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Tuesday, April 23
 

7:00am PDT

Registration
Tuesday April 23, 2019 7:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Spruce

7:30am PDT

The PSELI Learning Community Meeting
The PSELI Learning Community Meeting (by invitation only) is designed for up to 10 system-level representatives from each community to meet with PSELI colleagues, share best practices and collectively work on problems of practice. There will also be an opportunity for communities to discuss their Year 3 plans and deliverables with their program officers and Wallace staff. In addition, up to 6 SEL coaches per community are invited to attend a separate follow-up train-the-trainer session, building on the work begun at the November Convening.

Tuesday April 23, 2019 7:30am - 3:30pm PDT
Willow A/B

8:30am PDT

Essentials for Youth Readiness: Equity & SEL Pre-Meeting
Join School’s Out Washington (SOWA) and the Weikart Center for a daylong pre-meeting focused on equity and SEL in OST practice. This pre-meeting will run from 8:30-4:30:

In the morning session, participate in SOWA’s Structural Racism workshop, to increase knowledge of why understanding race and structural racism is crucial to achieving cultural competence; understand how history, laws, policies, practices and belief systems have interacted to produce racial disparities; and identify connections between historical racial injustices and present-day realities for young people and their families.
Over lunch, hear from a keynote speaker that will help us connect conversations around equity and SEL practices.
In the afternoon, join one of several breakout sessions, including SOWA’s Cultural Responsiveness workshop and the offerings from the Weikart Center’s new suite of SEL Methods: Foundations and Self-Awareness for Social Development, Essentials for an SEL Framework, and Engaging Youth in Productive Struggle.

Contact Adrienne Bard, adrienneb@cypq.org, with any questions.


Tuesday April 23, 2019 8:30am - 4:30pm PDT
Redwood A & B

11:00am PDT

Success360 Cross-Site Pre-Meeting
The Success360 Cross-Site Pre-Meeting is intended for Altria’s Success360 grantees and local affiliates. Participants will have an opportunity to meet in teams – both by locality and by partner – to explore how we might strengthen collaboration to expand and deepen our impact in Success360 communities.


Tuesday April 23, 2019 11:00am - 4:00pm PDT
Aspen

3:30pm PDT

Registration
Tuesday April 23, 2019 3:30pm - 7:00pm PDT
Spruce

4:30pm PDT

Ready by 21 Primer
An optional orientation session for those interested in a refresher on key Ready by 21 ideas and frameworks to help them take full advantage of the National Meeting.


Tuesday April 23, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
TBD

5:30pm PDT

Welcome & Networking Reception
Come enjoy this chance to see old friends and meet new ones as we kick off another Ready by 21 National Meeting.

Tuesday April 23, 2019 5:30pm - 7:30pm PDT
2nd Floor
 
Wednesday, April 24
 

6:30am PDT

Brisk Walk and a Cup of Joe
First time to Seattle, eager to get the lay of the land and take a stroll through downtown? Join us for an early morning walk through Seattle's downtown corridor in search of what Seattle is known for, its dynamite coffee.

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Ginn Robinson

Shannon Ginn Robinson

Training & Special Projects Manager, `School's Out Washington
Shannon coordinates School’s Out Washington’s largest annual professional development event, the Bridge Conference. Shannon returned to School’s Out in 2013 to lead the Bridge Conference after working here between 2008-2011 leading several projects, including the Supply and... Read More →
avatar for Benjamin Baird

Benjamin Baird

Spokane County Program Quality Manager, School's Out Washington
Ben has been working in the Youth Development field for the past 18 years and has experience working with and for a wide range of organizations and programs. Before joining SOWA, Ben was the Assistant Manager of Youth Development at West Central Community Center serving under-represented... Read More →


Wednesday April 24, 2019 6:30am - 7:15am PDT
Sheraton Lobby

6:30am PDT

Morning Run
Have an energizing start to the day with a ‘low stakes accountability’ group for your morning run. We’ll enjoy a 3-4 mile route, taking in the local sights at a relaxed pace.

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Robinson

Kimberly Robinson

Executive Vice President, Forum for Youth Investment


Wednesday April 24, 2019 6:30am - 7:15am PDT
Sheraton Lobby

7:30am PDT

Registration
Wednesday April 24, 2019 7:30am - 3:30pm PDT
Spruce

8:00am PDT

Breakfast
Wednesday April 24, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am PDT
Grand Ballroom

8:15am PDT

Opening Plenary: Moving towards Equity
The research is definitive: supportive learning environments matter much more than we think – learning is social and emotional. Integrating social, emotional, cognitive and academic development in schools is absolutely necessary. But is it sufficient? How do we link this new momentum (bolstered by the Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development) to existing commitments to improve excellence and equity? How can we leverage it to expand the definition of where and when learning happens? How do we engage community partners? Where are we likely to find champions and skeptics?

Additional Resources:The Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development was created to engage and energize communities in re-envisioning learning to encompass its social, emotional, and cognitive dimensions so that all children can succeed in school, careers, and life. The Commission’s work has drawn on research and promising practices to recommend how to make all these dimensions of learning part of the fabric of every school and community. The Commission’s members are leaders from education, research, policy, business, and the military. The full Commission team includes a Council of Distinguished Scientists, a Council of Distinguished Educators, a Youth Commission, a Parent Advisory Panel, a Partners Collaborative, and a Funders Collaborative.

This culminating report from the nation, to the nation, draws on the input received over the past two years from conversations, meetings, and site visits across the country, as well as from the members of all these groups.

The Youth Development Work Group of the Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, chaired by Karen Pittman, developed this brief on the critical role of youth development organizations in young people’s growth and development. The brief presents a framework for broadening our understanding of how, when, and where students learn, both in and out of school and during the summer. It recommends ways for educators, policymakers, and funders to partner with youth development organizations and to capitalize on formal and informal learning settings that support young people’s growth and development.

  • Ideas to Impact Visual Cheat Sheets: Attachment Below
Using the SEAD Commission's graphics to inform conversations about readiness, quality, equity and engagement

  • Resources from Turnaround for Children and a Message from Pam Cantor, M.D.: Attachment Below

As part of its Equity & Excellence Project (EEP), the National Urban League has reviewed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated State Plans for 36 states and the District of Columbia where they have Urban League affiliates.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Lamb

Michael Lamb

Executive Director, Washington, D.C., Turnaround for Children
Michael Lamb has led Turnaround for Children’s district, network and school partnerships in Washington, D.C. for more than five years. He also trains district, network and school leaders; teachers and social workers; and delivers professional development presentations and workshops... Read More →
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Hal Smith

SVP, Education, Youth Development & Health, National Urban League
Hal Smith serves as the Senior Vice President for Education, Youth Development and Health with the National Urban League, leading the organization’s programmatic, advocacy, policy and research work in those areas. For most of his career Hal as focused on issues of educational equity... Read More →
avatar for Karen J. Pittman

Karen J. Pittman

President and CEO, Forum for Youth Investment
Karen J. Pittman is president and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan “action tank” that combines thought leadership on youth development, youth policy, cross-system/cross-sector partnerships and developmental youth practice with on-the-ground... Read More →



Wednesday April 24, 2019 8:15am - 9:45am PDT
Grand Ballroom

9:45am PDT

Break & Refreshments
Wednesday April 24, 2019 9:45am - 10:00am PDT
Grand Ballroom

10:00am PDT

Advancing Equity Through Career Pathways Programs
Research shows that students benefit from being taught by teachers with similar life experiences, and yet people of color are often underrepresented, particularly in teaching careers. This workshop will review ExpandED's innovative Pathways model designed specifically to train afterschool educators. Participants will hear stories and testimonials from some of ExpandED's partners and participants and learn how ExpandED Schools’ Pathways programs promote equity, improve program quality and increase opportunities for school-community partnerships and collaboration. The workshop will also include an opportunity to brainstorm and reflect on how to create intentional career pathways for the people serving communities, schools and programs.

