CAN Newsletter November 10, 2015


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CAN Policy Committee State and National Policy Update Thursday Nov. 12

This year will be a very active year for expanded learning policy. Join CAN’s Policy Committee Co-chairs Jessica Gunderson (Policy Director with the Partnership for Children and Youth) and Brian Lee (State Director with Fight Crime Invest in Kids California) as they outline the current policy landscape and ways that you can help sustain high quality expanded learning programs in California. 

You won’t want to miss this meeting because we will discuss:

  • New administrative policies impacting expanded learning in CA. 
  • State expanded learning policy updates including information on how to support the long-term sustainability of the ASES program (see attached documentation). 
  • Federal policy updates including information about sustaining the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program and Child Nutrition Reauthorization. 

Join the CAN Policy Committee State and National Policy Update
Thursday November 12, 2015
11:00am – 12:00pm

Call – 1-888-450-4821 
Enter Code: 499706  


Two Professional Development and Leadership Opportunities with CalSAC

The California School Age Consortium (CalSAC) has extended the deadline for two spectacular leadership and professional development opportunities. The deadline for the 2016 Leadership Development Institute (LDI) has been extended to November 20. The LDI is the only year-long leadership development fellowship specifically designed for emerging leaders of color in the OST field. Learn more and apply for the LDI. Applications are due November 20. 

CalSAC has also extended the deadline to join their next Trainer Network Institute taking place Feb. 4-6 in the Central Valley. Participants will receive a 3-day intensive professional development training of trainers and will have the opportunity to become endorsed trainers on over 60 training modules. Learn more and apply for the Feb. 4-6 trainer institute. Applications are due December 4. 


After School Alliance Launches After School STEM Hub

The Afterschool STEM Hub is a collaboration among afterschool leaders and stakeholders to provide coordinated messaging and communications that impact advocacy and policy and help ensure the important place of afterschool programs in the STEM learning ecosystem. Their website contains a comprehensive set of talking points to support STEM learning in expanded learning programs, as well as a brief informative video about the importance and potential of implementing STEM learning opportunities in expanded learning settings. To compliment the messaging information on the Afterschool STEM Hub access Collaborate to Innovate, a resource designed to spur K-12 and expanded learning partnerships to advance quality STEM learning. Also access additional resources to support STEM learning in expanded learning programs


Advance Growth Mindsets with the Mindset Kit

The Mindset Kit is a free set of online courses, lessons, and practices for educators and parents who want to foster adaptive learning mindsets. The Mindset Kit was produced by PERTS at Stanford University. The kit contains resources that introduce educators to growth and fixed mindsets and provides practices to help promote a growth mindset in educational environments. The kit also contains training modules and resources to support students growth mindset in math, and a short module for parents that provides information and resources to foster a growth mindset. Learn more and access the Mindset Kit. 


Connect staff and families to health care enrollment information

Enrollment for health coverage through Covered California is open from November 1, 2015, to January 31, 2016. Medi-Cal enrollment is year round. The All In project is a statewide campaign to equip education leaders with the tools they need to connect families and individuals in the school, early learning, and after-school communities to health coverage and care. The All In Fall 2015 Toolkit includes an AB 2706 fact sheet and a 2015-16 calendar on how to promote access to health care all year-round. The Toolkit also contains outreach materials and resources to connect families and staff to health coverage.  Access the All In Fall 2015 Toolkit. 


GenerationOn Joymaker Challenge

During the GenerationOn Joy Maker Challenge, for each kid or teen who volunteers, Hasbro will donate a toy or game to Toys for Tots, up to 1 million dollars’ worth. To participate, simply sign up and learn about project ideas and lesson plans, complete a service project between November 23rd and December 23rd, and share the story of your service for a chance to win grants. Learn more and participate in the GenerationOn Joy Maker Challenge.