CAN Newsletter – October 31, 2018
Exciting New Developments
It has been a busy couple of weeks in the world of CAN, and Expanded Learning. Last week, I had the opportunity to spend Lights on Afterschool with three of the most influential leaders in after school history! These leaders include Jodi Grant, Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance; Michael Funk, the Director of the CDE’s Expanded Learning Division; and Tom Torlakson, California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. I was filled with gratitude that the three of them took the time to celebrate, honor, and award Visionary and Emerging Leaders in our field. I was also humbled to participate in honoring Tom Torlakson, whose leadership in our field as a legislator and Superintendent has been nothing short of exemplary. During the celebration, he was presented with a new (annual) award, the Tom Torlakson Trailblazer award. Please join me in thanking Tom Torlakson for his trailblazing leadership. Feel free to use the following social media language or create your own.
Thank you @TomTorlakson for your trailblazing leadership in support of after school and summer learning!
I have also been honored to serve on the Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development as a member of the Youth Development Work Group. The Work Group released the product of its work, Building Partnerships in Support of Where, When, & How Learning Happens on Monday! The brief highlights the exemplary work that has taken place in California to create a State SEL Guidelines, A Vision for Supporting Social Emotional Learning in California’s Expanded Learning Programs (All Day, All Year), and with the support of philanthropy, creating structured ways for California’s largest school districts to effectively partner with their Expanded Learning partners to advance Social Emotional Learning. Learn more.
We are excited to share these new developments and more!
Jeff Davis and the CAN Team
Aspen Commission Youth Development Brief Released
Building Partnerships in support of When, Where, and How Learning Happens
On Monday October 29th, the Aspen National Commission on Social Emotional and Academic Development released Building Partnerships in support of When, Where, and How Learning Happens.
Temescal Associates recently completed a 60-minute documentary on the history of afterschool. The documentary has been broken into 12 chapters (ranging from 2 – 15 minutes in length). It includes interviews with 15 afterschool leaders, historical imagery, and narration by Pedro Noguera. Check it out here!
The State of the State of Expanded Learning in California 2017-2018 provides an overview of the public investment in expanded learning opportunities in California. This year’s report outlines that expanded learning programs provide after school and summer learning opportunities to nearly 800,000 of California’s students with the greatest needs through over 4,500 expanded learning programs.
What will you do to save the planet?
Empower your students to change the world with the National Geographic Geo Challenge
Did you know that 500 million plastic straws are used every day? Eight million tons of plastic flow into the ocean every year? We need creative and actionable ideas from young people to literally save the planet.