Conference MC


Joe Hudson
Conference EmceeRegion 4 Lead
Alameda County Office of Education

Joe Hudson is currently the Region 4 Lead & Program Manager for Before and Afterschool Programs. He coordinates and provides technical assistance and training for seven San Francisco Bay Area counties and more than 500 after school program sites. Joe will serve as host and MC for the conference.

Plenary Presenters

Shawn GinwrightAssociate Professor of Education in the Africana Studies Department and Senior Research Associate
Cesar Chavez Institute for Public Policy at San Francisco State University

Shawn Ginwright is a leading national expert on African American youth, youth activism, and youth development. Dr. Ginwright founded Leadership Excellence Inc. an innovative youth development agency located in Oakland, California that trains African American youth to address pressing social and community problems. Dr. Ginwright will discuss how afterschool and summer youth programs can support youth of color by providing opportunities to address the problems they experience and develop a positive sense of agency.

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Carol M. Tang, Ph.D., Executive Director
Children’s Creativity Museum

Carol M. Tang, Ph.D. is the Executive Director at the Children’s Creativity Museum (SF) and former Director of the Coalition for Science After School. She is experienced in non-profit management, strategic planning, envisioning, meeting facilitation, team building, fundraising and public speaking. She also has extensive experience in teaching, organizing, and leading science education efforts including out-of-school programming, exhibitions, teacher professional development, public programs, volunteer management and higher education. Play is Not a Childhood Luxury: Research is clear that children learn through play. Intentionally-designed settings and activities that encourage open-ended, creative, and collaborative play can help all children achieve better outcomes through life. In this talk, we will explore what play is and how out-of-school time organizations can re-define our vision of a healthy childhood.

Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of California San Francisco

Diane Ehrensaft is a developmental and clinical psychologist, with a private practice in Oakland, California. She is Director of Mental Health of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center and chief psychologist at the Child and Adolescent Gender Center Clinic at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. She specializes in research, clinical work, and consultation related to gender-nonconforming children, lecturing, publishing, and serving as an expert witness on both topics nationally and internationally. Dr. Ehrensaft will discuss the needs of LGBTQ youth through the lens of equity.

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Michael FunkDirector of Expanded Learning Division
California Department of Education

Prior to his appointment by Superintendent Torlakson, Michael served as the founder and Executive Director for the Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center since 1996. He also served as co-director for the Learning in Afterschool & Summer Project (LIAS). Michael will offer opening remarks to the conference.

Jodi GrantExecutive Director
Afterschool Alliance

The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs. Jodi oversees all aspects of the Afterschool Alliance’s work, including supervising research, and creating and expanding quality afterschool programs. Jodi will review the important findings of the Afterschool Alliance report entitled, America After 3pm Special Report: Afterschool in Communities of Concentrated Poverty.

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Youth from RYSE
RYSE Center, Richmond, CA

This by-youth, for-youth center is located in Richmond, CA. Programming at RYSE is anchored in the belief that young people have the lived knowledge and expertise to identify, prioritize, and direct the programs, activities, and services necessary to benefit their well being. RYSE provides programming both on-site at our facility and off-site in the community. RYSE’s approach is strength-based and resilience building. RYSE supports the healthy development of young people through a holistic approach that engages participants in programs and services grounded in the principles of youth leadership and social justice. RYSE allows for multiple points of entry and engagement for young people in a manner that feels like “one program.” Youth leaders from RYSE will lead our final session of the day.

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Small Group Session Leaders

Mariah Rankine-Landers, Ed.M, Director of the Integrated Learning Specialist Program
Alameda County Office of Education

Mariah has 20 years of teaching experience that includes Special Education, Outdoor Education, Kindergarten, First Grade and Adult Education. Mariah holds an Ed.M in Equity and Social Justice in Education from SFSU. Mariah’s work has been featured on The Electric Company-PBS, at the Oakland Museum of California and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts where she is currently a fellow exploring the question “What does Equity look like?” She is committed to establishing a database of literature that places children of color as primary characters, written by people of color through her side project: canerow.orgHow do you create a culture of thinking by teaching through the arts? In this session, Mariah will explore how the arts drive equity and close the cognitive apartheid gap that is persistent in our schools. 

