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Welcome to the 2018 AFCOST Symposium. Below you will find the schedule and registration.
The Symposium will be held at Lesley University Brattle Campus.
 Washburn and Sherrill Halls on Lesley’s Brattle Campus (off of Garden Street)

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Monday, November 5
 

9:00am

Registration and Networking
Come at 9, sign in, eat some breakfast treats, mingle with your colleagues and grab a coffee before heading to your workshops. There will be some optional fun and engaging activities to engage in!

Monday November 5, 2018 9:00am - 9:30am
Washburn Lounge, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

9:30am

LGBTQ+ Youth Inclusion in Out-of-School Programs- Why it Matters and What You Can Do!!
Limited Capacity filling up

Did you know that a recent study shows that as many as 20% of Massachusetts youth identify as LGBTQ+? Even very young kids have a sense of gender and social climates/acceptance. And did you know that 50-78% of transgender adults who experiences some sort of victimization (including bullying) while in school have attempted suicide? Fortunately LGBTQ+ youth and adults are also incredibly resilient. Studies also show that if they find inclusive spaces they may be happier and safer. This workshop is designed to give you the basics about LGBTQ+ youth and techniques to making your OST space more inclusive. Further, supporting LGBTQ+ youth also serves to create a safer and more caring environment for all youth. This workshop will be based on a report created for the City of Cambridge and will be educational as well as interactive.


Facilitators
avatar for Amelia Joselow

Amelia Joselow

LGBTQ+ Research Associate, LGBTQ+ Commission (City of Cambridge)
Amelia Joselow is the Research Associate from the LGBTQ+ Commission of the City of Cambridge. She also has experience working with youth during her years at the Cambridge Community Center and her current time volunteering with the GOLD Program at the YWCA. She has a Master of Public... Read More →


Monday November 5, 2018 9:30am - 11:00am
Sherrill room 151, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

9:30am

Ignite your inner coach - tips and tricks for gym time
Limited Capacity full

Has been working with the City of Cambridge for the past eight years. Ashley started as an inclusion aid in the Peabody 2-5 program before becoming the program’s teacher, and spent a few years at our sister site at the King School as Head Teacher before moving back over to Peabody. Before working with the city, Ashley was a Play Coach for Boston Public Schools and a program educator at the Ecotarium located in Worcester. Ashley loves doing messy art projects and playing giant group games, and enjoys bringing her Community Planning background into program to create strong relationships and a sense of ownership for students, staff and families. 
 

Facilitators
avatar for Ashley Kelley

Ashley Kelley

Lead Teacher, Peabody 2-5 Afterschool
Has been working with the City of Cambridge for the past eight years. Ashley started as an inclusion aid in the Peabody 2-5 program before becoming the program’s teacher, and spent a few years at our sister site at the King School as Head Teacher before moving back over to Peabody... Read More →


Monday November 5, 2018 9:30am - 11:00am
Washburn Auditorium, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

9:30am

Cancelled due to illness: The New, NEW: How Gaps in your Understanding are Best Lead by Youth
Get ready to play and practice new ways to scaffold those new, often scary, experiences so that young people are focused on the fun rather than fear! New experiences can unlock hidden talents, lifelong passions, and short-lived fascinations. Being engaged in a new experience is a thrill; the process involves taking risks, being vulnerable, and making mistakes. In this workshop, we will discuss and practice turning new experiences into mindful learning opportunities. Bring your curious self and leave ready to confidently lead young people into the exciting world of the new, new.


Facilitators
avatar for Ben Godfrey

Ben Godfrey

Preteen Director, Gately Youth Center
Ben Godfrey was born in Milwaukee and studied creative writing at the University of Wisconsin. After completing his program in 2010, he lived and worked in South Korea as an English teacher at a public middle school. He moved to the Boston area after returning stateside and began... Read More →


Monday November 5, 2018 9:30am - 11:00am
Sherrill room 250, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

9:30am

There Are No Wrong Questions
Limited Capacity seats available

Sometimes, as an educator or instructor, it’s necessary to think like a student in order to create a better learning environment. In order to engage with the youth and to keep youth engaged in S.T.E.A.M., it is vastly important for educators to encourage youth to ask about what they don’t understand and use questions as a way to help them reflect and guide them towards a solution. We will work through a portion of the Engineering Is Elementary curriculum, Hop to It: Safe Removal of an Invasive Species, to delve into this subject.

