Springfield, Ohio – Wittenberg University’s Center for Civic & Urban Engagement will host the “The Power & Promise of Afterschool” spring conference from 8:15 a.m.-12 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, in Room 105 of the Joseph C. Shouvlin Center for Lifelong Learning, 737 North Fountain Ave. City of Springfield Mayor and Wittenberg Interim Provost Warren Copeland will open the conference.
The third of four conferences focused on strengthening afterschool programs, the spring event involves more than 60 community members who represent a broad range of organizations, including afterschool program providers, educators, juvenile justice and social service professionals, funders and government representatives.
“We surveyed the local afterschool community and 63 percent indicated an interest in learning more about exemplary programs, so we are pleased that Akron Public Schools will be kicking off our spring conference,” said Trish Garrison, project coordinator for the Center for Civic & Urban Engagement. “We are particularly interested in the data collected by Kent State, which indicates a positive impact on academic performance generated by Akron afterschool programs.”
Conference topics and presenters include “Akron’s Pioneering School-Community Initiatives” by Desiree Bolden of Akron Public Schools; “Connecting with Springfield City Schools” by Paul Schneider and Stephanie McHenry; “Assessing the Effects of Local Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Tutoring” by Wittenberg Associate Professor of Political Science Ed Hasecke; and “Success Stores – A Local Promising Practice” by Nancy Lutz, Susie Rastatter and Sue Rose of Children’s Rescue Center in Springfield. The presenters will share their current effective practices so that others can learn how to replicate them.
“Working together we launched www.SpringfieldAfterschool.org to provide a resource for parents, counselors, teachers and others to search more than 200 local afterschool programs by location, subject, grade and keyword,” Garrison said.
Garrison will present the wrap-up and evaluation, and she emphasizes that training is a primary focus of the afterschool conferences, the last of which is scheduled for Aug. 9-13, 2010.
“Our first Summer Training Institute will be held the week of Aug. 9-13 on the Wittenberg campus,” Garrison said. “The institute will be open to the public and participants can choose from a broad range of workshops, such as Tutoring, Mentoring, Cybersafety, STEM Activities, Local Promising Practices, Becoming an SES Provider, 21st Century Grant Applications and others.”
The conference is funded by a grant from the United States Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention. Strengthening afterschool programs is one of the four priority initiatives chosen by the Center’s Community Advisory Council.
Written By: Phyllis Eberts