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Monday, February 4
 

8:45am

White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellows Meeting
Monday February 4, 2013 8:45am - 12:00pm
Dirksen JW Marriott Washington DC

10:00am

Network Leads Meeting
Monday February 4, 2013 10:00am - 3:00pm
Salon D JW Marriott Washington DC

12:00pm

Prospective Networks Meeting
Monday February 4, 2013 12:00pm - 3:00pm
State JW Marriott Washington DC

1:00pm

AmeriCorps Vista Meeting
Monday February 4, 2013 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Treasury JW Marriott Washington DC

4:00pm

Opening Plenary
Why do some children succeed while others fail? The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: success comes to those who score the highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. In the new book, How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter most have more to do with character: skills such as perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism and self control.
In addition to his research, Tough will share about the lessons learned in IS 318, a low-income public school in Brooklyn, NY, where an afterschool program focused on chess changed the culture of the school and the lives of the students.
Tough has written extensively about education, child development, poverty and politics, and his articles on character education, the achievement gap and the Obama administration’s poverty policies include cover stories in The New York Times Magazine.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Tough

Paul Tough

Paul Tough is the author of the new book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, in which he challenges our culture’s belief that intelligence, endlessly measured by test scores, is the sole indicator of value in our education system. The work of a new generation of researchers and educators points to the fact that the qualities that have a better shot at indicating lifelong success are “non cognitive” or... Read More →


Monday February 4, 2013 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Salons III & IV JW Marriott Washington DC

5:30pm

Welcome Reception
Help us kick off the national network meeting in style at the welcome reception, immediately following the opening plenary. Catch up with old friends and meet new ones. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Monday February 4, 2013 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Ballroom Foyer JW Marriott Washington DC

7:30pm

End of Monday Programming: Optional Team Time
Monday February 4, 2013 7:30pm - 7:30pm
JW Marriott Washington DC 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC
 
Tuesday, February 5
 

8:00am

Expanded Minds and Opportunities Symposium and Compendium Release
Participants in the national network meeting will help launch Expanding Minds and Opportunities with a release event at the National Press Club featuring the authors of the book. Everyone will receive a complimentary copy of the book.

Tuesday February 5, 2013 8:00am - 11:00am
National Press Club 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045

11:30am

Lunch Discussion with Compendium Authors
Participants return to the hotel for an exclusive opportunity to join roundtable discussions with a select group of compendium authors.

Tuesday February 5, 2013 11:30am - 1:15pm
JW Marriott Washington DC 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC

1:45pm

Afterschool and STEM System Building: Creating Pathways to Success

What are the building blocks to develop afterschool and STEM systems? Utilizing the experience of the California AfterSchool Network, participants will walk through a roadmap for system building and reflect on a series of questions and lessons learned for group discussion. No matter where your state is in afterschool and STEM system building, this session will help you consider next steps.


Facilitators
avatar for Victoria Wegener

Victoria Wegener

Partner, Mainspring Consulting

Resource Experts
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Jeff Buehler

Director, Project LIFTOFF

Network Discussants
JD

Jeff Davis

Program Director, STEM in OST Programs, California Afterschool Network
avatar for Frank Pisi

Frank Pisi

Director, California AfterSchool Network

Tuesday February 5, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Salon D JW Marriott Washington DC
  • Session Themes STEM

1:45pm

Closing the Wellness Opportunity Gap through Afterschool

Children need to be healthy to learn. Access to safe play spaces and healthy foods is one of the greatest disparities between high- and low- income young people. It is essential that afterschool and summer learning programs tackle the opportunity gap to get and keep young people active, fit, eating healthy and receiving wellness checkups. This session explores how focusing on wellness is a policy and partnership opportunity for networks to connect with major national and local initiatives.


Facilitators
Resource Experts
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Chris Smith

Executive Director, Boston After School & Beyond

Network Discussants

Tuesday February 5, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
State JW Marriott Washington DC

1:45pm

Commissions, Advisory Committees and Task Forces

How does the network support state task forces and commissions to support policies that advance expanded learning and afterschool? Three networks will discuss the intersection of their work and these related entities and how to best use them to advance a policy and/or quality agenda.


Facilitators
avatar for Janelle Cousino

Janelle Cousino

Vice President, FowlerHoffman LLC
Janelle Cousino, Vice President and Chief Network Weaver, has extensive experience in directing organizations and developing advocacy strategies around public policies both locally and internationally. Janelle is passionate about social change and supporting citizen based non profits succeed in making a difference for their constituency. In 2000, she returned to the United States from a three-year assignment as Chief of Party of the National... Read More →

Network Discussants

Tuesday February 5, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Hart JW Marriott Washington DC

1:45pm

Expanding Your Understanding of College and Career Readiness in Afterschool

Join national and state leaders in a conversation about college and career readiness (CCR) in afterschool. Just like STEM, CCR is a tangible strategy to engage influential cross-sector leaders and investors in afterschool at the state and local levels and to create high impact outcomes for youth of all ages. Representatives from the Lumina Foundation and American Youth Policy Forum will lead a discussion about CCR and how networks can engage with this issue. Indiana Afterschool Network will provide an example of mobilizing resources and partners to support CCR efforts and the development of CCR Standards to support their work.


