Partnership for After School Education

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Round 1 Workshops - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

A Year with the Quality Self-Assessment (QSA) Tool: Creating Continuous Program Quality Improvement

How do I get everyone to work together to make our program great? This workshop will show program leaders how the Quality Self-Assessment (QSA) Tool is used to promote ongoing quality improvement in youth programs. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the leader in understanding the process, managing the process, and keeping stakeholders involved. Participants are encouraged to bring their stories of using the QSA--successes and challenges--to share. This session will model elements of the consensus process, as well as highlight free resources from the Network for Youth Success website that support the QSA Tool. Participants will 1) apply quality improvement processes to their own program; 2) articulate the importance of bringing together stakeholders for quality improvement; and 3) access tools and resources online that support quality improvement.

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Bringing Youth Development Full Circle: Exploring the Factors that Limit the Educational and Work-Based Learning Opportunities Available to Youth Development Professionals

Over the last 20 years, the perception of the out of school time sector has started to shift as research indicates that participation in high-quality youth development programs increases children’s skill development and competencies. Private and public funders encouraged by these findings have directed money into the field. As a result, there has been a greater focus on the factors that support strong program implementation, including staff training and retention models. This workshop will share the findings from dissertation research, which employed a mixed methods approach, to examine the knowledge, motivation, and organizational influences that interfere with establishing educational and work-based learning opportunities for youth development professionals (YDPs).

Participants will 1) understand the history of the out of school time field in the American educational landscape; 2) explore the factors that limit providing educational and work-based learning opportunities for YDPs; and 3) review research findings and recommendations for local and systemic change.

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Global Citizenship: Youth as Advocates and Activists

When youth are positioned as leaders who can think globally while acting locally, they develop leadership and self-efficacy. In this workshop, participants will engage in interactive methods and learn compelling content that helps promote global citizenship and helps youth learn to become activists and advocates for themselves and their community. Participants will 1) understand the importance of nurturing global citizenship within youth; 2) learn activities they can use at their sites to support global education; 3) understand best practices for helping youth to advocate for human rights.

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How to Diversify YOUR Fundraising: An 'Ask the Experts' Session

"I wasn't hired to raise money, but now I’m being asked to help”. Sound familiar? To become sustainable, every program must raise money. In the U.S. today 85% of the fundraising dollars comes from individuals. Bring your pressing fundraising questions to this interactive session and learn best practices for fundraising from individuals and approaching corporations. We’ll offer tips for getting your board 'on board' to fundraise. Meet others with similar challenges and let's talk through solutions together.

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Racial Equity at EHTP: A Story of Transformation

Over the past six years, East Harlem Tutorial Program (EHTP) has done work to become an anti-racist organization. In this workshop,we will share some of the lessons learned along the way: what to be mindful of when beginning the work; how best to work through inevitable discomfort; and other challenges and successes we've experienced along the way. The goal is to share our journey so that other organizations who are committed to racial equity will have a blueprint for how best to begin engaging their entire organization in this critical work.

Participants will 1) Understand the difference between diversity initiatives and anti-racism work; 2) Identify the ways that doing anti-racism work will improve outcomes and benefit students, families, staff and board; and 3) identity potential next steps to engage the entire organization in anti-racism work.

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The Mindset for Building Youth Leaders

Through experiential learning opportunities, this workshop will explore and discuss the role of adult and youth mindset when it comes to building Youth Leaders (Grades 3-16). We will look at the roles both adults and youth should take on during the process and the importance of a strong adult-youth partnership throughout. Lastly, we will develop strategies that address how to shift how organizations view the capabilities and potential of Youth Leaders. Participants will 1) have a better understanding of how the mindset of both adults and youth plays in the development of Youth Leaders; 2) discern the value of a meaningful adult-youth in out-of-school program settings; and 3) develop strategies for shifting the mindset of how Youth Leaders are regarded.

