21st Century Community Learning Centers 2016 Spring Conference

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The Research Institute (TRI), in partnership with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), is hosting the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) 2016 Spring Conference at Western Oregon University on May 5 and 6. The conference theme is "Every Student Thriving, and the conference will feature keynote speakers for both days. On Thursday, Celeste Janssen, director of the Institute for Youth Success at Education Northwest, will deliver a keynote address about the value of developmental relationships, shining a light on what elements create a transformative relationship for youth.

In addition to Celeste Janssen's keynote, presenters from the Institute for Youth Success and Education Northwest are involved in the following presentations:

What's the Buzz About Social Emotional Learning?

Thursday, May 5, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Presenter: Celeste Janssen

In this session, we will help define social emotional learning and why it matters for students. We'll provide the most recent research, explain the terminology, and provide practical examples that illustrate how to lead this research into practice. We will also talk about the new political landscape emerging after the passage of ESSA, and how non-cognitive skills may play an important role.

Planning and Reflection

Thursday, May 5, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Presenter: Sarah Tollefson

Are you ready to be more intentional about including planning and reflection strategies into your daily routine and activities but not sure where to start? This workshop will introduce participants to powerful methods that promote youth engagement in planning, implementing, and evaluating activities and projects.

Social Belonging and Youth Success

Thursday, May 5, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Presenter: Karyn Lewis, Lauren Bates, and Shannon Davidson

Social belonging is a promising "lever" youth program staff can use to improve students' outcomes and reduce inequities. This session will begin with a brief overview of the research linking social belonging to various positive outcomes. We then go in-depth on interventions that promote social belonging for youth of all ages. Attendees will get to discuss how to apply these interventions.

Building Community

Friday, May 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Presenter: Sarah Tollefson

Do you know what it takes to build an emotionally and physically safe space for youth? Building an emotionally safe community of peers and adults is essential for youth to learn and develop as individuals. This inteactive workshop introduces participants to a variety of activities designed to support the community-building process.

Healthy Closure

Friday, May 6, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Presenter: Sarah Tollefson

Transitions are a particularly important time in adolescence. This training for program managers emphasizes strategies to ensure healthy closure when a youth program comes to an end. Practitioners learn the difference between dysfunctional and functional relationship endings, the importance of healthy closure, and tips to building a program-specific closure policy.