The conference this year, Expanded Learning & Afterschool: Opportunities for Student Success, celebrates the important role that high quality afterschool programs play in engaging young people in learning opportunities that build and expand upon the school day – supporting collaboration, youth development, and the problem-solving skills necessary for them to thrive both academically and socially.
apply, reinforce, and extend the concepts taught in school. The aim of this year’s conference is to provide you with a multitude of ideas to bring back to your afterschool programs that will further support your students on the road to success.
Workshops Not To Be Missed!
Extended Learning Time: Research and Resources
Confused about Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) and Extended Learning Time (ELT)? Want to learn about research and resources related to policy initiatives and resource allocation for ELT and ELO? This workshop presented by The Finance Project will provide answers, research and resources that support ELT and Extended Day Initiatives and Afterschool and ELO. This workshop is designed for: policymakers, schools, nonprofit leaders and afterschool providers
Shawn Stelow, Program Manager of Training and Technical Assistance, The Finance Project, Washington, DC
Afterschool in Education Innovation and Reform
NJSACC is pleased to be able to gather leaders from the field to discuss reform initiatives, promote collaboration and innovation, and lead the afterschool community with a powerful voice to make change in the lives of young people. With the creation of the Common Core Standards, Race to the Top, 21st CCLC, Promise Neighborhoods, and other funding initiatives, it is imperative as afterschool professionals to ask what role we can play in reform movements. What implications do reform movements have on the afterschool field? We welcome you to be part of the conversation.
Ellen Gannett, Director, National Institute on Out-of-School Time, Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College, Wellesley MA
Susan Martz, NJ Department of Education, Office of Student Support Services
Dr. Mary Reece, NJ Principals and Supervisors Association
Discussion facilitated by:
Dr. Adrian K Haugabrook, Vice President, Enrollment Management and Student Success, Chief Diversity Officer Wheelock College, Boston, MA, and former Chair of National AfterSchool Association
Rather than resist the changing landscape, afterschool providers have an opportunity to bring their rich history and expertise to the newELO partnership movement, creating new learning opportunities for children. Attend this session and gain historical knowledge from the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST). If your afterschool program is accustomed to working independently, ELOs present opportunities for working together on planning, resource development, instruction, data sharing and professional development that can truly benefit children and their families.
Ellen Gannett, MS Ed, Director, NIOST, Wellesley, MA
Supporting Student Success: A Year of Deliberate/Intentional Programming
For one year, 14 diverse programs across NJ participated in a National Project on Supporting Student Success (S3). Using the newly adapted Common Core State Standards, programs discovered the importance of out of school time programs in the academic success of the children they serve. Programs experienced improved relationships with the schools of the children they serviced and met challenges in implementing programs and activities that intentionally aim to address academic success.
Hear from a panel about their stories of success, challenges and discoveries on the importance of Afterschool Programs and Student Achievement. Learn how your program can make the case for the importance of Afterschool in Student Success.
Sarah Cruz, Director of Expanded Learning Opportunities, NJSACC, Westfield
S3 Pilot Sites Presenters:
Sheila Barry: South Brunswick Community Education Afterschool Program — South Brunswick
Joshua Besserman: Pembertown Township 21st Century Community Learning Center— Pemberton
Dr. Mary Reece, FEA 21st Century Community Learning Center (MS #4 &7) — Jersey City
Katherine Nielson, Policy Analysis , Education Division, National Governors Association
The National Summer Learning Association has conducted site visits and interviews with 25 summer learning programs to bring to life their unique program practices in working with middle school and high school youth. Learn the best practices framework and discuss ideas to take back to your program. The workshop will introduce participants to a free resource–NSLA’s Guide to Best Practices in Summer Learning Programs for Middle and High School Youth. This electronic publication combines research on best practices with program examples and embedded video and will help you bring these programs to life.
Katie Willse, Senior Director, Community Initiatives, National Summer Learning Association, Baltimore, MD