CAN Newsletter – July 27, 2016
The State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson recently announced that according to the new California Healthy Kids Survey. The statewide survey evaluates how well schools met students’ needs for school safety, drug, and alcohol prevention, mental health, and other factors that influence learning. The survey highlights moderate decreases in drug and alcohol use and increased school safety. Additionally the survey finds that only 26-33% of secondary students experienced in their school high levels of three fundamental developmental supports that have been linked to resilience and positive academic, social, emotional, and physical health outcomes: caring adult relationships, high expectations, and meaningful participation. The survey provides insights for educators and health professionals about how to improve services for students, and helps local school districts prepare their Local Control and Accountability Plan which are a critical part of California’s new school Local Control Funding Formula. Find the full report here.
The California Department of Education’s After School Division (ASD) has changed its name to the Expanded Learning Division (EXLD). The name change better encompasses all that the department does in providing students and families with important learning opportunities and rich experiences before school, after school, and during the summer that complements what students learn during the traditional school day. With nearly 5,000 programs serving some 825,000 students, California has more publicly funded before school, after school and summer learning programs than all other 49 states combined. These programs operate with almost $700 million in state and federal funding and have aligned themselves in recent years with the broader state educational goal of preparing youth for 21st century careers, college, and life.
The Partnership for Children & Youth (PCY) recently released a few resources on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Finding Common Ground: Connecting Social-Emotional Learning During and Beyond the School Day provides language and strategies to support alignment between K-23 and expanded learning programs, by cross-walking key priorities and initiatives in California that impact SEL. A second resource from PCY on how to evaluate your SEL practices is Measuring Quality: Assessment Tools to Evaluate Your Social-Emotional Practices. In addition to the SEL resources from PCY, EdSource released a commentary on the role of expanded learning programs in SEL. The article Summer and After-School Programs Can Promote Social and Emotional Learning focuses on the Common Core and Next Generation science standards that not only push traditional subjects but also the four C’s: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking. These four skills are critical to student success by managing stress, ability to emphatize, and engage in small group work environments.
The California Afterschool Resource Center (CASRC) maintains a free resource and curriculum lending library as well as a series of online training modules. CASRC recently revised four of its online training modules including:
- English Learning in Action
- Making Sense of Common Core Math
- Hands on STEM - Garden–Based Education
- Snack Time – Providing Healthy Snacks in your Expanded Learning Program
These online training modules, in addition to many more, are meant for expanded learning front line staff and coordinators. The online modules are interactive, take 30 minutes and give the option to take a five-question assessment. You will walk away with easy-to-apply strategies and connections to useful resources while earning a certificate when you complete each of the training modules to document your professional development with the option of copying a supervisor on the email that sends the certificate.
On Tuesday, August 9th from 3:30-4:30pm, ALL IN will be hosting a webinar: Connecting Kids to Coverage: How Schools Can Help Kids Stay Healthy. The webinar will help you connect your students and their families to health coverage. Help ensure every student has a healthy start to the school year by enrolling in health coverage and getting care. The webinar will also cover Healthy4All Kids (all kids regardless of immigration status can apply to Medi-Cal) and Assembly Bill 2706 (the law that require public and charter schools to provide affordable health coverage information to families when school starts). Speakers include representatives from California School Board Association, Covered California, and the California’s Partnership. Register now!
Let it Ripple is hosting Character Day, their annual global day devoted to developing who we are and who we want to be in the world. Character Day 2016 is set for September 22, 2016. Sign up your school, classroom, organization, company, congregation, or family to participate. It’s completely free! Whether you’re an educator, parent, student, or student of life, the growing Character Day Resource hub includes thousands of resources including lesson plans, discussion guides for different ages, research, suggested films, books, and apps, and so much more. Create an event that works for you and be a part of building character for youth. Read more about Character Day in the LIAS blog by Sam Piha.
The How Kids Learn Foundation (HKL) has released the Save the Date for their How Kids Learn VI: Equity and Expanded Opportunities to Learn. The HKL Foundation will provide educational and training activities that promote the capacity of organizations that support the education and healthy development of youth. There will be two locations and dates. On Wednesday, December 7, 2016 the conference will be in the Bay Area at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. On Monday, January 23, 2017, the conference will be in Los Angeles at the Center for Healthy Communities, California Endowment Center. Mark your calendars!
LIAS Blog: Preparing Youth for Work and Career Success is the Right Role for Expanded Learning Programs
Bill Fennessy, Director of Community Engagement and Work-Based Learning at THINK Together, recently wrote a blog for the Learning in Afterschool & Summer blog series on preparing youth for work and career. “Preparing youth for work and career is now rapidly becoming an integral part in preparing youth with the skills they will need in school and life… All youth regardless of their age can begin expanding their ideas of what they might do as adults. Coupling those ideas with the experience of related work in the real world brings the important relevance which results in greater engagement in their work at school.” To read the blog in its entirety, click here.
The California AfterSchool Network is now connecting expanding learning programs and job seekers. Job openings can be for any level of an out-of-school time program or organization serving youth. Visit our website to post a current job opportunity or check out our job listings today.