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Join the California Academy of Sciences and National Girls Collaborative (NGC) on our Science Action Club (SAC) Partnership Showcase. SAC is a nationwide STEM program for middle school youth in out-of-school time. Through hands-on games and projects, youth in SAC investigate their local environment and use citizen science to document discoveries, share data, and design strategies to protect our planet. NGC has partnered with California Academy of Sciences to reach youth around the nation with this high quality citizen science experience. You will hear from the Science Action Club team as well as the trainers and activity leaders who have participated in the project. You will also learn how you can be involved with Science Action Club.
The Afterschool Alliance has a nice collection of webinars.
The Growing Out-of-School Time Field: Part I (Recorded December 13, 2017)
Today, more than 10.2 million children participate in an out-of-school time (OST) program, which provide an array of enriching learning opportunities, from building Rube Goldberg machines to student-led service learning projects. The OST field has come a long way over the past two decades, and the newly released book, The Growing Out-of-School-Time Field: Past, Present, and Future, delves into the ways in which the OST field has grown and matured as a partner in helping children and youth reach their full potential. In part one of two in this webinar series, hear from leading researchers in the OST field who wrote chapters in the book focused on the critical role the OST field has played to promote positive youth development over the years, addressing the needs of children and youth participating in programs, particularly those who are from underserved communities. This webinar will also discuss the part that research has played in the OST field’s responsiveness to the needs of students and importance of supporting continuous improvement within the field. Watch
Tools, Ideas, and Strategies for Creative Computing in Afterschool (Recorded December 6, 2017)
Providing students with the tools and knowledge they need to become creators of technology, not just consumers, is a growing priority for afterschool programs across the country. Many programs are building from the ground up and running into issues like finding the right curriculum or qualified staff teach computer science. Join us for a conversation with Sarah Carter, from SciGirls, and Ricarose Roque, of the University of Colorado, Boulder, for a conversation on overcoming these obstacles, from picking the right tools to teach computer science after school to training program facilitators to use them and beyond. Watch
Difficult Dialogues: Engaging Youth in Tough Conversations (Recorded September 21, 2017)
Afterschool programs often can find the flexibility to deeply engage students in conversations on the topics that matter most to youth and their communities. In today’s often polarized climate, many of these topics, including conversations on race, immigration, free speech, can elicit strong emotional responses. Youth need safe spaces to discuss their thoughts, fears, and hopes and to learn how to communicate their ideas while understanding and integrating the ideas and experiences of others. In this webinar, learn from voices in the field about how they are approaching these tough but important discussions and be introduced to some of the many tools that may help you facilitate these discussions in your own program. Watch
Understanding and Responding to Hate & Bias (Reprise) (Recorded September 14, 2017)
Back by popular demand! Like schools and other community spaces, afterschool providers across the country have noticed an uptick in incidents of bias over the past year among students, parents, and even sometimes staff. This behavior might range from insensitive jokes and remarks, to hateful language or graffiti, to bullying and harassment. If one of these incidents happens in your program, how you respond is critical for maintaining the trust and respect of youth and their families. National experts like the Anti-Defamation League and Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, have been working on issues of bias and hate for decades. In this webinar, they'll share what they've learned and their resources for educators. Join us for a conversation about this very important topic! Watch
What Works – Lessons from 100,000 Lights On Afterschool Celebrations (Recorded September 7, 2017)
You asked for advice from peers on what to do for Lights On Afterschool events, and in this webinar we deliver. Join us to hear from an afterschool program director and get a walkthrough from the Afterschool Alliance’s own Faith Savaiano of the tips and tricks we’ve gathered from 15 years of Lights On Afterschool celebrations. Watch
Fight Budget Cuts using Lights On Afterschool (Recorded August 31, 2017)
This year’s Lights On Afterschool comes at a critical time for the field. Both President Trump’s budget proposal and bills coming out of the House Appropriations Committee call for huge cuts to both 21st Century Community Learning Center funding and many other funding sources of out-of-school time programs. What does this mean for your program? Your community? Watch
Building English Language Learners' Literacy Afterschool (Recorded August 22, 2017)
Building the literacy proficiency of all learners is essential to equip them with the skills they will need as they navigate through the academic, professional, and personal facets of their lives. For the more than 4 million English language learner (ELL) students who attend public schools nationwide, it is more critical than ever to provide this growing population with the supports to develop their literacy skills both in and out of school. Watch
Building Community between Police and Youth (Recorded August 16, 2017)
Across the country, law enforcement officers and communities have been engaging in conversations about what it means to work together as a community. Afterschool programs can play an important role in creating a safe and welcoming environment for these conversations to take place In this webinar, we will hear from a law enforcement officer and afterschool program director who work together to foster constructive relationships between youth and law enforcement. We will also learn from Police Athletic League how and why they’re building community between youth and police and hear suggestions from all speakers on how to build dialogue between these groups. Watch
The President's Budget Eliminates Afterschool Funding. What Happens Now? (May 4, 2017)
