February 2022
Iowa Afterschool Alliance News
IAA Policy Update
See Recent Policy Update

Are you interested in what policy is being developed that affects afterschool? The Iowa Afterschool Alliance shares bills and issues on the state and national levels during the Iowa legislative session. See our policy update here!
Grant Opportunity
YSA's Hershey Heartwarming Young Heroes GYSD Grants Open Through March 11

YSA will award up to $50,000 in grants for youth-led service projects and community-building activities for Global Youth Service Day (held during April 29-May 1). This grant was created to reach leaders with creative ideas to foster meaningful connections, promote inclusion, and teach empathy. Applications will close on March 11.

With $100, $250, and $500 grant options, all youth ages 5-25 in the United States (including territories and military bases & DoD schools) and Canada are eligible to apply for “miniature-size” family-and-friends projects, “standard size” group/class/club projects, or “king-size” community-wide projects. See how 12 of last year's grantees made a difference!

Learn more and apply at www.ysa.org/grants/hershey/.
Inclusion Spotlight
Tips for Supporting Students with Emotional Behavior Disorder in an Inclusive Space

Students experiencing Emotional Behavior Disorder (EBD) can benefit from classroom management practices and enjoy participating in an inclusive space. These recommendations include:

  • Clear and Simple Rules – Try to keep activities as focused as possible with no more than 5 steps. Consider the use of response cards, clickers, unison responding, and guided notes. These interactive tools provide structure that improves engagement!
  • Use Motivational Strategies – Celebrating success as often as possible, including putting in good effort, lets students feel recognized, seen, and supported. Often students respond more positively to reward than disapline.
  • Allow for Mini-Breaks – "Staying on task" should include stepping away, too. Build breaks into your plan and encourages students to stretch and move around. You may find you get to where you want to be going quicker with these pit stops!

More good news: many of these strategies can support success for all students in the classroom! Read more in the Reslient Educator article here.
Careers Pathways Corner
Give Students A New Perspective on their Future

CareerOne Stop provides many resources for free to students wanting a realistic look at a job position or career field. Your students can learn more from a new source – themselves! Three self-assessment online surveys are available to give students a new perspective on their future.

Take these quick quizzes:

Find more CareerOne Stop resources here.
Professional Development Opportunities
2022 BOOST Conference
BOOST Collaborative will host their annual BOOST Conference on April 26-29, 2022, in Palm Springs, CA.
Join the largest, most recognized, and comprehensive global convening for after school, expanded learning, and in 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.
To learn more, visit boostconference.org and register your team today! Registration questions? Reach out to registration@boostconference.org.
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.  
Need technical assistance? Access to materials? Professional development or trainings for your team? Please visiwww.iowaafterschoolalliance.org or email all inquiries to iaa@sppg.com
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