Speakers
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Marissa Badgley

Programs and Policy Director, ExpandED Schools
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Steve Roberts

STEM Manager, ExpandED Schools



Wednesday April 24, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Seneca

10:00am PDT

Beautiful Roses Have Thorns Too: How to Help Partnerships Continue to Bloom
There are many types of partnerships in this field of work; partnerships range from broad collective impact efforts with many players to those that focus on smaller community services networks with fewer members. All have ebbs and flows in the level of participation and ownership of the work. Distributive responsibility for implementation is difficult to develop and maintain. Commitment to the common agenda can waver. This workshop will focus on concrete strategies to create strong partnerships and to sustain them over time. Leaders from Palm Beach County’s Birth to 22 Coalition will engage participants in a discussion of successful strategies and ongoing challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Merita Irby

Merita Irby

Co-Founder & Executive Vice President, The Forum for Youth Investment
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Dana Zorovich Godek

Administrative Director, The School District of Palm Beach County
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Marsha Guthrie

Community Planning and Partnership Lead, Children’s Services of Palm Beach County
avatar for Tammy Fields

Tammy Fields

Director, Palm Beach County Youth Services Department
Tammy Fields is the first Director of the Youth Services Department (YSD) for Palm Beach County, which opened its doors January, 2015. YSD consolidates various youth programs and services under the Board of County Commissioners. Prior to assuming this position, Ms. Fields served in... Read More →



Wednesday April 24, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Aspen

10:00am PDT

Beyond Theory of Change and Logic Models: Creatively Using Evaluation Tools to Engage Youth and Families in Defining and Improving Readiness
Learn how to bring youth and family perspectives into your organization’s evaluation activities and experience applied approaches for identifying and clearly articulating guiding/research questions as they relate to youth readiness, designing focus group and interview questions for maximum impact, and creating intentional community-building focus groups. Takeaways include Youth Development Executives of King County Measurement Toolkit resources, tip sheets and worksheets to apply to your work, and experiencing creative focus group strategies/activities that can be adapted to address your own guiding questions as they relate to youth readiness. The applied approaches in the workshop and takeaways can all be applied to a broader context of system, organizational or program evaluation questions.

Speakers
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Lydia Jurcys

Association Director of Youth Development Outcomes, YMCA of Greater Seattle
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Sarah Terry

Research & Evaluation Manager, Youth Development Executives of King County
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Kara Bixby

Evaluation Director, WithInsight



Wednesday April 24, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Cedar AB

10:00am PDT

Evolving Practice: Laying the Foundation for Instructional Equity in Out-of-School Time
In 2018, the Denver Afterschool Alliance began integrating culturally responsive teaching (CRT) into our network’s quality improvement system. Their goals were to build foundational knowledge, develop a common language and deepen their collective commitment to equity. In this session, presenters will  share how their network positions CRT as critical to high quality out-of-school time programs and highlight social-emotional learning as essential for creating the conditions necessary for effective CRT and for promoting the cognitive development of all youth.

Speakers
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Kristen Pozzoboni

Senior Manager, DELCS, Denver Public Schools
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Meredith Bixler

Social Emotional and Academic Learning (SEAL) Coach, Denver Afterschool Alliance, City and County of Denver
I am a Social Emotional Learning Coach! I also have a background in afterschool programs.
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John Lewis

Network Lead, Denver Afterschool Alliance, Data and Quality Manager, Denver Public Schools



Wednesday April 24, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
University

10:00am PDT

Harnessing the Power of Genuine Youth Voice/Ohio's Story
Ohio Youth-Led Programs contend that youth truly are smarter than adults in the matters that affect them. Youth Led Programs empower youth to influence the social and political systems that affect their lives. Through this process youth develop critical skills necessary to engage in strategic planning, and are perceived not as youth at risk, but youth at promise. In this workshop, participants will learn how Ohio’s model and Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) produced broad-based environmental change in two widely different demographics: rural Geauga County and urban Columbus, Ohio.

Presentation Links:
Cross-cultural settings - https://youtu.be/cZJdd6tnqRM
What would good look like - https://vimeo.com/330998742/7db14a3956

Speakers
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George Hicks

Director, Maryhaven Gambling Intervention Program
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Holly Jacobson

Youth Led Prevention Coordinator, Geauga Educational Service Center
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Karen Lackey

Director of Community Prevention Services, Geauga Educational Service Center



Wednesday April 24, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Redwood A

10:00am PDT

How to Drive Impact Through Social Media and Digital Storytelling
This workshop will help you identify the most impactful stories from your community and leverage social media to support existing efforts to drive collective impact. The presenters will also focus on how you can take these tools back to your community to empower young people to leverage their personal narratives for social change. Participants will specifically be taken through case studies of how to use social media platforms and digital storytelling to advance a cause or issue and reinforce positive perceptions of specific populations like Boys and Men of Color or Opportunity Youth.

Speakers
avatar for Elly Belle

Elly Belle

Content Strategist, SparkAction, The Forum for Youth Investment
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Caitlin Kawaguchi

Content & Engagement Strategist, SparkAction, The Forum for Youth Investment



Wednesday April 24, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Redwood B

10:00am PDT

It Takes a Village: Building a Statewide Quality Improvement System that Supports Youth
How do we best leverage state, federal and private investments to build a continuous quality improvement system and accountability across the age continuum that supports high-quality programs serving children and youth from birth through young adults? The Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Quality Initiative gave Washington State an opportunity to use a private/public funding model to test quality practices and develop tools for the ELO field through a research-based process. Learn about the legislation, funding and research that contributed to building a strong foundation for the ELO quality system and the exciting next steps, and integrate these best practices and tools into other school-age and youth development systems.

Moderators
avatar for Jackie Jainga Hyllseth

Jackie Jainga Hyllseth

Chief Program Quality Officer, School’s Out Washington

Speakers
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Nicole Rose

Director of Eligibility and Provider Supports, Department of Children, Youth, and Families
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Juliet Taylor

Consultant
MB

Molly Branson-Thayer

Senior Director, Cultivate Learning at University of Washington



Wednesday April 24, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Columbia

10:00am PDT

Making Emotional Intelligence the Way We do Business—From Youth Worker to CEO to System Leader
How can we integrate Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) at all levels of youth serving organizations? This session will highlight the key elements of a professional learning curriculum designed to transform the way staff and leaders bring their own SEL skills to their work. This session will explore the successes, tribulations and aha moments from the rollout of this approach in two distinct contexts—Anchorage Youth Development Coalition’s multi-sector network, and Communities in Schools of Atlanta’s city-wide support team for public school students. Attendees will learn about specific SEL strategies and resources that can be employed in staff meetings, trainings and more.

Speakers
avatar for Ciara Johnson

Ciara Johnson

Projects Director, Center for Safe Alaskans
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Dorothy Styles

Director of Programs, Communities in Schools of Atlanta



Wednesday April 24, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Jefferson AB

10:00am PDT

More Than Magical Thinking: The Promise of the Arts and Social & Emotional Learning
The potential of arts education to transform young lives is often taken as a given. However, those transformational powers are often equated with magical thinking. The Spencer Foundation, Ingenuity and the UChicago Consortium on School Research came together to better understand the evidence behind the claims with a new study. Researchers will discuss their findings and opportunities for continued exploration into the role (magical or otherwise) that the arts play in the development of students and the culture of schools.

