28 amazing workshops, all selected to enhance your understanding of the most important topics in the field of Afterschool and Summer Learning.


WORKSHOP BLOCK ONE : 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

  • “It Takes a Village…” Supporting the Whole Child through Collaboration, SEL, and Afterschool Programming – Charmaine Davis-Bey, Ohio Department of Education
    • This workshop focuses on central themes of learning and program teaching/engagement by exploring child development in four broad areas: cognition, emotion, social child and whole child.  Participants will explore these topics, with focus on how to impact our after-school/out-of-school programs today.  Emphasis will be placed on the interaction of theory, research and practice – for those interested in understanding human development, improving self-learning process and/or teaching our youth more effectively.
  • Launch Your Kids’ Life Skills with Entrepreneurship – Liz Nusken & Jessie Jones, OAN & Young Entrepreneur Institute
    • Entrepreneurship education is a fun way to make school-day learning relevant, build language arts skills, and introduce college and career options. Learn how to engage elementary and middle school students in learning about entrepreneurship using the free K-12 Young Entrepreneur Pitch toolkit.
  • Easy Solutions to Stop Afterschool and Summer Learning Loss – Dr. Erik Thorson & Bruce Henson, ThinkStretch
    • A data driven session that will tackle the question:  “What happens to the students leaning retention once they leave the classroom?”  Research is conclusive  that – elementary students simply cannot hang onto their school year skills over summer break or after school.  Skill review must become a typical part of the school year calendar, led and supported by innovative schools and engaged families, for our students to move onto the next level of academic achievement.
  • Walk a Mile with our Families – Michele Timmons, EnvisionEd Plus (OHIO APPROVED)
    • Join us for an interactive experience where we all “Walk a Mile” in the shoes of the families we serve.  Build interpersonal and empathy skills while developing strategies to improve your ability to meet families where they are so they can be a partner in their child’s education.
  • Hidden Rules to Bridge Student Achievement – Stacy Ward-Braxton, Center for Out-of-School Advancement
    • Hidden Rules to Bridge Student Achievement is a starting point where one can develop accurate mental models of poverty, middle class, and wealth. This session will include a new lens through which attendees can view themselves, their students, student care takers, and the community.
  • Hope Relationships: More than a Mentor – Patricia Smoot-Wicks, PATHworks!
    • Our interactive workshop illustrates a process to establish shared expectations, build authentic relationships and targeted goals; and set a foundation for consistent communication between you and the young adults you serve.  Improve your mentoring relationships. Participants will leave the workshop with expanded understanding of the mentoring relationship and actionable plans for immediate impact and lasting outcomes.
  • How to Lead your Students without Saying a Word – Karen Martin, Afterschool Programs of Lancaster
    • This training is to help professionals with commanding student’s attention and building positive relationships to increase learning. Participants will learn how to be engaging, inspiring, and fun, while still maintaining an environment of safety, trust, and order. This session will include tools for personal evaluation and reflection on how to build on or improve current practices.
  • Using Mentoring to Advance Health, Education, and Community Conditions while Promoting Success in Boys and Young Men of Color – Jasper Person, TAILORED FIT Consulting
    • “In this session, we will share what we have learned through the partnership with My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and MENTOR in developing the Guide to Mentoring Boys and Young Men of Color, share case studies, engage participants in activities from training (training for mentors who mentor boys and young men of color developed in partnership with the Open Society Foundation and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement) and close with an interactive discussion on how to apply techniques in participants’ programs and in communities. Given the many competing priorities that schools face, how can schools partner with the community to address the root causes of mental and behavioral health
      problems and trauma in students? Learn about a process to build and sustain a coordinated network of school-connected partnerships to provide the positive environment and student supports necessary for all students to thrive. Through an active discussion and presentation on community context and practical frameworks, and using case examples from local, state, and national efforts, four steps will be presented that have helped stakeholders align school
      and community programs that support student success.”
  • How to Hire and Develop High-Quality Staff, Katherine Spinney, Katherine Spinney Coaching, LLC (OHIO APPROVED)
    • As 21st CCLC tells us high-quality programs require high-quality staff. Unfortunately, the Forum of Youth Investment has found that only 1/3 of OST staff are considered high-quality and only half of OST programs produce positive impact. To change this trajectory, we must focus on hiring and developing high-quality staff. This session will explore best practices for hiring and developing these high-quality staff. Our people are not the problem. Our approach is.
  • NASA Glenn Education – STEM Content and Funding Opportunities for OST Organizations – Chris Hartenstine, NASA Glenn Research Center
    • Right now, NASA is taking steps to begin the next era of exploration, to push the boundaries of human exploration forward to the Moon and on to Mars. NASA is working to establish a permanent human presence on the Moon within the next decade to uncover new scientific discoveries. The Moon provides an opportunity to test new tools, instruments and equipment that could be used on the 34 million mile trip to Mars, including human habitats, life support systems, and technologies and practices that could help us build self-sustaining outposts away from Earth.

