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FEBRUARY 12–15, 2014 HYATT REGENCY ATLANTA ATLANTA, GEORGIA


Lots to Love in Atlanta Fun and learning should go hand-in-hand—and not just for your students. Beyond School Hours is the nation’s most popular education conference because it’s the most enjoyable conference. Our presenters inspire you. Our events entertain you. Our staff pampers you. There’s simply no other conference like it. In fact, Beyond School Hours is the only event of its kind offering the latest tools and insights for improving outcomes for young people across the entire day. With so much to love, why spend Valentine’s Day anywhere else?

Register now for Beyond School Hours XVII and get the latest tools and insights for improving education outcomes for young people across the entire learning day.


FEBRUARY 12–15, 2014 Hyatt Regency Atlanta Atlanta, Georgia

The Content You Wish For Our conference content runs the gamut of professional development and capacity building. We’ll even hit the road to visit some of Atlanta’s exemplary local programs and learn on-the-go with engaging excursions.

Of course, you’ll still find what BSH is famous for: In-Depth Pre-Conference Sessions

National Networking

Inspiring Site Visits

Daily Prize Drawings

Fabulous Opening Reception

“Ask the Expert” Booth

Engaging Keynote Speakers

Atlanta Tourism & Nightlife

Interactive Workshops

And conference staff who treats you like family!

Exciting Exhibits

Conference Strands • Digital Teaching and Learning • Expanded Learning and National Standards • Language and Literacy • Leading with Confidence • Promoting the Well-Being of All Youth • Real World Learning: Preparing for College, Career, and Life • Setting the Stage in the Early Years • Supporting Middle School Youth • Charter Schools: From Vision to Reality


Pre-Conference Sessions

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm Expanding Success for the Next Generation: Preparing Youth for College and Careers Discover what “readiness” really means and what your program can do about it for youth of all ages, K-12. Learn how to connect college and career readiness programming with employers’ needs, academic standards, and school-day opportunities. Explore college and career pathways to identify partners, opportunities, and activities that youth need to successfully transition to their next stage. Hear how innovative, exciting program models are preparing young people to shine in the workforce and at universities.

Cost: $149 (Pre-registration is required.)

Real-Life Science for Authentic Learning: Building Skills and Inspiring Discovery through Citizen Science Understand the benefits of handson, authentic science experiences, how they enhance school-day learning, and how they help youth see themselves as scientists. Learn how to incorporate Citizen Science as a rich, real-world learning experience for your students. Meet representatives from Citizen Science projects who will demonstrate how their projects work. Receive planning tips and materials to successfully implement Citizen Science in your program.

Cost: $149 (Pre-registration is required.)

Sample Worksh Creating a High School After School Program that Works Alicia Gibson, Helix Charter High School – Aspire Program A successful high school after school program is one that doesn’t start when the last bell rings – it’s one that is a part of the school’s culture. This session will provide participants with tools and tips, as well as lessons learned, that were used to develop a successful high school program at Helix Charter High School in La Mesa, California. Information will be shared and discussed regarding branding, marketing, getting staff involved, assessing school needs, youth leadership, and quality over compliance.

Creating a Unified Vision to Serve Youth through a State-Collaborative Effort Michael Thaler, Georgia Department of Education, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program; Heather McDaniel, Governor’s Office for Children and Families; Carmen Callaway and Felicia Tuggle, Georgia Department of Human Services This workshop is for policy makers, federal and state public agency representatives, and other stakeholders who are interested in creating a partnership that ensures the well-being of youth and families within their state. Participants will have the opportunity to hear about the work that is happening in Georgia and learn about the steps Georgia has taken to create this statelevel collaboration. Join us to discover practical ways other states can begin to work together through various state agencies and learn about other initiatives that could positively and cohesively impact services provided to youth and families in your state.

Data is King: Reclaiming Data to Maximize Impact in Out-of-School Time Kristen Coe, Public Health Management Group In this workshop participants will learn to USE their data instead of just sending it off to funders each reporting period. They will be *subject to change


hops* able to identify a variety of tools for collecting, analyzing, and presenting data in meaningful ways. We will explore easy techniques for improving quality and efficiency using lessons learned from the Philadelphia OST system including the benefits of linking and integrating data and recommendations on how to accomplish this.

