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Workshop Grid

2018 workshop sessions are coming soon.




*Please note that you must pre-register for this workshop and commit to attendance for the morning and afternoon sessions. Size will be limited and a few “drop ins” will be permitted.

Whole Body Behavior Strategies: How to Help Kids Regulate
Sara Forward, Vermont Afterschool; and Cathy Salmons, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
This active workshop will focus on brain-based behavior management strategies, emphasizing compassion and respect. Participants will learn to coach children in afterschool programs as they experience the emotions of every day experiences. We will look at daily conversations that every afterschool staff person has with children and find ways that will subtly reflect and validate feelings, as well as give children confidence in social problem solving. Participants will also learn to identify the state of regulation a child is experiencing and will leave with specific strategies to increase connection and help children to self-regulate. In addition to emotions coaching and cognitive strategies, participants will have their own movement experience led by a gifted dance instructor and licensed social worker. The second part of the day will be an interactive exploration of engaging children in emotional processing and regulation through dance. We will be open, laugh, and enjoy learning together as participants reflect on ways to give children movement opportunities to increase self regulation. Age of youth served: grades K-8.Note: This workshop qualifies as Advanced Specialized Care (ASC).



2017 Workshop Session 1 // 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.


Arts and Inclusion
Alexandra Turner, VSA Vermont
In this workshop, afterschool professionals are invited to come and find the joy in making art together. Topics will include an introduction to a variety of accessible,  non-toxic art materials, setting up spaces to facilitate art making while minimizing mess, including everyone in the art making process, keeping art making spaces safe, and using the process of artmaking to de-stress, regulate emotions and build community. No experience is necessary, and seasoned artists will also come away with some new tricks and tips. Age of youth served: grades K-12.
Being Curious, Available, and Intentional: How Young People Can Access Their Potential Through Guidance
Abby Matchette, Centerpoint
The junior high and high school years are emotionally challenging even under the best of circumstances, but for adolescents who have had adverse childhood experiences this time can be particularly painful. Lacking the needed assets and resources to interact successfully with their peers or adults in their life can often leave these students vulnerable to poor school performance, social isolation, and increased risk of further trauma. In this workshop we will focus on using the developmental assets of adolescents as a way to understand the strengths our youth bring to their lives and how they can be fostered through curiosity, guidance, and intentionality. Age of youth served: grades 7-12.
Destination Imagination: Thinking Outside The Box
Pasquale DiLego, Vermont Destination Imagination
This is a hands-on workshop that introduces participants to Destination Imagination. Participants will learn divergent thinking and have a unique opportunity to participate in challenging and motivating activities. They will develop their creative skills through problem solving and independent thinking. Participants should come prepared to be actively involved with working on solutions to some Instant Challenges and be ready to have a lot of fun with a variety of activities. Age of youth served: grades K-12.
Finding Our Way: Equity in the Classroom & Beyond
Beth Truzansky, Steve Ames, and Carolyn Wesley, Building Bright Futures
Deepen your understanding of how children and families from diverse backgrounds (including socio-economic, racial, cultural, family structure and geographic) experience early childhood and afterschool programs. Are we, as professionals who support children and families, creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all to thrive? Are our programs responsive to diverse family structures, incomes, ethnicities and other conditions that affect children’s ability to learn and grow? We will use this session to affirm a commitment to equity and seek deeper understanding. You will work with colleagues to examine program practices, policies and family engagement approaches through an equity lens and create a plan for further learning and action. Age of youth served: grades K-12..
How to Teach Kids the 9 Essential Habits of Empathy
Dr. Michele Borba, Keynote Speaker
Empathy activates conscience, curbs bullying, reduces prejudice and promotes moral courage, the foundation to trust, the benchmark of humanity and core to everything that makes a society civilized. But empathy is also diminishing in our students: a 40 percent drop in the last 30 years. For students to be truly “successful,” they also need to be able to put themselves in someone else’s shoes and think “WE” not “ME.” This inspiring address offers ways to teach students vital habits that will increase empathy and reduce bullying while improving their academic performance and character. You’ll learn cutting-edge science that proves those gains, and you’ll leave with dozens of simple, practical strategies can be easily applied to any subject or grade level and make a difference on our students’ lives. Age of youth served: K-12.
Strategies to Improve Your STARS
Johanna Vaczy, Mary Johnson Children’s Center
This workshop will provide description of the Step Ahead Recognition System (STARS), how it was developed, its purpose, and its use. Participants will receive information and strategies for increasing program quality, and how to receive recognition for quality practices through the STARS system. Programs currently participating in STARS will learn strategies for moving to higher star levels. Age of youth served: grades K-8.
Teaching Outdoor Skills in Afterschool
Cindy Perry, Raven’s Wood Outdoor School for Renegades
Keep kids happy and screen-free during the out-of-school time hours. This is a hands-on workshop designed to thrill kids back to nature with an emphasis on safety. This workshop will explore shelter building, whittling, leave no trace camping ethics, emergency first aid, outdoor crafts and games. You will leave with activities to engage kids in the great outdoors! Age of youth served: grades 3-8.




