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In this newsletter you'll find resources to expand learning opportunities in your community, learn about upcoming events, and hear about system-building strategies and initiatives that are changing young people's lives across the country.

 

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➜ Frontiers in Urban Science Exploration Resource Guide

“To make science real, kids want more fun,” found a recent NPR poll. What better place to have fun with science than expanded learning settings? Check out our new FUSE Resource Guide for tools and tips to strengthen informal science education in your community. 

 

➜ Every Hour Counts Messaging Update

How does The Hunger Games help reduce summer learning loss? How can community service make teens more reflective? Find out in Expanded Learning Systems in Action, the latest in our series of messaging tools, which offers an on-the ground take on how systems support youth in communities across the country. Access the full guide and watch a webinar to learn how you can message the value of your system.
 

➜ Click2SciencePD

Need help getting your staff ready to lead great science activities? Click2SciencePD, a new online resource for STEM professional development created by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in partnership with the Noyce Foundation, is now available. Learn more in our blog post about the site and follow our blog for continued updates.
 
 

 

News from Our Partners

 

 

➜ Cities Fund Literacy Initiatives

Literacy is increasingly a focus of expanded learning programs. In Nashville, a Cities of Service grant will support 100 Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA) students to participate in a new reading mentorship program. In New York, TASC and the Department of Education are collaborating to include literacy in an expanded middle-school day.
 

➜ Intermediaries Celebrate Tenth Birthdays

From new school breakfast programs to the creation of an after-school division at the state department of education, the Partnership for Children and Youth had much to celebrate at their recent 10-year anniversary. The Providence After School Alliance will be celebrating this year, too. Here are 10 reasons why.

 

 

What We're Reading

 

Toolkits and Guides

 

➜ Leveraging Summer for Student SuccessLCFFSummerGuideCover

Reversing the summer slide isn’t about remediation; it calls for truly reinventing summer learning. A guide from the Partnership for Children and Youth highlights opportunities to do so through changes to California’s financing and accountability systems.
 

➜ Quality Self-Assessment Action Plan and Improvement Tools

There’s now an easy way to put the New York State Afterschool Network’s Program QSA Tool to good use. The NYSAN Action and Improvement Plan templates complement the QSA, helping programs self-assess quality and develop improvement strategies.
 
➜ Community Schools Toolkit
Community schools partnerships take a full-service approach to giving students opportunities to succeed. The CCS Community Schools Partnerships toolkit offers strategies, examples, and advice for building these connections among schools, nonprofits, businesses, and city agencies in your cities. 
 
Reports from the Field
 

➜ STEM Learning Ecosystems Report

To spark a lifelong passion for STEM, science education can’t begin and end in class. “How Cross-Sector Collaborations are Advancing STEM Learning” introduces STEM learning “ecosystems” as a strategy for connecting classroom learning to additional learning opportunities at home, after school, and in science-rich environments. 
 

➜ ExpandED Options by TASC

What do high-school students really need to succeed? Access to real-world learning opportunities and paid summer internships. TASC’s latest one-pager, “Learning Beyond High School Walls,” explains how the ExpandED Options program is giving high-school students in NYC just that.
 

➜ Blending Girl-Specific and Youth Development Practices

Low-income and minority girls are almost twice as likely as their white counterparts to drop out of high school. After-school programs can help change this. The article “And Girl Justice for All,” in the spring issue of After School Matters, describes how a little program intentionality can go a long way. [pdf, 1 MB]
 

A Look at Expanded Time in Five District Schools

More learning time can give students more opportunities, but how can already cash-strapped districts pay for longer days? “Financing Expanded Learning Time in Schools” explores successful strategies from five districts across the country.
 

What We're Watching

 

➜ “How Kids Learn”

A new video from the Learning in Afterschool Project explores how to support masteryand four more research-proven methods to engage kids in learning.


➜  Afterschool and Afterschool Systems

Cities with mayors who are “highly committed” to after-school systems are far more likely to see funding increases for these programs. Learn about the critical elements of strong citywide systems in The Wallace Foundation’s video, “Better Together: Boosting Afterschool by Building Citywide Systems.”

 

Announcements


➜ 2014 National Forum

Coalition for Community Schools

April 9-11
Cincinnati, OH

 

➜ Midwest Afterschool Science Academy

Project Lift-off

April 9-11
Kansas City, MO

 

➜ Summer Seminars

National Institute on Out-of-School Time

July 14-18
Brookline, MA

 

 

Every Hour Counts 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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