NYSAN Digest November 2013
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November 2013


NYSAN Adds Afterschool to a Global Education Institute

In an effort to advance global learning in New York, NYSAN is an active participant in the Global Education Coalition of New York City
(GEC-NYC), a network of NYC-based organizations whose primary objective is to support educators in the New York metropolitan area in creating globally competent youth for tomorrow's future. The GEC-NYC partnered with Bank Street College last month to offer a full day training session, Fostering Global Competency Among Our Students, which included a workshop on integrating global learning into afterschool and expanded learning opportunities. The GEC-NYC looks forward to offering additional professional development opportunities in the future. To learn more about this workshop and to access the presentations and resources, click here

Notice from the State Education Department

Extended School Day/School Violence Prevention

The State Education Department has decided to exercise their option to extend existing Extended School Day/School Violence Prevention contracts for one additional year. Contracts will now expire in June, 2015, and there will be no request for proposals issued this school year.

Policy Update

Assembly Child Care Workgroup

NYSAN continues to explore the existing and potential intersections of the afterschool and juvenile justice systems, with a focus on opportunities for prevention and encouraging a focus on positive youth development. NYSAN has released an overview of New York’s juvenile justice system that is intended to help afterschool providers and other stakeholders better understand the current system and more easily communicate with juvenile justice stakeholders in their own communities.

Opportunities to become more involved include:

Regional School Justice Summits. The next summit in this series, convened by The New York State Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children, will be the Mid-Hudson Summit on December 11.

Regional Youth Justice Teams have been established by Governor Cuomo to review local juvenile justice practices and recommend improvements to the system at the state and local levels. Interested individuals from the afterschool community are invited to participate—please contact Nora Niedzielski-Eichner for more information.


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QSA Tip of the Month

Staffing and Professional Development

“A quality program recruits, hires, and develops diverse staff members who understand, value, and promote high-quality practices.”  

Indicator 8

“Assesses professional development needs of staff and provides appropriate training.”

Tip for Success


Providing professional development, such as training and coaching, for staff not only advances their skills, but also helps them engage further in the afterschool field while giving them a sense of personal growth. Training can't just be organized for the sake of training, however. It needs to be strategic, and, when possible, specific to individual staff members' needs. When planning for professional development, review the results of your most recent QSA, and talk to the staff members about their needs in addition to observing them in action. Try this Professional Development Planning Tool from the Partnership for Afterschool Education to create cohesive plans for every staff member.

Research shows that only high-quality afterschool programs create positive outcomes for participants. Access NYSAN’s Quality Self-Assessment (QSA) tool to begin improving the quality of your program.

NYSAN Resource of the Month

New York State's Global Learning Guide: Exploring the World Afterschool

This activity-based curriculum was developed to help afterschool educators address the growing opportunities and challenges that young people face in increasingly global communities and careers. Activities are broken down by age group (K -12) and by theme. A workbook for creating additional activities following the same format is also included. This curriculum was developed through a workgroup convened by the New York Center for School Safety that NYSAN participated in. Learn more about NYSAN’s Global Learning work here.

Field Resources, Tools, and Research

The 6,000 Hour Learning Gap

By the time students born in poverty reach 6th grade, middle class students would have likely spent 6,000 more hours learning. ExpandED Schools by TASC has released a new video detailing how the least advantaged students are more likely to miss out on extracurriculars, high quality afterschool, summer learning, and pre-school. TASC doesn’t attribute this loss of hours to lack of parent involvement and contributions. In fact, over the last 40 years lower income parents have increased their spending on each child’s extracurriculars by almost $500. Still, upper-income parents have increased their spending per child by 10 times more, totaling about $5,000. Schools and communities continue to come together to provide expanded time, access to resources, and efforts to support students learning. Review the Fiscal Map for Expanded Learning Time to see numerous public funding sources that can support continued learning efforts for schools and community partners.

Long-Term Impact of STEM Experiences for Girls

The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has published a new report, Cascading Influences: Long Term Impacts of Informal STEM Experiences for Girls, detailing how to intentionally organize your program in STEM in an effort to positively impact girls. The report provides evidence-based practices, personal development opportunities, ideas for the development of a meaningful community of practice, and strategies for ensuring lifelong learning at home and in their community. Learn about multiple organizations that support STEM learning for girls and boys and how to integrate these resources and partners in your programs.

Recruiting Older Youth to Your Afterschool Program

The Wallace Foundation has introduced Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs From Urban Youth and Other Experts, a report detailing how arts programs can attract and retain low-income, urban youth. The report draws on interviews with youth, their families, afterschool leaders, and professionals, and provides ten principles for developing effective programming. The report describes the multifaceted art curricula available, highlights programs offering a variety of art programming, identifies challenges, provides a framework for program development, and offers strategies for how to successfully engage youth in arts programming. 