Facilitators
avatar for Eric Tao

Eric Tao

Program Assistant, King Community School
Eric is a native Cantabridgian.  He attended the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School, Cambridge Rindge and Latin high school, and the University of Massachusetts Boston.  He's worked with Community School for almost ten years.  He began as a CIT( counselor in training) in high school... Read More →


Monday November 5, 2018 9:30am - 11:00am
Washburn room 103, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

11:00am

Registration and Networking
Monday November 5, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Washburn Lounge, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

11:30am

Growing up in a Porn Culture
Limited Capacity full

From Internet pornography to MTV, pop culture bombards us with sexualized images of idealized women and men, and convey powerful messages that help shape sexuality. These images jump off the screen and into the lives of young people, and are now so common place that studies show that they seep into their gender identity, body image and especially intimate relationships. The result is not a more liberated, edgy sexuality, but a mass-produced vision of sex that is profoundly sexist – a vision that limits the ability for young people to create adult authentic, equal relationships that are free of violence and degradation. In this multi-media presentation, Dr. Dines use examples from pornography, magazines, hip-hop, television shows, and movies to explore how masculinity and femininity are shaped by a consumer-driven image-based culture, and the ways public images spill over into our most private worlds. Of specific interest will be the ways that pornography hijacks the healthy social/sexual/emotional/cognitive development of young people.


Facilitators
avatar for Gail Dines

Gail Dines

Founder, Culture Reframed
Dr. Gail Dines is a Professor Emerita of sociology and women’s Studies at Wheelock College in Boston, where she was also chair of the American Studies department. She has been researching and writing about the porn industry and sexual violence for well over twenty five years. Dr... Read More →


Monday November 5, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Washburn room 103, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

11:30am

Not your average team builders: Exploring how to use ice breakers to build a stronger team
Limited Capacity filling up

Ice Breakers. You’ve heard the term hundreds of times. Sometimes you roll your eyes, other times you see the good in getting out of your seat, on your feet and making time to laugh. But do you really know how to use them effectively? Come and get re-energized to use ice breakers and team building games with your staff. In this workshop you will discover new games and activities, explore strategies and tools on how to use games to build a stronger team and practice re-creating and building activities for your teams needs. Come and play!


Facilitators
avatar for Kaitlyn Kelley

Kaitlyn Kelley

Director, Moore Youth Center
Kaitlyn Kelley graduated from Lesley University with her bachelor's degree in Sociology and Social Change with a minor in Education. She has worked with Cambridge Youth Programs for over ten years in several different roles. She started as a youth worker, creating and implementing... Read More →


Monday November 5, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Washburn Lounge, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
  • about Kaitlyn Kelley graduated from Lesley University with her bachelor's degree in Sociology and Social Change with a minor in Education. She has worked with Cambridge Youth Programs for over ten years in several different roles. She started as a youth worker, creating and implementing a successful event planning program for middle schoolers, and winning the CYP Youth Worker All Star award in her first year. She continued to being a Program Director at the Gately Youth Center, and pursued an environment with strong relationships, youth voice and  play in all aspects of her program. Currently, Kaitlyn is in her second year as Center Director at the Moore Youth Center, bringing her magical, creative and youth centered atmosphere to the teen world. Wishing she was a princess, you can often catch Kaitlyn visiting Disney World, or planning her next magical vacation.

11:30am

Community-Driven Design
Limited Capacity filling up

How might we reframe the way we look at challenges and collectively find solutions together? How might we think creatively about partnerships between schools, organizations and their communities to enhance local and sustainable innovation to support our shared students and/or families ? Come join us as we think about how equity-centered and community-driven design work can help ignite new ways to work together.

Facilitators
avatar for Khari Milner

Khari Milner

Co-Director, Cambridge Agenda for Children | Cambridge, MA
For more than 14 years, Khari Milner has designed and implemented cross-system collaboratives aimed at supporting the in and out-of-school time learning communities and the diverse needs of Cambridge students. He is also a district level administration who oversees learning partnerships... Read More →
avatar for Angie UyHam

Angie UyHam

District Design and Innovation Coach, Cambridge Public Schools
Angie UyHam began her career as a classroom teacher in 1998 after completing a Masters in Education from Boston University. She remained in the classroom for over a decade and then extended her impact by becoming a literacy coach/reading specialist during the next decade. After almost... Read More →


Monday November 5, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Sherrill room 250, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
Tuesday, November 6
 

9:00am

Registration and Networking
Come at 9, sign in, eat some breakfast treats, mingle with your colleagues and grab a coffee before heading to your workshops. There will be some optional fun and engaging activities to engage in!

