Best Foot Forward Conference Reminder
Thank you for your interest in attending Best Foot Forward, OAN’s 2021 Statewide Conference! We are reaching out to let you know that you have not purchased your virtual event ticket and are not fully registered. While you have built a profile, without purchasing a ticket you will not be able to access the conference sessions and website features once the event starts. To purchase your Best Foot Forward 2021 ticket, sign in to the profile you created at https://www.bff2021.org/. At the top of the webpage, click on the Virtual Ticket tab and select Get Virtual Ticket. After you purchase your virtual event ticket, you will receive a confirmation email containing a copy of your virtual ticket. Again, without this general admission, you will not be able to access the conference sessions or website features once the event starts.
If you are having any technical difficulties registering for the event, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking forward to seeing you at the virtual conference!
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Call for Presenters: Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC 2021 Summer Symposium
The U.S. Department of Education (the Department) is seeking proposals for workshop sessions at the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Grant Program 2021 Summer Symposium, which will be held virtually on July 20-22, 2021.
Out-of-school time practitioners, researchers, program directors, evaluators, 21st CCLC state coordinators, afterschool network representatives and others are invited to submit abstracts for consideration. During the three-day event, approximately 90 breakout sessions that align with this year’s discussion strands will be convened in 75-minute blocks. Elements of proposed workshops should address the following guidelines:
- Design content for delivery in a 75-minute block of time.
- Use interactive strategies and follow adult learning best practices to disseminate information.
- Include activities that invite audience participation (e.g., polls, chat box use).
- Provide practical information that participants may use to improve or enhance their programs (e.g., concrete examples, samples, and/or interventions that can be implemented immediately).
- Target one or more of the following audience role groups: project directors, site coordinators, program evaluators, local school system officials, state education agency coordinators, program finance staff, community partners, program staff and school-day leaders.
- Offer information that will help 21st CCLC programs support students who attend schools that are implementing comprehensive support and improvement activities or targeted support and improvement activities or other schools determined to be in need of intervention and support to improve student academic achievement and other outcomes; address students who may be at risk for academic failure, dropping out of school, involvement in criminal or delinquent activities, or who lack strong positive role models; and the families of said students.
If you want to present at the 2021 Summer Symposium, please go to http://21stcclc.leedmci.com/CFP to review the Call for Presentations. All submissions will be evaluated by a panel of outside experts and Department staff for relevance and content. At a minimum, proposals should demonstrate a clear connection to one of the 2021 Summer Symposium’s five topical strands and describe new information, strategies or promising practices that will be provided to workshop attendees. Proposals will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 7, 2021.
Ohio 21st CCLC releases External Community Partnership Listing
The Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Improvement and Innovation is pleased to announce the release of its 1st External Community Partnership Listing, for the development of potential partnerships with current and future 21st CCLC programs.
For the official announcement and the full listing, please visit the Department’s 21st CCLC webpage.
Engage Families with S.O.U.L: Practical Strategies for pandemic times, and ever after
As of December 2020, nearly 70% of Ohio’s children are learning in remote or hybrid settings, which continues to test our systems of support for staff, students and families. Schools, districts and after-school learning programs have made great strides in how, when, where and why they engage families as learning partners, but it continues to be a significant challenge to meet families where they are and build intentional relationships to support them in this ‘new normal’. EnvisionEdPlus, in collaboration with the Ohio Afterschool Network, Ohio’s Statewide Family Engagement Center and Carefree Education Service Group are offering a FREE Family engagement workshop Growing with S.O.U.L: offering education and youth/family serving leaders, like afterschool program coordinators, practical and practicable tools to intentionally build connections and strength based relationships which engage families as learning partners.
S.O.U.L. represents four core components essential to solidify connections: a Sense of Belonging; Ownership in Learning; Understanding and Valuing Families; and Legacy and long term impact of families as learning partners.
S.O.U.L. Growing with SOUL: Wednesday, March, 2021 (choose: 10am -11am OR 4pm – 5pm)
1 hour, live virtual and use the ZOOM platform. Register HERE (No prerequisite!)
2021 Summer Symposium to be offered July 20-22, 2021
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education is pleased to announce the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Program 2021 Summer Symposium. This conference, hosted by the Office of School Support and Accountability, will convene virtually July 20-22, 2021.
The virtual Summer Symposium is a three-day event focused on providing state education agencies and their grantees with relevant plenary sessions and workshops on successful strategies in implementing and managing all components of a program.
Additional information about Summer Symposium details, including registration materials, will be available in early spring. Be sure to save the date!
Funding Available for Global Youth Service Day Volunteer Projects
ServeOhio – along with partners American Electric Power Foundation and AmeriCorps – announce the availability of grants to support youth-focused community service projects organized for Global Youth Service Day on April 23 – 25, 2021. Grant awards will range between $500 to $2,000.
How can the funding be used?
The grants support projects that create or improve community assets or infrastructure such as parks, schools, senior centers, community gardens or low-income homes through youth volunteer engagement. Funds may be used for supplies, materials and volunteer support.
Who is eligible to apply?
Non-profit and public organizations in Ohio including, but not limited to, volunteer centers, school districts, community colleges, universities, and local governments are eligible to apply.
Ready to apply?
For the application and instructions, visit the ServeOhio website. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 5:00 PM. We look forward to receiving your application.
Need Project Ideas?
Get project ideas, recruit volunteers, and browse other projects at gysd.org.
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