Out of School Time Conference 2024
November 12-15, 2024
In-person | Chula Vista Resort & Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells
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November 12-13, 2024 | Chula Vista Resort & Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells 

November 15, 2024 | Virtual​


Join us for an opportunity for out of school time professionals to gain information, education, and resources which will support their programs, staff, and participants.

Offered in partnership with Wisconsin Afterschool Network, Department of Children and Families, Department of Public Instruction, Department of Administration, Continuing Education: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, YMCA of Wisconsin State Alliance, Boys and Girls Club of Wisconsin State Alliance, Wisconsin Childcare Administrators Association, Northwest Connection, Milwaukee Public Schools, and Whitehall School District.

In-Person: November 12-13, 2024 

The in-Person Out of School Time Conference is intended to reach program coordinators, directors, and administrators. Individuals will walk away with ideas and inspiration to design and lead programs that offer a quality experience for their frontline staff and program participants. The in-person conference will take place at Chula Vista in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Virtual: November 15, 2024 

The Virtual Out of School Time Conference is intended to reach frontline staff who work day-to-day to offer a quality experiences for youth and their families. The staff who attend the virtual sessions will walk away with ideas and inspiration to help them be successful in their onsite, day-to-day program interactions with youth and coworkers. The virtual conference will take place via Zoom in partnership with UW-Stevens Point department of Continuing Education and Outreach.



  1. Only individuals, not organizations, are eligible for scholarship.
  2. Applicants must submit a letter of support from their employer.
  3. Applicants must agree to attend the full in person portion of the conference; in addition, they may also attend the virtual portion.

​​Post-Conference Requirement

  1. A written summary on conference benefits must be submitted via e-mail within 30 days - Participant to indicate how they will use the information from the conference within their workday and program. What is one specific thing that they took away or implemented? Provide 3 program successes within summary. Summary would be sent to wisconsinafterschoolnetwork@marshfieldclinic.org
  2. Participate in one future, no cost, WAN (Wisconsin Afterschool Network) professional development opportunity.

​​Any questions please contact Wisconsin Afterschool Network ​(WAN) at wisconsinafterschoolnetwork@marshfieldclinic.org ​​​

​Conference Information

 Attendee and Exhibitor Registration Opens August 1, 2024

Attendee and Exhibitor Registration Opens August 1, 2024​​

 New Location for 2024!

New Location for 2024!


 2024 Workshop Proposal Submission

2024 Workshop Proposal Submission 

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) and the conference planning committee are accepting proposals for 60-minute workshops for the 2024 Out of School Time Conference scheduled for November 12-13, 2024, at Chula Vista in Wisconsin Dells and November 15, 2024, virtual. 

The theme of this year’s conference is Social Connectedness, Supportive Adults in Out of School Time. You can submit for either the in-person conference (geared towards program coordinators, directors, and administrators) or virtual conference (for frontline staff).

Proposal Deadline is July 5th, 2024. Please submit one form per proposal.

Selected workshop presenters will be notified by email by August 9th, 2024.​

Conference Information

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Exhibitor Opportunities

The 2022 Out of School Time Conference will feature an Exhibit Hall available at the in-person conference on Wednesday, November 2. We encourage all vendors to get creative. Helpful information, self-care ideas, promotional offers, etc., are welcome!

Exhibitor Fee ($85) includes the following:

  • One complimentary registration, including conference content and meals
  • One 4'x8' skirted table designed for table-top exhibits
  • Access to more than 400 out of school time professionals, including administrators, front-line workers, and community professionals.

*Please register by Friday, October 21, 2022.

Contact uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu for more information. 

The Out of School Time Conference and UWSP Continuing Education are not responsible for damages or loss by a vendor during the conference.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Lodging


 Minimum Computer Standards

Participants are responsible for ensuring they have the minimum computer standards for participating in the virtual conference via Zoom.  Zoom works best with Chrome or Firefox. WI DPI, Marshfield Clinic, and/or UWSP are not responsible for participant technological issues, including, but not limited to, inadequate bandwidth and/or registrant equipment malfunction. 

