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Proposals for 21st CCLC 2022 Summer Symposium

Updated on February 13, 2022 - 11:48 AM CST
Posted on February 13, 2022 - 11:47 AM CST

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The U.S. Department of Education (Department) is seeking proposals for workshop sessions at the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) 2022 Summer Symposium, which will be held virtually on July 19-21, 2022.

This year’s conference theme is “Strong You, Strong Me, Strong Community.” There are eight topical strands that will be the focus of this year’s conference:

·    Championing Equity and Justice Achieving equity and justice goes beyond offering all students the same choices. Each student needs to feel empowered to take advantage of the choices they have. This strand will help you tailor your approach. You can ensure that the diverse students in your program get culturally responsive support and resources that meet their individual needs — and build on their strengths.

·    College and Career Reimagined Your students may dream of being successful performance artists, space travelers, or farmers who find sustainable ways to feed the world. Nurture those dreams by introducing real-world experiences and pathways that enhance school-day learning, support continued education, and help students realize success. Imagine new possibilities with the sessions in this strand.

·    Fast Track to Learning: Engaging the Whole Child Research and experience tell us that students respond well to strategies that engage their passions and connect them to their communities. Sessions in this strand demonstrate such strategies for use in out-of-school time settings.

·    Great Leaders Track: Management, Leadership, and Sustainability Leaders become great, in part, by learning to effectively manage and sustain their organizations. They also value professional growth and welcome diverse experiences and ideas. Sessions in this strand will help you master management skills and build habits of mind that create strong mentors and role models for colleagues and students alike.

·    Innovative Community and Family Connections When educational programs, community organizations, and public agencies operate in silos, they can miss opportunities to support the students and families they serve. This strand introduces ways to leverage the strengths of partners and families to build a strong network that helps ensure critical connections are created and sustained.

·    Student Stories: Youth Discuss Program Impacts How does it feel when students say, “This was the best activity/summer/field trip ever!” You know, fantastic! This strand features opportunities to listen to student-presented sessions. Their stories can remind you of your program’s impact, and how important it is to listen to student voice and choice as you design activities.

·    Taking Charge of Health: Strategies to Promote Wellness Many factors contribute to healthy mental, physical, and social behaviors, and everyone needs support to achieve balance. This strand will provide practical knowledge and proven strategies to support wellness for students and staff.

·    Virtual Teaching and Learning: Strategies That Work Just as the higher education and business worlds have done, the K-12 education world now embraces virtual technologies to share information and deliver learning opportunities. Sessions in this strand will help program leaders and staff members master virtual tools and strategies that welcome, engage, and support all students so your program can operate in hybrid, virtual, and in-person settings.

During the three-day event, approximately 90 breakout sessions that align with this year’s discussion strands will be held. We encourage out-of-school time practitioners, researchers, program directors, evaluators, 21st CCLC state coordinators, afterschool network representatives, and others to submit abstracts for consideration.

If you want to present at the 2022 Summer Symposium, please go to to review the Call for Presentations. All submissions will be evaluated by a panel of outside experts and Department staff for relevance and content. At a minimum, proposals should demonstrate a clear connection to one of the 2022 Summer Symposium’s topical strands and describe new information, strategies, or promising practices that will be provided to workshop attendees. Proposals will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, March 4, 2022.