ASW:NYSAN Digest January 2016
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January 2016



2016 ASW:NYSAN Annual Conference- Registration

Registration is now open for the 2016 ASW:NYSAN Annual Conference! Join us April 15th and 16th in beautiful Saratoga Springs, NY. We are excited to bring you 30+ workshops centered around youth development and program sustainability, along with hours of networking opportunities over two days in beautiful Saratoga Springs, NY. Learn more on our conference webpage
Early bird rates are available for those who register by February 26, 2016! 

Discounts are also available for ASW:NYSAN members and School-Age Care Credential holders.

National Afterschool Association- Leading with Emotional Intelligence Fellowship

ASW:NYSAN Board Member Kim Luce has been selected for the Leading with Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Fellowship. This fellowship honors afterschool leaders committed to improving program leadership, staff development, and relationships in the field. When Kim was asked: “How do you think the EQ fellowship will help you as a leader in afterschool?”, she replied “As an afterschool leader, this EQ fellowship will help elevate the conversation around the importance of and the need to be intentional around building social emotional skills and creating the safe, caring environment necessary to build an exceptional team.” 

Check out the other Fellows here and join us in congratulating Kim! 

Policy Updates


2016 Executive Budget Proposal 

Governor Cuomo released his proposed budget on January 13th, 2016 during his combined State of the State/ Executive Budget Address. A major issue concerning afterschool programs in the proposal is the lack of new funding for the continuation of the Community Schools Grant Initiative. The first round of grants for this funding stream will end this year, leaving 30 grantees without funding to sustain the community schools they have worked to develop over the last three years. ASW:NYSAN is very concerned that without providing funding to continue this initiative, many schools, teachers, families, and students will be left without many of the resources they have instituted. We are calling on the state Legislature to provide at least $15 million this year to continue the Community Schools Grant Initiative or 30 programs across the state will be left without the resources to continue providing afterschool programs and expanded learning opportunities for their students. ASW:NYSAN’s testimony to the Joint Budget Hearing for Elementary and Secondary Education is available here

Read our Executive Budget analysis here.

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QSA Tip of the Month


Plan Your QSA Implementation in Advance

Sometimes having the best intentions of getting something like a self-assessment and improvement plan completed isn't quite enough to actually make it happen. The best way to set yourself up for success is to plan how and when you will complete your Quality-Self Assessment (QSA) Tool work in advance. Get each session planned on your calendar and create reminders for check-ins throughout the year. If you have a standing meeting such as a staff or board meeting, put QSA updates on the agenda for every meeting to make sure your continue to make progress. Try using this planning tool to help determine how and when you will complete the QSA, and who you will involve in the process. 

ASW:NYSAN Resource of the Month


ASW:NYSAN's 2016 Executive Budget Proposal Analysis

Wondering how afterschool, summer, expanded learning programs, and community schools fared in the Governor's 2016 Budget Proposal? We've put together an analysis of all the funding streams related to afterschool. You can find that on our website here

STEM Corner



Programs are always looking for new, fun activities to do with youth, and the need grows as the year goes on. The National Afterschool Association (NAA) now offers STEM Gems, short explorations of science, technology, engineering, or math with all the structure you need to quickly implement into afterschool programs. Check out the first installment, and learn why skates, skiis, and sleds go so fast in winter!

Field Resources, Tools, and Research


The Intersection of Afterschool and Competency-based Learning: Emerging Trends, Policy Considerations, and Questions for the Future

Recent research indicates that college and career readiness (CCR) is more than just academic preparation for college or work. To truly prepare students for life, student’s must develop the cultural knowledge and developmental maturity to successfully navigate the challenges of post secondary education and the workforce. In addition to traditional classroom learning, afterschool programs and providers can play a crucial role in developing these valuable skills among students after the school day ends. The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) has often credited afterschool and summer programs as key partners in contributing to a student’s career and college readiness by helping youth develop social and emotional skills that prepare them to experience success in life. Learn what emerging trends and practices AYPF has found regarding afterschool programs and CCR here