      To engage the public in the excitement of these NASA missions, the NASA Glenn Office of Education has designed authentic STEM challenges that inspire students to work on real-world problems in a collaborative, team-based environment. Students apply lessons learned to solve problems that STEM professionals may face while gaining a deeper knowledge of how NASA is a part of their everyday lives. NASA Glenn is seeking partners from youth-serving organizations (YSOs) in Ohio to receive training and funding support for travel and supplies to conduct these STEM activities. This session will showcase the NASA STEM content offered through these opportunities and provide tips on how to draft strong proposals.


  • Partnering with Families – Viviana Hernandez Saint-Louis, Kids Included Together (OHIO APPROVED)
    • Children come to your program as part of a family unit. Learning to create a partnership with a child’s family will help you provide the best service to all children. Learn to communicate successfully with parents, how to set up a positive relationship, and what to do when challenges arise.
  • Building Opportunities with Better Resources – Shannon Teague, Ohio Department of Education
    • This workshop is designed to allow participants to learn more about grant opportunities and other funding at the Ohio Department of Education.  Participants will speak directly to 21st Century grantees.  Participants will be able to ask specific questions of various ODE leaders about the funding opportunities and best practices at ODE.
  • Restraint Collapse – Archer Thomas, 4-C for Children (OHIO APPROVED)
    • It takes a great deal of energy, mental motivation, emotional containment, and physical restraint to keep ourselves at our best for other people while at work, childcare, or school. Students are asked to sit, listen, sit some more, and learn all day; It is understandable that some cannot take the pressure any longer and collapse. This session will discuss the concept of the after-school restraint collapse—a collapse, or meltdown, because a child is so emotionally overwhelmed by school that they can no longer keep it together.  Participants will discuss responsive relationship ideas to promote security and safety in their school-age environment.
  • OhioMeansJobs Readiness Seal and Afterschool Programs: Support Ohio’s Work-Ready Students – Kayla Mickens, Ohio Department of Education
    • Ohio high school students now can earn recognition by showing they are prepared to contribute to the workplace and their communities. In this session, attendees will learn the process in which a student can earn the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal designation. Further, attendees will be equipped with strategies to identify how their afterschool program can create and enhance mentorship and work-based learning opportunities for students to gain experience demonstrating the professional skills required to achieve the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal.
  • Amplifying the Student Voice – Alicia Trescott, Richmond Heights Local Schools
    • The student voice is a key component to successful after school programming. Providing specific opportunities for students to have significant input into programming increases attendance and affords students critical ownership of their environment. This session will discuss and equip professionals with tangible tools and pathways to creating a student-centered site where student voice is amplified and manifested in after school programming.
  • Demystifying Ohio’s Social-Emotional Learning Standards – Flo Brett, Effective Leadership Academy
    • What does SEL mean to you? Join us to break down the meaning of the Ohio Dept. of Education’s new SEL standards, what that means for your students and programs, and how to bring them to life to ensure your learners are on the cutting edge and engaged in the development they need to succeed in the 21st century and beyond!  Experience an example of specific competencies in action via hands-on experiential learning activities to explore application of concepts.
  • Ethics in Youth Work – Jeananne Reich, Indiana Youth Services Association (OHIO APPROVED)
    • Participants in this session will practice and learn to apply the Standards for Practice of North American Child and Youth Care Professionals. Discussion will include what ethics are and are not, the primary function, and structure of the code. Sample scenarios will allow participants to apply the concepts as they practice how to “do” ethics. This session is part of the Foundations course from the Academy of Competent Youth Work and meets part of the requirement for Child and Youth Care Certification. This session is appropriate for direct service and administrative staff members.
  • Stepping FORWARD on Closing Out your 21st Century Grant – Nina Pace, Ohio Department of Education
    • This workshop session will give 21st Century grantees guidance and tips on how to prepare for closing out their grant cycle, in accordance to EDGAR §80.50.  In addition to compliance, tips will be shared on how to sustain your program once funding has ended – by a panel of current 21st CCLC grantees.   These voices from the field will discuss implementation of strong professional development initiatives, pros & cons faced, collaborative efforts, data-driven components, and to what level of 21st CCLC programming is sustained.
  • Principal Matters: Tips for Creating Collaborative Relationships between Afterschool Programs and School Leaders – Paul Young (OHIO APPROVED)
    • The success of a school-based afterschool program is dependent upon many factors. The program can be well-resourced, have great staff, operate efficiently, enjoy good rapport with parents, and yet, if a new principal takes the reins of the school and does not share the same vision of afterschool programming as those who were in place before, chaos can consume the program.
      This training will review the recommendations set forth a decade ago by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) that were geared toward helping principals and the afterschool program site director work together in harmony.  Practical tips for creating collaborative relationships between afterschool programs and school Leaders in areas of program vision, organization, infrastructure, development, personal care, community engagement, and student learning. The training will be beneficial for all afterschool professionals, particularly those new to their leadership position.
      Participants will have the opportunity to share personal challenges, issues, and obstacles to relationship building and review strategies for improvement in an open, participant-driven, adult learning environment.


