2017 Afterschool Educator Conference
On April 1, over 150 afterschool professionals assembled from across the state of Kansas as well as the Kansas City metro area to make the 2017 Afterschool Educator Conference one of the most memorable to date. Utilizing the beautiful Regnier Hall on the University of Kansas Edward Campus, the Kansas Enrichment Network offered the educators and professionals in attendance an all-star cast of presenters that provided a great variety of impactful, evidence-based best practices.
With the keynote address given by the internationally celebrated Shifting Norms duo, Nikki and bob, the conference began with a palpable excitement that would carry over into the following sessions.
In addition to the keynote, Nikki and bob presented several powerful sessions centering on intentional group facilitation the importance of culturally inclusive and responsive programming the facilitation and support of youth success, the importance of staff readiness to engage and support youth, the importance of accepting, navigating, and channeling the flow of life.
Conference highlights include Cathy Lancelotta with Conscious Discipline providing research-based strategies for facilitating healthy, cooperative child behavior; Jill Turley with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation discussing how to take advantage of snack or mealtime to promote nutritional education and awareness; and Playworks engaging afterschool professionals in exciting physical activities designed to promote physical activity as well as prosocial behavior. Another highlight was Michael Lemon of KU’s Center for Public Partnerships and Research, who provided attendees with an introduction to Lemonade for Life, a program that helps parents and caregivers understand how adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have long-term negative effects on an individual’s physical and mental well-being throughout their lifetime, which in turn can adversely affect their relationships.
The Network would like to thank the University of Kansas Edwards Campus, Grandma’s Catering, the conference attendees, and the presenters for contributing to such a successful conference.