Facilitators
Resource Experts
avatar for Betsy Brand

Betsy Brand

Executive Director, American Youth Policy Forum
Betsy Brand is the Executive Director of the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization that educates and informs policymakers, practitioners and researchers working on education, workforce, and youth issues at the national, state and local levels. AYPF’s goal is to enable policymakers to become more effective in the development, enactment and implementation of... Read More →

Network Discussants

Tuesday February 5, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Rayburn JW Marriott Washington DC

1:45pm

Fiscal Health of the Networks: Data, Next Steps and Implications

How healthy is your network? How can the fiscal health of a network be compared to a more traditional nonprofit? The Finance Project will share new research on how non-profit and sponsored organizations define fiscal health as well as the overall fiscal standing of statewide afterschool networks. In this session, participants will discuss key findings, consider how to best support networks and boards in building their organization’s fiscal health and consider what measures of fiscal health translate to the networks.


Facilitators
Network Discussants

Tuesday February 5, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Treasury JW Marriott Washington DC

1:45pm

Messages that Matter to Education Leaders

Expanded Learning. Afterschool. Student Success. Positive Youth Outcomes. Which words work when trying to engage education leaders? New messaging research reveals how education leaders consider expanded learning and afterschool from their vantage point in working with students. Join the discussion and share what resonates in your state with teachers, principals, superintendents and education policymakers.


Facilitators
avatar for Terri Ferinde Dunham

Terri Ferinde Dunham

Partner, Collaborative Communications Group
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Resource Experts

Tuesday February 5, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Russell JW Marriott Washington DC

1:45pm

Quality 101: Everything You Wanted to Know About Quality Standards but Were Afraid to Ask

This “101” session will focus on the role of networks as the driver of quality standards and professional development. What do we mean by “Quality Improvement Efforts” and what role can networks play? What is the alphabet soup of quality, such as QRIS, YPQA, SAYO, etc? With the help of networks who have been through the process, this session will walk through the basics of quality assessment systems, associated professional development, using data and credentialing.


Facilitators
Network Discussants
avatar for Mari Offenbecher

Mari Offenbecher

CEO, School's Out Washington
Executive Director - School's Out Washington | Mari Offenbecher has been the Director of School's Out Washington since 1990. Mari has provided leadership to local and statewide community building efforts including the Leadership Council for Quality Care and Education and the Washington Afterschool Association. She currently participates on a variety of local and state committees to help shape policy to benefit and sustain community-based... Read More →

Tuesday February 5, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Commerce JW Marriott Washington DC

1:45pm

Two-Way Streets: Replicating City-Level Afterschool System Efforts at the State Level and Applying State Lessons Locally

There is no need to reinvent the wheel, especially with the significant traction regarding afterschool practices and policy at both the city and state levels. When city leaders intentionally partner with their respective statewide afterschool networks, many new opportunities arise that save time and simplify and align policies at both levels. Join the conversation about leveraging strategies, including: creating quality standards, utilizing quality assessment tools, supporting the creation of citywide youth master plans, developing briefings for mayoral and city council candidates, shaping advocacy campaigns, drafting joint Lights On Afterschool! resolutions and designing citywide afterschool systems.


Facilitators
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Bela Shah Spooner

Program Maanger, Afterschool Initiatives, National League of Cities

Network Discussants
avatar for Karen Kingsley

Karen Kingsley

Director of Public Policy & Communications, Youthprise

Tuesday February 5, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Cannon JW Marriott Washington DC

3:15pm

An Established Body of Evidence: Expanding Minds and Opportunities for America's Children

“The afterschool field is in a strong position because it can make evidence based claims about its public value on an array of commonly valued youth outcomes,” declares Heather Weiss in her article featured in the landmark publication Expanding Minds and Opportunities. In this session, participants will engage with Heather on the role statewide afterschool networks can and should play in talking about quality with policymakers and practitioners. Participants will also consider the range of articles in the new compendium and how they might use these new advocacy tools.


Facilitators
avatar for Terri Ferinde Dunham

Terri Ferinde Dunham

Partner, Collaborative Communications Group
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Resource Experts

Tuesday February 5, 2013 3:15pm - 4:30pm
State JW Marriott Washington DC

3:15pm

Engaging STEM Partners: From the Inner Rings to the Outer Orbits

Reaching out within your state to connect with STEM partners can sometimes feel like opening Pandora’s box. This session will highlight how different partners — from 4H to public television stations — can be engaged to join in afterschool STEM system building efforts. Participants in this session will come away with concrete ideas and approaches to engaging the right partners for the right purposes.


