CAN Newsletter: October 27, 2015

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CAN Policy Committee State and National Policy Update Thursday Nov. 12

This year will be a very active year for expanded learning policy. Join CAN’s Policy Committee Co-chairs Jessica Gunderson (Policy Director with the Partnership for Children and Youth) and Brian Lee (State Director with Fight Crime Invest in Kids California) as they outline the current policy landscape and ways that you can help sustain high quality expanded learning programs in California. 

You won’t want to miss this meeting because we will discuss:

  • New administrative policies impacting expanded learning in CA. 
  • State expanded learning policy updates including information on how to support the long-term sustainability of the ASES program (see attached documentation). 
  • Federal policy updates including information about sustaining the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program and Child Nutrition Reauthorization. 

Join the CAN Policy Committee State and National Policy Update
Thursday November 12, 2015
11:00am – 12:00pm

Call – 1-888-450-4821 
Enter Code: 499706  
Click: http://foundationccc.adobeconnect.com/can-policy-committee-nov12/ 

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Lights On Afterschool a Success in CA! Continue to ensure the lights stay on after school

Thanks to your enthusiasm, California is once again a national leader in Lights on Afterschool celebrations! Over 1,000 expanded learning programs in California registered their celebrations with the Afterschool Alliance. The California Department of Education After School Division honored expanded learning innovators with Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Beth Chaton, Director of After School Programs for Humboldt County Office of Education, Jason Guinto (1984 – 2014) Program Manager for Oakland Unified School District, and Verna Springer, Site Coordinator for Oakland Unified School District were honored for their exemplary service and leadership.

There is still much that can be done to highlight the importance and success of California’s expanded learning programs. Continue sharing the State of the State of Expanded Learning in California and the messages in the attached talking points with policy leaders, and sign the petition to affirm your support for afterschool, calling for more programs to serve the youth still waiting for someone to turn on the lights.

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Save the Date (May 9-10) for the California Afterschool Challenge

The California Afterschool and Summer Challenge aims to educate and empower professionals, youth, and families to engage in grassroots advocacy statewide and locally to advance the out-of-school time field. The event is hosted by the California School Age Consortium, who have partnered this year with the California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance (CA3) in a campaign to increase After School Education and Safety (ASES) funding. This will be an important year for you to make your voice heard in the state capitol. Save the date and plan on attending the California Afterschool and Summer Challenge May 9-10, 2016 (registration coming soon).

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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. 

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KQED EngineerThat! Media Challenge

In the spirit of Lights On Afterschool, KQED welcomes the afterschool community serving middle and high-school students to join in the EngineerThat! media challenge. From October 22 – January 8, KQED invites young people to identify engineering problems in their schools, homes, and communities and share their solutions via social media. Young people talk with people in their communities to discover problems that can be solved through engineering. They don’t actually have to build a prototype – but they do have to use their imagination and digital media tools to share their solutions. KQED will showcase the most compelling solutions (and the youth who came up with them!) on their website and a public media program.