OST Annual Conference
The Annual Conference is a day of informative and practical sessions focused on building OST program staff and organizational capacity for summer programming.
Our conference is for people who work with children and youth in out-of-school programming that may not otherwise have access to professional development. It is a fun and interactive way to share stories from the field, engage in meaningful discussions, access valuable training and acquire new skills and helpful tools.
PAST CONFERENCE TOPICS
- Behaviour management
- Handling Disclosures
- Sharing Circles
- Resources from Edmonton Public Library
- Running homework clubs for newcomers
- Bullying and anger management
- Conflict resolution and peer mediation
- Engaging English Language Learner youth in literacy activities
- Strategies for adapting physical activities for all ability levels
- Games and activities for self-regulation
OST 2022 CONFERENCE
The 2022 Out of School Time Conference this year will be a hybrid conference with a keynote and virtual sessions in the morning and in-person physical literacy sessions in the afternoon.! Join us on June 23, 8:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Keynote Speech by the Peter Smyth and Heather Peddle
Keynote: “Getting to the Cortex”: Being In-tune with Children and Youth
As helpers not knowing the in-depth history of children and youth, behaviours can be challenging, odd, or confusing. While not appearing rational to us in our role supporting and helping children and youth, such behaviours, words, and attitudes may be very rational to them. If coming from troubled backgrounds, children and youth can grow up as a survivor and develop resilient, though not healthy, ways to stay emotionally safe and to keep adults at a safe distance even when what they desperately need are connections with healthy adults.
OST 2021 CONFERENCE
MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER
Keynote Speaker: Dr Gale Gorke
After her incredible keynote speech at the 2019 OST Conference, Dr. Gale Gorke is back with another amazing keynote entitled 'The Next "Right" Thing'
Dr. Gorke has been a public school educator nearly 40 years, teaching at both the elementary and secondary levels. She is currently 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. 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.
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