June 2019
Upcoming Trainings on High Quality STEM
The training process involves a two-day live webinar training, completion of video calibration exercises, a one-hour live calibration session, and successful completion of two practice observation in the field. PEAR staff offer live, webinar Dimensions of Success (DoS) trainings monthly and in-person training for state networks or organizations can be arranged as needed for an additional cost. PEAR staff provides ongoing technical assistance, quarterly data reports, and online data management support for all DoS observers for two years post-certification.
  • July 17th-18th, 2019; 10am-4pm ET. Registration Deadline: July 9th.
  • August 14th-15th, 2019; 10am-4pm ET. Registration Deadline: August 6th.
  • September 18th-19th, 2019; 11am-5pm ET. Registration Deadline: September 10th
The IAA will pay for you to take this training. Please contact Michelle Rich at mrich@sppg.com if interested. For more information on the training visit https://www.thepearinstitute.org/dos-training. 
IAA Goes to DC to Advocate for Afterschool
Last week, the Iowa Afterschool Alliance joined more than 200 afterschool providers, community leaders, educators, parents, and youth from across the nation and traveled to Washington, D.C. for the Afterschool for All Challenge. We met with our Congressional delegation and urged them to support a $100 million increase for 21st Century Community Learning Centers, funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant, and expansion of the Child Nutrition Act. Several of Iowa's members of Congress expressed interest in visiting afterschool programs across state.

If you are interested in hosting an elected official for a site visit, please contact Britney Samuelson at bsamuelson@sppg.com.
Child Care Solutions Fund Open June 15
The Iowa Women's Foundation (IWF) has established the Child Care Solutions Fund (CCSF). The CCSF is a "field of interest" fund for grant making and action hosted by the Iowa Women's Foundation. In particular, the CCSF is designated to improve the lives of Iowa's women and girls through economic self-sufficiency and specifically by improving the availability of, and access to, quality affordable child care in Iowa. The funds in the CCSF are invested in organizations and institutions focused on innovative and sustainable strategies/solutions ensuring access to affordable quality child care that decreases the work force gap and ultimately increases women's economic security across Iowa.
Letters of Interest (LOI) for the Child Care Solutions Fund will be accepted from June 15, 2019 - August 1, 2019.

For more information and instructions for submitting your letter of interest, please visit the IWF website.
Complete Your Afterschool Advocate Profile
Iowa is making it into political news a lot lately. Iowa always factors prominently on presidential hopefuls' schedules as they reach out to voters and test their messages with Iowans.

We want to make afterschool a key message in policy discussions across the state and nationally. Working closely with the Afterschool Alliance, the Iowa Afterschool Alliance is building a corps of advocates across the state to show up at events, share news over social media and traditional media, and reach out to others with the message that Afterschool Works!

We are regularly tracking candidate events, legislative forums and coffees, and media to connect you with opportunities to share this message. Please complete your profile online so that we can better reach you with chances in your community to be an advocate for afterschool.

Please complete your profile online today!
Economic Literacy Grant
The primary focus of the Kazanjian Foundation is to increase economic literacy. It gives special attention to proposals and projects with national impact, specifically programs that:
  • Raise the public's participation in economic education or create a demand for greater economic literacy.
  • Apply new strategies for teaching economics, including online and web-based instruction.
  • Encourage measurement of economic understanding.
  • Help otherwise disenfranchised youth and young adults with children learn to participate in the economic system.
The foundation evaluates proposals based on the significance of the project, plan of operation, technical soundness, quality of key personnel, reputation of the institution, budget and cost effectiveness, and evaluation component of the proposal. The foundation looks most favorably on programs that match grants with funds from other organizations, learned institutions, universities, and government sources. The foundation does not use a specific application form. Interested applicants must develop a proposal according to the foundation's guidelines. Applications may be submitted by mail, fax, or email.
Grants up to $150,000 awarded. Applications are due February 15 and September 15, annually. For more information visit their website at http://www.kazanjian.org/grants/apply.
OST Best Practices Survey
The Iowa 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program Support Committee has developed a brief survey in order to begin collecting data on key policies for operations in your programs. The committee's goal is to use this information to create a repository of best practices and templates for policies and procedures. We hope that you will take the time to complete this survey in the next few weeks. We thank you in advance for your time!
Please complete the survey online here.
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

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.   
21CCLC Summer Institute
August 9, 2019; Council Bluffs, Iowa
Attend this day-long professional development event designed for all afterschool and summer programs. Child care credit available. Workshop details will be shared as they become available on the Iowa 21CCLC website at https://www.iowa21cclc.com/institutes.  
Conscious Discipline Basics
August 12-13, 2019; Burlington, Iowa
For more information, please contact Cassie Gerst with Burlington Schools.
Emotional Mayhem & Feelings
August 14, 2019; Burlington, Iowa
For more information, please contact Cassie Gerst with Burlington Schools.  
21CCLC Fall Institute
September 26, 2019; Dubuque, Iowa
Attend this day-long professional development event designed for all afterschool and summer programs. Workshop details will be shared as they become available on the Iowa 21CCLC website at https://www.iowa21cclc.com/institutes. Child care credit available.   
Early Learning Fall Institute
October 4-5, 2019; Altoona, Iowa
Hosted by the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children.  
For information as it becomes available, please visit the Institute webpage.  
The Boundless Potential of Every Student 
October 11, 2019; Burlington, Iowa
What if ninety seconds could change the way you see your students forever? What if a simple shift in perspective could turn your quintessential "problem" students into your most passionate learners? What if one moment is the key to unlocking an infinite realm of life-changing possibilities for each student you encounter? This event will include a keynote presentation from Donna Porter and DJ Baptiste, and afternoon workshops by Porter and Baptiste on reaching older youth and Velda McKenzie on Conscious Discipline.
For information on this opportunity, please contact Cassie Gerst with Burlington Schools.   
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.