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Final day to register for Free Event: Structuring Out-of-School Time to Improve Academic Achievement and Reducing Behavior Problems in the Elementary School Classroom

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Structuring Out-of-School Time to Improve Academic Achievement
and
Reducing Behavior Problems in the Elementary School Classroom

The Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic is happy to announce the following FREE professional development opportunity in New Jersey. The goal of this event is to increase participants’ understanding of researched-based recommendations in the Institute of Education Sciences’ Practice Guides and to improve the overall research literacy among education practitioners.

 NJSACC: The Network for  New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities is proud to co-sponsor this event.

When:   Wednesday, November 30, 2011 from 8 am( Registration) -2:45 pm
Where:  Rutgers University, Labor Education Center , New Brunswick, NJ

This dual-topic session will focus on research and recommendations presented in the two Practice Guides Structuring Out-of-School Time to Improve Academic Achievement and Reducing Behavior Problems in the Elementary School Classroom.
Practice Guide co-authors Jessica Taylor (Structuring Out-of-School Time), Krista Kutash (Reducing Behavior Problems), and Robin Weaver (Reducing Behavior Problems) will present an overview of the recommendations offered in these Practice Guides.

Speakers:

Ms. Jessica Taylor
NASA Langley Research Center

Dr. Krista Kutash
University of South Florida

Ms. Robin Weaver
Harmony Hills Elementary School (MD)

Cost: This is a FREE event.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS FREE EVENT

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PRACTICE GUIDE

 

 

 

 

New Edition of Afterschool Matters on Line

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

NIOST is  pleased to announce the fall 2011 publication of Afterschool Matters.
In this issue:
*English Learners and Out-of-school Time Programs: The Potential of OST Programs to Foster EL Success
*Learning English and Beyond: A Holistic Approach to Supporting English Learners in Afterschool
*Exito: Keeping High-risk Youth on Track to Graduation through Out-of-school Time Supports
*You<th Are Here: Promoting Youth Spaces through Community Mapping
*A Place for the Arts: Lessons Learned from an Afterschool Art Experience with Reclaimed Materials
*Power Sharing: Building Community School Relationships from Friendships to Marriage

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE_

 


See how New Jersey rates!

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

The 2011 State-by-State Afterschool Progress Reports and Consumer Guides

Each day in America, millions of kids go home to an empty house after school. In recent years, the growth of quality, affordable afterschool programs has begun to offer positive alternatives to the parents of these children. In 2009, the Afterschool Alliance released America After 3PM, sponsored by jcpenney, providing the most comprehensive and accurate picture to date of what this nation’s youth are doing each day after school.

In order to understand the fuller context of the America After 3PM study, the Afterschool Alliance and jcpenney teamed up yet again to provide the 2011 State-by-State Afterschool Progress Reports and Consumer Guides. The Progress Reports examine Growth in Afterschool Programs, Developments in State Afterschool Policy and Funding, and Advancements in Afterschool Leadership. In addition, the Consumer Guide component offers resources on how to find the best afterschool options in the state and provides a section on “What You Can Do to Support Afterschool” to show new afterschool advocates how they can get involved.

All in all, the 2011 State-by-State Afterschool Progress Reports and Consumer Guides are a succinct resource for programs, parents and advocates alike. They offer a snapshot of how each state is helping keep the lights on after school, while also presenting a guide for parents to find the quality afterschool offerings in their area and a resource for all concerned citizens.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN ABOUT NEW JERSEY

 

School Superintendents Overwhelmingly Agree: Afterschool Programs Raise Student Achievement

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Champions® and NAA First Annual ‘Out-of-School-Time’ Survey Reveals the Importance and Effectiveness of Before- and After-School Programs

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A recent survey of elementary and middle school superintendents underscored the importance and benefits that out-of-school time programs offer today’s students. The survey, conducted by extended learning provider Champions® and the National AfterSchool Association (NAA), explored before- and after-school educational and enrichment programs and superintendents’ belief in their effectiveness in improving student performance. In fact, a vast majority – 82 percent – of surveyed school superintendents across the country agreed that educational programs beyond the traditional school day are not only important, but improve learning and social interaction and are highly successful at supplementing in-class curriculum.

