Archived Webinars


College and Career Readiness: Making the Most out of Summer to Prepare for Future Success

This session was originally held on April 2, 2014 

Presenter: Maureen Breeze, Lead Academic Coaching Trainer and Co-Author, LifeBound, Denver, CO

Intended Audience: Program/Site Directors and Direct Staff

Description: 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.

Objectives:

  • Participants will learn about current research emphasizing the importance of summertime learning for academic success.
  • Participants will receive ideas and activities to explore summer learning in analytical, creative and practical ways.
  • Participants will learn basic coaching strategies to help students take initiative and engage in summertime learning to prepare them for academic, personal and professional success.


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Emergency Planning for Afterschool Programs

This session was originally held on February 11, 2014

Presenter: Donald Smith

Intended Audience: Program/Site Directors

Description: 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.

Objectives:

  • Participants will learn the basic components of a thorough emergency plan.
  • Participants will learn about circumstances that may require customization of the school district's emergency readiness plan (if the afterschool program chooses to use the school district's plan).
  • Participants will learn about parent-child reunification and what factors lead to a successful process.
  • Participants will learn about documents that must be obtained, kept current and in place for an emergency.
  • Participants will learn about accommodations that need to be made for students with special needs.

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Bullying Prevention in the Afterschool Setting

This session was originally held on January 15, 2014

Presenter: Dr. Stacie Molnar Main

Intended Audience: Program/Site Directors or Direct Staff

Description: 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.

Objectives:

  • Participants will learn what bullying is and how to recognize it.
  • Participants will learn about the health and social consequences of bullying and how bullying also affects bystanders.
  • Participants will learn about the role that the afterschool environment can play in bullying prevention.
  • Participants will learn about strategies that can be used to help bullying from occurring and what can be done when bullying is observed.


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Behavior Management for Afterschool Programs

This session was originally held on December 11, 2013

Presenter: Mike Ashcraft, Founder and Executive Director of Children's Choice Child Care Services

Intended Audience: Direct Staff

Description: 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.

Objectives:

  • Participants will learn a variety of tools for preventing misbehavior.
  • Participants will learn intervention strategies which can be used once misbehavior has occurred.
  • Participants will understand how to adjust the setup of the learning environment to maximize student engagement.
  • Participants will learn about the benefits of child-centered activities and how to adjust programming to incorporate more active choice for students.
  • Participants will learn how to reduce transition time and make other adjustments to the agenda to help reduce misbehavior.


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Best Practices for Credit Recovery OST Programs


This session was originally held on November 13, 2013

Presenters: Michelle R. Perrenoud,
Los Angeles County Office of Education, After School Technical Assistance Unit  and Bill Fennessy, Director of High School Programs, THINK Together

Intended Audience: Program and/or Site Directors

Description: 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.

Objectives:

  • Participants will learn that credit recovery is one large component of a larger dropout strategy.
  • Participants will be given 21st CCLC grant guidelines related to credit recovery programming and other types of "for credit" programming.
  • Participants will be shown why credit recovery in the "out of school time" makes sense and is a good fit for both the school and its students.
  • Participants will understand, using student and site performance data, how to identify, determine, and address the sites' needs.
  • Participants will be exposed to several different "styles" of credit recovery programming to assist in determining the best model for specific student groups as well as to accommodate a site's specific structural, financial, and program opportunities and limitations.
  • Participants will be given guidance on how to collaborate with required Instructional Day staff to assure great communication with all stakeholders to assure success and sustainability.

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Preparing for your 21st Century Community Learning Center Monitoring Visit

This session was originally held on September 30, 2013

Your 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) Program will receive a monitoring site visit in the 2013-2014 program year. An online session titled "Preparing for your 21st Century Community Learning Center Monitoring Visit" will be offered on Monday, September 30, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. EDT.

The presenters, from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Teaching and Learning, are Susan D'Annunzio, Student Services Supervisor and Charles (Chuck) Goulding, 21st CCLC Program Officer.

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.

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Field Trips: Going the Extra Mile for Maximum Student Engagement

This session was originally held on 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.

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Handout: Memo - Field Trip Approvals
Handout: Sample Field Trip Request Form
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Funding to Serve Healthy Meals: Afterschool and Summer

This session was originally held on 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.

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21st CCLC Quarterly Performance Report for Cohort 6A Grantees

This session was originally held on 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.

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Planning a Lights On Event: How to Engage Your Policymakers and the Media

This webinar was originally held on 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.

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Preparing for your 21st CCLC Monitoring Visit

This session was originally held on 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.

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21st CCLC Quality Performance Report for Cohort 6 Grantees

This session was originally held on 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.

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TA Provider List
21st CCLC Quarterly Performance Report 2011-12
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21st CCLC Advisory Boards

This session was originally held on 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.

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Recruiting, Engaging and Retaining Older Youth in Out-of-School Time Programs

This webinar was originally held on 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.

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Authentic Youth Voice: Implementation for Improved Outcomes

This session was originally held on 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.

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Sustainability Planning: Beyond the Chase for Funding

This session was originally held on 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.

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Collaboration is Key! School, Family and Community Partnerships

This session was originally held on 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.

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21st CCLC Evaluation Requirements: Tips, Tools and Resources

This session was originally held on 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.

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