, Sweetwater Union High School District, Sweetwater, CA. Tina Chavez, Internship Director, High Tech High North County, San Marcos, CA.

Project- based learning when implemented well has an enormous impact on student learning! It engages students, connects them to their passions, and gets them completing work that matters! After school time helps provide the perfect space for this work! Come hear from leading experts as they share the secrets for designing effective PBL experiences, as well as the impact it has had on their students. This session will also include time for audience Q & A.
Strand: Program Development Design and Quality 


Racial Bias and Leadership: The Role of School Leaders in After School Programs
Moderator & Speaker: Steve Gering, Consultant, Gering Consulting, Kansas City, MO

Panel members: Marcus L. Strother, Coordinator of Youth Development, Sacramento City Unified School District, Sacramento, CA; Lisa Utterback, Executive Director of School Support, Omaha Public Schools, Omaha, NE; Aleah Rosario, Director of Capacity Building Programs, California School-Age Consortium, Berkeley, CA

Examples of racial bias are in the headlines and generating conversation in across our country.  While many of the examples are centered on bias within law enforcement, bias exists across all sectors of our nation including schools and the outside of school programs that support our children.  As educational leaders, we have the moral responsibility to understand our own biases, the biases of the people we lead, and the bias within our educational institutions including the schools and districts we are responsible for leading. We will never have breakthrough results for all children of color until this is addressed.  This session will engage participants in a discussion around race, school leadership, and the impact on afterschool programming through the use of real anecdotes from colleagues across the country who are challenged by the complexities of this issue.  Participants will work together to generate strategies that will support school leaders as they work to take action to address the dilemmas they face around racial bias.
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Strand: Partnerships & Building Relationships 

Friday, April 21

The Future of After School & Summer - Funder Panel
Moderators: Terry K. Peterson, PhD, Education Consultant, Mott Foundation and Senior Fellow, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC; Steve Fowler, Partner, Fowler Hoffman, Richmond, CA

Panelists: Justina Acevedo-Cross, Program Officer, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA; Kari Pardoe, Associate Program Officer, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Flint, MI; Rebecca Goldberg, Program Officer, Education, S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation, San Francisco, CA

Join us for a BOOST Panel session featuring representatives of long-time funders who generously support our out-of-school time community through philanthropic efforts. We will hear from the panelists on what they see as the future of this field based on their recent work. This interactive session would also serve as an important culminating event, following other panels taking place earlier at the conference.  It will foster a critical discussion that will determine the success of the important issues discussed at the previous panels, including sessions on global learning, social and emotional learning, race and school leadership, and the future of OST learning following the recent elections.  
Strand: Sustainability; Program Design, Development and Quality





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