Understanding Global Connections at the Local Level

Introduced by the U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, a new online resource “Mapping the Nation: Linking Local to Global” was produced through a collaborative effort by the Asia Society, the Longview Foundation for Education in World Affairs and International Understanding, and SAS to make the case for a globally competent workforce and citizenry. The report gives data at the state and county levels to show each area’s international connections—from jobs tied to global trade to number of residents speaking a language other than English and funds contributed to the local economy by international students studying in American schools. A notable finding of this research is a significant education gap: not enough U.S. students are gaining the global knowledge and skills needed for success in our current environment. Educators can use this data as a tool to reveal the interconnectedness of international and local investments, provide knowledge to students around global partnerships, and make the case for programs that will give students enhanced skills to support their success in the global workforce. To learn more about integrating global learning in afterschool, visit NYSAN's global initiative.

Spotlight on Expanded Learning Opportunities in New York and Beyond


Celebrating National Youth Science Day in Broome County

In celebration of National Youth Science Day, the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Broome County, CITIZEN U, and the 4-H Tech Wizards hosted a collaborative, community-wide STEM career exploration event called “Outta the Box: Science that Rocks” at the Roberson Museum and Science Center. Participants had the opportunity to explore STEM careers through hands-on activities at 20 interactive stations. Some fun activities included a CSI forensics crime lab, bio-fueled s'mores making, and robotics. This short video montage offers a sample of the activities and excitement at the event.

The CCE’s 4-Hs are actively involved in the afterschool field throughout New York State, and provide many opportunities and resources for youth and providers. In Broome County, the CCE recently participated in initial conversations with many area providers around coordinating the afterschool field in Broome County, and many other CCEs are part of the Regional Afterschool Networks in their areas. Reach out today for resources on STEM, healthy living, youth development, and environmental and agricultural programming. 

Do you have a story about a New York program you would like shared? Email Alli Lidie and your story could appear in a future NYSAN Digest.

State Seals of Biliteracy

States across the nation have begun considering biliteracy seals on high school diplomas to recognize students' proficiency in two or more languages, whether they learned them inside or outside of the classroom. Washington state's afterschool network, School's Out Washington, has focused on getting this seal passed in their state as part of their work to increase global learning. States that implement this seal of biliteracy are encouraging students to pursue biliteracy, recognizing the skills students attain, and providing evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices.

The efforts by School's Out Washington encouraged NYSAN to look into the status of a biliteracy seal for New York, and we realized that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo had already signed the Multiple Language Proficiency Bill in 2012. Under this law, New York recognizes high school graduates who demonstrate proficiency in multiple languages on their diplomas—a recognition that may be worth finding out more about for those who work with high school students. Read a press release from this announcement here. Learn more about biliteracy seals and the other states that offer them in this report by the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC). 

Funding Opportunities and Competitions

Darden Restaurants Foundation Grants

The Darden Restaurants Foundation (restaurants include Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V's, and Yard House) is providing funding to programs that foster opportunity for low-income students to graduate from high school. Another focus area of these grants allows programs to start a community garden that promotes food security. Applications need to be submitted to your local Darden restaurant. Visit the Darden Foundation website for additional information. Applications are accepted until December 10, 2013.

Youth Workforce Grant

Looking for ways to support youth in workforce development? The U.S. Department of Labor’s Youth Career Connect Grant program encourages and supports school districts, higher education institutions, the workforce investment system, and other partners to scale up high school models that will transform the workforce experience for youth. These schools will strengthen students as they offer: integrated academic and career-focused learning, work-based learning and exposure to the word of work, robust employer engagement, individualized career and academic counseling, and integration of post-secondary education and training. Grants will be awarded to local education agencies and public and private non-profits, and must include a strong public-private partnership. Read more for details. The deadline to apply is January 27, 2014.  

2014 Clean Tech Competition

The Center for Science Teaching & Learning (CSTL) is sponsoring the 2014 Clean Tech Competition “A Solution to Pollution” offering high school students a chance to win up to $15,000. Students will need to develop a team to create a clean energy solution to combat pollution. Each team must identify a pollution problem from their community, conduct research describing the cause, scope, and impacts of the problem, and design a solution that uses clean energy technology to address the pollution problem. For more information, visit the Clean Tech Competition website.  

White House Student Film Festival

The first White House Student Film Festival invites K-12 students to create and submit one- to three-minute short web videos. Finalists may have their video screened at the White House and posted on the White House website. The topic for the videos is: the importance of technology in the classroom- and imagining how technology will change the education experience for children in the future. Films can be submitted through January 29, 2014. Learn more here

Upcoming Events

More Than Just Another "To-do" on the List: The Benefits of Strong School, Principal, and Afterschool/Community Relationships

This webinar, part of the Expanding Minds series, will focus on how afterschool leaders and school administrators can work together to support student learning. By working together, they can achieve innovative reform within schools and through high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs. Register here.

National AfterSchool Convention

The National AfterSchool Association’s (NAA) 2014 National AfterSchool Convention will be taking place in New York City from February 27, 2014 to March 3, 2014. For more information and to register, visit

Afterschool Pathfinder

Looking for more events? Check out Afterschool Pathfinder for the most comprehensive listing of in-person trainings and webinars.

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