CSU, Chico News

After School Professionals Attend ‘Be a Hero’ Institute

Date: 07-21-2011

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Melissa McGowan
Regional & Continuing Education

On August 1-3, California State University, Chico will host more than 300 area educators at the After School 2011 Be a Hero Professional Development Institute. The three-day conference, hosted by the Butte County Office of Education and Learning Support Region 2, is an opportunity for North State after school professionals to network, attend engaging workshops and training sessions, and gain skills to help them excel in their profession.

The 5th annual event will focus on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Presenters will share best practices-based teaching strategies developed in national programs, teach hands-on activities that after school staff can use in their own programs, and provide ways to make STEM content both fun and informative for kids.

A highlight of the conference will be the recognition of “Unsung Heroes” working or supporting after school programs day after day. The recipients, to be announced at the conference, have demonstrated qualities of a hero: strength, courage, compassion, determination and an unshakeable belief that every child deserves the very best education possible.

Two keynote speakers will also present at the conference. Delaine Eastin, retired California superintendent of public instruction, and Gordon Jackson, director of Learning Support and Partnerships Division—part of the Special Services and Support Branch of the California Department of Education—and a CSU, Chico alum, will be on hand to inspire and motivate attendees to discover their “inner hero.”

Gloria Halley, regional lead with Butte County Office of Education, Learning Support Region 2, said that the conference is key to “renewing our commitment to seeing that every child receives the best from after school programs and professionals.”

The After School 2011 Be a Hero Professional Development Institute will be held August 1-3 on the CSU, Chico campus. Additional information can be found at http://rce.csuchico.edu/afterschool, or by calling Regional and Continuing Education at 530-898-6105.