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Saturday, February 9


Differentiating with a Varied Group of Ages, Abilities, and Interests
Knowing your students and their needs is the key to success. Creating opportunities for all students to feel successful is the goal. We'll discuss innovative ways to provide students with opportunities to be social, be mentored, mentor others, and use their senses to make for a rich learning environment.


Linzi Freestone

Certified teacher, Washington County School District/Kidspace
Linzi Freestone is married with three children. Her last child graduated from high school last spring and her husband retired so, they decided to move to a lower elevation with less severe winters! Linzi began teaching in 2009 in Monticello, Utah. She worked at several schools within... Read More →

Saturday February 9, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 3


Heart, Mind, and Soul: Turning your Service Projects into Service Learning
Service is an essential element of many afterschool programs. Service helps students to develop compassion, leadership skills, and connections to the community. However, it can be a challenge to tie service to academic and enrichment goals. This session will teach you how to take a good service project and turn it into an excellent service-learning opportunity. We will learn the essential elements of the service-learning cycle and work together to develop service-learning plans that can be implemented with various ages and populations.

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Deborah Taylor Ivie

Afterschool Administrator, Utah State University Extension
Deborah Taylor Ivie has over 12 years experience working both with Service Learning and Afterschool programming. Areas of specialization include service-learning, STEM education, near-peer mentoring, and literacy. Deborah holds a Master of Science Degree in Family Life Education with... Read More →

Saturday February 9, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 2


From Screen-Reliant to Self-Reliant
Today, students are often cut off from their innate problem-solving abilities by the distractions and endless entertainment technology provides. Having become more screen-reliant than self-reliant, they look to technology to solve their problems. When they can't focus, self-soothe, or control their bodies, they lose access to their own imaginative genius and become even more dependent. Imagination Journeys is an afterschool program that combines sound balancing, mindfulness meditation, and hands-on exploration. This session introduces Imagination Journeys and its unique blend of three learning modalities: 1. Sound balancing, 2. Guided meditation, and 3. Tech-free play. Attendees will learn the process, experience an actual journey, and then be introduced to the science behind the process from both secular and academic sources.


Justin David

Principal Journey Coach, Imagination Journeys
Justin Paul David has been a long-time meditation student who has worked with hundreds of kids from second grade through teens. He is the founder of Imagination Journeys, a for-profit organization. Justin works daily with afterschool organizations like The Boys & Girls Club and holds... Read More →

Saturday February 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 3