PwrHrs Rural Afterschool Conference Digital Program Book

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November 13-15, 2019

Park Hyatt, Beaver Creek, Colorado

DIGITAL PROGRAM | 970.777.2015

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE The PwrHrs Rural Afterschool Conference is a unique opportunity to connect, collaborate, and create. This conference brings together a strong network of educators, organizations, and thought leaders to share information, gain expertise, and collectively build a roadmap to support the quality and sustainability of afterschool programming in our rural communities. The conference line-up includes keynotes from national education leaders along with a special evening with New York Times best-selling author Sarah Smarsh. Conference registration includes entry to the Sarah Smarsh event. The Grove Consultants International will utilize visual recording to capture the needs, hopes, and innovations discussed during specific sessions to provide all attendees with an actionable roadmap to take back to their communities.

The PwrHrs Rural Afterschool Conference is hosted by YouthPower365 YouthPower365 is the education nonprofit of the Vail Valley Foundation, based in Eagle County, Colorado. The organization’s PwrHrs K-12 programming utilizes a strong partnership with Eagle County Schools, coupled with support from grants, individual donors, and local volunteers to provide quality afterschool and summer programming to thousands of youth each year. Our mission is to provide year-round extended learning that inspires, educates, and empowers the youth and families of Eagle County from cradle to career-readiness.

The PwrHrs Rural Afterschool Conference is presented in collaboration with:

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A TIME TO CONNECT Dear Friends, Hello and welcome to the PwrHrs Rural Afterschool Conference here in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Like many of you, all of us at YouthPower365 have long sought the advice and wisdom of our colleagues in education to help improve the critical education enrichment services that we provide here in Eagle County. As we explored these relationships, we realized that rural and resort communities face special challenges as they bring quality afterschool and summer care to children and families. We tested the waters for interest and found that many others had the same hunger for learning that we did; and now more than 250 people from more than 26 states have joined us to help explore and learn from one another. We are inspired by your presence here and by the work you do every day in your community. We look forward to learning more about you and sharing our experiences through the work of YouthPower365. It required a lot of trust and support to make our vision for the PwrHrs Rural Afterschool Conference a reality. We would like to thank our sponsors and supporters for helping us achieve this vision. We look forward to working with you to connect, collaborate, and create a roadmap for all of us to take back to our communities to improve our work, and create a better future for thousands of children across the country. Thank you, and I look forward to meeting you.

Dear Education Conference Attendees, Partners, and Supporters, Thank you for joining us for our national PwrHrs Rural Afterschool Conference. The initial concept for this important conference started four years ago for us. In the late fall of 2015, the Vail Valley Foundation asked itself the question, what do we feel is the most important thing we can focus on in the coming few years to make a profound, positive impact on our valley? The answer was resounding and unanimous; our youth and the education programs of our valley. While we continued our good work in the areas of arts, culture, and athletics, we doubled, even tripled our time, resources, and energies into expanding our education nonprofit, YouthPower365, and set our minds on creating this conference. With the generous support of Bloomberg Philanthropies, we embarked on a plan to grow and materially improve the quality of our afterschool and summer education programs. Although we are proud of where we are today, we know we still have work to do. This conference is a way for us to share some of our findings, successes and lessons learned but more importantly, it allows our organization to continue to learn, grow, and improve our own education programs through the expertise, guidance, passion, and experience of the wonderful people, organizations, educators, and afterschool experts attending our conference. Thank you for joining us. We hope you have an inspiring and collaborative experience here in Beaver Creek.


Mike Imhof President, Vail Valley Foundation

Sarah Johnson Executive Director, YouthPower365 | 970.777.2015



4 Welcome Event

5 Welcome Keynote:


A Fireside Chat with Carrie Morgridge and Carrie Besnette Hauser on the Four Pillars of Disruption

6 Opening Keynote:

Matthew Emerzian presenting You Matter!

