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Cultural Competency and Responsiveness at the National Conference on Afterschool & Summer Learning

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Dare to Disrupt!

As SOWA’s own Jackie Jainga-Hyllseth recently told Youth Today, “To make progress with real youth outcomes, you’ve got to get staff to be responsive to the cultures of the children in the program. If you don’t train staff to be culturally responsive, how can you create a safe environment for kids to realize their potential?”

This is why Cultural Competency and Responsiveness is one strand at the National Conference on Afterschool & Summer Learning: Dare to Disrupt! The Pathway to Excellence in Education coming to Seattle this October 24-26!

Check-out the full conference schedule, and take a moment to learn about four incredible sessions at this year’s conference that seek to to improve our cultural competency and responsiveness in working with young people.

The conference summer registration rate ends August 31st, so register today to secure your spot at this one of a kind conference experience.

Using Storytelling and Culture to Engage Marginalized Students

harris-275Dr. Rénard Harris, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

Wednesday, Oct 26, 12:00 PM

Culturally responsive teaching validates students – race, culture, and identity, and stories connect us and inform us of how to respond to what might happen in the future. Learn the process and participate in creating oral stories and using culturally responsive teaching to engage marginalized students.
Our Notes: Stories are central to human culture, and children come to understand the world through the lenses of the stories they learn. A culturally competent instructor knows that the same story may be interpreted differently by children with different backgrounds and experiences. This promises to be a thought-provoking session.

Our Notes: Stories are central to human culture, and children come to understand the world through the lenses of the stories they learn. A culturally competent instructor knows that the same story may be interpreted differently by children with different backgrounds and experiences. This promises to be a thought-provoking session.

Understanding Gender: Working with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Children and Youth

bob-275‘bob’ McNeil, Leadership Development Coach, Coaching Leaders, Spokane, WA

Wednesday, Oct 26, 10:15 AM

Transgender and gender nonconforming children and youth are becoming increasingly visible in our schools and programs. Because staff members are unsure of how to be respectful and affirming of transgender and gender nonconforming children and youth, they may unintentionally subject them to situations that are discriminatory and harmful.

This interactive training offers youth providers with information and best practice tools to provide transgender and gender-nonconforming youth with appropriate and informed support and includes: terminology, clear understanding of the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity, best practice in addressing common issues that come up including bathroom use and use of preferred names and pronouns.

Our Notes: ‘bob’ McNeil has been one of SOWA’s coaches in the Spokane area for years, and a veteran of our Bridge Conference, instructing on such diverse topics as this 2015 session on high quality programming in rural settings (which will be back for an encore this year!). Now, bob’s bringing two decades of experience in youth development and an eye for equity to helping conference-goers make transgender youth feel safe and welcome in their programs.

Supporting the Socio-Emotional Needs of English Learners

jhumpa-jimena-275Jimena Quiroga Hopkins, Co-Executive Director, Development Without Limits West, Oakland, CA

Jhumpa Bhattacharya, Co-Executive Director, Development Without Limits West

Tuesday, Oct 25, 3:00 PM

Through interactive activities, this workshop will help expand the definition of English Learner success to go beyond English acquisition, deepen understanding of the English Learner experience, and will share research-based strategies to address the socio-emotional needs of English Learners.

Our Notes: Imagine what it is like for students whose native languages are not English, yet live in an English-dominant world. Also recent Bridge presenters, Jimena and Jhumpa will impart skills for making those young people’s lives just a bit brighter.

Structural Racism

nick-debbe-275Debbie Barnes, SOWA Trainer & Coach

Nicolas Bradford, Founder, Restorative Justice Center of the Northwest, Tacoma, WA

Tuesday, Oct 25, 3:00 PM

A thorough understanding of structural racism can help all professionals provide effective services for youth and their families. In this session we will explain structural racism, provide examples of and data on structural racism, and discuss implications for youth. The material can be emotionally challenging and we will provide what we hope will be a helpful structure for understanding and a learning environment for every participant to grow.

Our Notes: Long-time followers of SOWA may recognize this session, as we frequently offer it as a community workshop. Now, this session will be brought to a national audience, giving providers historical background to understand structural inequities in American society and how racism persists today. Our colleagues from outside the Seattle area are encouraged to catch this enlightening session while in town.


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