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All California Educators, from all sectors, are invited and highly encouraged to attend! Share this great opportunity with your educator friends and colleagues!

  • K-12 Educators
  • Principals, Superintendents, Administrators
  • Educational Leadership (LEA and COE)
  • Student Support Services
  • Data & Assessment
  • Multilingual Learners Educators
  • Health & Wellness
  • Fiscal Leaders
  • Nutrition Services 
  • Expanded Learning 
  • Community-Based Organizations
  • Technology Services
  • Special Education
  • And Much More!

For more information or for any questions, please contact Melissa Perez at mperez@afterschoolnetwork.org


9:00 AM – 9:50 AM: Welcome & Opening Keynote (50 Minutes)

9:50 AM – 10:00 AM: Break (10 Minutes)

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Workshop Session 1 (90 Minutes)

11:30 AM – 12:10 PM: Lunch Break (40 Minutes)

12:10 PM – 12:35 PM: Plenary Session (25 Minutes)

12:35 PM – 12:45 PM: Break (10 Minutes)

12:45 PM – 2:15 PM: Workshop Session 2 (90 Minutes)

2:15 PM – 2:25 PM: Break (10 Minutes)

2:25 PM – 3:00 PM: Closing Session (35 Minutes)

*Schedule is subject to change.

Keynote Speakers

Morning Welcome & Keynote

Lunch Plenary

  • Tom Armelino, Executive Director - California Collaborative for Educational Excellence
  • Californians for Justice- (CFJ) is a statewide youth-powered organization fighting for racial justice. They believe that young people are the leaders we need to create the healthy, just, and vibrant schools that all our communities deserve. We will be joined by:
    • Rosa De Leon – CFJ Strategy Director and CFJ Youth Alumni 
    • Stephanie Jauregui-Lopez – Spoken Word Artist, Organizer, CFJ youth alumni

Closing Plenary

The California AfterSchool Network is excited to host the closing panel of the day, moderated by Tony Smith.

  • Tony Smith, Founder, Whyspeople; Former Illinois State Superintendent of Education, Former Superintendent Oakland Unified School District
  • Jorge A. Aguilar, Superintendent, Sacramento Unified School District
  • Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell, Superintendent, Oakland Unified School District 
  • Tom Rooney, Superintendent, Lindsay Unified School District


Accelerated Smash-Up: AB86 & Older Youth Program Strategies

Now is the time to explore unique opportunities, for accelerated learning that can impact older youth programs, for decades to come. From program start-up to high quality and innovation! Come prepared to explore, think and dialogue with peers, about promising practices for programs serving older youth – and how we can enrich these experiences going forward.

After School Program Delivery Through Community Partnerships

In this session participants will learn how City municipalities and school districts can work in collaboration to deliver a successful afterschool program. Hear how this type of partnership can be created, strengthened, and adapted over time to best meet the needs of participants and families in your community. Presenters will share how they creatively pivoted to continue and expand in-person service delivery throughout the pandemic and the framework to transition as schools reopen. This session will serve not only as a case study, but hopefully as inspiration to take back and implement within your community.

COVID Safe Schools: Before, During and After School

Workshop shares experiences, strategies and ideas to start or reopen In-Person programs, on and off school campuses to promote health and safety.

  • Braid together the HEALTH and WELLBEING of ALL with promising practices of School Day and Expanded Learning.
  • Design program elements to include intentional SEL components to support our students, families, and staff.
  • Create and modify existing school safety plans to be inclusive of the Expanded Learning Environment.

Essential Ingredients for a Successful and Engaging Summer

Research tells us that effective summer programs are highly dependent upon intentional planning and smooth operations. Planning for and executing summer programs is always a journey, but this summer’s trip likely includes unfamiliar terrain and less-traveled roads. Join the Sperling Center for Research and Innovation to dive into the research on effective practices and learn practical strategies to ensure a successful and engaging summer for youth, teachers, and families. Topics will include understanding youth and community needs to drive your programming and curriculum; youth and family outreach and engagement; staffing and professional development; and setting the tone for the first day. Leveraging BellXcel and SCRI’s nearly 30 years of practitioner knowledge designing and implementing evidence-based summer programs nation-wide, you will leave with a clear map and a full toolbox to improve the summer experience for all of your stakeholders.

Expanding Summer Meals Support for Students

Expanding learning and enrichment opportunities starts with access to healthy meals. You are invited to join us to explore the Federal Summer Meals Programs and learn about the various flexibilities in place this summer to help maximize meals for our students. This workshop will include an overview of the AB 86 meal requirements and the U.S. Department of Agriculture summer meal COVID-19 waivers available in the Seamless Summer Option and the Summer Food Service Program. You will also hear and learn from two local providers, who will share their best practices, ideas, and inspiration for connecting children in your communities and schools to summer meals.

Exploring the Role of Expanded Learning Programs in Supporting Young People’s Mental and Emotional Well-Being

We know that many of our staff and youth may be experiencing toxic stress, trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) during this last year, which has a direct impact on their mental health and well-being. Now more than ever we need to ensure youth and staff are receiving the support they need to navigate and heal from these stressful times. Expanded Learning Programs play a central role in supporting a young person’s mental health and should be seen as a core component in the mental health system for young people. Youth development staff are the caring adults that help youth heal from trauma and are also their advocates when they notice youth who are in distress. These caring adults who work with young people should have access to high-quality training and ongoing professional development to ensure they have the knowledge, tools and resources to best support young people. Join us as we explore the role of expanded learning programs in supporting a young person’s mental health and the resources CalSAC has to offer to ensure staff are better equipped to support a young person’s mental health.

