PSAYDN announced Steven Williams as its new associate director. In this position, Williams will work to promote high-quality afterschool and summer youth development programs through advocacy and capacity building. Williams has more than eight years’ experience in various committee and legislative support positions with the commonwealth. Prior to joining PSAYDN, he was Pennsylvania House of Representatives Executive Director for the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation and a Research Analyst for the House Democratic Policy Committee.

Williams replaces Laura Saccente, who now leads strategic initiatives for Center for Schools and Communities, the network’s managing organization. “Steven’s extensive experience in policy and involvement in the state’s afterschool caucus make him the perfect fit for continuing the call to expand program availability for under-served children and youth. His expertise and leadership will be imperative as PSAYDN evolves and grows to reach all corners of the state to provide support,” Saccente added.

PSAYDN Announces 2021 Pennsylvania STEM Ambassadors

Program helps develop science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) policy leaders in Pennsylvania and recognizes 35 members of the fourth cohort.

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 3, 2021 — PSAYDN announced the fourth cohort of the Pennsylvania STEM Ambassadors Program, which aims to shape the future of STEM education in the commonwealth by targeting vital policy conversations to legislative leadership in the areas of STEM Learning ecosystems, computer science, apprenticeships, state and federal policy for formal and informal education, and workforce needs.

Press Release | Meet the 2021 Pennsylvania STEM Ambassadors

It has been 11 months since schools first shut down across the country and around the world. Most students in the U.S. are still experiencing disruptions to their learning. To respond to this disruption, education leaders are calling for a reinvention of public education. Education experts, parents and students are thinking about what is going to be necessary to recover — and at the same time the things that are not worth returning to. Here are four key ideas: acceleration academies — aka summer school, tutoring, safer and more equitable schools — never going to go back to normal, and invest in a Moon Shot.

Earlier this month, U.S. Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, and Katie Porter, D-California, reintroduced the Family Savings for Kids and Seniors Act. According to a news release, the act will more than double what families can set aside pre-tax in Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) to pay for preschool, summer day camp, before or after school programs and child or adult daycare.

Congress will now move forward with crafting the Democrats’ relief bill. A key aspect of the American Rescue Plan is providing additional support for the nation’s K-12 schools. This will include social distancing, layoffs and close budget gaps, health staff, and supporting learning via tutors and summer school.

Deadline: Monday, June 14, 2021
The 2021 Contest challenges students to explore and understand their connection to water and to creatively communicate the need to protect this vital resource and life-sustaining relationship. What are the stories we need to tell about water to sustain and conserve it for current and future generations of life on Earth?

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