The Hour of Code is next week. If you haven’t heard already, we’re supporting this unprecedented movement to help 10 million students try computer science this Dec. 9-15. We’re asking you to join us.
Why computer science?
Technology is everywhere today. But only a tiny fraction of students are learning how to create technology. The Hour of Code is a campaign to prove that every child can start learning the basics. Code.org will provide tutorials with options for every age, every device, and even “unplugged.” No prep from teachers needed.
While tutorials are still under construction, we invite you to check them out - featuring Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Angry Birds.
The 2014 Visitor Studies Association Conference is to be held July 15-19, 2014, in Albuquerque, NM, around the theme Building Capacity for Evaluation: Individuals, Institutions, the Field.
For their 2014 conference, VSA invites the informal learning community to join them in creating a conference program that pushes the field of visitor studies forward by addressing the increasing interest in evaluation and the growing demand for evidence. This year, VSA will think strategically about how to continually build capacity for evaluation.
The deadline for submissions is: Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.
For more details and to submit a proposal, go to: http://visitorstudies.org/conference-overview/call-for-proposals
Please allow us a moment to toot our own horn a little bit.
One of the Afterschool Alliance’s core beliefs is that afterschool programs are essential for supporting working families. We believe that when children are safe, supported and learning, working parents are free to focus on the workplace, helping them to be more successful, and in turn, helping to create a better situation for the whole family.
Throughout the Afterschool Alliance’s 14 year history, we have remained committed to working families, including those on our own staff. That’s why we’re thrilled and honored to announce that the Afterschool Alliance has been recognized by Washingtonian magazine as one of the best places to work in Washington, D.C.
Washingtonian magazine named the Afterschool Alliance a ‘small gem’ as part of its "50 Great Places to Work" issue for the Washington, D.C., metro area. The bi-annual issue on the best places to work in the D.C.-area states that “staffers at this DC nonprofit, which supports afterschool programs, feel challenged and recognized and love the warm culture.”
Time’s running out to help an afterschool program win up to $2,000 or other prizes!
Help to shine a light on your favorite afterschool program by voting in the Bright House Networks Lights On Afterschool photo contest on Facebook. Up to three afterschool programs are eligible to win $1000 in cash, and one program in a Bright House Networks service area can win up to $2000.
Vote for as many photos as you want each day—but only one vote per day per photo! So be sure to come back and vote again so your favorite can stay in the lead! Voting will end this Friday, Nov. 15 at 11:59 PST.
Throughout the month of October, more than 150 photos were entered into the Lights On Afterschool photo contest and we’re letting Facebook users decide which programs will shine the brightest. Up to three programs are eligible to win $1000 in cash, and one program in a Bright House Networks service area can win up to $2000.
We've also teamed up with some of our statewide afterschool network partners to offer additional prizes to local programs in their state.
To help your program win, all you have to do is vote for their photo on Facebook. You can only vote for a single photo once per day, but come back the following day to vote again! Between Nov. 1-15, each Facebook user can cast up to 15 votes per photo by voting every day. Make sure to encourage parents, program staff, community members and friends to help your program win by voting often.
The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) has just released the fall 2013 publication of Afterschool Matters, generously funded by the NOYCE Foundation and The Bowne Foundation. This national, peer-reviewed journal serves those involved in developing, managing, and working in programs for youth during the out-of-school time hours and those engaged in research and in shaping youth development policy. It’s one of the only resources of its kind.
This issue has several pieces on content and learning outcomes in STEM, including a report from our very own Anita Krishnamurthi and Jen Rinehart: “What Afterschool STEM Does Best: How Stakeholders Describe Youth Learning Outcomes.”
Afterschool programs are increasingly recognized as venues for effectively engaging children and youth in STEM. Since the last set of national science standards was published in 1996, the number of afterschool programs and participants—and of dollars invested in STEM learning in these settings—has expanded substantially. The afterschool field has enthusiastically embraced STEM education. According to a 2011 survey, a majority of providers now believe that it is important for them to offer STEM programming.
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. National winners receive:
- $500 cash award
- A laptop computer
- Trip for two to the National award ceremony in Charlotte, NC, March 15, 2014
We also plan to recognize as many as 60 educators this year with the NCWIT Educator Award, which comes with $1000 for professional development and a Dell laptop from sponsor AT&T. Winners are selected from educators that encourage girls to apply for the Aspirations Award. https://www.aspirations.org/participate/educators
Register to attend a live webinar releasing The Nation’s Report Card: 2013 Mathematics and Reading, Grades 4 and 8, hosted by the National Assessment Governing Board on Nov. 7, 2013, at 10 a.m. EST.
At this event, a panel of experts will take an in-depth look at national and state-level data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on what fourth- and eighth-grade students know and can do in mathematics and reading.This report card, presented for the first time in an interactive online format, now makes it possible to see mathematics and reading results side by side for the first time, and features dynamic videos that will guide visitors on how to easily explore and interpret results. The site tells a unique story by posing big-picture questions to reveal how students are performing in these subject areas, based on race and ethnicity, gender, income level, and additional contextual factors.