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Building Connections: NJSACC 2010 Conference Info

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010


This year NJSACC:The Network for New Jersey’s  Afterschool Communities , will once again host the NJ Annual Afterschool Conference.

BUILDING CONNECTIONS will  have a focus on the importance of introducing  STEM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING and MATH) into your afterschool programs!

So save the dates , November 12th and 13th, 2010 – once again in Princeton, NJ.

We have some great things planned-Scrabble anyone?

Here is the overview:

Building Connections

November 12th and 13th, 2010
Conference Fees:
Members: $236 / 2 days $136 / 1 day
Non-Members: $271 / 2 days $171 / 1 day
Fee includes conference materials, continental breakfast and lunch buffet

Conference Location and Accommodations:
The Marriott Princeton Hotel and Conference Center at Forrestal
100 College Road East, Princeton, NJ  08540
Room Rates: $149 per night
Room Reservations:
Reservations must be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott reservations at
(800) 228-9290 or (609) 452-7800.
Room reservations must be made on or before Friday, October 30, 2010.
When you call make sure to mention the NJSACC Conference and the dates of the conference in order to receive the conference rate.

Please Note:  Full conference program will be posted at in early September in a
Registration will be online only.
For more information:   NJSACC   908-789-0259    |

Conference Timetable:
Friday, November 12th, 2010

Registration Begins and Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:00 am

Opening Session
9:00 am – 9:25 am

Session 1
9:30 am – 11:00 am

Showcase Alley and Lunch
11:15 am – 1:00 pm

Session 2
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Session 3
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Saturday, November 13, 2010
Registration begins and Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Opening Session
8:45 am -  9:30 am

Session 1
9:45 am – 11:45 am

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Session 2
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Session 3


Double Session

1:15 pm –
4:30 pm

This conference is funded in part by the:
• NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development as part of a Federal CCDF Block Grant Earmark
• Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (Title IV, Part B of No Child Left Behind), 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant funds awarded to the NJ Department of Education

Partners to date:

NIOST * NJ DOE *NJ DHS * NJ 4 H * KEAN UNIVERSITY’s NJ Center for STEM* Young Audiences * Newark Museum
* NJ Audubon * 
 NJSACC  would like to thank Hasbro Games for special permission to use the SCRABBLE image for the sole purpose of this


 nj_sacc save the date 6x9(3)

Special Workshop in July!

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Aligning the Learning Day: Collaboration Strategies for Principals and Afterschool Program Directors

Aligning the Learning Day: Collaboration Strategies for Principals and Afterschool Program Directors

This training is open to all schools and afterschool programs statewide and will focus on providing strategies for effective partnerships between after-school programs and school principals; thereby linking the school-day to the afterschool program and increasing student achievement.

Hear from Paul G. Young, Ph. D., President & CEO of the National AfterSchool Association (NAA see and former Executive Director of West Afterschool Program in Lancaster, Ohio.
Paul 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 ( )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 book highlights core characteristics of quality after-school programs:

* Strong Vision, Management and Collaboration

* Sufficient and Quality Staff

* Attention to Health, Safety and Nutrition Issues

* Effective Family and Community Partnerships

* Enriching Learning Opportunities that Complement the School Day

* Links between school-day and after-school staff

* Evaluation of program progress and effectiveness

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

Team should consist of:

* a school building principal

* at least one agency representative, such as an afterschool director/coordinator, board member, parent liaison, community leader

When: Monday, July 12, 2010

Registration and continental breakfast: 9:00 am

Workshop: 9:30 am to 2:00 pm

Where: New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association

12 Centre Drive, Monroe Township, NJ 08831

Cost: $25 per person includes lunch and all materials



This project is funded in part 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.

This training is in collaboration with NJDOE, NAA , NJSACC and NJPSA.


Community Schools Grant Webinar!

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Federal Full Service Community Schools 2010 Grants

Must Register Today!!!!! To Be On Call on

Thursday, June 24, 2010

2pm – 3pm EST


Are you planning to apply for the Full Service Community Schools (FSCS) grant? Do you have questions or need clarification?
We can help! The Coalition for Community Schools will be hosting a 1-hour webinar on Thursday, June 24th at 2pm EST, to break down the FSCS grant vision and to answer your questions.

