February 2020
Schedule at a Glance for Impact Now Available!
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Impact 2020 will be better than ever! Join 200 of your peers from across the state at this premier learning and networking event in Des Moines on April 1-3. You will enjoy our new venue and learning about topics that range from social and emotional learning, STEM, program management, family engagement, and much more. Click here take a look at the "Schedule at a Glance".

Is your organization interested in being a vendor at the conference? Click here to sign up.

For more information on Impact 2020, contact Crystal Hall at  chall@sppg.com
Nominate an Afterschool Champion or Star!

Each year the Iowa Afterchool Alliance celebrates contributions of individuals, organizations, and youth in the field of afterschool programming through the Afterschool Champions and 21CCLC Stars Awards. The following awards are now open for nominations:

  • Advocate of the Year
  • Afterschool Innovator
  • Collaboration Award
  • Principal of the Year
  • Friend of Afterschool Award (Policymaker)
  • Outstanding Afterschool Students
  • 21CCLC Literacy Improvement
  • 21CCLC STEM Achievement
  • 21CCLC Youth Community Contributions
  • 21CCLC Attendance
  • 21CCLC All Around

Self-nominations are allowed. For detailed descriptions of each award and to submit nominations, follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020ChampionsStars
A Few Slots Left for Summer AmeriCorps

There are only a few slots left for the Summer Ladders AmeriCorps program. Apply to be a host site today!

The Iowa Afterschool Alliance has received a grant from Volunteer Iowa to support a large portion of the cost of hosting an AmeriCorps Member or team of Members in summer 2020.

What the Summer Ladders AmeriCorps Member Will Do: The AmeriCorps Members will focus on developing high-quality lesson plans for the host program utilizing the Dimensions of Success (DOS) framework . The AmeriCorps Member will also be responsible for implementing activities they have developed with high-need youth in your program. The Member is expected to serve a total of 300 hours over the summer.

Cost to Host a Summer Ladders AmeriCorps Member: The cost share to host a Member (the amount you will be responsible for as a host site) is $2,504 for the entire 2020 summer (300 hours of service). This calculates to a cost to the program of about $8 an hour!

Each Member will receive a living allowance of $3,000 over the summer. The remainder of the cost per Member is covered by the Volunteer Iowa grant.

What We’re Looking for in Host Sites:
  • Ability to supervise the AmeriCorps Member, including coaching and mentoring to meet program goals; approving time sheets; discipline; and role modeling good collaboration, communication, and leadership.
  • Provision of strong staff orientation to the program, as well as on-going professional development throughout the service period.
  • Commitment to evaluation.
  • Commitment to ensuring a good Member experience.

To gauge interest in hosting an AmeriCorps Member or team of Members, the IAA asks interested programs to complete a short online survey at  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SummerLadders2020 .  An answer of "No" on any question is not necessarily disqualifying. Please answer according to your best knowledge at this time. If your program hosted AmeriCorps Members last summer, you are welcome to apply again this year.

For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Britney Samuelson at bsamuelson@sppg.com .
Coaches Corner
In case you missed it (ICYMI): Our OST Enrichment Coaches held a training on “Community Meetings " , a tool that can serve as a catalyst for shifting a program’s culture towards intentionally incorporating social emotional learning (SEL) into the daily routine. Here is a short 4 minute video of what Community Meetings can look like from kindergarten to high school. Follow this link to the Community Meetings Guide that dives into more details about what Community Meetings can look like, their importance, and suggestions on how to set up your own Community Meetings. Take a look to see if this tool can help your program effectively incorporate SEL on a daily basis. Feel free to reach out to the coaches with any questions or feedback you might have. They would LOVE to hear how everything is going!

Coaches Corner is a monthly spotlight of Out-of-School Time best practices. These resources are compiled by the Central Iowa Enrichment Coaches: Hannah Morz , Mallory Riesberg , and Theresa Slaughter . Learn more about the Central Iowa Out-of-School Time Initiative here: ciostinitiative.org .
Earth Day 2020: Resources and Toolkit

50 years ago, the first Earth Day sparked widespread environmental awareness and protections in the US. Today, more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities every year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Earth Day Network's mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement. They have provided formal and informal educators with tools to educate youth about Earth Day, which is April 22.

Plan your Earth Day event using their free education resources . They have also created a toolkit with more ways to engage in Earth Day 2020. For more, sign up for their Educator Network Newsbites to stay up to date on new resources and read stories about amazing Earth Day activities from around the world!

Grant Opportunities

Youth Service Zone Grants
Funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, Youth Service America's (YSA) Youth Service Zone grants offer organizations and schools an opportunity to work collaboratively to increase the youth volunteer rates in their community.   Collaboratives of 3 organizations leading efforts in communities, regions, or states with at least 100,000 residents are eligible to apply. Each zone will receive a grant of $15,000 ($5,000 to each of the 3 collaborative leaders) to support program activities.

Click here to learn more and apply by March 27.
Professional Development Opportunities
Iowa STEM Scale-Up Programs: 2020-2021 Application Now Open
Since 2011, the Iowa STEM Council has vetted high quality STEM programs available to Iowa educators in formal and informal education settings. The 2020-21 Scale-Up Program menu has been released and educators can apply now through March 2nd. The Scale-Up program menu ranges from coding programs to integrated mathematics, agriculture projects, STEM career exploration, and more. Learn more about the Iowa STEM Scale-Up Program here .

Sarah Derry from the Governor's STEM Advisory Council recently did a webinar about the STEM Scale-Up program for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers network. View a recording and her PowerPoint here .
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 .
National AfterSchool Association PD Resources
NAA provides afterschool professionals with resources to stay up-to-date on the latest topics in afterschool and summer learning.

Find out more on their website  here
Resources for STEM Programming
The Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) provides background information that is useful for the development of STEM programming. Find out more on their  website .
The Afterschool Tech Toolkit aims to empower afterschool professionals and educators with strategies and training so they can provide students with access to technology outside of classroom hours. It includes training modules on getting started, training staff, accessing technology and devices, and more. Take a look at the toolkit  here .   
Beyond School Hours Conference
February 26-29, 2020; Orlando, FL
The nation's premiere conference for educators and leaders serving K-12 students in school, afterschool, summertime and beyond.
For more information, please  visit the conference's website .
National AfterSchool Association Convention
March 15-18, 2020; Washington, DC
Please join the 2,300 members of our community at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center for four days of networking, learning and inspiration: special events, workshops, daily keynotes and an interactive Learning Expo all designed to meet the needs of the developing professionals and emerging and current leaders of afterschool. Come to NAA convention and leave saying, "I've found my people!" 
For more information about the convention,  visit the event's website .
BOOST Conference
April 28 - May 1, 2020; Palms 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.
For more information and to register,  visit the conference's website .
Impact After School Conference
April 1-3, 2020; Des Moines, Iowa
The annual Impact After School Conference is back for its eighth year at a new location! Join over 200 of your afterschool friends for this fun and engaging conference focused on high-quality enrichment programming. 
For up-to-date information on Impact, please  visit the Iowa 21CCLC website .