Join Us On September 9-10, 2021 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 "Build Up!"

Bring your team and join us for an inspiring 1.5 day conference that will 'Power' you up! We are tentatively planning to hold it in-person at the Riverside Hotel in Boise. The Summit is IdahoSTARS approved.

Registration is $90 per participant. Register before August 1st to secure the early bird price of $75.

ION has reserved a block of rooms at the Riverside Hotel. The cost per room is $122/night. Individuals need to make reservations by calling the hotel (208-343-1871) no later than Friday, August 13, 2021. When calling, please ask for the Idaho Out-of-School Network group rate.

Thursday, September 9, 2021
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*11:00 am- Registration and Lunch
12:00 pm- Opening Plenary and Keynote Sheldon Eakins
1:15 pm- Break
1:30 pm- Breakout Session I
2:30 pm- Break
2:45 pm- Breakout Session II
3:45 pm- STEM Expo
5:00 pm- End of Day 1

*Note: Recipients of the Idaho Community Programs for Youth Award will have a New Award Recipient meeting beginning at 8:30 am on September 9th.

Friday, September 10, 2021
(subject to change)

8:00 am- Registration and Breakfast
8:30 am- Breakfast of Champions Lights On Afterschool Celebration
9:00 am- Youth Speaker
9:15 am- Policy Maker Panel
10:15 am- Break
10:30 am- Breakout Session III
11:30 am- Lunch, Keynote Don Ortman, and ION Update
1:15 pm- Break
1:30 pm- Breakout Session IV
2:30 pm- Break
2:45 pm- Breakout Session V
3:45 pm- Break
4:00 pm- Final Plenary with Boise Rock School and Youth Speakers
5:00 pm- End of Day 2

Sheldon Eakins Ph.D.

Leading Equity

Sheldon L. Eakins, Ph.D. is the Founder of the Leading Equity Center and host of the Leading Equity Podcast. With over 11 years in education, he has served as a teacher, principal, and Director of Special Education. Dr. Eakins has a passion for helping educators accomplish equitable practices in their schools. He has earned a B.S. degree in Social Science Education, an M.S. degree in Educational Leadership, and a Ph.D. in K-12 Education.

Don Ortman

Inspire Harmony

Don Ortman is the Oprah of Social Emotional Learning. Mr. Ortman is a life long learner, teacher, school principal, coach, choir director, and was the leader in starting a preschool, afterschool program, and community health center in his community. He is a National Distinguished Elementary School Principal, Iowa's Character Counts Administrator of the Year, and Iowa Reading Administrator of the Year. Don aspires to inspire before he expires!

Boise Rock School

Since its inception in 2008, Boise Rock School has been led by the belief that the best way to get individuals excited about learning music is to have them play in a group. They believe the band setting, coupled with a strong curriculum and student-chosen songs, achieves better results than any other teaching method.

In addition to helping students achieve musical excellence, the band setting also encourages essential life skills such as group problem solving, compromise, and the value of positive social interactions.

Boise Rock School is so much more than just a place where students learn to play their instruments. They teach their students how to play songs (cover tunes of their choice in all genres and originally penned compositions), how to record those songs, how to perform those songs at a gig, and how to use those songs as an inspirational and exciting tool to contribute to our community.

They believe giving every student at Boise Rock School the opportunity to perform and share their musical accomplishments with an audience is a valuable and rewarding experience for everyone. In short, they develop the total musician.

From proper technique to creativity and songwriting, from music theory to listening and problem solving skills, they help students — both kids and adults — not only become better musicians, but better people.

September 9th

Presented by: Suzy Haislip, PCS Edventures!

Putting the “Art” squarely in the center of science, technology, engineering and math, drones are a revolutionary STEAM tool for creative artistic expression. Join this session to learn how drones are being used to fulfill artistic vision and how you can engage your students’ creative sides with these revolutionary tools.

Presented by: Dennis Johnson, Sort Sol Group

There are numerous procedures, processes, personal qualities, attitudes, and behaviors that can help leaders succeed. However, perhaps the most important skill is the ability to effectively influence coworkers, teams, partners, and funders. Join us for this interactive session to learn how to influence with insight.

Presented by: Michelle Youngquist, Project Learning Tree/IFPC

In this session, we'll head outside to explore the local environment through hands-on activities using tools you have readily available. We'll also discuss ways to involve youth in improving their school yards and community. You'll leave with proven activities that you're eager to use with learners right away.

