Announcing our 12th Annual Conference
VPOST is proud to announce our 12th Annual Conference will be taking place on September 20, 2021 in Roanoke, VA. This year’s conference theme, “Come Together” is inspired by the hope that reconnection brings. Just as many of us are reuniting with our loved ones thanks to vaccinations and dropping COVID-19 cases, many out-of-school time programs have or are beginning to return to in-person settings. It is a time to celebrate that we can gather with our participants and colleagues with reduced risk and truly cherish one another’s presence. But there is no denying that we can’t just go back to where we were. If we are to come together in an authentic way, we must also address the impact and trauma of interrupted learning and social isolation. We must reaffirm our commitment to creating more equitable and inclusive out-of-school time programs that truly invite everyone to come together. Finally, we must hold space for ourselves and others to process our journey in navigating these complex times. We hope you’ll mark your calendars to come together with us!
Request for Proposals Now Open
The need for the out-of-school time community to coalesce and be guided by leaders in the field is crucial to serving the young people of Virginia. VPOST is looking for those that have expert insights, proven strategies, inspiration, and innovations in the field to meet this challenge!
● Activities and Environments for the Whole Child
● Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
● Social-Emotional Learning and Trauma-Informed Care
● Relationships and Connection
● Policy, Advocacy, and Pandemic Relief Funding
Sponsor or Exhibit
With your sponsorship or exhibition comes a table at our exhibit hall where you can experience the magic of a simple in-person conversation. For those that cannot join us in-person, we have forged new digital paths to connection. With recovery efforts in full effect, it’s the perfect opportunity to provide solutions and investment in youth development. Throughout the pandemic and challenges of our time, out-of-school time educators have provided a lifeline for kids and families. Come Together with these heroes and demonstrate your support. We enthusiastically await your partnership.
Register Today for our Summer Training Series!
The theme of our summer series is the Foundational Blocks of Math, Reading, and Family Engagement. After an entire year of interrupted learning due to the pandemic, afterschool programs serve as a critical role in academic recovery. Math and Reading are the most foundational blocks of learning and student achievement is never truly successful without taking a whole-child approach. That’s why working closely with families as partners is crucial. However, after a year of disconnection, family engagement is more challenging than ever. VPOST seeks to provide out-of-school time educators with the skills they need to get our children back to a firm foundation for success.
In this series we’ll hear from:
- The Gus Bus, who is a part of our James Madison University family, on strategies for reading engagement
- NBA Math Hoops on creating the next math champion
- Amanda Lynch of Greater Richmond SCAN on engaging stressed-out parents through mindfulness.