CSU, Chico News

Educators to Find Illumination at “Create the Magic” After School Professional Development Institute

Date: 07-06-2012

Melissa McGowan
Regional & Continuing Education

On Aug. 1 and 2, 2012, California State University, Chico will welcome more than 300 area educators to “Create the Magic,” the 2012 After School Professional Development Institute. The two-day conference, hosted by the Butte County Office of Education—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 sixth annual event will focus on best-practice teaching strategies and hands-on activities that after school staff can use in their own programs, while providing ways to make academic and enrichment content both fun and informative for kids. There will be something for everyone, including Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); nutrition and physical activity; Common Core; inclusion practices; and behavior management, among other workshop offerings.

The conference will be opened by motivational speaker Doug Luffborough, an educational consultant, social entrepreneur and advocate for social change. Luffborough overcame an impoverished and challenged childhood, and his tale of inspiration and hope for the American Dream, “Homeless to Harvard,” draws on his ambition to become the first member of his family to attend college.

Keynote speaker Michael Funk is director of the newly established After School Division for
the California Department of Education. Previously he was founder and executive director of the Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center in San Francisco. The center, regarded as a national model for community and after school programming rooted in youth development, is known for its innovative use of community media production and technology integration.

Regional Lead Gloria Halley of the Butte County Office of Education, Learning Support Region 2, says that the annual After School Professional Development Institute is “key to developing and maintaining a strong workforce of after school professionals so that every child receives the very best in expanded learning opportunities.” It also recognizes “Unsung Heroes” working and supporting programs and students day after day with an unshakable belief that every child deserves the very best education and life possible.

Additional information for the 2012 “Create the Magic” Institute can be found online at rce.csuchico.edu/afterschool or by calling Regional & Continuing Education at 530-898-6105.