The conferences on this page have been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) program officer. Before registering for and attending any of these conferences, you must seek approval from PDE.


2021 Pennsylvania EMPOWER Afterschool Conference

Saturday, November 13 – Wednesday, November 17, 2021 | Virtual Event

EMPOWER 2021 will offer professional development focused on out-of-school time programming. Pennsylvania and national experts will present the latest research and trends in out-of-school time programming, STEAM, barriers to entry for marginalized groups, advocacy, mental health and much more.

*The 2021 Pennsylvania EMPOWER Afterschool Conference is a Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC nationally approved conference. Pre-approval from your program officer is required to attend.

2022 Extra Learning Opportunities Conference

Tuesday, February 15 – Thursday, February 17, 2022 | Virtual Event

The 2022 ELO Conference will focus on advancing the systems that support and promote collaboration, youth success, and key elements of high-quality extra learning opportunities.

Key elements — effective strategies around equity in education, summer learning, STEM, professional development needs of staff, online education, character education, and needs of youth and their families in the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The conference is only open to current 21st Century Community Learning Centers grantees (cohorts 9-10) who work on behalf of children and youth, including administrators, grant writers, evaluators, program directors, coordinators, and staff. The program director and one other representative are required to attend the 2022 ELO Conference in its entirety.

Registration will be available soon.

Beyond School Hours 2022

Wednesday, February 23 – Saturday, February 26, 2022 | Caribe Royale Orlando| Orlando, Florida

The Beyond School Hours Conference provides vital professional development opportunities for educators and leaders working with students of all ages, across the learning day, all across America. Refresh, renew, and have fun connecting with peers and experts. Take home skills, tools, and a renewed passion for improving learning outcomes for young people.

BOOST – Best Out Of School Time Conference 2022

Tuesday, April 26 – Friday, April 29, 2022 | Palm Springs Convention Center| Palm Springs, California

BOOST is an all-inclusive conference supporting educators and youth development professionals working with children, families, communities, and youth during in and out-of-school time hours. Set in a retreat-like atmosphere, this annual, extraordinary event will rejuvenate your passion, boost your direction for quality programming and provide tools and resources that will inspire you to create change.