Innovations for Serving English Learner and Migratory Students

Participants will hear about and discuss innovative ways to include language development into Extended Learning opportunities without appearing to be “instructional”. Tried and true activities that promote self confidence and boost learning.

Leveraging Expanded Learning Opportunities Grants: Using your LCAP and CA MTSS Framework

Keeping your focus on staff, student, family, and community is important to address the most urgent needs of students, teachers, and staff while making the kinds of investments that build state, district, and school capacity in ways that sustain meaningful and effective teaching and learning. If well-invested, new one-time funding can help address gaps in educational opportunity and outcomes — not just during the COVID-19 pandemic, but beyond.

Leveraging Funding for Lasting Impact: A Conversation with Colleagues

A workgroup of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) recently developed a tool around COVID-19 One-Time Funding for Tk-12 Education. Join other teams in reflecting on your program and budget planning processes and engage in dialogue with colleagues.

Reopening Schools with Outdoor Learning

Exploring resources and ideas tied to supporting outdoor learning in, and partnerships with, districts and schools as it relates to expanded learning and support for school/district staff to address the social emotional health and academic needs of students.

Research & Practice: A Match Made for Funding

Would you like to better position your organization or program to attract more funding? We have seen an uptick in funders who want grantees to show the potential for positive impact on youth and families. In this session, you will learn about evidence-based practices for promoting whole-child learning and reflect on how your program is using those practices. By the end of the session, you will be able to share how your program is evidence-based.

Shifting from Learned to Learning: An Invitation to Future-Focused STEAM Education

This presentation will share the work the California Expanded STEAM Learning Hubs are doing and the framework and successes of our work to improve and strengthen the quantity and quality of STEAM learning in the hours after the instructional day.

Supporting Homeless and Foster Youth Through the Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant

The CDE Homeless and Foster team will present strategies and ideas on supporting homeless and foster youth with the Expanded Learning Opportunity (ELO) Grant. Together with panelists from the field, you will hear ideas around:

  • Planning services for homeless and foster youth based on identified needs.
  • Engagement or reengagement strategies and ideas.
  • How what you already do in your work with foster and homeless youth can be part of the ELO Grant Plan.

Supporting Students with Disabilities as LEAs Reopen

Students with Disabilities have faced unique challenges in the past year as access to supports and services were limited in Distance Learning. The CDE Special Education Division will present some of the priorities for LEAs as they return to in person instruction. LEAs who have successfully returned to in-person instruction will share their successes and challenges.

Translating the Science of Learning and Development into Whole Child Action

Tying together threads of scholarship and practice, this workshop will explore insights from the Science of Learning and Development (SoLD), an interdisciplinary body of work that draws on neuroscience, learning science, social and emotional learning, and other research to offer a blueprint for how education and youth development experiences can be shaped to ensure all children have the opportunity to thrive. Drawing on their long-time efforts in K-12 education and youth development in California, our speakers – Channa Cook-Harvey (Sacramento County Office of Education) and Katie Brackenridge (Turnaround for Children) – will connect the science to practical strategies that are particularly relevant for schools and youth development organizations as students and staff return to in-person learning.

Using State and Local Data to Inform your Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant

This workshop will provide local educational agencies support on how to use state and local data to inform the development of their Expanded Learning Opportunity Plans and support the ongoing implementation of the plans. Representatives from the CDE’s Analysis, Measurement, and Accountability Reporting Division will be partnering with a local educational agency to present this information.

Whole Child Health: Strengthening Staff and Student Well-being During School Re-opening

Join Alliance for a Healthier Generation to preview and engage with tools and resources available for building a stronger and sustainable program that supports all youth to be healthy and thrive. Together we’ll underscore the interconnectedness between staff and student well-being, and the basic health needs of students which allow academic success to naturally follow. You’ll leave with clear next steps you can take to build out the community of care in your program, to implement AB86 and leverage longer term impact with ESSER III federal funding.

Why Attendance Matters For Covid 19 Recovery:  The Power of Working Together to Use Chronic Absence to Address Educational Inequities 

To really make a difference for Covid 19 recovery, schools,  expanded learning programs and other community partners need to pay attention to attendance.  Working together, they can use chronic absence data to activate and allocate resources to students who would especially benefit enriched learning opportunities and well as enhanced outreach and support.  They can leverage their relationships to students and families to help get students back into the routine of school as well as address attendance barriers.   Given the challenges of Covid-19, this work ideally starts in the Spring, accelerates in the summer and continues throughout the whole school year.  

Work-Based Learning: A Dynamic Conversation

Join a dynamic conversation about Work-Based Learning and what it means for our next generation. In this pivotal time in history, we are positioned to provide new and life changing opportunities for young people. The transactional experiences found in our current education system, cannot account for the learning loss suffered over this past year. Instead, we must be intentional in providing our students with transformational opportunities that promote leadership, expand horizons and offer life experience.

Youth Panel Discussion: Let’s Ask the Students What They Need

What do students want that will help them recover from their pandemic experience? What academic, social, and emotional supports do they need to help them come back? Let’s ask them. A panel of civic-minded high school students from across the state will share their perspectives and help us understand how they would spend the ELO funds to have the best impact on the whole child.

Additional workshops coming soon!