CAN Newsletter – Reflecting on the Workforce
September 14, 2021
This month we are focusing on the Expanded Learning Workforce with highlights from our Paving the Way event this past August.
The Paving the Way: Developing Pathways for Expanded Learning Educators into Teaching virtual convening was a successful endeavor and a culminating event to showcase the work of the Expanded Learning Teacher Apprenticeship Pathways (TAP) project. We extend deep gratitude to our TAP and Convening partners at the National Center for Teacher Residencies, LA’s Best, California Teaching Fellows Foundation, and the Glen Price Group. This event provided an opportunity for statewide educators and leaders to discuss the Expanded Learning Workforce, hear from partners about Teacher Residencies as leverage for equity, discuss local and statewide needs and opportunities, and provide context on emerging recommendations as we work to develop pathways to diversify teaching workforce. Attendees also had the opportunity to engage in conversations on exploring new and/or existing partnerships and the next steps in their community.
The Expanded Learning Workforce competencies, such as expertise in Social Emotional Learning, training in trauma-informed practices, practicing child and youth development, and engage families often in their own diverse communities, are a few of many reasons why Expanded Learning/OST spaces are needed. Not only to support diversifying teacher pipelines but also because this workforce knows the way and goes the way, despite challenges and barriers. Supporting young people is what we do and this is why we dedicate this newsletter to the folks out there, giving their best, every day; creating equity-centered spaces, and designing learning opportunities that nurture and develop the whole child. YOU- yes, you, are our inspiration! We thank you, we acknowledge you and we celebrate you!
If you didn’t have the opportunity to attend the Paving the Way event and/or would like to learn more about the Teacher Apprenticeship Pathway Project, you can access the resources below:
- Visit our webpage to learn more about the Expanded Learning Teacher Apprenticeship Pathway project.
- Paving the Way Event Infographic and Webpage
Listed below are additional resources on Expanded Learning/OST Workforce and Teacher Pipelines:
- A Natural Fit: Supporting After-School Staff of Color in Teacher Pipelines by Lina Cherfas, Eric Duncan and Wing Yi Chan Ph.D.
- VIDEO: A Natural Fit: Supporting After-School Staff of Color in Teacher Pipelines
- A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S. by Leib Sutcher, Linda Darling-Hammond, and Desiree Carver-Thomas
- Teachers of Color: In High Demand and Short Supply
- Diversifying the Teaching Profession: How to Recruit and Retain Teachers of Color by Desiree Carver-Thomas
The CAN Team
Interview with Santa Ana USD and Their ELO – Program Planning Process
Fireside Chat: August 31, 2021
Join us for our 34th fireside chat. In this chat, Heather Williams from the California AfterSchool Network is joined by Michael Funk from the Expanded Learning Division of the California Department of Education and Lupita Cruz, Jennifer Cisneros, and Emily Wolk from Santa Ana Unified School District as they share how they have engaged in an intentional planning process around the new Expanded Learning Opportunities Program.
In June, Governor Newsom approved the state budget allocating additional dollars to the After School Education and Safety (ASES), 21st Century Community Learning Centers Elementary/Middle (21st CCLC), and the 21st CCLC High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) program grants, for a rate increase effective July 1, 2021.
The state budget has passed and there is a lot of excitement around the rate increase for the After School Education and Safety (ASES) grant and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant. The Expanded Learning Division is working diligently behind the scenes with other divisions and staff from the Assembly and Senate to obtain clarity on some of the issues with all aspects of the budget for expanded learning, including the rate increase and the new Expanded Learning Opportunities program. As soon as we have more information this will be communicated to the field.
21st Century Community Learning Centers – Call for Grant Competition Reviewers
Reader Applications are due no later than October 1, 2021.
The California Department of Education (CDE) will be conducting competitions for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) and 21st Century High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) after school funds, beginning this fall. To support this effort, the CDE is now seeking 21st Century Grant Competition Reviewers.
Please read the full content of this post, as it contains important instructions for submitting this report.
