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STEAM Newsletter

STEAM Newsletter – Who Runs the World: Girls!
March 21, 2023

This historic 1965 photograph, depicted a laboratory technician, as she was measuring out various powdered chemicals, which would subsequently be combined in order to formulate reagents to be used in conjunction with an AutoAnalyzer.

It’s March, friends, and that means Women’s History Month! Women’s History Month is a wonderful time to honor the stories, achievements, and legacies of the amazing women who shaped STEM fields as we know them today. By educating ourselves about the past, we can create a bright future for women and girls to follow in their footsteps and forge new pathways to innovation.

CAN Newsletter

CAN Newsletter – Reflecting on the 2023 Site Coordinator Symposium
February 28, 2023

CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond and Symposium participants.

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!

STEAM Newsletter

STEAM Newsletter – Celebrating National Mentoring Month!
January 18, 2023

Three female math teachers collaborate

Happy New Year! Welcome to the first installment of the CAN STEAM newsletter for 2023! This January, we are celebrating National Mentoring Month, a national celebration of the role models and mentors that have made monumental differences in the lives of so many.

Listed as one of Moonshot’s four transformative practices, role models and mentors play a significant role in showing young women what is possible for them in STEM. 

CAN Newsletter

CAN Newsletter – Chapter 1 of 2023!
January 12, 2023

Happy New Year 2023

Happy New Year! A new year, a fresh start, and infinite possibilities! The CAN Team is looking forward to the next year and all of the awesome work, we, educators and practitioners in Expanded Learning / Out-of-School-Time will do together. As we jump into the second half of the school year and continue supporting children and youth in our communities, it is important we care for ourselves. 

CAN Newsletter

CAN Newsletter – Reflecting on the Year
December 15, 2022

Photo of students walking in the snow

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.

Health and Wellness Newsletter

Health & Wellness Newsletter – Prioritizing Health this Season
November 22, 2022

Welcome to this month’s Health & Wellness newsletter! As we enter this holiday season, it is important to prioritize all aspects of your health: physical, mental, and emotional.

As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, check in with your community. Seasonal depression, or it’s clinical term: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is a type of depression that occurs with the changing of the seasons that affects up to 10% of the United States population.

STEAM Newsletter

STEAM Newsletter – Broadening STEM Access for All
November 15, 2022

A student looks for a chemical reaction in a beaker during an experiment.November is a busy month full of celebration. It is National Native American Heritage month and November 8th was National STEM Day. As a partner of Million Girls Moonshot, the California AfterSchool Network is helping close the gap to make STEAM learning more equitable and accessible to marginalized and all youth. All month long we honor the contributions of Indigenous peoples past and present to STEM.

STEAM Newsletter

STEAM Newsletter – #GirlsLeadSTEM

3 Girls working in a techlab making robots

October is #GirlsLeadSTEM month! Launched in June 2022, #GirlsLeadSTEM is a national public awareness campaign to elevate the diverse voices of young women and girls in STEM, especially those who are marginalized. Through a collective voice, #GirlsLeadSTEM will celebrate the girls who lead their STEM journeys and raise their voices to inspire and share their perspectives on what’s needed to close the gaps in STEM.

Join us in the celebration by sharing quotes and stories that highlight youth voices on social media using the hashtag #GirlsLeadSTEM!

CAN Newsletter

CAN Newsletter – #AllKidsSafeAndWell
October 13, 2022

#AllKidsSafeandWell graphicOctober is National Bullying Prevention Month and focuses on raising awareness of bullying. During this month, many groups across the country will release new resources, campaigns, and efforts aimed at bringing awareness to the issue of bullying. As CA Expanded Learning and Out-of-School-Time programs work to transform schools and communities, we have the responsibility to educate ourselves and our teams about anti-bullying prevention and intervention.

Health and Wellness Newsletter

Health & Wellness Newsletter – Celebrating National Recovery Month!
September 27, 2022

Fence with the signs "You are not alone" "Don't give up" "You matter"

September is National Recovery Month. More than 20 million people are recovering from substance use disorders in the United States. By bringing awareness to substance abuse and recovery, we can commit to helping prevent substance abuse disorders, supporting those who are still struggling, and providing people in recovery with the resources they need to live full and healthy lives.

Recovery doesn’t happen overnight, and we are here to support all that take part in the journey.

STEAM Newsletter

STEAM Newsletter – Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!
September 20, 2022

Woman in laboratory

It is Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15)! Representation is crucial to helping students feel like they belong. To help students see themselves with a future in STEM and to broaden their understanding of science history, Million Girls Moonshot has compiled a multitude of resources that focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

CAN Newsletter

CAN Newsletter – Supporting our Youth in the New School Year
September 13, 2022

High school student teachers read a book to a preschool class.

Welcome to the new 2022-23 school year! We hope children youth, families, and educators all have a positive, engaging, fun year of learning and community-building. In this newsletter, we are happy to share professional development resources to support students in the new school year, an article on LGBTQ+ rights and resources to join us in supporting Orange Shirt Day

Health and Wellness Newsletter

Health & Wellness Newsletter – Preparing for a Healthy New School Year
August 24, 2022

Woman getting a vaccine at a doctor's office

Welcome to this month’s Health & Wellness Newsletter! The start of a new school year is a busy time for families, students and teachers. Parents are focused on gathering all of the essentials their kids will need for the first time at school or entering a new grade, teachers are busy preparing their classrooms for in-person instruction, and kids are excited to see their friends again! For all, it’s an important time to rejoin the activities that enrich their lives.

CAN Newsletter

CAN Newsletter – Heading Back to School!
August 9, 2022

High school students writing in library

Hello and welcome to the CAN Newsletter! For those who are new to the CAN Community, we would like to take an opportunity to introduce ourselves. The California AfterSchool Network’s mission is to provide the resources and support needed by the OST field and its partners across sectors to build high quality OST programs that improve the lives of California’s most vulnerable children, youth, families, and communities. CAN is “of the field and for the field,” is a catalyst of quality, a vehicle for advocacy, and a conduit for communications.

STEAM Newsletter

STEAM Newsletter – To The Moon, Back, and now…Beyond
July 19, 2022

A clay astronaut with a spaceship behind it

It was exactly 53 years ago astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin made history when they became the first human beings to set foot on the moon.  This month the Million Girls Moonshot and all of its parters commemorate that “giant leap for mankind” as it remains one of humanity’s greatest achievements. We look to the future, to the next generation of engineers and scientists. What will be their “giant leap”? And most importantly, how do we support young people on their journey in STEM?