Thursday, January 28, 2016

Join A Roundtable!

Join colleagues for a Roundtable Workshop in RM. 152!
How a Roundtable Session Works:
A Roundtable Workshop session is your chance to get exposed to current practice from a wide variety of experts and to share your experience in dialog with other colleagues.   There is a Roundtable Workshop offered during each of the session times today.
You may choose to attend 3 out of 4 different table discussions being offered during this 90-minute Roundtable Session.
Each table presentation/discussion is led by a facilitator who will lead the group for 20-25 minutes.  At the end of each presentation, you will move to another table topic of your choice. 
Roundtable I    9:45 – 11:15 AM

Including Students with Special Needs
Helping Children Develop Friendship Skills, Alison Stewart, Family Support Network
Many special needs students can benefit from extra support in learning friendship skills, and we know that inclusive community is built when ALL students learn & practice these skill together!
Homework Help for Special Kids, Christine Strena, Alameda County Office of Education
Gain tips and handouts for working productively with students who may have ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, or other language-based learning issues.  
Kids Included Together (KIT): Resources and More, Cheri Chord, After School Assist
An introduction to KIT and its treasury of resources for you to support your inclusion efforts, shared by a veteran afterschool expert. 
Using Behavior Expectations to Build Relational Trust, Grace Cheng, Behavior Analyst SFUSD.   Learn about developing and teaching behavior expectations – the first step in helping students develop self-management. 

Roundtable II    12:30 – 2:00 PM

Creating Culturally Responsive Programs   

Culturally Welcoming Spaces: Setting the Stage for Success, Rosalinda Mancillas, ACOE
At this table, we’ll identify and discuss the essential elements in the aesthetic environment of your physical program space that can enhance both cultural competence and cultural connection. Meet an afterschool veteran and get new ideas! 
Engaging, Encouraging, and Empowering African-American Male Youth: Afterthoughts of a King,  Earnest Jenkins, OUSD Office of African Male Achievement
Gain and share knowledge on how to improve interactions and support African-American Males both academically and emotionally in afterschool programs.
Introduction to Samoan Culture, Faauuga Moliga-Puletasi, SFUSD
Expand your own horizons and learn about working with cultural group through understanding positionality. Gain tools to better understand yourself and work with ethnic groups such as Samoan students.  
What is Culturally Responsive Teaching?  Aileen Pagdananan, Futurama
An overview of ways to apply culturally responsive strategies and actively respond to youth’s experiences to support their healing and resistance to oppression.
Roundtable III    2:45 – 3:15 PM

Discover Online Program and Staff Training Resources 
Click2Science: Staff Training and STEM Resources, CynDee Zandes, California Dept. of Education, Afterschool Division   Click 2 Science is a rich online resource to help staff deliver hands-on, minds-on science lessons with kids, featuring clips from real afterschool programs!
Khan Academy: LearnStorm 2016!  Margaret Watson, Khan Academy
Find out how to involve your Gr 3-12 students in LearnStorm, Khan Academy’s free math challenge that celebrates progress and hustle as they learn math skills and earn rewards for themselves and their program, individually or in teams.
Mouse Squad Student Tech and Leadership, Colette Walker, Mouse Squad of California   
Combining leadership development with service learning, the Mouse Squad program takes youth from being consumers of technology to becoming tech creators and problem solvers.  
A Tour through PBS LearningMedia and Beyond, Almetria Vaba, KQED                  
Explore resources for integrating media into afterschool from America's most trusted classroom, PBS. PBS LearningMedia is a digital learning library of over 87 thousand videos, interactive games and images.                                                        

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

2016 Bridging the Bay Program

Check out the 2016 Bridging the Bay program now! 
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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Bridging the Bay Workshops

Get a head start and check out all the workshops that will be available at Bridging the Bay! 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Meet the Keynote Speaker: Rudy Corpus

