October is Here - Time for Lights on Afterschool!
This is Afterschool in ND

The ND Afterschool Network is launching a statewide awareness campaign this October to showcase how afterschool inspires learning, keeps kids safe, and supports working parents. Watch for billboards with the image above in 18 communities across ND, as well as program highlights on local radio, television, print, and social media. This campaign is part of our Lights on Afterschool celebration! Want to be a part of the campaign in your community? When you find the billboard in your community, post a picture on facebook and tag the @North Dakota Afterschool Network!

Join the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. Organized by the Afterschool Alliance, Lights on Afterschool is a great opportunity to make sure parents, policymakers, and communities understand the impact of afterschool programs in keeping kids safe, inspiring them to learn, and giving families peace of mind. 

1. Find a checklist to Get Started

3. Register your event (big or small) to be eligible for awesome prizes, including 150 KIND Kids snacks, STEMfinity activities, event posters, and more!

We encourage you to hold a Lights on Afterschool celebration to showcase the great things happening in your community & across ND! Social media can also be a powerful tool for spreading messages about important causes. Show your support for afterschool by using the hashtag #NDAfterschool and tag @North Dakota Afterschool Network in your posts so we can see & share them!

Last year, ND held a record number of registered events- help set another record with your event- big or small!
Request for Presenters: 2020 ND Out-of-School Time Summer Conference
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Seeking Engaging Presenters for the 2020 ND Out-of-School Time Summer Conference!

July 28-29, 2020
Holiday Inn, Fargo

This annual conference brings together youth programs, schools, and community partners to connect, learn new ideas, access valuable resources, and transform learning beyond the school day in North Dakota. This 2-day learning opportunity is open to any teachers, program directors, coordinators, leaders, and staff working in before school, after school, summer and weekend programming for students PreK-12. Attracts approximately 150-175 attendees. 

Presentation Themes:
- 21st Century Community Learning Centers
- Classroom Management
- College/Career Readiness
- Family Engagement & Community Partnerships
- Indoor & Outdoor Environments
- Leadership, Administration & Staffing
- Programming & Activities
- Quality Best Practices
- Safety, Health &  Nutrition
- Social Emotional Learning
- Summer Learning
Deadline to submit proposal: December 10, 2019

Selection Process: Each presentation proposal will be reviewed by a team of peer reviewers, including the 2020 ND Out-of-School Time Conference planning committee. 

Questions or interested in being a part of the planning committee? Contact ND Afterschool Network Lead at  kristin.knorr@k12.nd.us  or 701-446-3195. 
ND Afterschool Mapping Database

The ND Afterschool Database will be launching by the end of October! Thanks to your help, we've had 92 entries from out-of-school time providers to help map afterschool across the state. 

A complete database will help families, schools, communities and elected officials locate afterschool and summer learning programs and identify assets and gaps in out-of-school time programming throughout North Dakota.  The afterschool field in North Dakota is segmented due to funding streams, gaps in policy, and lack of awareness of the immense benefits of high-quality out-of-school time programs to students & families.

We still need your help-  Register your program now

Congratulations to our iPad drawing winner, Julie Schuler of NESC- 21st Century Community Learning Center program! Out of 92 entries into the mapping database, Julie's entry was selected by random draw on October 1- Congratulations, Julie! 

We'll continue to randomly draw entries into the mapping database for fun prizes over the next few months!

Afterschool Funding
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Federal 21CCLC Updates

On September 12, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted along party lines to freeze funding of the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill at the current fiscal year 2019 level for FY 2020. In the posted bill, 21st Century Community Learning Center funding for afterschool and summer learning programs was frozen at last year's level of $1.222 billion. Read for more information.

Afterschool Grant Opportunities:
Grants are awarded for general organizational support & for specific projects, supporting funding for environment, healthy food systems, increasing outdoor activity, and building stronger communities.  Applications reviewed  three times per year; next deadline October 11, 2019. 

Grant funding provided in communities across ND in areas such as affordable childcare and before/after school programs.  Applications accepted through October 31, 2019.

The ND Afterschool Network is now a statewide partner with Girls Who Code, which offers FREE afterschool programming for girls in grades 3-5th and 6-12th, including grant funds to use on supplies, snacks, field trips, and other costs, and coding curriculum provided at no cost. Start a club now!

