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Cool Resource: Afterschool Snack's STEM Pages

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"Afterschool Snack," a useful blog focused on quality afterschool and out-of-school learning programs, has redesigned its STEM pages for even greater ease and navigability.  Features including STEM-specific funding opportunities, policy updates, local program listings and resources, an interactive calendar, and more make the STEM section an invaluable resource.  Check it out!


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The Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project

Students need a range of supports to ensure success in school and in life. Now, more than ever before, we have the evidence and experience to show that expanded learning opportunities can improve learning outcomes for young people.

Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success, edited by Terry K. Peterson, Ph.D., is a groundbreaking compendium of studies, reports and commentaries by more than 100 thought leaders including elected officials, educators, researchers, advocates and other prominent authors.

This seminal work presents more than 400 pages of bold and persuasive evidence from the field that engaging opportunities — drawing from robust partnerships — yield positive outcomes for students and for community and family engagement in learning.


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Gordon Dahlby's curator insight, January 29, 2013 1:13 PM

US eduction reports continue to build a wall between student learning in the physical space called school and the rest of their learning.  Until these silos and segmenting conversations and, more importantly, outdated use of the calendar, we wil make slow if any progress.

 

Ideas in the report, while important, are written for a previous century's design.

 

Ubiquitous access to technology is so very important to bridging economic barriers and a vision for broad expansion of experiential barriers.

Rubi Valencia's comment, May 9, 2013 3:10 PM
i agree that students need supports to ensure success in school since sometimes many students cannot get help at home. Not getting any help outside of the classroom may be very damaging to studdents' success!
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Are Afterschool Activities Helpful for a Single Parent?: Single Parent Childcare - Video

This video Are afterschool activities helpful for a single parent? is from the series Single Parent Childcare. Watch Video about Single Parent,Parenting,Child Care by Metacafe.

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The Proof Behind Expanded Learning - Huffington Post

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The Proof Behind Expanded LearningHuffington PostI'm proud today to join the launch of The Expanding Learning and Afterschool Project.

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Upgrading After School Programs for A Digital Age

Upgrading After School Programs for A Digital Age | after school learning | Scoop.it
From The Cooney Center : Upgrading Afterschool: Common Sense Shifts in Expanded Learning for a Digital Age The Cooney Center’s Executive Director Michael H.
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Shelby Mota's comment, May 7, 2013 12:05 AM
I completely agree with this article. Our education is of the utmost importance and needs to be able to compete with the time and age.
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Student-Centered Learning in Afterschool: Putting Students' Needs and Interests First

Student-Centered Learning in Afterschool: Putting Students' Needs and Interests First | after school learning | Scoop.it

“Now more than ever, creativity and imagination are an important part of helping children learn to think critically, solve problems and express themselves—all necessary to compete in today’s global community. Wherever children are—in school or out—[student-centered learning opportunities] work to surround them with opportunities to develop skills and nurture talents that lead to success.” – Big Thought, Dallas, Texas


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Math Buddy Online - K-8 math concepts interactive activities online worksheets assessment after school home school

Math Buddy presents Math Buddy K-12 math concepts interactive activities online worksheets assessment tests question of the day fractions decimals geometry place value...

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this is a great idea but make sure to monitor your kids online!

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Providence After School Alliance

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PASA collaborates with schools and teachers to offer a full day/full year of learning that's hands-on, enriching, and fun. We also work closely with youth, both formal and informal educators, families, policy makers, and community members to develop after-school and expanded learning programs that get young people exited, keep the coming back, and put them on a path for success. 

PASA is also committed to the idea that sharing data and best practices from local and national sources helps to contribute to making stronger and more sustainable after-school and expanded learning systems. To see our approach to using local and industry research, as well as to see a list of up-to-date resources, click here.

PASA's program quality standards, professional development opportunities, use of program data,industry research, and assessment tools work in concert to ensure that our hands-on approach to learning is not only fun, but also effective.

PASA's quality improvement strategy is founded on quality standards and measurments developed by PASA and its community partners. Together, we developed quality standards divided into five major categories:

Health, Safety, and EnvironmentRelationshipsProgramming and ActivitiesStaffing and Professional DevelopmentAdministration

The resulting Rhode Island After-School Quality Standards are designed to provide a standard for programs to measure themselves against in order to work toward continuous progress and improvement. They are measurable through ongoing assessment, tracking, and meaningful observation, applicable to any age group and any type of after-school program, but most importantly they are achievable. 

All of PASA's program providers embrace the Rhode Island After-School Quality Standards.

