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Workshop Grid




*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.

Understanding the Effects of Trauma: How You Can Support All Youth
Dr. Marissa Coleman, Clinical Psychologist

In this training, participants will explore the context of family and generational trauma with a lense toward the families served in afterschool programs in Vermont. Participants will explore real life examples of how trauma manifests in afterschool populations and will discuss appropriate interventions with children who have experienced trauma. Training will put afterschool work into the context of larger service delivery systems for children and families. Cultural awareness and competence will be woven into the entire four-hour workshop. Participants will be asked to explore their personal experiences and biases working with children from different cultures than their own in order to increase cultural awareness and inclusive services. *This workshop offers four hours of training for Advanced Specialized Care training requirements. Grades K-8.
Theme: Social Emotional Learning
1. For participants to learn at least two behavioral manifestations of trauma in afterschool children.
2. For participants to learn two strategies for trauma-informed practice in the afterschool setting.
3. For participants to explore and understand multi-generational transmission of trauma via a cultural lens.

Dr. Marissa Coleman is a licensed clinical psychologist (doctorate level) offering services in Spanish and English. Her areas of expertise include familial conflict and adjustment, trauma, issues of acculturation, anxiety, depression, school related challenges, and self-esteem issues. In addition to providing mental health services, Marissa consults with organizations on issues of diversity, equity, and belonging. She has been a speaker at international conferences and media outlets including the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, Winter Round Table at Columbia University, WCAX-TV, and CNN Español.



2018 Workshop Session 1 // 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.


Activities + Food = Awesome Afterschool Programming
Becca Mitchell and Ginger Farineau, Hunger Free Vermont

We know that afterschool programming provides safe, inclusive space for students to learn and grow, but afterschool sites can also play a critical role in supporting child food security. Participants will learn about hunger in Vermont and the impacts of food insecurity on a child’s socio-emotional, academic, and physical wellbeing. We will explore different options for feeding children in an afterschool setting, and how to bring these nutrition programs to your site. Participants will have the chance to ask questions and practice pitching afterschool meals to their site’s decision makers.
Age of youth served: K-12
Theme: Health and Wellness
Alternatives to Showing Them the Door: Restorative Practices in Afterschool

Rachel Jolly and Kelly Ahrens, Burlington Community Justice Center
We know the important role that afterschool staff’s relationships are in the lives of students and families. We also know that traditional school discipline isn’t always the most effective way to strengthen those relationships or even achieve the behavioral outcomes you’re looking for. This workshop will explore restorative practices as a holistic alternative in creating meaningful relationships with others and responding to conflict. By the end of this workshop, participants will have:
-Identified underlying justice-related values which influence our work and applied them to afterschool contexts
-Distinguished between a restorative and traditional approach
-Evaluated one to two potential uses of restorative approaches in their afterschool setting
Age of youth served: grades K-8
Theme: Social Emotional Learning
Create an Environment for Tinkering and Engineering
Darcie Rankin, Richmond Elementary 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 hands-on activities as a catalyst for discussions on how to push beyond ‘craft projects’ to more purposeful creations that are fun, support tinkering and engineering learning, and are personally satisfying to the tinkerer! Participants will leave with lots of ideas to apply to their own learning environments. Age of youth served: grades K-8.
Theme: STEM 
Milton Chen Keynote: Going Deeper
Dr. Milton Chen
Want to learn more about Milton Chen’s career based on expanding learning opportunities outside the school day? Interested in boosting creativity and innovation in your program? Join Milton after his keynote to take a deeper dive into his work. Age of youth served: grades K-12.
Theme: Quality
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.
Theme: Curriculum Enrichment
Developing and Evaluating Program Staff: How to Grow Emerging Leaders
Tricia Pawlik-York, Vermont Afterschool
As supervisors we have a responsibility to grow our staff and provide relevant and honest feedback. This workshop addresses how to give feedback, how to conduct effective performance reviews, and also how to effectively work with staff to develop their professional skills. 1. Learn guidelines for giving effective feedback to staff members. 2. Leave with a clear understanding of the steps of a performance review. Suitable for directors or site directors working with youth of all ages.
Theme: Leadership
Youth as Entrepreneurs
Mike Cioffi, Detail Works; Sarah Heusner, Burlington School Food Project; Katie O’Day, The Junction Youth Center
Come learn from our panel about how youth focused entrepreneurial projects give youth shared values and vision as a stepping stone to successfully pursuing their dreams. Spectrum Detail Works, Fork in the Road, and Listen Thrift Stores are all entrepreneurial programs that strive to change the mindsets of young people so they believe in themselves and what they can accomplish. These programs also inspire youth to overcome barriers and seize opportunities for their well-being as well as the good of their communities. Age of youth served: grades 7+.
Theme: Older Youth




