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APOST Fall Conference for OST

September 16, 2016 @ 7:45 am - 2:30 pm

Friday, September 16, 2016 from 7:45 AM to 2:30 PM

Trust Arts Education Center – 805 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

The APOST Fall Conference for Out-of-School Time (OST) is a professional development conference that shares best practices in youth development. The conference is open to youth practitioners who want to increase their skills in working with youth in out-of-school time programs, mentoring relationships, or in summer camps.

The keynote speaker for the Fall Conference is Larry Bell. Larry Bell has over 30 years of education experience and is an education consultant. Larry was recognized for his innovative classroom strategies that allowed both “tough kids” and “gifted and talented” kids to excel.  Learn more about what it takes to support students of all levels succeed.


See below for the event agenda.

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7:45 Breakfast and Registration

8:15 Keynote by Larry Bell: The Power of High Expectation

9:10AM-10:40AM Session One

Reaching and Teaching Low-Achieving Students (Youth Development Track)
This workshop will engage participants in learning the12 Powerful Words that trip up at-risk students on state tests, UNRA(A)VEL Reading Strategy for struggling learners, Math UNRA(A)VEL Strategy for solving math word problems, ten teaching strategies found in model schools that have guided low-achieving students to success, twenty daily assessment techniques, and five actions that alienate young African American and Latino males from their teachers.

Social Emotional Learning in Out-of-School Time (Youth Development Track)
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is an umbrella term to describe a family of skills, attitudes, and knowledge related to interpersonal and intrapersonal functions. Learn more about the work in Allegheny County.

Building Confidence in Each Other (Leadership Track)
It takes a lot of self-confidence to be a youth worker, and sometimes team members can get stuck dwelling on perceived failures or a lack of success. When a co-worker is feeling down and out, how can we help them get their confidence back? Based on the proven practice of Motivational Interviewing, this training will provide new conversational techniques to foster confidence your team members, allowing them to live up to their full potential.

Structure and Clear Limits (PPS Afterschool Academy Track) 
How do you prevent chaos in a youth environment without stifling youth’s positive energy? Youth need structure and clear limits in order to feel safe. This interactive workshop helps participants analyze the level of structure in their programs and practice identifying and maintaining clear limits.


10:50AM-12:20PM Session Two

Growing Confidence in Youth (Youth Development Track)
It’s not enough for our students to be prepared to improve their academics, they must also be confident they will succeed. This training will discuss the right questions and approaches to grow confidence by focusing on the often overlooked patterns of success our students have already achieved. This session involves a lot of role play, and by the end you might even find yourself with a little more confidence in your work!

Exploring and Creating with the Smithsonian Learning Lab (Youth Development Track)
Bring the Smithsonian museums to your youth and watch them discover, create, and share what they find! Participants will learn how to use the Smithsonian Learning Lab, a digital tool, to find ready-to-implement activities about writing, art, and Heritage months for K-12. You will also learn ways to use the materials when you don’t have access to technology.

Leadership and Management – Riding the See-saw (Leadership Track)
How can one become a more effective manager? Does your leadership style adapt to meet the needs of your staff, practice, and youth? In this workshop, gain an increased awareness of the concepts of leadership and management, and improve your understanding of ‘leadership in every chair’.

Introduction to the Active-Participatory Approach (Youth Development Track)
Youth programs can be optimized for youth needs, motivation, and engagement. The Active-Participatory Approach to youth work was designed to address these goals. This youth-centered approach is the foundation for the Youth Works Methods Series. The Youth Works Methods are based in positive youth development research, and designed to create a safe, supportive, and productive environment for youth.


12:20PM-1:00PM Lunch


1:00PM-2:30PM Session 3

Stages of Youth and Development (PPS Afterschool Academy Track)
In this workshop, learn about the various stages of youth development from childhood to adolescence, focusing on the five domains -cognitive, social, emotional, physical, spiritual/connection to community. Develop an informed and positive approach to working with children at various stages of development and build awareness at your own practice.

Cultivating Career-Readiness Through the Arts (Youth Development Track)
Soft skills, such as resilience and innovative thinking, are key components to both academic and career success.  In this hands session, participants will engage with multiple mediums in order to explore how the arts might be used in any afterschool program to develop these vital dispositions in all children.

Leadership and Working Styles (Leadership Track)
What type of leader are you? Is it your style to organize your work around the big picture or laugh with your team about the importance of being relational and cooperative? This workshop will focus on identifying and developing leadership skills and allow participants opportunities for individual assessment. Discussion will focus on working styles and managing others.

Writing Workshop (PPS Afterschool Academy Track)
This workshop will engage afterschool activity providers on strategies that encourage youth to write. Learn some techniques and will encourage stamina and fluency for youth writing.



September 16, 2016
7:45 am - 2:30 pm
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Trust Arts Education Center
805-807 LIberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States
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