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Conference Description

CCLC grantees may attend ONE national training each grant year. The training must have 45-day prior DESE approval and must pertain to 21st CCLC and/or Afterschool Programming. In order to request the 45-day prior approval, grantees must complete and submit the National Conference Request Form found in the Portal under the Procedures and Report Forms tab.
DESE will allow up to three people (representing the entire grant/project/entity, not each site) who will be able to take back pertinent information to share with all applicable staff. 

You may find a list of national trainings (not all inclusive) here in this portion of the DESE Portal -- under the "national training calendar". All national trainings, whether posted on the Portal or not, require the 45-day prior approval process.

May 22, 2019 (still waiting for 2020 dates)US STEM Solutions Conference
U.S. News & World Report STEM Solutions Presents: Workforce of Tomorrow, is the preeminent conference for leaders across multiple industries, from corporate CEOs to university presidents, and influential board chairs to top policymakers. Committed to examining the complexities of developing a workforce skilled in science, technology, engineering and math, these leaders bring their key insights, innovative strategies, and industry best practices to develop solutions for advancing this effort. An executive-level event with significant impact, Workforce of Tomorrow, April 4-6, 2018 in Washington, DC, aims to ensure a strong future for STEM education and employment.
Washington, D.C.5/22/2019
October 21-23, 2019National Conference on Afterschool and Summer Learning
Do you believe smarter summers equal brighter futures? Join hundreds of out-of-school time leaders from across the nation through this three day convening of networking, interactive sessions, and inspiring youth performances.
Use the code SAN50 for a $50 discount off the 2-day registration rate.
Atlanta, GA10/21/2019
July 7-9, 2020855-228-8780Science in the Rockies
Steve Spangler will take the fear out of teaching science and help you become a more effective STEM teacher… guaranteed! You’ll leave this experience with the knowledge, presentation skills, confidence, and tools to make science the favorite part of your teaching day. Oh, and you’ll participate in more than 75 of Steve’s favorite demonstrations and experiments.
Denver, CO7/7/2020
February 26-29, 2020Caribe RoyaleBeyond School Hours 2020
Orlando, FL2/26/2020
March 15-18, 2020VirtualNAA Convention
NAA will be hosting virtual live sessions during this time instead of an on-site convening. Recorded sessions should be available April 19-May 2.
April 28-May 1, 2020TBDBOOST Conference
Join the largest, most recognized and comprehensive global convening for after school, expanded learning, and out-of-school time professionals. Set in a retreat-like atmosphere, this annual, extraordinary event will rejuvenate your passion, boost your direction for quality programming and provide tools and resources that will inspire you to create change.
This conference has been postponed until October or November 2020.
Palm Springs, CA4/28/2020
April 15-17, 2020 Ready by 21

Every year, the Ready by 21 National Meeting brings together hundreds of leaders from around the country who are working to get all young people ready by 21 – for college, work and life. These leaders have dedicated themselves to improving the odds for children and youth through collective impact initiatives, policy alignment and program quality improvement.


There will be dozens of stimulating workshops and sessions from top leaders in education, policymaking, advocacy and out-of-school time. With the goal of ensuring all children and youth are ready by 21, essential topics such as defining and ensuring readiness, promoting equity, increasing shared commitments and impact, improving program quality and supporting social and emotional learning (SEL) skills will be highlighted.

Louisville, Kentucky4/15/2020
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2020: WASHINGTON, D.C. | March 15 – 18, 2020 | Gaylord National - REGISTER

2021: NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE | March 14 – 17, 2020 | Gaylord Opryland

2022: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA | March 20 – 23, 2022 | Caesars Palace

2023: ORLANDO, FLORIDA | March 19 – 22, 2023 | Gaylord Palms

2024: DALLAS, TEXAS | March 17 – 20, 2024 | Hyatt Regency Dallas

November 7-8, 2019Grand Hyatt DenverNational Institute for Building Expanded Learning Systems

We're proud to host this event in collaboration with the  Denver Afterschool Alliance .  

Together, we’ll explore the following system-building challenges and pressing issues:
• Scaling high-quality practices: Discuss how to form authentic school and community partnerships that foster innovation, including student-centered learning approaches.
• Defining and measuring success: Learn about strategies to develop community consensus around shared outcomes, including collecting and sharing data, measuring social and emotional skills, and designing a continuous quality improvement system to drive improvement. 
• Sustainability: Discuss effective strategies to build an expanded-learning system for the long haul through advocacy, communications, fundraising, and partnerships.
• Equity: Develop a greater capacity for thinking through your community's system-building efforts to better ensure your system is operating with racial equity at the forefront. 
• Governance structures: Learn about the variety of coordinating models to strengthen the governance structure that best meets your local needs and context.

Denver, CO
November 13-15, 2019Park HyattPWRHRS Rural AS Conference
Held this November 13-15 in Avon, Colorado in partnership between the Vail Valley Foundation, YouthPower365, the Colorado Afterschool Partnership, National After School Association, and Afterschool Alliance,  the conference is an exceptional opportunity for organizations like ours throughout Colorado and the U.S. to connect and learn from our shared challenges and successes. With more than 30 conference sessions to choose from in the areas of Best Practices, Partnerships, Advocacy & Policy, and Quality & Evaluation - and an exciting keynote with New York Times Best Selling author Sarah Smarsh - the PWRHRS Rural Afterschool Conference offers a setting in which participants will create and strengthen their professional and learning networks, and return to their hometowns with concrete ideas and a roadmap to sustainability for vital children's programming.
See attached flyer for more information.
Beaver Creek, CO11/13/2019
July 15-16, 2020Baltimore Convention Center2020 Summer Symposium
Baltimore, Maryland7/15/2020