October 2019
FY20 21CCLC RFA Released
The FY20 Request for Applications for Iowa 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants has been released by the Iowa Department of Education. Applications for funding are due December 13, 2019. To review application materials and to apply, please visit the Iowa Department of Education website.

The Iowa Department of Education, supported by the Iowa Afterschool Alliance, provides technical assistance throughout the application timeline. The following TA events are open to the public:
  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019; 10 am: Central Iowa Application TA Meeting at Adel Public Library, 303 S 10th St, Adel, IA 50003.
  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019; 10 am: Western Iowa Application TA Meeting at Iowa Western Community College Room 137, 705 Walnut St, Atlantic, IA 50022.
Recommendations for funding are made to the Iowa Department of Education through a peer review process. The Iowa Afterschool Alliance is seeking peer reviewers from across the state to help determine which applications are funded. Peer reviewers are provided a stipend and compensated for travel to the Des Moines area. Key dates reviewers must be available are:
  • Thursday, December 5, 2019; 10:30 am to 12:30 pm: Peer Reviewer Training (online)
  • December 18, 2019 - January 17, 2020: Applications are reviewed and scored
  • Wednesday, January 22, 2020; 10:00 am to 3:00 pm: Peer Review Conference in the Des Moines area
Coaches Corner
"Coaches Corner" is a new feature of the Advisor that shares resources developed or identified by the Central Iowa Out-of-School Time Enrichment Coaches. For more information on this initiative, please visit the OST Initiative website at www.ciostinitiative.org.

Kahoot is a game-based learning platform that can be accessed by a web browser on any device or via the Kahoot app. It's free! It's engaging! Don't have enough devices for every student? Partner them up and try team mode! Kahoot has a variety of pre-made quizzes available (for free) from grammar to social studies to the NFL and beyond.  
The "Jigsaw" Method can be used to promote student collaboration along with allowing each individual a higher sense of ownership and accountability. In conjunction, this method allows for the classroom teacher to break assignments into smaller parts. Here's one of many variations of this method:
  •  Arrange students in groups.  
  • Each group member is assigned a different piece of information.  
  • Group members then join with members of other groups assigned the same piece of information, and research and/or share ideas about the information. 
  • Students then return to their original groups to try to "piece together" a clear picture of the topic at hand.
Looking for an effective way to do group discussion that will promote thinking, learning, problem solving, and understanding? Well Guided Group Discussion is one strategy that can accomplish the task. Guided Group Discussion is an active learning strategy that encourages student engagement. Questions are already formulated to either guide the discussion and/or provide a starter for conversation. Thus allowing students to be able to run the discussion in a simple and effective way. Check out the article to read about a few different tips and tricks. 
New Report Confirms: Juvenile Crime Peaks Between 2-6 p.m.
From Risk to Opportunity: Afterschool Programs Keep Kids Safe When Juvenile Crime Peaks, shows that the peak in juvenile crime on school days occurs between 2-6 p.m., provides powerful examples of afterschool programs making a positive difference in young people's lives, and lifts up law enforcement voices who see the influence programs can have in their community.
The hours immediately after school lets out were first dubbed the "Prime Time for Juvenile Crime" in a report published by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids in 2000. Since the time of that first report, participation in afterschool programs has grown by more than 60%, and juvenile crime has decreased by 70%. 
We hope this new report and the accompanying website, which includes state-level data for 46 states and examples of afterschool programs in all 50 states, will help more stakeholders recognize the value of afterschool and more young people access quality afterschool opportunities in the future.
New Webinar Series on SEL
Hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Child Care, this webinar series is designed for state-, territory-, and tribal-level professionals, including Child Care and Development Fund administrators; mental health agency staff; statewide afterschool network leads and National Afterschool Association Affiliate staff members; 21st Century Community Learning Center leads; Child Care Resource and Referral agency personnel; and other training and technical assistance professionals.

Next webinar: November 7, 2019; 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST

For more information visit the series' webpage.
October 24 is Lights On! Afterschool
Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year.

The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights On Afterschool to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things-such as science, community service, robotics, Tae Kwon Do and poetry-and discover new skills. The events send a powerful message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs.

In Iowa, Governor Reynolds has proclaimed October 24 Lights On Afterschool Day. Be sure to host your own event to celebrate with programs across the country!

To register your event and get resources to plan your event, visit the Afterschool Alliance's Lights On site.
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!
Share Your Best Practices at Impact 2020!
Impact After School Conference logo 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. Have a best practice to share? Please consider presenting at next year's conference.

Impact 2020 is slated for April, but final dates are yet to be confirmed.

To submit a presentation proposal, follow this link. Proposals must be submitted online. To review the questions before submitting, see this document.

For more information on Impact 2020, contact Michelle Rich at mrich@sppg.com.
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.   
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 2020; Des Moines, Iowa
Join 200 of your peers for this great learning experience! More information coming soon.
For updates, please visit the Impact website