Speakers
avatar for Camille Farrington

Camille Farrington

Senior Research Associate, UChicago Consortium on School Research
Camille A. Farrington is a Senior Research Associate and Director of the Equitable Learning & Development Group at the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research. Her work focuses on understanding how learning environments provide opportunities for positive developmental... Read More →
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Pierre Lockett

Executive Director, Forward Momentum Chicago
Pierre Lockett, Founder and Executive Director of Forward Momentum Chicago, most recently served as the Director of Community Engagement with The Joffrey Ballet where he grew its programming from 10 schools in 1996 to over 55 schools in 2015. After 20 years as a professional dancer... Read More →
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Steven Shewfelt

Director of Data & Research, Ingenuity



Wednesday April 24, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Willow B

10:00am PDT

Professional Learning in Action
OST programs are powerful contexts where SEL can occur. Working together, implementation teams can collaborate to develop quality programming that supports positive developmental outcomes. Join the American Institutes for Research for this interactive session focusing on PLCs as a key strategy for assessing organizational readiness, coordinating alignment and continuous improvement. The session will highlight promising practices from the Youth 360/365 PLC initiative coordinated by the Partnership for Children. Participants will receive sample planning tools and coaching resources that can be used by implementation teams to share and coordinate SEL practices across school and OST settings.

Speakers
avatar for Fausto Lopez

Fausto Lopez

Content Area Expert, American Institutes for Research
Fausto A. López, is a bilingual, Spanish speaking, afterschool and expanded learning specialist with the Learning Supports Network at American Institutes for Research. He is a youth development advocate and he provides comprehensive technical assistance, training, and professional... Read More →
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Jennifer Peck

CEO, Partnership for Children and Youth
The power of intermediaries. Policy and advocacy. Partnerships. California.



Wednesday April 24, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Boren

10:00am PDT

Simple Interactions: Targeting the “Active Ingredient” of Program Quality
Simple Interactions is a radically simple, research-based professional development program that can stand alone or complement existing quality improvement initiatives. Simple Interactions is laser-focused on adult-child interactions, which the presenters believe are the active ingredient in youth program settings—the make-or-break feature. The Simple Interactions team collects short videos of adults and children interacting and use those videos to talk about practice, along with a one-page tool to guide conversation. The approach is designed to identify already strong interactions and help participants make more of them. The workshop will introduce this efficient professional development package for out-of-school time programs.

Speakers
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Thomas Akiva

Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Education
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Annie McNamara

Doctoral Student, University of Pittsburgh


Wednesday April 24, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Virginia

10:00am PDT

World Café – Discussing Intentional and Inclusive Approaches to Working with Youth from Special Populations
Come to this world cafe session to join in discussions with powerful leaders about their insights and best practices learned from working with youth from special populations. In this exciting format, you will have the option to stay at one table in one conversation for the whole workshop, or float from one conversation to another as you so choose. Conversations will focus on working with LGBTQ youth, expectant and parenting youth, youth experiencing trauma, and young adults with disabilities.

Presenters:
  • Mousumi Banikya-Leaseburg, Program Officer/Health Scientist Administrator, HHS, Office of Adolescent Health
  • Hillary Bardwell, Director, Foundation Grants, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
  • Seth Hoderewski, Director of Transition Services, LVCIL
  • Kirk Lowis, Director of Youth Programs, Portage Community Center
  • Joe Michener, Director of Employment Services, LVCIL
  • Christian Rummell, Principal Consultant, Mentorist


Moderators
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Jo Ann Paanio

Policy Manager, The Forum for Youth Investment

Wednesday April 24, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Willow A

11:30am PDT

Networking Luncheon
This is your chance to build your professional network. Find others from your state, or those who work in a similar role in other communities, to compare notes and exchange cards.

Wednesday April 24, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Grand Ballroom

12:45pm PDT

Peer Exchange Roundtables
The Peer Exchange Roundtables are small group discussions on a range of important topics relevant to our work. A list of 20-25 topics will be distributed at lunch. Participants will change tables after the first 25 minutes, so you will have the opportunity to choose two topics. The roundtables are informal conversations, where everyone will be able to hear what other communities and organizations are working on, and to learn from one another.

Wednesday April 24, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm PDT
Grand Ballroom A

1:45pm PDT

Break & Refreshments
Wednesday April 24, 2019 1:45pm - 2:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom

2:00pm PDT

A Quality Walkabout: Making Data Relevant, Useful and Actionable
The extent to which young people benefit from OST programs is largely rooted in the quality of organizational infrastructure, program design, practice implementation and young people’s direct experiences. Featuring experts from Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Camp Fire, Girls Inc. and YMCA of the USA, presenters, acting as docents, will review processes to integrate data about quality from multiple sources, tools and frameworks; showcase data collection tools that offer relevant, useful and actionable information about quality; and highlight examples of how these data sets can be integrated and visualized.

Speakers
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Cristin Rollins

Director of Research & Evaluation, Girls Inc.
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Omar Guessous

National Director of Evaluation & Insights, Boys and Girls Clubs of America
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Aasha Joshi

Director of Research and Evaluation, YMCA of the USA
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Nikki Roe Cropp

Program Consultant, Camp Fire



Wednesday April 24, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Willow B

2:00pm PDT

Building Lasting Support and Sustainability with The Wallace Foundation’s Summer Learning Toolkit
Are you interested in creating a sustainability plan but not sure where to start? Join this session to explore and practice with tools to design a collaborative sustainability planning process. Participants will walk away with a few ideas on how to sustain programs. More importantly, they’ll have a better sense of how to facilitate a process that critically examines the many facets that impact sustainability related to the program, organizational and community, and policy and funding context – and results in actionable strategies in each area. The sustainability planning tools are a part of The Wallace Foundation’s NEW Summer Learning Toolkit, a free online resource that features more than 50 practical, adaptable tools and planning resources based on the work of five school districts and their citywide partners.

Speakers
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Melanie Claxton

Coordinator, Out-of-School Time, Pittsburgh
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Hillary Oravec

Managing Partner, The Learning Agenda
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Kathryn Vargas

Director, Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST)



Wednesday April 24, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Cedar AB

2:00pm PDT

Coordinating Supports for SEL in OST Programs
Embracing SEL in OST contexts has the power to meaningfully improve children’s outcomes. But doing so successfully requires a high bar for quality programming and the coordinated use of resources at various levels of delivery. Join presenters from the Weikart Center (creators of the YPQA) and Committee for Children (creators of Second Step) for a demonstration of an SEL activity, an exploration of organizational supports that can support using it, and discussion of what it’s like in practices from someone using both in the field.

Speakers
MB

Meredith Bixler

Social Emotional and Academic Learning (SEAL) Coach, Denver Afterschool Alliance, City and County of Denver
I am a Social Emotional Learning Coach! I also have a background in afterschool programs.
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Tricia Maas

Research Scientist, Committee for Children
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Dave Martineau

Director of Program Design & Innovation, Weikart Center, The Forum for Youth Investment



Wednesday April 24, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Redwood A

2:00pm PDT

Developmental Relationships – Creating Intentional Connections
Building relationships has been at the heart of youth development, education and family engagement for decades. Yet it easily gets pushed aside to focus on more tangible tasks. Search Institute’s Developmental Relationships Framework provides a tool to help youth development programs, educators and family engagement professionals be more intentional in building relationships. This workshop will introduce the framework, then highlight tools and examples of how the framework is being brought to life, particularly through community partnerships.

Speakers
avatar for Fatima Z. Muhammad

Fatima Z. Muhammad

Director of Youth and Family Solutions, Search Institute
Fatima provides strategic and tactical leadership in Search Institute’s youth and family focused service area. She works closely with youth and family serving community organizations across the country who are focused on improving youth outcomes by building developmental relationships... Read More →



Wednesday April 24, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Seneca

2:00pm PDT

Diving in with Deep Engagement: Strategies for Working With, and Within, Complicated Systems to Develop Cross-Sector Collaborations to Improve Outcomes for Youth
Venture Philanthropy Partners’ Ready for Work initiative brings together partners from across different sectors to ensure more young people graduate from high school ready for career and college. Ready for Work is being implemented in three local high schools and its success depends heavily on the deep engagement and collaboration that VPP, as the backbone organization, has fostered with the school system, local government, employers, nonprofits and philanthropy to meet the needs of the students. Participants will learn how to identify the individuals and organizations that they need to build cross sector collaborations inside complex systems.