7 Session Block One 8 Session Block Two 9 Session Block Three

Session Block Four 10 12 A Special Evening

with Sarah Smarsh

13 Closing Keynote: Nicole Bosworth on Chronic Absenteeism 13 Special Guest: Alexis Steines 14 Session Block Five

Full Conference 17 Schedule

18 Thank You Partners 19 Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Map 20 Things To Do In Beaver Creek 21 Beaver Creek Map

16 Malgosia Kostecka of

The Grove Consultants International Conference Discussion Questions

WELCOME EVENTS & KEYNOTE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 1:00pm – 8:00pm | Heritage Hall Foyer

Conference Registration Open 3:00pm – 5:00pm | Meet at Molly Brown Room

Site Visits of YouthPower365’s PwrHrs Afterschool Program (This first-come, first-served opportunity requires a reservation. Please contact for more information.) 3:00pm – 5:00pm | Jack Dempsey Room

Trauma-Informed Care Training for Non-Metro Programs 5:30pm | Mount Jackson Room

Welcome Keynote A Fireside Chat with Carrie Morgridge and Carrie Besnette Hauser on the Four Pillars of Disruption 6:30pm – 8:00pm | McCoy’s Peak Room

Welcome Reception Enjoy drinks, appetizers, and live music

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Welcome Keynote A Fireside Chat on The Four Pillars of Disruption Presented by Carrie Morgridge, Morgridge Family Foundation, and Carrie Besnette Hauser, Ph.D., President, Colorado Mountain College Wednesday, November 13  |  5:30pm – 6:30pm Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, Ford Hall, Mount Jackson Room Carrie Morgridge, Vice President and Chief Disruptor of The Morgridge Family Foundation, and Dr. Carrie Hauser, President of Colorado Mountain College, will engage in a Fireside Chat on how to become a “Great Disruptor.” This welcome keynote will set the inspirational stage of the conference by focusing on four pillars necessary to instigate change and find success on behalf of our rural youth and communities. Morgridge is the award-winning author of Every Gift Matters – How Your Passion Can Change the World. Her second book, The Spirit of the Trail, was released on May 5, 2018. Morgridge and her husband John created Student Support Foundation, a national organization that inspires youth philanthropy. For the past decade they have celebrated and advanced the educator profession by creating mindSpark Learning. mindSpark Learning is focused on empowering educators to tackle the most challenging conditions in their schools through Design Thinking and other strategies. Morgridge speaks nationally to education advocacy forums, at poverty alleviation conferences, and many global convenings that are philanthropically focused. She divides her time between Colorado and Florida. She and John have two children who both reside in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser serves as President of Colorado Mountain College, a public institution enrolling nearly 20,000 students annually at 11 campuses in the central Rocky Mountains. Before CMC, Hauser held leadership roles at the Kauffman Foundation, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the Daniels Fund. While at Daniels, she advised Denver’s mayor on a citywide college scholarship program and assisted the Metro Denver Sports Commission on an initiative to attract top-tier sporting events, including the Olympic Games. She cochaired the 2012 Women’s Final Four. Hauser’s background includes teaching assignments at UCLA, the University of Denver, and Colorado State University. She has held research and legislative staff roles as well as positions with the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and the University of Arizona, her undergraduate alma mater. She earned her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of Business. | 970.777.2015


Opening Keynote You Matter! Presented by Matthew Emerzian of Every Monday Matters Thursday, November 14  |  8:15am – 9:30am Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, Ford Hall, McCoy’s Peak Room Matthew Emerzian is founder and Chief Inspiration Officer of Every Monday Matters (EMM), a not-for-profit organization committed to helping people and organizations understand how much and why they matter. The EMM K-12 Education Program currently reaches more than 1.5 million students in 49 states and six countries, and the EMM Employee Engagement Program is changing the culture of companies nationwide. Emerzian’s new book, Every Monday Matters – How to Kick Your Week Off with Passion, Purpose, and Positivity, hit the stores in January 2019. His work has been hailed by, The TODAY Show, Fast Company Magazine, The Huffington Post, Hallmark TV, and several other media outlets. Over the past 10 years, Emerzian has traveled the country sharing his unique story and insight on finding purpose. His life-changing message focuses on sustained personal and social change that happens by stepping outside of ourselves. His third book, You Matter – Learning to Love Who Your Really Are, will be out February 2020. Watch a Ted-Talk with Matthew

We’re listening to families across Colorado What do families want and need for their kids when they’re not in school (after school, on weekends, during the summer and holiday breaks)? We’re partnering with organizations that work with families to find out. Hearing from rural families is a priority for us. Want to see how you can ensure the perspectives of families you work with are heard? Email The survey goes live November 18, 2019. This project is led by RESCHOOL, in partnership with the Donnell-Kay Foundation and OMNI Institute

RESCHOOL is a Colorado non-profit, organizing supports and resources around families so they feel confident about navigating learning for and with their kids in and outside of school, providing them with a relevant, inspiring education. Learn more at Want to chat? Email

