December 2017
Keynotes Announced for Impact 2018
We're excited to announce the opening keynote for the Impact 2018 Conference will be Amy Speidel, a master instructor for Conscious Discipline.

Amy has worked with children for over 25 years, beginning her career as an educator and later becoming a preschool director. Amy specializes in educating and equipping parents and specializes in families of all makeups, including foster care and adoption. She is a Conscious Discipline Master Instructor and a Certified Parent Coach within a Pediatric Practice, and is among Conscious Discipline's most requested National Trainers. She is a dynamic keynote presenter and workshop facilitator.

For more information on Amy and Conscious Discipline, please visit

Bill Corbett will be our closing keynote. Bill is a national speaker, trainer, and expert advisor on children, youth, parenting, and caregiver education. He is the author of several books and the author of the parent and teacher education program, Love, Limits, & Lessons. Bill is a well-known and highly respected youth expert. His mission is to assist parents and professionals to find the root cause of the challenges and obstacles they face when managing and motivating children and youth. He is driven by the desire to not just solve problems, but rather create solutions by sharing his expertise on the early childhood issues which can lead to teen and adulthood issues later on. 
Registration is not yet open for Impact 2018. Please check for updates as they come available! 
Impact Preconference Finalized
The Impact After School Conference pre-conference on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, will feature a poverty simulation.
The poverty simulation experience is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. Participants assume the roles of different families facing poverty. Some are newly unemployed, some are elderly, some are recently deserted by the "breadwinner." The task of all the "families" is to provide for basic necessities and shelter during the course of four 15-minute weeks.

Registration is not yet open for Impact 2018. Please check for updates as they come available!  
Middle School Grants Available
The New York Life Foundation is seeking applicants for its Aim High grants to support afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs serving middle schoolers. Aim High will provide $2.25M over three years to middle school afterschool, summer or expanded learning programs serving disadvantaged youth. A total of 26 grant awards - 8 more than last year -- will be made nationwide. Take a look to see which opportunity is a good fit for you, and apply!
Grant categories:
  • $100,000 over two years - 8 awards to be made to organizations with annual budgets of $500,000 or greater AND annual program budgets of $250,000 or greater
  • $50,000 over two years - 8 awards to be made to organizations with annual budgets of $250,000 or greater
  • $15,000 one-year grant - 10 awards will be made to programs to help them better serve with disabilities or special needs; applicants must have annual budgets of $150,000 or greater
To prepare your proposal, read the full application and eligibility requirements  , and join a webinar on January 11 at 2 p.m. ET. Applications are due January 26, 2018.
Grant funds may be used for technical assistance, capacity building, enhancing direct service activities, and/or program expansion. Applicants will need to describe how programs support youth in the transition to the ninth grade. Competitive two-year grant applicants should be able to report on indicators of success such as on-time promotion; school attendance rates; improved behavior, grades and test scores; and/or the development of social and emotional skills.
Conscious Discipline 2-Day Training in Des Moines
The Iowa Afterschool Alliance and United Way of Central Iowa is bringing Conscious Discipline Master Trainer Karen Hickman to Des Moines for a 2-day training March 21 and 22 in the Des Moines area.  
Karen Hickman has a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education, both from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has been in the field of education for over 25 years, including teaching grades 4-6 in public school, operating an in-home preschool program for ten years and teaching as an adjunct professor for the University of Missouri-Columbia. Karen also has background experience as a Certified High/Scope Trainer and a Certified High/Scope Teacher. In 2003, the Central Missouri Association for the Education of Young Children honored Karen with the Outstanding Early Childhood Professional Award.
The training will provide an in-depth overview of Conscious Discipline and tools and resources to help integrate CD concepts in your program.  
Conscious Discipline is a leader in classroom management and provides a transformational, whole-program solution for social-emotional learning, discipline and self-regulation. For more information on Conscious Discipline, visit  
Conscious Discipline 2-Day Training
March 21 & 22, 2018; Des Moines area
Providing an overview of Conscious Discipline, this workshop will help programs integrate the key concepts of Conscious Discipline into their programs.
Registration will be available soon through the Iowa Afterschool Alliance.  
IAA Joins Iowa Rural Development Council
The Iowa Afterschool Alliance has been invited to be a member of the Iowa Rural Development Council. Since 1992, the Iowa Rural Development Council (IRDC) has been engaging partners and assisting small towns. The IRDC was created as part of an Executive Order and ensuing Farm Bill in 1992. It received federal funding for many years and was later housed in the Iowa Department of Economic Development. But both state and federal funding dissolved and the group has operated informally without paid staff since 2005.
In 2016, the IRDC hosted the first-ever Iowa Rural Summit, bringing together 300 individuals from more than 60 rural communities. That event sparked a resurgence in interest among rural advocates and convinced IRDC partners, who include federal and state agencies, Regents' institutions and community colleges, utilities, non-profits and statewide associations, to revitalize the Council's ability to support rural development. The IRDC will again host the Iowa Rural Summit April 5 & 6, 2018, in Grinnell. 
"This is an organization that has impacted rural Iowa for a quarter century and is positioned now to do more," said IRDC chair Sandy Ehrig, who runs the Iowa Farm Bureau's "Renew Rural Iowa" program. "Our rural summit in Jefferson last year was a big step and the Council is ready to build on that momentum."
The IAA expects to bring a perspective to the Council unique among members that recognizes the importance of youth programs to rural communities across the state. The IAA will provide regular updates regarding the work of the IRDC and outreach to rural communities.
For more information about the Iowa Rural Development Council or the 2018 Iowa Rural Summit, contact Bill Menner at or 641-990-4757.
Building Workforce Skills in Afterschool
A strong and vibrant economy is reliant on a strong and vibrant workforce equipped with the necessary skills, competencies, and knowledge. This issue brief highlights the ladder of supports afterschool and summer learning programs provide to help students develop the skills and gain the experience that will benefit them in the workforce, from building students' communication and teamwork skills in elementary school to connecting students to internships and apprenticeships in high school. In addition to this issue brief, six complementary in-depth afterschool program profiles highlight different roles programs play to build students' workforce skills:
Building students' foundational skills and competencies that will help them in the workforce and in life
Introducing students to new interests, opening their eyes to potential career pathways
Providing real-world work experiences that help build students' familiarity with and capabilities in the workforce
Impact 2018 Call for Youth Performances
Save the date for the 2018 Impact After School Conference April 25-27, 2018 in Des Moines! We're excited to host more than 150 afterschool professionals from across the state at Iowa's premier professional development event in afterschool and summer programming. Mark your calendars for a great time over two days in Des Moines!