President Trump’s budget proposal, released in March, calls for eliminating 21st Century Community Learning Center funding. These funds currently support nearly 10,000 local afterschool and summer programs serving 1.6 million children all across the nation. What does this mean for your program? Your community? Can the budget cut be stopped? Watch
Healthy #Afterschoolworks: Free Tools, Resources & Strategies (April 26, 2017)
With so many competing priorities in afterschool, it’s easy for healthy eating and physical activity (HEPA) to become less of a focus, but a quality afterschool experience is a healthy afterschool experience. The great news is that thousands of afterschool and recreation professionals, guided by the National Afterschool Association HEPA Standards, are finding innovative ways to blend healthy eating and physical activity best practices with STEM, literacy, creative arts and outdoor education. Join us as we explore free resources and tools to engage students and families while helping you tell the story that Healthy #AfterschoolWorks. Watch
How Afterschool Programs can Support their Immigrant Students, Families, and Community (April 12, 2017)
In communities across the country, anxiety and concern are growing among immigrant children and families in response to new immigration policies and efforts currently underway. Afterschool programs can play an important role in creating a safe and welcoming environment for immigrant students and families and cultivating a sense of belonging and overall wellbeing. Watch
Let's Hear It for the Girls: Supporting Girls in Afterschool (February 23, 2017)
In the past decade, girls in the U.S. have experienced rapid demographic, social, economic, and technological changes. In this webinar, a lead researcher from the Girl Scout Research Institute will present findings from their recently released report, The State of Girls, the first-of-its-kind report series to focus on the health and well-being of the 26 million girls in the U.S. The latest report documents trends in girls’ well-being from before the Great Recession to present day, across five indicators: economic, physical, and emotional health; extracurricular activities; and education. Register and watch
Tips to Apply for the New York Life Foundation Aim High Grant
The New York Life Foundation has created a new $1.95 M grant opportunity. This May, 18 awards will be made to out-of-school time programs serving disadvantaged youth. Learn more about the grant opportunity, eligibility and expectations from Marlyn Torres, Senior Program Officer at the New York Life Foundation, and Dan Gilbert, administrator of the grant application process. Have your questions ready, and hear tips on making your application stand out from the crowd. Learn More
Learn to Speak STEM-ish
Want to help afterschool STEM blast off in your community? Looking for tools and tips on how best to convince your stakeholders that afterschool is a critical partner in improving STEM education? Then this webinar series is for you! In Part 1, we introduced participants to the FrameWorks Institute’s research-based communications strategies to boost public support for afterschool STEM programs. Learn More
A Framework for K-12 Science Education: What does it mean for afterschool?
The Framework for K-12 Science Education, developed by the National Academies of Sciences, offers a powerful new vision for American science education. In this webinar we’ll focus on what is new and different about the Framework’s vision for science education and how afterschool organizations are designing programs and staff professional development to help young people engage with the Framework. Learn More
Strengthening Physical Activity and Nutrition Programs in Afterschool
Childhood obesity is a growing national concern – with afterschool and summer learning programs leading the way in reversing this trend! This webinar will introduce the afterschool and summer learning field to the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards in Out of School Time, the first-ever comprehensive national nutrition and physical activity standards for K-12 out-of-school programs, and Healthy Kids Out of School, an initiative that offers resources to provide healthy foods and increase physical activity. Guest speakers will also discuss how to take advantage of funding through USDA child nutrition programs. Learn More
Build, Create & Innovate: Strategies for Engaging Youth Through Making
As part of the Summer of Making and Connecting, the Afterschool Alliance is facilitating a three-part webinar series for afterschool and summer learning providers that want to embrace maker culture. The second webinar will focus on the different types of hands-on maker activities that can be integrated into afterschool curriculum; guidance for how to approach evaluation and assessment; tools and strategies for engaging youth in digital webmaking; opportunities to build program capacity through Maker Corps; and how to leverage other informal networks of support for the maker community. Learn More
Build, Create & Innovate: An Introduction to Maker Culture
As a part of the Summer of Making and Connecting, the Afterschool Alliance is facilitating a three-part webinar series for informal and formal educators interested in joining the maker movement. Designed for maker novices, the webinar introduces participants to the learning philosophy that underpins maker culture. Guest speakers share best practices for engaging youth, expected learning outcomes, and a set of resources to assist with getting started. Learn More
Youth Violence Prevention Strategies in Afterschool
Providing an outlet for positive self-expression, access to caring adult mentors, and a community of supportive peers has been proven to be a winning formula for curbing aggressive behavior and empowering youth to be agents of change in their communities. This webinar highlights specific violence prevention strategies and federal funding streams for violence prevention programs. Guest speakers discuss how to empower youth and encourage positive behaviors. Learn More
Afterschool STEM Impact Award Insights
As science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming grows around the nation, the Afterschool Alliance recently announced a new national award – the Afterschool STEM Impact Awards, sponsored by the Noyce Foundation -- to help support the work of outstanding programs. Award categories included successful partnership models, and computing and/or engineering, both currently “hot topics” in the afterschool STEM field. In this webinar, the Afterschool Alliance team addresses what's involved in the review process, definitions used for the award categories, and questions from participants. Learn More
The American Youth Policy Forum also has a good collection of archived Webinars. (Use the Advanced Search to filter for Afterschool/Expanded Learning.)
