Join Us On October 14-16, 2020 for ION's Annual Power Up Summit- the only statewide conference dedicated solely to out-of-school time.

About the Summit: Our conference is for those who run programs or offer services that youth may access out-of-school: summer, afterschool, camps, or even online. Our theme this year is "EmPower Up!"

Bring your team and join us virtually for an inspiring three day conference that will 'Power' you up! Due to the effects of COVID-19, we are moving to a virtual format. Days 1 and 2 will be similar to our other Summits with fantastic keynotes and other presenters, vendor tables, door prizes, etc. Day 3 will be held with multiple states throughout the Western United States. The Summit is IdahoSTARS approved.

Note: Registration to exhibit as a partner table will open soon. Registration to attend the conference will open in August. Check back often for more updates!

Registration will open in August. It will include access to all three days of content.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
(subject to change)

10:00 am - 11:30 am
-Welcome and Keynote Happi Price
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
-Breakout Session
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
-Break and Vendor Tables Available
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
-Breakout Session
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
-Breakout Session
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
-STEM Expo

Thursday, October 15, 2020
(subject to change)

10:00 am - 11:30 am
-Welcome and Keynote Gale Gorke
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
-Breakout Session
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
-Break and Vendor Tables Available
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
-Breakout Session
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
-Breakout Session
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
-Open Arms Dance Troupe Performance and Closing

Friday, October 16, 2020
(subject to change)

TBD

Dr. Gale K. Gorke
Kids Kan Inc.

Gale has been a public school educator nearly 40 years, teaching at both the elementary and secondary levels. She currently is the Executive Director of Kids Kan Inc., an organization that specializes in staff development, activity selection and program implementation. Gale has served as an adjunct professor for several universities. Her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction focused on academic intervention in after school programs and her Ed.S. is in School Psychology. She effectively models teaching that accommodates for all student’s ability levels and reflects a keen awareness of child and adolescent development and brain-based learning principles. Her enthusiasm is contagious! Gale believes the best way to learn is through play and the way you show up for the game is the way you show up for life.

Happi J. Price
Eye to Eye Now!

Mr. Happi, is an energetic and motivating trainer with a solid 20-year history teaching and performing in the Visual and Performing Arts. He recently completed his Master of the Arts in Human Behavior and aspires to continue towards his doctrine. Happi’s mission is to teach individuals how to connect, create, and collaborate. Using movement, sound, and dialogue. Embracing vital moments of intimacy, immediacy, and spontaneity within a Social-Emotional Learning and STEM structure. His work involves applying practical tools, techniques, and strategies to a multi-faceted educational experience utilizing improvisation techniques derived from the Performing Arts.

Wednesday, October 14th

Breakout Session #1
11:30 am - 12:-30 pm

“Cooking Under Pressure for Youth” is a new program that provides youth the opportunity to learn the benefits of cooking while using an electric pressure cooker. Cooking with an electric pressure cooker can be fun, fast, healthy, and easy. Through this experiential learning program, youth gain cooking skills, knowledge and increase their confidence. This provides an opportunity for youth to learn how to cook healthier and affordable meals for themselves and others.

Come to this session to learn about Project Learning Tree's new Educator Guide for working with learners ages 12-25. It's flexible, hands-on, STEM-rich and Career oriented. Green jobs represent one of the fastest growing and changing segments of the global economy. Today's youth seek rewarding careers in which they can make a difference. Some of the most exciting green jobs involve forests.

Breakout Session #2
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

In order to work effectively with youth, staff need a basic understanding of how youth develop, their needs and their assets. This workshop summarizes key child and youth development research and focuses on how to create programs that are appropriate for youth you work with.

Breakout session information coming soon.

Breakout Session #3
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

In this session participants get hands-on experience and a chance to discuss what computational thinking is and how it can be integrated into teen activities.

All of us have strengths, even if we come from negligent or traumatic backgrounds. Current brain research and Sources of Strength (Sources), a nationally research-based, best practice program teaches people to get through tough times using these strengths and to build on them to increase their well-being and to be empowered to help others. In this session, participants will consider what these strengths look like in their own lives and will learn easy activities to share with youth and their families to increase their resilience, whether times or good or tough. Current brain research will be shared as it underpins the Sources program and affects us all socially and emotionally.

Wednesday, October 14th

Breakout Session #1
11:30 am - 12:-30 pm

Information about this session coming soon.

Staff set the tone and they create the atmosphere where young people are supported. Programs that include Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for staff have been found by the Collaborative for Academic Social Emotional Learning (CASEL) to be more effective in promoting student SEL. Join us in an engaging process to dig deeper into becoming more socially and emotionally competent as a means to provide safer and more nurturing environments for young people.

Breakout Session #2
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Information about this session coming soon.

When working with children and families, social/emotional skills are the building blocks for success in and out of school. Finding appropriate, research based, and affordable resources for families can be overwhelming. Join IdahoPTV for a breakdown of the PBS Kids and Sesame Street in Communities that are ready for your immediate use. The best part? They're all free! These resources focus on everything from autism, to homelessness and parental incarceration. You will leave this workshop with invaluable assets and ideas for meeting the SEL needs of your students and their families.

