The conference, the first of four on the subject scheduled in the next 12 months, involves more than 75 community members. Representing a broad range of organizations, including afterschool program providers, educators, juvenile justice and social service professionals, funders and government representatives, participants will focus on one of the four priority initiatives chosen by the Center's Community Advisory Council.
National, state and local presenters include Julie Ewart from the United States Department of Education, Executive Assistant for Education to the Ohio Governor John Stanford, Springfield City Schools Superintendent David Estrop and Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland, who also is the Center's faculty advisor. They will address the role of afterschool programs in education youth, how that role is changing, what resources are available to fund afterschool programs and how to promote further collaboration.
Training is a primary focus of the afterschool conferences, which are also scheduled for March 9, 2010, May 25, 2010 and Aug. 9-13, 2010. Jack Bauer, an expert in narrative assessment from the University of Dayton, will conclude the conference with a workshop on evaluation.
The conference is funded by a grant from the United States Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention.
Written by: Ryan Maurer
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