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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.



January 16, 2013

If you’d rather develop your own training but need a little bit of guidance, try a Training Starter like this one for developing “Objectives that Work”. The meat of the training – called the Training Middle – instructs you to gather participant input, lead activities, and convey important points to the group. The opening and closing are left blank, resulting in a framework that can help you organize your thoughts while keeping in mind the principles of effective trainings.

The Training Starter templates can be downloaded as PDFs or as Microsoft Word documents, which means you can edit the document directly and add your own ideas to fill in the existing framework. It is easy to extend or shorten the training to your needs, too.



November 20, 2012

In the Incorporating Academic Content in Afterschool Training-to-Go we explore how to design afterschool programming and activities that are engaging and interactive while also incorporating school day content. This hour-long customizable professional development training includes a PowerPoint, handouts, activities and training guides.

To learn more, click here.



November 20, 2012

The Y4Y site can help you shape ideas to complement school-day learning standards in your program. Work from the suggested program activities, then find ways to connect to standards. Make sure you're logged in before you start, then when you're done save your work to "My Notebook" and everything you've entered will be saved to your profile so you can download it and print it for later reference.

To access this page and to view related materials about advantages and approaches to aligning with the school day, click here.



November 8, 2012

This Issue Brief, Afterschool and Students with Special Needs, provides a quick overview of the benefits of afterschool programs for students who have learning, developmental and physical disabilities. Even students who are not in "mainstream" classrooms can get valuable support in the afterschool setting. Afterschool Alliance. (2004). Washington, DC: Author.

Click here to access this Brief and view related publications from the Learn More Library.