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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 8, 2013

We keep mentioning this Tools section…So what is it? It’s where you can find all of the handouts, planning guides, and materials that help you implement the content you find on Y4Y.

Guess what? Each content module has its own Tools section. And, each content module follows the same organization for its tools, with everything categorized into Learn, Assess and Reflect, Plan and Implement, and Train.

And…you guessed it. You can also get to the Tools section from the navigation bar at the top.



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.



November 30, 2012

Whether on field trips, during projects, or while doing activities, you should always mind your P’s and Q’s. In the case of STEM, that means your Processes and Questions!

Staff should always keep in mind the processes, techniques, and vocabulary that can help reinforce scientific thinking with youth. Y4Y has a customizable training checklist designed to help you lead your staff in how and when to incorporate STEM vocabulary into your daily program activities.



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.