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View 2017 OAC Brochure with Session Descriptions

The focus of our Afterschool Conference this year, Choose Your Own Adventure, will support program directors and front line staff in providing engaging, enriching, and educational adventures for youth around Oregon. We will inspire you with new ideas and provide you with opportunities to engage in intriguing conversations as you choose your own adventurous path.DSC_0059 (1)

You will Choose Your Own Path this year as we offer discussions & workshop sessions in Social-Emotional Learning, STEAM, Family Engagement, Increasing Equity & Addressing Bias, Behavior Management, Program Management and more! ALL sessions AND the keynote will be linked to the Oregon Registry, providing 6.5 hours of credit for those who stay all day. 

Looking to join us from Rural Oregon? Apply Now for our Rural Travel Reimbursement that provides $150 towards travel and conference expenses. We do have a limited number of scholarships so apply now or contact bethany.thramer@oregonask.org with questions.


8:00 am Registration Opens
9:00 am Conference Starts
9:15 am Keynote in Auditorium with Andrea Hoban
10:45 am Break
11:00 am Campfire Discussions
12:00 pm Lunch and Exhibitors
1:00 pm Workshop Session 1
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm Workshop Session 2Keynote Flyer FINAL

Campfire Discussions


This year, we want to give everyone a chance to share with one another and ask questions of ‘experts’ from the field about a variety of topics. Each conversation will have time for personal reflection as part of the session, to think about taking new ideas back to implement in your program. Please make sure to select your ideal discussion topic during registration to help make sure each campfire has enough firewood to keep the discussion bright.

  • Working with Museums (Set 1 FCS) Join this discussion about partnering with local museums to see how you can make the most of this wealth of knowledge and expertise. Museum partners will share about their own existing resources, and strategies for building mutually beneficial partnerships.
  • Quality Licensed and Exempt Programs (Set 1 PM) What makes a program high quality? This conversation will discuss the benefits and challenges with being a licensed school age program, and how to utilize a quality framework whether license or exempt.
  • Recognizing and Interrupting Bias  (Set 1 DIV) We want to help participants understand how bias, even unintended biases, can change the environment & impact youth. Learn to recognize our own bias and learn strategies for dealing with bias in our day to day lives
  • Choosing the Right STEM/STEAM Curricula (Set 1 LEC) What programmatic concepts and components of any STEM/STEAM curricula are most important in finding the right fit for your program? How to do you connect it with the school day, NGSS, and more.
  • Supporting Gender Identity Development  (Set 1 DIV) Participants will discuss strategies for working to develop supportive environments for gender variant youth and how to build programming that is inclusive and welcoming to the gender variant youth experience.
  • Preparing Youth for the Future (Set 1 FCS) This discussion will focus on how can afterschool programs can support youth to build skills and understanding for the future workforce. What opportunities can you make available to help connect with workforce, particularly starting in elementary or middle school?
  • Connecting School & Afterschool Wellness (Set 1 HSN) Join this conversation about utilizing Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards in your program to connect and support School Wellness Policies. Learn more about the policies and standards in place to support healthy youth.
  • Intercultural Relevancy  (Set 1 DIV) We will focus on building a culturally relevant environment in your afterschool program. Participants will discuss and learn strategies for including and reflecting the diversity of your community within your program.
  • Developing Youth Voice (Set 1 HGD) We will discuss building a responsive environment where youth can see their own voices reflected in the program and look for opportunities to for authentically engage youth, no matter what level of influence you have within your program.
  • Boxes: Recognizing Your Role in Conflict and What to Do about it (Set 1 PPLD) Join keynote Andrea Hoban for a deeper look at how our own actions can contribute to the creation of problems we are trying to avoid. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and share with one another about strategies for building an environment that supports youth, families and peers in becoming empowered leaders.

Workshop Sessions

Latina SciGirls: Engaging Middle School-Age Hispanic Girls in STEM
Latina SciGirls is a new Spanish-first SciGirls program (also available in English) that engages Latina girls ages 8-13 and their families in STEM. Participants will explore the program components, practice a hands-on activity, and develop strategies to engage Latinas and their families in STEM through the use of SciGirls bilingual resources. Presented by Alicia Santiago. Set 2 | DIV

Catalyzing Change through Out-of-School Running Clubs
In this active workshop participants will examine how the use of simple running/walking clubs can foster social support, build self-esteem, increase physical activity, and engage their community around health and wellness. Participants will develop strategies on how to achieve these goals and share those strategies with their afterschool community. Presented by Chad Mann. Set 2 | HSN

Including Great Art Practices In Your STEAM Program
This Hands-On Workshop will give you great ideas for making the most of Art in your STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) program. We will explore best practices for integrating art and design projects into great STEM curriculum. Participants will leave with clear strategies for relating art and science through creative thinking. Presented by Rachel Kessler. Set 2 | LEC

Working through “Math Trauma”: Approaching Mathematics in After-School and Informal Settings
Mathematics Trauma: That clenching feeling we get in our chests when we see Algebra. This session will focus on advancing student and educator empowerment in STEM by addressing Math Trauma and changing perspectives about math through hands-on activities. Presented by Colin Crane-Smith. Set 2 | LEC

Creating Connections that Help Young People Thrive: Exploring and Applying the Search Institute’s Research on Developmental Relationships
In this session participants will examine the results of the Search Institute’s research on Developmental Relationships and develop strategies for strengthening connections with youth. Presented by Susan Zundel. Set 2 | HGD