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The Right Path: Exploring Multiple Postsecondary Pathways for Youth

We have long been taught that college is the only pathway to career success. In reality, there are many pathways that can lead students to success after high school. What are they? How do we talk about them? We will explore the research that is being done and learn through activities. Participants will 1) learn about research being done about postsecondary education; 2) articulate the benefits of 3 to 5 postsecondary pathways; and 3) list the top 5 competencies students need in order to succeed in their postsecondary pathway.

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Round 2 Workshops - 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Addressing the Whole Child: Creativity and SEL Afterschool

Afterschool programs are in a unique position to address the social emotional needs of their students, who are ready for a different learning adventure. At the Guild, we integrate creative expression, art, and social-emotional learning (SEL) in an engaging way that addresses the whole child after school.

In this workshop, you will learn how to help children channel their energy into a place where they are ready for a new experience of learning. We will model several lessons that demonstrate how creative engagement—be it visual art, music, cooking, woodworking, dance, et cetera—addresses and enhances the five core competencies of SEL (Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills and Responsible Decision Making).

Participants will 1) learn to introduce new concepts, materials, and creative practices to their students in compelling ways; 2) practice reflective techniques that allow students to better express themselves; and 3) determine how to integrate SEL’s core competencies into their program.

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Building a Culture of Safety in Out-of-School Time Programs

From the moment the school day ends, families place a sacred trust in afterschool programs. The opportunity to promote learning and development is rooted in our responsibility to keep children safe. Building a culture of safety requires a global assessment of risk, thorough procedures, effective training, clear roles, systems for auditing safety, and a proactive commitment at all staff levels, as well as between programs and key stakeholders. This workshop will serve as a forum for discussing best practices and common challenges; a chance to hear one organization’s journey to a deepened commitment to safety; and to take away some practical tools. Participants will 1) gain a framework for assessing and addressing safety in afterschool programs; 2) develop objectives for increasing capacity to ensure safety of children; and 3) gain tested tools and best practices for continuous improvement in safety of programs.

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Building Beats: Teaching Digital Literacy and Creative Confidence Through Music Production

At Building Beats, we lead youth workshops that teach students how to produce their own music without expensive gear, paid services, or formal music training. In that process, projects are designed to encourage creativity, collaboration, and a range of research and public speaking skills. Our workshop will show participants how to use internet/cloud-based digital music production tools to teach young people creative confidence and digital literacy through music making. Participants will 1) be introduced to a toolkit of music production software that can be used in their programs; 2) create and share a short music project in the same manner students would be expected to; and 3) engage in a guided discussion on the necessity of offering culturally responsive, arts-based education to young people.

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Cultivating Collective Ambition: An Approach to Leadership

This interactive workshop will explore core elements of leadership development as a means of fostering collective ambition and professional learning communities (PLC) within youth-serving programs and organizations. To this end, workshop participants will discuss current challenges for capacity building, explore approaches to creating co-learning opportunities with staff, and create action steps to integrate a positive youth development approach to professional development. Participants will 1) explore key elements of leadership development; 2) identify and troubleshoot current barriers to capacity building; and 3) create action steps for cultivating a professional learning community.

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Culturally-Responsive Leadership in Afterschool Services

This session will allow participants to jump start the cultural responsiveness learning journey, explore the concept and practice of cultural responsiveness, and gain a better understanding of empathy and community mapping as tools for a culturally responsive practice. Through group discussion, individual reflection, and exercises, participants will gauge the level of cultural competency in their organization and gain tools for increasing cultural responsiveness. Participants will 1) gain an increased understanding of cultural responsiveness; 2) have a chance to explore current assets, challenges, and desired state as it relates to culturally responsive programming; and 3) be able to ensure a climate of competent, holistic, and sensitive service provision to diverse communities or participants.

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Global Citizenship Education in Afterschool Settings: Supporting Youth as Change-Makers

With many young people participating in social movements around the world today, how can afterschool support the development of youth as global citizens? This workshop explores the importance of global citizenship education and the opportunities to incorporate global thematic units, such as sustainability and human rights, into afterschool settings. By providing opportunities for youth to participate in stimulating solution-oriented activities, afterschool programs can inspire youth to create change in their community and the world. Participants will 1) deepen their understanding of the importance of global citizenship education for K-12 students; 2) explore different interactive and solution-oriented approaches to incorporate global citizenship education into afterschool; and 3) develop an action plan to incorporate global citizenship education into their afterschool program.