Tuesday November 6, 2018 9:00am - 9:30am
Washburn Lounge, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

9:30am

Muslim Student Inclusion
Limited Capacity filling up

Islamophobia is a very real threat to the social, emotional, academic, and physical growth of all of our young people. In a world where young people are constantly bombarded with information that directly attacks their identities or the identities of their peers, sometimes it can be challenging knowing exactly how to be an ally for your students while teaching lessons of inclusivity, community, and equality. My Muslim Student is an interactive training which explores the realities of working with Muslim students by contextualizing our politically charged environment and centering identity-based learning of the Muslim community. The training will provide a safe space to ask questions about Islam, Muslims, specific scenarios you may encounter, etc. Along with learning important facts about Islam, Muslims, and young Muslims, participants will also take part in interactive workshops that teach the values of identity sharing, storytelling, and community.

Facilitators
avatar for Sumaiya Zama

Sumaiya Zama

Director of Community Advocacy and Education, CAIR- Massachusetts
Sumaiya Zama is an educator, community organizer, youth advocate, and human rights activist from the Greater Boston area. Currently, she works for the Massachusetts Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the largest and oldest civil rights organization for Muslims in... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 9:30am - 11:00am
Sherrill room 250, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

9:30am

Trauma, Trauma, Buzz, Buzz, Buzz
Limited Capacity filling up

Trauma is the big buzz word nowadays. What is trauma? Who does it impact? How does it play out in my classroom or center? What do I do about it? In this workshop, we are going to delve in to the world of trauma (as much as 90 minutes allow). We will think about how it lives in our lives and the lives of those we work with. You will reflect on your own practices and set your intentions around how to be supportive and create safe spaces. You will leave feeling grounded in the importance of empathy and feeling rejuvenated as a positive person in the lives of young people.

Facilitators
avatar for Erika Peter-Harp

Erika Peter-Harp

Assistant Program Manager, King Open Extended Day
Erika is currently the assistant program manager at the King Open Extended Day, a program devoted to supporting the social and emotional growth and development of students. Erika has worn many hats working for the City of Cambridge, including working with the Inclusion Initiative... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 9:30am - 11:00am
Sherrill room 350, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

9:30am

Self-Care for Lasting Change
Limited Capacity filling up

We create lasting change by building awareness of our internal landscape: our mood, feelings, and emotions. Then we can choose activities and respond to events in ways that restore us. Use tools to gain control over your awareness: breathing, mantra, and diet. In this workshop, we will explore the importance and necessity of building mindfulness. We will work through discussions, group work, and exercises. Throughout the workshop, we will observe and document behaviors and habits we have that prevent us from experiencing self-care. By the end, we will create a list of activities that we can choose to restore us and to help us feel care. Create lasting change by building awareness and strengthening will.

Facilitators
avatar for Dave Jonczak

Dave Jonczak

School Age Program Director, East End House
A teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools for 8 years, David left to pursue yoga certification in India. Upon returning, David ran an Ayurveda food company. In 2016, David became a mindfulness instructor at a Reggio Emilia school. These schools encourage community, mindfulness, exploration... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 9:30am - 11:00am
Washburn room 103, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

9:30am

Two Minutes, Two Hours, Two Days....The Power of the Outdoors! How to bring Outdoor Education to You and Your Program
Limited Capacity filling up

Do you ever longingly stare out your window and wonder how I can bring young people outside and experience the wonders of natural world? Do you ever think how can I do outdoor education in the city? Or are you curious about getting young people excited about being in natural places? Then this workshop is for you!! Come and learn some easy ways of getting young people outside, get them observing and noticing the nature that is right outside their window, and when they're ready, get them on the trails! This workshop will not only focus on activities that encourage observation, interaction with and appreciation of the natural world, but it will also discuss the science of why it is important for us all to spend time outside. If you are seeking the outdoors, spend some time with us!


