Month: April 2021

Deadline: Friday, April 30, 2021

Million Girls Moonshot (MGM) is an afterschool equity initiative that seeks to reimagine who can engineer, who can build, who can make. PSAYDN, as part of MGM, is helping to support out-of-school time programs as they increase the quality of STEM learning opportunities for all young people, especially for underserved and underrepresented youth.

This survey, which takes 5-10 minutes, will help PSAYDN to better understand how we can best support afterschool and summer programs statewide.

Everyone who completes the survey will be invited to an exclusive webinar on hands-on engineering activities kids can do at home. Plus, 10 respondents will receive a $100 gift card.

Pennsylvania educators are invited to complete a 10-minute survey regarding preparedness to recognize and respond to students affected by trauma or distress, including trauma/distress related to COVID-19. This project is being conducted by researchers at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and Indiana University of Pennsylvania and funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Monday, April 19 through Friday, April 23, 2021
Everyone appreciates being recognized for their efforts and a simple “thank you!” goes a long way. The Appreciation Week is a time to recognize, appreciate and advocate for those who work with young people during out-of-school hours. The week is marked by celebrations and public relations efforts encouraging appreciation and support for all the afterschool professionals who make a profound difference in the lives of young people.

Capitol Washington D.C.

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) provides funding for low-income families in the workforce to have access to quality, accessible child care for their children ages 0-13. The American Rescue Plan, in recognition of the important role of child care for American families, provided $39 billion of funding support for the CCDBG program. This funding comes in addition to the $5.9 billion appropriated for the program for FY 2021.

Capitol Washington D.C.

The latest COVID-19 relief package, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, includes a huge chunk of money to benefit young people. Of that money, more than $30 billion in education funds can flow to educators and youth development professionals who work with kids after school and in the summer. The law sets up the potential for people in youth development to join forces with schools to help young people get back up to speed academically and to recover from the many other privations of the pandemic.

Based on the research-affirmed New Art and Science of Teaching framework by Dr. Robert J. Marzano and ACUE’s Effective Practice Framework©, this teacher-centered online course delivers in-depth training for remote teaching and learning strategies for secondary educators.

Between the end of classes and the beginning of dinner, were for millions of teenagers everywhere the golden hours of the day. They provided a release from the pressures of school or an escape from a stressful home. It was a time for friendship and fun. Some students spent their time hanging out aimlessly, shuffling through nearby eateries, parks and friends’ houses. But many others had more structured routines, at school clubs, on sports teams or in afterschool programs. City-funded spaces like public libraries, community centers and recreational facilities offered havens for free-form socializing. For most students reopening cannot happen soon enough. Read some of their stories.

As anticipation for a post-COVID world continues to build, it will become all that much more important to remember that the deep, pervasive inequities in our education system exposed by the pandemic will not disappear with the virus. This was the main focus of a briefing on summer learning and afterschool programs hosted by the National Summer Learning Association. As NSLA CEO Aaron Dworkin stated in his opening remarks, “When we’re talking about summer learning and afterschool learning, we’re talking about equity for all children.”

Staff and students from school districts, Cajon Valley Union School District in California and Tulsa Public Schools in Oklahoma, emphasized the importance of building and maintaining relationships during the pandemic, including those between teachers and administrators, teachers and students, staff and parents, and schools with the surrounding community. Read about their unique approaches.

The Pennsylvania Girls Collaborative is recruiting teachers and afterschool providers from across the nation to take part in the free CryptoClub Project. The Project consists of classroom and web-based materials, which teach cryptography and related mathematics to students, in grades 5 through 12, in both formal and informal settings. The curriculum was developed with NSF support and has been nationally field-tested.

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