​Contact Information

Email UWSP Conferences at uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu if you need assistance with registration and/or have questions about the conference content.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Cancellation Policy

The registration fee is completely refundable through Tuesday, October 24, 2023. Refunds requested between October 25-November 1, 2023 will be charged a $50/registrant administrative fee. No refunds will be granted on or after Wednesday, November 1, 2023. Substitutions may be made at any time, but no-shows will be responsible for the full registration fee. Please contact UWSP Continuing Education (uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu) if you have not received confirmation of your registration.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ 9:30-10:15 a.m. | Welcome

 Cathy Scheder, Randy Neve, & Jennie Melde

 ‭(Hidden)‬ 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Morning Breakout Sessions

​1: NBA Math Hoops - Creating the Next Math Champion​​

Presenter: Vannessa MorenoManager of Program Training and Support, Learn Fresh, Philadelphia, PA

Through the training, educators will learn best practices for implementing the NBA Math Hoops game and curriculum, gain free access to the Learn Fresh program management platform and all digital and physical program materials, and learn about opportunities to extend students’ learning through virtual and in-person community events. Educators will immediately gain access to all materials needed to begin implementing with students in their programs and classrooms.

1. Learn best practices and receive all game materials for implementation of NBA Math Hoops program.
2. Gain free access to Learn Fresh's educator portal. 
3. Learn about opportunities to participate in community events both in person or virtual.

2:  Creative Connections: Ignite Learning Through Movement

Presenters: Stacy Baugues, Creative Connections: Ignite Learning Through Movement

​Ignite learning with engaging activities, like Alphabet Relay Race and Geometry Jumps, that connect Math and ELA with fun, physical activities for grades K-8.  Learning through movement improves academic outcomes, boosts self-confidence, and strengthens problem-solving skills.  This interactive workshop equips educators with active learning resources that are easy-to-implement and equipment-free.

1. Participants will recognize cross-curricular connections. 
2. Participants will develop age and grade-level appropriate academic integrations for Math and physical activity and ELA and physical activity. 
3. IParticipants will inspire creative thinking and out-of-the-box problem solving among program participants.

3: Cultivating a Love for Learning: Empowering Families with the Family & Community Learning Approach

Presenter: Mouna Algahaithi, Early Learning Engagement Specialist PBS Wisconsin Education

Looking for an innovative and engaging approach to foster science and literacy development among children and families? Join us for a dynamic session on the PBS KIDS Family & Community Learning model!

This session will explore the power of multi-generational hands-on family engagement to support community building, science and literacy development, and lifelong learning. We will showcase the flexible and adaptable nature of the Family & Community Learning resources and provide practical tips and tools for implementing the model in a wide variety of community-based settings.

Participants will walk away with access to comprehensive toolkits that include full activity plans, supporting materials for facilitators, links to related video and digital media, and additional take-home materials to support ongoing family engagement.

Join us to learn more about how the Family & Community Learning model can help build a stronger community through multi-generational learning and engagement.

1. Participants will learn about the research and philosophy behind the Family & Community Learning model.
2. Participants will explore educational resources connected to intergenerational learning goals. 
3. Participants will gain inspiration and confidence in bringing to life the research-backed strategies for engaging the whole family. ​ 

​​4: How to be a Supportive Adult

 Presenters: Andrea Turtenwald (she), M.A., Family Relations Coordinator, Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health
                      Alma Mercado, Creative Services Coordinator​
                     ​ Prince Henderson

The research shows us that supportiv​e adult relationships are transformative for all young people, most especially marginalized youth. The challenge is how to be that supportive adult, day after day, in spite of external stress and limited time.

In this session, we will share evidence-based strategies to build supportive relationships with youth. We will also hear from young people who will share what kind of support they need from the near peers and adults in their lives.

Reflecting on the research and the youth testimonials, we close the session by collectively brainstorming how to improve our relationship skills as supportive adults in out of school time programs.

1.Participants will become aware of what young people may seek from supportive adult relationships. 
2. Participants will gain knowledge of how to specifically engage with young people to foster supportive relationships. 
3. Participants will consider how even their short interactions with young people can be powerful and impactful.

​5: Wisconsin Registry: Making the Most of your Personal Profile

Presenters: Danielle Earley, Director of Operations for the Wisconsin Registry, Fitchburg, WI
                     Devan Valona, Operations Coordinator for the Wisconsin Registry

We will discuss the Registry Personal Profile in detail. This includes updating the employment tab, using the Statewide Training Calendar, and utilizing Personal Profile reports. We will review Wisconsin Registry services and ways to use your Personal Profile to build professional development goals. Finally, we will share current opportunities available to those working in the field.

1. Participants will review services offered by the Wisconsin Registry and our role in the early care and afterschool education field. 
2. Participants will learn best practices for updating the Wisconsin Registry Personal Profile. 
3. Participants will explore Registry resources and other opportunities available to those working in the field.​​​​​​

6: 21st CCLC Grant Writing Workshop

Presenters: Jake Wilson, DPI OST Consultant
                     Nathan Werley, OST Consultant, DPI
                    ​ Alison Wineberg

This workshop is designed for potential 21st Century Community Learning Center applicants. We will walk participants through an overview of the program and provide guidance through the competition process and documents. Participants will walk away with an understanding of how to submit the best possible application.