Promoting Pathways to Long-Term Success for Systems-Involved Youth (Original broadcast: June 6, 2017)
Young people involved in the child welfare and/or juvenile justice systems often face significant challenges to long-term success. Systems-involved youth may struggle with an array of education and workforce barriers that hinder their path to postsecondary opportunities and a family-sustaining career. This webinar will explore critical elements at the intersection of policy and practice for supporting systems-involved youth on a pathway to long-term success. Featuring high-quality, research-supported community-based programs from across the country, presenters will discuss issues of data and information sharing, flexible funding, and education and workforce experiences to better support youth with systems involvement.
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Watch WebinarESSA and Supporting College and Career Readiness and Success for Youth Experiencing Homelessness (Original broadcast: April 20, 2017)
During the 2014-2015 school year, more than 1.26 million homeless students were enrolled in public school, double the amount of students identified as homeless in 2006-2007. Research indicates that homeless students experience greater school mobility, are at higher risk of chronic absenteeism, and are more likely to be held back or drop out compared to their peers. Given the increase in student homelessness over the past decade, it is critical that states and districts provide the necessary educational supports and stability for these youth to complete high school prepared for success in postsecondary education and the workforce.
ESSA and Research Evidence: Opportunities and Challenges for States (Original broadcast: 3/7/2017)
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) presents states with unprecedented flexibility over, and responsibility for, the use of research evidence in their policies and practices. The new law places a heightened importance on the use of research evidence as a critical tool for planning, collaborating, decision-making, and continuous improvement. As states begin to think about the implications of this new law, all relevant stakeholders will need to understand the requirements and opportunities under ESSA, as well as the barriers and challenges they may encounter in carrying out these new requirements. In this webinar, teams from three states will present their progress to date in establishing systemic use of research evidence, their ultimate goals, successful strategies, and the challenges and roadblocks they have faced to date.
Building a Robust Afterschool System: Lessons and Opportunities (Original broadcast: 17 February, 2016)
Overview: Over the last decade, there has been a shift in the way many cities are approaching out of school time – moving from independent, isolated programming and funding to coordinated, citywide systems. As a result of this shift, many cities have seen improvements in access to and quality of afterschool programs. The Wallace Foundation’s recent perspective, Growing Together, Learning Together, catalogues and organizes efforts to date around key principles of afterschool system building, and provides a snapshot of the opportunities that lie ahead for cities aiming to build a sustainable system.
Increasing College and Career Readiness through Afterschool and Competency-Based Learning (Original broadcast: 14 December, 2015)
Overview: To further our goal of college and career readiness for all students, AYPF has been exploring the opportunities that exist at the intersection of afterschool and competency-based learning. Research as demonstrated that high-quality afterschool providers help contribute to a student’s college and career readiness through college and career exploration, social and emotional learning, soft skills development including communication and team-building, various enrichment activities, and more. In recent years, we have also seen the growth of competency-based learning, an approach within classrooms and schools that stresses specific skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork, and paired with less reliance on seat-time, allows students to advance upon mastering competencies at their own pace. As students learn and develop valuable skills and competencies both in and out of school, it seems natural to explore strategies and policies to support the intersection, interaction, and interrelationship of these two fields that have demonstrated success in preparing students for college and careers.
Topics include: Raising the Bar but Keeping the Heart; Afterschool Gets Moving P1-4; Expanded Learning Opportunites P1-4; Professional Development in OST; and more