 Measuring Quality

PASA continues to develop its quality improvement system in partnership with the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality (CYPQ), a division of the Forum for Youth Investment. CYPQ provides valuable technical assistance and support as PASA grows and develops use of the RIPQA and its accompanying quality coaching model statewide. Learn more about the tool, contact Jessie Kerr-Vanderslice or request a copy from the Weikart Center.

The RIPQA is a self-assessment tool that combines the validated Youth PQA (Form A) with a locally developed supplement that addresses the unique needs and priorities of Rhode Island after-school providers (Form B). 

PASA uses the Rhode Island Program Quality Assessment Tool (RIPQA) to measure the performance of all of our program providers at both the middle and high school level, twice a year. 

Each program site is assigned a Quality Advisor who participates in program observations, facilitates quality improvement planning, provides one-on-one technical assistance to each site as need based on the recommended action steps. 

 

Data Tracking

Data tracking is crucial for knowing what programs young people are attending, how often, and for how long. Data also plays a key role in short- and long-term program evaluation.

PASA's participant tracking tool, youthservices.net operates as a citywide data-sharing system that allows individual program providers to manage their programs on a day-to-day basis. It also ensures that PASA can successfully manage the AfterZone and Hub initiatives.

At the site level, the tool is used to track enrollment, retention, and attendence in real-time. At the system level, the tool provides data about student attendance, program popularity, and student participation—enabling PASA to successfully coordinate daily transportation for the AfterZone with the District transportation team.

Data is also used to help make adjustments to overall program quality, while allowing PASA and our partners to see student trends that affect programmatic decisions. It is also confidentially linked to school department data to understand the impact that the AfterZone and Hub have on student outcomes.


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A new level of BLENDED LEARNING thinking outside the box and shedding a prejudice for learning in achool.

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Free after-school programs, program ideas and activities for the home and afterschool

Free after-school programs, program ideas and activities for the home and afterschool | after school learning | Scoop.it
Thinkfinity offers free after-school programs, after-school program ideas and after-school activities for parents at home. Our goal is to improve student achievement by providing high-quality content to parents and afterschool practicioners.

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FREE!?!

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Holland Bass's comment, May 7, 2013 4:23 AM
I like this gives free ideas, because many after school programs are things you have to pay for. Though, your link doesn't lead to anything specific. I had to hunt it down on my own.
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myHomework - App

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myHomework is a site where students can manage everything about their school life. From classes and homework to before and after school activities, MyHomework helps students stay organized on the web and on the go.

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this is a great website for homework help when parents may not be able to help like they would like, or to allow kids to gain so independence and do things themselves.

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Community Education offers early education, after-school programs ...

Community Education offers early education, after-school programs ... | after school learning | Scoop.it
From learning in an outdoor environment to engaging young minds, the Dixie State Community Education program offers two low-cost courses for children in Washington County: an early education class and an after-school ...
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After School Learning Solutions: Is a Gifted Program Enough?

After School Learning Solutions: Is a Gifted Program Enough? | after school learning | Scoop.it
Usually in public schools, a Talented and Gifted program (TAG) pulls out students identified as gifted from the regular classroom in an attempt t (After School Learning Solutions: Is a Gifted Program Enough?
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Mozilla launches version 1.0 of Open Badges standard for verifying ...

Mozilla launches version 1.0 of Open Badges standard for verifying ... | after school learning | Scoop.it
One of the unique points of the badges is that the software used to generate them includes the data necessary for verifying the issuer and criteria of the achievement. Mozilla offers up after-school programs, online learning and ...

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I really that this in a onlince version of Boy Scouts!! Way to go MOZILLA!!

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

Afterschool Alliance :: Making the Case for STEM Afterschool - Advocacy Toolkit | after school learning | 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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Too Much Homework Can Lower Test Scores at newlearningonline

Too Much Homework Can Lower Test Scores at newlearningonline | after school learning | Scoop.it
A growing body of research suggests that homework may not have significant benefits for early learning. This article describes new research that suggests that early and excessive homework may also detract from test scores.

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Interesting!

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Ashley Cox's comment, May 4, 2013 6:34 PM
I totally agree with this! Great post!
KatieMcDade's comment, May 6, 2013 10:50 PM
I've always thought that stacking homework creates the opposite effect on grades for kids especially when it comes to testing
Belinda Garcia's comment, May 7, 2013 9:59 PM
Definitely. Instead of helping, too much homework makes things worse.
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Online Writing Courses for Elementary to High School - Time4Writing

Online Writing Courses for Elementary to High School - Time4Writing | after school learning | Scoop.it
Online writing program & free resources for homeschool, afterschool & skill building. Our activities teach writing mechanics, sentences, essays & more

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Dale Borgeson's curator insight, January 2, 2013 1:32 AM

There are some very good free resources here for teaching writing sentences and paragraphs. 