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SESSION STRANDS Each Session Block will contain breakout sessions tapping into the following strands:

Best Practices

The Power of Partnerships

Quality and Evaluation

Advocacy and Policy

*Indicates sessions that are approved for Professional Development Credit by Colorado Department of Health and Human Services for licensed childcare providers.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 9:45am – 11:00am SESSION BLOCK ONE Student Driven Fifth Day Solutions Panel Facilitated by Antonio Parés, Foundation Partner of the Donnell-Kay Foundation Featuring Elaine Menardi of Colorado Aerolab, Nikki Johnson of Campo School District, Frank Reeves of East Grand School District, and Students of Youth Congress This panel of Fifth Day leaders and youth join to discuss how youth helped shape creative solutions around the four-day school week and guide the development of out-of-school time opportunities that meet their needs and interests. Session Block One | Mount Jackson Room

Enhancing Social & Emotional Learning Through Physical Activity* Sandy Slade, CEO and Founder Skillastics® Numerous studies have shown that children who are active and healthy have a lower risk of juvenile delinquent behavior, an increase in academic achievement, and tend to have a much better self-image. This workshop integrates STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) with Physical Activity in the unique Skillastics® format that helps develop healthier, more productive children. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a one-of-a-kind workshop! Session Block One | H.A.W. Tabor Room

Leveraging a System of Supports: Professional Development in a Rural Landscape Kimberly Larson, Ph.D., Afterschool, Family and Community Engagement Specialist 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Nebraska Department of Education Ongoing professional development is essential to the implementation of a quality afterschool program. However, informal educators working in rural communities face unique challenges that make participation a challenge. Attend this session to consider the unique strengths and challenges of rural Nebraska program leaders and staff, reflect on circumstances in your rural community, and consider potential improvements to your own professional development system. Session Block One | Grouse Mountain Room

360 Degrees of STEM Toby Swaford, 4-H STEM AmeriCorps Agent Colorado State University Extension, Larimer County Colorado State University Extension and 4-H have partnered with AmeriCorps to help deliver out-of-school time STEM programming to under-served youth throughout Colorado. Would you like to provide high quality STEM programming using a variety of easily-attainable household items? Do you want to create rewarding partnerships with community centers, libraries, schools, and more? Attend this interactive, hands-on session to learn how you can help bring this exciting opportunity to your county. Session Block One | Ouray Room | 970.777.2015


Genius Hours: Student-Led Learning Amy Reyes, Children’s Librarian and Margie Shepherd, Children’s Services Specialist Eagle Valley Library District Move away from highly-structured programs and lesson planning with the student-led learning model of Genius Hours. Come learn more about this flexible and easily-adaptable program with hands-on exploration of resources. Discover how to get a huge bang for your buck, save hours on monthly program planning, and have packed attendance each week with students engaged and excited about learning. Session Block One | Molly Brown Room

Census 2020: Why It Counts Natriece Bryant, Deputy Executive Director Colorado Department of Local Affairs Census 2020 is approaching, and it is important that Colorado get a complete and accurate count to help the State with funding for our roads, education, school lunch programs, public libraries, healthcare, and businesses. Colorado currently receives approximately $13.1 billion in funding per year for these programs. There are 10 questions and four ways to respond. The Census is used to inform state and local decision-making. It is important, easy, and it is safe. Session Block One | Jack Dempsey Room

The Power of Community: Examples from the Field Alexis Steines, Senior Director of Field Outreach Afterschool Alliance Participants will learn and initiate different strategies from multiple extended-learning programs that focus on community leverage, from government to academia, businesses to schools, and everyone in between. These partnerships and collaborations can not only keep the doors open but bring incredible value to programs in both curriculum and wrap-around services. Session Block Two | Mount Jackson Room

Youth Voice in Action* Kristen Pozzoboni, Ph.D., Independent Research and Strategy Consultant Youth Participatory Action Center Youth voice is essential to high quality out-of-school time programs. Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) is a process that provides young people with opportunities to examine problems relevant to their lives, develop a plan, and act to address or solve these problems. This session will highlight the benefits of incorporating YPAR into out-of-school time programs, share strategies and techniques for designing projects, and discuss potential pitfalls. Session Block Two | Molly Brown Room

