Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — June SOMC Conference Journal

| June 15, 2021
Summer is officially upon us and conference planning is in full swing. Check out our Keynote Speaker and see his amazing message on OST. Take your OST program to the next level with our new Exhibitor Showcases. Don’t miss the release of the workshops and find out how to save your spot. Do you know of a youth program that produces videos? If so, we want to collaborate with you. See below for details.
~ The AzCASE Team
Do you know someone who should be receiving this updated information? Did you receive this email from a coworker and want to receive it directly? Do you have access to this email address over the summer? Send an email to info@azaftershool.orgrequesting to be added to the Journal email list so you can stay connected.
Keynote Speaker – Tony Smith
“We are the Frontline of COVID Recovery”
Tony Smith, will give insights on how the Out-of-School Time space is key to COVID recovery for our youth, both academically and social/emotionally.
Tony is the CEO and co-founder of Whyspeople, providing strategic advising and executive coaching to leaders working to create thriving communities. Most recently Tony served as the Illinois State Superintendent of Education. Prior to serving in that role he was the Executive Director of the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation funding early childhood, youth development, and education.
Tony has served in leadership roles in the non-profit, higher education, and public PK-12 district sectors including as Superintendent in Emeryville and Oakland, CA. He earned a Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture from UC Berkeley.
Tony is committed to creating healthy public systems that fully develop the whole child, whole school, and whole community. He measures his work by the increase in fair access to quality, the increase in student and adult belongingness, and the increase in equitable student outcomes that improve economic and civic well-being in the community.
New this year, several Exhibitors will showcase their products and services in a workshop style commercial. Take a deep dive into their products to take your OST program to the next level. Checkout the Exhibitor Showcases from these Exhibitors:
GenTech – Exhibitor Showcase
ADMINS! PROGRAM DIRECTORS! This radical Exhibitor Showcase presentation will introduce you to groundbreaking ideas. Offer real world technology instruction to your students. Automation, Robotics, Cybersecurity, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Circuity, Computer Building, Networking and industry standardCoding. Skills kids need for the technological world that awaits them. Crazy cool courses. Cutting edge thinking that cuts your STEM budget in half. Expert instructional staff and all materials included. The future is coming. Let’s get the kids ready. Elementary, Middle, High School and Community Events. 
Be sure to visit GenTech in the Exhibit Hall
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence is looking for a youth program that makes videos to help us make our Conference How-To video. The program staff will receive 2 free registrations to attend the conference, and a thank you at the conference in exchange the program’s youth will make a brief video for attendees to learn how to navigate the conference.
Back by popular demand: Open Minds, Open Spaces virtual 1 day conference, Friday October 22nd. Pair this professional development opportunity with our in-person conference for a discount or à la carte. Register for it thru the School’s Out, Make It Count Conference link coming in July.
Want to know what workshops we have at this year’s conference? Watch your inbox for the July Conference Journal which will have the full workshop list. REMINDER: You will need to select the workshops you are going to attend in the Registration Portal. You can register first, then come back and access the Registration Portal to select your workshops at a later date. The July Conference Journal will hit inboxes July 15th.
  • Registration Open: July 15
  • Early Bird Registration: July 15 – August 20, $95/person
  • Regular Rate: August 21 – September 30, $110/person
  • Group Rate: July 15 – September 30, $95/person (10 person minimum)
  • Late Rate: October 1 – October 9, $150/person (no group rate available, do not wait to register your group)
  • Registration Closed: October 10
Check the July Conference Journal for links to the “How-To” Videos and step by step directions on how to navigate the registration process.
Phx Herp Society Commercial Exhibitor
Phoenix Herpetological Society
This statewide facility includes a surrender facility, education program, summer camps and rescue and rehabilitation. Conservation begins With education. Be sure to check out the Phoenix Herpetological Society’s booth in the conference Exhibit Hall, visit their website and press play on their video to the left.
Walking Classroom Commercial Exhibitor
Ratataz Commercial Exhibitor
101 Track Sponsor
RATATAZ Learning Labs utilize scientifically backed methods to help students learn, retain, and master STEM subjects. They come complete with all the equipment and materials needed for ten lessons or custom built for any number of students or any number of activity centers. Check out their website, visit RATATAZ in the Exhibit Hall and press play on their video to the right.
Tote Bag Sponsor
Alliant International University, the teaching certification specialist, offers an alternative pathway to your Arizona Teaching Certification, giving you the opportunity for personal growth, academic success, and professional development achievement, enriching your life and expanding your potential. Whether you are passionate about early childhood education or want to educate students at a high school level, we are here to provide you the professional knowledge, skill set, and experience to succeed as an Arizona educator.
Be sure to visit Alliant International University in the Exhibit Hall
Leadership Track Sponsor
GCON, Inc. is a design-build, full-service general contractor serving construction and renovation projects of all sizes. We oversee the entire construction process with our in-house staff and the use of qualified subcontractors.  No matter what level of service you need, whether a conceptual design, site selection assistance, feasibility study, design assistance, value engineering, or competitive pricing, contact us today. GCON will Plan, Build and Deliver your project with confidence and success.
Be sure to visit GCON Inc. in the Exhibit Hall
Did your program lose a staff member this year due to COVID or other circumstances. To honor those who have lost their lives this year, we will have a special in memoriam recognition at this year’s Conference. If there is someone you worked with in the OST profession that you would like to remember this October, please submit their name, a brief description of their role (job title or other description if appropriate), and what program they were part of to
Arizona’s School’s Out, Make It Count Conference is the largest state-wide conference for OST in the nation. In 2020, it was the largest virtual conference for OST in the entire US.


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