Facilitators
Resource Experts
avatar for Marcella Klein Williams

Marcella Klein Williams

Cheif Education Officer, California STEM Learning Network
STEM can lead the way! We are living in dynamic times. Technological advances have changed our world and education is shifting to meet the challenge. The changes in education are huge with both the redesign in funding (LCFF) and standards (CCSS and NGSS). | | | | I am the Chief Education Officer for California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet). Our mission is to prepare California students to be the nation’s most STEM capable graduates, by... Read More →

Network Discussants

Tuesday February 5, 2013 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Salon D JW Marriott Washington DC

3:15pm

Exploring Potential State and National Changes to the Child Care Development Block Grant

The policy window is open as the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is up for reauthorization in Congress. Come learn about the changes being discussed as part of CCDBG reauthorization and how those federal changes, and potential state level changes, may impact school-age children and families. Explore opportunities to advocate for changes that will benefit youth and families and build stronger relationships and greater collaboration among 21st CCLC and CCDBG funded providers.


Facilitators
Resource Experts
Network Discussants

Tuesday February 5, 2013 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Hart JW Marriott Washington DC

3:15pm

I Wish I Had Done This Before: Lessons Learned Regarding Diversifying Match and Funding Sources

The funding climate has changed drastically over the past three years. Where it was once relatively easy to attract large match commitments from state agencies and key state non-profits, demands on these funds are now stretched. Hear lessons learned and successful strategies employed by network leads as they worked to attract new and varied match and funding commitments.


Facilitators
Network Discussants
avatar for Deborah Chase

Deborah Chase

Director, Maine Afterschool Network
avatar for Zelda Waymer

Zelda Waymer

Executive Director, South Carolina Afterschool Alliance

Tuesday February 5, 2013 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Treasury JW Marriott Washington DC

3:15pm

Policy Planning and Action: From Laying the Groundwork to a $150m Win

An effective policy campaign requires strong grassroots pressure and grasstops support. We saw the power of these joint forces in New York City, where afterschool advocates beat back a $150m cut that would have decimated the nation’s largest city-wide afterschool program. How can a network lay the groundwork for a policy campaign? In this session, participants will explore how NYC afterschool and child-care advocates joined forces to create a common message and campaign and will learn about their most effective parent engagement and social media tactics. The Connecticut After School Network will share its steps for building for a state policy campaign, including preparing grasstops allies.


Facilitators
Resource Experts
Network Discussants
NN

Nora Niedzielski-Eichner

New York State Afterschool Network (NYSAN)

Tuesday February 5, 2013 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Cannon JW Marriott Washington DC

3:15pm

Quality Afterschool STEM Programs: Building on Youth Development Principles

There is growing interest from the afterschool field, funders and policy-makers to expand STEM opportunities within afterschool and summer programs. With the wide range of curriculum and activities offered, how do we know what high quality STEM programming looks like? During this session participants will explore how quality STEM programming can build off of existing youth development principles, examine a new tool that states and programs can utilize to help discuss and define afterschool STEM quality and learn how one state network developed STEM standards as part of their quality system building.


Facilitators
avatar for Victoria Wegener

Victoria Wegener

Partner, Mainspring Consulting

Resource Experts
Network Discussants

Tuesday February 5, 2013 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Rayburn JW Marriott Washington DC

3:15pm

Statewide Afterschool Networks Supporting 21st Century Community Learning Centers: A Tale of Two States

Drawing lessons from two states, participants will consider creative and proven strategies to support and protect 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs. The session will explore how Iowa and Oregon have both worked closely with their state departments of education to develop supportive strategies and research for the improvement of 21st CCLC programs. Iowa created a network of programs for quality, and Oregon has brought sustainability planning to a new level in order to support and sustain quality through a detailed analysis of costs.


Facilitators
avatar for Janelle Cousino

Janelle Cousino

Vice President, FowlerHoffman LLC
Janelle Cousino, Vice President and Chief Network Weaver, has extensive experience in directing organizations and developing advocacy strategies around public policies both locally and internationally. Janelle is passionate about social change and supporting citizen based non profits succeed in making a difference for their constituency. In 2000, she returned to the United States from a three-year assignment as Chief of Party of the National... Read More →

Resource Experts
avatar for David Welter

David Welter

Principal, Cedar Falls Schools
I am passionate about fulfilling the mission of the Cedar Falls Community Schools in providing a learning environment where all students develop skills and attitudes to become lifelong learners and caring, responsible citizens. | | Reflections from the Home Team blog: | http://reflectionsfromthehometeam.blogspot.com/ | | Every Child Reads Literacy Project... Read More →
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Vic Jaras

Educational Technology Director, Iowa

Network Discussants

Tuesday February 5, 2013 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Russell JW Marriott Washington DC

3:15pm

Strategies to Support Alignment Between the School Day and Afterschool

State networks can support alignment of what happens during the school day with afterschool through professional development in a variety of ways. In Pennsylvania, PSAYDN is partnering with the Department of Education to promote and provide training for afterschool providers on Pennsylvania’s Standard Aligned System (SAS) and with NIOST to develop trainers through Links to Learning Training. In Texas, Edvance is working with the Texas Education Agency in a variety of ways, including developing an activity and lesson plan template, lesson samples and training for programs. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about these efforts in particular and share their own opportunities and challenges in helping to support the development of alignment efforts.