2016 Bridging the Bay Keynote Speaker: 

Rudy Corpus, United Playaz

Born and raised in San Francisco, Rudy Corpuz Jr. is the Founder and Executive Director of United Playaz, a violence prevention and leadership development organization. As an ex-felon, Rudy got involved in the Second Chance program of the Extended Opportunity Program Services (EOPS) at SF City College. His nonprofit career began as a gang prevention counselor working at Balboa High School. In 1994 after repeated violence between gangs, turfs and different ethnic groups, United Playaz (UP) was born from the collective efforts of the young people themselves and adult allies committed to making the school a safe place for all. The demands of the youth continue to drive UP’s core services, providing youth with positive role models and activities to engage in as an alternative to involvement with gangs, drugs and other high-risk behaviors. The youngest of nine siblings, Rudy grew up attending programs at Canon Kip Community Center in the South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood of SF. Although he didn’t know it at the time, his experience there would inspire his work with UP and his dream to one day operate a youth center to fill the void created when Canon Kip closed in 1989. Through the recent purchase of the UP Clubhouse, Rudy is now a stakeholder in SOMA, working hard to build up the community that he once destroyed. He feels blessed to serve with the people and believes strongly in the United Playaz motto that “It takes the hood to save the hood.”

Monday, January 4, 2016

Pre-Register for a Double Session Workshop

Pre-register for ONE of the Special Double Session Workshops for the Bridging the Bay Conference on January 30! Spend quality time with these outstanding youth development leaders to deepen your own knowledge and skills at no additional cost.

Social-Emotional Learning in a 21st Century World

Cheri Chord and Beryl Johnson | After School Assist, Sacramento, CA

Social Emotional skills are the basis for a happy and productive life, both for individual success and for participating in the larger community. You will experience hands-on, minds-on activities to support children and youth in becoming independent thinkers and dedicated problem solvers. Learn community building strategies drawn from many sources including Tribes and Adventures in Peacemaking for guiding your students to develop excellent communication skills, create healthy friendships, and foster a love for learning.


Positive Discipline: Fill Your Toolbox with Solutions

Lori Onderwyzer | Positive Discipline Associates

Children by nature are good, open and ready to learn, yet in an average classroom or afterschool program today there may be one or even many students who don’t appear to be so.

This workshop helps unpack the reasons for this mal-adaptive behavior, including the impact of trauma and the resulting challenges. In the first half, we will focus on why people do what they do. With this understanding in place, the second half of the workshop will focus on tools and strategies that create long-term restorative solutions and build the missing connections to reach challenging students. You will leave with renewed hope and commitment to the idea that every child is capable of doing the right thing, even when no one is looking. You’ll participate in experiential activities to help you gain understanding at the “heart” level as well as the intellectual.

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Register Now! Bridging the Bay

Register Now
Bridging the Bay Conference 2016! 

Join the after-school training event of the Bay Area. This one day conference is a great opportunity to engage with out-of-school professionals through out Region 4 and participate in exciting workshops. You and your staff will walk away with a deeper connection to the field and new skills to bring back to your programs.

When: January 30, 2016
Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Location: Balboa High School, San Francisco

Register today! 

Bridging the Bay's Newest Workshops

Here is a sneak peak into Bridging the Bay newest Workshops that will be available during the conference!

For Leaders in K-5, K-8, & K-12
All About Program Culture offers engaging ways to equip your after school or summer camp with the necessary tools for a robust and fun after school or summer program. Learn fun activities which will help you use youth voice, community input in your program, while also establishing clear routines to support young people to be successful and thrive.  K-5

Animals and Their Habitats will make educators out of our youngest students. Students research an animal and use a 3-Dimensional painting uploaded into Stop Motion, an easy application that allows audio narration and text along with pictures to create a report!  K-5 

The Common Sense of Common Core will clarify what common core really is and how to easily adapt lessons to Common Core Standards in a way that is fun for you and the youth in your program. Join in hands-on interactive lessons you can take back to your program.  K-8

Discovering Creativity with Streetside Stories! Introduces the way Streetside Stories teaching artists cultivate student voice and encourage personal storytelling through “visible thinking routines.” Experiment with hands-on art and writing activities, and strategies for discussion and reflection that can be implemented with diverse youth in a variety of settings.  Gr. 3-8

Energenius® introduces free training modules created through a partnership between PG&E and CalSAC, designed to engage children and youth to think about how they use energy, how energy is measured, paid for, and ways to save energy. K-5

