ASW:NYSAN Digest October 2015
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October 2015



2016 Conference! April 15-16, 2016

Save the date for the 2016 ASW: NYSAN Conference. We will be holding next year’s conference April 15-16, 2016 at the Embassy Suites in Saratoga Springs, NY.  More information, including conference theme, workshop presentations, and registration, will follow in the coming months. For now, make sure you put these dates in your calendar!

Lights On Afterschool with ASW:NYSAN

Special thanks to Governor Andrew Cuomo for proclaiming October 22, 2015 Lights on Afterschool Day in New York. ASW:NYSAN had the opportunity to visit two afterschool programs, Montgomery C. Smith in Hudson and the Guilderland YMCA, to take part in their Lights On Afterschool celebrations. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for more pictures from the events.

Policy Updates


John King taking over as Secretary of Education for the Obama Administration

Former New York State Commissioner of Education John King will be taking over for current Secretary of Education Arne Duncan when he steps down in December. Many New Yorkers will remember John King’s tenure as Commissioner of Education where he oversaw the implementation of Common Core Standards, as well as new teacher evaluations and an expansion of charter schools. It remains to be seen how King views afterschool and expanded learning programs as part of the overall education system,  but we will surely be paying close attention in the meantime. 

$50 Million Nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Program

The long-awaited $50 million Nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program Request for Applications is now available. This funding will provide bonded capital grants for projects to improve the quality, efficiency, and accessibility of nonprofit human services organizations that serve New York. The deadline for questions is Tuesday, November 10, 2015, and the deadline to apply for funding is Wednesday, December 23, 2015. Applications must be submitted through Grants Gateway. 

The full RFA can be found here.

Field Resources, Tools, and Research


Resource-Full Reader     

Learning takes place in many forms. Out-of-school-time programs support what is learned in the classroom by providing various avenues for children to experience what they are taught. Check out the Resource- Full Reader here for more information that will help you while working with youth. Some topics include STEM, on-line courses and webinars, and professional development organizations.

Next Generation Science Opportunities in Expanded Learning

When it comes to K-12 STEM education, the US ranks below many similar counties. American educators are constantly working on meeting this challenge and afterschool programs are playing an outstanding supporting role. A 2009-2014 California study conducted by SRI International sought to identify the frequency of STEM in afterschool programs, as well as other components. Not surprisingly, the study found that program with dedicated science staff on hand provided a much stronger experience for students. Read more about their findings in the Journal of Expanded Learning Opportunities, and what programs can do, here.

Dabbling in the Data

When describing your program’s benefit, you’re encouraged to use data. This may seem like a daunting task, but data analysis does not always require specialized knowledge or years of training. Dabbling in the Data provides a practical guide suitable for a variety of group sizes and stakeholders to explore and analyze data commonly used in youth-serving organizations. For more information, click here. You can also access the webinar recording here.

New Tool Kit Provides Resources to Teach Children Learning English

There are over 5 million English Language Learners in the public school system. Teachers and afterschool providers may sometimes struggle to best meet the needs of ELLs. In response to this, the U.S. Department of Education announced the completion of the English Learner Tool Kit, designed to support educators and afterschool providers in ensuring equal access to a high-quality education and support for these students. Click here to learn more about the kit. You can find an additional ELL resource describing how school and community partnerships support ELLs here.

The place where trainers, employers, and people who work with kids connect online to share job, training, and career opportunities in New York State.

QSA Tip of the Month

The Online QSA Tool: Strategies, Resources, and More

If you are using a paper QSA Tool from our QSA User's Guide, you are getting some great information, but you may be missing out on a lot more that we have to offer! Make sure to make the most of your quality improvement efforts. Take a moment to check out our updated QSA website, including:

  • Examples of every performance level rating for every indicatorThese are the real meat of the tool and help you figure out how to get to the next level! Don't use the QSA without them. You can download them on each Element's page, or get them by clicking the indicator and reading the expanded text. 
  • Resources for every Element: These resources are specifically related to each Element, and are designed to help you make improvements in those areas. Scroll to the bottom of an Element's page to view the list.
  • Recommended stakeholders: Each Element's page includes a list of recommended stakeholders to involve in your QSA process and discussions. 
  • Guided steps and suggestions for how to use the tool: Our recommended process and related tools are designed to lead to continuous program quality improvement and to create a collective vision and improve communication among your stakeholders. Among the tools is an Action Plan Template & Example.

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.

ASW:NYSAN Resource of the Month


Engaging the Media- Webinar Recording

Lights On Afterschool may be over, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't look to continue to increase media coverage of your program. ASW:NYSAN recorded this webinar earlier this month with our partners at the Afterschool Alliance and the Capital District YMCA to provide tips on engaging the media and increasing coverage of the benefits provided by afterschool programs. Watch the recoding on our YouTube channel here.

STEM Corner


Hour of Code:

Celebrate Computer Science Education Week by organizing an Hour of Code! is encouraging people of all ages to celebrate computer science by organizing or participating in the Hour of Code movement. This year’s goal is to get 100 million students to participate during the week of December 7th to the 
13th. This YouTube video gives an idea of the reach that an Hour of Code has had to date, and the website has information on how to become an organizer or how to promote the Hour of Code. Even if students are not interested in becoming computer scientists, doing code activities for an hour can illustrate the power and scope of computer science in today’s world. If you are a teacher, educator, youth worker, or parent,
 consider organizing an event. Follow the conversation on Twitter with #HourOfCode and help promote computer science education in December!