Early Years Are Learning Years: Engaging Diverse Learners Sara Longshore, Alabama Department of Education The early years in a child’s development present THE time to engage children in learning, especially our diverse population of English learners, children from migrant families, and children experiencing homelessness and poverty. This session will offer strategies and community models for developing early education programs.

EiE-STEEM: Engaging in Education via Science, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Engineering, and Math Shenica Bridges-Mathieu, Shackles Off Investments LLC; and Cora Adu, Freedom Middle School Through inclusive and engaging teaching techniques and projects, participants will learn about the EiE-STEEM program where students explore all standards through science, technology, entrepreneurship, engineering, and math. Attendees will participate in several short interactive projects, receive handouts describing techniques, and receive a list of helpful resources and websites along with advice for preparing students for college, career, and life.

Engaged Learning: Inspiring Student Achievement through What REALLY Matters to Them! Susan Abravanel and Scott Ganske, Youth Service America Engage your students through their own passion and creativity by teaching them how to make a critical difference in an issue they care about!

This service-learning model enables students to become agents of community change, take charge of their own learning, and gain critical readiness skills.

Game Design, App Development and Technology: A Pathway for the 21st Century Suzanne Shoemaker, Freshi Media In this workshop, participants will learn about ways to integrate Digital Media into afterschool class offerings and train a staff to deliver credible programs. They will also find out how this learning can be practically applied through the actual creation of Apps specific to existing programs. The workshop will further introduce the future of careers in gaming and App development. We will explore computer information systems and how they can be economically integrated into an afterschool program and sustained with ongoing staff development.

Healthy Meals, Healthy Minds: Afterschool and Summer’s Role in Promoting Nutrition Signe Anderson, Food Research and Action Center; and Alexis Steines, Afterschool Alliance Childhood obesity is a growing national concern – and afterschool programs are leading the way in reversing this trend! By partnering with schools and community organizations, afterschool programs are preventing childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles. Learn to combat hunger and obesity by bringing USDA’s Afterschool Meals Program to your afterschool or summer learning program. This session will focus on the latest policy, research, and resources to help afterschool programs educate children and youth in healthy lifestyles.

How to Turn Ordinary Objects into Extraordinary Learning Tools! Amy Wright Baker, AlphaBEST Education, Inc. This workshop will excite, motivate, and engage YOU! Learn to look at ordinary learning materials


in extraordinary ways! Find out how to integrate research, technology, engineering, literature, and science in a hands-on environment that promotes academic success while meeting the needs of today’s children and youth.

Linking In: Learning with Digital Media in the Core Subjects

iDesign My Life!

Discover how innovative technology can be used to effectively incorporate core academic areas – literacy, math, science, and social studies – into your program through methods that fit the digital generation. Explore activity and project ideas that harness social networks, learning communities, and other digital media to support academic and 21st century skills. This hands-on session will provide sample activities and easy-to-use guidelines to infuse technology into program components, and includes a briefing on online safety. B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Device) to get the most out of this session!

Jennifer DiFiglia and Sarah Bowie, Urban Arts Partnership Learn to create a youth-driven, safe space within your school or program setting where students with a history of absenteeism can re-engage in school and develop their socialemotional, academic, and intellectual selves. Participants will be actively engaged in small group games that create safe spaces for sharing, and learning activities that promote respect and support for individual differences and challenges. A handbook of best practices will be shared.

Learning Language and Literacy Chelsea and Mike Ashcraft, Children’s Choice Do you want lots of fun and engaging activities that focus on language and literacy? You don’t have to choose between fun and academics. In this fast-paced, hands-on session, you will learn our best tricks for teaching reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language skills – afterschool style!