Katie BrackenridgeSenior Director for Expanded Learning Initiatives
Partnership for Children and Youth

Katie Brackenridge oversees direct technical assistance to Bay Area after school and summer learning programs, managing efforts to improve the quality of programming and the infrastructure that supports programs. Katie also develops policy recommendations and advises decision-makers about policies related to challenges and opportunities found in the field. As part of her work, she oversees the Expanded Learning 360°/365, the Summer Matters campaign, and is co-chair of the California Afterschool Network’s Quality Committee. Katie will lead this small group session as a discussion group for those who have reviewed Paul Tough’s article in the Atlantic magazine, How Kids Learn Resilience. We will send this article in advance to those who select this small group session. One session participant will receive a signed copy of Paul Tough’s new book, Helping Children Succeed.

Jorge Ruiz de Velasco, Associate Director
John Gardner Center at Stanford

Jorge Ruiz de Velasco joined the Gardner Center as Associate Director in 2013. Jorge comes to Stanford from Berkeley Law, where he was Director of the Warren Institute’s Program on Education Law and Policy. The focus of his work is on the study and promotion of change in public schools, the implications of education reform for disadvantaged students, education law and policy, and the effect of immigration on schools and communities. This session focuses on models for expanded learning. It will feature research and capacity-building efforts regarding one federally supported effort (Promise Neighborhoods) and two efforts that are supporting extended learning time strategies through combined federal and state policies and programs (Full Service Community Schools and Linked Learning). Panelists include: Jessica Pizarek (Promise Neighborhood Institute), Kendra Fehrer (John Gardner Center at Stanford), and Tameka McLawn (ConnectEd California). Jorge Ruiz de Velasco will serve as panel moderator.

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Laurie Grossman, Director of Program Development and Outreach
Inner Explorer

Laurie spent 32 years seeking social justice for low-income communities when she wondered if teaching mindfulness to kids would be a good idea. As Community Outreach Coordinator of Park Day School, she launched an effort to bring mindfulness into public schools in Oakland. Based on this experience, Laurie and her colleagues started a new organization which eventually became Mindful Schools. Within the first year of the program, thousands of low-income children benefitted from the program. This small group session will be led by Laurie Grossman and Dr. Hawley (bio below). Dr. Hawley will review the impact of stress and trauma on learning. Laurie will offer a solution for both adult staff and youth participants – the incorporation of mindfulness activities in afterschool.

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Dr. Rebecca Hawley, Faculty Member
Mills College and San Francisco State University

Dr. Hawley is a specialist in the field of Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention/Special Education for over 20 years. Her direct practice and research focuses on underserved populations in regards to issues of equitable access to quality early childhood development services, education, special education, and family support services in full. She is a Faculty member at Mills College and San Francisco State University, and acting director of the Early Start Plus (0-3) CA Project.

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Katie Levedahl, Director of Education, Informal Learning and National Partnerships
California Academy of Sciences

Katie creates and leads a culture of innovation and action that empowers communities to engage meaningfully with complex social problems and solutions. At the California Academy of Sciences her work includes the creation of transformative education programs designed to scale. Katie, Corey, Stacey (bios below), will serve on a panel moderated by Dr. Carol Tang (bio above) to explore the use of digital badges to acknowledge the learning that happens outside of the classroom.

Corey Newhouse, Founder and Principal
Public Profit

Corey is responsible for the overall design of all of Public Profit’s evaluation studies, including developing logic models or theories of change, data collection tools, and analysis and reporting plans. Ms. Newhouse has a wide range of experience in evaluating programs that serve children and families, including multi-site evaluations of educational and youth development programs.

Stacey Daraio, Co-Director
Temescal Associates

Stacey Daraio brings 25 years of experience working in the field of youth development as a facilitator, trainer, and coach. She has experience working with diverse groups, from afterschool practitioners and parents to funders and technical assistance providers. Stacey has conducted numerous trainings and learning communities. Prior to her work with Temescal Associates, Stacey was the Deputy Director at the Community Network for Youth Development and a consultant for the Institute for Research and Reform in Education.

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Oakland Leaf Foundation

Oakland Leaf cultivates community transformation through creative education
 for youth and families. Their goal is simple, give students and their parents the resources they need to become agents of positive
 change in their community. This session will speak to the importance of and strategies to promote a positive sense of agency and offer activities that help youth more fully understand their racial and cultural identity, and prepare and involve youth in projects that improve their community. This session will be led by staff from Oakland Leaf Foundation.

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Videos Presented at the Conference

In what way does the idea of 'equity' intersect with afterschool?

The Work of Play, by Teaching Channel and Showcase Schools

"Just Breathe" by Julie Bayer Salzman & Josh Salzman (Wavecrest Films)

Closing the Gender Gap in STEM Education