COMING SOON: 2017 Afterschool Educator Conference

by | Jan 31, 2017 | Advocacy

The Kansas Enrichment Network is excited to announce back by popular demand… Nikki and bob from Shifting Norms! They will kick off the conference, present four practice-based sessions, and host one double session at the 2017 Afterschool Educator Conference on April 1 in Regnier Hall at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus. The four breakout sessions they will be presenting are as follows: May the FORCE be with you, Culturally Responsive Practices in 21st CCLC Programs, OH SHIFT! 4 Teens, and Readiness Norms.

In their May the FORCE be with you session, Nikki and bob will equip audience members with strategies and tools for building Fun, Open, and Respectful Communities with Engaged participants and grow professionally using the Facilitation Strategies Shift Deck. Their Culturally Responsive Practices in 21st CCLC Programs session will provide participants with core competencies and strategies to ensure that their youth development program practices and policies are consistently responsive to the diverse and varied cultural needs of the families served. OH SHIFT! 4 Teens is designed to teach ready-to-use strategies for creating and maintaining the reality that you want to experience such as achieving and maintaining self-awareness, tapping into the power of words, learning to better navigate the flow around us by moving from resistance into acceptance, and using their FLIP FIND FREAK strategies. Their fourth and final breakout session, Readiness Norms, speaks to the notion that if staff aren’t ready to work with youth, then it won’t matter what curriculum, project, program, or resources youth have access to. In this session, Nikki and bob will share some of their most popular tips and tricks for readying staff for working alongside youth.

In addition to Shifting Norms, we are pleased to announce that Playworks will be presenting as well! Their three sessions will feature demonstrations of games and activities that blend social and emotional learning with physical exercise. These games enable educators to introduce concepts such as inclusion, cooperation, communication, conflict resolution, and community-building to their youth in low-stress, physically engaging environments.

Other topics to be covered at conference include, but are not limited to, behavior management, environmental education, how to build an effective advisory team, starting a summer camp, and what educators need to know about the latest federal education bill, Every Student Succeeds Act.

Keep an eye out for more details as the date approaches, and we hope to see you on April 1!

Register today!