Facilitators
avatar for Jeneen Mucci

Jeneen Mucci

Director of Program, Quality and Training, Cambridge Youth Programs
When Jeneen is not climbing a mountain or on her yoga mat, she is working with Cambridge Youth Programs (CYP) where she has worked in multiple capacities for close to 15 years. In her latest endeavor as a life-long learner, she has had the opportunity to be the Director of Program... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 9:30am - 11:00am
Washburn Lounge, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

11:00am

Registration and Networking



Tuesday November 6, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Washburn Lounge, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

11:30am

Beyond children: How Do We engage Families in STEAM Learning?
Limited Capacity filling up

How do organizations successfully engage families in their children’s STEAM learning? In this 90 minute workshop, participants will learn about some best-practices in the field and share their experience across the broad spectrum of STEAM programming in Cambridge.


Facilitators
avatar for Jane Hirschi

Jane Hirschi

Executive Director, CitySprouts
Planting Seeds for STEM Success with Boston Early Educators
avatar for Andrea Locke

Andrea Locke

Community Relations Manager, City Sprouts
Andrea Locke, CitySprouts Community Relations Manager since 2016, has been instrumental in re-booting and developing the organization's family engagement strategy. Andrea also oversees CitySprouts' volunteer program, working with a wide range of people interested in elements of experiential... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Sherrill room 350, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

11:30am

OST Perspectives on the Roots of Inequities across Cambridge Public Schools
Limited Capacity filling up

OST voices are needed! Join us for a facilitated conversation to critically examine existing systems, structures, and practices that fuel inequities across our district. This session is part of series of activities supported by CPS's Nellie Mae Building Equity Bridges one-year grant, and focused on understanding the root causes of these inequities in part through building a better understanding of the lived experiences of our young people, families, staff and other stakeholders. A focus of this effort is to engage those whose voices CPS does not typically benefit hearing or learning from.

Facilitators
avatar for Liza Talusan

Liza Talusan

Technical Assistance Provider for qualitative research
Dr. Liza Talusan is an educator, speaker, leader, runner, writer, life/leadership coach and parent. With over 22 years of experience in PreK-20 education, Liza is an engaging facilitator in conversations about diversity, racism, unconscious bias, privilege and power and creates environments... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Washburn room 103, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

1:30pm

OST Perspectives on the Roots of Inequities across Cambridge Public Schools
Limited Capacity filling up

OST voices are needed! Join us for a facilitated conversation to critically examine existing systems, structures, and practices that fuel inequities across our district. This session is part of series of activities supported by CPS's Nellie Mae Building Equity Bridges one-year grant, and focused on understanding the root causes of these inequities in part through building a better understanding of the lived experiences of our young people, families, staff and other stakeholders. A focus of this effort is to engage those whose voices CPS does not typically benefit hearing or learning from.

Facilitators
avatar for Liza Talusan

Liza Talusan

Technical Assistance Provider for qualitative research
Dr. Liza Talusan is an educator, speaker, leader, runner, writer, life/leadership coach and parent. With over 22 years of experience in PreK-20 education, Liza is an engaging facilitator in conversations about diversity, racism, unconscious bias, privilege and power and creates environments... Read More →


Tuesday November 6, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Washburn room 103, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
Wednesday, November 7
 

9:00am

Registration and Networking
Come at 9, sign in, eat some breakfast treats, mingle with your colleagues and grab a coffee before heading to your workshops. There will be some optional fun and engaging activities to engage in!

Wednesday November 7, 2018 9:00am - 9:30am
Washburn Lounge, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

9:30am

Roll up your sleeves! Professional Development Planning Day 2.0
Limited Capacity filling up

This workshop is for leaders or organizations and/or programs.
Do you need time to plan? Come roll up your sleeves and work on your program’s professional development plan for this year. In this workshop you will receive the FY18 Director Survey results, have time to reflect and plan and hear from your peers about their policies, practices and journeys. This session will be useful for leaders of organizations and programs looking to advance the learning and growth of their team and who are responsible for developing plans for individual and collective growth. Bring your stories, tools and plans to share and expect to use this working meeting as sacred space to get some things done! We will be looking at our FY18 Professional Development Reports to reflect on our investments and to imagine and plan for the year ahead.

