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Vermont Afterschool Conference

Vermont Afterschool Conference
Stoweflake Mountain Resort
November 1, 2019




The Vermont Afterschool Conference is an annual event that brings together hundreds of expanded learning programs, partners, advocates, and educators from around the state for a full day of learning, networking, and celebration.

We welcomed Milton Chen as our keynote speaker for 2018. Dr. Milton Chen is senior fellow and executive director, emeritus at The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF), a non-profit operating foundation in the San Francisco Bay Area that produces the award-winning Edutopia.org website on innovative K-12 learning. He served as executive director of GLEF for 12 years from 1998 to 2010. Prior to joining GLEF, he served for 10 years as the founding director of the KQED Center for Education (PBS) in San Francisco. In the 1970s, he was a director of research at Sesame Workshop in New York, helping develop Sesame Street, The Electric Company, and 3-2-1 Contact.

Dr. Chen, author of Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in Our Schools, has been an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and, during 2007-08, was one of 35 Fulbright New Century Scholars. Dr. Chen will be speaking on the ways that afterschool and out-of-school time programs can foster creativity and innovation in youth.


Professional Development and Networking

In total, this statewide professional development experience offers six hours of quality training plus time for visiting with exhibitors, hearing from state leaders and special guests, and networking with other programs and providers from around the state.

  • SEL Pre-conference: Join us for a hope-filled afternoon of learning and networking as we explore the N.E.A.R. sciences. Be part of a conversation about how afterschool fits into the larger picture of care for families and learn about the free support services available to you and your program this year through the Youth Resiliency Project. This is a FREE event on Thursday 11/1 at the Stoweflake, 1-4 p.m.
  • Our 2018 conference offered 24 workshop selections that focus on best practices in out-of-school time programming, youth development, and expanded learning opportunities.
  • Full-day workshops offer in-depth training for participants who want a deeper dive on a single topic. For 2018, we offered “Understanding the Effects of Trauma: How You Can Support All Youth” with Dr. Marissa Coleman who is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in trauma-focused therapy.
  • The conference concludes with the Afterschool Café. The Afterschool Café is an open networking time where attendees come together for music, food, sharing, and fun. Raffle prizes are also awarded during the Café thanks to the generosity and donations of more than 40 local programs, businesses, and organizations.
  • Discounted room rates are available at the Stoweflake for those who want to stay Thursday night prior to the event.


2018 Conference Sponsors and Supporting Organizations

To find out more information on how to become a conference sponsor or exhibitor, please click here.

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