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In this edition, learn how our new Measurement Framework can help you evaluate and improve your systems-building work, sign on to a new bill that would expand and improve school-community partnerships around the country, and learn about our March 2015 Systems-Building Institute.

 

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News from Every Hour Counts

➜ Measurement Framework Offers Tools, Tips, and Strategies to Measure your Progress
We all want sustainable expanded learning systems, high-quality programs, and positive development opportunities for our youth - but how do we know if we're on the right track? Our new Measurement Framework is a roadmap for expanded learning systems to track their progress across priority outcomes for system, program, and youth success. Our literature review explains the research base behind the framework and the selected outcomes.
 
➜ From Idea to Action: An Institute for Building Expanded-Learning Systems
In May, we hosted a two-day institute for teams from 25 cities to dive into the essentials of systems-building. Topics included quality improvement, data-driven decision making, messaging the value of expanded learning to key stakeholders, and more. Read a summary of the event. We're hosting a West Coast Institute on March 26-27, 2015. Find out more here.

Policy Update

When schools and communities work together, good things happen.


That’s the idea behind The Community Partnerships in Education Act, a new bill from Congressman David Cicilline of Rhode Island. The bill supports quality after-school programs by incentivizing and requiring partnerships between schools and communities and improves the quality, reach, and effectiveness of federal programs. Read the press release to learn more.
Every Hour Counts is pleased to lend our support for the bill. Twenty city- and state-level after-school intermediaries and other community groups have signed on in support. Want to add your name? Read the sign on letter and email Jessica Donner (jdonner@everyhourcounts.org) to add your organization's name in support of the bill.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Congressman David Cicilline meets a Providence
After School Alliance program participant
after announcing his new bill to build
school-community partnerships.

News from Our Partners

Time Well Spent

The Partnership for Children and Youth released a report that highlights five common strategic elements that school districts can use to leverage expanded learning time programs and resources in support of student learning. Don't miss their webinar on November 12th featuring district administrators and practitioners addressing concrete advice, successes, and challenges with these strategies.

 

➜ Nashville After Zone Alliance's Big Move

Sustainability “is not a mountaintop to be summited … [but] a mindset that is continually thinking toward the future.” That's a major lesson that NAZA learned in its move from being housed in the Mayor's Office to the Public Library. Their recent case study highlights how the transition will allow NAZA to continue to be an integral part of the community, secure adequate funding, and ensure continuous improvement.
 

➜ Providence After School Alliance Turned 10!

And they celebrated with a birthday bash on October 23rd. Don't miss PASA's new video starring student alumni and community partners celebrating the importance of PASA to Providence students.

What We're Reading

Toolkits and Guides

 

"Role Models Matter" Online Training Toolkit

Women represent just 14 percent of the U.S. engineering workforce, and fewer than 60 percent of girls know a woman in a STEM profession. Role models are vital for getting youth excited about STEM careers. A new online toolkit can help train role models to engage girls and underrepresented youth in STEM through readings, videos, questions, and more.
 

Four Strategies for Closing Boston's Opportunity Gap

Students from low-income families and their more affluent peers face a broad and growing divide in access to expanded learning. Boston Learns Together, a cross-sector coalition committed to closing this “opportunity gap” in Boston, offers four strategies for doing so: summer learning for all, skills for success, innovative ways to learn and earn, and strategic partnerships.
 
Strong Nonprofits
Wondering how to build a budget for your program? Strong Nonprofits, a set of free online tools for financial management, offers a program-based budget builder to help you identify your true costs and budget accordingly.
 
Reports from the Field
 

America After 3pm

The Afterschool Alliance's new report has a wealth of data on the demand for afterschool programs, the range of activities provided, and parent satisfaction with programs by state. One major takeaway: for every child in an after-school program, two more would participate if one was available to them.

 

Scaling Up, Staying True

How can expanded learning programs serve more kids while maintaining program quality and financial stability? National nonprofits, researchers, and communications and strategy professionals shared their ideas and best practices at a meeting of The Wallace Foundation’s professional learning community, summarized in this report.
 

➜ ExpandED Schools: Developing Mindsets to Support Academic Success

ExpandED Schools, a national demonstration by TASC, is being rolled out at a time of heightened awareness about the importance of student attitudes or dispositions to driving academic performance. This research brief reviews evidence relating academic mindsets to student performance and describes how learning opportunities in ExpandED Schools enhance mindsets to support student learning.
 

➜ Partnerships, not Pushouts: A Guide for School Board Members

Spearheaded by the National School Boards Association, this guide encourages school boards around the country to work with community partners to provide seamless, whole-child services in order to prepare students academically, socially, and emotionally for college and career. The guide also offers specific strategies for building such partnerships.

 

What We're Watching

Our Measurement Framework - in Action!

Did you miss the webinar introducing our new Measurement Framework? Hear from leaders from Providence, RI and Richmond, VA on how our Framework has been useful in their systems-building work.

 

Why Expand Learning Opportunities?

When districts and community organizations come together, students get new and engaging opportunities to succeed, teachers get to connect classroom lessons with student passions, and school culture improves. Watch how it works in Providence, RI.


➜  Partnering to Create a STEM Pipeline

“The pathway feeds itself so students will be able to take over…and pretty much have my job.” That’s how Emmanuel Donaby, Program Manager for Middle School, describes the Kitty Anderson Youth Science Center, a community organization that provides STEM learning opportunities and a pipeline to STEM careers for Minneapolis and St. Paul youth. Listen to what the KAYSC means to them.

Save the Date!

➜ Save the Date for Our March Systems-Building Institute

We'll be hosting our West Coast Systems-Building Institute from March 26-27, 2015 in the Bay Area. This two-day cross-city learning institute will bring together 15 cities to tap the expertise of Every Hour Counts partner organizations, and to build on one another’s ideas for developing and strengthening after-school, summer, and expanded learning programs that engage community partners and schools. To indicate interest in attending the Institute, please contact Chris Mai at: cmai@everyhourcounts.org.

 

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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