Facilitators
avatar for Melinda Barbosa

Melinda Barbosa

Interim Center Director, Agenda for Children
Melinda Barbosa is a trainer, facilitator and youth worker who believes in a program culture that encourages youth-owned ideas and projects supported by staff members trained to nurture growth and who encourage youth to imagine inconceivable possibilities for themselves. Melinda regularly... Read More →
avatar for Susan Richards

Susan Richards

ED -AFC-OST, Cambridge Agenda for Children Out-of-School Time
Susan Richards has spent over 30 years working in the out-of-school time field in Cambridge and has been directing the Agenda for Children OST since its inception in 2001. She is deeply committed to the young people and families of this community. She has a rich history designing... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 9:30am - 12:30pm
Washburn Lounge, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
Thursday, November 8
 

9:00am

Registration and Networking
Come at 9, sign in, eat some breakfast treats, mingle with your colleagues and grab a coffee before heading to your workshops. There will be some optional fun and engaging activities to engage in!

Thursday November 8, 2018 9:00am - 9:30am
Washburn Lounge, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

9:30am

Nurturing Young Activists: How to encourage the growth of children's unique voices in this precarious sociopolitical climate
Limited Capacity full

Have you heard your students share complaints or concerns about the current political climate? Have your students shared experiences of friends who do not conform to 'normative' expectations of gender or sexuality? Did any of your students participate in last school year's walkouts protesting gun safety in schools? How do you comfort children who are frightened about community violence? What do you do when your children say "that's racist!" when someone brings up skin color? How do you explain how bad things happen to good people? This workshop will allow participants to share experiences that they have had with their students and help direct service OST staff and leaders to engage children in productive activities and discussions that allow children to utilize their voices, opinions, and experiences to become advocates for themselves and their communities and activists for lasting change.

Facilitators
DM

Dooshima Mngerem

Senior Director of Programs at the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House
Dooshima Mngerem is the program manager at the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, supporting OST programming for elementary aged children in the Port area of Cambridge. For the past seven years Dooshima’s work with children has principally been with low income children of color... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 9:30am - 11:00am
Sherrill room 350, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

9:30am

Intro to Parkour
Limited Capacity seats available

Parkour is a movement discipline that originally developed in France in the late 1980’s and today has become one of the fastest growing sports in the world.  Join us to explore this fun, dynamic, and progressive discipline. This session is structured to provide a low-impact introduction to parkour for participants of ALL ages and fitness levels.  Participants will learn a about the history and values of parkour training, and will also learn some of the progressions and basic movements of parkour training. Recommended attire - whatever you came in!  High heels or skirts are not recommended (but still possible).

Facilitators
avatar for Blake Evitt

Blake Evitt

Director, Parkour Generations Boston
Blake is the director of Parkour Generations Americas and Parkour Generations Boston. He was introduced to parkour while living abroad, and spent a number of years traveling around the world studying parkour as an agent for positive social change. After performing, training, and teaching... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 9:30am - 11:00am
Washburn Lounge, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

9:30am

Make it a Habit: Homework Practices
Limited Capacity filling up

Would you like to see young people gain concrete skills for organizing their stuff? Wouldn’t it be great if they eventually learned how to troubleshoot homework on their own? This workshop will focus on how to integrate academic and homework habits into the standard ‘homework time,’ helping young people to practice the habits that can make them self-sufficient and more confident in school over time. Come to see examples of how to help students track their progress and celebrate these habits, a culture-building element that can help ‘homework time’ take on a new life. Not focusing on academics? Similar structures and tools can be used for social/emotional, career or leadership habits as well. Workshop will include time to develop and refine your own plan using tools and examples.

Facilitators
avatar for Annie Leavitt

Annie Leavitt

MiddleSchool Network Coordinator, Agenda for Children OST
Annie joined Agenda for Children OST in 2016 as the Middle School Network Coordinator. She brings many years of experience in the OST field as an afterschool director, youth leadership facilitator and and coordinator of social justice programming, as well as experience working in Boston Public Schools as a guidance counselor and student support coordinator. She... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 9:30am - 11:00am
Sherrill room 251

9:30am

Talking About that kid: support and programming for the children who challenge us
Limited Capacity full

Every program has some children who struggle.  These are the kids we think about on our ride home and first thing in the morning.  Together we will explore ways to understand the behaviors that we see; find ways to coach one another through difficult moments; and help build strong, resilient kids.


Facilitators
MK

Mia Klinger

Director, DayBreak
Trained as a special educator and reading specialist, Mia is the co-founder and director of Daybreak, a program serving children with social, emotional, and behavioral needs resulting from trauma or disability. Daybreak runs a 5-week summer program and new 8-week Saturday programming... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 9:30am - 11:00am
Washburn room 103, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

9:30am

Middle School STEAM Playground
Limited Capacity seats available

From high-tech to low-tech: we'll have a variety of STEAM challenges set up for participants to play and tinker with. Come check out Micro:bit + Scratch 3.0, make a Candy Wave Generator, or create your own Nature Bot.