The 2020–21 Annual Grantee Outcome-Based Data Report for Evaluation and CQI is a grant requirement for the After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program, and the 21st Century High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) Program. Failure to report this data will lead to grant termination per California Education Code Section 8483.7(a)(1)(G).
CDE is announcing the Spring 2021 opening of the 2020–21 Annual Performance Report (APR) windows for submission.
Spring 2021: Open September 1, 2021, to December 14, 2021 (Reporting cumulative data for Fall and Spring)
The 21st Century Annual Performance Report (21APR) is a data collection tool administered by the U.S. Department of Education for all 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grantees.
The Learning Policy Institute released their second in a series of 3 newsletters sharing research on best practices for safe restorative school reopening for students and educators.
The SoLD Alliance has released a new brief entitled Using ARP Funds to Redesign Schools for Whole Child Equity to help guide states and districts build American Rescue Plan plans consistent with the science of learning and development. The brief includes an initial set of state and local policy recommendations on how to use ARP funds to redesign schools for whole child equity.
National Afterschool Matters fellow Priscilla Parchia’s article The Intersection of Belonging and Equitable Outcomes explores how OST programs are well suited to provide both a sense of belonging and an equitable learning environment, and highlights the positive outcomes.
How can we work to get more teachers in the classroom following the teacher shortage that has been exacerbated by COVID-19? In this blog post by Learning in Afterschool (LIAS), the first step is viewing OST as a teacher pathway. The knowledge and skills that OST workers gain is very similar to those required of teachers. Additionally, many OST workers are people of color and bring a unique understanding of the community that young people of their same background reside in, allowing for a more diverse workforce.
Supporting Out-of-School Time Through the American Rescue Plan Act
Webinar Opportunity: Wednesday, September 15, 2021
In recognition of the crucial role that child care plays in supporting children, families, businesses, and the economy as a whole, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act includes funding through the Office of Child Care (OCC) for states, territories, and Tribes to stabilize the child care market. Through the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund provides funds to states and school districts to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and to address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Nation’s students. Supporting out-of-school time (OST) programming is a priority for both funding streams.
The collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is hosting the 2021 Social and Emotional Learning Exchange Virtual Summit! Join this unique and timely national forum to hear from other individuals who are committed to creating caring, productive, and equitable schools and communities that develop the whole child and ensure all students can thrive.
October 14, 2021: 9am-1pm PST
Beyond Parkland: An Equitable Lens to Youth and Gun Violence
Facilitator: Tremayne Edwards, Director of Education and Engagement, Alliance for Gun Responsibility, Seattle, WA
The training will dive deep into the types of gun violence related to America’s youth, emphasizing communities most vulnerable, what solutions exist to combat this public health crisis, and how young people can emerge as gun violence prevention leaders.
Celebrate the 22nd annual Lights On Afterschool!
Join more than 8,000 communities and 1 million Americans in celebrating afterschool programs for this year’s Lights On Afterschool! This nationwide event, organized by the Afterschool Alliance, calls attention to the importance of afterschool programs and the resources required to keep the lights on and the doors open. The California AfterSchool Network is proud to be a Lights On Afterschool partner.
CDE has compiled resources that students and staff can use as they return to school this Fall.
For All Grades
- Three SEL Practices for Every Day: Explore 3 SEL practices that can be used everyday. The article includes includes cue questions for reflection and suggestions for looking forward/goal setting.
- Calm Schools Initiative: Calm.com is offering its mindfulness training tools to every teacher for free. Simply sign up and any teacher will get free access to Calm’s paid subscription service content.
The National Institute on Out-of-School Time has compiled six tips for promoting youth engagement in learning. Research has found important links between levels of youth engagement and student achievement and persistence in school as well as it being an effective way to approach behavior and classroom management.
This year is the 20th anniversary of September 11. Remembering this day is a chance to help others in tribute to those killed and injured on September 11, 2001, first responders, and the countless others who serve to defend the nation’s freedom at home and around the globe.
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