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4th Annual After School Professional Development Institute a Whoopin’-Hollerin’ Success

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2010 After SchoolMore than 170 Northern California after school program teachers, staff members, program coordinators, and administrators assembled on the CSU, Chico campus from July 26-28 for the 2010 After School Professional Development Institute. The 4th annual event delivered three days of hands-on learning and best practice strategies to help participants build effective and sustainable programs that meet the needs of children and young people. The conference is a collaboration of the Butte County Office of Education, Region 2 Learning Support Network, and CSU, Chico Regional & Continuing Education.

The Institute’s theme, Let’s Kick It Up!, created a Wild West backdrop for the 44 workshops delivered by education leaders, consultants, curriculum developers, physical activity specialists, and after school program facilitators. Topics included staff development; assembling high quality teambuilding, learning, and creative activities; marketing to program participants; and utilizing community networks and resources. Workshop attendees took home a wide variety of tools and resources to incorporate into their own after school program.

Ezra Holland, faculty member at San Francisco State University and owner of Ezra Holland Consulting, delivered the conference’s opening and closing keynote presentations. In “Learn, Live, Hope,” Holland addressed the need to “care for the caregivers” to ensure wellness and a positive work environment for after school program leaders.

Region 2 Learning Support Network works to ensure that governmental, educational, and community organizations are aware of the importance of and effectively support after school initiatives in Butte, Glenn, Lassen,  Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity counties, and to provide assistance and support to after school programs through regional and  local efforts. To learn more, visit http://www.bcoe.org/ess/learningsupport/default.htm