1. Participants will receive an overview of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, its basic requirements, and an introduction to the grant application process.
2. Participants will learn best practices and strategies for writing a successful grant application.
3. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with DPI 21st CCLC Consultants and seek feedback.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ 12-1 p.m. | Afternoon Breakout Sessions

7: Deliver on the Promise of Equal Education

Presenter: Briana Kurlinkus, Childhood Trainer/Behavior Coach, Community Coordinated Child Care

Many of our children of color are deprived of opportunities to experience high quality learning opportunities at the same rate as white children. Many families don't feel seen, heard, valued or respected in their children's schools. The question is how can we dismantle inequities and provide nurturing cultural responsive care and education to all children? In this session we will learn to recognize our own biases and how we can minimize those in our classroom communities. We will also explore anti-bias education and the importance it plays in classroom settings and how we can intentionally build lasting connections with our children and families. 

1. Participants will identify your own unconscious biases and how they can play a part in how we present ourselves when working with children and families. 
2. Participants will recognize and minimize biases in the classroom, school, and community. 
3. Participants will learn how to create a safe, equitable learning environment through implementation of anti-bias teaching practices.

8: Community Collaborations Strength and Preserve Students and Families at Westside Elementary

Presenters: Stacy Darga, Community School Site Coordinator
                     Jill Dorfler, After School Site Coordinator

What are the key steps to strengthening and preserving Community Collaborations in a school so that all students and families may feel supported: Academically Physically Socially Mentally.

1. Participants will learn the Five Steps to Community Collaborations. 
2. Participants will learn the four pillars/areas that we focus on. 
3. Participants will network and brainstorm on collaborations they may have in their own community.

9​: You don't have to do it alone!  Supporting STEM through Partnerships.

Presenters: Dolly Ledin, STEM Specialist Wisconsin Afterschool Network

We will provide an overview of quality STEM programs and resources that are available from the Million Girls Moonshot as well as from organizations around Wisconsin with STEM expertise. We will introduce our new STEM web page with interactive features that map and describe STEM resources and organizations. We will provide exampes of effective partnerships that strengthen STEM in OST and make STEM engagement accessible to all. 

1. Participants will​ become aware of the wealth of resources through the Million Girls Moonshot. 
2. Participants will identify STEM resources in their region. 
3. Participants will develop ideas for how partnerships can work to support STEM learning.​​​

10: Mental Health Literacy in OST

Presenter: Liz Krubsack, LPC, School Mental Health Consultant, DPI, Madison WI

Out-of-School Time providers play a vital role in promoting well-being and identifying and responding to emerging mental health needs in students. In this session, participants will learn about mental health literacy's role in preparing OST staff to meet the mental health needs of students. Participants will be invited to reflect on their own mental health literacy, and engage in activities aimed at exploring each of the components of mental health literacy, including: mental health knowledge, mental health promotion, providing support, and reducing stigma. Participants will leave with knowledge of and practice in using available mental health literacy resources.

​1. Participants will gain an accurate understanding of mental health literacy. 
2. Participants will reflect on the role their own mental health literacy plays in their ability to support students. 
3. Participants will be able to identify key resources for improving their own mental health literacy.

 11: Bringing yourSELF to After School Programs

Presenter: Anna Stindt, MSW, APSW, Mental Health Director of La Crosse Area Family YMCA

Participants will learn the benefits of self-awareness and regulation. They will learn ways to help regulate their own emotions, so it helps youth emotions. Self-awareness, regulation, and emotional identification can be a lot to manage, so that is where self-care comes in. We will review the importance of self-care and how to add it to your daily routine. 

1. Participants will learn the benefits of self awareness. 
2. Participants will learn what is regulation and benefits of it when managing emotions. 
3. Participants will review ways to incorporate self care. 

12: Engaging Multi-age Learners with PBS Resources

​Presenters: Jami Hoekstra Collins, Early Learning Education Engagement Specialist, PBS Wisconsin Education
                        Mouna Algahaithi, Early Learning Engagement Specialist PBS Wisconsin Education

In this 60-minute session, PBS Wisconsin Education will share free, bilingual PBS KIDS resources that will strengthen your classroom communities, engage your students and promote multi-age collaborative learning.  This session is a great opportunity to explore enrichment resources that will readily engage students and support education providers with printable, bilingual detailed activities they can integrate into their instruction throughout the school year.

