Fireside Chats

Overview

Fireside Chats

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The California AfterSchool Network hosts interviews with Michael Funk, Division Director for the California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division, to better help the field navigate the current state of Expanded Learning, including what guidance means for your programs. These chats include policy updates as well as interviews with partners elevating current topics and promising practices.

If you are interested in developing your own virtual fireside chats check out our post: Communicating During Crisis – Video “Fireside Chats”

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Interview with Michael Funk on Expanded Learning Services Offered During COVID-19
Fireside Chat: May 13, 2020

Interview with Michael Funk on Expanded Learning Services Offered During COVID-19

The California AfterSchool Network is hosting nearly weekly interview with Michael Funk, Division Director for the California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division.

This seventh interview provides a quick update on the services being provided by the Expanded Learning field during COVID-19 and the field survey to collect this data.

The Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) is surveying all grantees to discover what services are being offered to students and families during the period of school closures due to COVID-19. The EXLD would also like to understand how expanded learning programs will be engaged with students and families when campuses reopen.

This survey should be completed by organizational staff that are familiar with the funding streams and services provided.

The survey is fairly brief and can be found here

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Interview with Healdsburg USD and Healdsburg Community Services Dept
Fireside Chat: May 6, 2020

Interview with Healdsburg USD and Healdsburg Community Services Dept

The California AfterSchool Network is hosting near-weekly interviews with Michael Funk, Division Director for the California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division.

In this sixth interview, we are joined by Healdsburg Unified School District and their CBO partner – the City’s Community Services Department. They share what they have been doing to respond to COVID in the immediate, and also how they are partnering around plans for reopening schools in the Fall.

Interviewees include:

  • Erin Fender, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Healdsburg USD
  • Mark Themig, Community Services Director, City of Healdsburg Community Services Dept
  • Dave Jahns, Recreation Manager, City of Healdsburg Community Services Dept
  • Grace Guerrero, Afterschool Program Director, City of Healdsburg
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Interview with Marcus Strother & Malik Ibarra from SCUSD
Fireside Chat: April 29, 2020

Interview with Marcus Strother & Malik Ibarra from SCUSD

The California AfterSchool Network is hosting near weekly interview with Michael Funk, Division Director for the California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division.

In this fifth interview, we are joined by Marcus Strother, the Director of Youth Development from Saacramento City Unified School District, and one of his students Malik Ibarra a senior at West Campus. This conversation focuses on what is happening at a district level, how districts in partnership with their community organizations can continue to serve our youth and communities, and what some of our students are experiencing during this time.

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Interview with Michael Funk on Grant Extensions
Fireside Chat: April 27, 2020

Interview with Michael Funk on Grant Extensions

The California AfterSchool Network is hosting near weekly interview with Michael Funk, Division Director for the California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division.

This fourth interview provides a quick update on the status of extending Expanded Learning grants. The California Department of Education will be extending all ASES, 21st CCLC, and ASSESTs grants by six months. Instead of ending on June 30, the closeout date for the grants will be December 31, 2020. This also includes ASES Frontier Transportation grants and the grants that support the System of Support for Expanded Learning. Check out the video for more information and the EXLD Guidance on Extending Expanded Learning Grants and Attendance and Expenditure Reporting

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Interview with Teresa Ayon of Anaheim Family YMCA
Fireside Chat: April 23, 2020

Interview with Teresa Ayon of Anaheim Family YMCA

The California AfterSchool Network is hosting near weekly interview with Michael Funk, Division Director for the California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division.

This third interview mostly focuses on a conversation with Teresa Ayon from the Anaheim Family YMCA, digging into what our program providers are doing to continue to serve our communities during the COVID-19 crisis, including keeping workers employed and staying connected to the field.

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Interview with Michael Funk on Governor’s Executive Order and EXLD Guidance Memo
Fireside Chat: April 13, 2020

Interview with Michael Funk on Governor’s Executive Order and EXLD Guidance Memo

The California AfterSchool Network is hosting a weekly interview with Michael Funk, Division Director for the California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division.

This second interview primarily covers the Governors Executive Order that was released on April 4, 2020 and the subsequent guidance from the Expanded Learning Division that was released on April 10, 2020.

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CAN Interview with Michael Funk on CDE Expanded Learning Division COVID-19 Guidance
Fireside Chat: April 1, 2020

CAN Interview with Michael Funk on CDE Expanded Learning Division COVID-19 Guidance

The California AfterSchool Network will be hosting a weekly interview with Michael Funk, Division Director for the California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division.

This first interview covers recent questions in response to guidance sent out from the Division on March 13 and March 27, 2020. If you have questions for future interviews please email the CAN team.