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As you may have heard, the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems is now Every Hour Counts. Though we’ve undergone a makeover, our mission remains the same: expanding learning so every student can thrive. We’ll continue to use this newsletter to highlight resources that can help expand learning opportunities in your community, inform you of upcoming events, and share news of system-building strategies and initiatives that are changing young lives across the country.


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News from Every Hour Counts



➜ New Messaging Tools for Expanded-Learning Systems and Intermediaries

We’ve developed language that clearly defines the value of systems and intermediaries to a range of audiences, including education leaders, policymakers, and funders. Access the materials and watch our recent webinar to learn how you can use the language in your own messaging.


Webinar on Coordinating After-school: November 19

Expanded-learning systems are on the rise, according to a recent report from The Wallace Foundation and FHI 360. A majority of surveyed cities with populations over 100,000 say they are coordinating after-school. But what are the key components to getting a system off the ground, or sustaining it past initial investment? Hear from the experts in this interactive webinar.


Transmedia: A Guide for Expanded-Learning Professionals

Transmedia is all the rage in digital and early learning circles—and it’s a great fit for expanded learning opportunities, too. By carrying storylines and educational content across media platforms and offering hands-on, informal activities, transmedia can support personalized learning, nurture positive adult-youth relationships, and engage families and communities. This two-pager offers an overview.




News from Our Partners



➜ NAZA Youth Leadership Camp Featured in The Tennessean

Group work and team-building activities are a mainstay of MBA programs’ leadership-building efforts. Last month, the Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA) gave its middle-school students the same opportunity. What did they learn? “Leadership is a lot of hard work,” in the words of one eighth-grader. Read the coverage.

➜ Nellie Mae Education Foundation Presents Hillary Salmons with Leadership Award
The biggest check you’ve ever seen. That’s what Hillary Salmons of the Providence After School Alliance (PASA) called the super-size cardboard cut-out she received last week. Salmons was presented the Lawrence O’Toole Leadership Award from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation; the accompanying $100,000 sum will support PASA programs and activities.


"Boston Learns Together" Campaign Launched
More young people need access to enriching opportunities beyond school. It’s a fact many people can agree on, and a new campaign in Boston hopes to capitalize on that shared recognition. Over 50 leaders from the city’s nonprofit, cultural, higher education, business, and philanthropic sectors have signed on to Boston Learns Together, committing to allocate resources to close opportunity gaps, share accountability with schools, and collaborate with the next mayor. [pdf, 170 KB]




What We're Reading



Leveling the Playing Field: Community Schools Confront Poverty
From after-school to health clinics to parent education programs, community schools give low-income youth supports to level the playing field with their more affluent peers and the chance to reach critical educational milestones. A new brief from the Partnership for Children and Youth and United Way of the Bay Area explains how. [pdf, 1 MB]

Engaging Tweens in the Arts
Teenagers want the real deal, and they like to be in the spotlight. Applause? Even better. No surprises here, but these are important principles to keep in mind when designing an urban arts program for young people, say the authors of a new market-research-based study. The report, Something to Say, lists best practices, offers detailed examples, and profiles six outstanding arts organizations. Learn more in a webinar this Thursday.


What We're Watching


Youthprise Summit: Accelerating Leadership and Innovation Beyond the Classroom

Last month, our Minneapolis-based partner hosted a summit for stakeholders, community members and funders to jumpstart innovation. They highlighted Design Thinking, a creative, solution-based approach to problems, and presented data from their recent Baseline OST Opportunity and Participation Gap Study. Hear from participants what they took away.

The 6,000-Hour Learning Gap

By the time they’ve reached sixth grade, middle-class kids have likely spent 6,000 more hours learning than kids born into poverty. ExpandED Schools by TASC compiled a series of statistics showing how the math breaks down.

Community Schools, Thriving Students

Oakland Unified high-school students produced an animated video showing how community schools bring neighborhoods together and help students achieve success in school, career, and life. The students are enrolled in the Media Enterprise Alliance journalism and multimedia program.




Every Hour Counts, formerly the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems, is a coalition of citywide organizations that increase access to quality learning opportunities, particularly for underserved students. The organization is a leading voice promoting expanded-learning systems, which provide learning and enrichment through after-school, summer, and other initiatives. Expanded-learning systems help students be more connected to school, build self-confidence, and connect with caring adults, so every student can thrive.


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