Spotlight on Expanded Learning Opportunities in New York and Beyond


Broome County Promise Zone 

The Broome County Promise Zone is a university assisted community school model currently in six districts in Broome County. It provides a safe and enriching place for children to come after the school day ends and helps enhance their success in school. This video provides a look at the effect these programs have had on youth in Broome County, NY.

Katie Bowers Named one of nations "Next Generation of Leaders in AfterSchool" by NAA

Katie Bowers, who is the lead facilitator of the Expanded Learning Network (ELN) of Broome and Tioga, was recently selected by the National AfterSchool Association as “one of the nation’s Next Generation of Leaders in AfterSchool.” This is specifically for those under the age of 30 who display an exceptional role in the afterschool community. Check out the article here and congratulations to Katie! 

Upcoming Events

11/3: Webinar- Building a Program-Based Budget, and Other Secrets to Successful Financial Management
On November 3rd, two members of Fiscal Management Associates will present a free webinar on a newly developed financial planning tool to help nonprofits improve their budget process. The presenters will also highlight, a financial website for nonprofits developed in partnership with the Wallace Foundation, and the tools available for use there. The webinar will take place from 2pm – 3pm and you can register here.

11/3: Modeling the Magic: Deconstructing Social Emotional Learning Practice
Join the Forum for Youth Investment- SparkAction for a webinar on November 3rd at 2 p.m., as Karen Pittman and Dr. Charles Smith discuss understanding and naming the “magic” in effective afterschool programs. They will provide insight on why a research-based vocabulary is necessary to explain how that happens. For more information and to register, visit here

11/10: Showcase #1: Assess Needs for Activity Planning
Take advantage of Y4Y’s free, virtual showcase designed to teach new and experienced program providers how to integrate needs assessments and student voice into activity planning, all in about 20 minutes. This webinar will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. Register here.

11/12: STEM Summit: Professional Development for Educators 
miSci in Schenectady, NY will be holding a professional development training for educators at their STEM summit. The training will include workshop presentations from the Exploratorium in San Francisco, Dudley Observatory, and more! Attendees will receive three hours of professional development and a certificate of competition for attending this training. You can register for the STEM Summit here.

11/16: Increasing Investment In Afterschool: The Role Of Statewide Afterschool Networks
Join Statewide Afterschool Network leaders on November 16th at 2 p.m. as they discuss challenges and opportunities that exist for achieving equitable funding for varying afterschool programs across the state. They will also be discussing strategies and barriers to building public and political interest for increased investment. Register here

11/19: Children First: What to Do When?
Join the Expanded Learning Network of the Southern Tier (ELNoST) for a morning of workshops designed to better prepare you for various situations such as first aid, gender identity, and suicide prevention. The workshops will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 19 and will be held at the Corning Country Club. Each workshop is $5, the total cost for two workshops and lunch is only $10. To view the workshop schedule and registration form, click here. Be sure to RSVP by November 9th.

11/24: Cross-Age Teaching in Out-of-School Time: An Approach to Social and Emotional Development
Join for the webinar, Cross-Age Teaching in Out-of-School Time: An Approach to Social and Emotional Development, on November 24 at 1 p.m. which will discuss the challenges and benefits of establishing a cross-age program. For more information and to register, visit here.

11/30: RFP Deadline for Urban Soccer Symposium
The U.S. Soccer Foundation is turning 10 in March and would love to have presenters share their work in the fields of health and wellness, organizational development, soccer development, or youth development at the Symposium. If interested in participating, please use this link to submit an RFP before 11:59 PM on November 30th. 

12/5: Junior FIRST Lego League Expo
Do you have a team of 6-9 year olds interested in engineering, science, Legos or recycling? Teams can be 2-6 kids, a coach and a few mentors (older kids make great mentors). Coaches can sign up their team for the JrFLL Expo at the University at Albany (by November 10, please!): Remember to register your team at FIRST and then register for the Expo!

12/10/15 and 1/21/16- How Kids Learn V: Preparing Youth for Work and Career Success
On December 10, 2015 (Berkeley, CA) and January 21, 2016 (Los Angeles, CA), the Learning in Afterschool & Summer Project will hold a one-day conference entitled How Kids Learn V: Preparing Youth for Work and Career Success. This HKL conference is to inform and inspire afterschool and summer youth program leaders, educators, stakeholders, and policymakers about how best to prepare young people for work and career success. A number of leading thinkers in the field, along with the voices of young people who have benefited will be featured at these conferences. For more information and to register, visit their website here

3/9-3/12/2015: Beyond School Hours National Education Conference
The Beyond School Hours conference will be held in Dallas, TX from March 9-12, 2016. Earlybird registration is available through September 30th, so register now and save! More information can be found here.

3/21-3/23: NAA Convention                                      
Join the NAA and more than 2,000 afterschool professionals for their 27th annual convention at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, FL. This year's convention will feature premier learning, networking, and professional development. For more information and to register, visit here.

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