Speakers
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Isaac Hammond-Paul

Mario M. Morino Distinguished Fellow, Venture Philanthropy Partners
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Telaekah Brooks

Partner, Venture Philanthropy Partners
We are a venture philanthropic organization committed to improving outcomes for vulnerable youth in the National Capital Region. I love to talk about collective impact, backbone or intermediary organizations, collaboration, outcomes, youth, education, healthy behaviors and social... Read More →
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Michelle Gilliard

Partner, Venture Philanthropy Partners



Wednesday April 24, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
University

2:00pm PDT

Integrated Data Systems and Youth Voice: Co-creating Racial Equity
Communities are building integrated data systems (IDS) with data from multiple systems to research and evaluate youth development initiatives. The workshop will share lessons learned from implementing national best practices for integrating education, child welfare, juvenile justice and behavioral health data. As a strategy to co-create racial equity in the use of data, the Children’s Services Council of Broward (CSC) implemented a Community Participatory Action Research (CPAR) pilot that centered the lived experience of youth, developed their leadership and research skills and supported youth-adult partnerships. CPAR is a national best practice to increase racial equity and address racial disparities.

Speakers
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Sue Gallagher

Chief Innovation Officer, Broward County Children’s Services Council



Wednesday April 24, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Virginia

2:00pm PDT

Opportunity Index: How Data and Stories can Help Galvanize Action around Equity
Presenters will lead a session on how to use the Opportunity Index to help spur action around issues of racial, economic and social equity in America. The Opportunity Index, and the indicators that comprise it, aim to measure what opportunity looks like at the state and county levels in the United States. The Index provides a snapshot of conditions that can be used to identify and improve access to opportunity for people and their communities. This workshop will help attendees understand and use data and storytelling to identify actionable steps that can create lasting solutions to improve opportunity.

Speakers
avatar for Merita Irby

Merita Irby

Co-Founder & Executive Vice President, The Forum for Youth Investment
avatar for Michelle Massie

Michelle Massie

Director of Opportunity Nation, The Forum for Youth Investment
Michelle leads the Forum's efforts to better utilize data about economic mobility and opportunity in America to secure bipartisan support for policies that improve racial, social, and economic equity. She is responsible for advancing the Forum's Opportunity Nation initiatives, including... Read More →



Wednesday April 24, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Boren

2:00pm PDT

Ready for SEL? From Motivation to Implementation
OST programs can promote social and emotional learning, but how do we get there? Where do we start and how do we sustain the work to support all youth? Join AIR for an interactive session where participants will explore the relationship between the components of organizational readiness (R=MC2), SEL and OST program quality. This session will include a mixture of large group discussion, small group activities and individual reflection. Participants will collaborate on actionable strategies to take back to their programs to help them get ready for intentional SEL implementation across their OST settings.

Speakers
avatar for Fausto Lopez

Fausto Lopez

Content Area Expert, American Institutes for Research
Fausto A. López, is a bilingual, Spanish speaking, afterschool and expanded learning specialist with the Learning Supports Network at American Institutes for Research. He is a youth development advocate and he provides comprehensive technical assistance, training, and professional... Read More →
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Deborah Moroney

Managing Director, AIR



Wednesday April 24, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Redwood B

2:00pm PDT

The Federal Family First Act: Keeping Children and Youth Protected and Connected
This law makes it clear that we cannot fully address the welfare of children without addressing the well-being of their families. We have always known that it is vitally important to intervene as early as possible to ensure the safety of children. Family First gives states and tribes the ability to target federal resources in an array of services to keep children safe, strengthen families and reduce the need for foster care whenever it is safe to do so.

Speakers
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Anne Heiligenstein

Policy Consultant, Casey Family Programs



Wednesday April 24, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Columbia

2:00pm PDT

The Key to Program Quality: Unlocking your Staff’s Potential through Coaching
Staff practice is essential to delivering high quality youth development programming. But how can we effectively support staff to develop skills, reach goals and improve overall program quality? Especially when many programs struggle with limited time and financial resources. In this session, the University of Washington will share findings from a two-year research study that examined the impacts of engaging staff in a continuous quality improvement cycle through coaching and its impacts on program quality and participant engagement. Come hear more about time and cost-effective delivery models and resources that leverage technology.

Speakers
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Lisa Wilson

Content and Evaluation Lead, Cultivate Learning at University of Washington
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Sophie Biddle

Curriculum Specialist, Cultivate Learning at University of Washington



Wednesday April 24, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Jefferson AB

2:00pm PDT

The Power You Carry: How to Become a Brain Builder
Using real-world examples that are grounded in the science of learning and development, with a particular lens on the impact of adversity, this session will offer strategies to build safe, supportive learning environments, filled with positive relationships where all children can develop the skills and mindsets they need to thrive. Participants will draw on their own experiences and take new practices into their own work.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Lamb

Michael Lamb

Executive Director, Washington, D.C., Turnaround for Children
Michael Lamb has led Turnaround for Children’s district, network and school partnerships in Washington, D.C. for more than five years. He also trains district, network and school leaders; teachers and social workers; and delivers professional development presentations and workshops... Read More →



Wednesday April 24, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Aspen

2:00pm PDT

World Café – Discussing College and Career Readiness
Come to this world cafe to hear powerful leaders discuss their frameworks and strategies for creating pathways to college and career success. In this exciting format, you will have the option to stay at one table in one conversation for the whole workshop, or float from one conversation to another as you so choose. Conversations will focus on place-based strategies in Philadelphia, New York City and Washington, D.C. and include: key strategies from a middle school college access pipeline, career-enrichment programming during afterschool, and a new framework for ensuring quality and coordination in cross-sector partnerships that support career development.

Presenters:
  • Krystal Cason, Deputy Director, New York City Department of Youth and Community Development
  • Farrah Farnese, Senior Director, External Relations, Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN)
  • Lynsey Wood Jeffries, CEO, Higher Achievement
  • Milagros Ramirez, Senior Planner, New York City Department of Youth and Community Development


Moderators
avatar for Laura Jahromi

Laura Jahromi

Senior Program Associate, Forum for Youth Investment


Wednesday April 24, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Willow A

3:15pm PDT

Break & Refreshments
Wednesday April 24, 2019 3:15pm - 3:30pm PDT
Grand Ballroom

3:30pm PDT

Afternoon Plenary: Building Adult Capacity and Commitment to Teach, Reach, Lead
The morning plenary established the importance of getting to a broader, more integrated commitment to learning that puts expanding access to supportive relationships and environments at the center of all efforts to promote youth success. In the afternoon plenary we turn to the practical question – how do we get there? How do we strengthen adult capacity and commitment from the classroom to the citywide initiative? More importantly, how do we address the power imbalances that keep us tethered to old definitions of learning? What roles can schools of education play? How can education researchers help pivot the discussions? What can superintendents really do?

Additional Resources:This link is the temporary home of CYCLE, a new university center for engaged scholarship, youth development, and lifewide learning. CYCLE is directed by Thomas Akiva and co-directed by Kevin Crowley.

This framework synthesizes decades of research evidence, practice wisdom, and theory to capture a holistic view of children’s developmental needs from early childhood to young adulthood. Whether at home or school, in an afterschool program, or out in their community, young people are always developing. Broader societal contexts, systems, and institutions shape youth development—often creating big disparities in opportunities and outcomes. Adults also play a pivotal role, and can give young people a better chance at successful lives by understanding and intentionally nurturing their development.

