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Indiana Convention Center, Downtown Indianapolis
April 10, 2017 - April 11, 2017 | 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The SIXTH Annual Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning

Hosted by the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana Afterschool Network.

MANY THANKS to all of our participants and amazing partners in the 2017 Indiana Summit on Out of School Learning!  With your essential contributions, we hosted another conference filled with the newest ideas in afterschool and summer programming.

Our April 2017 Summit consisted of two days of exciting keynote speakers, networking events, exhibitors, and more than 50 innovative, engaging workshops on afterschool and summer learning. Every year, the Summit brings together our state’s top talent to share the latest advances in our field, resulting in more than 750 youth workers, educators and community partners to connecting, learning, and accessing resources that advance learning opportunities for Indiana’s K-12 youth.

Find 2017 Presenter Materials HERE

Download the FULL 2017 Summit Booklet!

Click HERE for a FULL Listing of 2017 Summit Sponsors

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Videos of the 2017 Summit

2017 Summit on Out-of-School Learning Opening Plenary Session
Featuring a performance by Young Actors Theatre and remarks by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Jennifer McCormick. https://vimeo.com/215918484
2017 Summit on Out-of-School Learning Keynote Artwork Highlights
After speaking on overcoming personal challenges of ADHD, Ben Glenn performed “Speedscaping” – a fast-paced, large-scale landscape created in front of the audience. https://vimeo.com/215918532
2017 Indiana Out-of-School Champion Showcase
Finalists share best practices and compete for cash prizes and the title of 2017 OST Champion. https://vimeo.com/216003506
Highlights: 2017 Summit on Out-of-School Learning
Featuring: Debbie Zipes and Jamie Johnson of the Indiana Afterschool Network, Young Actors Theatre and the 2017 Indiana Out-of-School Champion Showcase. https://vimeo.com/215929995

Check out the Social Media Chatter from the
2017 Summit on our Storify!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2017 Champions Showcase Finalists!
Presentation = April 11, 10:30-11:45 am (Location: Sagamore 4-5)
Summit attendees voted LIVE for their favorite Out-Of-School Time Champion. Top programs were nominated from across the stat. After hearing from the top nominees, participants voted for the $2,500 and $1,000 winners.

About the Summit
  • Join 750 participants to experience:

    • More than 50 innovative workshops on leadership
      and best practices
    • Inspiring and high impact keynote speakers
    • Special evening networking reception at the Eiteljorg Museum, sponsored by the Indiana Secretary of State
    • Spectacular exhibit hall
    • Champion awards for outstanding programs
  • KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: From Special Ed to Simply Special
    Ben Glenn’s message details his personal story of being diagnosed with a learning disability in the 3rd grade. It follows the line of struggles and triumphs that came after his diagnosis and how he learned to overcome those challenges and appreciate himself in the process. Exciting addition to the keynote will be Ben’s “Speedscaping” – a fast-paced, large-scale landscape created in front of the audience using chalk and a black 6 x 8 foot canvas.

    ABOUT BEN: Ben struggled with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) throughout his formative years, ultimately finding it impossible to stay interested in school and leaving following his junior year in college. Although his ADD caused him to struggle academically, it proved to be a perfect companion in his career as a performer, creator, and educator. Rather than let it hold him back, he chose to be inspired by his condition. He uses it as a tool for writing, speaking, and making videos focused on ADHD and personal development.

    Apart from helping dispel the myths and misunderstandings surrounding ADD, Ben speaks about overcoming adversity, diversity and creativity. Ben is the published author of seven books and the founder of Chalkguy’s LEGO drive project, AND based here in Indianapolis!

    Learn more about Ben: http://www.simplybenglenn.com

  • SPECIAL EVENTS for 2017 at the Eiteljorg Museum!

    Monday, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    • Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art (500 W. Washington, a 1/2 mile, 10-minute walk from the Convention Center)
    • Dig in to fun, hands-on learning around ways to leverage community resources within your afterschool programs with our programming partners the Eiteljorg, Arts for Learning, and Big Car.

    NETWORKING RECEPTION at the EITELJORG MUSEUM (Open to ALL Summit participants)
    Monday, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

    • Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art (500 W. Washington, a 1/2 mile, 10-minute walk from the Convention Center).
    • Network with other Summit goers, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks and win prizes.
    • Explore the museum’s Western galleries and special exhibition, Dogs: Faithful and True
    • PLUS- learn ways to leverage community resources with our special programming partners the Eiteljorg, Arts for Learning and Big Car!
    • AND – thanks to Playworks Indiana for hosting a FUN “Recess Walk” to the Reception! (4pm – 5:30pm)
    • Sponsored by the Indiana Secretary of State
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