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Afterschool Alliance :: Making the Case for STEM Afterschool - Advocacy Toolkit

Afterschool Alliance :: Making the Case for STEM Afterschool - Advocacy Toolkit | United Way | Scoop.it

We know afterschool programs are a great way to get children and youth excited about STEM and should be integral partners in STEM education.  But far too many of our leaders (and even our neighbors!) think of afterschool programs as child care, unaware of all the incredible learning opportunities programs are creating for our students.  They have no idea that innovative and engaging STEM learning is occurring in afterschool programs across our country or how it is inspiring our next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians.

 

This is why educating our leaders and the public through advocacy is so important!  It is vital that all of us make the case to a variety of stakeholders about the importance of including afterschool programs in STEM education reform efforts.

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CDC - SHI - School Health Index - Adolescent and School Health

The School Health Index (SHI): Self-Assessment & Planning Guide  is a self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs. It's easy to use and completely confidential.

 

The SHI was developed by CDC in partnership with school administrators and staff, school health experts, parents, and national nongovernmental health and education agencies to

Enable schools to identify strengths and weaknesses of health and safety policies and programs Enable schools to develop an action plan for improving student health, which can be incorporated into the School Improvement Plan Engage teachers, parents, students, and the community in promoting health-enhancing behaviors and better health
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Health Equity Obesity Resource Toolkit - Directors of Health Promotion and Education

Download the Health Equity Obesity Resource Toolkit here: http://www.centertrt.org/content/docs/Health_Equity/HealthEquityObesityToolkit_07_25_12_FINAL_508_compliant.pdf

 

The goal is to increase the capacity of state health departments and their partners to work with and through communities to implement effective responses to obesity in populations that are facing health disparities. The Toolkit's primary focus is on how to create policy, systems, and environmental changes that will reduce obesity disparities and achieve health equity.

 

The Toolkit can be found on the Center for Training and Research Translation's (Center TRT) website, www.centertrt.org,click on Health Equity tab.

 

Coming this spring will be a web-based training to compliment the Toolkit. This training will: (1) inform States, communities and their partners on the purpose and use of the toolkit; (2) orient practitioners on the range of specific approaches and interventions for disparate populations; and (3) assist in the selection and integration of interventions with appropriate environmental and policy strategies and approaches into existing programs or the implementation of new programs to achieve health equity.

 

Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) advances health policy and systems change with a health equity focus.

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Harvard's Lead for Literacy Initiative: Featured Initiative for Policy Makers and Educational Leaders

The Lead for Literacy initiative is a series of one-page memos written for leaders dedicated to children’s literacy development. Each memo revisits assumptions that guide current policies and practices, outlines common pitfalls, and presents feasible solutions to pressing issues.

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ERIN Project (Beta) - A New Way to View American Education Initiatives

ERIN Project (Beta) - A New Way to View American Education Initiatives | United Way | Scoop.it

What is ERIN Project?

  ERIN Project is a powerful tool designed to analyze the U.S. Education system through five key lenses:   policy, research, organizations, funders and technology. 
  ERIN Project is a free, impartial, and up-to-date database.

Who Created ERIN Project?

  ERIN Project was created by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.  You can learn more about LJAF by visiting www.arnoldfoundation.org.

How ERIN Project is Structured

  ERIN Project's data is grouped into five general categories:

Funders; Research; Policy; Organizations working in education; and Information technology.
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