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March 28, 2013

Afterschool practitioners can build partnerships with the regular school day teachers by tackling the standards together. The Survey of Teacher Programming Needs, found in the Y4Y Tools section, is a useful tool to get you started.

The school-day teacher identifies specific standards that students are struggling with in class and assigns a priority – high, medium, or low – so the afterschool partners know how to be most helpful. Think about using this tool for individual students or for a whole group, and include it as part of your portfolio of weekly planning tools.

 



March 28, 2013

Are you ready to get staff on board with the Common Core State Standards, too? Y4Y has a Training To Go called Incorporating Academic Content in Afterschool that sets you up for a successful professional development session. You might remember from a previous blog post that a Training To Go provides a fully-formed PowerPoint presentation, handouts, and step-by-step instructions for delivering the training.

The Incorporating Academic Content in Afterschool Training To Go includes activities that offer staff an opportunity to work hands-on with the standards and begin to connect them with their daily program activities. The Training Plan walks you through the session with detailed instructions and time suggestions, so you can feel confident training your staff even if you’re still learning about the Common Core State Standards yourself.

 



March 28, 2013

On top of all the useful tools and information on the Y4Y portal, you can find even more helpful resources in the Learn More Library. Take at a look at some of the strategies, ideas, and background knowledge that educators and policy makers from around the country are sharing.

 



March 22, 2013

Join Y4Y on Monday, March 25, 2013, at 1:00 PM (Eastern) for a webinar on a timely subject: Implementing Common Core Standards in Afterschool with Y4Y.

Understand the Common Core State Standards and why they're an important priority for afterschool programs. Learn how Y4Y can enhance your staff trainings about Common Core, and how Y4Y can support your incorporation of the Standards into your program. Hear from two experts who are providing support to the afterschool field in implementing the Common Core Standards.

Join guest speakers Kate Nielson of the National Governors Association and Adam Greenman of Rhode Island Afterschool Plus Alliance, along with your host, Natalie Lucas of Foundations, Inc.

Watch a recording of this webinar for free in the Y4Y Webinar Archives.

 



March 8, 2013

The Y4Y web portal is now sporting a brand new design that is fully compatible with your mobile devices, making it easier to use and more accessible than ever.

The new design was launched on February 20 during the Beyond School Hours XVI conference in Jacksonville, Florida. Conference attendees were treated to a keynote address giving them a tour of the changes, after which they had the opportunity to stop by a Digital Lounge where they could test drive the portal and ask questions of some Y4Y experts on hand.

Now that the new design is launched, everyone has the opportunity to explore the new Y4Y and get reacquainted with everything it has to offer. Here’s a quick and easy guide to help you as you explore the portal on your own.