Partnership for After School Education

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September 02, 2014

Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowship

Youth program leaders are invited to apply for the year-long Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowship program, a professional development and leadership initiative for mid-level out-of-school time professionals. The program was developed by The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) and the National Writing Project (NWP), and the NYC branch of this multi-city program is led by the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and the NYC Writing Project at Lehman College. Participants become part of a community of practitioners; learn strategies to engage in program reflection and inquiry to improve programs and practice; engage in leadership activities to disseminate program improvement strategies, including sharing inquiry projects with colleagues, funders, and other key stakeholders; and write a middle school or high school age youth-focused inquiry paper. The application deadline is September 15, 2014.

September 02, 2014

Bowne and NAA Ask Afterschool Providers to Share Language and Literacy Providers

The Robert Bowne Foundation and National Afterschool Association (NAA) are asking afterschool providers to share interesting and innovative practices in language and literacy. The information provided will be used to design a series of NAA webinars and offered for free on the new Bowne-funded Out-of-School Time Hub, which will be associated with Youth Today. Bowne and NAA are looking for ways that providers have engaged children and youth in reading, writing, English language acquisition, and academic and language development, particularly in fun ways that are culturally appropriate as well as appropriate for the afterschool and summer contexts. If a provider's ideas and/or lessons are used on the Hub, they and their agency's work will be fully acknowledged. In addition, they may be asked to participate in a Google Hangout as an afterschool expert. The Hangout will be recorded and uploaded to Youtube for viewing by the larger community.

September 02, 2014

Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) Grants

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) awards grants to nonprofit organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and/or softball programs and facilities. Grants are intended to provide funding for incremental programming and facilities for youth baseball and softball programs. Funds may be used to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs. Grants are designed to be flexible to enable applicants to address needs unique to their communities. For more information on eligibility criteria and past grant recipients, interested organizations should read BTF's Grant Application page. The next deadline is October 1, 2014.

September 02, 2014

​BJ’s Charitable Foundation Grants

BJ’s Charitable Foundation makes grants in the areas of hunger prevention, self-sufficiency, healthcare, and education. Support in the education area is given to nonprofits that provide academic and vocational opportunities for the disadvantaged. These programs include the purchase of supplies for literacy skills, mentoring, tutoring, and career development. First-time applicants can apply for grants of up to $2,500. The next application deadline is October 10, 2014.

September 02, 2014

National Summer Learning Association 2014 Conference

Registration is now open for the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA)'s Summer Changes Everything conference, taking place from November 17-19, 2014 in San Antonio, TX. The conference's theme, "Accelerating Achievement,” encourages presenters and participants to examine how summer is an accelerator for education priorities such as 3rd grade reading proficiency, college and career readiness, school transitions, English language acquisition, STEM education, and more. Registration costs $625 for the full conference, or $395 for one day.

September 02, 2014

Annenberg Report: Leveraging Time for School Equity

The Annenberg Institute for School Reform recently released a report, Leveraging Time for School Equity: Indicators to Measure More and Better Learning Time, based on the principle that using standardized test scores as the main measure of educational achievement is not enough to capture the complexity of a student’s or school’s needs, challenges, and successes. The report presents an alternative set of comprehensive, rich, and meaningful measures of what matters to students, schools, and systems. The framework of twenty-four indicators emerged via extensive research and collaboration with school designers, community organizers, researchers, local funders, and other partners of the Ford Foundation’s More and Better Learning Time initiative, which aims to use learning time as a lever for improving educational opportunities for students in the nation’s most underserved school systems.