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January is National Mentoring Month and the National Girls Collaborative Project is commemorating by helping to provide role models and mentors with tactile strategies they can use to empower girls and young women to pursue STEM education and careers. Techbridge Girls will be providing useful strategies from their Toolkit and FabFems will be discussing their experiences mentoring girls. This is an interactive webinar, so please bring questions and your own stories to share!
The Afterschool Alliance has a nice collection of webinars.
Déjà Vu: The President’s Budget Eliminates Afterschool Funding. What Happens Now? (April 11th, 2018)
President Trump’s budget proposal for FY 2019, released in February, calls for the complete elimination of 21st Century Community Learning Center funding. These funds currently support nearly 10,000 local afterschool and summer programs serving nearly 2 million children all across the nation. The budget proposal also calls for massive cuts to a wide array of other federal funding streams that go to afterschool programs. What does this mean for your program? Your community? And, most importantly, can these budget cuts be stopped? Watch
Exploring the Environment in Afterschool (March 29th, 2018)
Environmental education inspires students to engage with and learn about the world around them. Afterschool programs have a unique opportunity to foster this exploration of the natural world, take students outside, and engage students in real-world science. Join us in this great webinar to get valuable insights on tools, curricula, and resources available around environmental education in afterschool, featuring presenters from Plum Landing, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Science Action Club. Watch
State-Level Strategies for Bridging Schools & Afterschool in ESSA (February 28th, 2018)
The Federal Education law, ESSA, is currently in its first full year of implementation. This period is intended to encourage stakeholder engagement, allow for the identification of resources and resource gaps, transparent reporting and preparing for well-rounded student success. Join us for a great webinar to learn how advocates are building bridges between schools and out-of-school time programs to help districts and schools meet these goals, and discuss how you too can build the field to prepare for these important conversations. Watch
The Growing Out-of-School Time Field: Part II (Recorded February 7th, 2018)
Tune into Part II of this webinar series highlighting insights from the newly released book, The Growing Out-of-School Time Field: Past, Present, and Future, which delves into the ways in which the out-of-school time (OST) field has matured over the past two decades as a partner in helping children and youth reach their full potential. This second webinar will feature leaders in the OST field who authored chapters in the book focused on the professional development of the OST field, the role of federal policy in supporting OST programs, and what the future holds for the OST movement. Watch
Building Workforce Skills in Afterschool (Recorded January 31st, 2018)
Afterschool and summer programs across the country are helping to close the gap between the skills and competencies that students possess and the needs of employers. Teaching students to effectively communicate, work in teams, and solve problems; connecting students to professional development opportunities; and helping them explore and discover new interests, afterschool and summer programs are addressing the needs of students and their future employers. Join us for a conversation with Education Practice & Immersion for Credit, Sunrise of Philadelphia, and Minneapolis Beacons to discuss how their programs are helping students build fundamental skills for future success. Watch
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
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 American Youth Policy Forum also has a good collection of archived Webinars. (Use the Advanced Search to filter for Afterschool/Expanded Learning.)
Effective Juvenile Justice Reforms in the Era of ESSA (April 12, 2018)
This webinar provided a brief overview of ESSA requirements for serving students in the juvenile justice system and highlight models from around the country that are effectively implementing these mandates. Topics addressed included: utilizing evidence-based educational assessments; improving educational attainment and access to a traditional high school diploma; credit transfer; timely and appropriate re-enrollment and re-entry planning. The webinar also highlighted the Blueprint for Change: Education Success for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System, an interactive online tool that includes 10 comprehensive goals and corresponding benchmarks to improve educational outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system.
Improving Education Quality in Juvenile Justice Facilities (March 27, 2018)
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) aims to “provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.” What does that mean for students educated in juvenile justice facilities? This webinar discussed a new brief by the Council of State Governments Justice Center and American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) entitled Leveraging the Every Student Succeeds Act to Improve Outcomes for Youth in Juvenile Justice Facilities.
Bridging the Gap Between Afterschool and Workforce (Recorded March 20, 2018)
Employability skills like communication and critical thinking are among the most desired by employers, but evidence suggests a gap in those skills among young workers. To address this gap, the afterschool sector is finding ways to provide high quality skill-building experiences outside of the classroom to create stronger connections to the labor market.
Trends and Opportunities in Accountability for Alternative Education (Recorded February 20, 2018)
Discussion of alternative education is growing across the country as states and districts look for ways to better serve students whose needs are not met in traditional school settings. Alternative settings vary greatly in how they operate, whom they aim to enroll, how they are held accountable, and their ability to provide high-quality educational pathways for at-risk youth. According to the 2017 Building a Grad Nation report, alternative schools are overrepresented in identified low-graduation-rate high schools, indicating the need to create accountability systems that ensure high quality education among alternative settings and that measure these settings’ progress and success in supporting at-risk youth.
Supporting Students with Disabilities through Personalized Learning (Recorded January 8, 2018)
Many educators and leaders are aware of the multiple benefits of personalized learning, including increased student agency, improved student learning, and more intentional planning for college and careers. Personalized learning has inherent benefits for students with disabilities, but there are also inherent challenges. For example, conversations about students with disabilities and personalized learning remain generic and often students’ unique needs and learning styles are not adequately considered at the outset of implementation. To successfully implement personalized learning specifically for students with disabilities, educators and leaders need a clear understanding of what these approaches look like in practice, what policy and practice changes they require, and what supports need to be in place. In this webinar, you will hear about emerging efforts to use personalized learning approaches to better serve students with disabilities, tools that are designed to help policymakers and practitioners, and strategies to help build the capacity of schools to use this approach.
Social and Emotional Learning for Traditionally Underserved Populations (Recorded December 4, 2017)
Social and emotional learning (SEL) plays a critical role in preparing young people for success in college, careers, and life. In order to ensure that SEL benefits all young people, it is important to consider how SEL initiatives affect traditionally underserved student populations and how they can be tailored to better meet the unique needs of different learners. This webinar featured a deep discussion of the importance of SEL for three traditionally underserved groups: students with disabilities, English language learners, and youth involved in the juvenile justice system (justice-involved youth).
Learning for Careers: The Pathways to Prosperity Network (Recorded December 1, 2017)
In 2012, Jobs for the Future (JFF) and the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), in collaboration with states and regions across the country, launched the Pathways to Prosperity Network to reimagine how the education system – from K-12 through college – partners with employers and prepares youth for postsecondary success.
Remake Learning: A Networked Approach to Education for the 21st Century (Recorded November 6, 2017)
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding areas, an innovative and collaborative approach to learning is growing and flourishing. A network of more than 250 schools, universities, libraries, startups, nonprofits, museums, and others, Remake Learning works to ignite engaging and relevant learning opportunities for every student — opportunities that leverage technology, art, and the learning sciences to help young people thrive amid unprecedented social and technological change.
Click 2 Science also has a library of webinars on a variety of topics, including Learning to Support Military Families, Leadership in Afterschool, Becoming an Engineer, and many others.
They also have a series of Web Lessons on topics like: Developing a Science and Engineering Identity, Maximizing STEM Space, Connecting with Community Partners, and more.
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