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Super School Age Saturday 

2017 Spring Super School-Age Saturday

(Re)Imagine the Power of Youth
Saturday, April 29, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Washington Technology Magnet School
1495 Rice St.
St. Paul, MN 55114

 

Registration for our Spring Super School-Age Saturday is now closed.
Stay tuned for more information about our Fall 2017 Super School-Age Saturday!


What is Super School-Age Saturday?

Super School-Age Saturday is a full-day of engaging professional development designed specifically for staff working in school-age care/after school and summer programs to deepen their knowledge and skills in providing high-quality youth development opportunities.

What is this year's theme?

This event, "(Re)Imagine the Power of Youth," will focus on how you can encourage youth voice and build young leaders. Participants will come away with the practical tools and information needed to do this work effectively in their programs. Presentations will focus on youth voice, youth leadership, and youth community involvement.

Cost

$70 Members
$80 Non-members

Registration includes a light breakfast & lunch

Group Registration and Discount

Group registrations and discounts closed on April 14. The individual registration deadline is Friday, April 21.

Cancellation Policy

With cancellation notice received by 5:00 p.m. on April 21, 2017, you will receive a full refund. With cancellation notice received by 5:00 p.m. on April 26, 2017, you will receive a full refund, less a $25 administrative charge. Email info@mnaeyc-mnsaca.org or call 651-646-8689.

Cancellations received after April 26, 2017 are nonrefundable.

No-shows will not receive a refund.

Schedule at a Glance

Registration, Networking & Light Breakfast  8:30 - 9:10 a.m.
Session A  9:10 - 10:00 a.m.
Session B  10:10 - 11:00 a.m.
Lunch         11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (with a group performing from 11:45-12:00)
Session C  12:10 - 1:00 p.m.
Session D  1:10 - 2:00 p.m.

Session Descriptions

When you register, you will be asked to choose your sessions.

Session A: 9:10 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

A1. Project Get Outdoors: Connecting Kids to Nature

Outdoor experiences are essential for healthy development, yet many children today are not getting outside. What are the barriers preventing outdoor play and exploration? How can you provide opportunities for children at your site to experience the countless benefits of outdoor exploration and nature discovery? During this session, participants will learn about the Project Get Outdoors initiative and they will gain resources to easily incorporate nature into their program. We will practice using simple activity supplies to develop engaging nature activities you can use at your site whether it's in an urban city or a rural community. We will also explore ways you can engage youth participants in local community service related to natural resource conservation.

Sara Holger, Project Get Outdoors, Inc.

Sara Holger is a mother, environmental educator and Founder of Project Get Outdoors. She has a B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Sara has more than 20 years of experience working as an environmental educator and naturalist, as well as having experience as a child care provider, YMCA youth program coordinator, and youth center program director. Outside of her time volunteering with Project Get Outdoors, Sara works as an Interpretive Naturalist for Minnesota State Parks at Whitewater State Park. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, and agate hunting with her family.

A2. You Don't Have to Be a Scientist to Do STEM - A Practice Framework for STEM in Afterschool

Does the idea of conducting science experiments with young people seem too challenging to tackle? Hear about a new practice framework created by Ignite Afterschool that helps staff in afterschool feel like STEM learning is possible in everyday activities. Research shows us how closely the values and practices of high-quality STEM learning align with afterschool learning. This significant overlap is great news for afterschool programs! It means that doing quality STEM learning in your program takes just a few extra steps beyond the foundational practices for quality afterschool programs. Participants will have access to the newly-launched Ignite Afterschool STEM Addendum to take back to their programs.

Deborah Moore, University of Minnesota

Deborah Moore is currently the Program Director at the newly-established Youth Work Learning Lab at the School of Social Work. This project provides professional development and teaching support to youth workers and students in community on critical and complex issues in formalized youth work. She has expertise in youth program quality and organizational development, community networks and collaborations, and youth program measurement and evaluation. Deborah brings more than 30 years of professional experience in youth development in roles, including executive director, board member, trainer/consultant, volunteer, and direct service. If you ask, she will say that no matter what her job roles describe, she is a youth worker.

A3. Activities, Interests and Individuality

Busy kids are happy kids. Participants will leave with activities to try back at their programs, along with a sense of how to find their own ideas. Participants will also learn how to use variety as a way to maximize the learning and creativity of every individual child in order to develop his or her strengths.

