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February 8, 2014

The Y4Y Team will be attending the Beyond School Hours XVII conference in Atlanta, Georgia, next week to conduct workshops on a variety of topics. When you’re at the conference be sure to look for us at these two breakout sessions:

Aligning 21st CCLC Programs to Common Core Using Y4Y Resources (Monique McDowell-Russell and Tania Lazar, with guest speaker Zelda Spence). The new Common Core State Standards present numerous opportunities to align 21st CCLC programs to school day learning. If your state has adopted the Common Core, then join us in this interactive workshop where we’ll explore the Standards with leading policy and program experts, and where participants will work together in hands-on activities to develop resources they can take back to their programs. Come explore strategies for embedding the Common Core in your engaging 21st CCLC activities. Thursday, February 13, 2014, 10:15-11:30 a.m. (Workshop 2) in room Embassy D.

Integrating Education Reform Efforts into 21st CCLC Programs with Y4Y (Monique McDowell-Russell and Sue Gerenstein). Many recent national education reforms and initiatives are designed to ensure that every child in the country receives an education that prepares him or her to achieve success in the innovation-based economy of the future, from STEM to college and career readiness. Join us in this hands-on workshop where we’ll explore these reforms with leading policy and program experts and learn how Y4Y can help. Participants will have the chance to dig deep, work together, and develop tools aligned with these reforms that they can put into practice with the students in their programs. Friday, February 14, 2014, 2:00-3:15 p.m. (Workshop 7) in room Embassy D.

After you check in at the conference, be sure to check the program materials for any possible last minute changes to the scheduling information provided above. For more information about Beyond School Hours, see

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.