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In this edition, we’re excited to announce our three-city data pilot research study, provide highlights from the system-building institute, and share new research on the foundations of success for young adults. 



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Every Hour Counts News

➜ Announcing a Three-City Data Pilot Study

With the generous support of The Wallace Foundation, Every Hour Counts is kicking off a three-city developmental evaluation project this fall in partnership with the RAND Corporation. The Providence After School Alliance, Boston After School & Beyond, and Sprockets and Youthprise in St. Paul were selected to test the implementation of our Measurement Frameworka blueprint to help communities better collect and use data to improve system-building, program quality, and ultimately youth outcomes.


Through this two-year project, we’ll learn how city intermediaries are using data to inform improvement and provide implementation lessons to the expanded learning field.


Highlights from our System-Building Institute in Oakland, CA. 

Our West Coast System-Building Institute attracted more than 140 attendees from 25 communities, including a team from Brazil! Over two days,

teams discussed system-building strategies, visited expanded learning sites in Oakland, and developed strategic action plans. We were delighted to partner with Grantmakers for Education to host a funders’ session on program quality. Read our Institute report for best practices, insights, and challenges related to issues of sustainability, data, and quality. Jessica Werner from King County, WA offered a firsthand reflection on the Institute in light of what’s next in system-building for King County. Read it on the Raikes Foundation blog

News from Our Partners

➜ Youthprise Wins Social Innovation Fund Grant

Opportunity youth in Minnesota need better pathways to school, career, and life success. Youthprise won a $3 million Social Innovation Fund grant to start building those pathways. Opportunity Reboot has a focus on social-emotional skill building to strengthen youth outcomes through an evidence-based Career Pathways Approach.


➜ Family League Awarded for Community School Excellence

The Family League of Baltimore's Community Schools initiative is a model for community partnerships nationwidetheir initiative received the National Community Schools Award for Excellence! By bringing together the city, schools, and community partners to form a network that supports children through every step of their education, the Family League-led initiative represents the very best of what community schools can achieve. 


➜ Nashville After Zone Alliance Launches Summer Programs

Coming soon to Nashville: The Summer Zone! The Nashville After Zone Alliance will launch summer programming in 2016. The Summer Zone will play an important role in preparing middle school students for a successful transition to high school and supporting high school students on their path to post-secondary success through engaging academic learning opportunities, college visits, and exciting enrichment opportunities for students. 


➜ New Data from Prime Time Shows Quality Systems Work

Prime Time Palm Beach County just released their newest Annual Quality Improvement Report providing hard data showing their success in improving a range of quality measures through expert coaching, guidance, and training from quality advisors and professional development specialists at Prime Time. 


➜ Avoiding the Dreaded Attendance Slump
Attendance numbers don't have to plummet in June or before holiday breaks. TASC released a new report with strategies to keep engagement high year-round.
➜ PASA Team is Finalist in NASA STEM Design Challenge
A team of students from the Providence After School Alliance were selected as finalists—out of over 120 submissions—in the NASA STEM Design Challenge, based on their innovative solution to an engineering design challenge. The PASA team competed in a virtual student showcase with a review panel of Department of Education leadership and NASA engineers and scientists to showcase their use of the engineering design process. 
➜ The Reinvention of Summer School
Forget dreary remedial lessons in muggy classrooms. The new summer school looks like a morning of robotics lessons, followed by a trip to an art museum or a kayak tour of a local island. The National Journal took a look at organizations, like Boston After School & Beyond, that are reinventing summer learning.
➜ Chicago Teens Need Active Time After-School

All youthregardless of zip codeshould have access to expanded learning programs that provide them with the opportunities they need to succeed. In a Chicago Sun Times op-ed, After School Matters CEO Mary Ellen Caron and board chair Mellody Hobson make the case that "out-of-school time experiences have just as much impact on a young person's life as time in the classroom." 

What We're Reading

 The Four Key Components to After-School System-Building Success

After 12 years and partnerships with 14 cities, The Wallace Foundation shares their latest thinking on how to build and sustain after-school systems. Growing Together, Learning Together finds that leadership, coordination, data, and quality are all essential to after-school system-building success. This report features case studies from our partners in Providence, Nashville, and Palm Beach County, showing how they coordinate efforts and resources to bring life-changing opportunities to young people.


 Beyond Test Scores 

Academic skills are not the only thing a child needs to succeed in life. What else is necessary and how can it be cultivated? Drawing on decades of research, Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework names seven key factors to life success, shows when and where they develop, and details the kinds of experiences that build them. Written by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research and funded by The Wallace Foundation, the report and this infographic offer invaluable knowledge to anyone working with young people both in and out of school. As a bonus, read our interview with the authors and learn what surprised them the most from their research and their hope for the report’s impact on education.


➜ A Scorecard for SEL Programs
CASEL's new guide Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs: Middle and High School Edition provides a framework for evaluating SEL programs, and rates existing programs with Consumer Reports-style reviews. Find out which nine programs made CASEL's "SELect List." 
➜ Case Studies Show "Secret Sauce" for Summer Learning

We know high-quality summer learning can help level the college and career playing field. But what does high-quality learning look like, and how can cities design summer learning systems that truly accelerate student learning? NSLA's new report Accelerating Achievement Through Summer Learning examines 13 case studies from diverse communities that demonstrate the common factors for success.



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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