Eastern Michigan's Bright Futures Presents:

Second Annual Youth Development Conference

Ideas to Action:
Social Emotional Learning in Educational Leadership

Tuesday June 28, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM EDT

Conference Outline

Keynote Speaker: Karen Pittman

Participants will have an opportunity to collectively discuss the latest research around Social Emotional Learning and Positive Youth Development research and practice.  During the afternoon “un-conference” sessions, we will discuss topics generated by participants in order to share best practices, new ideas, and to support one another in moving our youth programs forward.


This annual conversation is hosted by Eastern Michigan University Bright Futures, a 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program funded by the Michigan Department of Education.  This year’s conference is a collaboration between EMU  Bright Futures and the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. The Weikart Center empowers education and human service leaders to adapt, implement, and scale best-in-class, research validated quality improvement systems to advance child and youth development.


The morning Research Exhibition will feature presentations from the David P. Weikart Center!


Description of the SEL Standards – “The SEL Challenge found 32 standards and 58 practice indicators in the six SEL domains: Emotion Management, Empathy, Teamwork, Responsibility, Problem Solving and Initiative, along with 10 practice indicators for the Curriculum Features. This workshop will introduce you to the standards as a resource for improving your practice.”

Presenter: Kiley Bednar


Background of the Challenge and Assessment – “How do we know we are making progress in SEL?: This workshop will present background information on the SEL Challenge and the pathway that led to the Staff Rating of Youth Skills measure.”

Presenter: Gina McGovern


Panel Discussion: Charles Smith (Weikart Center Executive Director), Lynn Malinoff (Bright Futures Director), and Will Spotts (Bright Futures Site Coordinator at Washtenaw International Middle Academy): – Panelists will discuss the state of the field in SEL (Current Research); The Policy Context (creating a low stakes environment at all system levels – is it possible?); and ESSA – does this represent a door opening in terms of multiple measures of success in instructional environments?


Karen has made a career of starting organizations and initiatives that promote youth development – including the Forum for Youth Investment, which she co-founded in 1998 and currently resides as President and CEO.


A sociologist and recognized leader in youth development, Karen started her career at the Urban Institute, conducting studies on social services for children and families. She later moved to the Children’s Defense Fund, launching its adolescent pregnancy prevention initiatives and helping to create its adolescent policy agenda.


In 1995 Karen joined the Clinton administration as director of the President's Crime Prevention Council, where she worked with 13 cabinet secretaries to create a coordinated prevention agenda. From there she moved to the executive team of the International Youth Foundation (IYF), charged with helping the organization strengthen its program content and develop an evaluation strategy.


Karen has written three books and dozens of articles on youth issues, including as a regular columnist in the youth development newspaper, Youth Today. She is also a respected public speaker and has served on numerous boards and panels. She currently sits on the America’s Promise Board of Trustees and YouthBuild USA. Karen has been honored with the National Commission for African American Education Augustus F. Hawkins Service Award (2002), the American Youth Policy Forum Decade of Service Award for Sustained Visionary Leadership in Advancing Youth Policy (2003) and the Healthy Teen Network Spirit of Service Award (2007), and in 2009 was recognized in The NonProfit Times' Power & Influence Top 50.


She is excited to open our conference and speak with us on June 28!

Conference Schedule

8:30-9:00am – Breakfast


9:00-9:45am – Welcome and Keynote Address from Karen Pittmann


10:00-12:00pm – Research Exposition, provided by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality.


12:15 - 1:00pm – Lunch


1:00 - 3:00pm – Un-conference


3:00-4:00pm – Conference Café with snacks donated by Zingerman's


Lynn Malinoff

EMU Bright Futures


Third Floor, EMU Student Center

900 Oakwood St.

Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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