Welcome Back to After School! CAN Newsletter – August 23, 2016
Welcome back to after school! The California AfterSchool Network team thanks you for all you do every day to transform the lives of your student participants, support working families and positively impact your communities. CAN provides practitioners, advocates, and community members with the tools, resources, and information needed to support high-quality expanded learning programs. To support our mission we release this newsletter twice per month.
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Register Today for the California Department of Education Expanded Learning Programs 2016 Grantee Orientation
"Building a Foundation for Quality"
The California Department of Education’s Expanded Learning Division, in partnership with the California AfterSchool Network, will be hosting two, one day Grantee Orientations for After School Education and Safety (ASES) and 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Grantees. Orientations will take place in Ontario on November 15th and will feature an opening plenary, action planning with your team, and four workshops (Grants 101 and Beyond, Quality Standards: Because Quality Matters, (CQI)2 Continuous Quality Improvement in Action, and Federal Program Monitoring: Where Compliance Meets Quality). Participants are recommended to attend with teams responsible for program oversight and implementation, fiscal management and reporting (e.g., Grant/Fiscal Managers, Program Directors, Site Coordinators, and ASES & 21st CCLC program partners). There is no cost to participate in the orientations and space is limited. Registration is now closed. For any questions or additional information, please contact Zoila Couture.
The CAN California After School Quality Self-Assessment Tool (QSA) and High School Quality Self-Assessment Rubric (QSAR) are free and available tools for programs to utilize as part of a process of continuous quality improvement. Both tools are featured in the Crosswalk Between the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning and Program Quality Assessment Tools.
Through the Campaign for Quality, CAN created a promising practice guide for elementary/middle school programs, as well as a high school promising practice guide. In addition, a series of brief videos and more in-depth webinars are available to provide perspective on expanded learning program quality for all levels of practitioner. Access these resources to enhance your program’s Continuous Quality Improvement process.
To assist programs with meeting the statutory requirement that all ASES and 21st CCLC programs engage in a continuous data-driven quality improvement process [set forth in EC 8484 (a)(2)], the California Department of Education’s Expanded Learning Division (CDE-EXLD), has developed a Quality Program Improvement Tool template and user guide as a compliment to the Department’s Guidance for Developing and Implementing a Quality Improvement Process.
The California School Age Consortium (CalSAC) maintains a roster
of endorsed trainers able to provide a variety of in-person
trainings, including training on STEM, and supporting
learners. They also offer a variety of e-learning modules. Apply today to
become a CalSAC Trainer and join the Trainer Network, a
professional development and training project serving
out-of-school time professionals across California. Their next
Train the Trainer Institute will be held October 20-22 in
southern California. The deadline to apply to become a CalSAC
trainer is this Friday, August 26th.
The California Department of Education’s Expanded Learning Division (CDE-EXD) the launch earlier this year of the Expanding Student Success Campaign; a statewide, public awareness campaign to build support for before and after school programs among K-12 educators and leaders. The campaign features resources and brief videos that highlight the importance of of K-12 expanded learning partnerships to advance student achievement, engagement, and success. The campaign also features resources highlighting the benefits of expanded learning programs to participants and families. The Expanding Student Success Campaign is a strategy to advance the K-12 integration initiative of the Vision for Expanded Learning in California (strategic plan).
CAN has created a suite of resources to support continuous quality improvement in STEM learning. Use Expanded Learning STEM Quality Elements to create a shared understanding of how implementing quality STEM learning supports expanded learning K-12 standards and Quality Standards for Expanded Learning. Use the Assessment and Planning Tool for STEM in Expanded Learning Programs to create a shared plan for STEM implementation. Learn promising practices from A Guide to Developing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in Expanded Learning Programs. Access a wide variety of curricular and other resources to support STEM learning at the powerofdiscovery.org. And accelerate innovation through peer learning using the Practical Guide for Developing Regional Communities of Practice. Additionally, the CAN STEM Committee created Collaborate to Innovate, a document intended to support K-12 and expanded learning program partnerships to implement STEM learning. Access the full suite of resources to support STEM learning.
On October 20, 2016, the Afterschool Alliance will be celebrating their 17th annual Lights on Afterschool. Lights on Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating after school programs and their important role in the lives of children, families, and communities. Each October, millions of Americans in thousands of communities across the nation celebrate after school programs that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and helps working families. The Afterschool Alliance provides ideas for your celebration, an event planning kit, and how to engage the media and legislators in your celebration. Make California the number one state in the nation for recorded Lights on Afterschool celebrations. Today is the last day to register your event and still receive the 10 copies of this year’s winning Lights On Afterschool poster. Register your event today!
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.