1. Participants will explore multimedia collections from PBS KIDS that integrate wonder, curiosity and critical thinking. 
2. Participants will consider teaching strategies that integrate media literacy to spark, develop, create and share collaborative learning. 
3. Participants will​ learn innovative ways to integrate free, bilingual  standard-aligned, high-quality educational resources from PBS KIDS in order to elevate skills connected to STEAM and Literacy development.

​Virtual Conference Agenda

Geared to Group Leaders

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ 3-4:30 p.m. | Pre-Conference ​

A: Developing a Sustainability Action Plan Framework for Your Out of School Time Program

Presenter: Cathy Scheder

Out of school time programs have to routinely think about how to keep their operations and programs sustainable. Participants will learn an overview to develop a comprehensive sustainability plan for your organization that addresses equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice centered around action through your program. You will begin to work on establishing a plan to address your needs and identify stakeholders and champions that can potentially support your work, your kids, and your community. Finally, you will learn tools and assistance available to support your work in developing your own plan.

B: Developing Your Leadership Style

Presenter: Kelly Rossebo

Wondering how to take the skills you already possess to the next level? This skill packed session will give you opportunities to practice and develop skills in conflict resolution, decision making, and problem solving. Practice leading your team with strength, confidence, and compassion. Develop the skills to coach your team to success. Learn to:  Build relationships that motivate your team to innovate.  Share your vision for success and create “buy-in”. Develop growth and professionalism in your team.

C: Afterschool Advocacy 101

​Presenter: Dan Gage, MA Ed. Leadership

This session introduces you to the fundamentals of out-of-school-time (OST) advocacy. You will learn how to establish partnerships between public and private entities, foster strong relationships with local schools, and engage parents and young participants as advocates. Additionally, you'll discover the power of storytelling in promoting your cause. Gain insights into securing long-term funding and the essential requirements for ensuring the sustainability of your local OST programs beyond current funding sources. Explore the valuable support provided by the Wisconsin Afterschool Network, offering resources and training. Join us to acquire the knowledge and tools necessary to make out-of-school programs successful for Wisconsin's youth, ultimately contributing to a brighter future."​

D: 21st CCLC Mentor/Mentee Meet and Greet 

More information to come

 ‭(Hidden)‬ 5:30-7 p.m. | Social Hour

​We hope you'll join us for networking, socializing, ​hors d'oeuvres, and givea​ways. A cash bar will be available. The social hour will feature student members of the UW-Stevens Point jazz band! 

Friday, NOVEMBER 10, 2023
In-Person Conference Agenda

Geared to Program Administrators and Directors

 ‭(Hidden)‬ 8-9 am | Check-In and Breakfast

Come down to check-in and grab breakfast!

​In-Person Conference Kick-Off​

 ‭(Hidden)‬ 9-10 a.m. | Welcome and Opening Keynote

Welcome and Opening Keynote: The Power of Partnerships, Research, Expanded Learning in Out of School Time and YOU

​​​Presenter: Dr. Terry Peterson was a Chief Counselor in the US Department of Education and was responsible for the largest federal funding source for afterschool programs in the country, which generates $1.5 billion annually thru the 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Before that in one of the poorest states in American, he led one of the largest and most successful statewide education improvement efforts in America. In today’s dollars that state improvements are worth $1.1 billion.​

Terry currently serves as the Education Advisor of the CS Mott Foundation, as National Vice-Chair of the Afterschool Alliance, and is known nationally as the “godfather of afterschool.”  Terry got his start here in Wisconsin.  He attended public schools in Medford, worked in an afterschool program for Madison Metropolitan School District, earned a dual education and chemistry degree from UW-Madison and intern taught in Sheboygan.

He will share his years​ of experience and research exploring with you how:

1. Your work in before-school, afterschool, summer learning and community learning centers has never been more important for students, families, schools and employers. I benefited greatly from these opportunities growing up in WI. 
2. Today, there is even more evidence of need and an increasing body of research that you can use to expand and improve opportunities in summers, before and after school and in 21st Century Community Learning Centers. 
3. While improving your programs with evidence-based practices, also don’t be shy about describing to decision-makers both your good news and impact as well as the pressing needs to expand your opportunities.​

 ‭(Hidden)‬ 10:15-11:15 a.m. | “A” Breakout Sessions

A1: 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Management

Presenters: Jake Wilson, DPI OST Consultant
                      Nathan Werley, OST Consultant, DPI
                      Alison Wineberg

In this session, 21st CCLC grantees will receive an overview of their grant and the associated obligations and processes. DPI consultants will guide grantees through fiscal management, program requirements, and provide best practices and resources. 