Lego Simple and Powered Machines Camp
Participants will learn how to implement the LEGO Simple and Powered Machines Camp. Students will get an in-depth understanding of mechanical and structural principles built into everyday machines. By building, designing, and testing solutions, students work as young scientists and engineers, all while honing design technology, science, and math skills. The class is set up in blocks, with a “creativity & activity break” in the middle, when students will get outside or do other hands-on activities. No experience necessary! Presented by Cathy Law. Set 1 | LEC

Thoughtful Games for Global Awareness
Participants will examine ways to engage students with hands-on activities that can broaden their perspective about the world around them. Participants will explore and practice fun, interdisciplinary games and role-playing activities that explore lifestyles around the globe, environmental connections, health, education, demographics and more. The activities will be focused on children in grades 3-6. Presented by Shirley Lomax. Set 2 | LEC

Partnering With Families
Children come to your program attached to a family unit. Learning to create partnerships with children’s families will help you provide the best service to all children. Learn to communicate successfully with parents, how to set up your relationship for success and what to do when challenges arise. Presented by Dr. Mary Shea. Set 2 | FCS

Introduction to the Mind and Stress
This workshop introduces the mind as a tool for monitoring and modifying stress in our lives. We will use both experiential exercises and theory to explore how we can increase our self-awareness and self-management. It will conclude with dialogue around specific applications and personal goals that leverage the mind. Presented by Jon Dunaway. Set 1 | PPLD

Equitable Teamwork
Teamwork is often fraught with problems. How do you ensure that all student voices are heard? Together, we will explore three processes designed to increase student voice in brainstorming and decision making. Participants will walk away understanding how to use these processes to facilitate student-led projects and to give students a voice in program planning. Presented by Tamara DePue. Set 1 | UGB

Please Put Down your Cell Phone! Strategies to Reverse Technology Addiction in Children
Our children are spending more time on smartphones, tablets, gaming, and computers. Teachers and parents are growing increasingly concerned about how all this “screen time” will affect our children’s lives. We will explore how to encourage our children to practice self-control, and unplug from unhealthy distractions. Presented by Richard Halpern. Set 2 | UGB

Second Session

Montessori Hacks: How a 110 Year Old Pedagogy Can Inform Your Practice
Participants will explore how Montessori philosophy and pedagogy can help them meet the developmental needs of children in their programs. Insights from over 100 years of Montessori practice that are still relevant today can help educators create spaces that offer more autonomy and hands on learning in all areas. Presented by Jennifer Wyld.
Set 2 | LEC

The Impact of Micro Messages on Students’ STEM Engagement and Learning
In this session participants will examine the concept of micromessages – subtle, conscious and unconscious messages – and how they impact students’ mindsets and their belief in their ability to be successful in STEM. Participants will also examine gender, and culturally-based implicit biases that occur in diverse learning environments. Through self-awareness and reflection activities participants will identify their own implicit biases and develop strategies to counteract those biases. Presented by Alicia Santiago.
Set 2 | DIV

Great Art in Afterschool: Creative Art Projects and Activities for School-Age Youth
This hands-on workshop will run through fun art-based activities for school age kids that go beyond crafts and explore learning about and creating amazing artwork! Presented by Rachel Kessler. Set 2 | LEC

Electrical Engineering, Robotics, & Elementary Kids
Come join us with hands-on activities to explore how elementary school kids can learn Electrical Engineering concepts! Participants will examine elements that motivate students and engage them in a higher level of learning in all subjects – not just robotics! Presented by Zayne Mayfield & Zyan Mayfield. Set 2 | LEC

Teaching vs. Facilitating Learning: Committing to Engagement
In this session we will explore how the presentation of a lesson can engage students while remaining inspired ourselves. Presented by Aiko Sato. Set 2 | LEC

How New Federal & State Policies Impact Afterschool Programs
There are new federal and state level policies that impact afterschool programs. Find out what you need to know – and what these changes may mean for your programs. Presented by Dr. Susan Inman. Set 1 | PM

Behavior Support Techniques for School Age Youth
Throughout this session, participants will examine intermediate strategies for addressing challenging behavior. Participants will explore influences on behavior, examine behavior problems, and practice plans to teach skills. Guidelines for responding to behavior will be examined. Presented by Dr. Mary Shea. Set 2 | UGB

Bring your Program to Life with Agriculture
Join us for this engaging hands-on workshop and learn how easy it is to incorporate agriculture and natural resource topics into your program year-round. We will get our hands dirty practicing several lessons and activities that are all ready to use in your program. Presented by Jessica Jansen and Danielle Meyersick. Set 2 Pending | LEC

Working the Clay While It’s Soft: Growing Early Mindsets TM (GEMTM)
Interested in fostering a growth mindset and social and emotional learning (SEL) in young learners? In this session, author Dr. Kendra Coates introduces Growing Early Mindsets™ (GEM™), a new PreK-3rd literacy-based curriculum and instructional approach from Mindset Works, a company founded by Dr. Carol Dweck. Presented by Dr. Kendra Coates. Set 1 | HGD

Power of Play (3:15-4:15pm)
We are constantly negotiating social and emotional situations in our classrooms, our programs and in our community. This workshop examines the important skills needed to be a social and emotional leader of adults. We explore techniques and tools that can be used in our adult interactions as we examine successful workplace interactions. *Please note: This one-hour session is paired with Behavior Management: Transitions and Time Fillers (see below). Attendees are encouraged to attend both sessions, and will not be able to join or leave other Session Two workshops part-way through. Set 1 | HSN

Transitions and Time Fillers (4:15-5:15pm)
Participants will explore and practice strategies to transition students between different activities, reduce or eliminate waiting time, and explore and practice activities that keep students busy and reduce behavior problems. *Please note: This one-hour session is paired with Power of Play (see above). Attendees are encouraged to attend both sessions, and will not be able to join or leave other Session Two workshops part-way through. Set 2 | UGB

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