2017 Workshop Session 2 // 11:30 – 12:45 p.m.


Building Community Through the Performing Arts in Your Afterschool Program
Susan Palmer, Flynn Center for Performing Arts
Demand for afterschool programs in the arts continues to increase. In a poll by the National Opinion Research Center, parents listed the arts as second only
to technology when asked what programs they wanted most for their children in the after-school environment. Join Flynn Center education staff as we share tried and true ways to engage students in creative self-expression using the tools of theater to build community, strengthen empathy, and foster creativity with a focus on persistence and safe risk-taking. Whether you’re a passionate arts person, or have no experience at all, you CAN integrate drama and theater into your programs and we will show you how. Age of youth served: grades K-12.
Cooking Up Science
Merry McDonnell, Independent Trainer
This workshop is not about baking brownies from a box! Explore (and try) experiments that will engage and enlighten kids about big science ideas using simple kitchen materials. Take the Marshmallow Sinking Challenge, learn how to make a Pizza Box Solar Oven, launch a Time-Release Bubble Bomb, and more. Use these ideas and additional resources to develop your own kitchen science activities! Age of youth served: grades K-8.
Every Picture Tells Their Story
Julia Gabor, Write Brain World
Young people’s communication skills are forming through texts and in short social media blasts. Yet young people are not developing vital skills they need to in order to be successful in their personal and professional lives. This interactive session will explore how project-based learning, creative writing, and storytelling activities will teach students to collaborate, become courageous, feel connected, and stay curious while addressing issues such as literacy & 21st Century skills. Age of youth served: grades K-12.
Get Kids Coding
Jennifer Parker, Arlington Memorial Middle/High School
Students at AMHS learn programming and computer science concepts with various puzzles and activities both on and offline. Learn how students in grades 6-12 have created online games using Tynker and MIT’s Scratch with drag-and-drop code. Discover how students can journey through the many challenges of Turtle Island, a special Minecraft world, designed to teach students the basics of programming using Beginner’s Turtles in ComputerCraftEdu. Join a MS/HS school librarian and explore a variety of simple, low cost and no cost coding options that are available to educators. Age of youth served: grades 6-12.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to Create Positive Out-of-School Time Program Culture
Amy Wheeler-Sutton and Sherry Schoenberg, University of Vermont
This session will provide the rationale for PBIS and describe the critical features needed to create a positive out-of-school time program culture. Examples from Vermont and national exemplar PBIS schools will be shared. Universal practices such as defining/teaching behavior expectations, providing positive acknowledgment to individuals and groups, and establishing consistent responses to problem behavior will be highlighted. Strategies for starting PBIS in your own out-of-school time programs, aligning practices with affiliated PBIS schools, or deepening existing Universal practices within an existing program’s PBIS framework will be explored. Age of youth served: grades K-12.
Starting an Afterschool Tinkering Program
Darcie Rankin, Richmond Elementary School; Alisha Sawyer, St. Albans City School
Explore how the “maker movement” is expanding both school and afterschool enrichment. This workshop will emphasize important start-up considerations of access, high and low tech projects, linking to the school day and creating a safe space and culture for tinkering. Participants will try a hands-on activity as a catalyst for discussions on how to push beyond ‘craft projects’ to more purposeful creations that are fun, support learning and are personally satisfying to the tinkerer! Age of youth served: grades K-8.
What’s in Rosie’s Toolbox?
Jen Roberts and Katie Craig, Vermont Works for Women
Vermont Works for Women’s girls’ programs start by creating a safe, caring environment that encourages all kids to step outside their comfort zones, take risks, and grow. Join us to practice activities that reduce relational aggression, support healthy relationships, and develop the groundwork of trust that kids need in order to take challenges, face fears, and ultimately gain self-confidence and resilience. We’ll share the research, practices, and tools that  Rosie’s Girls and Dirt Divas use to help kids see their own limitless potential. Age of youth served: grades 5-8.
Yoga as a SEL and Wellness Tool
Kate Hudspeth, Spark Youth Yoga
This workshop will begin with a guided yoga class for participants to experience yoga as a self-care tool.  Staff will learn how to incorporate yoga into their work with youth to promote self-regulation of emotions.  Participants will leave an understanding of breathing techniques, yoga poses, group activities, mindfulness, and relaxation exercises to implement in their after school program. Age of youth served: grades K-4.




