Registration Open for After School Professional Development Institute Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 06-04-2009

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

In collaboration with Butte County Office of Education and Region 2 Learning Support After School Programs, California State University, Chico Continuing Education will host After School: Start Your Engines – After School Professional Development Institute Conference, July 27-29, on the CSU, Chico campus.

The conference will provide K-8 paraprofessionals, coordinators, teachers, and staff the opportunity to explore ways to develop and improve their after school programs. Participants will discover how to implement varied curriculum, facilitate experiential learning, and provide a more positive environment for children.

The After School conference will feature keynote speaker Dr. Gale Gorke, executive director of Kids Kan, Inc., who is recognized as a pioneer in the creation and implementation of successful child and staff development programs based on active learning techniques.

Peer-led sessions will focus on a wide variety of topics, including ideas on going green, leadership development, online safety, learning activities and the use of technology to manage and enhance an after school program.

In addition to a full schedule of sessions, the conference will also feature a resource fair and showcase where representatives will exhibit and demonstrate innovative learning products, services and resources.

“This is our third year in presenting our After School conference in Chico,” said Julie Jarrett, Butte County Office of Education’s After School Program administrator. “The campus makes a perfect location for us to learn from experts and share our experiences in building after school programs that make a positive difference in the lives of our children and our community. We look forward to welcoming more than a 100 after school program administrators, paraprofessionals, coordinators, line staff, teachers and partners from throughout the region to join us for this conference.”

Professionals who work with children in an after school environment are encouraged to attend this conference.

To enroll please visit Region 2 After School Programs site at: http://www.region2online.org/.

For more information, please visit http://rce.csuchico.edu/afterschool or call CSU, Chico Continuing Education, 530-898-6105.

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