2018 Workshop Session 2 // 11:30 – 12:45 p.m.


Art and Inclusion in Afterschool Settings
Alexandra Turner, VSA Vermont
This workshop is designed to help you harness the power of authentic, inclusive arts experiences in their afterschool programs. The workshop will include plenty of opportunity to experiment with arts materials, as well as cover the nuts-and-bolts of why and how to offer inclusive art experiences to ensure access for all in your after school program. Participants should plan to play. No prior arts experience necessary, but even seasoned artists will come away with new tricks.
Age of youth served: grades K-12.
Theme: Curriculum Enrichment
Circling Up for Justice
Rachel Jolly and Kelly Ahrens, Burlington Community Justice Center
As schools across the country look for ways to build community and seek alternatives to respond to conflict, restorative approaches are offering hope. Circles are an ancient form of coming together and have been used to strengthen relationships and address harm. In this workshop, we’ll get to experience a restorative circle first-hand. Participants will have:
-Identified the key components of a restorative circle
-Practiced a circle process as a way to build community
Age of youth served: grades K-12.
Theme: Social Emotional Learning
Inspiring Our Adolescents by Understanding the Science Behind Them
Have you ever worked with a youth who is stuck in a pattern and refuses to budge? Have you ever doubted your own skills to help them motivate and start to move forward?
This workshop will change the way you think of adolescents and approach your work with them. A combination of trauma informed care, knowledge of adolescent brain development, motivational tools and empowerment practices that when used together can fuel the inspiration within our youth and young adults. You will leave with a new powerful set of tools and resources to shift stagnant thought patterns into positive motion.
Learning Objectives:
-Knowledge of adolescent brain development
-Knowledge of the impact of trauma on brain development
-Motivational approaches to empower youth to take initiative in their own lives
Age of youth served: grades 5-12.
Theme: Older Youth
Just Play

Lee Barrett, Colchester Parks & Recreation
Come be PLAYFUL in this “Just Play” workshop. Leave your worries, responsibilities and general adultness at the door and participate as we not only discuss play but fully engage in it. Plato said “You can discover more about a person in an hour or play than in a year of conversation.” And we have 75 minutes! Let’s use every one of those minutes and tap into your inner kid and get lost in games, activities and discussion.
-Participants are encouraged to fully engage in play based activities to experience first hand how they feel
-Participants will discuss the social, emotional, academic and physical benefits play can provide
-Participants will observe and practice how games and activities can be modified to fit all ability levels and be inclusive to everyone
Age of youth served: grades K-8.
Theme: Health and Wellness
Ruuti: What We Can Learn from Finland
Holly Morehouse and Barbara Russ, Vermont Afterschool
You may have heard that Finland has some of the highest test scores in the world. But did you also know that they have one of the shortest school days? What does that mean for children and youth, and how are the Finns using this time/space outside the school day to support growth and learning? Based on our recent travels throughout Finland, this workshop will explore the creative, integrated, and cross-sector way that Finland supports positive youth development, youth rights, and youth voice outside the school day and over the summer. Join us in this exploration of an alternative and inspiring model for youth work. Age of youth served: grades 5-12.
Theme: Older Youth
Step Up to Vermont’s STARS
Johanna Vaczy, Mary Johnson Children’s Center
This workshop will provide an overview of STARS (The STep Ahead Recognition System), Vermont’s quality recognition system for child care, preschool, and afterschool programs. 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, and program staff will be better able to support administrative goals related to STARS. Age of youth served: grades K-8.
Theme: Quality
Youth Development and Business Partners
Suzanne Birdsall-Stone, Independent Consultant; and Christine Gingerella, Laconia School District’s Office of Extended Learning
Enhancing youth’s strengths, building their leadership skills, and fostering positive relationships with their community are enriched when businesses and afterschool work together. Afterschool programs benefit from resources, specialized knowledge and higher-level activities while businesses benefit by introducing young minds to their field of work (future workforce). Learn how a project in NH incorporated youth voice and business/community partnerships to intentionally develop social emotional learning and skill development. What are the possibilities for your program? Receive materials for replication and create tangible action items for implementation. Age of youth served: Grades K-12.
Theme: Partnerships
Learning Objectives:
-Create 2-3 action items to more fully incorporate youth voice in college, career, and life readiness activities.
-Design a timeline that incorporates 2-3 new strategies that advance business/community partnerships.