Facilitators
avatar for Carol K. McElvain

Carol K. McElvain

Managing Director, American Institutes for Research
Carol K. McElvain's work focuses on helping schools and communities build their capacity to leverage resources and become stronger, more supportive systems to help improve the lives of youth. She is a national leader on afterschool, focusing on providing research-based, high-quality training, technical assistance, and professional development and disseminating research results and policy reports to diverse audiences in the public education sector... Read More →

Resource Experts
avatar for Kristin Nafziger

Kristin Nafziger

Executive Vice-President of Emerging Practices, Edvance Research

Network Discussants

Tuesday February 5, 2013 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Commerce JW Marriott Washington DC

4:30pm

End of Tuesday Programming: Optional Team Time
Tuesday February 5, 2013 4:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Washington DC 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC

5:00pm

ATAC Meeting
Tuesday February 5, 2013 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Longworth JW Marriott Washington DC
 
Wednesday, February 6
 

7:00am

Zero Robotics/ISS Meeting
By invitation only.

Wednesday February 6, 2013 7:00am - 8:30am
Salon D JW Marriott Washington DC

8:30am

Plenary: Students at the Center of Learning

How do we create the opportunity and access for students to be in the center of the learning process and be engaged as co-creators in learning? As leaders in the afterschool field we need to “...think about new and creative ways to engage young people in science and engineering, whether it’s science festivals, robotics competitions, fairs that encourage young people to create and build and invent — to be makers of things, not just consumers of things,” as President Obama challenged us when launching the “Educate to Innovate” campaign.
Join Kumar Garg, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and network leads in a salon-style discussion to explore issues to expand the impact of student centered learning — STEM, the Maker movement, digital media and alternative assessments.


Speakers
avatar for Kumar Garg

Kumar Garg

Senior Advisor, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Kumar Garg is a senior advisor to the deputy director at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy focusing on education and broader innovation policy. Kumar leads President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign to improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. As part | of Educate to Innovate, which has already secured over $700 million in private sector commitments, Kumar works with a broad... Read More →


Wednesday February 6, 2013 8:30am - 9:15am
Salons III & IV JW Marriott Washington DC

9:30am

Closing Opportunity Gaps through Summer Learning Programs

Some districts are calling summer learning a game changer. The difference between enriched summer learning experiences and complete downtime creates an opportunity gap that is hard to overcome for many students. Adding weeks of learning mitigates summer learning loss and builds essential skills and competencies. In this session, representatives from the Rhode Island and California networks will share their successes in both public policy and philanthropic engagement and discuss how they have effectively expanded innovative summer learning programs across their states.


Facilitators
Network Discussants
JD

Jeff Davis

Program Director, STEM in OST Programs, California Afterschool Network

Wednesday February 6, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Cannon JW Marriott Washington DC

9:30am

Creating Alternative Learning Systems: The Building Blocks of Competency-Based Education

In competency-based education, students master skills and content, they are engaged and they find learning challenging because they can learn at their own pace. As states focus on this reframing of learning, afterschool leaders must be at the table. Participants will explore the issue and the role that networks can play through the lens of three networks that have become engaged in their state discussions of competency-based credit.


Facilitators
Resource Experts
avatar for Alexis Menten

Alexis Menten

Executive Director, Education, Asia Society
Alexis Menten is the Assistant Director for Education of Asia Society. Asia Society has been leading the way in the out-of-school time field in the area of global learning and global competence.

Network Discussants

Wednesday February 6, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
State JW Marriott Washington DC

9:30am

Engaging STEM Funders: Roundtable Discussions

Expanding afterschool STEM programming in a state requires a range of partners and a thoughtful approach to sustaining the work. Come talk with afterschool funders to hear why investing in afterschool STEM, both at the program and system level, is critical to success in STEM education. What are different funders — private, business, state — looking to gain from their investment? What are the best approaches and messages? This is your opportunity to get your questions answered and hear other network strategies.


Facilitators
Resource Experts

Wednesday February 6, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Salon D JW Marriott Washington DC
  • Session Themes STEM

9:30am

Infusing Arts and Creativity Across the Expanded Learning Approaches

By infusing a range of arts and creativity in afterschool and summer learning programs, we address an essential opportunity gap for children and youth. Networks and intermediaries play a key role in linking artists and educators and aligning arts experiences with core academic curriculum and standards. Participants will consider strategies to engage with educators, afterschool and summer programs to help broaden learning and how the arts and afterschool working together could address the role of state and local policy and funding to advance both efforts together. Musician Kevin Martin of Rockcreek Steel Drums will engage the participants in the power of teaching with the arts.


