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Tuesday, February 5
 

1:45pm EST

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 EST
State JW Marriott Washington DC
  Learning Session

1:45pm EST

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... Read More →

Network Discussants

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

1:45pm EST

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... Read More →

Network Discussants

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

3:15pm EST

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.


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Resource Experts
Network Discussants

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

3:15pm EST

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... 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... Read More →
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Vic Jaras

Consultant, Iowa Dept. of Education
Iowa Department of Education Supporter of Computer Science (coding), Virtual Reality (VREP), STEM, Robotics, Game Design, Cyber Security to name a few. ITEC is a great organization for districts to learn about Educational Technology. -I will provide Updates on Technology Readiness... Read More →

Network Discussants

Tuesday February 5, 2013 3:15pm - 4:30pm EST
Russell JW Marriott Washington DC
  Learning Session
 
Wednesday, February 6
 

9:30am EST

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
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Jeff Davis

Program Director, STEM in OST Programs, California Afterschool Network

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

9:30am EST

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
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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.

Network Discussants

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

9:30am EST

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.


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Resource Experts
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Rickie Nutik

School Founder, Young Audiences of Louisiana


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

9:30am EST

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... Read More →
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Jen Rinehart

VP, Research & Policy, Afterschool Alliance

Resource Experts
Network Discussants
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Ebony D. Grace

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

Director, NC Center for Afterschool Programs

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

11:00am EST

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
avatar for Lynn Stanley

Lynn Stanley

Lead, NH Afterschool Network

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

1:30pm EST

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
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.


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

1:30pm EST

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
avatar for Victoria Wegener

Victoria Wegener

Partner, Mainspring Consulting

Resource Experts
Network Discussants

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

1:30pm EST

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
avatar for Jamie Knowles-Griffiths

Jamie Knowles-Griffiths

Director, NC Center for Afterschool Programs

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

1:30pm EST

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.


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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... Read More →
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Ellie Mitchell

Executive 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 EST
Commerce JW Marriott Washington DC
  Learning Session