1. Learn key 21st CCLC compliance requirements and expectations. 
2. Receive best practices and resources for program operation. 
3. Network with DPI consultants and other 21st CCLC grantees.

​​A2: Back to our regularly scheduled programming' - so why does it feel different

Presenters: Kate Carpenter, Executive Director, America Scores Milwaukee
                     Shal Peterson, Teacher, Seeds of Health, (SCORES Education Director) Milwaukee
                     David Murguia

“Back to our regularly scheduled programming” –  so why does it feel different?  Is rebuilding connections with staff, students and families after a prolonged disruption of established programs, activities, and events effecting overall engagement in your program? You are not alone.  

Reengaging your community begins with intentional program design and execution. Identifying and cultivating new partnerships with community-based arts, education, and health organizations is an opportunity for you to build safe and dynamic  programs that align with the interests of students and families. 

This session will be an opportunity to learn how an OST and program provider learned to address this challenge by examining existing organizational framework and worked to design and sequence new program offerings to increase student, staff and family engagement. 

1. Participants will learn how to identify quality programs/program providers who will motivate students to engage and learn. 
2. Participants will learn how to create meaningful connections and relationships with leaders, peers and families through program offerings and family events. 
3. Participants will understand how a project-based learning program positively challenged and engaged students, staff and families. ​

A3: How to Support and Connect with your Young Team Members

Presenters: Leslie Smith, Elementary Specialist, Madison School & Community Recreation, Madison Metro School District 
                     Arree Macon, MSCR Site Director 

Have you been charged with managing a team of teen and young adult employees? We're here to help! Learn from veteran out of school time leaders about how to encourage, engage and empower the youngest members of your team while holding them to high expectations.

1. Participants will learn practical techniques to create the team of your dreams with all age levels of employees. 
2. Participants will learn how to set the tone for professional behavior from young team members, even if it's their first job. 
3. Participants will discuss and brainstorm how you'll implement practices so that you'll feel confident connecting with teen staff.

A4: Creating Trauma Informed Environments that are Inclusive for All

Presenter: Briana Kurlinkus, Childhood Trainer/Behavior Coach, Community Coordinated Child Care

A significant number of children experience trauma, and the effects can be profound. It is imperative, therefore, that learning environments are safe, trauma-sensitive spaces where administrators and teachers support children in creating positive self-identities. During the session we will explore how to build caring relationships with trauma exposed chldren and how to help them grow and thrive through a strength-based approach.  

1. Participants will learn about the prevalence of traumatic occurrences in the lives of our students and how these events impact children emotionally, socially, and developmentally. 
2. Participants will learn about trauma and its effects/interactions with brain systems, the physiological changes, and how those changes present themselves in our classrooms and schools. 
3. Participants will discuss how students affected by trauma experience the learning environment and discuss the steps to create trauma informed environments that support and focus on the needs of all students.

A5: Empowering Out of School Agencies; A Comprehensive Approach to Addressing SDOH

Presenters: Nancy Parcher, Certified Community Health Worker Supervisor at the La Crosse Area Family YMCA
                     Emily Purvis, Community Health Worker

A detailed presentation from Community Health Workers at a YMCA who work closely with their local school districts to address SDOH with the whole child and family. Learn how to connect families to resources by using the four key roles of a CHW: advocate, navigate, educate, and coordinate. Hear about how your agency can work closely with families to address chronic absenteeism, homelessness, food insecurity, and health management even without having certified CHWs on your staff. You will hear about what struggles to expect along with some great success stories!

1. Participants will learn about the SDOH. 
2. Participants will hear from experienced CHWs. 
3. Participants will learn how to connect families to resources.

A6: Planned For The Year! : A Month-By-Month, Thematic Deep Dive of Equitable and Inclusive Resources from PBS Wisconsin to Support After School Learning

Presenter: Michael Hartwell, 3rd-12th Grade Education Engagement Specialist, PBS Wisconsin Education

Anyone working in education knows how quickly time can creep up on them and throw a wrench in their best-laid plans.  In this 60-minute session, PBS Wisconsin will share a year's worth of curated resources to help you get ahead of the curve and plan with purpose for OST learning.  Guided by nationally recognized themes from one month to the next (re: Native American Heritage Month, Mental Health Month, etc.), the PBS team will walk you through 9 months of free, standards-aligned, bilingual resources that span grade level and content area, from preK to 8th grade.  This session is a great opportunity to learn about enrichment resources that will readily engage students and help education providers feel more prepared throughout the school year.