Until registration is released in January 2018, please consider submitting an idea for a youth performance. We draw from your expertise to make it a great event, so please share your ideas with us!

Submit a youth performance here:
Champions and 21CCLC Stars Awards Nominations
Each year the Iowa Afterschool Alliance recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations in afterschool and summer programming through our Champions Awards. Again this year, in addition to the Champions Awards, the Iowa Department of Education is recognizing outstanding 21st Century Community Learning Centers with the Stars Awards. Know of a great individual or organization making a difference outside of the school day? Submit your nomination today!

 Submit a nomination online here:
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Professional Development Opportunities
Out of School Time Professional Development Center
The Out of School Time Professional Development Center provides Out of School Time training to OST professionals. The classes provide in-depth curriculum and certificates.  If you or your staff are interested in signing up for courses visit the  Out-of-School Time  website . Check out the entire course catalog here
Great Content on Y4Y!
You 4 Youth is a free  online professional development site that is designed to support 21CCLC program staff, but is a valuable tool for any afterschool professional looking to build their skills! Recently, Y4Y has rolled out a whole module on literacy. Click here to register.

Afterschool Alliance Webinars
The Afterschool Alliance offers webinars on a wide range of topics, from policy and the new Every Student Succeeds Act, to STEM and Social-Emotional Learning. Find out more on their webinars website.

Iowa Child Care Training Registry
Find professional development for school-age programming on the State of Iowa Child Care Training Registry on topics ranging from health and safety to developmentally appropriate programming. Find out more online

NAA Talk Tuesday PD Resources
Talk Tuesday provides afterschool professionals with the resources to host relevant discussions among peers, colleagues, staff, or community leaders. If you are looking to connect with afterschool professionals in your area or engage your staff with relevant topics, Talk Tuesday will provide the materials for you.

Find out more on their website here.

Beyond School Hours Conference
February 21-24, 2018; Orlando, FL
Join the nation's premiere convening of educators and leaders working with K-12 students in afterschool, summer and beyond.

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National Afterschool Association Convention
March 18-21, 2018; Atlanta, GA
Please join the NAA for the premier learning, networking and professional development event for the field of afterschool March 18-21, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia!

Find out more online on their website.    
Conscious Discipline 2-Day Training
March 21 & 22, 2018; Des Moines area
Providing an overview of Conscious Discipline, this workshop will help programs integrate the key concepts of Conscious Discipline into their programs.
Registration will be available soon through the Iowa Afterschool Alliance. 
Impact After School Conference
April 25 - 27, 2018; Des Moines, IA
Join 200 of your friends and colleagues to gather together to learn, network, and have fun! This is the premier state conference for afterschool and summer programs in Iowa.  
For more information, regularly check the Iowa Afterschool Alliance website for updates!  
Best of Out-of-School Time (BOOST) Conference
May 1-4, 2018; Palm Springs, CA
Join the largest, most recognized and comprehensive global convening for after school, expanded learning, and out-of-school time professionals. Set in a retreat-like atmosphere, this annual, extraordinary event will rejuvenate your passion, boost your direction for quality programming and provide tools and resources that will inspire you to create change.

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