September 9, 2013

While homework time may be a core component of your program, it may not be a favorite for all students. There are ways, though, to make homework time feel more productive, fun, and engaging. Try out some of these resources on Y4Y to help transform your homework space and time.

• Use the Effective Homework Time Training To Go to train staff in creating an environment and establishing systems that make homework time a positive experience for everyone. Follow the Training Plan to deliver the training without a hitch.

• Ready for details? Get deep into planning your homework space and time using the Afterschool Training Toolkit’s Managing and Organizing the Homework Environment tips.

• Set up a communication system with each student’s classroom teacher using the Homework Sharing Tool. It’ll help keep both of you informed about the student’s progress and challenges.  


September 9, 2013

Along with opportunity, aligning with the school day presents many challenges to staff. However, research has boiled it down to just six core elements that, when implemented, result in effective alignment. Y4Y’s Practitioner Tips is like a cheat-sheet for achieving alignment. Some kernels of wisdom include:

• Use attendance data as an indicator of student interest in program activities

• Schedule time for program staff to plan and prepare for activities

• Create an ongoing process for sharing data with the school

• Staff can learn a lot about students’ interests, learning styles, and needs by talking with family members when they come to pick up their children

Check it out for yourself and decide on some next steps your program can take in achieving improved alignment.  


September 9, 2013

Back to school is an exciting time of year for everybody! It’s a time of familiar faces, new friends, lots of things to do, and so many new opportunities for learning. And that includes the Y4Y community! We have two webinars in September that are custom designed to address specific needs in the field.

First up is our next Coffee Break Webinar, Sustainability with Y4Y, on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Join us for an informal talk about how you can use Y4Y resources to support your program’s sustainability efforts. Coffee Break webinars are designed to give you more opportunities for interaction with the presenters, so bring your questions and your curiosity.

Next is our latest Quarterly Expert Webinar, Connecting with Civic Learning and Engagement, on Monday, September 16 at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Our guests will be Felicia Sullivan, Senior Researcher at the Center for Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University, and Jill Bass, Director of Curriculum and Teacher Development at the Center for Action Civics/Mikva Challenge. Join us as we explore the newest content on the Y4Y portal and understand what civic learning and engagement is, why it’s a priority for the Department of Education, and how you can use Y4Y to enhance civic projects in your program.

As always, registration for both of these webinars is totally free! Click the links above to register today. If you can’t make the scheduled times, remember that all Y4Y webinars are archived online and available any time and on virtually any device – even on your tablet or smartphone!