Facilitators
avatar for Jacy Edelman

Jacy Edelman

Assistant Director, Lesley STEAM Learning Lab
As the Assistant Director for Lesley STEAM Learning Lab at Lesley’s Graduate School of Education, Jacy co-facilitates coursework focused on STEAM integration and supports innovative technology integration through several public school partnerships. With a background in creative... Read More →
avatar for Kreg Hanning

Kreg Hanning

Director of Technology and Innovation, Lesley STEAM Learning Lab
Kreg is our Director of Technology and Innovation. A graduate of the MIT Media Lab program, Kreg has worked closely with the Lesley STEAM team to introduce computer programming through the use of the Scratch programming language, Bee-Bots, MakeyMakey, and the Raspberry Pi. He is extremely... Read More →
RP

Rashmi Pimprikar

Rashmi is a learning experiences designer, engineer, educator and a CS+STEAM program director with 14 years of progressive experience in industry, PreK-16 and in designing & supporting various aspects of innovative programs that focus on STEAM integration, inclusive K-12 Computer... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 9:30am - 11:00am
Sherrill room 250, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

11:00am

Registration and Networking
Thursday November 8, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Washburn Lounge, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

11:30am

Partnering with Families: Unpacking the Essential Messages in our Stories
Limited Capacity seats available

In this workshop we will reflect on Best Practices in Culturally Proficient Family Partnering Through the Digital-Stories of your Peers.You will have the opportunity to reflect on the family engagement beliefs and practices of your peers in the OST community and to discuss best practices in leveraging digital media as a professional development tool. In teams, workshop participants will conduct “deep dives,” into digital stories about culturally proficient family partnering strategies in Cambridge OST. Teams will discuss major take-aways from the family engagement stories, explore how to effectively consume digital media as part of the OST practitioner tool-kit. You will also share stories of your own work with families and ideas you have to apply what you are learning from your peers back in your programs.


Facilitators
avatar for Ekow Edzie

Ekow Edzie

Communications & Storytelling Associate, Agenda for Children OST
Ekow joined the Agenda for Children OST team in the fall of 2017 to help the team identify and highlight best practices in family inclusion and cultural competency through digital storytelling. Ekow has five years of experience building programing to promote cross-cultural understanding... Read More →
avatar for Susan Richards

Susan Richards

ED -AFC-OST, Cambridge Agenda for Children Out-of-School Time
Susan Richards has spent over 30 years working in the out-of-school time field in Cambridge and has been directing the Agenda for Children OST since its inception in 2001. She is deeply committed to the young people and families of this community. She has a rich history designing... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Sherrill room 250, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

11:30am

Children and Music: Benefits of Music in Child Development & Ways to make it fun and engaging for all ages.
Limited Capacity full

This workshop explore the benefits of music in child development through the use of rhythm and movement games. Music is accessible to all. Come and join the fun!

Facilitators
avatar for Natasha Howell

Natasha Howell

Teacher, Morse 2-5 Afterschool


Thursday November 8, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Sherrill room 251

11:30am

Parkour Through the Ages
Limited Capacity seats available

Parkour is a movement discipline that originally developed in France in the late 1980’s and today has become one of the fastest growing sports in the world.  This session will explore the discipline behind the facade of flashy images seen on YouTube, and delve into the history, evolution, and power of parkour to empower and encourage practitioners of all ages and backgrounds. This session is open to participants of ALL ages and fitness levels and will include a mix of group activities and projected presentation.  Participants will experience parkour from a variety of age levels (Preschool, Elementary, Teens, Adults, and Life-experienced) and learn how “risk” can be safely included into training to benefit practitioners. Recommended attire - whatever you came in!  High heels are not recommended.

Facilitators
avatar for Blake Evitt

Blake Evitt

Director, Parkour Generations Boston
Blake is the director of Parkour Generations Americas and Parkour Generations Boston. He was introduced to parkour while living abroad, and spent a number of years traveling around the world studying parkour as an agent for positive social change. After performing, training, and teaching... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Washburn Lounge, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

11:30am

Slime!
Limited Capacity filling up

Why do kids love playing with gooey and icky slime? Come find out about the sensory play phenomena that has kids (and adults) learning and getting messy!