11:15am – 12:30pm  SESSION BLOCK TWO Resiliency and Empowerment in the Afterschool Space* Danelle Hughes Norman, Program Manager Voyager Youth Program While the planned enrichment activity leads the story and makes the calendar, it is the moments in between that can have a profound impact on the way children connect to the environment and each other. This session offers tools and tricks that make transitions easier and fulfilling. Session Block Two | Ouray Room

The Endless Possibilities of Library Partnerships Cody Buchanan, Community Partnership Specialist Colorado Department of Education, Office of Dropout Prevention and Student Re-engagement Beth Crist, Youth and Family Services Consultant Colorado State Library This engaging presentation will highlight partnership opportunities available between out-of-school time (OST) providers and their local public libraries. Modern libraries have a wealth of resources and materials available to communities, and partnership with them can improve the quality and sustainability of OST programs – particularly in rural areas that have limited partnership options. Session Block Two | H.A.W. Tabor Room

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Stepping Out Your Door to STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Art, and Math) Toby Swaford, 4-H STEM AmeriCorps Agent, Colorado State University Extension, Larimer County Cindy Gantick, Educational Consultant Creative Coaching for Education Energy (C2E2) Be prepared for any weather! You have a remarkable resource to engage youth in exploring their world: the great outdoors. We will provide two complete units on using the landscape as your laboratory: Inside and Outside Weather (from making homemade instruments to predicting tomorrow’s weather) and Hug a Tree (from figuring out the number of leaves on a tree to reasons for photosynthetic colors of fall). Get ready for STREAM FUN! Session Block Two | Grouse Mountain Room

Project Dream: Blended Learning Platforms for Academic Intervention in Rural Environment Karen Johnson, Afterschool Program Director Lake County School District Advancing Academics in Afterschool proves that afterschool does not have to be an afterthought for academics. This session will explore a K-2 afterschool reading intervention called Bookworms. This successful offering has demonstrated growth for students below grade level while being engaging for kids. Key components for discussion will include making the necessary connections with school staff, data collection and progress monitoring, and implementation challenges. Session Block Two | Jack Dempsey Room

1:45pm – 3:00pm SESSION BLOCK 3 Creating a Community-Wide Out-of-School Time Committee* Francisco Tharp, Healthy Kids Director Get Outdoors Leadville!

This session highlights how our under-resourced community is establishing an inclusive working group to implement systemlevel changes that will improve the out-of-school experience for local youth, families, and organizations. We will mention some positive outcomes of the working group but will also focus on how to establish a foundation of interagency agreements and operating structures that ensure equitable, collaborative, and sustainable progress beyond any single endeavor. Session Block Three | Mount Jackson Room

Knowing Everyone is an Asset: What Partnership Looks Like in a Rural Community and Why Relationships Matter Joy McClure, Program Director PowerZone Youth Program, Washington County Schools, Kansas Do you feel like you have run out of ideas for student activities? Are you having trouble connecting your community to your program? Join us as we seek out ways to find and engage community members and partners. Participants will explore how to connect with people and organizations within their community to enhance the afterschool program. Participants will use asset mapping to identify new partners and activities for students. Session Block Three | Molly Brown Room

Sparking a Love of Learning through Student-Driven Projects Kate Donelan, Executive Director Destination Imagination Use your critical and creative thinking skills to solve a fun challenge! Participants will learn how to incorporate a competitive problem-solving experience for their students either during school or after school. This interactive session will give you a hands-on understanding of the Destination Imagination (DI) educational experience. DI teaches critical and creative thinking in a student-centric competition. Participants will learn how the DI educational experience can enhance students’ love of learning. Session Block Three | Ouray Room | 970.777.2015


Quality Matters: Building and Sustaining a Quality Improvement System for Out-of-School Time in Your Community* Jennifer Harris, Portfolio Manager of Field Services Weikart Center for Program Quality Kristen Pozzoboni, Ph.D., Independent Research and Strategy Consultant Youth Participatory Action Center When it comes to achieving positive outcomes for children and youth, program quality matters. But what constitutes quality? How is it measured? And what can organizations do to improve and strengthen afterschool programs? In this session, we highlight components of high-quality afterschool programs and explore what it takes to develop a systemic approach to continuous quality improvement (CQI). Participants will be encouraged to discuss the unique opportunities and possible challenges of building a CQI system for out-of-school time in their rural area. Session Block Three | Grouse Mountain Room