Whole Child education sees children as individuals, and teachers as their guides. Whole Child education embraces parents, families, and communities as critical partners in the learning journey. Whole Child education honors creativity, confidence, and collaboration: the very same qualities that will enable our children to succeed in the careers of the 21st century, and exercise the collective powers of citizenship.

Moderators
avatar for Steve Fleischman

Steve Fleischman

Managing Member, Change Dynamics, LLC
Steve Fleischman is an advocate for evidence, excellence, and equity in education. He recently retired as CEO of Education Northwest. Beginning in 2012, Fleischman provided executive leadership for the Portland, Oregon-based nonprofit. He joined the organization in 2009 as its Deputy... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Camille Farrington

Camille Farrington

Senior Research Associate, UChicago Consortium on School Research
Camille A. Farrington is a Senior Research Associate and Director of the Equitable Learning & Development Group at the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research. Her work focuses on understanding how learning environments provide opportunities for positive developmental... Read More →
avatar for Valerie Kinloch

Valerie Kinloch

Dean of the School of Education and Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Valerie Kinloch is the Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education and Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Her scholarship examines the literacies and community engagements of youth and adults inside and outside schools. Author of publications on race, place... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Raymond

Jonathan Raymond

Principal, JPR Consulting


Wednesday April 24, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom

5:00pm PDT

Meeting Adjourn
Wednesday April 24, 2019 5:00pm - 5:15pm PDT
TBA

5:30pm PDT

Special Event: Reception at the Gates Foundation’s Discovery Center
Wednesday April 24, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm PDT
Gates Foundation’s Discovery Center 440 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
 
Thursday, April 25
 

6:15am PDT

Morning Dance Party (a.k.a. Adult SEL Practice)
It’s hard to learn social and emotional skills when you’re sitting in a chair all day. Take the morning to embody your social and emotional learning by using simple tools that can help you track your emotions and needs, alleviate stress, connect with yourself and others, move beyond stiffness and into more freedom of movement. Participants will build their own practice of social and emotional learning by exploring the intersection of mindfulness (think meditation) and movement (think dance) in a fun and accessible way. In other words, it's going to be an early morning dance party. Come with clothes you can move comfortably in and be ready to move! All abilities welcome, no previous experience required, just an open mind.

Speakers
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Porter Eichenlaub

Social & Emotional Learning Program Manager, School's Out Washington
Porter is a passionate facilitator and advocate of positive youth development who has worked supporting young people and adults for the past decade as a teacher, facilitator, and curriculum developer in a wide variety of settings. He has taught in private schools, developed and ran... Read More →


Thursday April 25, 2019 6:15am - 7:15am PDT

7:15am PDT

Networking Breakfast
Thursday April 25, 2019 7:15am - 8:15am PDT
Grand Ballroom

8:30am PDT

Morning Plenary: Advocating and Mobilizing for More & Better Learning Opportunities: A Conversation with Youth & Adult Champions
Too often the people most affected by decisions are the same ones we’re least effective at informing about and engaging around the issues. To push a broader vision of what educational equity means, we need young people, families, teachers and youth workers better prepared not only to participate, but to lead. Advocates who are making change happen in their schools and communities will join us to talk about what it takes to organize and lead efforts to improve schools, promote social and emotional learning, expand learning opportunities, or advance equity agendas and what it might look like if we linked these often disparate efforts together.

Together, we’ll tackle questions like:

  • What does it take to mobilize young people and families? Teachers and youth workers? What do wins look like?
  • What does it take to advocate for improving quality, funding and accountability so young people have more equitable learning opportunities, in school and out? Do these pushes work together? Are parents and youth on board? Have we done enough to support and mobilize them?
  • Where are the front-line staff (teachers, youth workers, etc.) on this topic? How are they engaging youth and families to advocate for change?

Additional Resources
Every Hour Counts is a leading voice in promoting the work of building expanded-learning systems. The Every Hour Counts coalition represents longstanding partnerships with more than 1,400 schools, districts, and community based-organizations that provide quality after-school and summer programming. Every Hour Counts partners support initiatives that reach more than 240,000 students each year.

Speakers
avatar for Hillary Salmons

Hillary Salmons

Executive Director, Providence After School Alliance
In this role, Hillary manages the oversight of PASA and its three strategies. She also has primary responsibility for community engagement and fundraising efforts. Previously, Hillary led an education initiative called Rhode Island Scholars where business leaders spoke to middle... Read More →


Thursday April 25, 2019 8:30am - 9:45am PDT
Grand Ballroom

9:45am PDT

Break & Refreshments
Thursday April 25, 2019 9:45am - 10:00am PDT
Grand Ballroom

10:00am PDT

Finding your Ruby Red Slippers: A Model for Designing & Developing High Quality Systems for Youth Development Partners
The power to transform a network of OST providers to a system aligned around the common agenda of promoting quality lies within every network. Leaders from the Itasca Networks for Youth, located in rural Minnesota, will share how they’ve used the power of convening to transform their network to a robust system that works together to promote quality and make good things happen for young people across the region. Workshop presenters will share their experiences and successes of the 10-year process that has created a strong, dynamic, youth-focused network that embraces a continuous quality improvement model to ensure powerful outcomes for young people.

Speakers
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Jaci David

Public Policy Program Officer, Blandin Foundation
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Jan Derdowski

Extension Educator, Youth Development, University of Minnesota Extension



Thursday April 25, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Redwood B

10:00am PDT

How to Create an Effective Advocacy Strategy Plan
Advocacy is a core process for addressing inequities, engaging stakeholders and informing key decision makers. In this interactive session, participants will explore the different ways of how to develop a policy advocacy strategy that promotes partnerships and inspires action. Learn from federal legislative advocates from the Reconnecting Youth Campaign and create your own unique advocacy strategy plan that can be applied to any federal, state and local advocacy efforts.

Speakers
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Thaddeus Ferber

Executive Vice President, The Forum for Youth Investment
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Jo Ann Paanio

Policy Manager, The Forum for Youth Investment



Thursday April 25, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Virginia

10:00am PDT

Implementation Best Practices: Delivering Evidence-Based Youth Development Practices with Fidelity
How does an organization or coalition disseminate, scale and continuously improve evidence-based youth development interventions with fidelity across multiple sites? Join YMCA of the USA, the national resource office for a network of 850 local Ys, to learn how implementation science is bridging the gap between research and practice. You’ll learn how to build an implementation team, what to expect at each stage of implementation, and where to find additional research on implementation frameworks that consider the research and best practices in implementation. Leaders implementing evidence-based practices, policies or programs in an organization of any size will walk away with practical next steps.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Guzmán-Rocha

Maria Guzmán-Rocha

Lead Analyst, YMCA of the USA
Out-of-School Time Professional who supports local non-profit organizations in enhancing youth program quality, fostering social-emotional learning and character development amoung the young people they serve, and ensuring all young people have the best opportunities to grow and be... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Perkowski

Stephanie Perkowski

Implementation Sciences Specialist, YMCA of the USA
Stephanie ensures all youth have the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive by bridging the gap between research and practice. This work leads to improved implementation and scaling of evidence-based practices and program models across the national Y movement. Stephanie holds Master's... Read More →



Thursday April 25, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Willow A

10:00am PDT

Mapping Your System’s North Star: Aligned Community and Intermediary Strategies and Measures
How do you know your system’s training, learning targets, data collection and reporting are aligned to address equity and support readiness for all youth? The Kalamazoo Youth Development Network (KYD Network) includes 50 youth-serving organizations with a commitment to ensure all youth in Kalamazoo, Michigan are ready by 21. Learn how KYD Network has enacted the Weikart Center’s Theory of Action to assess/plan/improve quality, social emotional learning, youth leadership, inclusion and equity, and family engagement. Participants will engage in activities to strengthen understanding of approaches that can be used in their communities and how to use an equity lens to assess progress.