Dr. Emma Hansen, Hansen Training, Consulting and Writing

Dr. Emma Hansen is a family childcare provider, foster care provider, and Master Trainer through MNCPD. She enjoys working with school-age children because of their high-energy level and intelligent questions. She has two successful grown children of her own, who were her inspiration to continue learning about and evolving educational ideas and practices.

A4. I'm Having So Much Fun - How is This Leadership?

Join this session for a discussion about ways to incorporate youth voice and leadership in a fun and engaging way. Bring your questions, be ready to share what's worked and what hasn't, and gather ideas from others.

Cathy Nordman, St. Paul Public Schools Discovery Club

Cathy has been a Site Manager for the St. Paul Public Schools Discovery Club program for the past 27 years. She works with PreK-6th grade during the school year and Discovery PLUS, the 4th-6th grade program, in the summer.

 
Session B: 10:10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

B1. Project Get Outdoors: Connecting Kids to Nature

Outdoor experiences are essential for healthy development, yet many children today are not getting outside. What are the barriers preventing outdoor play and exploration? How can you provide opportunities for children at your site to experience the countless benefits of outdoor exploration and nature discovery? During this session, participants will learn about the Project Get Outdoors initiative and they will gain resources to easily incorporate nature into their program. We will practice using simple activity supplies to develop engaging nature activities you can use at your site whether it's in an urban city or a rural community. We will also explore ways you can engage youth participants in local community service related to natural resource conservation.

Sara Holger, Project Get Outdoors, Inc.

Sara Holger is a mother, environmental educator and Founder of Project Get Outdoors. She has a B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Sara has more than 20 years of experience working as an environmental educator and naturalist, as well as having experience as a child care provider, YMCA youth program coordinator, and youth center program director. Outside of her time volunteering with Project Get Outdoors, Sara works as an Interpretive Naturalist for Minnesota State Parks at Whitewater State Park. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, and agate hunting with her family.

B2. Helping Kids Make Healthy Decisions! Health Powered Kids by Allina Health

Health Powered Kids™ is a program from Allina Health that provides fun, easy-to-use lessons and interactive activities for children and teens to be used at school, home, before- or after-school programs, childcare, and within community groups. Learn ways to empower youth to live their healthiest during the summer months and all year long with fun activities from Health Powered Kids. This free online program is designed to teach kids to make healthier choices about eating well, staying active, keeping clean, and balancing their lives. The website, healthpoweredkids.org, features more than 60 pre-built lesson plans and multi-use "Power Charger" activities to help kids develop positive physical and mental well-being habits in a few minutes. Participants will walk away with inspirational ideas to kick off the spring and summer months utilizing Healthy Powered Kids online resources.

Susan Nygaard, Allina Health

Susan Nygaard is the Manager of Community Health Improvement for Alliana Health. In this role, she leads the development of system-wide community health improvement initiatives that address the promotion of healthy, active living and emotional well-being, including Health Powered Kids™, Health Powered Families™ and Change to Chill™. Susan serves on various committees, including the Action for Healthy Kids Steering Committee - Minnesota Chapter, Allina Health's Wellness Advisory Committee, and is a Lino Lakes YMCA Board member. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and a Public Health Nursing Certificate. She's passionate about her work and is dedicated to finding creative and inspiring ways to improve health.

B3. You Don't Have to Be a Scientist to Do STEM - A Practice Framework for STEM in Afterschool

Does the idea of conducting science experiments with young people seem too challenging to tackle? Hear about a new practice framework created by Ignite Afterschool that helps staff in afterschool feel like STEM learning is possible in everyday activities. Research shows us how closely the values and practices of high-quality STEM learning align with afterschool learning. This significant overlap is great news for afterschool programs! It means that doing quality STEM learning in your program takes just a few extra steps beyond the foundational practices for quality afterschool programs. Participants will have access to the newly-launched Ignite Afterschool STEM Addendum to take back to their programs.

Deborah Moore, University of Minnesota

Deborah Moore is currently the Program Director at the newly-established Youth Work Learning Lab at the School of Social Work. This project provides professional development and teaching support to youth workers and students in community on critical and complex issues in formalized youth work. She has expertise in youth program quality and organizational development, community networks and collaborations, and youth program measurement and evaluation. Deborah brings more than 30 years of professional experience in youth development in roles, including executive director, board member, trainer/consultant, volunteer, and direct service. If you ask, she will say that no matter what her job roles describe, she is a youth worker.