Breakout Session #3
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Information about this session coming soon.

Music and dance can be a powerful way to foster Social Emotional Learning (SEL), celebrate cultural diversity, and promote parent involvement. In this session, we’ll explore strategies for infusing OST programs, including family engagement activities, with these art forms. This session will provide OST program leaders with ideas and resources to incorporate music and dance into student programming. From there, we will explore specific models for family engagement, including how to host engaging events that actively engage parents in the arts along-side their children. Lastly, the session will explore how music and dance can complement an OST program’s approach to SEL and explore how the arts can be a powerful strategy for addressing issues of equity and inclusion.

Judy Gabert
Idaho Lives Project

Judy Gabert, MEd, MA worked as a teacher and school counselor for Boise School District, where she became interested in suicide prevention and helped to write the first suicide prevention plan for the District. Judy joined SPAN Idaho in 2009 as a resource specialist before co-writing the Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) federal youth suicide prevention grant with Kim Kane and the Idaho State Department of Education (SDE) to form the Idaho Lives Project (ILP) with Sources of Strength (Sources) for Idaho schools at its core. Judy co-wrote again for the GLS in 2019, which was awarded to ILP/SDE in 2020. Judy believes strongly in the mission of both ILP and Sources to help Idaho’s youth.

Surine Greenway
University of Idaho Extension

Surine Greenway is a professor with University of Idaho Extension and programs in family and consumer sciences in Owyhee County. Her emphasis is in food safety (and food preservation), health and nutrition, and finance.

Samantha Hill
Idaho Public Television

Samantha Hill was born and raised in Boise, ID. She holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education as well as a Master’s degree in special education. She spent 5 years in the classroom where she taught students in grades K-3 who have moderate to severe cognitive disabilities. Sam believes in providing quality education to every child in Idaho by helping families access educational resources.

University of Idaho Extension

Sendy Martinez is an associate Extension educator in 4-H for the University of Idaho Extension 4-H Youth Development. She covers 4-H programming for underserved and minority audiences in Ada County and Canyon County. Sendy's focuses include STEM, healthy living and post-secondary education. She has a Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Promotion from Boise State University.

Open Arms Dance Project

Open Arms Dance Project is a multigenerational and inclusive modern dance company welcoming people of all ages- with and without disabilities. Open Arms dancers range in age from 7-70+ years young. Some dancers have physical and/or intellectual disabilities, and others do not. All are respected for what they add to the group, whether that be youthful energy, humor, wisdom, dance skills, or a positive attitude.

Jennifer Redford
Idaho Commission for Libraries

Jennifer is a Youth Services Consultant at the Idaho Commission for Libraries, and worked in public libraries for over ten years before assuming her current role. She received a B.A. in English from Lewis-Clark State College, and a Masters in Library Science from the University of Arizona. Jennifer’s family has lived in Idaho since it was a U.S. territory, and she grew up in Boise. Her professional interests include youth and teen programs and services, library marketing, and leadership. She used to have personal interests, but now she has toddlers and would really just like more sleep and coffee.

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Maria Ricks
Meridian Library District

Maria Ricks is a youth services community librarian at the Meridian Library District. She has worked with youth in libraries for the last seven years, planning activities, storytimes, and projects. Currently, Maria is on the board for Idaho Battle of the Books and works on the national Train the Trainer project. Before receiving her Masters in Library Science, Maria was a high school English and Debate teacher.

Greg Sommers
The Core Project

Greg Sommers is a facilitator, speaker, and the founder of The Core Project, through which he serves schools to help create safe and protective learning environments where students thrive academically as well as in life. Greg has worked with hundreds of schools across the country over the last 20 years providing insightful professional development, student leadership training, student assemblies, and Social-Emotional Learning Advisory Curriculum to equip schools with the ability to proactively develop students from the inside out. In Greg’s opinion, the most challenging issues schools face are best addressed by developing skills to create meaningful connections within the staff, between staff and students, and students to students.

Margot Toppen
EduMotion SEL Journeys

Margot Toppen is a visionary educator who works at the intersection of SEL, arts, and physical education. In 2006, Margot developed Dancing with Class, now a highly sought-after OST program serving hundreds of schools each year. This paved the way for the development and launch of EduMotion: SEL Journeys, a digital platform that delivers an SEL- movement curriculum inspired by world cultures. Dedicated to collective impact, Margot serves on SHAPE America’s Task Force for SEL in Health and Physical Education, and the Partnerships and Professional Learning Panel for Ingenuity, a leader in arts education advocacy and research. Margot is a dynamic presenter who frequently appears at conferences related to SEL, arts, and physical education. She recently became a founding member of CASEL’s SEL Providers Council.

Michelle Youngquist
Project Learning Tree/IFPC

Michelle Youngquist, Education Program Manager for the Idaho Forest Products Commission and State Coordinator for Project Learning Tree, earned an M.S. in Natural Resources from The University of Michigan, and a B.A. in Biology and Secondary Education at Augustana College. She has taught 7th-12th grade public school science, taught field science at Keystone Science School, and worked as a naturalist at state and national parks. Youngquist has designed and led numerous professional development courses for educators.

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