Paving the Way: Connecting OST Locally and Across the State (Richmond)

Monday, 5 August 2024 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT

907 Floyd Avenue, Richmond, VA, 23284, United States

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Monday, 5 August 2024 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT

VCU Student Commons, 907 Floyd Avenue, Richmond, VA, 23284, United States.

This year VPOST is taking our annual conference on the road! Rather than hosting one state-wide event, we are leaning into our goal to strengthen and establish local OST networks, by hosting local mini-conferences! Our traveling conference, Paving the Way: Connecting Out-of-School Time Locally and Across Virginia was created to intentionally be more accessible to OST staff by bringing professional development to your backyards at a more affordable rate!  Strong local networks create points of connection and establish channels for communication and collaboration across the Commonwealth. We are stronger when we act together and local-to-state networks allow us to push in the same direction for positive change. We hope you will join us in building community and connection at VPOST 15th annual conference, Paving the Way: Connecting Out-of-School Time Locally and Across Virginia.

 

Join us for the second stop of our traveling conference in Richmond on August 5, 2024! Simply purchase tickets below!

 

Please note: Payment options include check by invoice and debit/credit card via Paypal and Paypal Accounts. For technical assistance with payment, please contact Bridget Langer at Bridget.Langer@v-post.org.

 

Emily Muise
Behavior Analyst
Old Dominion University

Emily Muise, EdS, BCBA-LBA has worked in the education field for almost 20 years in a variety of roles, including as a classroom teacher, special education teacher and school administrator, and is also a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA). She is currently the Project Manager for the Cooperative for Effective Behavior Interventions and Supports and is passionate about supporting personnel working in diverse settings serving children and young people. She lives in Chesapeake, Virginia with her husband and two cats and enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling.

About Emily Muise

Behavior Analyst
Old Dominion University
Dr. Vaughn Garland
Youth Education Manager
Richmond Youth Development Network/Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Vaughn Whitney Garland has over twenty-five years as a Richmond-based educator, community builder, and artist in Richmond. His expertise spans youth education, program development, fostering community dialogue, and contributing to place-making initiatives. Currently serving as the Manager of Youth Education at the Mary and Frances Youth Center, a Virginia Commonwealth University department under the Division of Community Engagement, Garland earned both a Ph.D. and an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has held positions in many of Richmond 's non-profit arts and cultural organizations.

About Dr. Vaughn Garland

Youth Education Manager
Richmond Youth Development Network/Virginia Commonwealth University
Dr. Misti Muller
Executive Director
Mary Frances Youth Center, Virginia Commonwealth University

Misti Mueller, EdD has 30 years of experience as an educator. She taught middle school health and physical education for 18 years before moving into the role of teacher educator at VCU. Her research interests focus on increasing physical activity levels and enjoyment of physical activity for adolescents, STEM in Sports, and supporting movement throughout the day for K-12 students through active lessons that support academic content. As the Executive Director of the Mary and Frances Youth Center, Dr. Mueller is dedicated to supporting positive youth development through sports and community engagement.

About Dr. Misti Muller

Executive Director
Mary Frances Youth Center, Virginia Commonwealth University
Christine Jones Monaccio
Professional Development and Quality Coordonator
VPOST

With over 15 years of experience in the out-of-school time field, Christine began her journey in program management with both community-based organizations and school-based settings. Currently, she excels at applying her knowledge of instructional design to architecting professional development experiences such as state conferences, communities of practice, and webinars. Christine is a seasoned speaker, having presented at numerous events nationally and locally. Combining education with advocacy, she has also pioneered VPOST STEM Youth Ambassador Program and the OST Access Map project, further solidifying her commitment to advancing the field and ensuring broader access to quality educational opportunities. In her spare time, you’ll find Christine exploring Richmond with her husband, two daughters, and rowdy beagle, seeing live music, or throwing clay on a pottery wheel.

About Christine Jones Monaccio

Professional Development and Quality Coordonator
VPOST
Meeta Sharma-Holt
Owner
Sharma-Holt Consulting

Meeta has used positive youth development, her background in social work, and a commitment to social justice for over 30 years in her work with youth from underserved communities. Before scaling national programs to 18 states and developing national STEM programs at Techbridge Girls, she established the system of afterschool programs for Washington, DC. In New York City, she led a large, multi-site, community-based afterschool and summer program and expanded corporate mentoring programs with 20 Fortune 500 companies at Big Brothers Big Sisters. Meeta is a consultant to intermediaries, nonprofits, and school districts to guide their informal education programs for children and youth. In her consulting practice, Meeta provides strategic guidance, updates program design, conducts research, and facilitates meetings. Meeta holds a BS in Marketing and Management from Penn State University and an MSW from Columbia University in New York City.

https://sharmaholt.com

About Meeta Sharma-Holt

Owner
Sharma-Holt Consulting
Bunmi Esho
Family Engagement Advisor
STEM Next Opportunity Fund

Growing up in both the U.S. and Nigeria, I witnessed the impact of my local community in shaping my path toward a degree in chemical engineering. Through everyday activities like grocery shopping, cooking, raising chickens, learning how to best purify our drinking water, and even making my own tie-dyed outfits, I saw the magic of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) all around me. When I lived in Cambodia for three years, working alongside students and their families in Kampong Speu province, teaching chemistry to high schoolers in urban Phnom Penh, and leading community outreach efforts in STEM with students and educators across the country, I was reminded of the power our communities have and their influence on our youth, especially for youth of color. After more than two decades of experience in the tech, education and nonprofit sectors, I’m coming back to what ignited my passion for community, education, and STEM as a young girl by working with organizations so that every child, regardless of their background, sees themselves in STEM.

