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March 28, 2013

Linking your program to school-day learning can be a complex endeavor. To help organize your thinking and planning, use this diagram which displays the six core elements of aligning with the school day, all of which are addressed on Y4Y.

The six core elements help you and your colleagues deliberately plan for student success. Reflect on where your program is doing well and where your program has opportunity for improvement. All six elements are important to your Common Core State Standards implementation efforts. If you’re ready to dive into the details, take a look at the Practitioner Tips that accompany the diagram. Then use the other information and materials on Y4Y to take additional steps toward student success.

 



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.