Make Learning Fun for the Whole Family!
February 5, 2015
Learn how to create engaging and memorable family-centered open houses. Karen Parker Thompson, Family Engagement Resource Provider from Manhattan Strategy Group, was the presenter for this webinar. She provided strategies to encourage family attendance, share fun activities to help parents feel welcome and offer suggestions for staff to make meaningful connections with families. Participants also had an opportunity to hear what other OST programs are offering for adult educational opportunities and how they are connecting families to student learning.
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.
Behavior Management for Afterschool Programs
December 11, 2013
In this webinar, learn strategies for preventing undesirable behavior and learn techniques to use once misbehavior has occurred such as positive discipline, logical consequences, reparations, or restitution. Discover how the layout of your interior space can make a big difference in student engagement and how simple adjustments to your afterschool agenda can cultivate an environment where students are on-task and focused on learning. Strategic and proper use of the tools shared in this webinar will change the atmosphere in your afterschool program making it more rewarding to work with school-age kids and more effective overall in achieving positive student outcomes.
Best Practices for Credit Recovery OST Programs
November 13, 2013
Credit Recovery programming held in the "Out of School Time" allows students that are credit deficient to potentially graduate on time by providing intentional opportunities through increased access, matched with different models of instructional delivery to best fit specific student needs. Credit Recovery programming is one part of a larger high school dropout strategy, that when effectively employed can significantly reduce the number of high school dropouts as well as increase graduation rates. This webinar will provide a wide variety of information on credit recovery starting with the "why", followed by strategies to determine the "who" and "what", and then implementation processes to help with the "how" and "when". All of this information will be based on actual and successfully run program models used by "Out of School Time" providers in California using 21st Century Community Learning Centers funding.
Preparing for your 21st Century Community Learning Center Monitoring Visit
September 30, 2013
The purpose of this presentation is to provide you with the information you need to prepare for the 21st Century monitoring visit. Through this session you will learn more about the purpose of the monitoring visit, what to expect, who should be present, how to prepare for the visit and what is required after the visit.
Field Trips: Going the Extra Mile for Maximum Student Engagement
September 26, 2013
Field trips allow students to experience and see the relevance of a subject in the real world. Coupled with meaningful lesson objectives, a field trip experience can engage students in learning and leave a lasting imprint. The use of educational field trips has long been a major part of the educational programming for youth. However, due to funding limitations and increased fiduciary scrutiny with federal funds, it is important to ensure that 21C field trips can be linked to measurable outcomes. This webinar will not only review ideas and resources for planning meaningful field trips but will also discuss how field trips can be linked to the common core standards. We will review the approval process for field trips and help you identify academic activities that can be done before, during and after your trip to bolster your field trip impact and make the experience meaningful for all students involved.
Funding to Serve Healthy Meals: Afterschool and Summer
April 24, 2013
Healthy meals are an important component of high quality out of school time programs and can provide numerous benefits for your students. Presenters were Signe Anderson, Children Nutrition Policy Analyst (Food Research Action Center) and Terry Roden, Supervisor for the Child and Adult Care Food Program, At Risk Meals Programs, and Summer Food Service Program (Pennsylvania Department of Education: Food and Nutrition Services). The presenters discussed how to contribute to student wellness by offering reimbursable, healthy meals to students during afterschool and summer programs.Additionally, they described federal nutrition program requirements and the resources that are available in Pennsylvania on how to get your program started. The session also discussd the differences between summer and afterschool meal programs and how you can seamlessly transition from one to the other for year- round healthy meals that ultimately enhance engagement and student learning. This session was moderated by Susan D’Annunzio, Supervisor, Bureau of Teaching and Learning, Pennsylvania Department of Education.
21st CCLC Quarterly Performance Report for Cohort 6A Grantees
December 10, 2012
The purpose of this presentation was to provide participants with information about how to complete the 21st Century Quarterly Performance Report tailored for Cohort 6A Grantees.
Planning a Lights On Event: How to Engage Your Policymakers and the Media
August 29, 2012
This online session will provide participants with tips and tools to develop events that attract media attention, policymaker support, as well as parent, school and business stakeholder engagement and ultimately highlight the importance of afterschool programs in the community.
Preparing for your 21st CCLC Monitoring Visit
August 22, 2012
The purpose of this presentation is to provide participants with the information they need to prepare for the 21st Century Monitoring Visit. Through this session, participants will learn the purpose of the monitoring visit, what to expect, who should be present, how to prepare for the visit and what is required after the visit.
21st CCLC Quality Performance Report for Cohort 6 Grantees
July 24, 2012
The purpose of this presentation is to provide participants with information about how to complete the 21st Century Quality Performance Report tailored for Cohort 6 Grantees.
21st CCLC Advisory Boards
December 14, 2011
This webinar was presented by 21st CCLC Statewide Advisory Board Chairs, Center for Communities and Schools staff and invited 21st CCLC grantees. The session was presented in two segments. The purpose of the first segment was to acquaint grantees briefly with the role of the 21st CCLC Statewide Advisory Board. The purpose of the second segment was to review grant requirements and best practices for 21st CCLC Local Advisory Boards.
Recruiting, Engaging and Retaining Older Youth in Out-of-School Time Programs
November 9, 2011
The purpose of this presentation was to provide participants with research-based ideas for improving the recruitment, engagement and retention of older youth in out-of-school time programs. Participants learned what research has shown to be effective methods for increasing older youth involvement and those factors that have not been shown to be effective.
Authentic Youth Voice: Implementation for Improved Outcomes
April 6, 2011
The purpose of this presentation was to support participants during the process of implementing and evaluating the programmatic and administrative adjustments that are required to develop authentic partnerships with youth participants and cultivate youth leadership. Through this session, participants were encouraged to move beyond the "traditional" definition of youth voice to explore the internal and external resources required to develop and support student responsive afterschool infrastructures.
Sustainability Planning: Beyond the Chase for Funding
February 9, 2011
The purpose of this presentation was to introduce participants to a comprehensive sustainability framework. The presenter encouraged participants to move beyond the "traditional" definition of sustainability and to explore the internal and external resources required to successfully sustain afterschool programs.
Collaboration is Key! School, Family and Community Partnerships
December 1, 2010
The purpose of this presentation was to provide participants with research-based approaches to assist them in organizing and sustaining excellent programs of family and community involvement that will increase student success in school.
- Action Team for Partnerships
- Collaborating with the Community
- Dangerous Dads
- Decision Making
- Elementary School Examples for a One-Year Action Plan Improve Reading
- Financial Aid Workshop for Parents and Students
- First Annual Citizenship Awards
- Good News Postcards
- The Keys to Successful School, Family and Community Partnerships
- Learning at Home
- Middle School Examples for a One-Year Action Plan to Reach Results for Transitions
- Overlapping Spheres of Influence of Family, School and Community on Children's Learning
- Parent Forum: Whose Parents Let Them Do That?
- Parent/Teacher Collaboration Dinner
- The Point O'View Reading Prize Patrol
- Special Considerations for Middle and High Schools
- Sweetheart Dance
- Used Book Sale
- VIP: Volunteers & Involved Parents
- World Café Parent Meeting
- What Do We Know from U.S. and International Studies of Family and Community Involvement?
- Why Partnerships are Important in Middle and High Schools
21st CCLC Evaluation Requirements: Tips, Tools and Resources
September 29, 2010
The purpose of this session was to review 21st CCLC evaluation requirements, including evaluation implementation, data collection, and reporting, to address common evaluation challenges and to explain how evaluation fits in the program cycle. Grantees also received tips for selecting and using their local evaluator.