Archive - 2018 Illinois 21st CCLC Spring Conference

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Bloomington-Normal, IL

Description

This conference is designed to provide strategies, best practices, and program management guidance to assist 21st CCLC grantees with the implementation of their programs. The conference also provides a forum for grantees, their partners, peers, evaluators, and other afterschool professionals to network and share information. The conference is organized in three major strands comprising topics integral to our work of developing high-quality afterschool programs:

  • Academics Afterschool
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Afterschool Enrichment

Conference Objectives

  • To draw on the knowledge and experience of Illinois 21st CCLCs
  • To share evidence-based practices and emerging promising practices that support 21st CCLCs in achieving their program goals and meeting state program requirements
  • To create opportunities for networking and to increase communication across 21st CCLC programs

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Making Literacy an Integral Part of Your Program With Y4Y (Grades K–5)

Scott Sheldon, Y4Y Education Specialist, You for Youth (Y4Y), Mt. Laurel, NJ

Literacy plays a critical role in gaining academic and 21st century skills. Using Y4Y resources, participants will improve their understanding of the building blocks of literacy and learn to implement literacy into program activities. Participants will take away research-based literacy strategies, activities, and resources geared toward building collaboration and critical thinking skills for students ranging from kindergarten through fifth grade.

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What Is in It for Me? Exploring the Advantages of Using the 21st CCLC Data Warehouse and Benchmarking Tool

Alan Clemens, Director, Illinois Report Card, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

What are the benefits of using the ISBE 21st CCLC Data Warehouse and Benchmarking Tool? This workshop will explore the user features and share with participants some of the ways the tool eases reporting requirements and helps afterschool program providers make data-informed decisions to support quality implementation.

Helpful Tools and Tips for Building SEL With the Support of Family and School Relationships

Renee Hawthorne, Project Manager, X-STEAM, Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163, Park Forest, IL
Caletha White, Project Director, X-STEAM, Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163, Park Forest, IL

This workshop will address how children develop awareness and management of their emotions, set and achieve important personal and academic goals, use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships, and demonstrate decision-making and responsible behaviors to achieve school and life success. Strategies shared during this session can be used at home and in the classroom to improve students’ social and emotional development, readiness to learn, classroom behavior, and academic performance.


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The APR Teacher Survey: Make the Most of This Evaluation Tool

Sophia Mansori, Senior Research Associate, Education Development Center Inc. (EDC), Waltham, MA
Sheila Rodriguez, Research Associate, Education Development Center Inc. (EDC), Chicago, IL
Josh Cox, Research Associate, Education Development Center Inc. (EDC), Chicago, IL

The APR Teacher Survey, part of the 21st CCLC federal reporting requirements, is an important source of data on student outcomes. How can grantees make the most of this instrument and the data it provides? In this session, the statewide evaluation team will review the survey and discuss how to connect this instrument with your own program’s goals and activities; challenges and strategies for collecting the data for the Teacher Survey; and how to use the data from this survey to support continuous improvement.

3D CAD Design + 3D Printing + 3D Programming = 3D Literacy®

Rob Martin, President, Open Source Classroom, LLC, Bloomington, IL

The increasing availability of free and open-source technologies combined with 3D printing creates infinite STEM and STEAM learning activities for students of all ages. In order to maximize the utility of these educational possibilities, educators will need the skills necessary for evolving 21st century technologies. 3D Literacy® is a platform that demonstrates a simple formula of how to combine multiple facets of engineering for student activities that stimulate confidence for approaching problems, resourcefulness, ingenuity, and creativity to produce innovative solutions. This session will introduce a plethora of free and open-source technologies related to 3D CAD design, 3D printing, and 3D programming that teachers can access and utilize to enhance and expand educational activities in their classrooms.

Icebreakers, Groups, and Mental Health! Oh My!

Charla Waxman, Director of Prevention, NICASA, Round Lake, IL
Maggie Hanson, 21st CCLC Site Coordinator, NICASA, Round Lake, IL

This presentation provides the perfect blend of FUN, FOCUS, and FACTS! Participants will learn how to use icebreakers effectively (FUN!). Icebreakers help students move and get motivated. Specialized groups such as leadership, service learning, and choices and decision making offer students opportunities to grow (FOCUS!). Remembering that one in four Americans will experience a mental health crisis in their lifetime reminds us that students are part of a larger population living with debilitating mental health problems (FACTS!).