Facilitators
avatar for Danielle Wright

Danielle Wright

SIte Coordinator - Lead Teacher, Peabody K-2 Afterschool
Danielle has worn many hats in her path with youth work. She started as an administrative assistant for the Teen Program at the Gately Youth Center, where she later became a youth worker for the Middle School Partnership. She ran successful programs like “Let’s Make Dough... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Washburn room 103, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

11:30am

Curiosity didn't kill the cat - The art of asking the right question in leadership
Limited Capacity full

How curious are you? In this workshop we will explore curiosity as a tool for building leadership from two people who enjoy going down the rabbit hole of question asking!

Facilitators
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Melinda Barbosa

Interim Center Director, Agenda for Children
Melinda Barbosa is a trainer, facilitator and youth worker who believes in a program culture that encourages youth-owned ideas and projects supported by staff members trained to nurture growth and who encourage youth to imagine inconceivable possibilities for themselves. Melinda regularly... Read More →
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Michelle Farnum

Assistant Director for Children, Youth and Families, DHSP
Michelle  Farnum has worked in the field of youth development, training and education for over 20 years. She is currently the Assistant Director for Children, Youth and Families for the Department of Human Service Programs, a Department of the City of Cambridge.  As a senior leader... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Sherrill room 350, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
Friday, November 9
 

9:00am

Registration and Networking
Come at 9, sign in, eat some breakfast treats, mingle with your colleagues and grab a coffee before heading to your workshops. There will be some optional fun and engaging activities to engage in!

Friday November 9, 2018 9:00am - 9:30am
Washburn Lounge, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

9:30am

The Daily Special: Community Arts with a side of Healing
Limited Capacity seats available

Usually when people see a food truck around the neighborhood, hunger kicks in. At the Community Art Center, we strive to do the same with our Port Public Art Truck- gettin' Cambridge residents hungry for the arts! Although we get our dose of creative thinking, we also share the community building concept- Radical Healing- of social activist, Shawn Ginwright. Join Amanda McGarrity from the Community Art Center to learn how the vastly different worlds of arts and service can truly collide.



Facilitators
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Amanda McGarrity

Teen Program Director, Community Art Center
Amanda McGarrity is in her sixth year at the Community Art Center. She began as the Visual Art Teacher and now serves as the Teen Program Director, overseeing media and public art opportunities for youth and the long-running Do It Your Damn Self!! Film Festival. She has been a Cambridge... Read More →


Friday November 9, 2018 9:30am - 11:00am
Washburn room 103, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

9:30am

Facilitating Leadership
Limited Capacity filling up

While many leadership programs provide specific strategies for improving performance, Facilitative Leadership creates an extensive, integrated framework that gives leaders a wide array of skills needed to innovate and communicate, have clear routes to decision‐ making, and create a positive and supportive culture of collaboration

Facilitators
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Telesha Mervin

Lead Teacher, King Open Extended Day
Experience over 20 years experience working with Youth and family  Services. From school age to young adults.


Friday November 9, 2018 9:30am - 11:00am
Washburn Lounge, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

9:30am

"Where's the A?" Integrating the arts into STEM activities to engage and excite young people.
Limited Capacity filling up

STEM can be intimidating to teach and learn. Integrating art into STEM (STEAM) creates access for young people and educators to engage in STEAM projects creatively and confidently. Join this hands-on workshop with arts and science educators to discover successful strategies to enhance your programs!

Facilitators
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Kyle Brown

Kyle is an artist and educator with a background in STEAM education. She has developed programs and curriculum for the City of Cambridge, MIT, CPS and various museums. She loves bike-riding and strawberry rhubarb FoMu.
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Jess McCormick

Program Assistant, Cambridge STEAM Initiative.
Jess has been coordinating and teaching STEAM programming to young people in Cambridge OST programs for the past 3 years, following a career change from the Mental Health field. Most recently she led the Cambridge Community Center's Teen STEAM MYSEP Summer Program, which uses hands... Read More →


Friday November 9, 2018 9:30am - 11:00am
Sherrill room 151, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

9:30am

Storytelling: Revealing Your Courage and Compassion To Be Your Authentic Self
Limited Capacity full

You have the courage! Oppressive systems stifle our voices and separate us from the values we aspire to. Using current research in vulnerability and courage and the ancient art of story telling, unlock your authentic self while connecting with others and deepening your service to young people and community. Bring your listening ear and a willingness to learn from your peers through interactive and engaging activities you can bring back to your site.