LIFE: Dual Generational Approaches to Social-Emotional Growth and Literacy*

Presenter and attendees will discuss the black, white, and gray areas of advocacy for extended learning providers and highlight positive outcomes of advocacy across the nation. Through advocacy training, participants will learn best practices for messaging and how to talk about afterschool, as well as draft a plan for local advocacy on issues that matter to their programs, kids, and families, and understand how their voice can influence policy makers and help their students succeed. Session Block Three | Jack Dempsey Room

3:15pm – 4:30pm SESSION BLOCK 4 Capturing the Heart Anna Hogberg, Senior Education Specialist Ellen Sarkisian, Senior Project Manager Generation Schools Advocacy – anytime, anywhere! This session will help participants create a successful afterschool advocacy program to promote the overall well-being and development of students’ social and emotional learning, and college and career-readiness skills. Learn about advocacy structures, protocols, teacher supports, and measures that ensure the value and quality of this time for all students.

Becky Nider, LIFE Family Engagement Manager Reading Roadmap

Session Block Four | Jack Dempsey Room

Learn about LIFE (Literacy-Integrated Family Engagement) and how the principles underlying it can help families in your community. The LIFE model provides a combination of early literacy and social/emotional supports that can be implemented in schools and by community-based organizations. In this session, we’ll provide simple, step-by-step descriptions of social/emotional interventions you can use to improve family connection, resilience, and emotional well-being.

How Might We Reach the Child Who Hungers for Purpose?

Session Block Four | H.A.W Tabor Room

Power of Our Voice: Rural and Small-Town Afterschool Advocacy Alexis Steines, Senior Director of Field Outreach Afterschool Alliance

Elaine Menardi, Chief Innovator Jess Buller, CEO Colorado Aerolab (CAL) The #HMW 5th Day Primer is a 5th Day mini-class offered in the small, rural schools in northwestern Colorado. Participants can choose from popular CAL activities designed to help students Do-It-to-Think-About-It-Differently. Hands-on, multidisciplinary activities, peer-to-peer interaction, and personal reflection will expand a bias toward action and spark creative thinking. CAL 5th Day programs are designed to reach the child who hungers for purpose in Pivot-theModel design school learning. Session Block Four | Ouray Room

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Reaching the Elusive High Schooler in Rural Extended Learning Programs Janell Wood, Ph.D., Director Tennessee Department of Education, Extended Learning Programs Cedric Bunch, 21st CCLC Director Haywood County Schools, Tennessee Emily McCuthcheon, Research Associate with University of Tennessee Social Work Office of Research and Public Service (UT SWORPS) Developing engaging afterschool programs for high school students is challenging. High school students have a myriad of options to occupy their out-of-school time and they don’t necessarily want to spend an additional two hours in the afternoon on remedial work. This presentation will focus on how one rural school district in Tennessee has used its 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant to connect high school students with a work-based learning opportunity. Session Block Four | H.A.W. Tabor Room

21st Century Community Learning Centers: Supporting Out-of-School Time Programs in Rural Communities Dana Scott, 21st CCLC State Coordinator and Program Supervisor 21st CCLC, Colorado Department of Education Michelle Cusey, 21st CCLC Program Coordinator Montana Office of Public Instruction Rochelle Hesford, 21st CCLC State Program Manager Region IV-Southwestern, Montana 21st CCLC programs provide before-and-after school (and summer) academic and enrichment programs for students attending high-poverty schools. 21st CCLC grants also support family engagement activities for families of participating students. Attend this workshop to learn how your organization can apply for 21st CCLC funding or partner with currently-funded 21st CCLC sites to expand out-of-school time options and wraparound supports for students. Multiple states will be presenting with state and local program perspectives.

Do More, with Less: Increasing Rural Afterschool Capacity through AmeriCorps Jennifer Manhoff, Assistant Program Director AmeriCorps National Community Civilian Corp (NCCC), SW Region Kendra Cowles, PwrUp Sr. Manager YouthPower365 Did you know that there are three different AmeriCorps programs that can support afterschool and summer programs? Education is one of the six issue areas AmeriCorps works in. Come learn how AmeriCorps State, Vista, and NCCC are supporting youth development organizations and how to apply for AmeriCorps support for your programs. You will learn about existing projects and brainstorm project ideas. Session Block Four | Grouse Mountain Room