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Mapping the Future: Using Early Exposure to Support College & Career Exploration

This workshop will focus on ways program staff can promote and incorporate college and career exploration into their afterschool program. Through group discussion, hands on activities, and sharing best practices, attendees will understand the importance of using early exposure to support student exploration and access. Participants will leave the workshop with an action plan to develop a college and career culture in their respective afterschool programs. Participants will 1) understand the importance of exposing youth to college and career opportunities; 2) gain access to various community resources focused on college and career exploration; and 3) develop a plan to incorporate college and career initiatives in their program for the upcoming school year.

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Principal Perspective: Using School Leadership Priorities for Collaboration

Research and practice tells us that the principal and program director partnership in afterschool programs is an integral component to high quality programming. Unfortunately, the volume of work that a principal is managing to provide a safe learning environment often creates barriers to collaboration. The American Institute of Research, in partnership with DYCD, surveyed over 300 principals to get a more intimate, honest perspective on partnership and programming needs in New York City. This workshop will use the survey data to highlight areas of success, opportunities for improved practice, and support a plan for high quality partnership in the coming year. Participants will 1) understand the principal perspective on afterschool programs in NYC; 2) identify areas of success in current collaboration practice; and 3) create a plan for FY19 to support high quality partnership.

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Voices from the Field: A Vision for Quality Improvement and Supports

The focus on afterschool program quality has led to improved services for youth, intentional design, and new knowledge about what it takes to deliver high-quality programming that complements school-day instruction, supports social-emotional development, and engages young people. Funders—including NYC DYCD—have invested in tools, frameworks, and data systems to communicate quality standards, track quality, and guide improvement. But continuous quality improvement is not easy. This session is an opportunity for program leaders to share input about the resources needed to reach new levels of quality. Participants will 1) share their input on quality improvement efforts with funders and other stakeholders in NYC; 2) reflect on the gaps in staff capacity to engage in quality improvement as well as challenges within improvement processes; and 3) learn about strategies and approaches for improvement through discussion with peers.

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Round 3 Workshops - 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

Best Practices for Leadership for Youth Development Professionals

The workshop will provide the opportunity for attendees to hear and to collect first hand best practices and resources in order to improve their leadership skills and will present further tools for their daily work. Attendees will be challenged to be interactive throughout the workshop, as we explore content areas such as hiring and on boarding staff, partnership development, effective communication, and creating a healthy organizational culture. Participants will 1) learn how to increase success in hiring practices; 2) leave with at least three tools to improve effectiveness in community partnership; and 3) create a network of people for support.

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Equity and Inclusion for Afterschool Professionals

Equity and inclusion are not luxuries - they must be core features of any youth development program. This session will review frameworks and strategies that can be used with program teams to bring these lenses into their work -- no grant or special curriculum required. Participants will develop their understanding of internal biases, people first language, and other ideas that enable them to better staff and lead programs that value all youth identities. Discussions will include race, ethnicity, gender, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, religion, age, and national origin. Participants will 1) develop a new understanding of their responsibility to build equitable and inclusive program environments; 2) learn about tools and resources that they can turnkey with their staff; and 3) plan changes they can make in how they lead their programs.

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Hot Topics in State and Federal Afterschool Policy

State and federal policy has a strong impact on the sustainability and quality of afterschool and summer programs across New York. From public funding streams to program licensing and regulations, federal and state policy often shapes how programs look and operate. Join the Network for Youth Success to learn of current policy issues that may impact afterschool or summer programs and of best practices in advocacy and support efforts. Participants will 1) understand current state and federal policy issues impacting afterschool and summer programs; 2) learn how they can become involved in current advocacy efforts to promote state and federal investments in afterschool; and 3) leave feeling equipped to begin advocating for their programs with elected officials.

