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This edition of our e-blast will share some exciting opportunities to grow and develop your system-building work.

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Other Information of Interest:

Upcoming Events

AYPF Webinar: Promoting Partnerships Between K-12 and Expanded Learning Through Competency-Based Approaches, Thursday, June 12th, 1:00-2:30pm ET
Many education systems are beginning to embrace a more student-centered learning environment in which students can develop their own personalized pathways and progress through the educational pipeline by demonstrating mastery in a variety of settings. In such a competency-based learning environment, policymakers and practitioners can now think more flexibly about what counts as an educational opportunity. Expanded learning opportunities that take place beyond the traditional school day, either at school in community-based organizations or in real-world settings, can be utilized as a key partner with schools to promote academic advancement and college and career readiness for all students. This webinar will articulate why expanded learning should be seen as an important contributor to a student-centered and competency-based learning environment; describe the role of competency-based expanded learning that can go as far as leading to high school credit; identify what conditions must exist to promote this work; and provide examples of communities that are developing such initiatives. Presenters include: Kim Carter, Executive Director, QED Foundation, Alexis Menten, Executive Director, Afterschool and Youth Leadership Initiatives, Jennifer Portillo, Denver Center for International Studies, and Beth Colby, Senior Program Associate, Innovation Lab Network, Council of Chief State School Officers. Register here.

AYPF Better Together Webinar: Focus on Sustainability: Connecting System-Building Work to State & National Initiatives, June 17, 1-2:30pm ET
Are you making use of state and national initiatives to leverage your work at the local level? This final webinar for Better Together cities will highlight some of the efforts to connect the work of local systems builders with state and national experts and resources. The Afterschool Alliance, National League of Cities, and the National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks will showcase some of the tools and resources at your disposal, showcase communities that have engaged in such partnerships, and discuss the role these partnerships have played in providing sustainable programming. The American Youth Policy Forum will also be releasing a tool to help local systems builders identify national organizations and resources engaged in afterschool systems-building work. Presenters include: Terri Ferinde Dunham, Partner, Collaborative Communications Group; Ursula Helminski, Vice President, External Affairs; Marjorie D. Cohen, Principal Associate, Education, National League of Cities, Institute for Youth, Education, and Families; and Jane Eastwood, Education Director, Office of Mayor Christopher B. Coleman, St. Paul, Minnesota. Register here.

New America Foundation: Anytime, Anywhere Summer Learning; Connecting Young Children and Their Families to Early Literacy Opportunities, June 10, 10-12pm
The so called "summer slide" in educational achievement hits young children from low-income families the hardest. Without opportunities to read together with adults, to practice new skills and to gain exposure to new words and ideas, far too many young children lose two to three months of reading skills each summer. Scholars have documented that two-thirds of the ninth-grade reading achievement gap can be attributed to this loss in the elementary school years alone. How can schools and communities address this troubling and costly phenomenon?  Could well-deployed technology help close the summer learning gap?  Several national organizations and educators are exploring how digital connections may bring new resources to families and help parents tap into affordable and motivating opportunities for their children to experience the joy of reading and learning, offline and on.  Join us for a discussion on the impact of summer learning loss and the possibilities for anytime, anywhere summer learning. This event is co-hosted by New America and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop in partnership with the National Summer Learning Association and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

Forum For Youth Investment Webinar: YPQI 101: Introduction to Performance Management in Extended Learning Time, June 18, 2 p.m. ET
Is it time to institute a quality improvement system (QIS) in your afterschool program? During this free webinar, learn how a QIS can improve the infrastructure of an out-of-school time network, institute performance-based accountability, and build the skills of managers and frontline staff. The United Way of Greater Houston reflects on its implementation of the Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI), a continuous improvement model that improves staff skills for delivering developmentally powerful learning experiences in afterschool settings. Find out more here.

Register Your Event and Celebrate Summer Learning Day, June 20
Join summer programs and advocates across the nation celebrating Summer Learning Day on Friday, June 20. Summer Learning Day is a national advocacy day led by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) to spread awareness about the importance of summer learning for our nation’s youth in helping close the achievement gap and supporting healthy development. Register your event on the Summer Learning Day Event Map.

National Summer Learning Association National Conference, November 17-19
The National Summer Learning Association is offering early bird pricing through April 30 for its annual conference.