Social Emotional Learning– Measuring Impact and Preparing Youth for Life-Long Success* Karen DeChant Ross, Partnership Manager Aperture Education How can we measure Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in afterschool to drive quality programs and guide student outcomes? Gain an understanding of the importance of research-based program measurement through the review of the CASEL aligned Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA). Examine current research on the long-term benefits of SEL programming to prepare you in advocating for SEL in your afterschool setting! Learn how the Denver Afterschool Alliance supports sites to address the needs of the whole child by focusing on integrating SEL into continuous quality improvement efforts. Discover how several teams have used the DESSA to catalyze their SEL efforts. Reflect on the approaches available to your organization in SEL implementation and determine steps to align SEL skills, program goals, and measurement tools. Review program data and practice changes in using strength-based measurement to drive quality program improvement. Session Block Four | Mount Jackson Room

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A Special Evening with Sarah Smarsh, New York Times BestSelling Author Rural Afterschool and Education: A Door to the World for Low Income and Minority Students Thursday, November 14  |  5:30pm – 7:00pm Vilar Performing Arts Center Sarah Smarsh is an author, speaker, and journalist who focuses on socioeconomic class and rural America. Her book Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, an instant New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award, examines economic inequality through her upbringing among the working poor on a Kansas farm. Sarah has reported on socioeconomic class for The Guardian, New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper’s, and many other publications. Heartland was named a “best of 2018” by NPR, Fresh Air, the Boston Globe, Amazon, Buzzfeed, Barnes and Noble, and Publishers Weekly. In addition to being short-listed for the National Book Award, Heartland was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize, Lukas Prize, Indie Choice Award, and an Audie Award for Smarsh’s reading of audiobook. Actor-producer Sarah Jessica Parker selected the title for the American Library Association’s Book Club Central. Sarah is a regular political commentator in national media and has spoken internationally on poverty, rural issues, and cultural divides at venues ranging from small-town libraries to the Sydney Opera House. Sarah was recently a Fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy and will soon launch a much-anticipated podcast about class and rural America. By ninth grade, Sarah attended eight southern-Kansas schools, ranging from a 2,000-student high school to a tworoom prairie schoolhouse. Now, she holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, as well as degrees in journalism and English from the University of Kansas. A former English professor and grant-writer for social service agencies, Sarah aims for all of her work to have a backbone of civic responsibility. As a fifth-generation Kansas farm kid, Sarah is a long-time dancer of the Country Two-Step, and she once won a naildriving contest. She lives in Kansas.

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Chronic Absenteeism Nicole Bosworth, Ed.D., Director of District Partnerships InClass Today Friday, November 15  |  8:15am – 9:30am Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, Ford Hall, McCoy’s Peak Room As Director of District Partnerships, Nicole Bosworth develops collaborative relationships with districts across the country to help strategically reduce absenteeism. A mounting body of research links absenteeism to lower academic performance, lower attainment of critical and social and emotional skills, and lower high school graduation rates. Absenteeism is also tied to equity: students from low income districts are three times more likely to be chronically absent than their peers. Nicole is on a mission to improve student outcomes by reducing absenteeism and empowering parents and guardians with actionable information proven to increase the number of days students are in school. Prior to joining InClass Today, Nicole was the Director of Literacy for Scholastic Education where she partnered with educators across the country to implement student-centered literacy frameworks. Nicole is passionate about creating equitable opportunity for all students through a focus on access and innovation. Her areas of expertise include instructional leadership and teacher effectiveness; content and implementation; and student engagement and independence. Her career in education began as a secondary educator in large, urban school districts in Texas and Colorado. She holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Innovation from the University of Colorado, a Masters in Educational Psychology, and earned her undergraduate degree at Purdue University. Nicole resides in Dallas, Texas and in her free time you can find her laughing with family and friends, dining al fresco, or watching classic movies at home.

Special Guest and Partner Alexis Steines, Afterschool Alliance As the Senior Director of Field Outreach, Alexis Steines serves as the liaison between the Afterschool Alliance and its growing network of afterschool providers. She keeps the field up-to-date on the ever-changing afterschool policy landscape and mobilizes them to affect the development of afterschool-related public policy. Alexis directs the Afterschool Alliance’s national AmeriCorps VISTA project focused on creating sustainable afterschool programs, increasing participation in the afterschool and summer meal programs, and expanding access to STEM education after school. Alexis joined the Afterschool Alliance in June 2011 after spending five years with the School Nutrition Association, primarily as the Public Affairs Associate. In that position, she monitored federal and state legislation, including the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, served as liaison to several allied organizations, and assisted in managing media relations for the Association. Alexis holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from George Washington University. | 970.777.2015


