Soaring Beyond Expectations

Soaring Beyond Expectations: A Statewide Afterschool Celebration

Presented by New Jersey‘s 21st Century Community Learning Center Programs

See a brief agenda Here and download the full pdf below!

9:00 am - 9:50 am ( Welcome )

9:00am Registration / Breakfast
9:30am Welcome / Opening- 21st CCLC Team
9:50am Transition To Workshops

10:00 am – 10:55 am ( Session I: Participants choose 1 session )

Utilizing data from the school day to help struggling learners
Presented by: Michael Rosenberg- Keansburg Public Schools

Makey Makey
Presented by: Danielle Singleton & Klarissa Garcia- Passaic Public Schools

Perfecting Parent Participation
Presented by: Christal Griner and Barbara Wilchensky of Bridgeton Public Schools

Social Entrepreneurship Through T-Shirt Making and Podcasting
Presented by: Darren Doughty & Darry Doughty, Jr. – Future Leaders Organizations

11:00 am -11:55 am ( Session II: Participants choose 1 session )

Boosting Academic Success through Academic Enrichment
Presented by: Robert Anderson,Darren Babnew & Crystal Holt- Pleasantville Public Schools

The 3 C’s of 21st Century Success – COMMITMENT, COLLABORATION AND
Presented by: Elizabeth Rodriguez and Cheryl Shelton of Camden County College

Cultivating Meaningful Family Engagement in Your Program
Presented by: Joanne Flynn- Phillipsburg School District

Utilizing ALL School Day Stakeholders to Align the 21st CCLC
Presented by: Angelo Monaco, Meghan Murphy and Vickie Gonzalez of Linden Public Schools

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ( LUNCH & NETWORKING )


1:00 pm – 1:55 pm ( Session III: Participants choose 1 session )

Lights on Afterschool Partnership Support
Presented by: : Mike Roseborough- Children’s Home Society of NJ & Christina Jones- Boys and
Girls Clubs of Mercer County

STEM Into Action
Presented by: Edernis Garcia, Katherine Quiñones & Marta Orbe- Union City Public Schools

The 3 Who’s
Presented by: Nicole Washington, Nicauris Veras Brito and Devin Washington
of the Newark YMCA.

How To Get Students & Keep Them Coming
Presented by: Brooke Shaw-Freehold Borough Public Schools


2:00 pm – 2:55 pm ( Session IV: Participants choose 1 session )

If You Build It, They Will Come
Presented by: Barbara Rheault, Christy Rivera & Jacki Lugg- Mullica Township School District

Keeping It Real: The Truth of Urban Programming & Collaborative Based
Presented by: Dorine Francis, MPA, Mariah Jamison and Katrina Little of FOCUS Hispanic Center
for Community Development, Inc.

Strengthening Family Connections: Parental Engagement in Our
Afterschool Program
Presented by: Blanca Blanco,Bernadette Gioia & Lissette Shumny- Academy for Urban
Leadership Charter School

Inspiring Change
Presented by: Asya Rhein & Tonja Decaro – Plainfield Public Schools


3:00 pm – 3:30 pm - ( Closing Remarks )

21st CCLC Team:
Tamika, Shantel, Jeannie, Tyneisha & Kandece

This Afterschool Showcase will highlight best practices of NJ’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Programs

This event is open statewide to anyone interested in utilizing afterschool, before school, or summer school as a strategy to improve youth’s knowledge and skills and engage them in meaningful learning opportunities.


  • School personnel
  • Afterschool directors
  • Teachers
  • Youth Workers
  • Others interested in starting or enhancing an existing afterschool, before school, or summer program


  • Wednesday, June 5, 2024
    9:30am – 3:30pm


  • NJ Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA)
    12 Centre Drive
    Monroe Township, NJ 08831


  • $55

This training is brought to you by the New Jersey Department of Education in collaboration with NJSACC.

This project was funded in part with federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by No Child Left Behind, Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant funds through a grant agreement with the New Jersey Department of Education.