Facilitators
avatar for Melinda Barbosa

Melinda Barbosa

Interim Center Director, Agenda for Children
Melinda Barbosa is a trainer, facilitator and youth worker who believes in a program culture that encourages youth-owned ideas and projects supported by staff members trained to nurture growth and who encourage youth to imagine inconceivable possibilities for themselves. Melinda regularly... Read More →
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Bo Lembo

Director, Gately Youth Center
Bo Lembo graduated from UMASS Dartmouth in the mid-nineties with a degree in Fine Arts. Shortly after he joined the Boston public art scene as a director with The Revolving Museum working with contemporaries to transform abandoned spaces into interactive, transitory art experiences... Read More →


Friday November 9, 2018 9:30am - 11:30am
Sherrill room 350, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

11:00am

Registration and Networking
Friday November 9, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Washburn Lounge, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

11:30am

More than a Statistic: Creating Safe & Supportive Spaces for Young Men of Color
Limited Capacity full

1 out of 3 Black Men are expected to go to prison in their lifetime. More than a Statistic: Creating Safe and Supportive Spaces for Young Men of Color is an engaging and transformative workshop that will provide participants with an opportunity to create a collaborative learning experience centered around supporting young men of color.  With men of color making up 67% of the prison population as of 2016, it is important for youth practitioners to develop a better sense of understanding around what these young men are carrying with them into their programs.  More than a Statistic will challenge its participants to shift their mindsets and begin the critical conversation around the challenges that arise while trying to create a safe space for young men to express themselves, solve problems, and build community. This workshop will also be a space where participants can share and receive best practices while developing an understanding of the importance of team building and supportive relationships.

Facilitators
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Tyrell Dortch

Teen Program Director, Moses Youth Center
Cambridge raised Tyrell Dortch is a Father, Youth Worker and Educator. Tyrell is currently the Teen Program Director at the Moses Youth Center based out of Cambridge Youth Programs. He is also Co-Founder and the Director of the Boys II Men’s Leadership Empowerment Program.  With... Read More →


Friday November 9, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Sherrill room 350, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

11:30am

What about the others?
Limited Capacity filling up

Most programs have a few students whose needs and behaviors challenge us.  While we are committed to their care, we have to ask, "What about the other kids?"  This workshop will focus on how we can support students impacted by the challenging behaviors of peers and how we can build truly inclusive communities.

Facilitators
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Mia Klinger

Director, DayBreak
Trained as a special educator and reading specialist, Mia is the co-founder and director of Daybreak, a program serving children with social, emotional, and behavioral needs resulting from trauma or disability. Daybreak runs a 5-week summer program and new 8-week Saturday programming... Read More →


Friday November 9, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Sherrill room 151, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

11:30am

Animals Are Cool: Hands-on Art + Place-based Environmental Education
Limited Capacity filling up

You’ll start by making art related to local species of wildlife in Cambridge. We’ll  reflect on what we did, watch a very short film about local animals, and finish with a brainstorming session that will enable you to move forward with using arts-based environmental education in your own program.


Facilitators
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Julie Croston

Founder & Coordinator, Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project
Julie Croston is a Cambridge parent,  outdoor learning advocate, and former leader of the Tobin Friends of Fresh Pond club. In 2012 she started Art & Science in One, a nature journaling program for fourth- and fifth-graders, which earned an environmental education award from the... Read More →
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Jean Rogers

Chief Ranger, Fresh Pond Reservation
Chief Ranger Jean Rogers has worked at Fresh Pond over the last 25 years acting as the protector and connector of the wild (animals, insects, birds and plants) and not so wild (humans, their children and their pets).  She works to develop awareness and appreciation of the living... Read More →


Friday November 9, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Washburn room 103, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

12:00pm

Partnering Across K-5 CPS Schools & OST Programs in Support of Cambridge Youth
Limited Capacity seats available

This conversation is for K-5 OST Program Leaders.
Come join us for a working session with K-5 CPS school and district leaders to explore and highlight partnering efforts, and to consider the road ahead. A bagged lunch will be served in Washburn Lounge and we will walk over to Sherrill Hall for a 12:30 convening.  


Friday November 9, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Washburn Lounge, Lesley University Brattle Campus 99 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138