The conference theme, "Accelerating Achievement,” encourages presenters and participants to examine how summer is an accelerator for education priorities such as 3rd grade reading proficiency, college and career readiness, school transitions, English language acquisition, STEM education, and more.

Other Information of Interest

The Wallace Foundation Publication: Scaling Up, Staying True: A Wallace Conference Report on Spreading Innovations in Expanded Learning
How can national nonprofits provide expanded learning opportunities to as many children as possible while maintaining program quality and financial stability? Wallace grantees, researchers, experts in nonprofit strategy, communications professionals and foundation staff members offered varied answers to this question at a November 2013 gathering, covered in this report.

The Wallace Foundation Best Practice Guide: Producing a High-Quality Webinar
This guide is designed to help organizers plan, stage and promote high-quality online events that offer relevant, useful content in an engaging way to targeted audiences, based on experiences of The Wallace Foundation, its partners and the communications firm, the Hatcher Group.

Afterschool Alliance: My Brother’s Keeper -- Share your story: How is your afterschool program creating opportunities for disadvantaged youth?
The new White House initiative My Brother's Keeper is focused on creating opportunities for boys and young men of color. To help the White House better understand the important role that afterschool programs are playing in supporting boys and young men of color, the Afterschool Alliance is gathering stories from the field to share with the White House. We may also ask you to share additional details in a guest blog or on a conference call or webinar.  Visit here to share your story and read more. 

American Institutes for Research Beyond the Bell Resources
Beyond the Bell is a suite of professional development services, products, and practical tools designed to help program leaders and staff members create and sustain high-quality, effective afterschool and expanded learning programs.

The Toolkit is based on a model of continuous improvement. It includes:

  • 96 ready-to-use tools

  • New topics on Common Core, youth development, using your evaluation for continuous improvement, and more!

  • Practical tips and reminders

  • Voices From the Field–true stories that describe what real programs are doing

  • Links to other parts of the continuous improvement cycle

The Beyond the Bell Toolkit can be used as a standalone resource, but AIR also offers training on how to best use the information and tools. AIR offers webinars and in-person workshops designed to help program leaders and staff implement practices in the Beyond the Bell Toolkit effectively.

Coalition for Community Schools Resource: Partnerships, Not Pushouts: A Guide for School Board Members on Community Partnerships for Student Success
This report is a new "whole-child" policy guide for school board members, developed by the Coalition for Community Schools, the Alliance for Excellent Education, American Federation of Teachers, CASEL, National Education Association, National School Boards Association, Opportunity Action, Opportunity to Learn Campaign, and the Rural School and Community Trust. The policy guide provides details on how school board members can lead the way in securing a high quality education for each and every student in their district. Click here to access the guide.

Community Schools 2014 National Forum Highlights:
The Community Schools National Forum brought over 1,400 advocates from over 36 states to Cincinnati, Ohio in April this year. Headlining the event were national speakers such as Chris Edley; White House Executive, David Johns; President of National League of Cities and Mayor, Chris Coleman; and Rev. William Barber. Attendees visited over 17 Community Learning Centers and took a pledge to providing an equitable education to all children. Click here to see media and picture highlights from the Forum.

  • New Community Schools Video: Based on an animated video project on the role community schools in Oakland, the Coalition for Community Schools joined students from Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) in the Media Enterprise Alliance (MEA) journalism and multimedia program sponsored by OUSD's Communications Department and KDOLTV-27, created a video to represent the community schools movement across the country. Click here to watch the video and help us make it go viral!

  • EdSource Article by Sue Frey: Nonprofit and For-Profit Partners Help Cincinnati Transform its Failing Schools: This EdSource article by Sue Frey has been dubbed the “best story I've ever seen on city schools” by some. It comes at the feat of Sue Frey’s experience visiting Cincinnati’s Community Learning Centers at the 2014 Community Schools National Forum. Click here to read it.

  • Leadership Awards: The Coalition for Community Schools is proud to present an inaugural set of awards recognizing excellence in leadership that were awarded at the 2014 Community Schools National Forum.

Every Hour Counts Frontiers in Urban Science Exploration (FUSE) Resource Guide
Every Hour Counts has released the second edition of its Frontiers in Urban Science Exploration (FUSE) Resource Guide. Featuring lessons and advice from promising STEM initiatives around the country, the updated version also offers curriculum resources, evaluation tools, funding opportunities, and professional development resources.