  • Everything you Need to Know to Put your Best foot Forward when Implementing a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant – Charlotte Jones-Ward, Ohio Department of Education
    • Join this distinguished panel of 21st Century grantees as they share their journey; full of exciting experiences and opportunities that have empowered and inspired students beyond the classroom.  Panelist will share a broad spectrum of experiences such as how to navigate the 21st Century 5-year grant cycle, how to ensure successful and valuable programming, how to engage youth and families, how to tackle sustainability and more.  In this interactive session, you will have the opportunity to learn from those with hands-on knowledge and understanding and be able to ask those thought-provoking questions to help you put your best foot forward.
  • Pathways to Positive Behavior – Viviana Hernandez Saint-Louis, Kids Included Together (OHIO APPROVED)
    • Pathway to Positive Behavior addresses the fact that all children display some type of behavioral challenge. This workshop will focus on how to prevent negative behaviors before they occur and how to create environments that offer positive behavior support to children with behavioral challenges.
  • How to Be More Strength-Based to Develop Positive Connections with Youth, Families, and Staff – Alison Black, America SCORES
    • In this training we will review the strengths-based framework and how it is grounded in an understanding of and responsiveness to the impact of trauma. We will explore the impact it has on the individual and organizational culture. As well as looking at how to implement it in simple (low cost) ways. The goal is to build your skills and capacities so that you can build the skills and capacities of the youth you serve to increase their self efficacy.
  • Adult SEL for Afterschool Staff – Jill Merolla, Warren City Schools
    • Adult SEL for After School staff will provide experiential techniques and strategies for Adult staff members so they can recognize/regulate their own SEL competences (Self Awareness, Social Awareness, Managing Emotions, Responsible Decision Making, and Relationship building) so they are better able to support and enrich the SEL skills of their students. The session will provide time for staff to examine in small groups their own triggers/background in dealing with anger and conflict and participants will be introduced to several SELengagement activities that they can use with their students.
  • AspireIT Programs: Sparking Interest in Computer Science – Eva Bradshaw, National Center for Women & Information Technology
    • NCWIT AspireIT is designed to teach K-12 girls programming fundamentals and computational thinking in fun, creative, and hands-on environments — all while using a near-peer approach. After school programs can partner with AspireIT leaders and spark an interest in computer science in their participants.
  • Everyone Thrives: Gender Equity in Afterschool – Sheila James, Center for Out-of-School Advancement
    • As young children begin to notice the differences in social expectations for gender roles, the ways teachers interact with students stand to have a great impact on their ability to participate in their education. In this session we will discuss ways OST staff can promote Gender Equity in their programs.
  • Turning to a Fresh Page – Taking Representation to Afterschool Spaces for Grades 8-12 – Ricki Janis, Emily Pietrasz, and Erica Henderson, College Now Greater Cleveland
    • “Out of School Time presents an excellent opportunity to encourage student reading. In particular, students can access new diverse books with thoughtful representation. Through College Now Greater Cleveland’s impact! Program with middle and high school students, we incorporate an “outside reading book” into every program session. Last year, students in our Lorain County programs read 94 books, totaling 29,916 pages! Students have also been lucky enough to participate in author visits with up-and-coming YA authors.
      As an OST program, impact! has the flexibility to encourage students to read books that are not traditionally taught in school. Our programs read books that encourage open dialogue about sensitive topics. This year, our team taught books with themes including the refugee experience, police brutality, and gang violence. Our students have expressed excitement that they get to read YA novels that feature diverse characters. This has been impactful for students who can count on one hand the number of books they have read with characters who share their race or ethnicity. It has also challenged students we serve who live in relatively homogenous communities to think about perspectives that are different from their own. Especially for older students, diverse and relevant reading books not only reminds them that they can enjoy reading.”
  • Creating Community Equity through Community Engagement Programs – Jay-Rod Johnson, Cleveland Heights / University Heights School District
    • This workshop will provide insight on how we created a summer camp for youth accompanied with building a community garden, in order to bring engagement and inclusion into a neighborhood populated by families and individuals from diverse cultures, socio-economic classes and various experiences in order to create a greater sense of community and belonging.
  • Supporting our LGBTQ+ Youth – Amanda Erickson, Kaleidoscope Youth Center
    • If a student came out to you as LGBTQ+, how would you respond? What do we mean when we ask for pronouns? How is gender identity different from sexual orientation? And why is all of this so important for youth-serving professionals to know? Supporting Our LGBTQ+ Youth is designed to give educators and youth-serving professionals tools to make their programs and schools more inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students. Participants will learn basic language and terminology, discuss the added risk faced by LGBTQ+ youth, and learn best practices for supporting their students.