CAN Newsletter – July 11, 2017
Study Shows That Federal Law Can Support Community Schools as a Possible Approach to School Improvement
Earlier this month, the Learning Policy Institute and the National Education Policy Center published the report Community Schools: An Evidence-Based Strategy for Equitable School Improvement. “The brief examines the research on community schools, with two primary emphases. First, it explores whether the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) opens the possibility of investing in well-designed community schools to meet the educational needs of low-achieving students in high-poverty schools. And second, it provides support to school, district, and state leaders as they consider, propose, or implement a community school intervention in schools targeted for comprehensive support.” Read more, here.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, in partnership with Informing Change, just released it final evaluation of their investment in expanded learning. ”Over the course of seven years, the Packard Foundation invested in after-school and summer programs and the systems that support those programs to deliver quality learning experiences across California…” The report, Evaluating Our Seven Year Investment in Expanded Learning, “highlights the impact that a shorter-term catalytic investment can have on bringing change and strengthening a field. The comprehensive evaluation is particularly relevant for expanded learning field leaders in California to understand the impact and future opportunities, and for funders who are shaping strategic investments in a field.” Read more about the report and its findings, here.
The Learning in Afterschool & Summer (LIAS) recently released the blog “Afterschool Change Maker: An Interview with Terry Peterson.” Terry Peterson, Board Chair of the Afterschool Alliance, helped develop nationwide education improvement strategies such as the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program while he was Chief Education advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Education. Mr. Peterson has been a leader and champion in the afterschool movement for years. LIAS conducted a video interview with Mr. Peterson after the 2016 elections. View a video of the interview or access a written summary here.
The Wallace Foundation recently released an in-depth guide featuring 25 evidence-based programs. The guide, first-of-its-kind, offers information about curricular content and programmatic features that practitioners can use to make informed choices about their SEL programs. Navigating SEL from the Inside Out: Looking Inside & Across 25 Leading SEL Programs: A Practical Resource for Schools and OST Providers offers practitioners to compare curricula and methods across top SEL programs and explains how programs can adapt from schools to out-of-school-time settings. Read more about the guide, here.
National Summer Learning Day will be held on July, 13, 2017. Summer Learning Day is an annual national advocacy day led by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) to highlight the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer. Many of us know, that children can lose up to two months of essential math and reading skills during the summer months but there is plenty families and the community can do to support learning during the summer. Check out NSLA’s Summer Learning Day Resources for Families and Communities. Help families and media in your community join your celebrations by registering your Summer Learning Day event or program to the all new Summer Learning Day Events Calendar!
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently announced $532 million in AmeriCorps funding to help national and local organizations, faith-based groups, and educational institutions respond to the most critical issues facing communities in the U.S. This funding will engage Americans in service across all 50 states, including the District of Columbia. To learn more, click here.
The California AfterSchool Network is now connecting expanding learning programs and job seekers. Job openings can be for any level of an out-of-school time program or organization serving youth. Visit our website to post a current job opportunity or check out our job listings today.