Inaugural Issue of the Journal of Expanded Learning Opportunities (JELO).
The inaugural issue of the Journal of Expanded Learning Opportunities (JELO) is officially here! The journal is a peer-reviewed, online, open-access publication of the Central Valley Afterschool Foundation. The aim of the JELO is to connect research and promising practices throughout the nation, fostering a dialogue that engages both researchers and practitioners in the field. The JELO is the first of its kind to examine expanded learning more closely by bridging research and practice together.

National Center on Time and Learning Publication: Time for Teachers
Time for Teachers: Leveraging Time to Strengthen Instruction and Empower Teachers examines 17 high-performing and fast-improving schools around the country that have taken advantage of expanded school schedules to provide students with more time for engaging academic and enrichment classes and teachers with more time to collaborate with colleagues, analyze students data, create new lesson plans, and develop new skills. On average, U.S. teachers spend approximately 80 percent of their time on instruction, while the international average for countries reporting data to the OECD is 67 percent. Meanwhile, teachers in the schools featured in Time for Teachers spend 60 percent of their expanded school schedule on direct instruction with 40 percent of their time on collaboration, coaching, one-on-one support, and other activities.

USDA Looks to Expand Summer Food Program
During the school year, more than 31 million children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. But what happens when school lets out? The Summer Food Service Program is designed to make sure children can get the nutritious meals they need during the summer months so they're ready to learn when they return to school in the fall. Find out more.

Invite Others!

Thanks to all of you once again for participating in the conference. We are excited to help facilitate your current work through regular communications and a series of events related to key conference themes. We also encourage you to share this e-blast with others in your community who can benefit from ongoing resources. Feel free to forward this email to others and invite them to sign up to participate.

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The American Youth Policy Forum, a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC, educates and informs policymakers, practitioners, and researchers working on education, workforce, and youth issues at the national, state, and local levels. AYPF has had a long history and involvement with afterschool issues and continues to work with national, state, and local policymakers and practitioners to continue to build and deepen knowledge, understanding, and support of expanded learning, afterschool, and summer programs for adolescent youth and of school-community partnerships. For more information on our work in afterschool and expanded learning, please visit:  http://www.aypf.org/programareas/afterschoolexpanded-learning/.

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. Every Hour Counts is a source for news, resources, and best practices in after-school and systems-building. Stay connected to Every Hour Counts’ growing network of system-builders and upcoming events through Facebook, Twitter, our blog and quarterly e-news and at www.afterschoolsystems.org.

The Forum for Youth Investment is a nonprofit, nonpartisan "action tank" dedicated to helping communities and the nation make sure all young people are Ready by 21®: ready for college, work and life. Informed by rigorous research and practical experience, the Forum forges innovative ideas, strategies and partners to strengthen solutions for young people and those who care about them. For upcoming events and webinars, see http://www.readyby21.org/events. The David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, a division of the Forum, empowers education and human service leaders to adapt, implement and scale research validated quality improvement systems to advance child and youth development. For upcoming events and webinars, see http://www.cypq.org/projects/overview.

The National League of Cities (NLC) is a national membership organization dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. Working in partnership with 49 state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns it represents.  To learn more, visit www.nlc.org

The Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute), a special entity within NLC, helps municipal leaders take action on behalf of the children, youth, and families in their communities. Within the afterschool program area, YEF has provided technical assistance to over 40 cities to help build their citywide afterschool systems and established the Afterschool Policy Advisors’ Network (APAN), a network of city leaders interested in learning and sharing best practices on afterschool efforts.  Over the past decade, YEF has documented lessons learned and created numerous strategy guides with useful city examples and profiles.  To learn more and to access these resources, please visit http://www.nlc.org/find-city-solutions/institute-for-youth-education-and-families/afterschool.

The Wallace Foundation is a national philanthropy that seeks to improve education and enrichment for disadvantaged children. The foundation has an unusual approach: funding projects to test innovative ideas for solving important social problems, conducting research to find out what works and what doesn’t and to fill key knowledge gaps – and then communicating the results to help others. Visit the Knowledge Center to learn more about their strategies, tools, and grantees.

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