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February 2012
The NYSAN Digest contains news and resources, news from the field, tools and resources, and funding opportunities.  Please let us know if you have content you’d like featured in a future Digest, questions about anything that appears here, or any other feedback you would like to share by contacting me at:
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Jyoti Folch
Policy and Communications Coordinator 

NYSAN News and Resources

  • New Policy Brief on Informal Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education 

The After-School Corporation (TASC) and NYSAN have published a new brief: Science Beyond the Classroom: Critical to New York's Future which offers STEM policy recommendations to New York State leaders, and provides examples of promising STEM initiatives throughout New York State.  Please find a copy of the policy brief here on NYSAN's website in the "What's New" box.

  • Afterschool Pathfinder: The Career Website for Afterschool and Youth Work

NYSAN recently assumed management of Afterschool Pathfinder, which will serve as the Network’s portal for capacity building, professional development, and quality support resources and opportunities.  Initially launched with a focus on New York City, please keep an eye out as the site develops, and contact NYSAN if you want to learn more. 

News from the Field

  • The Children's Aid Society (CAS): Building Community Schools: A Guide for Action  

The Children's Aid Society's National Center for Community Schools recently published a new book entitled Building Community Schools: A Guide for Action.  CAS is able to make copies of the book available free to colleagues in the field.  If interested, please send a request to Gema Foster at:

  • The Asia Society's Global Learning Blog

Asia Society has been curating a new blog on EdWeek about global learning here.  Please sign up to follow the blog; in case you missed it, a December 2011 post focused on the importance of global learning in Out-of-School Time. 

Tools, Research, and Resources

  •  Website: You For Youth – A Website for Afterschool Professional

The United States Department of Education created a website for all 21st CCLC afterschool programs across the United States, but it is useful for the field in general.  Afterschool and youth development professionals can connect and share resources, access professional development, and receive technical assistance opportunities.  Learn more here

  •  Podcast: Development Without Limits presents Please Speak Freely

Erica Gurna of Development Without Limits (DWL) hosts a regular podcast called Please Speak Freely, Honest Conversations About Youth Development and Education.  The podcast is a free resource for the field; access archived episodes on the DWL website

  • Discussion Guide: The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) publishes Summer Learning: A New Vision for Supporting Students in Summer Programs

NASBE, with support from The Wallace Foundation, produced a discussion guide entitled Summer Learning: A New Vision for Supporting Students in Summer Programs.   The guide discusses the potential cumulative impacts of summer learning loss, comparing summer learning programs versus summer school, and the impact summer learning programs have on student outcomes. 

Event Announcements

  • Afterschool Works! NY Training Institute: March 24, 2012 (Rochester, NY)

On March 24th, 2012 Afterschool Works! NY will be holding a Training Institute in Rochester, NY. For more information please click here.

  • The Asia Society: June 28-30, 2012 (New York, NY)

The Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning Conference will be in New York this year from June 28-30, 2012.  Please save the dates and the schedule will be updated as the conference draws closer on the Asia Society website.        

 Funding Opportunities

  • The Grantsmanship Center: Community Foundations in New York

New York State has over 20 community foundations serving various regions statewide that not only make grants, but often play a leadership role in catalyzing action and awareness around a broad range of issues.  For a full listing of community foundations in New York State, visit the Grantsmanship Center’s New York page here.

  • Motorola Solutions Foundation 

Motorola Solutions donates time, money, and/or equipment in communities in which it operates.  The Foundation’s community investment program in education supports basic education needs as well as projects that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  To learn more about the foundation, program areas, and grant application guidelines, click here

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