Eduporium is awarding $500 grants to a school or teacher that wants to increase STEM technology. Ideal candidates are educators who have demonstrated innovation and creativity within their school or afterschool community, those who have a financial need, & those who can provide a clear & concise product plan that can be implemented within six months. Application form is due on the 20th of each month. 

Public & private schools and 501c3 non-profit organizations supporting a garden at a public or private school are eligible to apply for funding to support an edible school garden (fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, etc.) to which children have regular access. Application period open 8/1/2019 to 11/1/2019 with funding notification January 2020. 

Funding available in communities served by Ottertail Power to support young minds, invest in current & future workforce, create vibrant culture & community, improve health & human services, and protect natural resources. Applications reviewed quarterly with next deadline Dec. 15. 

Grant funds from $250 to $5,000 are available to organizations located within the community of each Walmart location. 2019 grant cycle begins February 15, 2019 and  applications accepted through December 31, 2019.    

Find additional afterschool funding opportunities at Afterschool Alliance and  BOOST.
Upcoming Trainings & Events
STEM2D Flyer
Measuring SEL in 10 Minutes
October 8 | Free Webinar
Search Institute presents this free webinar from 11am-12pm CT on what schools and programs need to apply a quick and valid measure in young people's lives to help them be and become their best selves. The webinar will cover one of the social emotional measurement tools used at the Search Institute. Register here. 

ND Early Education Standards Trainings
Fall Dates Announced | Online & In person statewide
ND Early Learning Standards Birth to Kindergarten Online Training Series available starting September 15. Face to face training locations on the New Early Learning Standards Birth to Kindergarten include Minot on September 28, Williston on October 5, Bismarck on October 19, and Mayville on October 26. All are  free but registration required
Restorative Practices Training
October 21 | Bismarck
Establishing a Circle Practice in the Classroom is a simple yet carefully constructed communication process that helps foster a caring & respectful classroom culture. It is a powerful tool to build empathy, emotional literacy, self-regulation, and self-awareness skills. Applicable for programs working with elementary, middle and high school age students. Ticket Information

EdCamp North Dakota
October 17 | Fargo
This UNconference is PD all about YOU: You determine the session topics based on your needs then ask your questions, share your expertise, and learn with and from other educators like you. EdCamp ND is free but registration required as space is limited. 

Lights on Afterschool
October 24 | Nationwide
Join afterschool programs across the nation for the 20th annual Lights on Afterschool to shine a light on afterschool and the positive effects it has in communities. Find program ideas and register your Lights on Afterschool activities. For a limited time, KIND is donating 150 Simple Crunch & KIND Kids snacks to programs who register! You must complete the full registration form & supplies are limited. 

Afterschool Quality Coaching Book Study
October 16 - November 20
Online meetings each Wednesday from 1-2pm
This virtual course is your how-to toolkit for building & sustaining a coaching practice that helps supervisors in afterschool settings how to coach their staff to continually improve the quality of their program. Training time is 12 total hours (6 hours instructor-facilitated discussions and 6 hours reading & homework assignments. Participants will receive 2 publications with their $50 registration fee- Get some GUTS, Coach by Jill Jackson ($14.95 value) and How to Coach Teachers to Teach (Almost) Anything ($95 value). Registration now open

State Advocacy Institute on Youth Homelessness
October 24 | Bismarck
ND Department of Public Instruction has contracted with SchoolHouse Connection to provide the State Advocacy Institute on Youth Homelessness. Prior to the Institute, a needs assessment will be conducted in the area of youth homelessness. If your afterschool program works with youth who are homeless, please share the survey link. Youth taking the survey can receive a $10 gift certificate by contacting Patricia Julianelle, as well as stipends for youth to attend the Institute. 

Trauma Sensitive Schools Training of Trainers
October 29-30 | Hazelton
This curriculum is a composition of five modules related to trauma; how trauma manifests in the classroom; the neurobiology of trauma & resilience; effective strategies to assist students experiencing the effects of trauma; understanding secondary effects of trauma; and creating a trauma-informed school culture. Find application here

SEEDS of Relationship-Based Infant-Toddler Caregiving
December 9, 10, 11 | Fargo
Have Striving Readers funding and need a solution for your Birth - Age 3 demographic? This is for you! SEEDS of Learning is a set of Early Childhood Professional Development frameworks using a train-the-trainer model and coaching support that caregivers need to create supportive, caring, and productive interactions with children. Find more information. 

Find additional PD opportunities through the ND Regional Education Association and National Afterschool Association .
Kristin Knorr
ND Afterschool Network Lead