Speakers
JM

Jessica Mancino

Board Co-Chair, Kalamazoo Youth Development Network
avatar for Laenne Thompson

Laenne Thompson

Director, Field Services, Weikart Center, The Forum for Youth Investment
MB

Meg Blinkiewicz

Executive Director, Kalamazoo Youth Development Network
LW

Leah Wallace

Project Manager, Field Services, Weikart Center, The Forum for Youth Investment


Thursday April 25, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Jefferson AB

10:00am PDT

Myth-Busting: Good Ideas CAN be Scaled
True or false? “Scaling a successful program is a sure-fire way to diffuse the impact of that program.” This workshop will help you understand how to bust this and other myths that surround your attempts to scale your successful pilots and small programs. Hear from two partners, YMCA of Greater Houston and BELLxcel, who have conceived, undertaken, and survived scaling a small program with big impact into a big program with even bigger impact. Understand various approaches to scale across the country that can help you achieve bigger impact.

Speakers
avatar for Priscilla Little

Priscilla Little

Senior Consultant, The Forum for Youth Investment
AC

Avice Chambers

Executive Director of Afterschool, YMCA of Greater Houston
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Kris Murray

National Director, Partner Solutions, BellXcel



Thursday April 25, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Seneca

10:00am PDT

Resources for Pursuing Systems Change in Collective Impact
In order to make lasting, transformational progress in communities, collective impact initiatives often pursue both programmatic work and systems change strategies. But the idea of “systems change” can often feel vague, and can be interpreted in a range of ways by different individuals. This session will share a framework for concretely thinking about different strategies for systems change from FSG’s publication: The Water of Systems Change, and will work through a three-part exercise to assess system change opportunities within your own work.

Speakers
avatar for Larry Pasti

Larry Pasti

Senior Director, Forum for Youth Investment
avatar for Joelle Cook

Joelle Cook

Director, FSG
I'm an evaluator who loves to think about how to use evaluation to support complex advocacy or systems change efforts.



Thursday April 25, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Columbia

10:00am PDT

Social Mobility in Rural America: Insights from Communities Where Youth are Climbing the Income Ladder
While the “American Dream” is fading for many, new data enables us to identify rural communities from which youth are much more likely to advance economically. Building on this data, National 4-H Council partnered with The Bridgespan Group to get a ground-level view of 19 rural communities where social mobility is thriving. The presenters observed six common factors that appear to support young people as they seek to advance, and they look forward to sharing those with you and engaging in a discussion about how they could potentially be applied to your communities.

Speakers
MS

Mike Soskis

Manager, The Bridgespan Group
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Rebecca Kelley

Director, Development, National 4-H Council
Talk with me about Social Mobility. Health Equity. Common Measures. Social-Emotional Learning. A first generation college grad from Baltimore, I work on system-wide capacity building and transformational positive youth development experiences.



Thursday April 25, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Aspen

10:00am PDT

Summer Starts in September! Planning for a Quality Summer Program
Carefully planned, high quality summer programs encourage youth participation and retention, providing them with life-changing experiences. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to research-based best practices in summer learning; help them explore best practices and areas of challenge within their own programs; and support them in starting to develop quality improvement goals. Participants will hear examples of summer program quality, practical ways to implement assessment measures using an interactive program planning guide and assessment tool, and how they can more strategically approach planning for quality in their summer offerings.

Speakers
LG

Leslie Gabay-Swanston

Director of Program and Systems Quality, National Summer Learning Association
Dana Hammond is the Manager of Program and Systems Quality with the National Summer Learning Association and implements initiatives focused on assessing and improving the quality of summer learning programs and systems including professional development products and services, quality... Read More →



Thursday April 25, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Boren

10:00am PDT

Testing and Scaling SEL Implementation Supports
In 2017-2018, the Susan Crown Exchange (SCE) partnered with Wyman, YMCA of the USA, and the Weikart Center to support two unique approaches to testing and scaling SEL implementation: curriculum development and a research-to-practice learning lab. While the goal of both endeavors was unique, both organizations aimed to support the growth of SEL practices within their networks. Hear how both partners structured their SEL Implementation pilot work, highlighting lessons learned and recommendations for the field.

Speakers
PB

Poonam Borah

Senior Research and Program Associate, Weikart Center, The Forum for Youth Investment
KB

Kiley Bednar

Associate Director, University of Missouri –St. Louis Community Innovation and Action Center
AJ

Aasha Joshi

Director, Research, Analytics, and Insights, YMCA of the USA



Thursday April 25, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
University

10:00am PDT

The Magic Behind Creating Enduring Partnerships to Support the Whole Child
The Tacoma (WA) Whole Child Initiative has received national attention for its commitment to taking a whole child approach through partnerships. Come learn about the evolution of partnerships in Tacoma and the critical role that community partners have and are playing in ensuring that the young people of Tacoma are college and career ready. Featured in this workshop is a new report commissioned by Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, which offers practical and concrete guidance for other communities who want to create enduring partnerships to support the whole child.

Speakers
FJ

Fahren Johnson

Senior Program Officer, Whole Child Partnership, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
GA

Gina Anstey

VP Whole Child, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation



Thursday April 25, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Willow B

10:00am PDT

The Problem with Attendance: Using Continuous Improvement to Tackle Root Causes of Chronic Absenteeism
Opportunity Youth don't come to school for various good reasons, but how much do our attendance interventions address those reasons? Good Shepherd Services partners with transfer schools and programs in New York City to help remove barriers to attendance and increase school-community engagement. This year, Good Shepherd Services piloted a fellowship designed to apply continuous improvement methods to tackle root causes of severe chronic absenteeism. In this session, presenters will share their challenges and lessons learned from their network of schools.

Speakers
avatar for Ali Holstein

Ali Holstein

Youth Program Consultant and Data Translator, Ali Holstein LLC
RF

Rachel Forsyth

Senior Division Director, Good Shepherd Services



Thursday April 25, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Cedar AB

10:00am PDT

Young and Empowered: A System-Wide Approach for Advancing Civic Engagement
How can we strengthen youth leadership through civic engagement? In the fall of 2018, the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) convened a Youth Leadership Workgroup to explore this question and identify strategies for strengthening youth leadership and civic engagement practices across its network of funded programs. As part of its efforts, the workgroup developed a common definition for civic engagement as well as a set of recommendations to help guide civic engagement programming. Participants in this presentation will gain a better understanding of civic engagement and its connections to skill-building and learn about strategies and resources for promoting civic engagement in youth-serving programs. This presentation will also showcase DYCD’s process for developing its approach to civic engagement and offer practical tools and ideas for replicating this work.

PRESENTATION LINK: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IEC8KI5fiankN1PhsPQHe-n4TnUvCZ6u/view 

Speakers
KC

Krystal Cason

Deputy Director Program Quality & Innovation, Department of Youth & Community Development
MR

Milagros Ramirez

Senior Planner, DYCD



Thursday April 25, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Redwood A

11:15am PDT

Break & Refreshments
Thursday April 25, 2019 11:15am - 11:30am PDT
Grand Ballroom

11:30am PDT

Building and Measuring Protective and Promotive Factors in Youth: The Youth Thrive Framework
Public child welfare and juvenile justice agencies are beginning to apply the research from adolescent brain development, resiliency and positive youth development to re-examine how they serve youth so as to ensure that they thrive.  Learn how these agencies are applying the Youth Thrive Framework for transforming policies, practices and staff training. Presenters will also introduce a new youth self-report tool, The Youth Thrive Survey, which was co-designed by youth and developed to measure positive constructs of the protective and promotive factors shown to contribute to youth well-being.

