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Welcome readers. In this quarterly newsletter from the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems (CBASS), you’ll find useful resources to increase learning opportunities in your city, hear of upcoming events, and learn about system-building strategies and initiatives that are changing young peoples’ lives across the country. Share your news and resources for our next edition.

January 2013










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Expanding Minds and Opportunities Release, February 5, Washington DC

A new volume offers evidence that engaging opportunities yield positive outcomes for students. Attend the book launch or live webcast.

Ready by 21 National Meeting, March 11-13, Atlanta, GA

National, state and local leaders meet to discuss research and strategies for getting young people ready for college, work and life. Register online.


National Afterschool Association Annual Convention, April 7-10,
Indianapolis, IN

Join CBASS at NAA for workshops on expanded- day models, digital learning, and STEM in after-school. We'll also host a networking event.

City Symposium, May 7-8, Providence, RI
City teams of public and private sector leaders are invited to a two-day symposium on developing expanded learning systems.

CBASS Expands


CBASS welcomes Hartford Partnership for Student Success, Partnership for Youth Development (New Orleans), Nashville After Zone Alliance, and Youthprise (Twin Cities, MN) to our national coalition. The addition of four new partners expands our reach and expertise to new cities and models across the United States.


New Releases


10 Tips for ​Building School-

Community Partnerships

Community partners are at the heart of our expanded learning models. In this video, CBASS partners offer 10 tips for building strong partnerships.



Data Sharing: Federal Rules and Best Practices

Data sharing between schools and out-of-school time programs can improve student outcomes, yet the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is often seen as an obstacle. The Partnership for Children and Youth debunks the myths in a new policy brief.

This paper is available through the Toolkit for Expanding Learning, a resource guide developed by CBASS partners with the support of the C.S. Mott Foundation. Additional new publications include:


Mapping the Intermediary Landscape
Even in a recessionary economy, out-of school time (OST) intermediary organizations increased the number of children accessing expanded learning opportunities. Read about this and other findings from the first national survey of OST intermediaries.


What We're Reading


7 Key Elements of "Partnerships for Learning"

A report from the Harvard Family Research Project shows that when schools partner with families and community-based organizations, they create a seamless system of learning for children and youth.


The State of STEM in OST

A citywide scan of out-of-school time STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs found Chicago lacked a strategy to direct youth into STEM pathways. The Chicago STEM Cooperative came up with an action plan.


Reviewing the Evidence on "Expanded Learning Time"

A review of 80 evaluations of programs that lengthen the school day/year or expand learning opportunities outside of school hours suggests they can help raise achievement, but Child Trends researchers call for more rigorous studies.


Restoring Youth to Opportunity

Nearly 6.5 million U.S. teens and young adults are not in school or the workforce. KIDS COUNT and the Annie E. Casey Foundation present state-by-state data and recommendations for re-engaging youth.


Non-cognitive Factors and Academic Performance

How do factors like perseverance and social skills affect student performance? Can they be learned and adapted? The University of Chicago Consortium on School Research offers some answers.



What We're Watching


Badges for Lifelong Learning

The New York Times has suggested digital badges may pose “the first serious competition to traditional degrees.” But what exactly is a digital badge? Watch this video from the Mozilla Foundation to find out.


Professional Development Advice by Youth, for Adults

The After School Matters’ Youth Advisory Council developed a video and online toolkit for instructors on how to best engage teens.


Webinar Series: Strengthening Citywide Systems

Three webinars from The Wallace Foundation, National League of Cities, Forum for Youth Investment, and CBASS offer new insights and tools. Related blog posts feature resources on data systems and quality improvement.


Expanded Learning in Practice

In Providence, formal and informal educators work together to give middle-school students hands-on learning experiences that strengthen their STEM skills.

CBASS expands the availability of high-quality learning opportunities that help children gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to lead successful lives. We are a coalition of intermediary organizations representing cities and regions around the country.


This e-newsletter was made possible through the support of The Wallace Foundation.


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