Archive for August, 2010

Please join us

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Dear Colleague:

Please join NJSACC at a roundtable discussion on improving quality in afterschool and summer programs through expanded learning opportunities.

As the state-wide network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities, NJSACC offers technical assistance, training, and support to help New Jersey’s afterschool communities thrive. NJSACC builds public awareness and support; offers guidance for families, providers and advocates; strengthens relationships with policymakers, funders, practitioners and parents; and shares best practices.

Families, educators, funders and policymakers are increasingly looking to afterschool programs to contribute to student success academically, as well as socially and emotionally. Afterschool providers have risen to the challenge by offering fun programs that engage and enhance learning. In many instances, afterschool staff work closely with classroom teachers to exchange information and create a continuum of care and support and learning for the children in their programs.

NJSACC is launching a new initiative to collect best practices in high quality afterschool programs. We will assess this information to develop New Jersey’s first afterschool Quality Standards. The Standards will be a tool for providers to strengthen programs, families to select programs, and funders to make well-informed decisions.

Your input and advice at a roundtable discussion will help us make the Standards a useful and user-friendly tool. We have scheduled three roundtables to accommodate scheduling conflicts.

Please join us so that you can impact this important work.

The roundtables will be on the following dates/locations:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 10am-12:30pm at the Haddon Fortnightly Women’s Club in Haddonfield, NJ
(301 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033)
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 from 10am-12:30pm at the Boys and Girls Club of Clifton in Clifton, NJ
(822 Clifton Avenue, Clifton, NJ 07013)
Friday, September 24, 2010 from 10am-12:30pm at the First Baptist Church in Westfield, NJ
(170 Elm Street, Westfield, NJ 07090)


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


Get Ready for Lights On!

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

NJSACC says sign up for the 2010 celebration of afterschool!
Register for Lights On Afterschool
by September 6th and you could win a set of cool arts projects from Discount School Supply – a super size craft kit, mask making kit and bead kit.

Afterschool programs get a 10% discount on any Discount School Supply order when you use the code “A4A” (Afterschool 4 All). Enter “A4A” in the pink promotional box for online orders, or reference “A4A” when making phone orders.

Holding a Lights On Afterschool event can help build support for afterschool in your community, increase visibility and attract new partners. Organize an open house for your community, a tour for local leaders or a youth performance or talent show. See our case studies to learn what benefits your peers have gained from holding events. Our comprehensive event planning kit makes it easy to get started.

If you think you have already registered for Lights On Afterschool, you can check by searching the find an event page on our website.
If you have questions about your registration, email or call 202.347.2030.

The Afterschool Alliance

PS:  Follow us on Twitter, become our fan on Facebook and check out our blog Afterschool Snack for the latest announcements on Lights On Afterschool.


For Male-Focused Organizations and Programs

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Dear Colleague:

Your help is needed to accurately count male-focused organizations and programs.
The C.S. Mott Foundation is supporting this census of male-focused programs in order to begin counting and understanding the many efforts working to help males take care of themselves and their families.

A key objective is to identify those organizations or programs within organizations that intentionally work with males – especially low-income males – so that resources can be better targeted and outcomes improved.

I am writing to request your support maximizing the reach and success of this census.  Beginning with this email we are seeking the participation of programs, organizations, allies and stakeholders of male-focused work.  However, we readily acknowledge the limitations of our scope and invite you to help us count all male-focused efforts in the nation.

The form can be completed in under 10 minutes.

If you run a male-focused program or organization please  click on the link below to count in.

On the other hand if you know of a church, youth group, fraternity or community based organization that works with males please take a moment and forward this email throughout your networks and encourage people to click here and complete the form for their male-focused organization or program.

All responses will be confidential.

By September 30th, we plan to wind down this phase of the census process and, in 2011, move forward with follow up survey activity.  Future efforts to gather more detailed information about the important work of this field depend upon the success of this initial count.  Please help us support male-focused efforts at this critical juncture.

Thank you for your participation.  Stay tuned for results from this and future TMC survey work!


Loren Harris
Thinking Man Consulting


Upcoming Afterschool Investments Project Webinar

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

School-Age Professionals Go Back to School: Community Colleges and the President’s American Graduation Initiative

Upcoming Afterschool Investments Project Webinar

Wednesday, September 8, 2010 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT

12:00 – 1:30 PM CDT; 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM MDT; 10:00 – 11:30 AM PDT;

9:00 – 10:30 AM ALA; 8:00 – 9:30 AM HAW

Click Here To Register

Or copy this URL into your web browser:

Please join us for our next Afterschool Investments webinar!  During the event, Federal staff will discuss the ACF priority on professional development and the workforce. AIP staff will share new resources for community college faculty, developed in collaboration with Child Care and Early Education Research Connections. The School-Age Faculty Module includes information, worksheets and activities that can be used by faculty in two and four-year institutions, and community-based trainings, to help the school-age workforce understand and use research to learn more about effective practice. Faculty and student representatives from Trident Community College (SC) and Tulsa Community College (OK) will also share their experiences with developing new methods to support the afterschool workforce. The webinar event will conclude with an interactive question-and-answer session.