Partnering for Success: The Role of Afterschool in College Persistence

On January 13, The Partnership for After School Education (PASE) launched their report titled “Partnering for Success: The Role of Afterschool in College Persistence” highlighting the challenges and practices needed to support a student’s development to experience success in a college setting. PASE hosted a forum and launch event with Executive Director, Alison Overseth, welcoming the participants and Associate Executive Director, Yvonne Brathwaite, talking more in-depth about the report. A panelist of speakers spoke about the effective and promising practices in afterschool that each have implemented in their work with youth.
You can download a copy of “Partnering for Success: The Role of Afterschool in College Persistence” here.

Inspiring Youth Through a Growth Mindset

Motivating students to love learning and not lose heart is a goal most educators find themselves continuously working towards. A growth mindset is the belief that skills and abilities are not unalterable traits, but can actually be developed over time through hard work, good strategies, and assistance from others. To support this mindset, educators in traditional classrooms and those in afterschool and summer programs, should make every effort to avoid promoting a false growth mindset to youth. Carol Dweck is a leader in promoting a growth mindset among educators and has a wealth of research showing the positive impacts this strategy can have. Read Carol’s blog post on overcoming a false growth mindset on the Edutopia blog here.

You can find more of Carol’s writing here

Spotlight on Expanded Learning Opportunities in New York and Beyond


After-School All-Stars Cooks Up a Storm on Park Avenue

After-School All-Stars recently held a special event at a restaurant (EXKi Restaurant) in New York City for students from the Dual Language Middle School. Students had an opportunity to take a cooking lesson with chefs from the restaurant and learned about sustainable food practices. Pictures from the event can be found on the ASAS Facebook page. You can learn more about the event on the ASAS webpage, which includes recipes of the same meals the students cooked!

Upcoming Events

2/1- Apply for the New York Life Excellence in Summer Learning Awards
The Excellence in Summer Learning Awards recognize high-quality summer programs that have a positive effect on the academic achievement and health development of youth people. The annual awards are given to programs that are able to demonstrate the impact of their program on youth development.  More information, including the application, can be found on the NSLA website.
2/3 WEBINAR- Creating the Conditions for Social and Emotional Learning
The Afterschool Alliance, joined by representatives from the American Institutes for Research, will present best practices for supporting social and emotional development in afterschool. The webinar will be held at 2:00 p.m. and registration can be found here.
2/11- “What Does it Mean?”- How to Support Cocabulary Development
The After-School Network of Western New York (ASNWNY) will be holding a free professional development session on Thursday, February 11th from 10:00a.m. – 12 p.m. for those interested in learning effective strategies for promoting vocabulary development in their programs. RSVP’s are due by Friday, February 8th to
2/25- Positive Youth Development
Join presenter Jamila Walinda Simon on February 25th from 1:00pm-4:00pm at the Schenectady County Community College Albany Campus. This workshop will include a discussion on strategies to engage and incorporate the voices of youth into your programs. RSVP’s are due to Barbara Floeser ( no later than Monday, February 22nd.
Where: Schenectady County Community College Albany Campus
112 State Street, Albany (Albany County Office Building), 2nd floor 
RSVP: No later than Monday, February 22
Barbara Floeser, 4-H Educator/Albany Youth CAN Project Coordinator
(518) 765-4536 or via email to

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. More information can be found here.

3/10- 2016 Mentoring Matters Conference
This year’s Mentoring Matters Conference will be held Thursday, March 10th from 8:30a.m. – 3 p.m. at LIU Post in Brookville, NY. Workshops topics will include Strengthening Cultural Competencies, College Preparation for all students, Anti-Bullying Techniques, and Dealing with Behavior Challenges and Aggression. Registration for the conference can be found here.

3/20-3/23 – National AfterSchool Association Convention
NAA’s 2016 convention is heading to Orlando, FL from March 21-23. Join over 2,000 afterschool professionals for 3 days of training, networking, and professional development. Registration is now open and can be found on the convention website here.

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