2018 Workshop Session 3 // 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm


Basics of Social and Emotional Learning in Afterschool: Elementary Age
Sara Forward, Vermont Afterschool
This workshop is an introduction to social and emotional learning in school-aged children. We will explore the ways in which children learn social skills, the neuroscience behind challenging behavior and emotional regulation in children and adults, and the emotions coaching and problem-solving that will be most effective in increasing social and emotional learning in your afterschool program. We will review specific daily interactions with children and discuss ways to subtly change the messages behind your words and actions to help kids to gain social skills such as the ability to calm down after an upset, to transition from one activity to the next, to make amends with peers, and to express feelings in healthy ways. Age of youth served: grades K-4.
Theme: Social Emotional Learning
Building Community Through Music
Rosina Cannizzaro and Benjamin Klemme, Vermont Youth Orchestra Association
This interactive workshop is designed with the non-musician in mind and engages participants in music-making activities that build community in a fun and creative setting. Utilizing pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments and found objects, participants will learn the basic elements of music through a group composed piece of music. Unleash your inner-composer and learn strategies for creating an inclusive music making environment that inspires the musician in all of us. Age of youth served: grades K-8.
Theme: Curriculum Enrichment
Capitalizing on Collaboration
Ceilidh Galloway-Kane, WonderArts
This leadership workshop is designed to build a road map for your optimizing collaboration in the afterschool setting. We will identify best practices when it comes to partnerships, strategies, resources, and ideal outcomes. The workshop will include group brainstorms, a craft activity, and participants will leave ready to build successful collaborations. Age of youth served: grades K-12.
Theme: Leadership
Enhancing Reading Using Signs & Tracks in Nature
Kurt Valenta, Exordium
Many students struggle with achieving reading competency. By combining outdoor exploration with structured research, this program uses the signs and tracks found in nature to engage the brain in the same process it uses in learning to read. The brain is thereby engaged in learning, unbeknownst to the student. The presentation will show the broad scope of standards that can be addressed for varying grade levels, having students producing a variety of texts and materials. The program will also address how to extend or deepen learning to meet individual needs and abilities. Conference participants will engage in a number of hands-on activities that will simulate student experiences when taking part in this program. Age of youth served: grades K-8.
Theme: STEM
Teaching Nutrition to Kids
Amy Davidson and Susan Bodette, UVM Extension
This workshop will introduce learners to the EFNEP approach to nutrition education, and the environmental supports that form the foundation for effective nutrition education programs for youth grades 3-12. We will explore age appropriate concepts and educational approaches to cooking and nutrition education with youth that are fun, relevant and emphasize behavior change using examples from curricula. Age of youth served: grades 3-12.
Theme: Health and WellnessGoals: 1. Reflect on your program’s ability to provide strong supports for cooking and nutrition education programs. 2. Learn tips to safely cook with kids in the kitchen or classroom. 3. Recognize the components of age appropriate approaches to nutrition education that are built to encourage behavior change.
The Gender Spectrum: An Introduction to Gender Diversity
Lisa Estivill, Washington County Mental Health Services
This introductory workshop is geared toward professionals who work with children and youth and want to learn more about gender expression and/or identity differences. Participants will gain a greater understanding of gender diversity. It is intended that participants leave this workshop with a greater understanding of the gender spectrum and comfort having affirming conversations about gender diversity with students, parents and colleagues. Age of youth served: grades K-12.
Theme: Diversity
Youth Voice: Making it Authentic and Empowered
Alissa Faber and Sam Graulty, Vermont Afterschool
Learn how in increase youth voice and older youth participation in your program. Support youth in meaningful expression and decision making practices. How can youth be included in daily activity planning and program-wide decisions? Recommended strategies will be divided into opportunities and support. Providing youth opportunities without the necessary adult supports does not work. Age of youth served: grades 5-12.
Theme: Older Youth


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