Presented by: Christa Rowloand, United Way of Treasure Valley

Collaborative leadership and practices can elevate the effectiveness of school and community based organization (CBO) partnerships. Learn how the development of a shared vision and goals, participatory practices, and collaborative problem solving can increase the benefits of partnerships between schools and Out of School Time providers. Join us as we explore the best practices of collaboration that have been instrumental in making the Community School Strategy, and the partnerships within the strategy, so effective in supporting the whole child. Session will include national and local examples of high impact partnerships between schools and Community Based Organizations providing out of school time learning.

Presented by: Lori Head, Mind Your Body

The body is brilliant communicating emotion....but other than some type of dance class, at a certain age we need a place to act out what is going on in our heart. It can be increasingly difficult to switch off negative thoughts. Dancing helps to switch off these thoughts and encourages all ages to concentrate, learn, and remember new ideas. The break-out session will allow time to connect with our inner feelings, spilling out emotions in the sub-conscious.

Presented by: Andrew Fletcher, Treasure Valley Family YMCA

Let's learn about engaging youth in STEM through a hands-on, minds-on breakout session! By using PEAR Institute's Dimensions of Success (DoS) Framework we will explore intentional program design and youth engagement in STEM. Participants will break into small groups to engage in STEM challenges that foster voice and choice, collaboration, reflection, and engineering design thinking. We will also demonstrate how to use the DoS Framework to tell your story of STEM education in Out-of-School Time by collecting a blend of quantitative and qualitative data in quick and powerful ways.

September 10th

Presented by: Jenny Liebig and Bri DeMaree, Meridian Library District

All our youth need safe and welcoming places to thrive. Idaho schools are often unsafe for LGBTQ+ students,* and LGBTQ+ youth are at higher risk of depression and suicide. This risk goes down when youth are accepted by their families, peers, and communities. Providing a welcoming out-of-school space can make a positive difference in the lives of the youth in your program. Learn strategies and tips for ensuring that your out-of-school program is safe and welcoming for youth of all genders and sexual identities. Hear about tools and resources for fostering a healthy and equitable community as well as things we’ve learned facilitating the Queer-Straight Alliance at Meridian Library. *GLSEN. (2021). School Climate for LGBTQ Students in Idaho (State Snapshot). New York: GLSEN

Presented by: Katie Azevedo, Azevedo Consulting Inc.

Breakout description coming soon.

Presented by: Connie Miller, Project Learning Tree/IFPC

In this breakout session the participates participate in hands on interactive role-play and collaborative activities in order to gain an understanding of how the roots of social cognitive concepts enable the individual to better understand and achieve the fruits of more appropriate social behaviors/interactions.

Presented by: Y4Y

Breakout description coming soon.

Presented by: Katie Azevedo, Azevedo Consulting, Inc.

Breakout description coming soon.

Presented by: Kim Kane, Idaho Lives Project

This presentation will share current information about Idaho youth suicidality, what is being done in Idaho to affect youth suicide and what is being done to bring hope and help to Idaho's youth.

Presented by: Micaela de Loyola-Carkin, Serve Idaho

This session will provide best practices for organizations utilizing volunteers regarding recruitment, recognition and retention. Under these pillars of volunteer management discussions will include: • Recruitment - orientation, handbook, training and policies and procedures, job descriptions, budget, background checks • Recognition – volunteer appreciation events, training, developing relationships • Retention – annual reviews, invest in systems, recognize impact, communication The session will provide resources that participants can utilize after the session and will include available trainings, handouts, networking groups, etc.

Presented by: Y4Y

Breakout description coming soon.

Presented by: Don Ortman, Inspire Harmony

The Inspire & Harmony program are used in thousands of out of school time sites to help kids and staff Power UP to their optimum potential. There is NO COST to power up the Inspire & Harmony resources and professional development. We just want to partner with you to make the world a better place.

Andrew Fletcher

Treasure Valley Family YMCA

Andrew Fletcher is the Associate Executive Director of Child Development for the Treasure Valley Family YMCA. He supports 29 early childhood and school age programs throughout Treasure Valley. He is also the Chair of the Idaho-of-School Network and has been involved with ION for the past 6 years. With a M.Ed in Educational Leadership and 12 years in the out-of-school time field, he is passionate in helping youth learn, play, thrive, and grow. His favorite thing to do is run, read, and kitchen science activities with his two boys.