​1. Participants will consider the value of thematic, long-term curriculum planning.
2. Participants will learn about different resources and monthly markers to access engaging content for students.
3. Participants will consider ways to implement a year-long, thematic content plan into their learning space.

​A7: Changing Attitudes Towards Learning Math

Presenter: Shaheen Sutterwala, PhD, WAN STEM Consultant

Many people have had negative experiences with math, and end up disliking math. After school educators are in the unique position of helping youth to have positive experiences and a growth mindset with math ideas and tasks. We will work in groups on tasks that enable everyone to engage and succeed. You will leave knowing where to find additional inspiring lessons and videos about math and mindset (from the YouCubed project led by Professor Jo Boaler).

1. Participants will be able to name the five mathematical mindset practices and describe what they might say or do to facilitate youth engagement in these practices. 
2. Participants will understand why being good at math is not connected to being fast at math. 
3. Participants will know where they can find further resources/ online video course PD on how to facilitate activities/ discussions that promote a growth mindset in math.​

A8: What do Kids DO in Afterschool?

Presenters: Connie Williams, School-Age Coach for the Southern Region with Wisconsin Afterschool Network and Youngstar
                     Matt Rodriguez, School-Age Coach for the Southern Region with Wisconsin Afterschool Network and Youngstar

A quality afterschool program builds on its programming around intentional learning experiences to meet the needs and interests of the children. This supports both academic and social-emotional learning. The School Age Curricular Framework takes into account ten identified content domains or areas of learning. In this session, we will explore each domain, its purpose, how they all interrelate, and how you support them in your program. We will provide tools and resources for getting started.

1. Participants will become familiar with the SACF Content Areas/Domains: what they are, and the purpose they serve in OST programming. 
2. Participants will explore each SACF Content Area/Domain, relating them to their goals for children. 
3. Participants will learn and share practical ideas for activities and materials that support each domain.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.. | “B” Breakout Sessions

B1: Partnerships for Sustainability

Presenters: Nathan Beck, Madison Out-of-School Time Coordinator for the City of Madison and Madison Metropolitan School District                 

Over the past few years over $100M new state dollars were given explicitly to support afterschool organizations in our state. These new dollars were given with flexibility and autonomy and the flexibility resulted in many organizations receiving state funding for afterschool for the first time. 

But now what? These were one time state-wide expenditures that allowed many organizations to survive through COVID, but are currently not continuing. Come learn from Madison Community Foundation, Wisconsin Youth Company, and Madison Out of School Time about how they have built effective public/private partnerships to help sustain programs throughout and after COVID, and learn from your colleagues what they are thinking about sustainability and partnerships. In this session, you’ll learn about state funding processes, leveraging partnerships, telling your story, and you will walk away with some tangible things YOU can do to create and sustain partnerships in your area. 

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will learn about effective partnership structures. 
2. Participants will learn about partnerships as a sustainability mechanism.
3. Participants will identify potential partners in their area (community foundations, municipalities, etc.)

B2: Tips and Tricks for Combating Scarcity Mindset

Presenter: Lindsay Bernhagen, Ph.D.

Not having enough of an important resource (time, money, food) results in what psychologists call a "scarcity mindset." Scarcity mindset often appears as poor decision-making and subpar strategic thinking. We may see families exhibiting signs of scarcity mindset that impact their ability to fully participate in or benefit from your program. In this session, you'll learn more about what scarcity does to a person psychologically, and then spend time talking through specific tips and tricks you can use to help the people you serve (and yourself!) overcome it.​​

1. Participants will be able to name the causes and features of scarcity mindset. 
2. Participants will be able to explain how scarcity mindset results from a lack of resources related to the Social Determinants of Health. 
3. Participants will generate specific strategies to mitigate the effects of scarcity mindset.​

B3: Incorporating Mental Health in OST

Presenter: Anna Stindt, MSW, APSW, Mental Health Director of La Crosse Area Family YMCA

An overview of how we are incorporating mental health curriculum, tools, and resources in their out-of-school time programs. 

1. Participants will learn how to use mental health curriculum in out of school time. 
2. Participants will learn the value of providing mental health curriculum in out of school time.
3. Participants will be equipped with tools and resources to use in their programs.


B4: Promoting Wellness in Frontline Staff

Presenters: Maddie LaCount, Senior School Age DIrector La Crosse Area Family YMCA
                     Arianna Schermetzler School Age Director La Crosse Area Family YMCA 

This session will begin with an overview of the dimensions of wellness. The section portion of the session will give an insight into the implementation of how to utilize the dimensions of wellness in a frontline staff wellness program. As well as information on how to assist staff in identifying, establishing, and achieving goals set in relation to the dimensions of wellness. 

