CAN Newsletter – February 23, 2016
Most publicly-funded after school programs in California are funded through The Afterschool Education & Safety (ASES) program. Recently released documents highlight that ASES funding has remained stagnant for almost a decade while costs have been consistently increasing. ASES program costs have increased by double digits since 2006 without an increase in the daily rate (still $7.50 per child per day).
If you are an after school practitioner in California you have an opportunity to take a five minute survey by February 29, 2016. Survey data will provide information to decision-makers regarding budgetary pressure after school programs currently face.
The CA Afterschool & Summer Challenge is a unique event that allows California’s after school practitioners and stakeholders the opportunity to highlight the importance of expanded learning in their communities.
Families & Schools Together (FAST) recently released a resource to help school and community stakeholders to measure parents engagement and recruit or retain parents. The resource also highlights promising practices in successful parent engagement to maximize program impact. Access Beyond the Sign-In Sheet: How to Know if Your Parents are Engaged.
Teaching Tolerance recently released Reading Diversity: A Tool for Selecting Diverse Texts. This tool can help educators navigate through text that can be selected for diversity and cultural representation. The organization also maintains a resource page (Do Something) outlining service learning projects for Kindergarten to twelfth grade.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) encourages states to incorporate measures of school climate and student engagement into their accountability systems.
In 2015, the National Summer Learning Association tracked 172 bills affecting summer learning. Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia passed 40 pieces of legislation affecting summer learning. Research shows that summer learning loss is a significant contributor to the achievement gap.
On February 1, 2016 Superintendent Tom Torlakson released this announcement outlining that the federal government has granted California flexibility on rules regarding $233 million in funding for Supplemental Educational Services (SES) for the 2016–17 school year.