National AfterSchool Association Core Knowledge and Competencies

Content Area

  • Child/Youth Growth and Development (GD)
  • Child/Youth Observation and Assessment (OA)
  • Cultural Competency and Responsiveness (CCR)
  • Family, School and Community Relationships (FC)
  • Interactions with Children/Youth (INT)
  • Learning Environment and Curriculum (LEC)
  • Professional Development and Leadership (PDL)
  • Program Planning and Development (PPD)
  • Safety and Wellness (SW)
  • Youth Engagement (YE)


  • Elementary (EL)
  • Middle School (MS)
  • High School (HS)
  • All (ALL)

State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)

The Michigan AfterSchool Association will offer 5 SCECHs for eligible participants who attend the entire Collaborative Fall Conference 2016. The participant’s Personal Identification Code (PIC) is a requirement when obtaining SCECHs. Currently, only those who have a certificate/license issued by Michigan Department of Education, as well as some K-12 school district personnel, have or are able to obtain a PIC.  In order to receive SCECHs the participant must come to the conference prepared with their PIC. To locate your PIC go to:,4615,7-140-5683_57223—,00.html. Log into your MOECS account. If you don’t remember your login or password, click “I forgot my login name” or “I forgot my password.” If you have problems with MOECS, call their help desk at 517-373-3310, or email Once you’ve logged in, click on “Manage Demographics,” located on the left side of the screen to find your PIC. To be eligible for SCECH credit, full attendance and compliance with attendance verification procedures is mandatory.

Session I Workshops | 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

1.) Another OST to Improve Youth Engagement in Your OST!

The interactions of adults and youth in your Out-of-School Time (OST) program can impact youth engagement which can keep you from meeting set goals. In this fast-paced workshop, time to connect with students and today’s literacy changes will be discussed beginning with three OST strategies that include Openness, Style of managing and Trust while holding students accountable for appropriate behavior.  You will walk away with an action plan and hand-outs that can help you to reimagine a better way to engage students.

Content Area:  FC, LEC, YE
Level:  MS, HS
Presenters:  DeBora Mapp-Embry, EdD, Schooling Solutions and Shelia Wofford-Glenn, Henry Ford College


2.) Connecting with Youth through Social-Emotional Learning

What does SEL look like on a day-to-day basis when adults interact with youth? SEL curriculum strategies are just the beginning of successful social-emotional learning implementation. Bring your SEL practices to a deeper level by leveraging every day opportunities to support youth resiliency.

Content Area:  INT, PDL, PPD, YE
Level:  ALL
Presenter: Kirk Lowis, Portage Community Center


3.) Developing Youth Leadership in a Globalized and Interconnected World

Explore the 4-H Backpack to Adventure: Youth Leaders in a Global World curriculum developed by Michigan State University for young people aged 9 to 19. Learn how to guide youth in developing the five youth global leadership competencies of Character, Citizenship, Communication, Creativity and Culture. Discover how you can create your own “Backpack to Adventure” plan to fit the needs and interests of your group.

Content Area:  CCR, LEC
Level:  ALL
Presenters:  Janis Brinn, Michigan State University Extension and Betsy Knox, 4-H Youth Program


4.) Helping Teens Avoid Death & Prison

The workshop focuses on the role of teen caregivers in youth crime prevention. Participants will be provided with valuable information to help them start essential conversations through modern situations that teens face today. These youth-tested scenarios focus on life skills training enabling teens to avoid victimization and offending.

Content Area: INT, SW, YE
Level:  MS, HS
Presenters: June Werdlow-Rogers, Ph.D., and Rayfield Rogers, Youth Crime Prevention


5.) New Frontiers in Resiliency Research and Practices

There have been important advances in our understanding of resiliency in such areas as protective factors, neuroplasticity, effects of trauma, and strength based perspectives. This presentation reviews new findings and connects them to how we can use this knowledge to increase the resiliency of staff, parents and children in Afterschool programs.

Content Area: GD, INT, PDL, PPD
Level: ALL
Presenter:  Dr. Robert A. Wertkin, Western Michigan University


6.) The ABCs of Parental Rights

This presentation will provide the information necessary to effectively address common issues arising from custody and parenting time disputes, including court orders and personal protection orders.

Content Area: FC, PDL
Level:  ES, MS
Presenters:  J. Scot Garrison, Oakland County Circuit Court and Michael Weaver, Plunkett Clooney


Session II Workshops | 1:15 – 2:45 p.m.

7.) Boys In 3D….Dynamic! Different! Diverse!

Science, research, and hands on experience reveal boys learn, socialize, communicate, and behave in their own unique ways. This interactive training will highlight specific techniques and strategies to connect, communicate, interact and support them in out of school environments.

Content Area: GD, INT
Level:  ES, MS
Presenters:  Tracie Roberts, Advantage After-School Partnership and Todd Bettison, Detroit Police Department – Community Relations


8.) Building Social Emotional Skills Using Fun Activities

Would you like to help your students be able to understand the feelings of others, control their own feelings and behaviors, get along with their peers and teachers, be able to cooperate, follow directions, demonstrate self-control, and pay attention.  If so come learn how to use fun activities to develop your student’s social emotional growth.