“The data from our recent survey shows the high value superintendents place on afterschool programs and why they are critical in improving the overall education of students today”

“The majority of superintendents surveyed said out-of-school time programs can improve student achievement in important disciplines including math and reading,” said Shelley Lambert, Vice President of Operations, Champions. “The benefits are extremely clear, and we see this demonstrated daily through the Champions Extended Learning™ offerings we provide to more than 400 school sites across the country.”

Improved Performance

Surveyed school superintendents were in near unanimous agreement on the benefits students receive from attending out-of-school time programs:

  • Improving in-classroom academic performance (93%)
  • Improving in-classroom engagement (92%)
  • Increasing social interaction skills (92%)
  • Improving study skills (87%)
  • Improving test scores (86%)

Skill Building

Nearly all surveyed superintendents say that out-of-school time programs can improve student skills in important disciplines like math and reading:

  • Math (95%)
  • Reading (94%)

Motivations to Offering Programs

Surveyed school superintendents also overwhelmingly agreed on the motivations for offering out-of-school time programs in their districts:

  • Improving in classroom performance and/or test scores (92%)
  • Offering academic opportunities for students (91%)
  • Providing a safe place for students (89%)
  • Providing teachers with additional opportunities to engage with students (84%)

“The data from our recent survey shows the high value superintendents place on afterschool programs and why they are critical in improving the overall education of students today,” said Dr. Paul Young, President and CEO, National AfterSchool Association. “Yet despite their effectiveness, superintendents in all types of schools face many challenges in offering high-quality, robust afterschool programs for their students. We at the NAA are committed to helping them overcome these challenges.”

Additional Findings

  • Additional findings from the Champions and NAA Out-of-School Time Superintendent Survey include:
  • Three in four superintendents encourage their principals to work with outside community-based groups or other providers to offer strong out-of-school time programs (75%).
    • Of those that do encourage their principals to work with outside community-based groups, 88 percent say they are effective.
  • More than four-fifths of superintendents say their districts’ out-of-school time programs provide teachers with additional opportunities to engage with students (84%).
    • 61 percent of superintendents say out-of-school time programs improve teachers’ in-class performance.

About the Champions® and NAA Out-of-School Time Superintendent Survey

The phone survey was designed and analyzed by Ketchum Global Research Network and fielded by Braun Research. The survey reached 100 superintendents or associate/assistant superintendents (with a quota of 50 who are 0-40% FRPL) from June 30 – July 18, 2011, and has a margin of error of +/-9.77%.

About the National AfterSchool Association (NAA)

The National AfterSchool Association (www.naaweb.org) is the leading voice of the afterschool profession dedicated to the development, education and care of children and youth during their out-of-school hours. The only professional association in the afterschool field, NAA represents over 8,000 members and 38 state affiliate organizations.

About Champions®

Champions is a leading out-of-school time provider of extended learning and education programs for school-age children. Champions programs are offered at more than 400 sites in 19 states. For more information, visit www.discoverchampions.com.

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Contacts

Champions Public Relations
Carey Kerns, 503-872-4986
ckerns@klcorp.com
or
Ketchum Public Relations
Michael Stewart, 310-295-3323
michael.stewart@ketchum.com

HELPING OLDER YOUTH SUCCEED THROUGH EXPANDED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

HELPING OLDER YOUTH SUCCEED THROUGH EXPANDED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Sustaining older youth’s interest in learning is particularly critical given that nearly one in four students fails to graduate from high school on time. Research indicates that regular participation in quality expanded learning opportunities (ELOs) can help keep older youth on a positive academic trajectory and support their successful graduation and transition into college and/or career.

In this first brief in our series with the National Conference of State Legislatures, we examine the benefits of ELOs for older youth as well as the policy implications of recent research.

“Helping Older Youth Succeed Through Expanded Learning Opportunities” provides examples of positive youth outcomes, common characteristics of high-quality programs and initiatives, and policy recommendations based on these findings.

Download your copy at:

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