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February 22, 2013

Send your new staff here for them to get an idea of the purpose, scope, and impact of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. They can learn about the history of the program they are proudly part of and gain an understanding of how Y4Y has been made possible through the U.S. Department of Education’s partnerships and the Department’s commitment to improving program quality.

A narrated slideshow explains how the vision of the 21st CCLC program comes to life in programs across the country.

 



February 22, 2013

The five content modules (Aligning With the School Day, STEM, Strengthening Partnerships, Involving Families, and Project-Based Learning) were carefully selected with you and your new staff members in mind. As Dr. Sylvia Lyles of the U.S. Department of Education expresses on the homepage, the portal is based on your needs in the field.

As your new staff takes each Introduction on the Y4Y portal, they’ll come to the realization that these content areas were chosen because of the quality they lend to out-of-school time programming when they’re done right. They’re also topics that help 21st CCLC programs truly prepare youth for what’s ahead.

For example, the STEM Introduction squarely states that students need STEM to be successful in today’s world. It doesn’t just stop there, luckily. The Introduction goes on to provide background and strategies that equip staff with what they need to get kids exploring the world through STEM and gaining those exact skills that they’ll need in the future.

 



February 22, 2013

For anyone new to a job, there is comfort in knowing that there is a support network in place – a source of ideas, inspiration, and opportunity. The Network section on Y4Y provides multiple avenues to learn from others in the 21st CCLC community, including Discussion Boards where they can post their questions and get feedback from across the country.

Anyone who registers for Y4Y can use the discussion boards to ask questions and offer answers. Try it out; have your new hires pick an area of expertise they are still mastering and ask them to post a question on the Discussion Boards. As responses come in, they will gain knowledge and confidence that will benefit your program’s youth, plus they will strengthen their connection to the 21st CCLC community at large.

 



February 22, 2013

Before they know it, new staff will get caught up in the exciting, but admittedly hectic, flow of your program. Get them off to a good start with a planning tool that offers ideas for connecting their activities and projects with school-day lessons.

The Alignment Strategies Worksheet lists a variety of strategies that an individual or a program can rate as readily doable, somewhat complex, or challenging. You may want to help your new staff members set goals to tackle some of the readily doable strategies such as setting up communications strategies for talking to parents about homework or talking with school-day teachers about academic goals.

A quick win with one of these strategies will set the tone for a positive and productive semester, fueling the drive to accomplish even more.

 



February 22, 2013

Ever wish you had your own personal Y4Y expert in your program who you could drop in on and ask a quick question or two whenever you needed a little help or inspiration?

The next best thing could be our new Coffee Break Webinar series, starting in March. Each hour-long webinar will focus on a specific feature or resource on the Y4Y portal that you can use in your program. The presentation section of these webinars will be brief in order to allow for more Q&A and discussion time between the attendees and the presenter. Keep an eye on the Network section and on these E-blasts for more information about upcoming webinars.

So bring your questions, bring your insights, and bring your coffee! Because you never know – after getting a few of these webinars under your belt, your program’s new Y4Y expert … could be you!