Applying Game Elements and Activities to Engage Students and Make Learning Fun!

What is it about video games that keeps kids engaged for hours? What if you could apply some of those same engaging elements to academic content? In this webinar, professor, instructional game designer, and author Karl Kapp will introduce you to a variety of practical ideas and interactive exercises specifically designed to make learning engaging. Infuse elements into your afterschool program that game developers have long since incorporated and bring the same appeal to ordinary academic content. Who knew that learning could be so much fun?

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Brain-Based Strategies to Support Literacy Development in Adolescents

Until recently, adolescent brain development has remained a mystery. This webinar will shed light on the wiring of the teenage brain and will explore brain-based strategies to support literacy development in adolescent learners. The course content will reflect current research in the field of brain-based literacy learning including the work of Dr. Thomas Armstrong and Eric Jensen. Participants will learn strategies including visual literacy and meta-cognition through written, visual and spoken expression.

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Creating a Common Vision of College and Career Readiness

Out-of- school time is the perfect place to help kids become confident, engaged and college- and career-ready. Starting with the end in mind is a great way to help our children become successful. This webinar will cover what it means to be college and career-ready and the important role that OST programs play in preparing them academically for this transition. Participants will learn the seven components of college-and career-readiness – including independence, the ability to multi-task and think critically and to use technology strategically. Participants will also explore possible activities to support the components needed and to enrich the academics taught during the regular school day.

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Envisioning the Future: Creative Career Exploration in the Afterschool Setting

Research suggests that children’s early career aspirations are highly predictive of their career choices as adults. However, because children can only aspire to, and picture themselves in, jobs and fields that they know about, it is essential to expose them to a wide range of occupations. In this webinar, participants will explore creative ways to help kids connect their current interests with future education and career possibilities; explore a variety of careers through video, search engines, games, books, and interviews; and create concrete examples of their future selves in interesting and satisfying careers. The speaker will emphasize ways to develop and identify meaningful, engaging, developmentally appropriate, and student-directed activities.

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The Evolving 21st CCLC Evaluation

This session is for 21st CCLC program staff and local evaluators who are familiar with the basics of the evaluation and reporting process in Pennsylvania. In this session, the 21st CCLC’s state evaluators, Leslie McConnell and Yolanda Yugar from Allegheny Intermediate Unit, will review changes to evaluation and reporting elements and expectations for federal reporting as well as strategies for implementing evaluation at the local level as part of a continuous improvement process. Grantees are encouraged to have their local evaluator participate in the webinar as well as key program staff who may be responsible for evaluation and reporting tasks.

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Finding Each Student’s Sweet Spot: Optimizing Engagement and Learning

Each learner’s brain is wired uniquely. Recognizing that all students learn differently is paramount to helping them be successful. In this interactive session, learn how to reveal each student’s “sweet spot” for learning by surveying prior knowledge, discovering learning preferences, and determining how success was achieved in the past. Learn to look for indicators of gifts and talents, when they might not be readily apparent, and leave the session with valuable new ideas to maximize learning.

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Global Learning in Out-of-School Time

Gain a greater understanding of how students’ 21st century skills develop via the global learning approach. Help students explore our diverse world through innovative strategies and resources to deepen understanding and interest in world languages, cultures, and geography. Integrate authentic learning with 21st Century skills to get youth talking and sharing about themselves, applying it to relevant hands-on projects and making meaningful connections with the wider world.

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Kids Taking Over! Peer Coaching as a STEM Strategy

The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago will lead participants in creating a program infrastructure to prepare older youths to be co-facilitators in STEM learning for younger students. By the end of the webinar, participants will have planning strategies, resources and lesson plans with hands-on and budget-minded STEM activities. Participants will have the tools they need, including unique ways of differentiating instruction for different learning styles, to build a strong peer-coaching program that involves students of all ages.

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Opioid Awareness and Prevention: Protective Factors for Youth

The opioid epidemic has become a national public health issue with an alarming increase in addiction, crime and deaths. This webinar – part 2 of the Opioid plenary session held at the 2018 ELO Conference in March – will highlight ways that out-of-school time programs can play a role in providing awareness to students and families on opioid prevention. There will also be continued discussion on protective factors that are needed to lead a drug-free life.

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Promoting Protective Factors with Youth and Families

The Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework is a strengths-based approach to working with families. It is composed of five protective factors that, when robust in families, promote healthy outcomes for children. As youth mature, they take on an increasingly active role in their development. This shift is the focus of Youth Thrive, a research-informed framework that promotes factors that increase the likelihood that adolescents can develop into healthy, thriving adults. These complementary frameworks describe attributes that mitigate risk and enhance well-being for families and children. Webinar participants will reflect on current practices and discuss strategies they can use to promote these factors in the families they serve explore the intersections of the frameworks and how they can create environments where parents and young people feel empowered and ultimately, experience positive outcomes.

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Strengthening Teacher Confidence and Student Achievement by Integrating STEM Across the Curriculum

Research shows that at least half of teachers are not comfortable teaching STEM subjects, especially engineering. In addition, many educational leaders focus so intently on reading and math scores that teachers do not always get the support they need to implement good science instruction. This webinar shares concrete examples of how teachers can transfer what the Next Generation Science Standards refer to as STEM spheres of thinking, common practices, and crosscutting concepts across other content areas. Particular attention is given to engineering since this is the STEM area teachers are most uncomfortable. Research shows that increasing teachers’ understanding of these concepts results in boosting both teacher confidence and student achievement.

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Where to Start? A Primer on 21st Century Evaluation and Reporting

This session provides an introduction to 21st CCLC evaluation and reporting to program staff and local evaluators who are new to the 21st CCLC program in Pennsylvania (new staff in an existing grant or first-time grantee). In this session, the 21st CCLC’s state evaluators, Leslie McConnell and Yolanda Yugar from Allegheny Intermediate Unit, will review evaluation and reporting expectations for the 2016-17 reporting cycle as well as explain strategies grantees can use to operationalize the evaluation and reporting process internally. The presenters will discuss timelines, content, and quality indicators of the various reporting elements and field questions from grantees.

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Who’s Doing the Work? Rethinking Scaffolds for Struggling Readers

How do we meet the needs of struggling readers while supporting them towards grade level standards? Traditional attempts to scaffold students’ literacy learning have sheltered struggling readers from opportunities to engage in grade level texts. In this webinar, participants will rethink traditional scaffolds for struggling readers and learn how small adjustments to our teaching can provide all readers with opportunities to become independent, lifelong readers. Participants will learn how to use appropriate scaffolds during read aloud time, shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading to meet the needs of all readers.

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