B4. Sneaky School

Staff-led activities are an important part of quality school-age care. Beyond paper plate crafts and one-step "science" projects, participants will look at how to engage students as they explore during program activities. Participants will find ways to combine curriculum areas and "sneak" learning into fun games and projects.

Heidi Gordon, Stillwater Adventure Club

Heidi Gordon has worked in school-age care for 14 years. She is currently a Youth Enrichment and School-Age Care Coordinator for Stillwater Area Schools. She has adapted and created activities for students during all of her school-age care career, and has been designing and leading trainings for half of that time.

 
Session C: 12:10 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

C1. Youth Leadership Doesn't Happen Overnight, But it Can Happen Every Day

We all look for authentic ways to incorporate and encourage youth leadership in our day-to-day planning. By reimagining what leadership is for youth, we can see that it is something accessible for all youth and not just for the chosen few. Participants will walk through the stages of Youth Leadership, from Caterpillar to Butterfly. By looking at the activities and skills we teach every day, we see that we are already building learners in our youth, and that by allowing all kids to showcase their emerging skills in a safe environment, kids learn to build confidence and self-awareness while becoming leaders and positive role models.

Yvonne Schneider, St. Paul Public Schools Discovery Club

Yvonne is a 25-year veteran of St. Paul Public Schools, 24 years with Discovery Club. Yvonne has presented several times at the MnAEYC-MnSACA Annual State Conference on topics such as "A New Twist on Bored Games," "Building Communities, Building Cities," and "(Re)Imagining the Power of You(th)."

C2. Activities, Interests and Individuality

Busy kids are happy kids. Participants will leave with activities to try back at their programs, along with a sense of how to find their own ideas. Participants will also learn how to use variety as a way to maximize the learning and creativity of every individual child in order to develop his or her strengths.

Dr. Emma Hansen, Hansen Training, Consulting and Writing

Dr. Emma Hansen is a family childcare provider, foster care provider, and Master Trainer through MNCPD. She enjoys working with school-age children because of their high-energy level and intelligent questions. She has two successful grown children of her own, who were her inspiration to continue learning about and evolving educational ideas and practices.

C3. Let it Go - Letting Youth Lead in Your Work Together

Our own ideas about when and how (and even if) young people can lead effect how we create spaces for youth to step up and take leadership in everyday ways. Too often we provide leadership opportunities for only a select few. In this session, explore quick and easy ways to implement new techniques in your program to foster youth leadership every day. Join others in an exploration of your ideas and beliefs that shape how you think about leadership in young people. We will focus on key practices from the Youth Program Quality Assessment (PQA) School-Age Program Quality Assessment tool that set the space for youth to step in and take the lead. This includes letting youth plan what they will do each day, or choose what and how to learn during an activity. Each participant will receive access to a Quality Toolkit on Youth Leading in Daily Sessions.

Deborah Moore, University of Minnesota

Deborah Moore is currently the Program Director at the newly-established Youth Work Learning Lab at the School of Social Work. This project provides professional development and teaching support to youth workers and students in community on critical and complex issues in formalized youth work. She has expertise in youth program quality and organizational development, community networks and collaborations, and youth program measurement and evaluation. Deborah brings more than 30 years of professional experience in youth development in roles, including executive director, board member, trainer/consultant, volunteer, and direct service. If you ask, she will say that no matter what her job roles describe, she is a youth worker.

C4. Adapting Activities: Including Students with Special Needs in Out-of-School Time

This session will offer information, tips and techniques used to engage students with special needs in an out-of-school time setting. Participants will walk away with quick tips on supporting generational success, adapting craft and project activities, and adaptations to support success in large-motor activities that can be used with students with special needs.

Sarah Dinga, St. Paul Public Schools Discovery Club

Sarah currently works in St. Paul Public Schools as an Inclusion Specialist for Discovery Club. She has worked in the district for the past two years.