Exemplary Leaders for Exemplary Programs will help you take your program to the next level by learning to lead strategically, work collaboratively, and act intentionally. How you approach this defines who you are as a leader. Find out where your passion and drive come from and how you can use these skills to get the most from your staff!  Gr. K-12

Freestyle: Learning through Hip Hop will explore simple, practical ways to support positive classroom culture, engagement and creative expression through hip hop dance. You’ll leave with tools for building ritual, youth voice, reflection and positive risk taking into every class.  Gr. 3-12

How to Support New Staff to Create Engaging Lesson Plans breaks down engaging, project-based lesson planning--a complex skill that takes time to develop. Explore tips and tricks for supporting new and emerging staff in developing plans that build skills and keep youth active and engaged through a simple four-part framework including effective debriefing, one of the most powerful but overlooked elements of an effective lesson.  Gr. K-8

The Impact of Samoan Culture on Student Success will help service providers understand how to work more effectively with Samoan students by implementing culturally relevant practices in three areas to create deeper relationships with Samoan students, and produce higher engagement in academics, programs, and leadership roles in schools.  K-12

Improv and Your Role as a Facilitator is for you if you ever planned a lesson that didn't go the way you thought it would, or didn't know what to say in an uncomfortable situation. We’ll use Improv techniques to help create a supportive environment, engage in difficult conversations, and facilitate meaningful lessons. Come join us for an interactive and engaging workshop!  K-12

STEMpower and smARTS will demonstrate practical methods for conducting arts and STEM related lesson plans. Learn how STEM and arts-integrated learning bolster both academic and social emotional skills through the creative process and critical thinking.  K-5

Supporting English Learners brings practical strategies to support English Learners and develop your own confidence and competence in helping them master the English language.  K-5

Writing Lyrics, Creating Songs leads you through a simple process for generating ideas, writing and editing lyrics, and composing melodies to create a simple song, written by you! The process is structured so that you too can facilitate the process for kids, without needing to be a composer yourself. No previous musical experience is necessary.  K-8

Youth Voice emphasizes the importance of offering real choices and meaningful participation to youth, and nurturing youth leadership.  This interactive workshop is focused on ways to provide meaningful choice within activities along with opportunities for youth input within the larger program itself. K-8

For Leaders of Older Youth (Grades 6-8, 9-12)
Around the World and Back Again! is geared towards promoting youth travel, especially in high school summer programs. It will explain the benefits of national and international travel for youth programs, as well as share the highlights of our trips to Mississippi and South Africa.  Gr. 9-12

Build and Ace of a Place offers ways to create a ripple! Build character strengths with middle school youth, incorporate SEL (Social Emotional Learning) techniques, create a foundation for staff to better engage with the youth, and provide resources to create a stream of change within your program. Gr. 6-8

Creating the Next Generation of Leaders focuses on recruiting and retaining youth participants to create change in their community. Along with identifying community needs, participants will gain tools on how to develop a goal, action plan, and tips for implementation. And you’ll have fun with team building activities! Gr. 6-12

The Challenge of Working with Middle School Students focuses on behavioral expectations, dealing with the challenging behaviors, and strategies for establishing trust, effective communication, eliminating power struggles, and minimizing potential triggers. Gain lessons, techniques, and strategies for successfully managing and enjoying your students!  Gr. 6-8

Equity and Student Voice: Let’s Make It Real! offers a facilitated conversation exploring what Student Voice and Leadership, and Diversity, Access & Equity mean and can look like in real time and real practice. Hear from and engage with students and practitioners to explore how these two critical Quality Standards - when serving as an anchor for a program - can drive engagement and improvement of our programs and our schools themselves.   Gr. 6-12

Leadership and Employment Pathways for High School Youth uses strategies proven effective at 6 SFUSD sites to focus on structures to create and/or adapt the framework at your individual site. Gr. 9-12

S.O.S. – Small Solutions for Big Problems combines an easy-to-use animation app with writing as tools for social change. Students identify a human-caused problem in the environment and develop a campaign to present a solution through stop motion infomercials! Gr. 6—12

Keeping checking for workshop updates!