2019 Summer Newsletter
The FASA Board of Directors and the Staff of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers are pleased to announce this year's combined conference!
Hello Afterschool Professionals!
The Staff and Board of Directors for the Florida Afterschool Alliance hope that your summer is off to a great start. We know that summer is a challenging time and we thank you for your dedication to the Youth and Families that you serve. Safety is the highest priority in all programs, and we know that you all work very hard to keep everyone safe. We wish you a safe and happy summer.
Florida Afterschool Network - FAN
National Geographic and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation are preparing to design a new educator certification program specifically for afterschool educators. By participating in this free online opportunity, you will have the opportunity to help cultivate an "explorer mindset" in the youth in your afterschool and summer programs.
National Geographic Educator Certification for Afterschool is a free professional development program that recognizes pre-K through 12 formal and informal educators committed to inspiring the next generation of explorers, conservationists, and changemakers. These educators are part of a powerful movement to make the world a better place by empowering students to be informed decision-makers equipped to solve meaningful challenges in their communities and beyond. Videos here (overview) and here (more benefits of participating).
Every day in afterschool programs -in formal and informal ways- we know that adults are helping youth with skills like observation, communications, collaboration and problem solving. Now we can offer a framework from National Geographic that puts those skills together with key attitudes that encompass the mindset of an explorer. We all want our young people to be:
- Curious and adventurous-curious about how the world works, seeking out new challenging experiences throughout their lives
- Responsible-with concern for the welfare of other people, cultural resources, and the natural world. They are respectful, considering multiple perspectives, and honoring others regardless of differences.
- Empowered to make a difference-they act on curiosity, respect, responsibility, and adventurousness, and they persist in the face of challenges.
Promoting Learning and Growth for School-Age Children During the Summer Months: Tip sheets for Providers & Parents/Caregivers
Children learn best when they have opportunities to build skills and knowledge across settings, including summer child care programs and time spent at home. Many school-age children lose up to three months of grade-level equivalency in math and reading skills over the summer months. This phenomenon is known as the summer slide. NCASE has created a set of tip sheets for summertime child care providers and for parents/caregivers to help school-age children and their families make the most of the summer months and avoid the summer slide. Summer Learning and Enrichment: Tips for School-Age Care Providers shares things providers should think about before, during, and at the end of summer to help children have a fun, healthy, and enriching summer. A companion tip sheet from NCASE, Summer Learning Fun! Tips for Parents/Caregivers gives parents and caregivers specific ideas on how to engage their children in fun, meaningful learning activities throughout the summer. Summertime child care providers can share this tip sheet with families to further support summer learning and enrichment experiences for the children they serve.
NAA Annual Convention Locations and Dates Announced!
Planning is always a safe bet. Can't wait any longer to learn more about the upcoming NAA annual convention, locations dates and hotels for 2020-2024? The wait is over! Click below to learn more:
July 8-12, 2019
This national advocacy week, led by the National Summer Learning Association(NSLA), aims to elevate improtance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer. Celebrate the power of summer learning
Programming Ideas for Summer Learning
Two National Afterschool Matters fellows, Rachel Katkar and Mike Waters, each blog about programming ideas designed to engage you in the summer learning. From gardens to zombies, these ideas are excellent examples of STEM and project-based learning.
Afterschool Matters Journal
Afterschool Matters Journal is a semi-annual peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting professionalism, scholarship, and research in the field of afterschool education. Check out the latest issue or subscribe.