 
Session D: 1:10 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

D1. Let it Go - Letting Youth Lead in Your Work Together

Our own ideas about when and how (and even if) young people can lead effect how we create spaces for youth to step up and take leadership in everyday ways. Too often we provide leadership opportunities for only a select few. In this session, explore quick and easy ways to implement new techniques in your program to foster youth leadership every day. Join others in an exploration of your ideas and beliefs that shape how you think about leadership in young people. We will focus on key practices from the Youth Program Quality Assessment (PQA) School-Age Program Quality Assessment tool that set the space for youth to step in and take the lead. This includes letting youth plan what they will do each day, or choose what and how to learn during an activity. Each participant will receive access to a Quality Toolkit on Youth Leading in Daily Sessions.

Deborah Moore, University of Minnesota

Deborah Moore is currently the Program Director at the newly-established Youth Work Learning Lab at the School of Social Work. This project provides professional development and teaching support to youth workers and students in community on critical and complex issues in formalized youth work. She has expertise in youth program quality and organizational development, community networks and collaborations, and youth program measurement and evaluation. Deborah brings more than 30 years of professional experience in youth development in roles, including executive director, board member, trainer/consultant, volunteer, and direct service. If you ask, she will say that no matter what her job roles describe, she is a youth worker.

D2. Helping Kids Make Healthy Decisions! Health Powered Kids by Allina Health

Health Powered Kids™ is a program from Allina Health that provides fun, easy-to-use lessons and interactive activities for children and teens to be used at school, home, before- or after-school programs, childcare, and within community groups. Learn ways to empower youth to live their healthiest during the summer months and all year long with fun activities from Health Powered Kids. This free online program is designed to teach kids to make healthier choices about eating well, staying active, keeping clean, and balancing their lives. The website, healthpoweredkids.org, features more than 60 pre-built lesson plans and multi-use "Power Charger" activities to help kids develop positive physical and mental well-being habits in a few minutes. Participants will walk away with inspirational ideas to kick off the spring and summer months utilizing Healthy Powered Kids online resources.

Susan Nygaard, Allina Health

Susan Nygaard is the Manager of Community Health Improvement for Alliana Health. In this role, she leads the development of system-wide community health improvement initiatives that address the promotion of healthy, active living and emotional well-being, including Health Powered Kids™, Health Powered Families™ and Change to Chill™. Susan serves on various committees, including the Action for Healthy Kids Steering Committee - Minnesota Chapter, Allina Health's Wellness Advisory Committee, and is a Lino Lakes YMCA Board member. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and a Public Health Nursing Certificate. She's passionate about her work and is dedicated to finding creative and inspiring ways to improve health.

D3. Youth Leadership Doesn't Happen Overnight, But it Can Happen Every Day

We all look for authentic ways to incorporate and encourage youth leadership in our day-to-day planning. By reimagining what leadership is for youth, we can see that it is something accessible for all youth and not just for the chosen few. Participants will walk through the stages of Youth Leadership, from Caterpillar to Butterfly. By looking at the activities and skills we teach every day, we see that we are already building learners in our youth, and that by allowing all kids to showcase their emerging skills in a safe environment, kids learn to build confidence and self-awareness while becoming leaders and positive role models.

Yvonne Schneider, St. Paul Public Schools Discovery Club

Yvonne is a 25-year veteran of St. Paul Public Schools, 24 years with Discovery Club. Yvonne has presented several times at the MnAEYC-MnSACA Annual State Conference on topics such as "A New Twist on Bored Games," "Building Communities, Building Cities," and "(Re)Imagining the Power of You(th)."

D4. Cultivating Curiosity in Afterschool Activities

Children are curious creatures. They explore, question and wonder. Curiosity is the mental sparkler that activates our imaginations - drives our desire to learn - and compels our creative thinking. Experience curiosity (your own) and learn how we are all differently curious. We'll discuss ways we can cultivate curiosity in children through our interactions and the quality of our activities.

Emily Holder, St. Paul Public Schools Discovery Club

Emily Holder is the Site Manager for Programming and Professional Development for Discovery Club, Community Education, St. Paul Public Schools, and a trainer for Out-of-School Time (OST) staff. Her foremost goal is to encourage (push) youth workers to reflect on their professional practice. Her workshops promote her beliefs: that we must infuse our programming with purpose, bolster our behavior guidance with theory, and cultivate our youth relationships with vital intention. Emily has presented youth development trainings to staff, teachers, principals, and parents and at the local, state, and national levels.

For more information about Super School-Age Saturday, please contact Sue Kinneberg at susank@mnaeyc-mnsaca.org or 651-789-3583.

Visit our Super School-Age Saturday Archive to view previous events.

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