2017 Workshop Session 3 // 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm


Child Trauma and the Complexities of Afterschool Care
Kate Littlefield, NFI Vermont
In this workshop, participants will learn basic information about early trauma and the impact on children. They will learn about the most effective strategies for supporting these children and how to modify these strategies given the complexities of afterschool programs such as limited funds, high child to staff ratios, and varying needs of the children while attending to curriculum requirements. Age of youth served: grades K-12.
Circus Arts and Skills
Shannon LaRose, Ripton Elementary School
In this workshop we will learn to juggle various juggling props in a simple, step-by-step way, in an environment where it’s always okay to drop the ball, or stick or yo-yo. We’ll begin with scarves and balls before moving on to devil sticks, diabolos and yo-yos. It’s fun, it’s healthy, and you’re guaranteed to learn some new skills and have fun while your learning. Age of youth served: grades K-8.
Connecting Afterschool and Summer to Personalized Learning
Holly Morehouse, Vermont Afterschool & Christy Gallese, Burlington School District
Afterschool and summer learning programs are natural places for students to explore personalized learning and build proficiency. This panel discussion will cover best practices on how to support and strengthen the use of evidence in your programs, how to connect with school-based standards for proficiency, and how to work with school administrators, teachers, students, and parents so that afterschool and summer become an integral part of every student’s path and plan. Age of youth served: grades 5-12.
Engaging and Communicating with Parents
Alissa Faber, Vermont Afterschool
This workshop will give participants the opportunity to explore their opinions about parenting and family diversity and learn about the stages of parenting. Participants will have time to discuss and role play how to handle a variety of scenarios related to interactions with families accessing a youth program. Participants will practice how to communicate a difficult message to a parents/guardians and brainstorm activities and communication techniques they can add to their program to increase family engagement. Age of youth served: grades K-12.
Environmental Explorations by Season
Lauren Chicote, Winooski Valley Park District
This session will offer an overview for program design and accessing the extensive network of environmental partners in our state. Participants will explore learning opportunities that are anchored in each of Vermont’s four spectacular seasons. We encourage both front line staff AND those in leadership to come explore how environmental literacy can be done year-round! Age of youth served: grades K-5.
Local Foods and Nutrition Education in Meal Programs
Abbie Nelson and Marissa Watson, NOFA-VT Food Systems
In Vermont we have increased meal and meal sites over the past few years, but getting local food for them has been a challenge due to proper procurement regulations, time to find local food, and prepare it. In addition, if you make it will the kids eat it?! Often they need some introduction to new foods and educational activities to go with them. In this workshop we will share innovations in purchasing, serving, and educating kids about local foods and resources you can take away. Age of youth served: grades K-12.
Mapping Your Story
Judy Dow, Saba
Learn history from another perspective. Native Americans living where you live today have a different story to tell about the land you live on. Hidden by waves of immigration and emigration the story that you read about on the road signs and monuments of your town tells a story from that of a colonizer’s perspective.  Discover the story before European settlement. Learn to read the land and map the story the land has to tell. Can you see the old river beds, the fertile valleys that provided food for the animals and people and do you understand the geographic story the land is telling you? Explore and discover through mapping how to tell the story of where you fit on this historical time line. Age of youth served: grades K-12.
Promoting Student Outcomes Through Physical Activity: CATs on the Move
Betsy Hoza, Caroline Martin and Erin Shoulberg, University of Vermont
This session will provide a brief background on why physical activity can help promote better child outcomes; a description of the CATs on the Move, an aerobic physical activity curriculum for children in grades K-3; an overview of data evaluating the program; a demonstration of program activities; and a brief opportunity to experience CATs on the Move as an active participant. Age of youth served: grades K-3.


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