CAN Newsletter – Reflecting on the 2023 Site Coordinator Symposium
February 28, 2023
A few weeks ago, CAN had the pleasure of hosting the 2023 Site Coordinator Symposium! A huge thank you to our Partner Sponsors, Presenters, Participants, Volunteers, and Planning team who made it all possible! We offered a hybrid convening experience for 650+ Site Coordinators and Expanded Learning educators full of virtual and in-person learning opportunities, sharing of promising practices, community building, and tons of FUN! Our 6th annual Symposium included 40+ workshops, 4 Site Visits, 20+ Partner Sponsor Exhibitors, Networking events, and amazing Keynote Speakers! We kicked off with our California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, and closed with an inspirational panel of Site Coordinators. Our convening spaces were full of EXL magic, love, and community.
In the words of Diego Arancibia in the Ode to the Site Coordinator, “To the Site Coordinator who, in reality, is the backbone of any program, any organization, and of this movement, to you I say, thank you!“
Thank YOU to our amazing community for an incredible week – we look forward to our next Site Coordinator Symposium in Fresno CA, in February 2024! Details coming soon!
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In gratitude and celebration,
The CAN Team
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Register for the California Afterschool & Summer Challenge!
Tuesday, March 14, 2023; 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM PST
Register for CalSAC’s 19th annual California Afterschool & Summer Challenge! This year’s Challenge will be in-person in Sacramento, California!
The Challenge connects, educates and empowers professionals, youth, and families to engage in grassroots advocacy.
The Challenge is also looking for Team Leaders. If you are interested in leading a team in legislative visits, learn more on their website.
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High-quality expanded learning programs are directly linked to high-quality staff, but workforce recruitment and retention is a huge barrier to fulfilling the promise of expanded learning programs. Creating intentional pathways, such as apprenticeship programs, provides a clear strategy to address these challenges by combining on-the-job work experience with training and coursework, wage increases, and wraparound supports.
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