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May 2013

 

IN THIS ISSUE:

 

   CBASS NEWS & EVENTS

   POLICY UPDATE

   FEATURED RESOURCE

   WHAT WE'RE READING

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

STEM Impact Award Submissions due May 15
The Afterschool Alliance and Noyce Foundation will give two $10,000 awards to exemplary afterschool STEM programs serving students in grades 4-8.

Regional Conference on After-School, June 20-21, Baltimore, MD
The theme of The After-School Institute’s Eastern Regional Conference is strengthening partnerships between schools and OST systems.

Partnership for Global Learning Conference, June 27-29, Brooklyn, NY
Learn about teaching global competence, including a session from CBASS on expanded learning.  

NIOST Summer Seminars, July 15-19, Wellesley, MA
The National Institute on Out-of-School Time offers professional development sessions on using the Afterschool Program Assessment System (APAS).

CBASS News and Events

 

CBASS Enters the Blogosphere

Check out our blog, Expanded Learning Perspectives, for news and reflections from the expanded learning field and contributions from guest authors.

 

Build Your Fiscal Fitness: Webinar, May 22

How’s your cash flow? Awkward question, unless you spend a lot of time on www.strongnonprofits.org, a new free site from The Wallace Foundation and Fiscal Management Associates. Join us for a webinar on May 22 to learn how your organization can use these financial management tools.

 

Expanded Learning Policy Principles and Federal Legislation: June 10, Washington, D.C.

Advocating for public policies that make the most of expanded learning opportunities is an important part of our work. Join CBASS and the American Youth Policy Forum for a discussion of key expanded learning policy principles and the current federal legislative landscape. Check back on our Facebook page for event details.

 

New Releases from CBASS

 

Bringing STEM to Scale through Expanded Learning Systems
What makes Play-Doh sticky? Why do plants lean toward the sun? Out-of-school time is perfect for engaging students in scientific processes like hypothesizing, analyzing and explaining answers to questions like these. The recent STEM issue of Afterschool Matters, including an article by CBASS on our national initiative to expand informal STEM education, reflects growing momentum for this work.


Digital Learning in OST Settings: Emerging Practices
The word “transmedia” might sound like some avant-garde technology, but really, it just refers to storytelling across platforms. A Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS KIDS initiative called Ready To Learn is using transmedia to build children’s early math and literacy skills. Learn how PBS stations are bringing the content to OST settings.

 

Better Together: Building Local Systems to Improve Afterschool
Working with school district and government partners to build a citywide after-school system “takes more than just having a good idea,” said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at a conference sponsored by The Wallace Foundation in February. Data was a key theme, along with quality improvement and scale. Read our summary and access the conference materials.

 


Policy Update

 

CBASS recently met with federal policy makers to discuss the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Read a blog post summarizing our key policy principles.

 

 

Featured Resource: Ask the Experts

 

Wondering whether your organization should apply for a particular grant? “Go or No Go?” is a free tool available through the new website StrongNonprofits.org that helps you decide. The site offers resources on financial planning, monitoring, operations, and governance. Read our Q&A with expert advice from its creators on how after-school programs and intermediaries can best utilize the resources.

 

What We're Reading

 

Cities Should Embrace After-School Learning
“It is our responsibility as municipal leaders to help young people develop the skills and talents they need,” wrote a group of mayors and city council members in a recent op-ed in Education Week. They are part of a growing group calling for more involvement of city leaders in supporting after-school systems.

Summer Learning Strengthens Student Success
High-quality summer learning experiences helped increase California students’ vocabulary grade levels by over one-third last year, a new report shows. An evaluation of three communities participating in the statewide “Summer Matters” campaign highlights the role of these programs in narrowing the achievement gap.

More and Better Learning: ExpandED Schools in Year One
In 2011-2012, elementary and middle school students in ExpandED schools increased their math skills and attended school more often than their peers. Learn about these and other findings in the Year One report on TASC’s national demonstration.

Community Schools: Aligning Local Resources for Student Success
School districts seeking to adopt a community schools model should tap into existing resources rather than search for new funding, a new brief from the Partnership for Children and Youth says [pdf, 343 kb]. The report describes strategies for partnering with local government and repurposing existing funds.

Realizing the Potential of Learning in Middle Adolescence
Decades of research have revealed a theory of learning for how high-school age youth learn best. This research review from Robert Halpern, Paul Heckman and Reed Larson presents 10 principles of effective learning in adolescence.

W.T. Grant: Eight Years of Improving After-School
“After-school programs can have an important impact on academic and other policy-relevant youth outcomes…the primary issue facing the field is how to make results more robust and uniform,” reflects Robert Granger, president of the W.T. Grant Foundation, in a review of the foundation’s after-school work from 2003–2011 (available for download).

 

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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