Infinite Possibilities with Summer Learning

We’re excited to be hosting the Infinite Possibilities with Summer Learning virtual event this year!! 

This two day event will have sessions running from 10am to 2pm on April 22nd and 23rd. 

Check out our schedule below!

Thursday April 22nd

10:00am – 10:40am

Welcome & Grounding Reflection: 

Che Finch, Cultural Resource Facilitator for Salem-Keizer Public Schools

10:20am – 10:40am


Recognizing, Centering, and Supporting Student Strengths

Colt Gill, Director, ODE

10:45am – 11:15am


Equity, Access, and Opportunity in Summer Learning

11:15am – 11:30am


11:30am – 12:30pm

Program Design Summer Learning Trade Secrets in Action

Presentation and differentiated breakout rooms to discuss program design, equity challenges and opportunities in recruitment, coordinating with partners, ensuring inclusive space, etc.

12:30pm – 1:00pm


1:00pm – 2:00pm

Programming Nuts & Bolts

Review of must knows for MOU’s & Partnership, Braided Funding, Transportation, Child Nutrition, and COVID Guidance

Friday April 23rd

10:00am – 11:00am

Keynote & Discussion:

Strengthening Summer, Growing Together with Tony Smith

11:00am – 12:00pm

Strengthening Summer with SEL discussion & breakouts

  • Supporting Families through Culturally Responsive Programming
  • Talking with Youth, post COVID
  • The Science Behind Youth Engagement
  • Strengths-Based Equitable Program Practices

12:00pm – 12:15pm


12:15pm – 1:15pm

Emphasizing Youth Voice through Enrichment discussion & breakouts

  • Building STEM Skills & Interest
  • Meeting Metrics using Project-Based Opportunities
  • Ready Readers, Incorporating Literacy & Youth Choice 
  • Healthy Habits & Whole Child Wellness 
  • Creative Approaches to CTE

1:15pm – 1:45pm

Core Components for Summer Success

1:45pm – 2:00pm

Wrap Up & Questions

Friday’s keynote will be Tony Smith, CEO and co-founder of Whyspeople, providing strategic advising and executive coaching to leaders working to create thriving communities. Most recently Tony served as the Illinois State Superintendent of Education. Prior to serving in that role he was the Executive Director of the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation funding early childhood, youth development, and education.

Tony has served in leadership roles in the non-profit, higher education, and public pk-12 district sectors including as Superintendent in Emeryville and Oakland, Ca. He earned a Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture from UC Berkeley.

Tony is committed to creating healthy public systems that fully develop the whole child, whole school, and whole community. He measures his work by the increase in fair access to quality, the increase in student and adult belongingness, and the increase in equitable student outcomes that improve economic and civic well-being in the community.