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Upcoming Conferences and Other Opportunities
Regional Professional Development Opportunities
Creating Connected Learning Opportunities to Improve Student Writing and Literacy Skills
November 14 - Webinar
Investigate the promise in out-of-school time of "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. Use coupon code LEAD13 to receive a 15% discount.
Call for Presenters 26th Annual At-Risk Youth National FORUM: Providing Hope and Support in the Classroom and Beyond - The 26th Annual At-Risk Youth National FORUM (February 16-19, 2014) is inviting innovative, skilled presenters who have excellent ideas, proven programs, and research to share in the areas of (1) science, technology, engineering, arts, and math; (2) juvenile justice and law enforcement; (3) educational alternatives; (4) connections and engagement; (5) interacting with specific populations; and (6) leadership, policy and governance. Deadline: November 29, 2013. More information at http://www.dropoutprevention.org/conferences/2014-forum/submissions.
The US Department of Education is accepting applications for Winter-Spring 2014 Internships through November 15. This internship provides an opportunity to learn first-hand about federal education policy while developing a variety of other skills, including writing, researching, communication and time-management skills, but interns also participate in group intern events, such as brownbag lunches with ED officials, movie nights and local tours. More information at http://www2.ed.gov/students/prep/job/intern/index.html
Because Kids Count Conference
December 3-4, 2013 - Indianapolis, Indiana
The largest gathering of youth workers and educators in the Midwest that is packed with educational workshops, nationally recognized speakers, a resource trade show and amazing networking opportunities.
Building a Performance Management Culture
December 3-4, 2013 Washington DC
How can one lead an agency, and the communities it serves, through the major, transformational changes it will take to increase quality, reduce cost and build a more effective, comprehensive network of services? Learn from experts in the field how executives, practitioners and funders are advancing outcomes measurement and performance management, and what executive and board leadership can do in organizations and communities.
The New IQ?: Understanding and Teaching Executive Function Skills In and Out of the Classroom
December 6, 2013 - Baltimore, Maryland
Teaching young minds to think—clearly and efficiently—is a universal goal of parents and teachers alike. Thinking skills such as planning, goal setting, organizing, prioritizing, self-monitoring, accessing working memory, inhibitory (impulse) control and sustaining focused attention are critical to academic, vocational and relationship success at every age. Most important, the development of these skills allows youth to mature into independent, healthy and functional adults.
Starbucks Foundation Youth Leadership Grants
Deadline: December 15, 2013
The Starbucks Foundation believes in developing young people to become extraordinary leaders, by investing in the leadership skills required for the changing global economy. The Foundation is interested in supporting organizations that equip young people ages 15 to 24 years old in the three following areas: 1) Business Savvy – having the ability to leverage opportunities with integrity and innovation; to make good decisions and achieve results; 2) Social Conscience – valuing the impact an individual and enterprise can have on the community; and 3) Collaborative Communication – engaging others in an inclusive manner across teams, functions and cultures; ability to leverage new and creative ways of communication.
National Mentoring Summit
January 30-31, 2014 - Arlington VA
The Summit brings together more than 700 youth mentoring organizations, as well as government, civic, research and corporate leaders and will feature effective and innovative practices, discuss new research, focus on professional development, and create a shared agenda to drive systemic change that integrates mentoring as a strategy to support young people.
Beyond School Hours National Conference
February 12-15, 2014 - Atlanta Georgia
Conference provides vital professional development opportunities for educators, funders and leaders working with students of all ages, across the learning day, all across America.
Learning and the Brain Conference
February 13-15 - San Francisco, California
Cognitive and social neuroscience research has found that social-emotional skills such as self-awareness, self-regulation and resilience are more important than IQ for academic and later life success. Yet many students today lack these necessary skills. This conference will help participants to discover strategies for boosting self-awareness, self-control, relationships and resilience so students can succeed in a standards-based, distracted, disconnected, digital age.
Voices for Ohio’s Children is holding regional children’s policy forums to provide important updates on state and federal issues that impact children and explore the impact in communities across the state. Participation is free but registration is required. Dates, location and registration available online.
- America’s Promise Alliance – nation’s largest partnership dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth.
- Appolicious – The education section of Appolicious is a listing of thousands of educational applications(free or low cost) with descriptions and reviews. It’s a great place to go if you’re looking for something new, or just to check something out before you buy it.
- Child Trends – nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that studies children at all stages of development.
- Children’s Defense Fund – non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for nearly 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children.
- Corporation for National and Community Service – federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve.
- National Institute of Out-of-School Time – has moved the afterschool field forward through its research, education and training, consultation, and field-building for nearly 30 years.
- Ohio Afterschool Network – supports children, youth, families, and communities by advocating and building capacity with a unified voice for sustainable investments in safe, healthy, and nurturing afterschool experiences.
- Out-of-School Time Resource Center – at the University of Pennsylvania: promotes youth achievement by supporting staff and enriching programs.
- PerformWell – is a collaborative effort initiated by Urban Institute, Child Trends, and Social Solutions. By providing information and tools to measure program quality and outcomes, PerformWell helps human services practitioners deliver more effective social programs.
- Planning for Life After High School – According to the landmark study ‘High Hopes, Long Odds,’ many students and families do not have the information and guidance they need to pursue their postsecondary goals and dreams. And yet, attaining additional education after high school is essential in the 21st century economy. Learn how best to help students attain the education and training they need to pursue their dreams in IYI’s latest Issue Brief, Planning for Life After High School.
- Program in Education, Afterschool & Resiliency – is dedicated to making meaningful theoretical and practical contributions to youth development, school reform and prevention.
- Step It Up 2 Thrive – provides you with instructions and resources to help youth envision and work towards their full potential.
- The Forum for Youth Investment – nonprofit, nonpartisan “action tank” dedicated to helping communities and the nation make sure all young people are Ready by 21®: ready for college, work and life.
- United Way Out-of-School Time Toolkit – This toolkit is a resource to United Ways and their community partners who seek to deepen their out-of-school time efforts so that more young people have access to quality programs.
- University of Minnesota Youth Work Institute – help to create positive, out-of-school time, non-formal learning opportunities for young people throughout Minnesota through research, training, and delivering youth programs.
Articles of Note by Subject:
- Active Hours Afterschool: Childhood Obesity Prevention and Afterschool Programs (2006)
- Afterschool and Healthy Youth (2004)
- Early Childhood Policy Focus: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (2011)
- What Works for the Prevention and Treatment of Obesity Among Children: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions (2010)
- Afterschool and Service-Learning (2004)
- Designing a service-learning program in ten steps
- Harnessing the Trojan Horse: Future Directions in Service Learning
- Outlining steps for planning, implementing, and assessing a service-learning project
- Youth Voice: A Guide for Engaging Youth in Leadership and Decision-Making in Service-Learning Programs