Bri DeMaree

Meridian Library District

Bri DeMaree (they/them/their) is a Library Assistant at Meridian Library District. They are a writer and editor and they enjoy connecting with library patrons over books, writing, manga, and fandoms.

Bri and Jenny have facilitated the Queer-Straight Alliance at MLD since 2018. During the pandemic QSA moved to an online format, but whether virtual or in person each QSA meeting is full of lively discussions, ranting and raving, and a supportive and enthusiastic community of teens.

Christa Rowland

United Way of Treasure Valley

Christa Rowland believes in the power of uniting communities to support the growth and development of all children. Since 2017, she has been working to spread and deepen the Community School Strategy across Idaho. Christa leads a learning community of Community School Coordinators and provides technical assistance to schools and community partners as they redefine the public education experience and work together to support children and families. Christa is the Director of Community Impact at United Way of Treasure Valley. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, a B.A. in Music Education, and a B.A. in Music Performance from Boise State University. A former educator, Christa spent the first eight years of her career teaching thousands of students the joy of music.

Connie Miller

Idaho State University

Connie J. Miller M.S. CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Idaho State University in the Communication Science Department. She is a native of Southeastern Idaho and has been a practicing Speech Language Pathology for 29 years. She has practiced in Utah, New Mexico, Montana, and Idaho in a variety of settings including hospitals, home health, VA, head start, and public schools. For the past 8 years she has studied Social Thinking Methodology based on the research by Michelle Garcia Winner and Dr. Pam Crooke. Prior to her work at ISU she implemented a program to teach these skills in the schools she served. Implementation of this program led to a noticeable improvement in the student’s social regulations and interactions, and in other academic areas. In cohort with her colleagues, she has extended her work to create Accessing Social Communication (ASC) groups within Speech Therapy clinic which allows graduate students to work with clients to improve their social cognitive skills. Outside of her professional pursuits, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, making chocolates, and exploring the great outdoors.

David McConnell

Lead Training Specialist, You for Youth (Y4Y)

David McConnell is the Lead Training Specialist for the US Department of Education’s Youth for Youth (Y4Y) Team.  David provides training, technical assistance, and out-of-school time (OST) resources for afterschool and summer programs. David has five years of experience in OST learning, primarily focused on student activities and youth programming.  Prior to joining the Y4Y Team, David worked in educational publishing at Macmillan Learning; his work at Macmillan involved developing training materials for educational software and providing in-person and online trainings for teachers and administrators. David holds a B.A. in English with a minor in Education from Rowan University, as well as a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Georgia Southern University.

Dennis Johnson

Sort Sol Group

Dennis Johnson, MBA, CGT, PCC, ORSC, CTT, CDWF, brings more than twenty-five years of experience in the academic, corporate, government, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors to his coaching and consulting work. He has strong skills in organizational development, planning, and facilitation with in-depth experience in engagement, governance, leadership development, individual and organizational learning, project management, strategy, and strengths-based, talent systems.

Dennis is Managing Partner of Sort Sol Group. He is a Principal of Leadership Architecture & Design, a boutique, strategic consulting practice with emphasis on executive coaching, leadership development, strengths-based organizational design, and team development. Dennis also is Host of Fulcrum Men, has served as a Mentor in the Professional Coach Certificate Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Continuing Studies, and is past Adjunct Faculty at the University of Wisconsin Schools of Business and Human Ecology and Edgewood College. Dennis is a Hogan Personality Assessment Assessor, a Certified Transformation Tools Consultant with Barrett Values Centre, a BoardSource Affiliated Consultant, a Certified Administrator in The Leadership Circle Assessments, and a Certified Facilitator in TCC Group’s Core Capacity Assessment Tool. He is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation and coach trained by Gallup, Coaches Training Institute, Center for Right Relationship, Team Coaching International, Potentials Realized, Gottman Institute, and Brené Brown’s Education & Research Group. Dennis is a member of Association of Change Management Professionals, Association of Consultants to Nonprofits, BoardSource, Consultants for Organizational Reflection and Effectiveness, Forefront, International Coaching Federation, Social Enterprise Alliance, and the Social Transformation Project.