Speakers
LP

lisa primus

Senior Associate, CSSP
SN

Susan Notkin

Senior VP, CSSP



Thursday April 25, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Aspen

11:30am PDT

Elevating the Strengths and Building the Capacity of Leaders of Color and People of Color-Led Organizations
We can all agree that having program staff that are representative of the young people we serve brings great benefits-especially for communities of color. Equally as important and beneficial is ensuring that the opportunities and supports are in place for leaders of color in our field, but a racial leadership gap currently persists. In this session, participants will gain insights from leaders in the field about the importance of investing in systems that can effectively build the capacity of people of color-led organizations in order to expand their provision of quality ELO for youth of color and youth in poverty.

Speakers
LD

Lara Davis

Arts Education Manager, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
JH

James Hong

Executive Director, Vietnamese Friendship Association
OI

Omana Imani

King County ELO Systems Director, School's Out Washington


Thursday April 25, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Boren

11:30am PDT

Engaging, Empowering, Uplifting: A Systemic Approach to Success in School & Life
Learn how to create or improve your own support system for students, gain and retain buy-in from stakeholders and the community, and shift the conversation about educational readiness to one about community vitality including business, talent, and place. Find out more about operating equitably to ensure high-risk populations receive the support they need to succeed.

Speakers
avatar for Lottie Ferguson

Lottie Ferguson

Director, Grants & Development, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce
Afterschool programmingEarly Childhood programsCollege Promise ProgramsCradle to Career pipeline
avatar for Sarah Zyburt

Sarah Zyburt

Grants Coordinator for Education and Training, Genesee Area Focus Fund/Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce
Interested in system-building and improving communication and collaboration to reduce duplication and wasted funds. Also interested in creative solutions for addressing the root causes of factors impacting outcomes for youth: poverty, racism, lack of access, etc.



Thursday April 25, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Jefferson AB

11:30am PDT

How Out-of-School Time Systems Support Saturation
Defined as “a state when no more of something can be absorbed,” saturation in the context of out-of-school time is when all young people across a community are getting access to and participating in rich developmental OST experiences—regardless of the program “brand” they are participating in. Come learn the different ways that systems set themselves up to work with diverse program models to infuse quality practices into their approaches while keeping their own brand identity—therefore achieving saturation of common practices without compromising diversity of content.

Speakers
JL

John Lewis

Network Lead, Denver Afterschool Alliance, Data and Quality Manager, Denver Public Schools
avatar for Priscilla Little

Priscilla Little

Senior Consultant, The Forum for Youth Investment
SP

Sara Plachta-Elliot

Executive Director, Youth Development Resource Center
HS

Hillary Salmons

Executive Director, Providence After School Alliance



Thursday April 25, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Columbia

11:30am PDT

Intentional Equity-Focused Leadership
Equity focused leadership development is too important to leave to chance. Presenters from the Institute for Educational Leadership will share illustrative examples from both their internal and external approaches to building leadership capacity that explicitly emphasizes equity. Identify opportunities to re-think everyday equity strategies and reflect on how your role as a practitioner and decision-maker can reinforce or diminish systemic inequities. In small groups, presenters and participants will evaluate roadblocks to equity-focused leadership in the cradle-to-career pipeline at individual and systemic levels.

Speakers
BM

Bernice Massiwer

Partnership Manager, Coalition for Community Schools, Institute for Educational Leadership
avatar for Sarah McCann

Sarah McCann

Program Coordinator, Institute for Educational Leadership
Environmental Education, Education Equity, Leadership Development, Civic Engagement
SS

Sabrina Sheikh

Executive Assistant, Institute for Educational Leadership
FF

Francine Francis

Program Manager, Right Turn, Institute for Educational Leadership



Thursday April 25, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Seneca

11:30am PDT

Minding the Gap: Changing Systems to Improve Program Access for Underserved Teens
In Chicago, a city with rapidly changing demographics, After School Matters is revamping systems and processes to improve program access for underserved high school teens, specifically Hispanic/Latinx teens and males of color. Presenters will discuss their struggles and progress, including strategies that work, lessons learned, and provide time for attendees to plan to address their own participation gaps.

Speakers
MM

Melissa Mister

Chief Program Officer, After School Matters



Thursday April 25, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Cedar AB

11:30am PDT

Putting Data to Work for Young People
In order to use data effectively, intermediaries need to think about what to collect and how to use it. Over the past few years the RAND Corporation has been working with Every Hour Counts to study the quality of data that intermediaries collect, the measurement tools they use, they way they store, analyze and use data for improvement, and resources they rely on to carry out their data-related work. The work revealed challenges and solutions. Through this session, Every Hour Counts, city leads and the RAND Corporation will discuss lessons gleaned and ways intermediaries can more effectively collect and use data to improve opportunities for young people.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Donner

Jessica Donner

Executive Director, Every Hour Counts
AW

Ana Whitaker

Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation
LG

Lisa Gomi Hui

Director of Measurement and Improvement, Boston After School and Beyond


Thursday April 25, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Willow A

11:30am PDT

So You Want to Launch a Regional Initiative: the Beginnings and Middles of Best Starts for Kids
Come learn about how the Best Starts Initiative came to be in King County, Washington and how leaders are implementing and evaluating this comprehensive initiative charged with supporting children and youth prenatal - 24 years old. Presenters will discuss the successes and challenges they have faced through the first three years of the initiative, how they are working to change systems to better serve the public, and how they are preparing for the future through evaluation and learning. This will be a panel including the Strategic Advisor for Children and Youth, the 5-24 Policy Program Manager and one of the Evaluation Leads for Best Starts for Kids.  The session will be a combination of panel discussion and question and answer time.      

Speakers
MM

Megan McJennett

BSK Implementation Manager, King County WA
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Sheila Capestany

Strategic Advisor for Children and Youth, King County Washington, Best Starts for Kids
Sheila Capestany has a broad range of experience and knowledge in the areas of equity, social justice, and the health and wellbeing of children, youth and families. She has worked for the last twenty seven years in both the public and human services sector in direct service, community... Read More →
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Kristin Pace

Best Starts for Kids Evaluation Co-lead, King County Washington, Best Starts for Kids
SW

Sarah Wilhelm

Strategic Advisor for Trauma Informed Systems, King County Washington, Best Starts for Kids



Thursday April 25, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Virginia

11:30am PDT

Success 360 Partnership - Making a Difference for Seattle Youth
Seattle has been an Altria Success360 community for over five years.  Learn how the presenters came to understand the contexts and realities of each organization and were able to implement best practices to strengthen collaborations and deepen the impact to our community. Learn about their process to build this partnership and a collaborative culture around youth they serve. Find out what worked and what didn’t. See how they used our collaboration to support the greater youth development community. Participants will have an opportunity to explore steps for building collaborations in their community.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Wright

Kevin Wright

County Director, WSU Extension King County
Kevin Wright has worked in the field of education, youth development and volunteer management for over 30 years. Kevin is an Associate Professor and has worked for Washington State University Extension in the 4-H Youth Development Program for the past 25 years. He serves as the King... Read More →
JK

Jolynn Kenny

Vice President of Programs, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound
JF

Josh Field

Outreach Director, The First Tee Seattle



Thursday April 25, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
University

11:30am PDT

What Works? Which Evidence? Establishing Your Decision Making Process
Collective initiatives have success setting out plans to achieve community outcomes– but often get stuck during implementation. Moving from planning to implementation, leaders should listen to both content AND context experts, but it can feel like community voices are pitted against “what the research says.” Leaders can be tempted to pick an evidence-based program starting something new, instead of utilizing existing assets. It doesn’t have to be this way! This session will help leaders understand what it means to make a decision using “what works” and to use The Hexagon Tool to select the right intervention for their community.