Facilitators
Resource Experts
RN

Rickie Nutik

Executive Director, Young Audiences of LA


Wednesday February 6, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Hart JW Marriott Washington DC

9:30am

NCLB Waivers and Afterschool: Keeping on Top of Flexibility Related Policy Discussions

Deciding whether to check the optional 21st CCLC box was just the first step. Explore what might be in store for you next by learning and sharing with other states, including states that have task forces that will inform implementation, states that have already revised their RFPs and states that are still determining whether or not to make any revisions. Join other networks for a discussion of what strategies and support roles the networks can and should play in the implementation of the new flexibilities afforded by the waiver process.


Facilitators
avatar for Janelle Cousino

Janelle Cousino

Vice President, FowlerHoffman LLC
Janelle Cousino, Vice President and Chief Network Weaver, has extensive experience in directing organizations and developing advocacy strategies around public policies both locally and internationally. Janelle is passionate about social change and supporting citizen based non profits succeed in making a difference for their constituency. In 2000, she returned to the United States from a three-year assignment as Chief of Party of the National... Read More →
JR

Jen Rinehart

VP, Research & Policy, Afterschool Alliance

Resource Experts
Network Discussants
ED

Ebony D. Grace

Education Program Development Specialist, New Jersey Department of Education
avatar for Jamie Knowles-Griffiths

Jamie Knowles-Griffiths

Director, NC Center for Afterschool Programs

Wednesday February 6, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Russell JW Marriott Washington DC

9:30am

Network Best Practices: Strategy Session with Network Leads

Staying true to your network’s vision and mission can be challenging in the current environment and economy. How do you help support your network leadership to analyze the mission, vision and messages of the network? How can you keep it strong with key leaders, partners and constituency groups? Network leaders will share best practices, tools and approaches that have worked in their states and the impact this has had on their network.


Facilitators
Network Discussants
MD

Marcia Dvorak

Director, Kansas Enrichment Network
avatar for Mary Sutton

Mary Sutton

Executive Director, Michigan After-School Partnership
Executive Director at Michigan After-School Partnership

Wednesday February 6, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Treasury JW Marriott Washington DC

9:30am

The Maker Movement and Afterschool: Partners in Learning

What is the Maker Movement? What does “making” look like in the afterschool and summer space? How can networks partner to create Make opportunities for youth? Participants will see how Maker activities pull participants into STEM, creative thinking, problem solving and collaboration by empowering Makers to experiment, participate and learn.


Facilitators
avatar for Victoria Wegener

Victoria Wegener

Partner, Mainspring Consulting

Resource Experts
LG

Leah Gilliam

Project Director, Hive Learning Network
Leah Gilliam is the Director of Hive NYC Learning Network, a project of the Mozilla Foundation. Leah is a facilitator, educator and designer who is fascinated by systems and the way things work. She has a rich history designing learning experiences and hacking culture—working with everything from board games and media installation to program development and wearable technologies. A graduate of NYU's Interactive Telecommunications... Read More →


Wednesday February 6, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Rayburn JW Marriott Washington DC
  • Session Themes STEM

9:30am

Youth Outcomes: Achieving Success through Afterschool and Expanded Learning

In the rich variety of afterschool programs, it is challenging to determine common outcomes to which afterschool programs across the country can and should be held accountable. Participants will explore how to demonstrate impact and extend assessment efforts in order to support high quality programming and long term sustainability of afterschool programs. Examples will include the Partnership for Afterschool Education’s Afterschool Youth Outcomes Inventory, the ACT (Achieving, Connecting & Thriving) framework for college and career preparation developed by Boston Afterschool & Beyond, and the Virginia network’s focus on its development of youth outcomes for middle school youth.


Facilitators
avatar for Carol K. McElvain

Carol K. McElvain

Managing Director, American Institutes for Research
Carol K. McElvain's work focuses on helping schools and communities build their capacity to leverage resources and become stronger, more supportive systems to help improve the lives of youth. She is a national leader on afterschool, focusing on providing research-based, high-quality training, technical assistance, and professional development and disseminating research results and policy reports to diverse audiences in the public education sector... Read More →

Resource Experts
CS

Chris Smith

Executive Director, Boston After School & Beyond

Network Discussants
ME

Mark Emery

After-School Program Administrator, Fairfax County Public Schools
NN

Nora Niedzielski-Eichner

New York State Afterschool Network (NYSAN)

Wednesday February 6, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Commerce JW Marriott Washington DC

11:00am

Afterschool and Expanded Learning: Stakeholder Summit for Engaging in Education Reform

“Expanded Learning and Afterschool” can be a nuanced and challenging policy debate. Networks need to engage myriad constituencies to align for student success and advance afterschool and summer learning programs as an effective strategy. A high profile stakeholder summit can bring afterschool and expanded learning to the heart of the education reform discussion. Participants will learn from four states that held summits in 2012 and discuss the content, constituencies, organizing nuts and bolts and outcomes.