He holds his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska’s Gallup Leadership Institute and received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Dianna McAllister

Idaho Out-of-School Network

Dianna McAllister comes to the Idaho Out-of-School Network after twelve years at IdahoSTARS and the Idaho AEYC.  Dianna found her passion in education and completed her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education in 2008.  She has a fantastic husband and two little boys and loves spending time reading and exploring Boise.  She’s also a huge Boise State fan and watches as many games as she can!  When she was younger she participated in numerous after school activities.  Dance, flute lessons, Girl Scouts, drama and many more.  She could be found hanging out at the community center when not attending one of her clubs or activities.  Her love for out-of-school time came from the many wonderful interactions she had throughout her school age years.

Don Ortman

Inspire Harmony

Don Ortman is the Oprah of Social Emotional Learning. Mr. Ortman is a life long learner, teacher, school principal, coach, choir director, and was the leader in starting a preschool, afterschool program, and community health center in his community. He is a National Distinguished Elementary School Principal, Iowa's Character Counts Administrator of the Year, and Iowa Reading Administrator of the Year. Don aspires to inspire before he expires!

Jenn Conner

Lead Education Specialist, You for Youth (Y4Y)

As the Lead Education Specialist for the US Department of Education’s Youth for Youth (Y4Y) Team, Jenn supports OST programs through the design and delivery of professional development.  Jenn’s experience includes engaging Philadelphia Youth, both in OST settings, where she managed grant and state compliance records, and traditional schools, where she served as a teacher, Instructional Coach and Administrator. During her teaching tenure, Jenn was the founding member of two schools – one an accelerated middle school for over-age adolescents: the other, an innovative school with project-based programming.  Jenn holds a M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Chestnut Hill College and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Temple University. She is a certified Pennsylvania Teacher.

Jenny Liebig

Meridian Library District

Jenny Liebig (she/her/hers) is the Teen Specialist at Meridian Library District. She loves that the library is the perfect place to combine her background in teaching, science, and art.

Bri and Jenny have facilitated the Queer-Straight Alliance at MLD since 2018. During the pandemic QSA moved to an online format, but whether virtual or in person each QSA meeting is full of lively discussions, ranting and raving, and a supportive and enthusiastic community of teens.

Jessica Harris

Idaho Lives Project

Jessica M. Harris is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Program Coordinator for the Idaho Lives Project. She graduated from the University of Idaho with her bachelor’s degree in psychology and from Idaho State University with her Master of Counseling. Jessica has worked in private practice as a counselor as well as on the state level in suicide prevention.

Lori Head

Mind Your Body

Lori Head PhD. has been teaching, playing, and sharing her education for the past 37 years. She has based her philosophy, research, teaching, and raising her children with the idea of developing the mind and body equal. Lori has owned and operated her own dance studio, along with pilates, yoga, and feldenkrais. She retired from Idaho State after 20 years of teaching in the Dance and Sport Science departments.

Micaela de Loyola-Carkin

Serve Idaho

Micaela de Loyola-Carkin is the Project Coordinator at Serve Idaho, serves as Treasurer for SWIDOVS and has over fourteen years of experience in Volunteer Management. She has experience in developing and expanding programs, collaborating with stakeholders, database administration and event management.

Michelle Youngquist

Project Learning Tree/IFPC

Michelle Youngquist is the Education Program Manager for the Idaho Forest Products Commission and state coordinator for Project Learning Tree, where she has served since 1994. She earned an M.S. in Natural Resources from The University of Michigan, and a B.A. in Biology and Secondary Education at Augustana College in South Dakota. She has taught 7th-12th grade public school science, taught field science to students of all ages at Keystone Science School in Colorado, and has worked as a naturalist at state and national parks. Youngquist has designed and led numerous professional development courses for educators and others who work with youth.

Suzy Haislip

PCS Edventures!

Suzy Haislip joined PCS Edventures in June of 2001. From a young age, Suzy was always team-oriented, a leader, a strong communicator and a hard worker who thrived in competitive sports like basketball and volleyball. She went on to play Volleyball at College of Idaho. She then transferred to Boise State University where she continued her studies in Business and Communications. She interned for the CEO of US West and Quest Corporation and became the project director for the WOW program, traveling throughout the state of Idaho training teachers and students how to use the Internet.

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