Calling All 4th Graders! Every Kid in a Park
October 14, 2015
Amy Glowacki, Youth and Volunteer Program Manager at the Northeast Region of the National Park Service presented Every Kid in a Park - President Obama's initiative to get youth outdoors and connect with their surroundings. While the immediate goal of the national initiative is to provide an opportunity for every 4th grader across the country to experience their public lands, waters, and history, the hope is that a connection will be made that will endure throughout their lifetime. This webinar walked participants through how the Every Kid in a Park program works; assist students, teachers, and families with accessing the free pass, and help families to plan trips to National Parks, national landmarks, historic places, and other public lands.
Aligning Afterschool Programming with the School Day
September 11, 2015
High-quality programs collaborate with schools and their staff to achieve common goals, but collaboration is often easier said than done. This session will offer tools and strategies to help programs share their mission with schools, develop stronger school-day partnerships, facilitate resource and information sharing, and better support students' academic development. Participants will learn how to align activities with children's learning styles, school day content and the PA Core Standards.
Overview of the You for Youth Website
You for Youth (Y4Y) is a website designed specifically for 21st CCLC programs. Y4Y features six learning modules important to 21st CCLC and out-of-school time professionals. The following overview has been pre-recorded for your viewing convenience. This 30-minute presentation will briefly cover each of the six learning modules. Learn how each module builds knowledge, skills and resources to deepen professional learning, program improvement, and sustainability.
Building Student Vocabulary in 21st CCLC Programs: Bigger, Better, Faster!
April 22, 2015
In this session, Dr. Jan Burkins will provide not only direction for setting goals and reachable proficiencies but will also provide specific direction to grantees on how they can most effectively create bigger, better and faster functioning student vocabulary capabilities. Dr. Burkins is the co-founder of Burkins &Yaris: Think Tank for 21st Century Literacy, and has over 25 years of experience in education and literacy coaching.
Preparing for Evaluation and Reporting on Your 21st Century Program
March 31, 2015
In this session, the 21st Century state evaluators reviewed evaluation and reporting requirements for the 2014-15 reporting cycle as well as explained strategies grantees can use to operationalize the evaluation and reporting process internally. Evaluators discussed timelines, content, and quality indicators of the various reporting elements and field questions from grantees. Grantees were encouraged to have their local evaluator participate in the webinar as well as key program staff who may be responsible for evaluation and reporting tasks.
Make Learning Fun for the Whole Family!
February 5, 2015
21st Century Professional Development Program Plan: Identifying Needs, Completion and Submission of the Form and Ensuring Application
January 15, 2015
The Pennsylvania Department of Education in cooperation with the Center for Schools and Communities, offered a live online session for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC), entitled "21st Century Professional Development Program Plan: Identifying Needs, Completion and Submission of the Form and Ensuring Application", to assist programs in their efforts to provide quality professional development to afterschool staff. All Cohort 7 grantees are required to develop a formal, written professional development plan for afterschool teachers within six to eight months of program implementation and submit the written plan to PDE for approval. This webinar guided participants through a process to identify staff needs and interests and share what components will be expected for plan approval. Promising practices in professional development were also discussed along with suggestions for ongoing application of knowledge and skills.
Cohort 7 Grantees' Orientation
December 15, 2014
The Pennsylvania Department of Education provided a Statewide 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Cohort 7 Grantees’ Orientation to assist programs in their efforts to provide quality afterschool programming.
College and Career Readiness: Making the Most out of Summer to Prepare for Future Success
April 2, 2014
For some middle and upper middle class students, summer is a busy time of camps, violin lessons and sports activities. Others may spend their time at the beach or a club playing tennis or learning golf. But for many low-income students, summer can also be a time of TV watching, internet surfing, mall trolling, baby-sitting, and other less-edifying activities, along with risky exposure to drugs, alcohol, sex and violence. Multitudes of research studies confirm that students lose ground over the summer; their academic performance on standardized tests is often lower at the end of the summer than it was the prior spring. Along with this, more than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college (Alexander et al, 2007). Low income students have so many more challenges coming into high school, starting with a different set of expectations about college and career, and fewer opportunities for engaging summertime academic development. In this webinar, we'll explore what kinds of expectations we can set for all students, despite their income level, and how we can engage them in analytical, creative and practical ways so that the summer can be used to level the playing field for more students to excel both despite and because of the odds.
Emergency Planning for Afterschool Programs
February 11, 2014
All 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) are required to develop a formal, written emergency readiness plan that is specific and applicable to the afterschool program needs. This webinar will guide participants through various emergency scenarios and provide direction on what information is needed for each.
Bullying Prevention in the Afterschool Setting
January 15, 2014
Many students experience bullying and many affected students participate in organized afterschool programs. Yet, few anti-bullying programs target the afterschool setting. This presentation will explore the connections between bullying prevention strategies being used in schools and the afterschool environment. It will define the problem of bullying, as it relates to school and non-school settings, and it will provide an overview of strategies that can translate to the afterschool environment.