Facilitators
avatar for Janelle Cousino

Janelle Cousino

Vice President, FowlerHoffman LLC
Janelle Cousino, Vice President and Chief Network Weaver, has extensive experience in directing organizations and developing advocacy strategies around public policies both locally and internationally. Janelle is passionate about social change and supporting citizen based non profits succeed in making a difference for their constituency. In 2000, she returned to the United States from a three-year assignment as Chief of Party of the National... Read More →

Network Discussants
avatar for Joe Davis

Joe Davis

COO, Florida Afterschool Network
Proud to be a champion of quality afterschool and expanded learning opportunities for students and families.

Wednesday February 6, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Salon D JW Marriott Washington DC

11:00am

Building and Sustaining Digital Media and Learning Opportunities

Join in the national celebration of Digital Learning Day by exploring the role that digital media can play in providing student-centered learning opportunities. Participants will gain insights from local program exemplars into how digital media is helping to elevate learning and support their overall program goals. Participants will be invited to discuss the role of state networks in facilitating partnerships, linking resources, encouraging communication across stakeholder groups and supporting the growth and thoughtful integration of effective digital media and learning practices.


Facilitators
Resource Experts
LG

Leah Gilliam

Project Director, Hive Learning Network
Leah Gilliam is the Director of Hive NYC Learning Network, a project of the Mozilla Foundation. Leah is a facilitator, educator and designer who is fascinated by systems and the way things work. She has a rich history designing learning experiences and hacking culture—working with everything from board games and media installation to program development and wearable technologies. A graduate of NYU's Interactive Telecommunications... Read More →


Wednesday February 6, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Rayburn JW Marriott Washington DC
  • Session Themes STEM

11:00am

Managing Cash Flow and Growing Reserves

Cash flow challenges are not new for statewide afterschool networks. Many networks’ funding sources are structured as contracts with state agencies or offices that are paid on an incremental basis upon the completion of deliverables and projects. In the best of times, this structure can be challenging; in the past few years, these challenges have been exacerbated by tight budgets at the state and federal level. Participants will learn how network leads have executed successful strategies for managing cash flow and building strategic reserves.



Wednesday February 6, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
State JW Marriott Washington DC

11:00am

Partnerships with State Municipal Associations: Increasing Your Reach to Local Elected Officials in Your State

State municipal associations (the statewide organization representing mayors and city councilmembers) can be ideal partners for statewide afterschool networks. Participants in this session will learn from networks that have hosted a statewide mayoral summit in coordination with the municipal association and explore how these partnerships emerged, ways the municipal associations supported intensive outreach efforts to recruit city leaders, and potential future opportunities to work with municipal officials on the impact of afterschool and the role city government can play to support citywide afterschool systems.


Facilitators
BS

Bela Shah Spooner

Program Maanger, Afterschool Initiatives, National League of Cities

Network Discussants
avatar for Blaire Denson

Blaire Denson

Director, Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time (VPOST)

Wednesday February 6, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Treasury JW Marriott Washington DC

11:00am

Post-Election Analysis and Planning: Engaging and Orienting New Policymakers

At this session, attendees will hear topline analysis of an election eve poll on afterschool attitudes conducted by the Afterschool Alliance, and discuss how networks can establish good lines of communication and relationships with newly elected officials and those transitioning to positions of power. Who should be on your list to meet? What should you provide them? The National Conference of State Legislatures will share how they reach out to new leaders, what they provide and what legislators are looking for when a new term begins.


Facilitators
avatar for Lauren Heintz

Lauren Heintz

Research Analyst, National Conference of State Legislatures

Network Discussants
avatar for Karen Kingsley

Karen Kingsley

Director of Public Policy & Communications, Youthprise
avatar for Stan Kocos

Stan Kocos

Policy Specialist, Wisconsin Afterschool Network (WAN)

Wednesday February 6, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Commerce JW Marriott Washington DC

11:00am

Quality in Action: Synergy Between Quality, Competency and Outcomes

Quality programs need a system of coordinated supports that promote standards for programs, competencies for professionals and positive youth outcomes. Participants will learn practical strategies for linking workforce needs, best practices, quality standards and research to create frameworks that support quality. Strategies will include workforce surveys, technology as a means to measure quality and deliver professional development, integration of existing systems work and targeted professional development. Networks will complete a self-assessment and asset inventory to identify resources and determine next steps for fulfilling a vision of quality in their state.