Leveraging Your Leadership: A Guide to Utilizing Individual Management Styles to Get the Most from Your Program and Staff Heidi Brown, Des Moines Public Schools; and Michelle Rich, Iowa Afterschool Alliance Through activities designed to identify your own personal management style, administrators and site leaders will learn how to use their own and others’ approaches to management to leverage your team members’ strengths to improve programming and operations. Participants will also take away tools to maximize their own strengths as managers and learn the critical role managers have in high quality afterschool programs.

Jessica Chung and Jennifer Kobrin, Foundations, Inc.

Places and Spaces: Designing Physical Environments that “Wow” School-Age Children Linda Armstrong, LJA Consulting Services; and Chris Schmidt, CR Solutions, Ltd. Environments either turn off or turn on schoolage children to use and learn from them. This session provides information, strategies, materials, and time to design learning environments so exciting that children will never want to leave. Photos of quality environments that “wow” school-age children will be used to illustrate session topics.

Role-Play Reading with MultiLeveled Scripts Transforms Reading Enrichment with Reader’s Theater Methodology Dianna Cleveland and Caryn Goldman, Roleplay Reader Learn how multi-leveled reader’s theater advances social-interactive reading to new ground! Participants gain tools to find/create the most beneficial role-play reading materials and become prepared to incorporate step-by-step strategies with their students effectively for a structured program of reading enrichment and a platform for teaching content including STEM.


Schedule of Events at a Glance* Running a Program “Just Right” for Middle Schoolers Ron Goldstein and Tania Lazar, Foundations, Inc. Middle schoolers are truly in the middle – too independent for the adult-supervised activities of elementary programs and not quite old enough for the freedom of teen programs. Explore tips and strategies on how to incorporate the developmental and social needs of this population into your program practices and culture. Learn how to build positive relationships, create an appropriate environment, and incorporate youth voice and choice to keep middle schoolers engaged and excited about your program.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Friday, Feb. 14

7:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration

7:00 am – 7:45 am Continental Breakfast

8:30 am – 2:00 pm Pre-Conference Sessions

7:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration

2:00 pm – 5:30 pm Site Visits to Afterschool Programs 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Happy Hour in Exhibit Hall 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Opening Reception

7:00 am – 5:00 pm Exhibits 8:00 am – 9:00 am Keynote Speaker 9:00 am – 9:30 am Networking Break with Prize Drawings 9:30 am – 10:45 am Workshop 5

Thursday, Feb. 13

11:05 am – 12:20 pm Workshop 6

The Millennials: Weebles, Scrilla, Steezy & Swarming – Youth Culture 2014 and What Every Practitioner N2K!

7:00 am – 7:45 am Continental Breakfast

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch

7:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm Youth Performance

Eric Rowles and Ahmed Toure, Leading to Change

7:00 am – 5:00 pm Exhibits

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm Workshop 7

How familiar are you with today’s youth culture? In this very dynamic and hands-on session, participants will identify some of the generational differences between Boomers, Gen X, and Gen Y on multiple levels – including health and career trends, marketing tactics, work ethic, volunteer trends, and pop culture influences. Participants will also be introduced to a six-part working formula they can use in their youth programming efforts.

8:00 am – 9:15 am Workshop 1

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Ask the Expert Booth

9:30 am – 10:00 am Networking Break with Prize Drawings

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Certificate of Attendance Pickup

10:15 am – 11:30 am Workshop 2

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm Networking Break with Prize Drawings

11:45 am – 12:30 pm Lunch 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Keynote Speaker 1:50 pm – 3:05 pm Workshop 3 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Ask the Expert Booth 3:15 pm – 3:45 pm Networking Break with Prize Drawings 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm Workshop 4

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm Workshop 8

Saturday, Feb. 15 7:00 am – 7:45 am Continental Breakfast 8:00 am – 9:15 am Workshop 9 9:30 am – 10:45 am Workshop 10 10:50 am – 12:00 pm Certificate of Attendance Pickup

*Times, sessions, and speakers subject to change without notice.


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FEBRUARY 12–15, 2014

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Beyond School Hours XVII Conference  

Join us in Atlanta, Georgia for the most popular afterschool conference on February 12 to February 15, 2014!

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