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Media MKRS: Career Pathways through Connected Credentials and Digital Badging

MediaMKRS is a partnership between educators, employers, unions, and The Mayor’s Office to create pathways to train, credit, and prepare talented young New Yorkers for careers in the growing NYC media and entertainment industry. Founded in 2001, Reel Works – one of the leading youth media innovators in the U.S. – has as its mission to provide free filmmaking programs for New York City youth by using a unique, one-on-one mentoring model. This workshop will explore how any afterschool media educator can turn the skills they teach into tangible credentials their students can carry with them into the job market. Participants will 1) learn how to utilize a digital badging system for their afterschool programs as an assessment tool and learning incentive; 2) learn how to translate the media skills students learn into tangible credentials used for internships and job opportunities; and 3) learn how to utilize in the classroom with MediaMKRS badges.

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Understanding NYC DOE School-Level Data

Throughout the year, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) collects information about our student population and about our schools. In this workshop, participants will explore the various types of data that are publicly available. This includes school climate surveys, state and standardized test scores, attendance or graduation rates, and much more! Attendees will discuss ways to understand and utilize this data to improve programming, partnerships, and practices. Participants will 1) know the full scope of NYCDOE data that is publicly available to them and where to find it; 2) understand how to retrieve and interpret public data to inform program decision-making; and 3) understand how to compile data to build a compelling needs statement for their program.

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Round 3 Workshops - 3:15 pm - 3:50 pm

Keeping Social-Emotional Learning at the Core

After years of successful social-emotional learning (SEL) implementation in OST programming, DREAM has built an organizational strategy to integrate SEL informed practices throughout the school and in OST programs. This workshop is an opportunity to participate in a discussion about bringing best SEL practices into more youth experiences. Participants will 1) be introduced to SEL framework with a focus on self-management; 2) discuss ways to integrate best practices that support the development of self-management skills and competencies; and 3) be able to collectively brainstorm best ways to apply on a structural and design level, a staff level, and a youth level.

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Learning Styles: Addressing the Fallacy in Student Learning

The concept of learning styles has maintained its presence in education since its inception, although over two decades worth of research contradicts its existence. Recent research further demonstrates the hazards of relying on learning styles in student learning. This workshop will highlight this research, in addition to providing research-based alternatives for student learning. Participants will 1) learn about research which contradicts the existence of "learning styles"; 2) be able to identify effective learning strategies that are supported by research; and 3) be able to properly prepare students to learn.

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Virtual Exchange: Engaging Families Through Interdisciplinary Approaches

Global learning is inherently interdisciplinary, but not every student has the means to travel. Through virtual exchange and tapping into students' own unique histories and personal stories, Reach the World (RTW) can bring the world into any classroom. This workshop will engage site directors and educators to think about how their own communities are an asset to academic engagement and can boost interdisciplinary learning. RTW staff will lead an interactive discussion on how global topics and virtual exchange can create opportunities for STEM learning, career development, and journeys around the world -- one click at a time. Participants will 1) understand how virtual exchange can boost students' global competence; 2) reflect on global competence education can be an entry point for parent/family engagement; and 3) integrate STEM/STEAM into lesson plan development through a global lens.

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Round 3 Workshops - 4:00 PM - 4:35 PM

Teen Internship Program for Students who Learn Differently

After a year of running The T3 Digital Agency with approximately 100 teens over the course of Sunday, Weeklong, and Hackathon workshops, Tech Kids Unlimited (TKU) has found that some teens, especially those ages 17 and 18 want more technology knowledge and practice. In order to help these teens, TKU created the Creative Technologist Teen Internship (CTTI), a program that was piloted with six teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) from September 2017 to June 2018. During the course of this internship, the teens helped advance in terms of their computer science and technology skills, but also with their social-emotional learning and transition skills. Participants will 1) learn how they might be able to develop their own transition or internship program within their organization; 2) learn of a valuable resource where they can recommend their students to apply to; and 3) learn about the importance of transition and workplace skills for teens and young adults.

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