March 2019
See What's in Store at Impact 2019
Impact After School Conference logo Find the full Impact 2019 Schedule and workshop descriptions online here.

You won't want to miss this year's speakers and workshops. Here are just a few highlights:

Summer Learning with Y4Y
David McConnell and Monique McDowell, Foundations, Inc.
Planning for summer programming shouldn't start in May. Leaders should begin work with their team at the start of the school year to ensure maximum impact. An intentionally designed summer learning program will help meet targeted student needs and decrease summer learning loss. Intentionality means providing targeted interventions and enrichment activities that help students retain and build new knowledge and skills through engaging, real-life and relevant activities. This intensive workshop will teach learners how to accomplish work within an eight-step process, explore components of high-quality programs, and get tools and resources to help you carry out a game plan.

OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts
Malisa Rader, Iowa State University Extension
Staying silent in the face of demeaning comments, stereotypes, or bias allows inappropriate attitudes and behaviors to thrive. This workshop will provide six easy, but effective, strategies for speaking up respectfully to counter hurtful comments and actions. Participants will gain skills for being an ally as well as learn what to do when they cause an "oops" moment by unintentionally saying something offensive.

Making Books Come Alive for Your Students Over the Summer
Sandy Day, Council Bluffs Community School District, and Kevin Sorice, Kids Read Now
Learn how the Kids Read Now program can help summer learners retain and gain reading skills over the summer. See how Council Bluffs is working to eliminate the Summer Reading Slide through Book Choices, Challenges, Parental Engagement, and Rewards all while focusing on Results. This session explores how students can associate books to their world by using text to text, text to self, text to world, and text to creativity questions to improve comprehension and recall. This session also looks at how data is used for student activity and program efficacy to increase reading test scores.

Creating an Agency Wide Culture of Social Emotional Learning: Best Practice Techniques
Dawn Cogan, Michael Jelinske, Beth McGorry, and Melanie Seier, St. Mark Youth Enrichment
This is an interactive learning opportunity to explore how to create a culture of connection and respect throughout various aspects of your agency and programming. Starting with Administrative Staff, we will discuss hiring and staff retention, how to recruit, retain, and develop frontline staff, how to engage parents and students effectively to diminish behavioral issues, and how to incorporate community-wide support through enrichment, donors, volunteers, school day staff, and other stakeholders. In this session you will hear from representatives who specialize in various aspects of our organization in order to give you practical ideas of how to transform the culture around you as a leader in your organization.

And so much more!

Register online today!
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!
Recognize a Volunteer
The Governor's Volunteer Award program provides an easy way to honor the dedicated people who volunteer their time and talent to help an agency or organization deliver on its mission.  

Nonprofits, charitable organizations, and government entities (city, county, state, and federal) may recommend a Governor's Volunteer Award for an individual volunteer or group of volunteers who directly assisted the organization with a project, event, or activity.
There is no review process at the state level to decide who does or does not get an award; by simply submitting the information, the person completing the form is verifying that the individual or group listed is deserving of this honor. 

A $16 handling fee per award helps cover the cost of printing certificates, invitations, and ceremony materials, as well as memento photos, pins, and postage.  Awards are presented during regional recognition events held each summer.

ACES Webinar March 28
ACES, or Adverse Childhood Experiences, can have significant impacts on youth in school, at home, and everywhere else. ACES are often the underlying cause of behavior issues in our programs.

This webinar, co-hosted by the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment and the National Afterschool Association (NAA), will include a discussion of:
  • Research about school-age children's development and the impact of ACEs
  • Strategies, challenges, and solutions for providing support for school-age children in OST programs in the areas of social and emotional development, safe zones, family engagement, and academics
  • Promising practices for state systems-building that can strengthen supports to help school-age children overcome ACEs and build resilience.
Date and Time: Thursday, March 28, 2019; 2-3:30 Central

Register online to attend.
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.
Kranto Education Alliance
Kranto Education Alliance (KEA) has been a proud Community Partner of Des Moines Public Schools since Fall 2017. KEA is dedicated to delivering quality after school programs that engage and challenge our youth, fostering an environment where kids can explore different fields not taught in standard school curriculum, helping them grow into well-rounded, competent and compassionate individuals. KEA offers programming in STEM, athletics, the arts, and human development. KEA is a Certified Targeted Small Business (TSB) - an Iowa Economic Development program that promotes women and minority owned businesses. By partnering with us you aresupporting a local minority owned business in your community.

Find out more about Kranto Education Alliance on Facebook.
Building Evidence of Effectiveness
A new report by the Wallace Foundation, a review of research from 2000 to 2017, finds 124 afterschool programs with research that meets the research requirements of ESSA's top three tiers, and of these half-62-showed positive impacts on students. The programs, which span grades K-12, are focused on everything from academics to physical fitness to career development. "Taken together," the authors write, "the programs improved a variety of outcomes, ranging from mathematics and reading/ELA achievement to physical activity/health, school attendance, promotion and graduation, and social and emotional competencies."

The report is accompanied by a detailed guide to the afterschool programs with evidence that meets research requirements of the top three ESSA tiers. The guide also includes summaries of studies of school-sponsored extracurricular programs, studies that fell short of Tiers I-III but could provide evidence at Tier IV, and studies of programs that combine afterschool and summer learning.

Access the full report here.
The Trump Budget and What it Means for OST
Last week, President Trump released his budget proposal for FY20 that called for the total elimination of 21st Century Community Learning Centers, which would impact 1.7 million young people across the country. Also zeroed out was the Corporation for National and Community Service, the agency that provides funds for AmeriCorps, VISTA, and SeniorCorps volunteers.

If Iowa lost 21CCLC funding, nearly 15,000 youth would lose critical before school, after school, and summer services next year. What's more, vital community partnerships developed through the grants across the state could be put in jeopardy.
Although the President's budget is concerning, it is just a suggestion to Congress. Next, the responsibility goes to the U.S. House and Senate to develop their proposals before the two chambers come to agreement on a final appropriations bill.

The IAA will be following these negotiations closely and providing updates throughout the process. For ways to take action, please visit the Afterschool Alliance's website at
Follow IAA on Facebook for Latest Updates
Facebook Follow the Iowa Afterschool Alliance on Facebook at 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
Apply Today for Free Professional Development
Apply to bring in the Iowa Afterschool Alliance to train your staff and/or partners on a number of topics ranging from STEM to sustainability planning. Pick from a  menu of topics for one training with options for online or in-person training.  Apply online by July 31, 2018.

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.  
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.   
2019 Impact After School Conference
April 24-26, 2019; Des Moines, IA
The annual Impact After School Conference will be back for its seventh year in 2019. 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.