Implementing Project Based Learning with Y4Y

Miranda Cairns, Y4Y Training Specialist, You for Youth (Y4Y), Silver Spring, MD

Project Based Learning is an inquiry-based approach to learning that emphasizes student voice and choice. Students pose questions and explore answers through hands-on activities. Learn how the You for Youth (Y4Y) resources can support you as you work with students to craft a driving question, facilitate an investigation, and work toward a culminating event, while building students’ knowledge and 21st century skills.

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Continuing Intentional Learning Afterschool with Y4Y

Miranda Cairns, Y4Y Training Specialist, You for Youth (Y4Y), Silver Spring, MD
Scott Sheldon, Y4Y Education Specialist, You for Youth (Y4Y), Mt. Laurel, NJ

Continuing Intentional Learning Afterschool is an update of the popular Aligning With the School Day course. Together we’ll cover the six key components to developing an out-of-school-time program that promotes one seamless, high-quality, continuous education for students. We will engage in hands-on activities that focus on planning, designing activities, and assessing success while utilizing You for Youth (Y4Y) tools and resources.


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Youth Voice and Engagement From a Youth Perspective

Jessica Vargas, Youth Leader, Mikva Challenge, Chicago, IL
Daniela Altamirano, Youth Leader, Mikva Challenge, Chicago, IL
Sara Martinez, Youth Safety Advisory Council Director, Mikva Challenge, Chicago, IL

Are you making all of the decisions for your afterschool program? Are your youth engaged? As facilitators, we tend to forget that we are providing programming for youth and that their voice should be heard. Energy can sometimes run low and we don’t know how to keep our youth engaged. This is why, in this workshop led by youth, you will learn about the Youth Program Quality Assessment Pyramid and will be provided with some youth pro tips on how to keep your youth engaged.

Connecting 21st Century Community Learning Centers to ESSA Implementation in Your District

Shallie Pittman, Youth Development Associate, ACT Now, Chicago, IL

The Every Student Succeeds Act takes the place of No Child Left Behind and provides school districts and states with the flexibility to tailor education to the needs of their students. The federal law and the state implementation plan place a heavy emphasis on community partnerships. Come to this workshop to learn how districts and afterschool programs can use the ESSA implementation process to build partnerships and improve student outcomes.


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Quality Improvement Through Advisory Boards

Heidi Dye, Resource Coordinator, CPS Sumner Academy, Chicago, IL
Amon Brooks, Resource Coordinator, CPS Sumner Academy, Chicago, IL
Keirstin McCambridge, Program Director, Turning the Page, Chicago, IL

This workshop will focus on how advisory boards can help with the quality improvement process in an easy and effective way. Some see advisory boards as an additional task that is burdensome. We will explain how much more work you can do as a team with your advisory board than you could on your own!

 

Everything You Need to Know: Gateways School-Age and Youth Development Credential

Stephanie Hellmer, Coordinator, INCCRRA, Bloomington, IL

Gateways to Opportunity has a new credential specific to professionals working with children and youth! Attend this session for an introduction to the School-Age and Youth Development Credential. What is it? How do I apply?

Let’s Get Creative With Young Adult Book Club

Marla Harp, Project Director, Benton Consolidated High School District 103, Benton, IL
Lacey Hagerman, English Teacher, Benton Consolidated High School District 103, Benton, IL

Do your students have a place to read and discuss their favorite young adult fiction? Have they seen the recent blockbusters and wondered what the books were like? In Young Adult Book Club, students read and discuss books related to gender, difference, identity, diversity, class, dystopia, friendship, coming of age, technology, and many other social and psychological themes. They share in the responsibility for leading and promoting discussion, and they commit to independent reading. This session will focus on creating a Young Adult Book Club to instill a lifelong love of reading, reach at-risk students, and incorporate social and emotional learning into academic settings.

Social and Emotional Learning in Action

Kim Sellers, Director of Learning Support Services, Bureau Henry Stark Regional Office of Education 28, Atkinson, IL

Following a brief overview of social and emotional learning (SEL), 21st CCLC site coordinators with the Bureau Henry Stark County ROE will engage session attendees with hands-on SEL activities. Participants will rotate through a variety of stations to experience activities that include the M&M Feeling Game, Building Blind, Web of Connections, The Phrase Game, Find Someone Who..., Genuine Compliments, and more. Participants will leave with an understanding of what SEL is and what it can look like in an afterschool program.

