Indiana Statewide Newsletter
December 17, 2019
News & Policy
Afterschool Can Play a Role in the 2020 Census
The U.S. census does more than just count us. Its impacts are far-reaching, shaping decisions about the services, businesses, and utilities that everyone relies on – including afterschool programs.

According to the George Washington University Institute of Public Policy, the allocation of more than $900 billion in federal funding will be determined by the results of the 2020 census. Because of the impact the census will have on afterschool programs and the unique role afterschool plays in our communities, program providers can and should play a role to ensure the 2020 census is safe, fair, and accurate.

To discuss how afterschool can play a positive role in the 2020 census, the Afterschool Alliance hosted a webinar on the topic. Click below to learn more about the census, how it works, and to watch the full webinar on how you can help have a positive impact on the process.
Investments in Quality STEM Learning Will Continue in 2020

The Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with the STEM Education Coalition, is heading into the fourth year of a STEM policy project to support the Statewide Afterschool Networks. 18 state networks - including Indiana - will receive financial support and technical assistance over the coming year as they look to build new partnerships and work towards advancing afterschool STEM interests in their state legislatures.

Help Your Program Become "Fiscally Fit" at This Year's Calendar End

The Indiana STEM Ecosystem is a collaborative and diverse group of over 450 statewide members who believe in the importance of building the STEM education pipeline across sectors within the state of Indiana. Their mission is to develop, support, and “stand up” regional STEM ecosystems across the state. Click below to visit their new website and to learn more about how you can get involved.

Quality Corner
A New Module in the Indiana Academy On Out-of-School Learning: How to Address Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Your OST Program
Click below to view the newest course in The Indiana Academy For Out-of-School Learning: How to Address Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Your OST Program. Visit the website to learn more about The Academy - an online professional development system designed specifically for out-of-school time professionals.

By the end of this particular session, you’ll be able to:

  • Define equity, diversity, and inclusion in the context of out-of-school time
  • Identify the 3 spheres on change necessary to meaningfully address these topics
  • Gain strategies for deepening your efforts for addressing these topics in your program
Professional Development, Conferences, and More
Indiana STEM Education Conference 2020
January 15, 2020 | Purdue University | Lafayette, IN
Registration for the 5th annual Indiana STEM Education Conference is now open! The goal of the Indiana STEM Education Conference is to support K-12 STEM learning opportunities by sharing effective practices on teaching and learning. The conference will have new features to address the needs of K-12 teachers and schools, such as an afternoon workshop to help teachers earn career and economic PGP hours, and a lunchtime speaker from the Indiana Department of Education. Learn more here.

Indiana Pacers STEM Fest 2020
February 1, 2020 | Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Bring your family to the 3rd Annual Indiana Pacers STEM Fest presented by The Lilly Foundation and help spark your kids’ curiosity about science, technology, engineering, and math. Then, get ready for an exciting night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse as the Indiana Pacers host the New York Knicks. During STEM Fest, you and your family will have fun discovering STEM through hands-on activities with local Indiana corporations, universities and non-profit organizations. Get a glimpse into how the Indiana Pacers use STEM in SPORTS. Register today!

Educator Preview Nights at the Indiana State Museum
February 4, 2019 | Indianapolis, IN
The Indiana State Museum is offering a chance to preview one of their newest exhibits - "Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis" - before your field trip. The exhibit is geared for students in grades 5-12 and adults. There will be an educator guide and additional resources available to best assist teachers, students and chaperones before, during and after the field trip. Museum staff and partners will be available to ask questions during the preview. Space is limited and reservations are required by calling Visitor Services at (317) 23-1637. Learn more about the exhibit.
Upcoming Regional Learning Network Meetings
Marion County Out-of-School Time (OST)
December 17 @ 12 PM EST
WFYI Community Room
1630 N Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Gary CAN
January 22, 2019 11:00am CST
City Life Center
225 W 5th Ave. Gary, IN 46402
Contact Gary CAN at
Mark Your Calendars
2020 NAA Annual Convention
March 15 - 19, 2020 | Washington DC
Join the 2,300 members of the National Afterschool Association (NAA) 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. Learn more here.
2020 Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning
April 14 - 15, 2020 | Indiana Convention Center
Adventure is more than just hiking a new trail – it’s breaking the chain of routine and opening yourself up to new ideas. Adventure is challenging what’s possible for yourself, your program, and your kids. In Spring of 2020, the Indiana Afterschool Network will help you push your boundaries outward and learn how we can work together to dream, explore, and discover. Learn more here.
Funding Opportunities
2019 Learn More Indiana Student Contest & School Grant
Deadline: December 31, 2019
Each year, the Commission for Higher Education sponsors contest and grant opportunities for students and educators. One student in each grade across the state will be chosen from the entries to win $529 in an Indiana CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan and schools can win $1,000 college-readiness grants by sharing their efforts to increase students’ financial preparation. More info here.

Aim High – New York Life Foundation Grant
Deadline: January 24, 2020
The New York Life Foundation is seeking applicants for its Aim High local grant program to support afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs serving middle schoolers. A total of 26 grant awards will be made nationwide, in 3 categories of up to $100,000. Read the  full application and eligibility requirements ,  and join our  webinar  on December 5 at 2 p.m. ET to learn more about this opportunity. The RFP homepage can be accessed  here.

Student Teaching Stipend Opportunities
Deadline: January 31, 2020
Two stipend opportunities for future teachers known as the Earline S. Rogers Teaching Stipend for Minorities and the Student Teaching Stipend for High-Need Fields are open through January. The Earline S. Rogers Student Teaching Stipend for Minorities is available to minority students (defined as Black and Hispanic individuals) who will participate in student teaching or a school administration internship as part of their degree requirements. The Student Teaching Stipend for High-Need Fields is available to students planning to teach in special education, math, or science at the middle or high school level. Eligible students can receive up to $4,000 per stipend, or $8,000 if awarded both. More info here.