The FSCS program encourages coordination of academic, social, and health services through partnerships between (1) public elementary and secondary schools; (2) the schools’ local educational agencies (LEAs); and (3) community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, and other public or private entities.  The purpose of this collaboration is to provide comprehensive academic, social, and health services for students, students’ family members, and community members that will result in improved educational outcomes for children.

After a brief overview of the FSCS grant, Marty Blank, Director of the Coalition will address questions from participants. You will have the opportunity to type questions into the “chat box” during the webinar, but we encourage you to email your questions to by Wednesday, June 23rd at 9am EST.

Space is limited – reserve your spot today!
Share this announcement with your colleagues and networks.
Please RSVP by Wednesday, June 23rd  at 5pm EST.  [This event is free, but due to capacity restrictions, please limit registrations to one per organization.] Access webinar participation instructions here: Please register to secure your space!

To access the FSCS application and community schools planning resources, visit:

This webinar is NOT meant to express the views of the U.S. Department of Education.

News from the Wallace Foundation

Monday, June 21st, 2010

NEW YORK, NY, June 21, 2010 – With an initial investment of $9 million, The Wallace Foundation today announced it is launching an initiative to provide disadvantaged urban students with more time for high-quality learning – both through improved summer learning opportunities, and through extending the school day and school year.

“It’s becoming increasingly clear that the traditional school calendar may not be ideal for students, especially those in the most need,” said M. Christine DeVita, president of The Wallace Foundation. “If we provide more high-quality learning time for disadvantaged students by offering summer learning and extending the school day – and use that time effectively – we may be able to substantially improve students’ achievement.”

The initiative will involve three strategies:

  • Building awareness among educators and policymakers of the value of adding more time for high-quality learning, including identifying what is already known, and what policies are needed to make progress;
  • Helping leading national organizations that do a good job of educating children in now-underutilized hours to reach more children; and,
  • Testing how programs that provide more high-quality learning time might be made available widely in one or more school districts to help disadvantaged children, and evaluating these efforts for results.

The foundation has joined with an initial group of partners to help build understanding and develop knowledge that districts, cities and states can use to take action. Those include: The National Summer Learning Association, The National Center on Time & Learning, BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), Higher Achievement, Horizons National, RAND, MDRC, and Child Trends.

Wallace’s initiative comes amid increased interest in the issue of more time for learning, and questions about what approaches are most effective in boosting student achievement.

In the area of summer learning, a century of research has demonstrated that over the summer break common in most school districts, all children – but especially poor children – lose some of what they have learned during the school year. More recently, a 2007 study published in the American Sociological Review by researchers Karl L. Alexander, Doris R. Entwisle and Linda S. Olson concluded that because this “summer learning loss” was cumulative, about two-thirds of the ninth-grade reading achievement gap between poor children and their wealthier counterparts could be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities during the elementary school years. (They found one-third of the gap existed when children began school.)

Despite this evidence of the problem, less is known about what measures might be effective to solve it, especially on a wide scale, and what state and district policies would be needed to support those measures. Evaluations demonstrate that effective summer learning programs can reduce summer learning loss, especially in reading, as a Wallace-commissioned 2009 summary of research by Child Trends has shown. But there are few instances of those programs being successfully applied across a district – something Wallace hopes to test with one or more district partners.

In the area of extended learning time, the evidence is unclear about what it takes for more time added to the school day, week or year to make a difference in students’ academic achievement. Tutoring consistently produces learning gains, but group activities have been found to have inconsistent effects on learning. However, studies of extended learning time have shown positive effects on students’ school attendance, engagement and social and emotional development. In recent years, some selected charter and traditional public schools have begun to rethink the conventional, six-hour, 180-day school schedule, by integrating academics and enrichment activities into a redesigned school day.