About Bunmi Esho

Family Engagement Advisor
STEM Next Opportunity Fund
Jenice Lee
Podcast Host
School After Hours Podcast

Jenice Lee is an educator and out-of-school-time program advocate who has two decades of experience serving youth in public schools and non-profit organizations. She has developed and implemented innovative programming techniques that are consistent with best practices in out-of-school-time programming and social-emotional learning. Through her youth development consulting business, School After Hours Consulting, Jenice has helped site directors and program providers create youth programs that increase student engagement, foster community among staff and students, and operate program logistics with ease. She continues to express her love of education and youth development through her podcast School: After Hours and is looking forward to the new adventures coming her way.

About Jenice Lee

Podcast Host
School After Hours Podcast

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Sessions on Aug 05, 2024

08:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast

08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
09:00 AM

Celebrating Central Virginia's OST Community

09:00 AM - 09:45 AM
09:45 AM

Break

09:45 AM - 10:00 AM
10:00 AM

Family Engagement - The Secret Sauce to Removing Barriers in STEM

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    Bunmi Esho
    Family Engagement AdvisorSTEM Next Opportunity Fund
    Growing up in both the U.S. and Nigeria, I witnessed the impact of my local community in shaping my path toward a degree in chemical engineering. Through everyday activities like grocery shopping, cooking, raising chickens, learning how to best purify our drinking water, and even making my own tie-dyed outfits, I saw the magic of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) all around me. When I lived in Cambodia for three years, working alongside students and their families in Kampong Speu province, teaching chemistry to high schoolers in urban Phnom Penh, and leading community outreach efforts in STEM with students and educators across the country, I was reminded of the power our communities have and their influence on our youth, especially for youth of color. After more than two decades of experience in the tech, education and nonprofit sectors, I’m coming back to what ignited my passion for community, education, and STEM as a young girl by working with organizations so that every child, regardless of their background, sees themselves in STEM.
    11:15 AM

    Break/Transition

    11:15 AM - 11:30 AM
    11:30 AM

    Lunch and Introduction to the New Quality Standards

    11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
      Christine Jones Monaccio
      Professional Development and Quality CoordonatorVPOST
      With over 15 years of experience in the out-of-school time field, Christine began her journey in program management with both community-based organizations and school-based settings. Currently, she excels at applying her knowledge of instructional design to architecting professional development experiences such as state conferences, communities of practice, and webinars. Christine is a seasoned speaker, having presented at numerous events nationally and locally. Combining education with advocacy, she has also pioneered VPOST STEM Youth Ambassador Program and the OST Access Map project, further solidifying her commitment to advancing the field and ensuring broader access to quality educational opportunities. In her spare time, you’ll find Christine exploring Richmond with her husband, two daughters, and rowdy beagle, seeing live music, or throwing clay on a pottery wheel.
      12:45 PM

      Break/Transition

      12:45 PM - 01:00 PM
      01:00 PM

      Plan for Success: Behavior Supports and Strategies for Out of School Time Programs

      01:00 PM - 02:15 PM
        Emily Muise
        Behavior AnalystOld Dominion University
        Emily Muise, EdS, BCBA-LBA has worked in the education field for almost 20 years in a variety of roles, including as a classroom teacher, special education teacher and school administrator, and is also a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA). She is currently the Project Manager for the Cooperative for Effective Behavior Interventions and Supports and is passionate about supporting personnel working in diverse settings serving children and young people. She lives in Chesapeake, Virginia with her husband and two cats and enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling.
        02:15 PM

        Break/Transition

        02:15 PM - 02:30 PM
        02:30 PM

        Simple Ways to Include and Support Neurodiverse Children and Youth

        02:30 PM - 03:45 PM
          Meeta Sharma-Holt
          OwnerSharma-Holt Consulting
          Meeta has used positive youth development, her background in social work, and a commitment to social justice for over 30 years in her work with youth from underserved communities. Before scaling national programs to 18 states and developing national STEM programs at Techbridge Girls, she established the system of afterschool programs for Washington, DC. In New York City, she led a large, multi-site, community-based afterschool and summer program and expanded corporate mentoring programs with 20 Fortune 500 companies at Big Brothers Big Sisters. Meeta is a consultant to intermediaries, nonprofits, and school districts to guide their informal education programs for children and youth. In her consulting practice, Meeta provides strategic guidance, updates program design, conducts research, and facilitates meetings. Meeta holds a BS in Marketing and Management from Penn State University and an MSW from Columbia University in New York City.
          03:45 PM

          Break/Transition

          03:45 PM - 04:00 PM
          04:00 PM

          School After Hours Podcast

          04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
            Jenice Lee
            Podcast HostSchool After Hours Podcast
            Jenice Lee is an educator and out-of-school-time program advocate who has two decades of experience serving youth in public schools and non-profit organizations. She has developed and implemented innovative programming techniques that are consistent with best practices in out-of-school-time programming and social-emotional learning. Through her youth development consulting business, School After Hours Consulting, Jenice has helped site directors and program providers create youth programs that increase student engagement, foster community among staff and students, and operate program logistics with ease. She continues to express her love of education and youth development through her podcast School: After Hours and is looking forward to the new adventures coming her way.
            04:00 PM

            Staff Awards

            04:00 PM - 04:30 PM
            04:30 PM

            Door prizes

            04:30 PM - 04:45 PM
            04:45 PM

            Closing remarks

            04:45 PM - 05:00 PM