CAN Newsletter November 24, 2015
This Thanksgiving, CAN would like to express its sincerest thank you to you and we know we’re not the only ones. The families that rely on you, the schools you support, the children & youth you engage, and the communities you impact are thankful for you every single day.
The Defining Equity Committee is part of the California Department of Education After School Division (CDE-ASD) Strategic Plan implementation. The committee released their final report focusing on defining equity in grant eligibility and award distribution for state ASES and federal 21st CCLC programs. The report contains recommendations regarding eligibility for dual (ASES and 21st Century) funding, distribution of funds based on student Free and Reduced Priced Meal (FRPM) eligibility, as well as recommendations to prioritize 21st Century applicants that involve community partners, propose summer learning, and are renewing previous funding. Implementing the recommendations would require changes to existing education code. Before moving forward with such changes the CDE-ASD would seek further public input. Access the Defining Equity Committee Recommendations – Released November 16, 2015
On November 19, 2015 Governor Jerry Brown announced two new appointments to the Before and After School Advisory Committee. The purpose of the Advisory Committee on Before and After School Programs is to provide information and advice to the CDE and the State Board of Education regarding state and federal policy and funding issues affecting before and after school programs. The Governor appointed Eric Gurna, President and Chief Executive Officer at LA’s BEST as well as Luis Santana, Executive Director at Reading and Beyond. Access the press release announcing the appointments. The next meeting of the Before and After School Advisory Committee will take place January 27, 2016 at the California Department of Education building in Sacramento.
The How Kids Learn (HKL) initiative is dedicated to providing those who are interested in improving youth outcomes with thought-provoking, educational opportunities. This year, the How Kids Learn Conference is taking place in two locations! Registration is filling up for the two regional How Kids Learn V: Preparing Youth for Work and Career Success conferences organized by Temescal Associates and the LIAS Project. Register and attend How Kids Learn Bay Area (December 10, 2015) or How Kids Learn Los Angeles (Jan. 21, 2016).
Get ready for the Hour of Code! The hour of code will take place between December 7 – 13, 2015. Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. It is easy to implement the Hour of Code. The how-to guide will walk you through how to sign up, view a brief video on how to join, then students can choose a one hour tutorial that walks them through the basics of coding. Join a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in over 180 countries. Make a plan to participate in the Hour of Code in December.
Collaborate to Innovate
A resource designed to facilitate K-12 and expanded learning collaboration for quality STEM learning
The Next Generation Science Standards work group of the CAN STEM Committee recently released Collaborate to Innovate: Advance Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards Through K-12 and Expanded Learning Program Partnerships. Collaborate to Innovate describes the opportunities for collaboration created by new K-12 standards and the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning Programs in California. The document outlines specific strategies and resources to support K-12 and expanded learning collaboration to advance high-quality STEM learning. Access Collaborate to Innovate.
The Learning in Afterschool and Summer Project created two blogs focused on professional learning communities in expanded learning. The first, Professional Learning Communities in the Expanded Learning Field, documents an interview with Public Profit staff regarding their recent release of Professional Learning Communities in the Expanded Learning Field. The second LIAS blog, Learning Communities: From Theory to Practice, documents an interview with two practitioners regarding their experience in expanded learning professional learning communities.