Institutes

A. Eliminating Racial Disparities: Let’s Have a Courageous Conversation
During this institute, participants should expect to personalize race and identify how their understanding of race perpetuates racial disproportionality. Participants will examine whiteness through the lenses of color, culture and consciousness, always grounding the discussion in their own life experiences. Participants should expect to engage actively in a process of self-reflection. This will be complemented by small and large group discussions in order to surface multiple racial perspectives. Through such expanded understanding, one can more consciously work to interrupt and ultimately eliminate disproportionality.
Presented by Leidene King, Equity Transformation Specialist II, Pacific Educational Group, San Francisco, CA

B. Technology Maker Fair: Create Cool Projects with Free or Demo Software
In this bring your own device (BYOD) session, participants will use trial software (free downloadable) for different projects from audio file creation to interesting and unique branching within PowerPoint. Participants will be walked through the building process of easy-to-use software and be able to experiment on small projects, five total. It promises to be chaotic and fun! Bring a flash drive to upload your projects so you are able to use it as source materials for student projects.
Presented by Karl Kapp, Assistant Director, Institute for Interactive Technologies and Professor of Instructional Technology, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA

C. STEM Served Family-Style: Harness the Influence of Families on Children’s Perceptions, Attitudes and Achievement
Support STEM success through family professional development. Engaging families in a comfortable environment forges important connections between adults, children and learning that continue beyond your program. This institute will explore the impacts of family STEM programming, introduce NASA family learning resources and engage participants in activities designed to bring the whole family together as learners and teachers. A follow-up webinar will be offered after the conference to continue the conversation about STEM family learning.
Presented by Sarah Eyermann, Astrophysics Educator Specialist, CRESST/USRA and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD; and Sara Mitchell, Astrophysics Educator Specialist, CRESST/USRA and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

D. Practical Self-Regulation Strategies for the Afterschool Environment
From infancy to adulthood, self-regulation is part of the fabric of successful social interaction and personal engagement in life. Today schools and community agencies have an enhanced responsibility to support an increasingly complex student population with particular attention to social emotional learning (SEL). It is recognized that there are many elements involved in addressing SEL at the individual and system level. Activating awareness of a self-regulation framework has been shown to help schools, educators, students and their families respond to the multiple stressors that impact the ability to cope and to thrive. This institute will explore the practical dimensions of self-regulation and multiple approaches to building inclusive, optimal learning environments for children in our communities.
Presented by Sandra-Lynn Shortall, District Principal, West Vancouver School District, West Vancouver, British Columbia

E. Optimize Your Afterschool Experiences: Moving to Authentic, Relevant and Complex Challenges to Empower Learners
Learners are empowered to innovate when authentic, relevant and complex challenges give them the space to be creative. The goal of this institute is to co-develop an understanding of the potential difference between challenging activities and authentic, relevant and complex learning experiences. The presenter will dig deep into tools teachers and leaders need to use to take research and innovation to the next level by leveraging powerful partnerships within their communities. Participants will explore innovative practices to dive into the critical thinking skills needed to climb the highest levels to produce learners who are empowered, inquiry-driven and ready to become producers of new information rather than simply consumers of information that already exists.
Presented by Dayna Laur, Educational Consultant and Author, Laur Educational Consulting, Lewisberry, PA

F. Becoming College and Career-Ready Through Project-Based Experiences
Participants will experience an immersive project-based learning (PBL) unit to understand the transformative nature of personalized learning by doing. In this PBL “slice” that infuses multiple disciplines into authentic, hands-on educational experiences, participants will work together in teams to understand the eight key features of an authentic PBL teaching and learning experience and the impact and role they play for today's needed 21st century career and college-readiness environment. Participants will be inspired by PBL and other associated non-traditional learning practices and will walk away with a working knowledge of strategies and identified resources for energizing, motivating and engaging their student-learners.
Presented by Lorraine Howard, Expert PBL Instructional Coach and National Faculty, 21st Century Teaching and Learning, Graduate School of Education, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA