CAN Newsletter – It’s National Summer Learning Week!
Led by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), National Summer Learning Week elevates the importance of keeping all kids learning, safe, and healthy during the summer.
On July 8-13, the country will unite in advocacy efforts and celebrations hosted by hundreds of partner organizations - including libraries, parks and recreation centers, and civic and non-profit groups – to promote the importance of keeping kids healthy and engaged during the summer. Find summer learning resources or an event/program near you today.
There are many ways you can celebrate summer, advocate, and share your stories of summer inspiration:
- Proclaim Summer Learning Week in your community and show how essential summer learning is in closing opportunity and educational gaps.
- Check out the Theme Days and Resources for #SummerLearningWeek ideas and inspiration.
- Visit the NSLA Event Tracker to find or post an event/program in your community.
- Take action to support increasing access to and funding for high-quality summer and after school programs.
- Share your favorite summer learning memories or planned activities with our #SmarterSummers Social Media Challenge.
- Check out the Wallace Foundation’s newest report on Summer Learning.
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The California Department of Education’s Expanded Learning Division (CDE-EXLD), in partnership with the System of Support for Expanded Learning (SSEL), and the California AfterSchool Network (CAN), would like to invite all Expanded Learning and K-12 stakeholders to attend the 2019 Expanded Learning Summits.
The Summits welcome After School Education and Safety (ASES) and 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program grantee staff, stakeholders, partners, and all K-12 administrators, leaders and representatives to attend for an informative and uplifting day.
Check out key upcoming deadlines from the CDE-EXLD for Attendance Relief Requests/Professional Development Days forms, Expenditure Reports, Attendance Reports, and Annual Outcome Based Data for Evaluations.
The California AfterSchool Network is pleased to welcome 9 new members to the CAN Leadership Team! The CAN Leadership team is a collection of out-of-school time champions and dedicated volunteers that help support and promote the work of the CAN team. We are incredibly grateful for their service to CAN and the after school field and are excited about our collaboration, and the future of CAN together.
Check out the whole Leadership Team on the CAN website!
We wanted to take a moment to welcome the Site Coordinator Action Team Members as they begin their work with their individual committees. See who the Site Coordinator Network Action Team Members are and what committee they will be serving on. Don’t forget you can still become a member of the Site Coordinator Network.
Thank you for your support of this year’s Site Coordinator Survey!
For the 3rd year in a row, we have increased our participation numbers and had over 1,400 Site Coordinators fully participate in the survey this year, up more than 100 from last year. We could not have made that happen without you and greatly appreciate the time and effort you all put into taking the survey and/or sharing out with your networks.
10 winners have been selected to receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Congratulations to our winners
In collaboration with the California Department of Education’s Expanded Learning Division (CDE-EXLD), the California Afterschool Network has created a series of videos to help Expanded Learning grantee staff strengthen their knowledge and understanding. The videos can be used for program quality improvement planning, watched over a series of weeks, used as part of an on-boarding process, or even as a refresher at the end of the year!
Summer time is upon us! Be sure to stay on top of eating healthy and staying active! Whether you are a program providing summer meals, kids and teens in an after school program, or a family looking for fresh local produce sources, here are some resources within your reach:
An engaging Summer Learning Program practices the importance of keeping all kids learning resources for creating engaging summer programs.
Keep your kids active and engaged in your afterschool program this summer with the NCASE Summer Learning Toolkit: Evidence-based Tools and Guidance for Delivering Effective Programs. With over 50 useful tools and resources covering over five planning areas, this toolkit is designed to help educators deliver programs that makes a difference.
Afterschool Matters is a national, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting professionalism and awareness in the field of after school education. The journal serves those involved in developing and managing programs for youth during the out-of-school time hours and those engaged in research and shaping youth development policy.
The Spring 2019 issue includes articles on creative youth development, dynamic online STEM professional development, supporting Latinx youth participation in out-of-school time programs, STEM programming for for girls, and more!
Summer programs can be an effective way to address students’ educational, social, and physical needs. The RAND Corporation has released the report, Investing in Successful Summer Programs, which demonstrates the pathway for mastering successful summer learning practices. These practices are also in alignment with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements.