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School/Community Collaboration

School/Community Collaboration21st CCLC

ARTICLES

Insights on Expanded Learning Time. Connections: Schools, Parents and Communities
This article provides ideas for connecting with schools, families, communities and tips for building relationships with families and organizations.

Meaningful Linkages Between Summer Programs, Schools, and Community Partnership: Conditions and Strategies for Success
This report examines the features of high-quality summer learning programs including meaningful linkages with school and community, offerings and youth outcomes.

WEBSITES

Foundations for a Brighter Future
This website includes resources for supporting the expanded day and community learning including activities, tips, blogs, articles, reports, newsletters and webinars.

Corporation for National & Community Service
Out of School Time Resources
This webpage links to several resources focused on strengthening partnerships.

 

Family Engagement

A wide body of research identifies active family involvement in their child’s education as a key  factor in student success. Therefore, quality 21st CCLC programs offer an inviting environment where families feel welcome, promote positive communication with families, and support meaningful family involvement in the educational experiences of students. Regular opportunities for family members to be involved are incorporated into program planning and implementation. Program staff understand, value, and respect the backgrounds and experiences of all students and their families.


Harvard Family Research Project
Family Involvement (promoting strategies to support family involvement in children’s learning and development) is one of several research areas of the Harvard Family Research Project website, which offers publications and resources.

National Parent Teacher Association (National PTA)
Parent and community involvement in education leads to improved academic success. Available on the National PTA website are the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships

Nebraska Department of Education / Family and Community Engagement
The Nebraska Department of Education identified family engagement as an essential area of focus in the AQuESTT accountability system. Current family and community engagement research, websites, and promising practices are available on this website.

U.S. Department of Education / Family and Community Engagement
Check out the resources supporting the framework for building greater support and capacity in schools, homes and communities, so ALL students have the chance to succeed. Get ideas for how to bring your passion, talents, and energy to help students and to make your neighborhood schools stronger. YOU can make a difference. You can help young people in your neighborhood have a strong start and prepare for college and for their careers.

You for Youth: Family Engagement
Resources will help you understand how to support families from diverse backgrounds and create an afterschool program that supports family needs.

 

Community-School Partnerships and Resource Sharing

Quality 21st CCLC programs intentionally build and support collaborative relationships with schools, local community members and leaders, businesses, and organizations committed to partnering with afterschool programs. These important partnerships support program planning, implementation, and funding for program improvement and sustainability.


21st Century Community Learning Centers Partner Spotlight
The 21st CCLC Partner Spotlight highlights the work of organizations committed to partnering with afterschool and summer programs across the state of Nebraska. Featured partners have demonstrated a commitment to working with program leaders and staff to identify ways to mutually accomplish identified goals.

Afterschool Alliance: Afterschool and Partnerships
Build community partnerships to support afterschool programs. This comprehensive list of tools will help you establish, sustain and evaluate partnerships with a variety of partners.

Beyond School Bells: Building Sustainability Webinar Series
The building sustainability webinar series, in partnership with NDE-21st Century Community Learning Centers, was hosted by Jennifer Jones (Project Director, Beyond School Bells) in October 2015-January 2016. Series includes topics such as creating Messaging Tools, Identifying Partners, Prioritizing Partnerships, and Engaging Local Partners.

Child Trends
Building Community Partnerships: Tips for Out-of-School Time Programs (March 13, 2008)
Increasing community involvement in out-of-school time programs can yield significant benefits to programs and the students that they serve. This research brief discusses ways in which community involvement can be important for out-of-school time programs and describes how programs can begin to identify valuable community resources and develop strategies for leveraging community support.

Edutopia: Resources for Building Community Partnerships
Learn how schools/afterschool programs can benefit from support and expertise of local businesses, organizations, and individuals, and discover strategies for fostering successful business and community partnerships.

National Institute on Out-Of School Time (NIOST)
Afterschool Matters Journal: Articles focused on Partnerships

You for Youth: Strengthening Partnerships
Add depth and breadth to your program through partnerships with community-based organizations. Learn how to identify your needs, select partners, establish a common vision and use data to improve your program and partnerships.

Organizations

Statewide Organizations

Partner SpotlightFeatured partners have demonstrated a commitment to working with Nebraska afterschool program leaders and staff to identify ways to accomplish mutual program goals. Contact the featured partners to explore the possibilities for bringing unique and engaging learning opportunities to K-12 students.

 
National Organizations

Afterschool Alliance
The Afterschool Alliance works to ensure that all youth have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. Their mission is to engage the public in order to increase public and private investment in quality afterschool program initiatives at the national, state, and local levels.

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
The mission of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is to support efforts that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society.

NASA Summer of Innovation
This new NASA project is designed to improve the skills and enhance the engagement of American students in STEM. The goal of the program is to advance excellence in summer and extended learning for underrepresented and underserved middle school students to inspire them toward future STEM pursuits.

National 4-H Council
4-H is the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, reaching more than 7 million 4-H youth in urban neighborhoods, suburban schoolyards and rural farming communities. Fueled by university-backed curriculum, 4-H’ers engage in hands-on learning activities in the areas of science, healthy living, and food security.

National AfterSchool Association
The National AfterSchool Association 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.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is a public voice of mathematics education supporting teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through vision, leadership, professional development and research.

National Science Teachers Association
Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, the National Science Teachers Association is a member-driven organization, 60,000-strong. They publish books and journals for science teachers from kindergarten through college, hold conferences on science education, and provide ways for science teachers to connect with one another.

The Noyce Foundation has undertaken several major initiatives to support high quality science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming in out-of-school time (OST). These initiatives are impacting millions of youth, including a high percentage from populations underrepresented in STEM fields.

SEDL National Center for Quality Afterschool
The SEDL National Center for Quality Afterschool helps state education agencies and local practitioners develop high-quality, balanced programs that provide a safe and fun environment for academic enrichment as well as youth development activities. Their goal is to enhance the ability of afterschool programs to support student achievement by helping them embed high-quality academic content in engaging activities that attract and retain student participation.

Administration with Sound Management and Well-Developed Systems

Quality 21st CCLC programs are led by prepared individuals who work to ensure the implementation of high-quality programs. This includes the health and safety of students, hiring and training staff, and a program design that supports student learning. Program leaders develop partnerships with community members that enhance learning opportunities and ensure program sustainability, as well as provide ongoing opportunities for meaningful family engagement. Program leaders are also responsible for managing program budgets, and oversight of a continuous improvement evaluation process that includes ongoing data collection, reporting and analysis.


Afterschool Alliance
This website provides research, publications and resources related to afterschool programs.

American Institutes for Research
This website offers research, publications and resources related to afterschool programs.

Afterschool Nutritional Toolkit
This guide was assembled under a grant to Hunger Free Heartland through the National League of Cities and the Food Research and Action Center
Afterschool providers can play a critical role in eradicating childhood hunger.  This toolkit was designed to help such programs to provide nutritious snacks and meals.  In particular, it aims to make federal funding more accessible, and to promote best practices and sustainable program designs.  This toolkit and other materials from the Afterschool Nutrition Education Summit have been posted on My21stCCLC under Content>Project Director Resources.

Breaking the Mold, Combining Community Schools with Expanded Learning Time to Help Educationally Disadvantaged Students
This Center for American Progress report examines three schools that have implemented the combined community school model and an expanded school calendar.

Corporation for National & Community Service
This website provides resources, effective practices, lending library and links related to out of school time.

Leading After-School Learning Communities: What Principals Should Know and Be Able To Do (Executive Summary)
National Association of Elementary School Principal By collaborating with afterschool programs and accepting them as vital partners in education, principals can strengthen their schools and move closer to the overriding, common goal of maximizing learning for every child.

Nebraska School-Age and Youth Development Core Competencies
These voluntary Core Competencies represent the combined efforts of educators and youth development professionals from across Nebraska to define the skills, qualities, and abilities that youth development professionals need to know and be able to do to provide quality out-of-school time services for youth and their families.

Practices to Foster in Out-of-School Time Programs
This Child Trends publication identifies ten practices that can foster positive outcomes for participants in out of school time programs.

Quality Framework

SEDL Afterschool and Expanded Learning
This website provides information on research, evaluation, professional development and resources related to afterschool programs.

Shining a Light on Supervision: Lessons from the Beacons
This issue from The Forum For Youth Investment addresses supervision: guidance, feedback and knowledge provided to staff, particularly those working at the point of service, in order to achieve better outcomes for youth.

The Rural Solution. How Rural Schools Can Invigorate Rural Education
This Center for American Progress publication combines data from the literature and other public sources, interviews, site visits, and the organizational experience of The Rural School and Community Trust in an examination of community schools from a rural perspective.

Resources By Topic

Qualty Framework 2018Administration with Sound Management and Well-Developed Systems
Quality 21st CCLC programs are led by prepared individuals who work to ensure the implementation of high-quality programs. This includes the health and safety of students, hiring and training staff, and a program design that supports student learning. Program leaders develop partnerships with community members that enhance learning opportunities and ensure program sustainability, as well as provide ongoing opportunities for meaningful family engagement. Program leaders are also responsible for managing program budgets, and oversight of a continuous improvement evaluation process that includes ongoing data collection, reporting and analysis.

College/Career Awareness and Readiness
Quality 21st CCLC programs provide time outside of the regular school day for students to connect in meaningful ways with program staff, school-day educators, colleges/universities, and local business and industry to develop interests and skills for future success. Ongoing opportunities afterschool and in the summer build confidence, encourage personal responsibility, help students discover college/career options, and develop knowledge and behaviors that are critical to success in school and in life.

Community-School Partnerships and Resource Sharing
Quality 21st CCLC programs intentionally build and support collaborative relationships with schools, local community members and leaders, businesses, and organizations committed to partnering with afterschool programs. These important partnerships support program planning, implementation, and funding for program improvement and sustainability.

Diverse, Prepared Staff Including Certificated Educators
Quality 21st CCLC programs recruit and retain high quality staff and volunteers who are focused on creating a positive and engaging learning environment. Staff members are diverse in their backgrounds and are representative of the student population that is served in the program. Ongoing professional development is provided based on identified staff needs.

Engaged Learning
Quality 21st CCLC programs utilize active, student-centered instructional methods that make learning meaningful and relevant. Afterschool and summer experiences are planned based on students’ interests, available community resources and identified student needs. Adults serve as facilitators allowing students opportunities to have ownership in their learning and grow leadership skills.

Family Engagement
A wide body of research identifies active family involvement in their child’s education as a key  factor in student success. Therefore, quality 21st CCLC programs offer an inviting environment where families feel welcome, promote positive communication with families, and support meaningful family involvement in the educational experiences of students. Regular opportunities for family members to be involved are incorporated into program planning and implementation. Program staff understand, value, and respect the backgrounds and experiences of all students and their families.

Intentional Programming Aligned with the School Day Program
Quality 21st CCLC programs provide additional time and support for learning outside of the regular school day. Academic support includes homework help and enrichment activities that align to, complement, and enhance the school day curriculum.

Ongoing Assessment and Improvement
Quality 21st CCLC program site-level and state-level leadership teams collect, analyze, and utilize data from multiple sources as part of their continuous improvement process. Data collected and analyzed annually includes program self-assessments  and surveys from multiple stakeholders including students, families, teachers and program staff. This information is used to study the quality and effectiveness of the program, while also highlighting strengths and accomplishments toward achieving  program goals.

Participation, Access and Support During Transitions
Quality 21st CCLC programs promote consistent and active participation. Programs embrace and value diversity, and have a conscious commitment to help all students thrive by providing inclusive, accessible, responsive, and engaging services. Programs support student transitions between grades and across levels through consistency of staff and experiences that prepare students for the next phase of their educational experience.

Safety, Health and Wellness
Quality 21st CCLC programs provide a safe, healthy and nurturing environment for all students. The physical space and the atmosphere of the program promote a healthy learning environment. Health and nutrition are incorporated into daily programming, and there are daily opportunities for physical activity.

 

Session Handouts

The Power of Afterschool and the Future of Learning
September 28, 2012
LaVista Embassy Suites Conference Center

Session Handouts

Sessions with available materials, click on the blue links.21st CCLC

Keynote — 9:15-10:00

Helping Youth through Positive Engagement
(Suzi Yokley-Busby)
Helping Youth through Positive Engagement.pdf

Concurrent Sessions A — 10:30-11:30

Building Intentional Relationships for the Successful Academic, Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Development of all Youth
(Suzi Yokley-Busby, Miles busby)

Planning and Implementing Family Science Events
(Kathie Phillips, Katie Konold, Ryan Mohling, Pat Dugan)

Against the Wind.pdf
Domino Diving Boad.pdf
Inspired by Nature.pdf
Mining for Chocolate.pdf
Thrill Seekers.pdf
Tumbling Tower.pdf

Fitting Nutrition in Afterschool Programs
(Natalie Sehi, Audra Losey, Beverly Benes)

At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program 9-28-12.pdf
Energizers.pdf

Fitting Nutrition in Afterschool Programs.pdf
Think What You Drink.pdf

Partnerships Beyond Afterschool: A Broader Vision of Community School Partnerships
(LeaAnn Johnson)

Collaboration between School and Expanded Day Program – Doing what is best for students!
(Luisa Palomo, Josh Gillman, Cecilia Di Masi)
Staying in the Green: A Stoplight Study Skills Program.pdf

Let’s Go Global
(Sarah Sutton)

Let’s Go Global.pdf
Online Global Resources.pdf

Engaging Students through Project-Based Learning in the Afterschool Setting
(Kim Larson)
8 Essentials for PBL.pdf
Activity Movie Poster.pdf
Embedding Literacy into a Project.pdf
PBL Research Brief.pdf
Project Based Learning Sept 2012.pdf
Y4Y FAQ’s.pdf

Keynote — 11:45-1:00

Y4Y – Your One-Stop-Shop for Improving Afterschool Programs and Supporting Students Success
(Claiborne Taylor, Jennifer Kobrin)

Concurrent Sessions B — 1:15 – 2:15

Using the Y4Y Portal to Strengthen your Program
(Claiborne Taylor, Jennifer Kobrin)

Breadcrumb Match.pdf
Breadcrumbs Scramble.pdf
Alignment Checklist.pdf
Missing Breadcrumb.pdf
Scavenger Hunt.pdf

The Five Minute Miracle and other Ways to Integrate the Arts into Teaching!
(Nancy Engen-Wilden, Oscar Rios Porieth)

Building a Positive Climate to Help Youth Thrive
(Jessica Schlegelmich, Michelle Krehbiel)

Behavior Strategies that Everyone Should Know
(Matthew McNiff)

Behavior Strategies Everyone Should Know.pdf

Using Voice and Choice
(Patricia Stewart, Marcia Fritz, Gwyn Williams)

Session 12-13 final.pdf
Spring Session – Four Club Registration form 2012.pdf
Youth Voice and Choice.pdf

Developing a Unified and Collegial System that Effectively Integrates Community Learning Centers and Other Programs Within a School
(Rik Devney, Bret Schroder)
Developing a Unified and Collegial System that Effectively Integrates Community Learning Centers and Other Programs Within a School.pdf

Resources and Activities to Engage Secondary Students in STEM
(Michael Sibbernsen)

Concurrent Sessions C — 2:30 – 3:30

Engaging Minority Students in Afterschool Programs
(T. J. McDowell, Jr.)

Black Males in Afterschool Programs.pdf

Physical Activity in Afterschool Programs: Lessons Learned and Future Directions
(Danae Dinkel)
Afterschool Program Resources for Physical Activity.pdf

Creating an Afterschool Youth Leadership Program
(Dayna Krannawitter, Michelle Krehbiel)

Creating an Afterschool Youth Leadership Program.pdf

Marketing Your Program (in your school and community
(Kary Sell, Jeff Cole)

The Importance of Art in Afterschool Programming
(Iggy Sumnik, Gail Schriber)
After School Art Class Ideas.doc
Gail Schriber Statement.doc
Plate by Gail Schriber.jpg
Wine Glasses by Gail Schriber.jpg
Student Work 1.jpg
Student Work 2.jpg
Student Work 3.jpg
Student Work 5.jpg
Student Work 6.jpg
Student Work 7.jpg

Robotics, Unplugged!
(Wendi Laurence)

Robotics, Unplugged.pdf

Road, Rails and Race Cars…Engage – Excite – Educate
(Mary Herrington, Cynthia Baker, Quinton rodgers, Scott Sorensen)
Road, Rails, and Race Cars…..
MATC After School Program

Walk ‘N Talk

21st Century Community Learning Center
Map. pdf
Afterschool Resources.pdf
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Resources.pdf
Harvard Family.pdf

4-H/Extension

Career Education – NE Department of Education

Modern Woodmen

NASA

Nebraska Association of Resources Districts

Nebraska Community Learning Center Network

Nebraska Space Grant Consortium

Nutrition Services
2011 07-21 USDA Pamphlet.pdf
2011 06-17 Handbook.pdf
2012 Handout Afterschool Options.pdf
Energizers.pdf
Think What You Dirnk.pdf

Resources
Afterschool Resources.pdf
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Resources.pdf

Websites
Harvard Family.pdf

 

2014 Conference Materials

Session Handouts

If session materials are available, click on the blue links.

Keynote — 9:30-10:00

Learning in a Caring Culture
(Christina M. Windsor)

Concurrent Sessions A — 10:30-11:30

What Do I Do if They Don’t
(Matt McNiff)
Handout

Moving Beyond the Bake Sale: Engaging Families in Meaningful Ways
(Lea Ann Johnson)

Shake Your Brain: Active Brain Smart Strategies for Learning
(Julane Hill, Brian Coyle)
Handout

What is Quality in Afterschool Programs?
(Matthew Blomstedt, Saundra Frerichs, Karen Stevens, Lisa St. Clair)

FREE ‘N’ EASY – K-12 Fine Arts Activities
(Debra Wehrmann DeFrain)
CLC Piano Explorer
CLC WeeSing

Promising Practices for the Performing Arts
(Carolyn Anderson, Kim Carlson, Matt Bross)
Forgotten Language
After-school Programming Ideas and Strategies
Theatre Games

Youth as Teachers
(Michelle Arehart)

Building Strategic Partnerships to Create a Sustainable Program (Beginning)
(Jennifer Jones, Jeff Cole)

  1. Sustainability process
  2. Community Scan
  3. “Making the Case for ELO Programs”—Tools to use in developing potential partners and explaining why ELOs and your program are important.  These documents on our website http://www.beyondschoolbells.org/resources.html

These documents include:

  1. Americans Value ELOs
  2. ELOs Build Lifelong Success
  3. ELOs Matter to the Math Achievement Gap
  4. How Do Children Spend Their Out-of-School Hours?

Keynote — 11:45 – 12:45

Saving the World: Why Your work Is So Important
(Matt McNiff)

Concurrent Sessions B — 1:00 – 2:00

Designing Engaging Expanded Learning Opportunities
(Kathie Phillips, Amara Madsen)
Brainstorming Web Template for Developing Themes
Cone of Experience
Reflection and Evaluation
Elements of a Quality Lesson Plan
CLC Lesson Plan

Implementing Academies: A New Model for Expanded Learning
(Karen Bell-Dancy, Enoch Pugh)
CLC Brochure KBD
Lesson Plan Template
Final Dawes CLC Structure and Guidelines
STEM edits KBD

You Can Do STEM
(Saundra Frerichs, Holly Carr)
Eco Bot Challenge – Facilitator Guide
Eco Bot Challenge – Youth Guide
Eco Bott Challenge – Bailey Beach Mat

Principal-Program Coordinator: A Critical Duo for Quality Programs
(Lisa Sterba, Lavone Walker, Lisa St. Clair)

Writing Poetry to Celebrate Your Community
(Matt Mason)
Recommended Writing Resources

Getting Fired Up About Hiring and Recruiting
(Gwyn Williams, Charles Parks III)

Ready, Set, Let Go!
(Jessica Schlegelmilch)
Service Learning Resources

Building Strategic Partnerships to Create a Sustainable Program (Advanced)
(Jeff Cole, Jennifer Jones)

  1. Sustainability process
  2. Community Scan
  3. Partner Analysis
  4. Creating a One-Page Program Overview
  5. “Making the Case for ELO Programs”—Tools to use in developing potential partners and explaining why ELOs and your program are important.  These documents on our website http://www.beyondschoolbells.org/resources.html

These documents include:

  1.  Americans Value ELOs
  2. ELOs Build Lifelong Success
  3. ELOs Matter to the Math Achievement Gap
  4. How Do Children Spend Their Out-of-School Hours?

Concurrent Sessions C — 2:15 – 3:15

Apples K to 12
(Michelle Krehbiel, Georgia Jones)
PowerPoint

Engaging Elementary Students in Project Based Learning
(Kristi Chambers, Jennifer Rivera)
PowerPoint
Interactive World Map
Researching with Questions

Coloring Inside AND Outside the Lines: Making the Most of Your Community’s STEM Potential
(Connie O’Brien)
PowerPoint

Developing a Partnership with a Local Institution of Higher Education
(Lorna Eliason, Patricia Blundell, Ellen Miller, Lisa St. Clair)

Meaningful Engagement with Diverse Families
(Amanda Duffy Randall)
PowerPoint

Middle School Motivation: Ready, Set, Engage
(Amber Noutoua, Terrance Badgett)

Effective Service Learning Programs in Expanded Learning Time
(Adam Morfeld, Kent Day, Kelsey Arends)

Marketing Your Program – Effectively Telling Your Story
(Kelly Medwick, Jennifer Jones, Jeff Cole)
PowerPoint

Walk ‘N Talk

American Camp Association (Barbara Collins, bcollins@acacamps.org)

Beyond School Bells (Jeff Cole, jcole@nebraskachildren.org)

Boy Scouts of America

City of Omaha, Office of the Mayor (Barb Farho, barb.farho@cityofomaha.org)

Click2Science (Desirae TePoel, dtepoel2@unl.edu)
http://www.click2sciencepd.org/

Modern Woodmen (Ryan L. Phillips, ryan.l.phillips@mwarep.org)

NASA Nebraska Space Grant (Michaela Lucas, mlucas@unomaha.edu)
http://www.ne.spacegrant.org/

Nebraska Arts Council (Anne Alston, anne.alston@nebraska.gov)

Nebraska Games & Parks Commission
(Julia Plugge, Julia.plugge@nebraska.gov; Lindsay Rogers, Lindsay.rogers@nebraska.gov)
Project WILD Program Flyer
Upcoming Workshops

Nebraska Library Commission (Sally Snyder, sally.snyder@nebraska.gov)

21st Century Community Learning Centers (Karen Stevens, karen.stevens@nebraska.gov)

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension
(Michael Riese, mriese3@unl.edu; D’Ette Scholtz, dscholtz2@unl.edu)
Expanded Learning Opportunities

 

2012 Conference Materials

2012 Conference Program

2012 Session Handouts and Resources

Partner Spotlight

The 21st CCLC Partner Spotlight is a new monthly feature highlighting the work of organizations committed to partnering with afterschool and summer programs across the state of Nebraska. Featured partners have demonstrated a commitment to working with program leaders and staff to identify ways to mutually accomplish identified goals. Contact the featured partners to explore the possibilities for bringing unique and engaging learning opportunities to your students.

Previous Partner Spotlights

December 2017
Nebraska Public Power District (flyer)

September 2017
Click2Science (flyer)

August 2017
NASA Nebraska Space Grant (flyer)

July 2017
Nebraska Museums Association (flyer)

May 2017
Nebraska Game and Parks (flyer)

February 2017
Beyond School Bells (flyer)

To suggest an organization with a statewide outreach to feature in an upcoming Partner Spotlight,
contact Kim Larson, kim.larson@nebraska.gov.