Race To The Top

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Race To The Top Winners

AUGUST 24, 2010

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today that 10 applicants have won grants in the second phase of the Race to the Top competition. Along with Phase 1 winners Delaware and Tennessee, 11 states and the District of Columbia have now been awarded money in the Obama Administration’s groundbreaking education reform program that will directly impact 13.6 million students, and 980,000 teachers in 25,000 schools.

The 10 winning Phase 2 applications in alphabetical order are: the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Rhode Island.

“These states show what is possible when adults come together to do the right thing for children,” said Secretary Arne Duncan. “Every state that applied showed a tremendous amount of leadership and a bold commitment to education reform. The creativity and innovation in each of these applications is breathtaking,” Duncan continued. “We set a high bar and these states met the challenge.”

While peer reviewers rated these 10 as having the highest scoring plans, very few points separated them from the remaining applications. The deciding factor on the number of winners selected hinged on both the quality of the applications and the funds available.

“We had many more competitive applications than money to fund them in this round,” Duncan said. “We’re very hopeful there will be a Phase 3 of Race to the Top and have requested $1.35 billion dollars in next year’s budget. In the meantime, we will partner with each and every state that applied to help them find ways to carry out the bold reforms they’ve proposed in their applications.”

A total of 46 states and the District of Columbia put together comprehensive education reform plans to apply for Race to the Top in Phases 1 and 2. Over the course of the Race to the Top competition, 35 states and the District of Columbia have adopted rigorous common, college- and career-ready standards in reading and math, and 34 states have changed laws or policies to improve education.

Every state that applied has already done the hard work of collaboratively creating a comprehensive education reform agenda. In the coming months, the Department plans to bring all States together to help ensure the success of their work implementing reforms around college- and career-ready standards, data systems, great teachers and leaders, and school turnarounds.

In addition to the reforms supported by Race to the Top, the Department has made unprecedented resources available through reform programs like the Investing in Innovation Fund, the Teacher Incentive Fund, and the School Improvement Grants under Title I.

Through all of these programs, the Department of Education will be distributing almost $10 billion to support reform in states and local communities.

“As we look at the last 18 months, it is absolutely stunning to see how much change has happened at the state and local levels, unleashed in part by these incentive programs,” Duncan said.

As with any federal grant program, budgets will be finalized after discussions between the grantees and the Department, and the money will be distributed over time as the grantees meet established benchmarks.

The $4.35 billion Race to the Top Fund is an unprecedented federal investment in reform. The program includes $4 billion for statewide reform grants and $350 million to support states working together to improve the quality of their assessments, which the Department plans to award in September. The Race to the Top state competition is designed to reward states that are leading the way in comprehensive, coherent, statewide education reform across four key areas:

  • Adopting standards and assessments that prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace;
  • Building data systems that measure student growth and success, and inform teachers and principals how to improve instruction;
  • Recruiting, developing, rewarding, and retaining effective teachers and principals, especially where they are needed most; and
  • Turning around their lowest-performing schools.

The 10 winning applicants have adopted rigorous common, college- and career-ready standards in reading and math, created pipelines and incentives to put the most effective teachers in high-need schools, and all have alternative pathways to teacher and principal certification.

In the first round of competition supporting state-based reforms, Delaware and Tennessee won grants based on their comprehensive plans to reform their schools and the statewide support for those plans.

The Department of Education has posted all Phase 2 applications online. Phase 2 peer reviewers’ comments, and scores will be available on the website by August 25th; videos of states’ presentations will be posted by September 10th. Phase 1 materials are available online.

Phase 2 Grantee Budget Not to Exceed… Phase 2 Score Phase 1 Score Score Change


Massachusetts $250,000,000 471.0 411.4 59.6


New York $700,000,000 464.8 408.6 56.2


Hawaii $75,000,000 462.4 364.6 97.8


Florida $700,000,000 452.4 431.4 21


Rhode Island $75,000,000 451.2 419.0 32.2


District of Columbia $75,000,000 450.0 402.4 47.6


Maryland $250,000,000 450.0 N/A N/A


Georgia $400,000,000 446.4 433.6 12.8


North Carolina $400,000,000 441.6 414.0 27.6


Ohio $400,000,000 440.8 418.6 22.2