Content Area: GD, INT
Level:  ALL
Presenter:  Monica Thompson, Parent Pledge


9.) Connecting Kids with the Natural World

From watching a lightning storm roll in, to observing a busy bee at work, to taking a hike and enjoying the beautiful landscape, nature can deeply enrich our lives. Join us as we present ways to blend a child’s inherent curiosity with games, projects, and experiments to help them better understand, and feel connected to, the world around us.

Content Area:  LEC, PPD, YE
Level:  ES
Presenters:  Angela Jensen and Wendy Lanning, CIS of Mancelona


10.) Occupation Therapy’s Role in AfterSchool; Engaging At-Risk Youth in Purposeful Activities to Build Self-Efficacy

How I started a 3rd space because of my family’s personal experience with trauma and complex grief and it’s effects on our everyday life. Design of a safe and relaxed space can ease stress that is present at home and school, and allow for healing and processing of emotions. I want to share the importance of becoming trauma informed and meeting students where they are developmentally instead of chronologically.

Content Area: GD, FEC, INT
Level: ALL
Presenter:  Valerie Kiley, daVinci’s Brain-Community Based Program


11.) Social Media ~# Trending or Not

Pinterest! InstaGram! Twitter! SnapChat! Tumblr! WhatsApp! Vine! Yik Yak! Flickr!   Facebook?  “old school” or “when my grandparents are using it.” Social media can be overwhelming but it can take your program to exciting new places.  Session will address: How you could be using social media for your program; keeping professional boundaries; managing one’s social media profiles; and how to handle potential sticky situations. While there will be a new app trend of the day; the skills to manage boundaries, social media and programs are grounded in best practices.

Content Area: FC
Level:  ALL
Presenters:  Christine Heverly and Sheila Urban Smith, Michigan State University Extension


12.) Youth After School Awards (YASA)

How do you celebrate the achievements of the students in your after-school program? Come find out how to host an awards night that guarantees parent involvement, commitment, and appreciation for the work that you do with the children in your programs.

Content Area: FC, INT, PPD
Level:  ALL
Presenters:  Samantha Bolles and Don Williams, Truenorth Community Services


Session III Workshops | 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

13.) 101 Free Digital Resources for the 21st Century Classrooms

Are your students equipped with the critical life skills they need to thrive beyond the classroom? From financial literacy, to STEM, and digital responsibility, you can use EverFi’s free online courses to help tackle the career and college preparedness issues facing students in upper‐elementary through high school, while saving time on grading and lesson planning. Everyone who attends our presentation will be given login credentials, standards‐alignment documents, lesson plans and ongoing technical and curriculum support at no cost.

Content Area: LEC, SW
Level:  ALL
Presenters:  Karen Sterzik and Samantha a du Preez, EverFi


14.) A Meaningful Summer for Teens: Highlighting a Counselor-In-Training SEL Program Model for Teens

This “how-to” presentation highlights an extraordinary summer experience that promotes social emotional development, team building, and community service. Theory is shared, along with logistics, budget, and outcomes.

Content Area:  FC, GD, INT, PDL, PPD, SEL
Level:  HS
Presenters:  Melissa Calabrese and Scott Teasdale, EMU Bright Futures


15.) Cruising the Curriculum Highway

Cruise the curriculum highway with a road trip of experiential activities which will in-fuse your out-of-school programs. Focus will be on keys of connecting curriculum, experiential learning model & creating a safe learning environment. Participants will receive sample activities, handouts, & resources.

Content Area: LEC, PPD, YE
Level: ES, MS
Presenters:  Sheila Urban Smith and Christine Heverly, Michigan State University Extension


16.) Mindfulness Matters: Integrating Mindfulness into After-School Programs

This presentation will offer support and guidelines for creating after-school mindfulness programs.  Developmentally appropriate resources and guidelines will be explored for effectively integrating mindfulness skills into new and existing after-school programs, as well as offer suggestions for involving parents and staff in their own development of mindfulness skills.

Content Area:  GD, LEC, PPD
Level:  ES
Presenter:  Lori Gray, Western Michigan University


17.) Prepare Instead of Repair: Invoking, Evoking and Provoking Intentional Connections between Youth Development Professionals and Youth Living in Poverty

A general overview of the uniqueness of youth living in poverty (with an emphasis on urban youth in poverty), how to utilize these traits to maximize outcomes, and how to increase preparation for current and future youth development professionals.  Exploring the benefits of youth development professionals being self-aware of their value systems, and embracing a sincere awareness of the value systems of youth and families living in poverty, will also be discussed.

Content Area: CCR, FC, GD, PDL, SW
Level: ALL
Presenter:  Marcy L. Peake, Founder of Marcy Peake & Associates and Western Michigan University


18.) Supporting Youth Experiencing Trauma

Many youth will be a victim of, witness or be exposed to violence during their childhood. We all have a vital role in supporting youth who experience trauma. You don’t have to be a therapist to support children who have experienced trauma. Understanding trauma in childhood, recognizing signs of and having supportive strategies to use gives providers the knowledge and confidence they need to help children.

Content Area:  FC, GD, INT
Level:  MS, HS
Presenters:  Tracie Roberts, Advantage After-School Partnership, LLC and Todd Bettison, Detroit Police Department – Community Relations