January 2018
Impact 2018 Registration Open
Impact After School Conference logo Impact 2018 registration is now open! Join over 200 of your peers from across the state and region for this premier afterschool and summer learning professional development event! Sessions include:
  • Conscious Discipline
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Project-Based Learning
  • STEM
  • Moving Beyond Read-Alouds for Literacy
  • Chess
  • Family Engagement
Check out a final conference schedule here with workshop descriptions here. Register online today!
Lend Your Voice to Afterschool at the Capitol
Your advocacy in support of high quality afterschool and summer programming is so critical we are covering your travel to the Capitol on February 13! Join the Iowa Afterschool Alliance and other advocates at the Capitol to speak with legislators on why afterschool is important and what it looks like in your community.

Join the IAA for a quick conference call on what to expect at the Capitol February 6 at 2:00 p.m. Call in to 1-800-444-2801 passcode 2895301 at the time of the call.

RSVP online for the February 13 Afterschool Snack from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. so we can plan to get you to the Capitol. We encourage you to bring youth!

As you prepare for the IAA Day on the Hill on February 13, check out the IAA's Advocacy Guide on our website.

For more information about this event, please contact Michelle Rich at mrich@sppg.com.
STEM and Literacy Professional Development
Creating connections between children's literature and STEM activities is a successful strategy for increasing outcomes for kids during the critical out of school time.  The Chicago Public Library and Museum of Science and Industry have created a replicable model for linking these two areas that promote critical 21st Century Learning Skills with fun and engaging activities.   
Join Liz McChesney, Director of Children's Services at Chicago Public Library and Bryan Wunar, Director of Community Initiatives at the Museum of Science and Industry for a look at their partnership model, outcomes they have achieved for youth in Chicago and for practical and fun ideas to take back to the youth in your own program.  Participants will learn how to link science to children's books, learn about designing engineering challenges based on books and will receive a booklist of 100 book recommendations to use in this work.
McChesney and Wunar are co-authors of the book, Summer Matters: Making All Learning Count, (ALA, 2017) and are currently writing the book Summer Matters:  The More You Know the More you Can Do (ALA, forthcoming, 2018).  In 2015 they won NSLA's prestigious Founder's Award for Excellence in summer programming. In 2016 their work won the American Library Association's John Cotton Dana award for their work.  They have been awarded a federal IMLS grant replicate their work.  They speak about this work nationally and internationally and are looking forward to visiting Des Moines with the CIOST Network.   
Learning Outcomes:
  1.  Increased understanding of the STEM-Literacy-21st Century skills link
  2. Ability to recreate 2 STEM activities and discuss the science behind each
  3. Understanding of how to write engineering design challenges based on children's literature
  4. Access to a 100 book booklist of popular children's trade books

Date: Friday, February 23, 2018

Time: Content will be delivered from 10:00 a.m. to Noon; a network lunch will be provided from Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Location: TBD Central Iowa

Cost: Free  

Registration for food count: Online here  


Child care hours available for this training. 

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 https://consciousdiscipline.com/.  
Conscious Discipline 2-Day Training
March 21 & 22, 2018; Johnston, Iowa 
Providing an overview of Conscious Discipline, this workshop will help programs integrate the key concepts of Conscious Discipline into their programs.
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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/18ImpactYouth
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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/18ChampionsandStars
Follow IAA on Facebook for Latest Updates
Facebook Follow the Iowa Afterschool Alliance on Facebook at www.facebook.com/iowaafterschoolalliance for the latest updates on the Every Student Succeeds Act (formerly No Child Left Behind), PD opportunities, IAA activities, and grant opportunities. Expect an update on an issue of interest every day! You can also follow us on Twitter by following @iowaafterschool.
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.

Find out more online here: https://beyondschoolhours.org/. 

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; Johnston, Iowa 
Providing an overview of Conscious Discipline, this workshop will help programs integrate the key concepts of Conscious Discipline into their programs.
Register online here.  
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.  
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.

For more information visit http://boostconference.org/.