September 8, 2014

Back to school is a very exciting time of year for everybody. It’s a chance to get back to basics while also getting a fresh start and a chance to meet new people and learn new things. In that spirit, we here at Y4Y are very excited to announce the release of brand new content on Y4Y, which was rolled out over Labor Day weekend just in time for back to school!

First up is the new Literacy content module. It includes a full Learn section (Introduction, Implementation Strategies, and Coaching My Staff), a Teach section (Trainings to Go and Training Starters), Tools, and a Glossary. In total there are over 60 new pages of content including 9 new videos and over 100 tools and resources.

Next is the whole-site content refresh! That’s right -- each of the other five modules has been enhanced and updated with new content, new and revised pages, new or updated tools, and new external web resources. The refresh incorporates new materials to keep the existing modules relevant and up to date, while reorganizing the information slightly for improved consistency across the entire portal.

All of the new and refreshed content was designed with busy afterschool professionals like you in mind, so you’ll find it just as accessible, just as useful, and just as time saving as you’ve come to expect from Y4Y.

 


September 8, 2014

The new Literacy module was designed with the needs of your program’s youth foremost in mind. It helps you explore how crucial literacy is to learning and suggests how you can incorporate literacy activities into your programs in ways you may not have considered before. 

For example, after you learn about the Five Components of Reading and about the Six Developmental Stages of Reading in the Introduction to Literacy, you can choose from a variety of tools to put these ideas into practice.

One such tool is the BDA Lesson Planner, which will assist you in the fifth component of reading, Comprehension. The lesson planner guides you through the steps necessary to help your students think about what they are about to read “before” they start, to read actively “during” the exercise, and to summarize and synthesize what they read “after” they finish.  BDA – Before, During, After.

In addition to the lesson planner you’ll also find a BDA Training Starter, and even a completed Sample BDA Lesson to help you create your own. Take a look at the new Literacy module today and see what ideas you can find to help support and enhance the literacy skills of the youth in your programs.

 


September 8, 2014

Please join us on Tuesday, September 9, at 1:00 p.m. (ET)/10:00 a.m. (PT) for a coffee break webinar focusing exclusively on the New Literacy Content on Y4Y. Your hosts will be Karen Tylek, Y4Y Project Specialist, and Jessica Chung, Y4Y Content Specialist.
    
We’ll learn about all the new Literacy resources available on Y4Y, discuss ideas for integrating Literacy activities into your program, and share strategies for working with staff, students, and families.

All webinars are free so register today !