1. Participants will understand the dimensions of wellness. 
2. Participants will identify ways to promote and teach frontline staff on dimensions of wellness. 
3. Participants will assist frontline staff identifying and achieving goals as it relates to the dimensions of wellness.

B5: Threading Connections: Crafting Meaningful Out-of-School Time Programs for High School Students

Presenters: April Heding, Manager of Afterschool Arts & Humanities, Milwaukee Public Schools​
                     Kelly Saunders, Director of UW-Milwaukee ArtsECO, Department of Art & Design
                     Lynne Dixon-Speller, Academic Dean, Edessa School of Fashion / MS Textiles and Clothing

Crafting a successful and impactful out-of-school program for high school students requires a harmonious blend of imaginative thinking, collaborative endeavors, and a little bit of luck. In the spring of 2023, a collaborative effort between Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee gave rise to "Lit Fashion," a cross-disciplinary program that fuses literature and fashion. The pilot took place within one of MPS' Community Learning Centers on Milwaukee's south side.
​Through the exploration of texts by black and brown authors, coupled with engaging workshops with contemporary Milwaukee-based artists, students explored the multi-dimensional aspects of personal identity and the world of fashion design. During this conference session, we will delve into the specifics of the Lit Fashion program and the significance of forging connections in creating and delivering dynamic out-of-school time programs for high school students. Session-goers will engage in a hands-on activity designed to immerse participants in the spirit of the Lit Fashion program and participate in conversations about the implications of arts-based initiatives in holistic youth development.

1. Participants will explore potential applications and adaptations of the "Lit Fashion" program model in other educational settings or community contexts. 
2. Participants will reflect on the broader implications of arts-based initiatives in fostering personal growth, academic success, and holistic development among high school students. 
3. Participants will recognize the significance of forging meaningful "connections" in creating and delivering dynamic out-of-school time programs for high school students.​

B6: Better Together

Presenter: Deanna Triggs, Training and Compliance Supervisor Before and After School Programs, Milwaukee Recreation

Even before children enter school, their success is determined before they get there. If we as childcare professionals, parents, and communities work together, that can change! In this session, you will understand the impact of trauma on the brain, and how the effects of trauma can be reduced through working together.

1. Participants will gain an understanding of the impact of stress and trauma on brain development. 
2. Participants will see how the effects of stress and trauma can be reduced through working together. 
3. Participants will be able to identify signs and symptoms of trauma.

B7: Wisconsin Registry: Resources for Supporting your Program and Staff

Presenters: Danielle Earley, Director of Operations for the Wisconsin Registry, Fitchburg, WI
                     Devan Valona, Operations Coordinator for the Wisconsin Registry

Explore the Direct Care Program Toolkit, which covers helpful information for Directors, Site Supervisors, and Administrators using the Wisconsin Registry and assisting their staff. We will discuss the Registry’s role when hiring employees, Program Profile maintenance, and more!

1. Participants will review services offered by the Wisconsin Registry and our role in the early care and afterschool education field. 
2. Participants will learn best practices for updating the Wisconsin Registry Program Profile. 
3. Participants will explore resources available to assist their staff in using the Wisconsin Registry and other opportunities available in the field.​


 ‭(Hidden)‬ 12:30- 1:15 p.m. | Lunch and Exhibit Hall

More information is coming soon! 

 ‭(Hidden)‬ 1:30-2:30 p.m. | "C" Breakout Sessions

​C1: Partners in English Language Learning: Designing and Implementing Multi-Age Reading Buddies with PBS

Presenters: Michael Hartwell, 3rd-12th Grade Education Engagement Specialist, PBS Wisconsin Education
                     Jami Hoekstra Collins, Early Learning Education Engagement Specialist, PBS Wisconsin Education

Connect lower and middle grade students in the spirit of community while deepening their knowledge and joy of vocabulary and reading. Consider innovative strategies to activate creative and collaborative learning with playful, student-led literacy experiences. Expand English language learning by improving oral fluency, comprehension, academic performance and students' confidence. PBS Wisconsin Engagement Specialists will share straightforward, organized frameworks and free resources (including activity plans, supporting bilingual materials and digital media) that can be integrated into your literacy instruction throughout the school year.

​1. Participants will learn the value of a reading buddies’ program.
2. Participants will review and evaluate PBS reading buddies resources. 
3. Participants will consider ways to implement their own reading buddies’ program.

C2: Staff Retention - Building Organizational Community

Presenter: Melissa Meyer, Recruitment and Training Manager, Wisconsin Youth Company, Madison, WI

High rates of turnover, burnout, and staffing shortages? Learn how to build a positive organizational community through intentional collaboration! Participants will learn 3 proven strategies for retaining out of school time program staff. 

