CAN Newsletter – Honoring Those Who Serve Others
January 21, 2020

CAN Newsletter
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. - mahatma gandhi

Yesterday celebrated the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. We hope that you found a way to celebrate and serve your communities!

We would also like to take this time to honor Mary Jo Ginty, who spent much of her time in service to building high quality Expanded Learning programs, not just in LA, but across the state. We hope that you join us in taking up her torch to ensure all children and youth of California have access to quality out-of-school time opportunities. More details can be found in the post below.

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Mary Jo Ginty with her daughter Savannah.

Celebrating the Legacy of Mary Jo Ginty

As many of you already know we have lost one of our biggest Expanded Learning advocates, Mary Jo Ginty. Mary Jo made a significant impact on all of us in so many ways, personally and professionally. Her passing is a momentous loss to everyone that knew her.

CA Love: Site Coordinator Symposium Right Around the Corner!

CA Love: Site Coordinator Symposium Right Around the Corner!
The CAN App has all the details.

Have you registered for this year’s Symposium? 

Well guess what, there is still time to register for the California Love: Site Coordinator Statewide Expanded Learning Symposium!

We are excited to share with you that the CAN App has Presenter and Workshop descriptions AVAILABLE NOW for you to view. Don’t miss out on all the great workshops and events that will take place!


LA’s BEST Focusing on Trauma and Mental Health

LA’s BEST, an afterschool provider, serves 25,000 kids ages 5 to 12 in some of the most economically distressed neighborhoods of Los Angeles. While adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) impacts all socioeconomic and racial groups, children in poverty have significantly more exposure to these experiences. Concerned about this, three years ago LA’s BEST began a comprehensive effort to adopt trauma-informed practices.


What Makes a School a Community School?

Did you know expanded learning programs are a core feature of community schools!?

A new video from the Partnership for the Future of Learning shows how Community Schools integrate student supports, expand & enrich learning, engage families & communities, and practice collaborative leadership. This video provides an overview of community schools that can serve as an introduction to the model—or provide a quick refresher for those already familiar with this evidence-based strategy for student success and school improvement.


LIAS Best of 2019 Blogs

Since the launch of Learning in Afterschool Blogs, there has been over 381 blog posts published, attracting over 500,000 views! In 2019, over 40 blog posts have been published, these posts have been anywhere from interviews, guest bloggers, and more! Here are some of LIAS favorite blogs:


Disrupting Islamophobia Amid U.S.-Iran Tension

As news breaks about increased tensions between the U.S. and Iran, your students may encounter Islamophobic comments or sentiments. Teaching Tolerance released The Moment, which provides resources that can help ensure that you’re ready to interrupt and address Islamophobia if it appears in your classroom or school—and that you’re ready to help students do the same.


Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! April 22, 2020, is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. On this day, engage your students in a variety of fun, educational and impactful learning opportunities! As afterschool programs, you are unique in your ability to reach and shape future leaders outside of the classroom.

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Important CDE Updates
January 2020

Important updates from the California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) regarding:

*Important Due Dates
  -Annual Performance Report
  -Request for Applications Deadlines
  -Attendance Relief and Staff Development Day Credit Deadlines
  -First Semiannual Attendance Report & Second Quarter Expenditure Report Due
*Upcoming Regional Events