Dale Borgeson's comment, January 3, 2013 1:30 AM
I think these videos and worksheets will come in very handy.
Dale Borgeson's curator insight, October 21, 2014 12:05 AM

There are some very good free resources here for teaching writing sentences and paragraphs. 

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Spark a Love of Learning Afterschool

Spark a Love of Learning Afterschool | after school learning | Scoop.it
Quick question:  How many hours of one-on-one instruction does your son or daughter get in school each week? No wait!  Don’t tell me.  I think I can guess the answer… In an ordinary classroom indiv...

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Jennifer Buckley's comment, May 2, 2013 4:26 PM
This mom is such an inspiration. What a lovely way to encourage your children and give them they attention they want and need. I love her ideas!
AP's comment, May 5, 2013 9:43 PM
I think that "Afterschooling" would be great for kids. It not only allows them to do something fun and hands on, but allows the parents and children to spend time with one another.
Katiebelle Wheelock's comment, May 10, 2013 9:10 PM
It so inspiring to see that parents working with their children to continue learning even they are not in school in such fun ways. Kinesthetic learning benefits all children so parents can use this website for some really great ideas!
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Afterschool programs focus on project-based learning | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

Afterschool programs focus on project-based learning | Philadelphia Public School Notebook | after school learning | Scoop.it
Afterschool programs focus on project-based learning - Philadelphia Public School Notebook (blog) http://t.co/tJi95Jvk...

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Sue Blough's comment, May 3, 2013 7:33 PM
If learning happens because kids are engaged then PBL should be used in school more often, as well as during after-school programs. However, I think after-school programs should maintain the discipline of doing homework, in addition to providing experiential, hands-on activities.
Brittany Anne Garcia's comment, May 7, 2013 12:02 AM
this is very true what it says that learning does not stop just because the school bell rings. This article talks about how school routines like snack, homework time and free have been replaced with PBL which is an interdisciplinary instruction model that would allow youth to explore their interest and would be able to some how answer their questions about the world. I really like what this says and i would some how hope that they would be able to do this at school every where around the country.
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Collaboration in Afterschool = Engagement in Learning - National ...

Collaboration in Afterschool = Engagement in Learning - National ... | after school learning | Scoop.it

On Capitol Hill today, a panel of education experts and corporate leaders gathered to discuss how to create and maintain successful partnerships that improve student engagement in learning. ...


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How to Control the Costs of Kids' Extracurricular Activities - Fox Business

How to Control the Costs of Kids' Extracurricular Activities - Fox Business | after school learning | Scoop.it
How to Control the Costs of Kids' Extracurricular ActivitiesFox BusinessParents with kids in after school activities will tell you that all the not only do all the sports practices, language classes and boy and girl scout meetings consume a lot of...

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Always great to know about ways to save some money!

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Brittany Nuzum's comment, May 6, 2013 7:08 PM
This article is so helpful! This takes away parents and schools concerns about the cost of after school activities. These activities are so important for kids it's great to see how to easier keep them alive!
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After School Mathematics

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I LOVE MATH!! #geekout

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Hands-on contact with the arts

Hands-on contact with the arts | after school learning | Scoop.it

It was the inaugural session of a new Artist in Residence program, an after-school program started through a partnership between Activities Beyond the Classroom and ArtsWave.

Arts exposure benefits students, schools

It’s the latest partnership in this high-poverty district of 33,000 students, to ensure that every child is exposed to the arts. Arts programming is often left out or under-funded in K-12 curriculum, especially when school budgets need to be trimmed, despite studies associating it with reduced behavioral problems, increased attendance and improved academic performance.


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Eastlake Elementary students get animated

Eastlake Elementary students get animated | after school learning | Scoop.it

Students are learning vector-based graphic skills in an after-school club. ("@Nightline: Kids on iPads: Teaching tool or babysitter?" DEFINITELY TEACHING!


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After school activities for kids at home

After school activities for kids at home | after school learning | Scoop.it
What do you do to keep your kid busy after school? Here are some interesting after school activities for kids at home.
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this is a great article for parents who may be stay at homes or cant afford an after-school program

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THE 4-1-1 for sports, activities, schools, camps, after school programs, events and organizations. http://t.co/m1ZRIy7VmO #sports #broward
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Great magazine to learn about all kinds of activities!

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