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Tuesday, February 5
 

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... Read More →

Tuesday February 5, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Commerce 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

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... 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
 
Wednesday, February 6
 

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... Read More →

Resource Experts
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Chris Smith

Executive Director, Boston Beyond

Network Discussants
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Mark Emery

After-School Program Administrator, Fairfax County Public Schools
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Nora Niedzielski-Eichner

New York State Afterschool Network (NYSAN)

Wednesday February 6, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
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
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... Read More →

Network Discussants

Wednesday February 6, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Dirksen 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... Read More →

Network Discussants
avatar for Angelo Gonzales

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