The grants announced today include:

Building awareness of the value of adding more time for high-quality learning:

  • $350,000 over one year to the National Summer Learning Association, the Baltimore-based organization that promotes wider understanding of the value of  improving summer learning opportunities, and serves as a network hub providing tools and expertise for thousands of summer learning programs across the nation. Wallace’s grant will fund strategic planning and communications, as well as help the Association work with BELL, Higher Achievement and Horizons National to learn from each others’ work.
  • $250,000 over one year to the National Center on Time & Learning, the Boston-based organization that promotes wider understanding of the value of adding more time to the school day and year. The grant will fund communications activities as well as reports on what districts and states are doing around the nation to add more time for learning.

Funding leading providers of more learning time so they can serve more children:

  • $4 million over three years to Boston-based BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life). Its six-week, all-day summer program supplements three hours of academics with enrichment courses, field trips and community service in Boston, Augusta, Ga., Baltimore, Charlotte, Detroit, New York City and Springfield, Mass.  An Urban Institute study found that BELL summer students outperformed a control group on reading tests and parental engagement.  BELL’s standardized assessments show its students posted five months’ grade-equivalent gains in reading and math during the summer.
  • $300,000 over one year to Norwalk, Connecticut-based Horizons National, which works closely with 19 private schools in Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Virginia and Washington DC, to provide students from public schools with summer academic and enrichment opportunities.  Horizons students consistently demonstrate gains in reading skills of more than three months as measured by STAR Reading assessment.  Additionally, a 2009 Wireless Generation report showed substantial gains in reading skills for Horizons’ youngest (K-2) students as compared to the loss experienced by the national average of a low-SES cohort.
  • $3 million over three years to Higher Achievement, which operates in Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Alexandria, Virginia.  The program, which pairs middle-school students with mentors who tutor and help them apply to competitive high schools, also offers activities such as trips to colleges.  A 2009 internal study found that more than half of the lower-achieving students in the Washington sites improved in math by at least one letter grade, while students overall considerably improved reading and math test scores.  Wallace funding will help support a formal, independent evaluation of the summer work.
  • $150,000 to Child Trends in Washington, D.C., over nine months, to develop a public report available by spring 2011 on what is known about the range of approaches for extending learning time, evaluations of the impact of extended learning time on student achievement, as well as leading programs and their features.

Testing and evaluating whether district summer learning programs could reduce or eliminate summer learning loss among their poorest students.

  • $635,000 over one year to RAND Corporation, for a study to help identify the key features that should be included in summer learning programs and ways to manage implementation challenges. The study would help guide the design of a demonstration of effective district summer learning programs. RAND will produce a public research report by April 2011 that is intended to be broadly useful to federal officials, districts, states and out-of-school time providers interested in developing effective summer learning programs and the policies to support them.
  • $600,000 over one year to MDRC to help Wallace identify one or more district partners to develop a demonstration of a summer learning program to be widely applied across a district and aimed at reducing or eliminating summer learning loss. MDRC would work closely with Wallace to help manage the work should one or more districts be identified that are willing and able to undertake a demonstration.

The Wallace Foundation is an independent, national foundation dedicated to supporting and sharing effective ideas and practices that expand learning and enrichment opportunities for all people. The Foundation maintains an online library of lessons at about what it has learned, including knowledge from its current efforts aimed at: strengthening educational leadership to improve student achievement; helping disadvantaged students gain more time for learning through summer learning and an extended school day and year; enhancing out-of-school-time opportunities; and building appreciation and demand for the arts.

Summer Learning: Quality Practice, Funding & Policy, a Free Training Opportunity

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Summer Learning: Quality Practice, Funding & Policy, a Free Training Opportunity
PEAR, the Program in Education, Afterschool & Resiliency, at Harvard University, is devoting their June webinar to the topic of summer learning.

Free Webinar
Summer Learning: Quality Practice, Funding & Policy
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
1:30-3 p.m. Eastern/10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Pacific

This time of year is ideal for a conversation with experts from the field, so that we can all reflect on how far the fast-growing field of summer learning has come, what we know about strong practices, and how funding is distributed. We will discuss new connections between school districts and youth-serving organizations, news from Washington as well as from the foundation world, and evaluation practices that work. In an hour and a half of presentations and discussion, we will move between the worlds of policy, research and practice to showcase quality in summer programming. Speakers include staff from the Association, Reach Out and Read, and PEAR.