Archive for February, 2010

AFTERSCHOOL PRINCIPALS INSTITUTE

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

AFTERSCHOOL PRINCIPALS INSTITUTE: Collaboration Strategies for Principals and Afterschool Program Directors

Hear from Paul G. Young, Ph. D., President & CEO of the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) and former Executive Director of West Afterschool Program in Lancaster, Ohio.
He has extensive experience as a school administrator and previously held positions as an elementary school principal and President of the NAESP  (National Elementary and Principals Association www.naesp.org)  Board of Directors.

Come and join principals across the state to develop a plan of action utilizing  NAESP’s
Leading After-School Learning Communities: Standards for What Principals Should Know and Be Able To Do

This training is open to all  schools and afterschool programs statewide and will focus on quality and effective strategies for implementation of afterschool programs.

Participants are requested to attend as a team of 2 or more.

Team should consist of :

  • a school building principal
  • and one other agency representative, such as an afterschool director/coordinator,Bord Member, Parent Liason,Community Leader

When: Monday March 29, 2010
Time:   9:30 am-2pm
Where: New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association @12 Centre Drive, Monroe Township, NJ 08831
Cost: $25 per person includes lunch and all material

Last day to Register is March 21st, 2010.

ON LINE REGISTRATION ONLY!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

This project is funded in its entirety with federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by No Child Left Behind, Title IV, Part B,
21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant funds through a cooperative grant agreement with the New Jersey Department of Education.


NJSACC: The Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities
in partnership with
National AfterSchool Association (NAA),
New Jersey’s Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA),   National Association of  Elementary School Principals  (NAESP) and
New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE).

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Mini Grants Due Next Week!

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Grants -BACK TO BASICS $$$$$$$$

NJSACC is going back to the basics this year.
There will be 10 grants of $2,500 available to school-age programs that are licensed through the Department of Children and Families Office of Licensing to help programs focus on licensing standards.
Grant funding must be used to either correct licensing issues or help to maintain licensing standards and should improve health, safety, environment and/or physical facilities.

Programs that submit a Mini-Grant Application will qualify to participate in the grant’s competitive process.
Please download all the forms below to apply.
Make sure that you carefully read all the information and fill out all the forms completely before submitting your application!

Here are the forms:

Funding provided by the NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development as part of a Federal CCDF Block Grant Earmark

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Training the Trainer: New Date!

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

NJSACC hosts Workshops and Retreats to energize you,  your staff and your children!

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A workshop for Directors, Trainers, Professionsal Development staff, Human Resource Staff…

Training the Trainer

Click HERE to register

A Day of Tools, Tips and Tricks to build Quality Staff Development Workshops, Trainings and Meetings

With Diane Genco, NJSACC Executive Director & Sarah Cruz, NJSACC Enrichment Support Specialist

This full day workshop will focus on Tools, Tips and Tricks of Successful Trainers as well as focusing on developing staff development workshops in any topic, which will engage and energize staff.

Lunch will be provided

Fee: $125

Date:  Wednesday March 3, 2010

Time: 10 AM to 2:30 PM

Location:  NJSACC

Directions: CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS

Registration is due by: March 1, 2010


Celebrate What’s Right with the World: A Mid Winter Retreat for Directors

Click HERE to Register

Need to refresh yourself for the final months of the school year?  Need to get ready for the summer?  Or do you just need to re-energize your enthusiasm for Afterschool?

This retreat will do that for you!

In Celebrate What’s Right With The World, Dewitt Jones asks: Do we choose to see possibilities? Do we really believe they’re there? He assures us that there is always more than one right answer. Celebrating what’s right with the world helps us recognize the possibilities and find solutions for the challenges before us.

This inspirational, best-selling training program utilizes stunning photography and powerful dialogue to help viewers approach their lives with celebration, confidence, and grace.

Key Concepts Covered:

  • Believe it and you’ll see it.
  • Recognize abundance
  • Look for Possibilities.
  • Unleash your energy to fix what’s wrong
  • Ride the changes.
  • Take yourself to the edge.
  • Best your best for the world.

Lunch will be provided

Fee:  $50

Date:  Friday, March 5, 2010

Time: 10 AM to 2:00 PM

Location:  NJSACC

Directions: CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS

Registration is due by: February 28, 2010

Adventures in Peacemaking

AIP BOOK

An adventure based Conflict Resolution Curriculum.

Click HERE to Register

This workshop is to help staff in school-age child care settings teach children effective, nonviolent ways to resolve conflict.

This workshop is developed to meet the unique needs of school-age child care providers and provide assistance in the following areas:

  1. Implementing instruction in key conflict resolution concepts
  2. Further developing children skills using experiential education strategies
  3. Developing approaches for resolving conflict in child care settings

The Program Focuses on “The Peaceable Program” model and uses an Adventure based approach to teaching Conflict Resolution.

Lunch will be provided.

Participants will also receive an Adventures in Peacemaking Basic Activity Kit and an

Adventures in Peacemaking Book

Fee: $ 150

Date:  Friday, March 19, 2010

Time: 10 AM to 2:30 PM

Location:  NJSACC

Directions: CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS

Registration is due by: March 5, 2010

Celebrate What’s right with the World: A Director’s Retreat

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

NJSACC hosts Workshops and Retreats to energize you,  your staff and your children!

Celebrate what’s Right with the World

March Madness Font

Celebrate What’s Right with the World: A Mid Winter Retreat for Directors

Click HERE to Register

Need to refresh yourself for the final months of the school year?  Need to get ready for the summer?  Or do you just need to re-energize your enthusiasm for Afterschool?

This retreat will do that for you!

In Celebrate What’s Right With The World, Dewitt Jones asks: Do we choose to see possibilities? Do we really believe they’re there? He assures us that there is always more than one right answer. Celebrating what’s right with the world helps us recognize the possibilities and find solutions for the challenges before us.

This inspirational, best-selling training program utilizes stunning photography and powerful dialogue to help viewers approach their lives with celebration, confidence, and grace.

Key Concepts Covered:

  • Believe it and you’ll see it.
  • Recognize abundance
  • Look for Possibilities.
  • Unleash your energy to fix what’s wrong
  • Ride the changes.
  • Take yourself to the edge.
  • Best your best for the world.

Lunch will be provided

Fee:  $50

Date:  Friday, March 5, 2010

Time: 10 AM to 2:00 PM

Location:  NJSACC

Directions: CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS

Registration is due by: February 28, 2010

Training the Trainer

Click HERE to register

A Day of Tools, Tips and Tricks to build Quality Staff Development Workshops, Trainings and Meetings

With Diane Genco, NJSACC Executive Director & Sarah Cruz, NJSACC Enrichment Support Specialist

This full day workshop will focus on Tools, Tips and Tricks of Successful Trainers as well as focusing on developing staff development workshops in any topic, which will engage and energize staff.

Lunch will be provided

Fee: $125

Date:  Wednesday March 3, 2010

Time: 10 AM to 2:30 PM

Location:  NJSACC

Directions: CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS

Registration is due by: March 1, 2010

Adventures in Peacemaking

AIP BOOK

An adventure based Conflict Resolution Curriculum.

Click HERE to Register

This workshop is to help staff in school-age child care settings teach children effective, nonviolent ways to resolve conflict.

This workshop is developed to meet the unique needs of school-age child care providers and provide assistance in the following areas:

  1. Implementing instruction in key conflict resolution concepts
  2. Further developing children skills using experiential education strategies
  3. Developing approaches for resolving conflict in child care settings

The Program Focuses on “The Peaceable Program” model and uses an Adventure based approach to teaching Conflict Resolution.

Lunch will be provided.

Participants will also receive an Adventures in Peacemaking Basic Activity Kit and an

Adventures in Peacemaking Book

Fee: $ 150

Date:  Friday, March 19, 2010

Time: 10 AM to 2:30 PM

Location:  NJSACC

Directions: CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS

Registration is due by: March 5, 2010

Drastic Cuts to NJ After 3 Announced!

Monday, February 15th, 2010

NJ After 3 needs your help.  Please take a moment to read this letter from NJ After 3‘s President/CEO , Mark Valli.

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Dear Friends & Supporters:

On Thursday the Governor announced a series of budget cuts to help address the State’s budget deficit in the current fiscal year.  Included in those cuts was the elimination of $5.2 million in funding for New Jersey After 3 … the 2nd half of the funding needed for programs operating THIS year.
The result of this will be that 11,000 kids current served by New Jersey After 3 will lose programming by the end of March.

While we will do everything in our power to keep programming open as long as possible, I would like to ask for your help in making the case that this decision needs to be reversed.   New Jersey After 3 is a cost-effective and cost-efficient program with demonstrated results.
New Jersey After 3 has lost 33% of its State funding over the last two years.  Also, unlike many of the other announced budget reductions,
the cut to New Jersey After 3  impacts programs currently in operation, so this cut will immediately impact thousands of kids and their families.

We just started a petition on Change.org titled, Keep 12,000+ Kids Safe: Save Afterschool Programs in New Jersey! It is an easy way to mobilize thousands to express their thoughts and opinions to the Governor and the State Legislature.

You can sign the petition in less than 30 seconds by clicking the link below or copying & pasting the link into your browser:
http://www.change.org/njafter3/actions/view/keep_12000_kids_safe_save_afterschool_programs_in_new_jersey

New Jersey After 3 is a research-based program that an outside evaluation has documented as effective.  We are exactly the kind of entrepreneurial ‘new thinking’ that the new administration is looking for in these difficult financial times.  I hope that you can help us make that case to the State’s leaders.  Below is a discussion of how State investment in New Jersey After 3 benefits New Jersey Taxpayers.

New Jersey After 3 programs save taxpayers millions of dollars because:

1) Return on Investment –  to date, New Jersey After 3 and its network of partners has raised over $35,000,000 dollars in additional funding, providing the State a 40% rate of return on its investment.  This year alone, New Jersey After 3 has raised over $3.5 million and our partners have committed another $5.4 million for a total of close to $9,000,000.

2) Cost Efficient – New Jersey After 3 programs cost the State roughly a third of what the average high quality afterschool program should cost, according to a national study;

3) Keep Kids Safe – New Jersey After 3 programs keep kids safe from 3pm to 6pm, the most dangerous time for kids.  National studies document that every dollar invested in afterschool programs brings back between $3 and $12 in public savings.  Studies also show that every child steered clear of the juvenile justice system saves taxpayers between $1.7 million and $2.3 million per child.

4) Improve Student Achievement – Students do better in school and are more likely to stay in school.  An  independent study of New Jersey After 3 document student benefits in the areas of language arts, study skills, math, computer skills, and homework completion.  National studies have documented significant improvements in test scores and reduced dropout rates.  Also, a recent Columbia University study documented that dropouts cost the U.S. $50 billion in lost revenue.

5) Support Working Families – Working parents need a safe supportive place for their children afterschool hours.  A Brandeis documented that parents concerns over children’s safety costs the American economy tens of billions in lost productivity. In addition to families losing these programs, more than 1,200 afterschool educator jobs will be lost if the cut stands.

Please forward this email on to others that you feel might be interested.  Thank you!

Sincerely,

-Mark Valli