After School Professional Development Conference Starts July 28

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 06-19-2008

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
530-898-4143
Joe Picard
Continuing Education
530-898-6105

In collaboration with Butte County Office of Education’s Region 2 Learning Support program, California State University, Chico Center for Regional and Continuing Education will host Stepping Up To The Plate—After School Program Professional Development Institute, July 28 – August 1 on the CSU, Chico campus.

The conference will provide K-8 after school program paraprofessionals, coordinators and teaching staff the opportunity to explore ways to develop and improve their programs, facilitate experiential learning and promote a positive after school environment. Participants will also have the opportunity to develop new leadership skills, network with their peers and discover the emerging computer, Web and media technologies through hands-on labs.

“We are planning for an exciting conference. We have a full schedule of sessions hosted by experienced leaders who will present and discuss new approaches for those looking to create high-quality after school programs. This year we have added spectacular music and art performances, which will really enhance the experience,” said Amy Christianson, program coordinator, Butte County Office of Education.

Opening the conference will be a musical performance from the group CREW. The high-energy performance, modeled after the successful off-Broadway show STOMP, emphasizes leading a positive and healthy lifestyle by demonstrating hobbies as anti-drugs.

CREW will also present a public performance, July 28, 7:00 p.m. in the BMU Auditorium. Tickets are available at the University Box Office at 2nd and Normal Street, Chico, or at the door. For more information please visit http://www.csuchico.edu/upe/boxoffice.html or call 530-898-5917.

To conclude the conference, artist David Garibaldi will present his nationally acclaimed Rhythm and Hue performance art show. Garibaldi is known for his expressive, large-format paintings of pop icons that he creates live while incorporating inspirational messages for the audience.

Garibaldi’s Rhythm and Hue will begin August 1, 11:00 a.m. in the Performing Arts Building, room 144. This performance is free and open to the public.

Completed art from his performance will be available through an auction to raise funds for after school programs in the region.
For more information please visit http://rce.csuchico.edu/afterschool or call CSU, Chico Continuing Education, 530-898-6105.

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