1. Participants will learn how to professionalize the field of out of school time. 
2. Participants will learn how to build and support collaborative after-school teams. 
3. Participants will learn how to host DEI lunch and learn sessions.​

C3: YoungStar Connect: What to Expect 

Presenter: Sarah Talbot, YoungStar Deputy Director of Program Support​

Join us for an informational session on the background, changes, and review of YoungStar!

1. Participants will be able to define big picture changes to YoungStar. 

2. Participants will be able to discuss services offered through YoungStar Connect. 

3. Participants will be able to explore the My YoungStar Connect website and tools. 

C4: Feeding Youth Out of School Time

Presenter: Courtney Kramolis, Food Access Director, La Crosse Area Family YMCA

This session will be a panel of three Y's offering out-of-school time programs and how they incorporate meals. Come hear innovative programs that include community partnerships, meal programs, and youth development/enrichment that can be implemented in any community. You will walk away with ideas that can enhance your out-of-school time programs while addressing food insecurity.

1. Participants will hear about innovative out of school time programs. 
2. Participants will learn about a variety of food access work around the state. 
3. Participants will learn about community partnerships that lead to successful out of school time programs and meal programs.

C5: ​Making Time for Physical Activity 

Presenter: Bridget Cullen, MSE, Registry Level 3 Trainer, WAN Northeast Region School-Age Coach

It's hard to make time for physical activity with everything else on our schedules.  Let's talk about the real-life challenges and how to overcome them and how to support a healthy staff and healthy kids! 

1. Participants will learn tips and information to assist in overcoming the real-life challenges in out-of-school-time programs. 
2. Participants will learn about the Active OST Healthy Bites Assessment tool and how to use it to help set goals in physical activity and healthy nutrition policies and practices for the out-of-school time programs. 
3. Participants will have the freedom to think outside the box when it comes to planning activities.​

C6: Learn, Practice and Reflect on Leading STEM

Presenters: Dolly Ledin, STEM Specialist Wisconsin Afterschool Network

Two Wisconsin educators are trained as ACRES coaches to offer free PD opportunities through the Million Girls Moonshot.  (ACRES = Afterschool Coaching for Reflective Educators in STEM).  ACRES sessions focus on skills for leading STEM:  Asking Purposeful Questions, Facilitating Science and Engineering Practices, Making Math Engaging, Nurturing STEM Identify and Making Career Connections, Elevating Youth Voice and Choice and Virtualizing Your Programs and Activities.  We will engage participants in examples of activities from ACRES sessions and describe how educators can get involved as learners or as coaches.

1. Participants will understand how ACRES involvement can strengthen skills in leading STEM. 
2. Participants will prioritize skills development, practice, and reflection in STEM PD. 
3. Be motivated to strengthen their STEM leading skills.

​​C7: “Comic Making for Kids and Teachers”

Presenter: Craig Knitt, Creative Arts Specialist for the Boys & Girls Club of the Bay and Lakes Region 

Participants will be introduced to several best practices developed at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay over the course of creating five comic books, a graphic novel, an area activity book and several other creative Arts activities.

1. Participants will gain knowledge of the Comic Creation Process. 
2. Participants will gain an understanding of Youth Voice. 
3. Participants will gain basic Artistic Skills.​

C8: Supporting Social-Emotional Development and Mental Health in Out-of-School Time Programming

Presenter: Jennifer Smith, MEd, Program Coordinator, Wisconsin Afterschool Network

Out of School Time programs are in a unique position to impact and support youth social-emotional development and mental health in our communities. Positive Youth Development is a foundational concept in many programs and aligns with health promotion and prevention strategies by focusing on youth strengths, building positive relationships, engaging communities, taking a holistic approach and emphasizing prevention and early intervention. As a result of this focus, programs have the capacity to build entire ecosystems around young people by creating safe and supportive spaces for youth and their families where lasting connections can be made ultimately helping them to thrive.​​​

​1. Participants will understand the importance of social-emotional development and mental health supports in OST programming. 
2. Participants will identify effective strategies and activities to integrate high-quality social-emotional development and mental health supports in OST. 
3. Participants will be able to locate materials, tools, and resources to incorporate social-emotional development and mental health supports in OST programming.​

 ‭(Hidden)‬ 2:45 p.m. | Closing

Closing Remarks 

Cathy Scheder, Randy Neve, & Jennie Neldie


​Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least four weeks in advance. Please contact UWSP Conferences at uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu.