Archive for February, 2013

RSVP: 100 Women Leaders in STEM TownHall Conference Call 3/6/13

Monday, February 18th, 2013

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100 Women Leaders in STEM

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, RSVP today to be part of a special call where different 100 Women Leaders in STEM honorees will share with us their story, their challenges and what their organization is doing to promote more women and girls in STEM careers. The TownHall Conference call will take place virtually (WebEx platform) on March 6th from 1:00PM – 2:30PM EST.

You can’t miss it! A special announcement that will affect millions of women and girls will be announced! Please share this invitation with your colleagues and networks so more and more people gets involved in showcasing STEM careers to girls.


The STEMconnector team

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Year-Round Learning: Continuity in Education Across Settings and Time Through Expanded Learning

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Year-round Learning: Benefits and Policy Recommendations

In this policy brief–the third in our series with the National Conference of State Legislatures–we explore four benefits of year-round learning. In particular, continuity in learning opportunities across time and settings allows:

* Shared resources among educational partners,
* Family and youth engagement in learning,
* Prevention of summer learning loss, and
* Coordinated systems to track and use data.

This brief provides examples of year-round learning programs. It also provides recommendations for policymakers who want to increase youth engagement in learning. Specifically, policymakers can look for opportunities to:

* Support flexible funding initiatives to cover year-round learning strategies as a whole, rather than funding them individually.

* Combine state money with funds from various other sources, which can help maximize use of public money for youth programs.

* Consider policies that encourage schools and parents to work with summer and afterschool programs to tailor programming to youth’s interests and needs.

* Take into account the impact of summer learning loss on the achievement gap and the role summer programs can play in minimizing that loss.

* Find ways that schools, parents, agencies, and community partners can share student information in a secure manner.

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About Harvard Family Research Project

Located at Harvard Graduate School of Education, we have helped stakeholders develop and evaluate strategies to promote the well-being of children, youth, families, and their communities since 1983. Visit to learn more.

The Out-of-School Time Team at Harvard Family Research Project


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Public School Run OST (Out Of School Time) Program Roundtable 3/21/13

Monday, February 18th, 2013

As a reminder, the Roundtable is specifically for OST managers and directors who work for public school districts. (Licence Exempt Programs)

When:  March 21st  from 10 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
Where:  East Brunswick Public Schools Administration Building, t 760 Rt. 18, East Brunswick, NJ.

The office building is nestled in the back of a complex that includes IHOP, Denny’s, Red Lobster, and a Best Western hotel.  The complex, which is on the north bound side of Rt. 18, is opposite Brunswick Square Mall on the highway.

Please RSVP to our  host Scott Kominkiewicz at:


Camden & Burlington Counties! Up to 3 hours of training available on 4/6/2013

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

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Choose between:
1.5 hours of Games, Games, Games with Dennis Groomes AND 1.5 hours of STEM with Chris Jorn
3 hours: Stewards of the Children/Darkness to Light with Danielle Weist


Games, Games, Games with Dennis Groomes (1.5 Hours)

Two hours that are all about playing games. Learn games where no one is eliminated, learn games that can be played with limited materials, all active, engaging and fun, encouraging teamwork and relationship building in your programs. These games are also great for staff team building. Come dressed to play!

Hands on STEM (1.5 Hours)

STEM based curriculum’s are designed to remove the traditional educational barriers between a student’s school day and an afterschool experience. In this session, participants will experience hands-on science and literacy resources used in afterschool settings. The goal of STEM activities is to get everyone engaged in science related activities, which would hopefully spark a long term interest in and love of science. This interactive session will demonstrate activities from Afterschool Science Plus and Girls at the Center. All activities are fun and easy to design for grades K-8 and can be used with both girls and boys.


Stewards of Children (3 Hours)

Stewards of Children is the only nationally available program scientifically proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child-protective behaviors.

Topics Covered:
– facts about the problem of child sexual abuse
– types of situations in which child sexual abuse may occur
– simple, effective strategies for protecting children from sexual abuse
– the importance of talking about the prevention of sexual abuse with children and adults
– the signs of sexual abuse so at you might intervene and be able to react responsibly

When: Saturday April 6, 2013
Time: 9 AM to 12 PM
Where: 59 Centerton Road, Mt. Laurel NJ 08054
Fee: $15 per person 
To Register: Fill out this on-line registration form here.


This training is hosted by the NJSACC Afterschool Ambassador of Burlington and Camden County:
Maria Rivera-Butler, Burlington County
Jen Segleken, Burlington County
Elena Piperno, Camden County
Danielle Weist Camden County

For Registration Details, invoice, information or other questions, please contact Jessica Heiberg at 908-789-0259

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Museum Beginnings: Early Learners and the Newark Museum

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

“If you’re going to equalize the academic playing field, you’ve got to get the kids in early childhood programs.” (Paul Vallas, former Superintendent of the Recovery School District of Louisiana)

The Newark Museum has a major commitment to support the educational needs of early learners and their teachers (PreK-2nd grade). This commitment was strengthened in 2009-2010 with the financial support of TD Charitable Foundation for an ‘early childhood initiative’. At first the initiative focused on a temporary special exhibition at the Museum. The following three years have focused on programs with the permanent collection, including curriculum-based experiences in both art and science – with continuing support from TD Charitable Foundation. The programs have included on-site learning experiences for the young learners and professional development with early childhood educators.

The foundation of the Museum’s services for early childhood focuses on the belief that:

• Enriching experiences at the Museum for young learners can establish critical thinking and language arts skills that will enable them to be more successful as they progress through school

• The Museum provides a stimulating environment for young learners at the stage when they are just beginning to classify and organize their understanding of their community and the world

• Young learners and their families can benefit greatly from consistent use of the Museum as a resource for out-of-school sharing and learning

For more information about programs for early childhood, visit: or 973-596-6690

Newark Museum
49 Washington Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102