Facilitators
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Carol K. McElvain

Managing Director, American Institutes for Research
Carol K. McElvain's work focuses on helping schools and communities build their capacity to leverage resources and become stronger, more supportive systems to help improve the lives of youth. She is a national leader on afterschool, focusing on providing research-based, high-quality training, technical assistance, and professional development and disseminating research results and policy reports to diverse audiences in the public education sector... Read More →

Network Discussants

Wednesday February 6, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Dirksen JW Marriott Washington DC

11:00am

Scaling & Spreading: Bringing Expanded Learning Opportunities for High School Credit to a Statewide Audience

From pilot program to scale, how did one state expand its initiative that creates high school credit for expanded learning opportunities? Partners from Rhode Island will discuss the strategies and supports needed to scale the project in several communities, while also spreading it across the state. Panelists from other states will reflect upon their state efforts in relation to Rhode Island.


Facilitators
Network Discussants
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Lynn Stanley

Lead, NH Afterschool Network

Wednesday February 6, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Longworth JW Marriott Washington DC

11:00am

Afterschool and STEM System Builders Meeting
Wednesday February 6, 2013 11:00am - 1:15pm
Russell JW Marriott Washington DC

12:15pm

Team Lunch and Learning Moment: Engaging Students with Science and the Arts
Afterschool and summer programs inspire the “a ha” moments for students that bring learning to life. In this interactive demonstration, participants will experience the physics of sound and the concepts of frequency and amplitude. The fun and learning is aligned to common core state standards and is advancing learning for students in Maryland.

Wednesday February 6, 2013 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Salons III & IV JW Marriott Washington DC

1:30pm

Achieving the Common Core State Standards: Afterschool and the Network Role

During this clinic, participants are invited to come and share how they have been helping afterschool programs address the Common Core State Standards, work through challenges they may be experiencing in providing professional development and share strategies on how they have been working to help advance policy. Networks should come prepared to share any tools or resources they have developed and what they have learned in the process.


Facilitators
Resource Experts
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Alexis Menten

Executive Director, Education, Asia Society
Alexis Menten is the Assistant Director for Education of Asia Society. Asia Society has been leading the way in the out-of-school time field in the area of global learning and global competence.


Wednesday February 6, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Salon D JW Marriott Washington DC

1:30pm

Afterschool as a Tool to Engage Juvenile Justice Stakeholders

In what ways can afterschool be championed as a crime prevention strategy? In Wyoming, the network is partnering with the Juvenile Justice Department and the Department of Family Services to provide afterschool opportunities to juveniles as a condition of their probation. The network acts as a clearinghouse for resources and development and facilitates workshops and presentations to make the case that afterschool programs can benefit youth on probation, lower at-risk behaviors and increase academic achievement and graduation rates. Participants will discuss strategies to engage juvenile justice stakeholders and learn how expected reauthorization of juvenile justice legislation will impact states and local communities.


Facilitators
Resource Experts
Network Discussants
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Linda Barton

Executive Director, Wyoming Afterschool Alliance

Wednesday February 6, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
State JW Marriott Washington DC

1:30pm

Afterschool STEM Policy: Federal and State Focus

What do we need to know to connect to the current STEM policy window? Participants will consider the important issues in advancing federal and state policies to ensure that afterschool programs are an integral part of STEM education initiatives. Resource experts will share what Congress is working on now in STEM related bills and updates on the next generation science standards. Networks will have an opportunity to discuss their state policy issues and strategies with peers and resource experts.


Facilitators
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Victoria Wegener

Partner, Mainspring Consulting

Resource Experts
Network Discussants

Wednesday February 6, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Hart JW Marriott Washington DC

1:30pm

Connecting Afterschool with Broader Education Policy Discussion

Advancing afterschool and expanded learning in your state most likely requires demonstrating how it connects to broader education policy discussions. States will share their experiences in linking afterschool in general to particular state initiatives coming from the governor, state legislature or a powerful statewide education reform group. Three state network leads will discuss how they both engaged with these education reform decision makers and how they reshaped expanded learning afterschool and summers to fit this broader reform agenda. In some cases, they learned lessons from experiences from their states’ 21st CCLC implementation, and knowing the unfunded grant request amounts helped make some of their deliberations more specific.


Facilitators
Network Discussants
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Jamie Knowles-Griffiths

Director, NC Center for Afterschool Programs

Wednesday February 6, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Cannon JW Marriott Washington DC

1:30pm

Creative Partnerships with Media

Public television and cable media are a major but often underutilized resource. Participants will examine network partnerships forged with public television and cable media to disseminate messages and information, engage new partners and develop compelling collateral. State network media and cable partners will discuss how to approach local public television stations, cable or other media to establish a mutually beneficial partnership that can advance the conversation about afterschool and summer programs. The session will feature video clips and a Prezi platform used to illustrate Nebraska’s partnership, which other networks could replicate.


Facilitators
Resource Experts
Network Discussants

Wednesday February 6, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Rayburn JW Marriott Washington DC

1:30pm

Healthy Meals, Healthy Minds: Afterschool's Role in Promoting Nutrition

Afterschool can play a key role in helping kids access healthy, nutritious meals. Learn how networks are utilizing VISTAs, partnering with anti-hunger allies and employing other strategies to help ensure that more programs are providing healthy meals.


