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Fall into Place 2019
More than 320 OST staff and advocates attended the 9th Annual Fall into Place Conference at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Albuquerque on November 1st and 2nd. It was a high energy conference with excellent national and local speakers, networking and learning. In addition to a morning of training and support for NMOST's Out-of-School Time Leadership Institute and for for 21st Century Community Learning Center personnel, we held the second of a series of meetings on OST with the Lieutenant Governor's Office. The conference also featured more than 40 breakout sessions on: Health, Nutrition & Physical Activity, Youth Voice & Culturally Responsive Practices, Social & Emotional Learning (SEL), Family Engagement & Community Partnerships, Program Design & Staff Development, Administration & Organizational Development, STEAM, Community Schools, and the Beyond the Bell Toolkit.
The Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico, Howie Morales, kicked off the conference Friday afternoon with a reflection on how OST has shaped his own life, and he expressed his optimism and energy for the OST agenda at the state level moving forward. He was followed by CNN Hero, Roger Montoya from Moving Arts Española, who offered a touching story and vision for what OST is and what it can be in the state. Roger is in the running for CNN Hero of the Year, and you can help! You can vote up to 10 times a day. Let's promote NM's OST community and the beauty that exists in our state. Vote for Roger here.
Saturday's agenda kicked off with a spectacular opening from Tierra Adentro Charter School and their flamenco afterschool dance ensemble. We then heard a very engaging and interesting talk from Deputy Secretary of Academic Engagement and Student Success, Katarina "Kata" Sandoval, Ed. M. Kevin Kinane, aka "Recycleman," followed it up with a rousing and uplifting exercise that got the entire ballroom playing on hundreds of recycled instruments!
All of us from NMOST want to say a huge THANK YOU to our speakers, to our sponsors, to our workshop presenters, and to all those who attended!
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