Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families

Excel Beyond the Bell NETWORK NEWS
January 22, 2015 Bi-Monthly Edition
By Lynn Sobolov, Manager, and Chase Hicks, Assistant, Excel Beyond the Bell Collaborative, Montgomery County Collaboration Council
MOST Conference

The Maryland Out of School Time (MOST) Network held its annual conference January 8th and 9th in Turf Valley, MD. The conference provided excellent networking opportunities and ample free resources for youth development practitioners.  



The Excel Beyond the Bell Collaborative was well represented at the conference with 6 programs attending, special demonstrations by Sheila Crye of Young Chefs, Matt Barinholtz and Meg Lynch from FutureMakers, and a workshop on quality coaching led by Lynn Sobolov (Montgomery County Collaboration Council), Brodrick Clarke (Brodrick Clarke Consulting) and Jana Sharp (Sharp Insights).  


For more information on the MOST conference as well as links to some of the free resources available click here. Also, be sure to check out what some of our providers thought about the conference in the quote section below.

Still Time to Sign Up for EDU 250XI 


Still yearning to take a course on Building Your Own Quality Out-of-School Time Program at Montgomery College, but missed the scholarship deadline? Don't worry! There is still a chance to sign up for EDU 250X and receive the in-county tuition rate. Even if you don't live in Montgomery County, but work for a company or program in the county, then you still have an opportunity to receive the in-county rate. Click here for the necessary form. Also, if you still have questions
about the course check out the flyer here.

NAA Convention Early Bird Registration Rate  

Ends February 2nd  


Don't miss out on the opportunity to attend the National Afterschool Association (NAA) Conference March 8th-11th at the National Harbor in Washington, D.C. If you've never been to a national conference before, take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to meet others in your field from across the county, without having to spend a fortune on hotel nights and airfare. Click here for more information and to register.

"I felt that MOST was a great reminder of how amazing and exciting the people that work in the field of youth development really are!  It was a nice break from the day to day rut we all get stuck in, and was very re-energizing!"

-Richelle Barber


"This was the first time I have attended the MOST Conference. I found it to be a very worthwhile investment of two days - the conference was able to balance good content with ample time for networking. The "Un-Conference" session was a particularly useful and unique experience."

-James Modrick


Recent Updates & Upcoming Events
Professional Group Games Training

Interested in taking a training on effectively using group games? Join the YMCA for their interactive Professional Group Games Training from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on January 29th.  


During this training, you will be able to learn new challenging group games to use with various populations, increase your confidence with team building skills and abilities, increase your ability to create fun experiences for your group and exchange thoughts, ideas, and your own games with other professionals.  Click here  

for more information and to register.


The Family Tree: Recognizing & Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect


The Family Tree and MOST Network are proud to present The Family Tree: Recognizing & Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect training.


Please join them from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on February 2nd in nearby Annapolis, MD. This training will cover and define the different types of child maltreatment, warning signs that children may demonstrate, and the steps for state-mandated reporting. For more information and to register  click here. 


Contact Us
Chase Hicks
Assistant, Excel Beyond the Bell

Our Excel Beyond the Bell Collaborative is a public-private partnership created by the Collaboration Council to inspire our youth to realize their full potential by offering safe,
quality and accessible out-of-school time programs.

Please click here for a list of our professional development partners.

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