November 2013 BRIDGES
As the weather gets colder and activities move indoors, we at RIASPA have been “collecting” indoor activities, including new media that might inspire students in your afterschool programs.
The movie Gravity and the upcoming television series Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, have us thinking about space, and our place in the universe. RIASPA Executive Director Adam Greenman recently spoke with Nancy Leon of the NASA Space Place Program, who shared two websites for elementary-aged students: NASA’s Space Place, which focuses on space and Earth sciences and technologies; and NASA’s Climate Kids, which explains climate science with multimedia, games, humor, and crystal-clear language. These websites are full of hands-on, interdisciplinary activities that will engage students in learning about biology, astronomy, and other sciences.
Avid readers, the RIASPA team devoured the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, and were delighted when The Hunger Games the movie was a thrillingly successful adaptation of the first book. After the release of the film, the New York Times featured Ideas and Resources for Teaching the Hunger Games on their learning blog. It has some discussion questions that could spark fascinating conversations with middle and high school students who are excited about the release of the film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire later this month.
AROUND THE STATE NEWS/RESOURCES
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As a 2013-2014 White-Riley-Peterson Fellow, RIASPA’s own Joseph Morra has embarked on a ten-month learning experience offered by the Riley Institute at Furman University in partnership with the Charles S. Mott Foundation. Grounded in discussion of actual case studies and led by policy-change makers, the Fellowship equips graduates with an understanding of policy making around afterschool and expanded learning time. Learn more about the fellowship in this article, which includes perspectives from last year’s inaugural fellows, including our colleague and friend Ken Anthony of the Connecticut Afterschool Network.
RIASPA’s 11th Annual Lights On Afterschool! Breakfast of Champions a Great Success!
More than 300 Rhode Island educators, supporters, and officials gathered at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet on Wednesday, October 16, to praise the merits of afterschool and summer learning at the Lights On Afterschool! Breakfast of Champions, the state’s signature event for illuminating high-quality, out-of-school time learning. Four national and local speakers—Martin J. Blank, Gara Field, Adeola Oredola, and Julian Santiago—offered their collective personal experiences as well as research and data to demonstrate how afterschool and summer learning programs expand students’ minds and opportunities. If you attended the event and have any stories or photos to share, please send them to Joseph Morra.
RIASPA has planning grants available for school districts interested in participating in its high school credit work. Typical planning teams include but are not limited to superintendents, principals, teachers, community partners, parents/guardians, and students, all of whom work together to create an implementation plan for the pilot ELO. Each planning team will receive professional development opportunities, technical assistance, and access to a network of statewide planning teams. For more information, please contact Michelle Un.
Thursday, November 14, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Investigate the promise of out-of-school time “Connected Learning” writing activities and projects, which mine the learning potential of social and digital media domains for increasing student engagement. Get tips and resources for making your program a Connected Learning space.
Tuesday, November 19, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
A growing number of cities are making use of coordinated afterschool systems to support and increase access to high-quality programs. This webinar, hosted by the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems, in partnership with The Wallace Foundation and National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families, will discuss how cities adopt key components of coordination, and how the commitment of a mayor or major funder affects the quality of coordinated work.
RIASPA Membership Meeting
Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 9:00 – 11:30 AM
If you are receiving BRIDGES, you are a RIASPA member! Please join us for a morning of networking, discussion, and a unique opportunity to share your experiences with colleagues in your field from all over Rhode Island. Please RSVP for the meeting using this link!
Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Sponsored by RIASPA, the Providence Afterschool Alliance, RI College, and RIDE’s 21st CCLC Initiative, this semi-annual, high-quality event will feature workshop topics beneficial to afterschool professionals and other individuals working with youth. The registration brochure will be released in early December.
This report from the FrameWorks Institute is an explanatory metaphor that helps explain concepts of skills and learning. It specifically focuses on the skills students need to succeed in a 21st century economy, how these skills are learned, and how cognitive and emotional learning skills are related.
Grade-Level Reading is one of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras’ greatest goals for Rhode Island’s capital city, and a focus of his work with mayors across the country to reduce summer learning loss among US students. This report from Foundations Inc. lays out a framework for school and district leaders to help students read on grade-level by the end of third grade and stay on track through graduation. The framework discusses the role of different stakeholders – parents, teachers (both in- and out-of school time), school boards, community members, and policymakers at all levels – in helping students learn to read.
GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS
Loraine Tisdale Environmental Education Awards
DEADLINE: November 20, 2013
The Environment Council of Rhode Island Education Fund each year gives out $250.00 grants to Rhode Island schools and school-based afterschool programs for hands-on environmental projects by students that benefit the local environment.
DEADLINE: December 2, 2013
The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries is offering grants to school libraries where 80% or more of the students qualify for free or reduced lunches. The school must have a library with oversight and operation carried out by a dedicated staff person.
DEADLINE: January 15, 2014
The AAUW Community Action Grants provide funds for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equality for women and girls. Recent projects have been collaborative and girl-focused, bringing together AAUW branches and local community groups.
DEADLINE: February 1, 2014
Distributed by the US Soccer Foundation, Safe Places to Play grants give organizations the opportunity to build or enhance a field space in their community to give children a safe place to play.
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