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 9:45am – 11:00am SESSION BLOCK 5 Do We Need Gender-Specific Programming? Edelina Burciaga, Assistant Professor of Sociology Carrie Makawericz, Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning University of Colorado, Denver Hosted by: Girl PowHER Staff and Participants YouthPower365 What are the benefits and challenges of gender-specific programming in out-of-school time? This session will examine the theory and practice of gender-specific programming. Panelists will include researchers, practitioners, and program participants. Following a brief research presentation, the audience will engage in small groups to discuss their own experience with gender-specific programming and brainstorm how the unique context of rural communities shapes these opportunities. Session Block Five | Mount Jackson Room

Community Design for Impact in Rural Communities Jenn White, Co-Executive Director We are FARMily Build programming that unleashes the power of your community through co-creation. Learn best practices for developing Community Design Teams (CDT), even if you have ZERO existing social capital. Leave with tools for identifying the best approaches for your organization, getting started, developing strong relationships, transitioning power to participants, and adapting to changing needs. Be ready to confidently develop your own CDT. Session Block Five | Grouse Mountain Room


Using Data for Collaboration and Funding Prioritization Pearl Bell, Youth Development Specialist Colorado Department of Human Services Kristi Griffith, Tony Grampsas Youth Services Program Administrator Colorado Department of Human Services The Tony Grampsas Youth Services (TGYS) program provides state funding for community-based programs that provide prevention and intervention services for youth crime and violence, child abuse and neglect, and youth marijuana and substance use. Together, TGYS and the Statewide Youth Development Plan (SYDP) have created a shared data dashboard. The showcase will highlight an annual snapshot of TGYS-identified indicators of risk and protective factors related to TGYS priorities in an interactive, heat mapping dashboard. Come learn about how the TGYS board used this information to inform the priorities for the fall 2019 request for applications. Session Block Five | H.A.W. Tabor Room

Youth as Leaders in Afterschool – How to Authentically Engage Us Presented By Colorado Youth Congress (CYC) The CYC trains diverse communities of young people to lead systems change. We bring together high school students from urban, suburban, and rural communities across Colorado, from all racial, socioeconomic, and political backgrounds, to build a community and learn what it takes to lead change in a complex world. The session is designed and run by students from all over the state. It will be an opportunity for them to share what they want in afterschool programs, challenges/barriers they face in rural communities, and how school and program staff can better support them. Session Block Five | Jack Dempsey Room | 970.777.2015

Building Youth Through Food: Child Nutrition Programs at Your Site Carrie Thielen, Nutrition Programs Grant and Training Principal Consultant Colorado Department of Education School Nutrition Unit Meghan George-Nichols, Quality Improvement/ Performance Management Specialist Nutrition Services Branch, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Access to healthy food is an integral building block for youth development. In this session, you will discover the current needs, gaps, assets, and opportunities to increase participation in and access to federal child nutrition programs. Learn how your afterschool program can benefit from child nutrition programs from out-of-school time to summer meals and all the meals in between! Session Block Five | Molly Brown Room | 970.777.2015


MALGOSIA KOSTECKA THE GROVE CONSULTANTS INTERNATIONAL Malgosia Kostecka is the Visual Recorder for the Conference; she will visually capture the needs, hopes, and innovations of attendees into a shareable roadmap. Malgosia Kostecka specializes in creating interactive visual frameworks for group collaboration and strategic visioning. With a background in education and project coordination, Malgosia is dedicated to leading participants in their process design, using creativity to achieve fruitful outcomes. She pursued the field of graphic facilitation after witnessing how previously-frustrating meetings became successful and engaging with the use of a shared visual memory. Malgosia holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and fine art from The University of California, Santa Cruz. Watch a video of Malgosia at work. As part of the graphic recording for the conference, a series of discussion questions will guide a dialogue among participants. We encourage you to think about and share details on the following prompts. Discussion Board Questions: What is the greatest strength of your community? What is unique about the youth you serve? Thursday Session Questions: What about your program makes you proud? (This could be people, activities, values, partners, resources, etc.) Name three obstacles you want to overcome to serve youth now or in the future? What would you like others to know about your work, your participants, or your community? Friday Session Questions: In what ways do you see your program launching, evolving, or growing in the next few years? (This could be people, activities, values, partners, resources, etc.) What kind of support do you need to fulfill that vision? Who needs to be involved? What are ways you can continue this conversation with conference participants, youth, families, partners, and community after the conference?

