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Fall Super School-Age Saturday 2017
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(Re)Imagine the Power of Youth
Saturday, November 4, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Discovery Elementary School
301 2nd Ave. NE
Buffalo, MN 55313

What is Super School-Age Saturday?

Super School-Age Saturday is an engaging professional development event designed specifically for staff working in school-age care/afterschool 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.


$65 Members
$80 Non-members (Join Today!)

Registration includes a light breakfast

Group Registration and Discount

If you would like to register more than one staff member for this training, you will need to fill out the Group Registration Form.

If you register 8 or more staff for this training, you will receive a 10% discount for each registrant. The group registration discount ends at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 20, 2017.

Payment Policy

All registrations and fees must be paid in full prior to attending Super School-Age Saturday. If paying onsite, an additional $35 administrative fee per person will be assessed.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received by 5:00 p.m. on October 27, 2017 will receive a full refund. Cancellations received by 5:00 p.m. on November 1, 2017 will receive a full refund less a $25 administrative fee. Cancellations received after November 1, 2017 are nonrefundable. No-shows will not receive a refund. Please email or call 651-646-8689.

Schedule at a Glance

Registration, Networking & Light Breakfast  8:00 - 8:40 a.m.
Welcome 8:40 - 8:55 a.m.
Session A  9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Break  10:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Session B 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Session Descriptions

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

Session A: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

A1. 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.

A2. Leading, Consulting, Representing and Serving - A Comprehensive Model of Engaging Young People

Learn about a research-based comprehensive model for engaging young people in formal advisory committees and pitfalls to avoid when creating advisory processes. Review the required settings, structures, strategies and supports that should be in place prior to starting a successful youth advisory. Gain tips and tools based on the Minnesota Department of Education's Student Advisory Committee framework.

Eric Billiet, Minnesota Department of Education,

Eric is the Minnesota Department of Education's Expanded Learning Specialist. His primary duties include Administration and Technical Assistance for the federal 21st Century Community Learning Center grant program. In addition, he is the department's liaison to the Student Advisory Committee to the Minnesota Youth Council and a member of Ignite Afterschool's Professional Development Coordinating Council. Eric is also an adjunct lecturer in the University of Minnesota's Youth Studies program in the School of Social Work, where he teaches orientations and approaches to youth work. Prior to joining MDE, Eric received numerous awards and recognition for best practice during his nearly 20 years of co-managing youth programs with young people through democratic pedagogies.

A3. 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 B: 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

B1. 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.

B2. Rethinking Anti-Bias in Afterschool Environments

Anti-bias curriculum goes far beyond making sure children see images of "non-stereotypical" roles. Diversity in our settings is so much more than the posters, the books, the crayons, paint and dolls. Anti-bias work includes diversity and culture. Anti-bias work is essentially optimistic work about the future for our children. Anti-bias teachers are committed to the principle that every child deserves to develop to his or her fullest potential. This workshop will explore the 'isms' included in true anti-bias work. We will examine how to more authentically include anti-bias and diversity into the settings that children find themselves in through reflecting on ourselves and our programs. Practical tips, strategies and suggestions will be included in this session.

Kristen Wheeler Highland, MnAEYC-MnSACA,

Kristen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Psychology/Early Childhood. She has graduate-level education in Children & Youth Mental Health, Special Needs and Adult Education. She has a long list of endorsements and certifications in the early childhood training field, as well as experience working as a staff member, director, and consultant in early childhood & school age programs.

B3. The Power of Thinking! How to Guide Kids to Own and Solve Their Problems

Explore how we can give kids the gifts of empathy, accountability and critical thinking in everyday interactions with them. Rather than viewing problems and struggles as a bad thing, learn how to help kids identify problems, what options they have for solving those problems, and what the outcome will look like. Causal thinking is not instilled by the adult from the outside - it is built by kids from the inside-out. Raising kids who can and do think about the quality of their decisions gives kids their best shot at healthy self-concept and success in the real world.

Andy Johnsrud, Johnsrud Education Consulting,

Andy has been teaching and working with families for over 20 years. He came to the practical skills he delivers out of necessity. Stepping into a public school classroom as a young teacher in the late 1990s, it became very clear that the examples and techniques used by adults in his own childhood of the 70s and 80s were no longer state-of-the-art. From this necessity has grown a unique and practical perspective that equips adults with the skills and understanding they need to give all kids their very best shot at success in the real world.

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