Speakers
SG

Sue Gallagher

Chief Innovation Officer, Broward County Children’s Services Council
avatar for Larry Pasti

Larry Pasti

Senior Director, Forum for Youth Investment



Thursday April 25, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Willow B

12:45pm PDT

Break
Thursday April 25, 2019 12:45pm - 1:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom

1:00pm PDT

Luncheon Keynote: Blurring the Lines: Being Allies in the Pursuit of Readiness, Equity & Quality
We have an unprecedented opportunity to blur the lines between in-school and out-of-school learning, as well as among learning, healing and thriving. The way forward, however, may mean that we have to revisit terminology. The fundamental principles of youth development – i.e., relationships, life skills, choice, agency, contribution – are the critical what, why and how of our daily work. But they have been buried under layers of terms that describe when and where programs operate – like afterschool and out-of-school. As schools take steps to bring these principles to the foreground in their systems, those of us in youth development risk being pushed aside at just the time when we should be sought out for our expertise and partnership.

In the final plenary of the Ready by 21 National Meeting, come hear the Forum for Youth Investment’s co-founder, president & CEO, Karen Pittman, answer the question: what will the Forum do, and what can you do, to help make the case for an integrated, expanded understanding of how learning happens in communities? As someone often credited as the godmother of youth development, Pittman will engage participants in a lively discussion about how the key ideas and images from the recent National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development provide powerful jumping-off points for blurring the lines, once and for all, between school-based and community-based allies in getting all young people ready for college, work and life.

Additional Resources
  • Ideas to Impact Visual Cheat Sheets: Attachment Below
Using the SEAD Commission's graphics to inform conversations about readiness, quality, equity and engagement

  • Full List of SEAD Commission Resources: Attachment Below

Have you been to conferences where a few young people were given “beat the odds” awards to acknowledge the individual commitment they have made to overcome obstacles?  Have you, while applauding their success, wondered what happened to the other youth in their school or neighborhood?  Wondered how many life trajectories could have been altered if the circumstances that helped the celebrated young people “beat the odds” were available  to many others?  Wondered why we, as adults, as leaders, frequently settle for  reporting on individual successes when there is so much more we could have done to “change the odds” for young people.

Speakers
avatar for Karen J. Pittman

Karen J. Pittman

President and CEO, Forum for Youth Investment
Karen J. Pittman is president and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan “action tank” that combines thought leadership on youth development, youth policy, cross-system/cross-sector partnerships and developmental youth practice with on-the-ground... Read More →



Thursday April 25, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Grand Ballroom

2:30pm PDT

Break
Thursday April 25, 2019 2:30pm - 2:45pm PDT
Grand Ballroom

2:45pm PDT

Building Sustainable School-Community Partnerships and Programs
If we believe cross-sector partnerships are fundamental to achieving and sustaining student success, then what are we doing to develop and maintain lasting partnerships between schools and community-based organizations? In this session, presenters will define sustainability and identify applicable practices within relationship building, communication, documentation, partnership and program quality, and resource development. Participants will share strategies, assess their own partnerships and set goals for a sustainability action plan.

Speakers
avatar for Anne Arias

Anne Arias

Partnerships & Professional Learning Manager/Bridge Project Manager, YDEKC/SOWA
Anne Powell Arias has roots deeply embedded in youth development, starting as a volunteer at the YWCA Family Village in 1997. For more than a decade, she built and managed programs and teams for organizations including the YMCA of Greater Seattle and Good Shepherd Services in New... Read More →



Thursday April 25, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PDT
Boren

2:45pm PDT

Empowering Communities through Participatory Planning and Budgeting (PPB)
Participatory Planning and Budgeting (PPB) is an innovative way to manage public money, authentically engage community members in government and address social determinants of health. Through this democratic process, people directly decide how to spend part of a public budget that affects their community. Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and its partners implemented the first-in-the-nation direct application of PPB to public health. The Health Department partnered with Tacoma Public Schools and Public Health Centers for Excellence to administer and evaluate PPB projects in three East Tacoma schools. The presentation panel will share stories, data and video for the three projects.

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Benjii Bittle

Business Development Manager, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
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Angela Boyer

Participatory Planning and Budgeting Expert, Public Health Centers for Excellence
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Luke Sturgeon

Health Promotion Coordinator III, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department



Thursday April 25, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PDT
Jefferson AB

2:45pm PDT

Graduation Success for Youth in Foster Care
Treehouse has doubled the high school graduation rate of youth in foster care over the past five years through its innovative Graduation Success program. The program uses a youth-centered approach to build self-determination and self-advocacy skills for a population that has few opportunities for agency in their own lives. Participants will learn about the impacts of mobility and trauma on the education outcomes of youth in foster care, review the elements of the program model, explore how the program is measured and refined, and be introduced to student-centered planning through tools and case studies.

Speakers
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Angela Griffin

Chief Program Officer, Treehouse
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Rodney Robinson

Associate Director, Education Services, Treehouse
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Barbara Rockey

Senior Education Specialist, Treehouse


Thursday April 25, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PDT
University

2:45pm PDT

Leveraging Nature-Based Experiences for Social and Emotional Development in Youth
What do residential environmental education, conservation service, and experience-based outdoor programs have to do with social and emotional learning? This workshop will feature case studies from NatureBridge, Student Conservation Association and Outward Bound. Join these organizations in a discussion about their current research exploring how nature-based programs contribute to social and emotional development for youth and young adults and what these organizations are learning about how to strengthen the Social and Emotional Learning practices in their experienced-based programs by focusing on adult practice.

Presentation Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18N0Ab8MGNP-5vUkyv5FfJ9aT8l-FPvLp/view?usp=sharing

Speakers
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Josiah Downey

Education Director, Student Conservation Association
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Poppy Potter

Director of Group Programs & Twin Cities Center, Voyageur Outward Bound School
POSTER: "Visit Outward Bound and get your free S.E.L. Field Guide"
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Stephen Stufert

Vice President of Education & Pacific Northwest Director, Nature Bridge



Thursday April 25, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PDT
Seneca

2:45pm PDT

Using Experiential Methodologies to Enhance Social Emotional Learning Though a Trauma-Informed Lens
The topic of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is foremost among the current waves of educational reform in schools. Applying the Learning Communities Model, workshop participants experience best practices, learn the latest research and understand the theory behind it - gaining new tools, techniques and skills needed to transform their classrooms into dynamic, high-achieving learning communities - resulting in increased student performance and decreased disruptive behaviors by reducing risk factors, increasing protective factors and improving readiness to learn.

Presentation available at: https://s3.wp.wsu.edu/uploads/sites/2050/2019/04/Ready-by-21-2019.pdf.

Speakers
avatar for Scott VanderWey

Scott VanderWey

Director of 4-H Adventure Education, Washington State University
Scott has 28 years of experience with 4-H Adventure education, and he developed and ran “Onbelay,” a leadership development program for emotionally and behaviorally disabled students at Franklin High School. He was a special education consultant for two years for the Seattle Public... Read More →



Thursday April 25, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PDT
Columbia

2:45pm PDT

Ideas to Impact Super Session
What does success look like for children and youth? How can we do more to ensure that young people have supportive relationships, engaging environments and powerful pathways to success throughout the community, throughout the year, and throughout their development? This registration-only session is offered by the Forum leadership to help you make the case for why and how we can change the odds for children and youth. Join us in exploring ways to combine the latest research and national dialogues with powerful key ideas that sharpen local advocacy and action. We’ll delve into the science summarized by the SEAD Commission, the Science of Learning and Development (SoLD) Initiative, the Social Genome Project and link it to a real life example (Wildflowers: A School Superintendent’s Challenge to America. Copies provided). You’ll work with others to adapt and test talking points and discussion guides that can work for multiple audiences from youth and families to policy makers.

Speakers
avatar for Priscilla Little

Priscilla Little

Senior Consultant, The Forum for Youth Investment
avatar for Merita Irby

Merita Irby

Co-Founder & Executive Vice President, The Forum for Youth Investment



Thursday April 25, 2019 2:45pm - 5:00pm PDT

5:00pm PDT

Meeting Adjourn
Thursday April 25, 2019 5:00pm - 5:15pm PDT
TBA