Indiana Statewide Newsletter
April 13, 2021
News & Policy
Indiana Department of Education's Accelerated Learning Roadmap
The opportunity to curb learning loss due to COVID-19 is a top focus for families, schools, and community organizations. Schools across Indiana are developing accelerated learning plans to ensure students receive the building blocks necessary for success as they cross the finish line of one grade level and transition to the next.

Amidst the challenges presented by the pandemic, immense opportunity exists as well. The IDOE's new Accelerated Learning Plan website offers guidance to support families, schools, and communities as they seek to strategically employ the unprecedented relief funds now available and maximize their return on investment. This includes focusing on:

  • How schools can develop an ecosystem of support within their community -- by partnering with institutions of higher education as well as business and industry -- to meet the needs of the whole child. 

  • How schools can address educational inequities that have been exacerbated by the pandemic to ensure equitable access for all moving forward.

April 15, 2021 | 7:00 AM - 7:45 AM EST
The IDOE invites community partners to join this webinar, in which IDOE staff will discuss the Accelerated Learning Plan. IDOE staff will share researching models for community organizations, ways to evaluate student performance, funding and collaboration opportunities, and considerations for nutrition and transportation. Registration is not required and webinars will be recorded for those unable to attend live.

The Indiana Department of Education is requesting that schools and organizations complete this form to indicate specific areas in which your organization needs additional support and guidance as you develop your own accelerated learning plans.
IAN Strategic Planning & Community Survey
As a valued partner of the Indiana Afterschool Network, we'd like to get your feedback about our organization as we create a strategic plan for our mission moving forward. This survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete. 

Please note that all survey responses will be collected by Taylor Advising, a trusted third-party consulting firm. Your anonymous responses will be aggregated with responses from all survey participants and will not be tied to you directly.
OST Featured on IDOE's Leading and Learning Podcast

The hosts of Leading and Learning - a podcast that highlights positive, innovative, and successful educational leadership - recently sat down to chat with Erin Busk and Christen Peterson, 21st CCLC Grant Specialists at the IDOE, to discuss how out-of-school time programs support students not only academically, but also in SEL work and exploratory activities.
Lilly Endowment Awards More than $93M to Address Poverty in Indianapolis

The Lilly Endowment Inc. has approved $93.6 million in new grants to help Indianapolis residents living in or near poverty. The grants, which range from $180,000 to more than $8 million each, will be awarded to 28 Indianapolis-based organizations to fund new programs aimed at financial security or expand existing programs that address poverty-related challenges.
National Afterschool STEM Program Survey

IAN is a proud partner of the Million Girls Moonshot, which seeks to increase equity by engaging one million more girls in STEM learning opportunities over the next 5 years. This survey will help us better understand how we can support afterschool and summer programs statewide. It should take 5-10 minutes to complete.
Indy Summer Labs Wants to Partner with You

Are you a community organization interested in offering summer programming to students in your neighborhood? The Mind Trust and the United Way of Central Indiana would love to partner with you to offer academic summer programming in Indianapolis. Applications are due April 19. Click below to learn more.
Quality Corner
IAN Summer Learning Webinars
Aren't we all looking forward to summer this year? It certainly feels like brighter days are ahead. To help programs and families prepare for a summer like no other, the Indiana Afterschool Network is excited to announce the following webinars:

Did you miss the April 7th webinar? We've got you covered. Click the link to watch this Indiana forum on key opportunities ahead for the OST field, including SEL, community partnerships in summer learning, the new Essential Frontline Families Scholarships launching later this month and more. Also, see results from Indiana afterschool providers like you about your plans for this summer and the challenges that are concerning you.

April 15, 2021 | 12:30 PM EST
Join IAN's Keith Monfreda to discuss quality summer programs for your child. During this session, Keith will share what to look for to make sure you pick the right summer program for your child.
IN Academy Summer Learning Paths Guide
IAN is excited to launch the Summer Academy Learning Paths! The paths outline specific courses in the Indiana Academy for Out of School Learning that will build a foundation of essential skills for your summer team - from Site Coordinators to Youth Specialists to Program Assistants!
Professional Development, Conferences, and Events
April 14, 2021 | 11:00 AM EST
Over the past year so much has changed for you, your programs, and the families you serve. Even with these changes, running safe and successful student programs is a top priority. MSB Activities has partnered with and learned from peers in the afterschool space to help address the challenges you’re facing and how technology can better support you and your staff. Join this webinar to review key technological trends that have shaped how you can meet these changes head on.

April 19, 2021 - April 23, 2021
Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week is a time to recognize, appreciate and advocate for those who work with young people during out-of-school hours. The week is marked by celebrations and public relations efforts encouraging appreciation and support for all the afterschool professionals who make a profound difference in the lives of young people.

April 27, 2021 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST
This is the third in a three-part series of webinars presented by the National Girls Collaborative. Exposure to diverse STEM role models can broaden girls’ perceptions of STEM careers and dispel stereotypes about who does STEM. Presenters will provide an overview of STEM role models, benefits of incorporating role models into STEM programs for girls, and resources and strategies for identifying and engaging role models. In preparation for the webinar, participants are encouraged to think about how they currently use (or do not use) role models in their network or program, and identify challenges to incorporating STEM role models.
Register Today!
Mark your calendars! The date has been set for the 10th annual Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning, Indiana's premiere conference for out-of-school time providers. The Summit brings together youth programs, schools, and community partners to connect, explore new ideas, access valuable resources, and transform learning beyond the school day for Indiana’s youth. Last chance to register!
Funding Opportunities
The state of Indiana recently rolled out its Essential to Recovery plan, which outlines how it will use COVID-19 relief funding to enable programs like yours to regain sustainability, deliver support to families, and build industry strength for the future. IAN has served as a partner in the development of the state's plan and will take a lead role in supporting the rollout of specific initiatives. Click the link above to watch the webinar. Text UPDATES to 465437 to stay up to date on plan progress.

Deadline: August 1, 2021
The 21st Century Community Learning Center Program is a federally-funded program (Title IV, part B) awarded to local education agencies, as well as public and private organizations, to provide youth a safe environment during non-school hours. This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment and life skills opportunities during non-school hours for youth, particularly youth who attend high-proverty and low-performing schools. The program helps youth meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects; offers youth a broad array of enrichment activities that help their social, emotional, and behavioral development; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating youth.