Facilitators
Resource Experts
Network Discussants
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Marybeth Laisure

Child Nutrition Program Director, Center for Civil Justice
Ensuring that all low-income children have access to healthy nutritious meals supported by federal child nutrition programs such as: Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), School Breakfast Progam (SBP), and the National School Lunch Program. Quality afterschool programs include healthy snacks and or suppers, you can focus on learning with an empty belly.
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Ellie Mitchell

Director, Maryland Out of School Time Network
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Frank Pisi

Director, California AfterSchool Network

Wednesday February 6, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Commerce JW Marriott Washington DC

1:30pm

Revisiting Data Collection to Ensure You Have What You Need to Support Policy

To effectively shape policy, states need data for both continuous improvement and evaluative purposes. How can networks work with state agencies to revisit what is currently being collected and how data collection can be improved to reflect positive youth outcomes? The discussion will focus on performance indicators, the Profile and Performance Information Collection System (PPICS), what states are/can collect that goes beyond the annual performance report and how to use data for advocacy and communications, especially with policymakers.


Facilitators
avatar for Carol K. McElvain

Carol K. McElvain

Managing Director, American Institutes for Research
Carol K. McElvain's work focuses on helping schools and communities build their capacity to leverage resources and become stronger, more supportive systems to help improve the lives of youth. She is a national leader on afterschool, focusing on providing research-based, high-quality training, technical assistance, and professional development and disseminating research results and policy reports to diverse audiences in the public education sector... Read More →

Network Discussants
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Angelo Gonzales

Associate Director, University of New Mexico Center for Education Policy Research

Wednesday February 6, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Treasury JW Marriott Washington DC

1:30pm

Taking Your Strategic Plan to Next Level: Implications on Financing and Fiscal Management

Network leadership teams have many ideas and strategies for increasing access to high-quality expanded learning opportunities in their states — in some cases, far too many to accomplish. Come to this session to learn how network leads in Kentucky and Ohio are facilitating conversations that align network strategic priorities to the twin realities of staffing and resource capacities.


Facilitators
Network Discussants
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Liz Nusken

Director, Ohio Afterschool Network, Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association (OCCRR

Wednesday February 6, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Russell JW Marriott Washington DC

3:00pm

Plenary: Afterschool for All Challenge
Staff from the House and Senate shed light on the current policy and budget deliberations impacting afterschool and the forecast for movement on major legislation, including appropriations and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Speakers will offer their insights into the education priorities that might arise in the new 113th Congress as well as background context that will help afterschool advocates navigate their meetings with Congressional offices.

Wednesday February 6, 2013 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Salons III & IV JW Marriott Washington DC

4:30pm

Congressional Visit Prep Sessions
All attendees participating in meetings with Congressional offices must attend to receive your final schedule of meetings, background on your Members of Congress, state-tailored information packets to give Members and tips for your meetings. In this session, you will also have dedicated time to role play and define roles for your team members. This planning time is essential to make your meetings as effective as possible.

Wednesday February 6, 2013 4:30pm - 5:30pm
JW Marriott Washington DC 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC

5:30pm

End of Wednesday Programming: Optional Team Time
Wednesday February 6, 2013 5:30pm - 5:30pm
JW Marriott Washington DC 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC

7:30pm

Reception and Screening of Brooklyn Castle
Brooklyn Castle tells the stories of five members of the afterschool chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school. It is the most winning team in the nation. As the film follows the kids’ challenges on and off the chessboard, another story arc emerges as budget cuts hit the afterschool program. Brooklyn Castle has won numerous awards including the SXSW Audience Award.

Wednesday February 6, 2013 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Salon D JW Marriott Washington DC
 
Thursday, February 7
 

8:30am

Breakfast of Champions
Join us as we honor national and state champions working every day to expand afterschool and summer learning programs. We will hear from Members of Congress working to increase investments in afterschool, and recognize the 2013 Afterschool for All Champions. Among this impressive cadre of individuals are educators, parents, state legislators and foundation leaders. Emceed by Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant, this fun and inspiring event will also feature afterschool youth and a clip from the award-winning afterschool documentary Brooklyn Castle.

Thursday February 7, 2013 8:30am - 9:30am
U.S. Capitol Complex

10:00am

SEA Peer-to-Peer Discussion Session
Thursday February 7, 2013 10:00am - 1:00pm
Commerce JW Marriott Washington DC

10:00am

Congressional Visits for State Teams
State teams will fan out across Capitol Hill to meet with Congressional staff and Members of Congress. The Afterschool Alliance has scheduled all of your meetings — you just need to show up and share your expertise and perspectives. More than 200 meetings will take place, all centered on educating Members about afterschool!
Your Congressional meeting schedule can be picked up from the registration desk beginning at noon on Wednesday, February 6.

Thursday February 7, 2013 10:00am - 5:30pm
U.S. Capitol Complex

12:00pm

AmeriCorps Vista Meeting
Thursday February 7, 2013 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Longworth JW Marriott Washington DC