Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework


Thursday, Jul 23, 2015
02:00 PM EST

About this webinar:

As interest grows in how children’s attitudes, skills, and character contribute to their long-term success, the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR) has recently synthesized what is known about these so-called “noncognitive” and cognitive factors – how children develop them, how they interact, at what developmental stages, and in which settings.  Researchers from CCSR will discuss the findings of their newly released report funded by The Wallace Foundation that provides evidence from child/youth development, cognitive science, psychology, and learning theory that educators, out-of-school time practitioners, policymakers, and funders can use to ground their work in a firm understanding of important goals for human development. It also aims to help schools and OST professionals think about how to design adult practices and youth experiences to reach those goals. 

Speakers:

  • Nina Sonenberg, Communications Officer, The Wallace Foundation
  • Jenny Nagaoka, Deputy Director, Consortium on Chicago School Research
  • Stacy Ehrlich, Senior Research Analyst, Consortium on Chicago School Research
  • Saskia Traill, Vice President for Policy & Research, TASC


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Federal Supports for Afterschool & Summer Learning Programs


Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015
02:00 PM EST

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ECEC, the Afterschool Alliance, and afterschool practitioners representing Knowledge Universe and other providers will share how key federal programs including the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) support the implementation of school-age programs.

Webinar participants will also be invited to discuss perspectives from the field, advocacy tips, and implementation of provisions in the new CCDBG law.

Speakers:

  • Erik Peterson, Vice President of Policy, Afterschool Alliance
  • Rachel Demma, Policy Director, ECEC
  • Jill Brown, Licensing & Compliance Director, Knowledge Universe, Champions Afterschool, Longbranch, NJ


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Digital Outreach Strategies: Social Media Metrics


Thursday, Jul 9, 2015
02:00 PM EST

About this webinar:

Following the enthusiastic response to May’s Social Media Outreach Strategies for OST Programs webinar, we will dig deeper into strategies to help OST programs make the most of their social media outreach. In our last social media outreach webinar, we discussed goal setting strategies. This time, communications experts from Burness Communications will discuss social media metrics and demonstrate how you can use a variety of free and low-cost tools to measure your performance on social media, enhance your digital strategy, and advance your organization’s goals.

Speakers:

  • Marianna Sachse, Senior Associate, Digital, Burness Communications
  • Gwendolyn Craig, Coordinator and Web Editor, Digital, Burness Communications
  • Rachel Clark, Communications Associate, Afterschool Alliance


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Digging into Research: Gender Equity in STEM


Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015
02:00 PM EST

About this webinar:

After the enthusiastic response to last summer’s webinar on the state of girls, we know that afterschool and other community educators are keenly attuned to the needs of girls they serve. In this webinar, we’ll look specifically at gender equity issues in STEM learning and consider how current research on this topic can help inform and shape practice.

Our partner, Relating Research to Practice, has just released a new resource—the Connected Collection! Connected Collections synthesize timely science education topics and come with a bundle of research briefs that provide multiple examples and ongoing challenges for busy education professionals to consider as they seek to improve learning environments for youth.

For this webinar, you’ll want to read Gender Identities in STEM Education, along with each of the five one-page research briefs in the collection. Come ready with questions for our guest speakers, which can be about any of the briefs included in the collection, theoretical OR practical questions about gender equity, or just about research in general. This type of webinar is a new format for us, and we envision a rich discussion not only with our guest researchers, but also among attendees!

Speakers:

  • Dr. Molly Shea, Director, Center for Informal Learning And Schools, Exploratorium
  • Dr. Brenda Britsch, Senior Research Scientist, National Girls Collaborative
  • Dr. Jrene Rahm, Professor, Department of Educational Sciences, Université de Montréal
  • Dr. Angela Calabrese Barton, Professor, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University
  • Melissa Ballard, STEM Manager, Afterschool Alliance

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Digging into Research: Making and Tinkering in Afterschool


Thursday, Jun 25, 2015
02:00 PM EST

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Following up on our webinar last month, “Equity in Making and Tinkering,” we’re going to take a step back and examine the current research on making and tinkering for K-12 learners. Many of us have questions about the learning outcomes and goals for making and tinkering in afterschool and how educators can best facilitate these experiences.

The Relating Research to Practice project has just released a new resource. This Connected Collection synthesizes of-the-moment science education topics and comes with a bundle of research briefs that provide multiple examples and ongoing challenges for busy education professionals to consider as they seek to improve learning environments for youth.

For this webinar, you’ll want to read the Connected Collection “Tinkering in STEM Education” along with each of the five one-page research briefs in the collection. If you have time, you may want to skim the “Equity in Science Education” collection, as we’ll definitely touch on the intersections of equity and tinkering. Come ready with your questions for our guest researchers, which can be about any of the briefs included in the collection, theoretical OR practical questions about tinkering and making, or just about research in general. We will make time to address, as a group, the discussion questions featured in the collection (see page 2, “What do you think?).

This type of webinar is a new format for us, and we envision an engaging dialogue with our guest researchers and among the participants! If you have questions, please email Melissa Ballard, STEM Manager at the Afterschool Alliance.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Molly Shea, Director, Center for Informal Learning And Schools, Exploratorium
  • Dr. Jean Ryoo, Project Director, California Tinkering Network and Postdoctoral Researcher, Exploratorium
  • Melissa Ballard, STEM Manager, Afterschool Alliance

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Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework
Federal Supports for Afterschool & Summer Learning Programs
Digital Outreach Strategies: Social Media Metrics
Digging into Research: Gender Equity in STEM
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Equity in Making and Tinkering
Social Media Outreach Strategies for OST Programs
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Defining Youth Outcomes of STEM in Afterschool
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