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1:45pm – 3:00pm | Ford Hall

1:00pm – 8:00pm | Heritage Hall Foyer


Conference Registration Open

3:00pm- 3:15pm | Heritage Hall Foyer

3:00pm – 5:00pm | Meet at Molly Brown Room

Coffee Break

Site Visits of YouthPower365’s PwrHrs Afterschool Program

3:15pm – 4:30pm | Ford Hall

(This first-come, first-served opportunity requires a reservation. Please contact for more information.)

4:30pm – 5:30pm | McCoy’s Peak Room

3:00pm – 5:00pm | Jack Dempsey Room

Trauma-Informed Care Training for Non-Metro Programs 5:30pm | Mount Jackson Room

Welcome Keynote A Fireside Chat with Carrie Morgridge and Carrie Besnette Hauser on the Four Pillars of Disruption 6:30pm – 8:00pm | McCoy’s Peak Room

Welcome Reception Enjoy drinks, appetizers, and live music

SESSION BLOCK 4 Cocktails with Colorado Afterschool Partnership (CAP) 4:30pm – 5:30pm | Mount Jackson, H.A.W. Tabor, and Jack Dempsey Rooms

Youth-Centered Sessions 6:00pm (Doors open at 5:30pm) | Vilar Performing Arts Center

A Special Evening with author Sarah Smarsh Rural Afterschool and Education: A Door to the World for Low Income and Minority Students



7:00am – 2:00pm | Heritage Hall Foyer

Conference Registration Open

7:00am | Heritage Hall Foyer

7:00am – 7:00pm | Heritage Hall Foyer

7:00am – 6:00pm | Heritage Hall Foyer

Exhibit Hall Open

Exhibit Hall Open Continental Breakfast and Networking 8:15am | McCoy’s Peak Room

Opening Remarks

7:00am | Heritage Hall Foyer

Continental Breakfast and Networking 8:15am | McCoy’s Peak Room

Opening Remarks 8:15am – 9:30am | McCoy’s Peak Room

Opening Keynote Matthew Emerzian presents You Matter! 9:30am - 9:45am | Heritage Hall Foyer

Coffee Break 9:45am – 11:00am | Ford Hall

SESSION BLOCK ONE 11:00am - 11:15am | Heritage Hall Foyer

Coffee Break 11:15am – 12:30pm | Ford Hall

8:15am – 9:30am | McCoy’s Peak Room

Closing Keynote Dr. Nicole Bosworth on Chronic Absenteeism 9:30am - 9:45am | Heritage Hall Foyer

Coffee Break 9:45am – 11:00am | Ford Hall

SESSION BLOCK 5 11:00am – 1:30pm | McCoy’s Peak Room

Working Lunch 11:30am – 1:15pm | McCoy’s Peak Room

Final Session with The Grove Consultants International 1:15pm | McCoy’s Peak Room

Final Remarks and Giveaway

SESSION BLOCK TWO 12:30pm – 1:30pm | McCoy’s Peak Room

Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

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The Brownstein Family Foundation





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THINGS TO DO IN BEAVER CREEK While in Beaver Creek, take some time to explore the local restaurants and shops. The map on page 21 will provide more information on the locations of stores and galleries throughout the Beaver Creek Village. Additionally, Beaver Creek hosts an array of dining options. Please see below for a list of currently open establishments. Located in the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

8100 Mountainside Bar and Grill Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, featuring local, natural, and organic dishes


Located in Beaver Creek Village


Blue Moose Pizza Opens at 11am for lunch and dinner, offering salads, sandwiches, pasta, and NY-style pizza

Beaver Creek Market Open daily from 8am – 7pm

Coyote Café Beaver Creek’s first bar and restaurant, opens at 11am for lunch and dinner, featuring Mexican fare Hooked Open nightly for dinner from 5pm-9pm, serving fresh sushi, seafood, and Asianinspired dishes

Located in Beaver Creek in the Pines Lodge

Grouse Mountain Grill Open nightly at 5:30pm, offering steaks, seafood, and other seasonally influenced dishes, with ingredients sourced from local Colorado farms and ranches

For more information on Beaver Creek, please visit

Rimini Open 8am to 4pm daily, offering breakfast and lunch sandwiches, specialty coffees, fine wines, gelato, and artisan chocolates | 970.777.2015




Summer Adventure Center Lift Tickets, Hiking Center, Adventure Tours and Kids' Adventure Activities




























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