CAN Newsletter – Reflecting on the Year
December 15, 2022
Greetings CAN Community, and Happy Holidays!
As we close this year, we want to take a moment and reflect. Making intentional time to reflect is not only helpful with Continuous Quality Improvement for programs, but it also allows an opportunity for self-reflection to identify areas to celebrate, areas to grow, and new possibilities. Every year brings its own unique set of victories and defeats, struggles and joys. Whatever season of life you’re in at the moment, it’s important to reflect on how the year went so you can adjust your sails. Below is a list of reflective questions for educators, children, and youth to consider.
End-of-Year Reflection Questions for educators, children, and youth
- What are two areas in which you “GLOW” (perform well), and what are two areas in which you still need to “GROW” (improve)?
- Reflecting on the year, write about your favorite memory. What made it so memorable?
- What is one moment you’re proud of?
- How did you show kindness to your peers?
- What made this year challenging? What strategies did you utilize in order to cope with or overcome those challenges?
- What are some talents that you discovered you had?
- What’s the biggest lesson you learned this year?
- What could have been a better way to resolve a conflict that you encountered this year?
- Where do you learn best? Describe this place.
Lastly, we want our CAN community to know how deeply appreciative we are of the work each of you does to support children, youth, and families in our communities. We are grateful for the collaborative work we continue to do together, the partnerships we have established this year, and we optimistically look forward to working alongside you in creating spaces for youth and families to thrive.
P.s. “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.” – Brad Paisley
Peace and Love,
The CAN Team
As you may remember, we launched our blog series, “Equity Evolution: CAN’s Growth Story,” in June 2021. This series explores the growth that CAN as an organization, in its entirety, and on an individual basis, is going through to become a more equitable and just organization. As we reflect on 2022, we featured the following blogs:
You heard it right! The California AfterSchool Network is looking for new leaders to join the CAN Leadership Team!
This year, CAN is seeking 7 new Leaders. Yes, we are looking for you! We seek diverse perspectives related to advancing out-of-school time in California. No matter what level of leadership or expertise you have something to offer. Your voice and perspective are more than enough, to begin leading today!
The Symposium Planning Team (SPT) is looking for interested partners for the 2023 Site Coordinator Symposium!
We offer (5) Sponsorship Levels; Silver, Gold, Platinum, Titanium, and Presenting. We are also excited to offer Customized Partnership Opportunities. Each level includes specific elements.
The California Department of Education (CDE) recently communicated an important message to the After School Education and Safety (ASES) Grant Renewal, Cycle B Grantees.
The message provides information about the After School Education and Safety (ASES) and ASES Frontier Transportation grant renewal process.
The Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) of the California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce the release of the After School Education and Safety (ASES) Universal Program Request for Applications (RFA) for funding beginning in the 2023–24 fiscal year. Both RFAs can be found on the CDE Funding Opportunities web page at Expanded Learning Funding Opportunities.
The California AfterSchool Network (CAN) in partnership with the CA Dept. of Education (CDE) Expanded Learning Division (EXLD), and other members of the System of Support for Expanded Learning are hosting ELO-P Office Hours!
Afterschool Alliance has recently updated their Program Toolbox to include resources for new, established, and growing expanded learning programs.
The toolkit is split up into four sections to fulfill the needs of the field:
- I am looking to start a program in my community
- I currently run a program, but I want to continue improving my findings
- I need support to help sustain my program
- I need extra support
The pass is valid for the one-year period during which the child is a 4th grader, or 4th grade equivalent from September 1 to August 31 of that year.
Be a part of groundbreaking AAPI Youth Leadership research!
Survey Closes: Friday, December 23, 2022
The time for AAPI girls and gender-expansive to tell their stories is long overdue. Help in this crucial work by sharing the survey with AAPI girls and gender-expansive youth in your community.
Girls Leadership, along with research firm Evaluation Studio and the AAPI Youth Research Council, are embarking on a national study to change this and learn how ethnicity and culture impact the leadership development of AAPI girls.
December 3rd was the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, however, uplifting disables voices is not something that should be done once a year.
In the Fall 2022 issue of the Learning for Justice magazine, disability rights activist Keith Jones discusses the importance of intentionally including people with disabilities in all social justice movements.
Check out the latest resources and learning opportunities from LIAS!
How Afterschool Can Respond to the Youth Mental Health Crisis with Gil Noam (Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Founder of PEAR)
- January 10th, 10am-12pm PST.
Did you know that CAN has a job board? Explore after school job postings that have been submitted from the field, for the field.
If you would like to have a job posting shared on the job board, please submit through our Google Form.
*Please allow 3-4 weeks from the time of submission for the post to be added onto the website.
Access the CAN newsletter archives to view past newsletters today! You may be interested in some of our other newsletters as well:
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- Get informed about the Million Girl Moonshot project and access other STEAM resources.
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