Convened by the Collaboration Council and Sponsored in Partnership With the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation. Additional support from So What Else? and Maryland Out-Of-School Time (MOST)



Wednesday October 15, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM EDT

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Continental Breakfast will be provided


The Lutheran Church of St. Andrew 
15300 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20905

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Alicia Church 
Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families 

Who should attend?

Educators, Out-of-School Time Program Providers,Youth Development Practitioners, Community and Faith Leaders, Elected Officials, Public and Private Agencies, Funders, Business Representatives, and anyone who wants to ensure that out-of-school time programs continue to grow in number and quality to support our school-aged children and youth.

Celebrating"Lights On Afterschool"

In America today, 15.1 million children take care of themselves after the school day ends, including almost four million middle school students in grades six to eight.  Just 8.4 million children are in afterschool programs, but the parents of another 18 million children say their kids would participate if a program were available.  The Afterschool Alliance seeks to educate the public, the media and policy makers about the enormous potential of quality afterschool programs and how programs across the country are inspiring children and creating opportunities for them to succeed academically, socially and professionally.  The Afterschool Alliance serves as a national voice for afterschool and provides resources and materials to more than 26,000 afterschool programs.  It organizes national and local afterschool events, including the organization’s signature event, Lights On Afterschool; conducts research on the need and support for afterschool; creates tools for afterschool practitioners; and connects afterschool leaders to national, state and local opinion leaders.

Visit www.afterschoolalliance.org, for more information.

Promoting Social Emotional Learning through Creative Connections

Program Highlights:

  • Be the first to hear breaking news from state and county out-of-school time leaders
  • Learn from colleagues and share your experiences around promoting social emotional learning in out-of-school time programs
  • Receive practical tools to use with youth in your programs
  • Discover county resources and make creative connections with others in the field of youth development.
Advance registration fee is $25.00, $30.00 at the door. Sorry no refunds.

Breakout Session

You can choose one of four topics for the breakout session. Class size is limited for each topic therefore, we request that you select your 1st and 2nd choices when you register.  We will do our best to place you in your first choice.

Session 1: Can You Teach A Young Person You Don't Know?

During this workshop, participants will explore their beliefs, assumptions, values, and behaviors that support or interfere with facilitating opportunities, supports, and services that lead to developmental youth outcomes.

Presenters: Syreeta Evans and Thandor Miller, DC Children and Youth Investment Trust


Session 2: Team Work Makes the Dream Work: Creating Dynamic Partnerships between Schools, Family and Community.

Share information about strategies to initiate, engage and sustain multi-stakeholder partnerships that will lead to greater outcomes for youth.

Presenters: Cheryl Smith and Denise Bracalilly Stultz, Montgomery County Public Schools


Session 3: Putting Theory into Practice: Practical Stratagies for Connecting with Youth Using the "Essential Handbook"

Participants in this session will delve into the great new resource from The Search Institute:

Groups, Troops, Clubs, & Classrooms: The Essential Handbook for Working with Youth,

provided at the EBB Symposium.  This book provides both theory and strategies for activating and sustaining young people’s innate strengths and skills using the developmental asset approach.

Presenters: Segun Aje and Miles Magbie, Montgomery County Recreation Department


Session 4: Three Dimensional Social Emotional Learning: Experience and Express the Key Ideas of SEL

Social and emotional learning (SEL) involves many psychological and social concepts, including

understanding and managing emotions and making responsible decisions. In order to be effective

in our support of youth outside of the school day, we must understand the different aspects of

social emotional learning to establish nurturing learning environments that cultivate increased

student achievement. This session will provide creative and collaborative opportunities to learn

about SEL.

Presenters: Sylvia Morrison and Karin Tulchinsky Cohen, Montgomery County Public Schools


Visit www.excelbeyondthebell.org for background information and to explore ideas for Excel Beyond the Bell's future.

Free Copies Available to first 150 Registrants!  (must be present at symposium, one copy per person)

Groups, Troops, Clubs, & Classrooms: The Essential Handbook for Working with Youth by Susan Ragsdale and Ann Saylor.

This inspiring guide is for teachers, volunteers, group leaders, youth counselors, coaches, and anyone who works with young people. Readers will learn about how young people’s brains are wired, how to create inviting classrooms and meeting spaces, and how to connect with students in meaningful, lasting ways.  Find dozens of strategies for activating and sustaining young people’s innate strengths and skills so they can become positive forces for self-realization and community betterment.  Numerous games, activities, ice breakers, and quizzes will keep you and your young people engaged and motivated.

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Deadline: October 13, 2014 

  • The cost of this event is $25.00 in advance, $30.00 at the door (payment by check on day of event). Sorry no refunds.
  • Space is limited - online registration is preferred.
  • A confirmation e-mail will be sent to the email address you provide, which will include instructions for printing your event ticket.
  • Walk-in Registrations, Check-In and Continental Breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m. on day of event.
  • For Questions/Assistance in registering for this event contact Alicia Church at 301.610.0147 or email: alicia.church@collaborationcouncil.org.
  • Please note Promo Code for Staff use only.