Illinois 21st CCLC Community of Practice

Luncheon Keynote
Finding the Extraordinary in YOU

Erika Petrelli, Senior Vice President of Leadership Development, The Leadership Program, New York, NY/Carmel, IN

In this interactive session, participants will have the opportunity to focus on the one person that often gets most neglected in the chaos of their day to day—themselves. Through discussion and activity, participants will be re-ignited in the power and beauty they possess, re-minded of ways to take care of themselves, and re-charged to finish the year strong.


Engaging Youth in College and Career Readiness With Y4Y (Grades K–5)

Miranda Cairns, Y4Y Training Specialist, You for Youth (Y4Y), Silver Spring, MD

What does it look like to engage youth grades K–5 in college and career–relevant learning? You can begin by building college and career readiness through hands-on activities. Learn how You for Youth (Y4Y) can support you in applying this inquiry-based approach to developing postsecondary awareness, exploration, and preparation learning opportunities that match your students’ interests and goals.

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Engaging Youth in College and Career Readiness With Y4Y (Grades 6–12)

Scott Sheldon, Y4Y Education Specialist, You for Youth (Y4Y), Mt. Laurel, NJ

What does it look like to engage youth grades 6–12 in college and career–relevant learning? You can begin by building college and career readiness through hands-on activities. Learn how You for Youth (Y4Y) can support you in applying this inquiry-based approach to developing postsecondary awareness, exploration, and preparation learning opportunities that match your students’ interests and goals.

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Developing Engaging Programs for Parents and Families

Noemi Vargas, 21st CCLC Project Facilitator, East Aurora School District 131, Aurora, IL
Alfred Morales, Parent and Community Involvement Coordinator, East Aurora School District 131, Aurora, IL
Sandy Diaz, Parent Advocate, East Aurora School District 131, Aurora, IL

In this presentation, staff who work closely with thirteen 21st Century Community Learning Centers sites at East Aurora School District 131 share ideas on how to effectively develop engaging programs for parents and families. This includes an examination of different outreach approaches employed and an evaluation of program findings. In addition, presenters will share information about programs presented at East Aurora, such as Cooking Matters, Parent Academy, Parent Cafés, and Road to College.


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Lessons From the Field: Grantee Perspectives on Program Evaluation

Sophia Mansori, Senior Research Associate, Education Development Center Inc. (EDC), Waltham, MA
Sheila Rodriguez, Research Associate, Education Development Center Inc. (EDC), Chicago, IL
Emma Cornelius, Project Director, East St. Louis School District 189, East St. Louis, IL
Jesus Esquivel, Project Director, Frida Kahlo Community Organization, Chicago, IL
Michael Hannan, Project Director, After School Network (ASN), Chicago, IL

In this session, EDC will facilitate a panel of grantees that will share strategies, experiences, and lessons learned from their own program evaluations. What role does evaluation play in their program and organization, and who manages it? What strategies do they use for data collection? What challenges do they encounter in conducting their evaluations, and how do they address them? Hear examples of how grantees are conducting their evaluations and learn from your colleagues.

Crossroads: The Intersection of Hip-Hop, Trauma, and Social and Emotional Learning

Julian Johnson-Marshall, AmeriCorps Youth Service Member, Youth and Opportunity United, Evanston, IL
Chrishane Cunningham, Youth and Family Counselor, Youth and Opportunity United, Evanston, IL

This session will delve into hip-hop culture and discuss it as a means to bolster social and emotional well-being among urban youth. Participants will explore opportunities to incorporate arts education through hip-hop and creative writing. Attendees will also examine and discuss links between hip-hop and the need for culturally relevant, trauma-informed afterschool programming. This dynamic, interactive presentation considers best practices and other successful strategies.

Project Directors Meeting

Illinois State Board of Education Staff

Tending to You

Erika Petrelli, Senior Vice President of Leadership Development, The Leadership Program, New York, NY/Carmel, IN

In this session, participants will take a deeper dive into some of the topics addressed in the luncheon keynote, discovering strategies for self-care and motivation, as well as learning ways to translate that to their staff. Participants will discuss the concept of “work-life balance” and come up with tangible ways to actually find “balance” in their lives.