New Name and Website
The San Francisco Afterschool for All effort is excited to announce it has changed its name to the Expanded Learning Collaborative: Making the Most of K-12 Out of School Time Learning. This new name is reflective of the enhanced scope the Afterschool for All effort has tackled over the last few years. While this effort originally focused primarily on the afterschool needs of elementary and middle school youth citywide, now the effort also includes out of school time options for high school age youth and summer programming. The city, school district, parent and youth representatives, and other community partners have been working together to meet two main goals for k-12 youth, which are: increasing access to out of school time programs for all who want them and enhancing the quality of out of school time programs. The effort will continue to bring together stakeholders across the city to focus on the issues of increasing access to program options and enhancing program quality, and will continue to be led by DCYF and SFUSD.
Check out the new ELC website at http://sfelc.org, which offers:
- · Program quality tools that any OST program can use, include self assessments, a resource binder and more
- · Information for parents & families to understand their OST options in San Francisco
- · Networking forum for program providers to post messages, view event calendars, a job message board and information about how to get FREE technical assistance for their program. Register for this part of the website today!
Policy Council and Work Groups Seeking Members – Great Opportunities:
As the school year begins, the Expanded Learning Collaborative (ELC) is seeking leaders who are committed to out of school time issues to serve on the Policy Council and two work groups. The Policy Council is a dynamic advisory body that brings together stakeholders in San Francisco’s out of school time community to focus on systems-level policies and solutions that increase access to programs and enhance the quality of programs throughout the city. The Policy Council provides a means for joint planning, responsibility and accountability to develop and expand a comprehensive, citywide learning system. To apply for a position on the policy council please complete the application on survey monkey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ELCPolicyCouncil and submit the application by August 28, 2013.
ELC also uses work groups of volunteers to ensure a broad group of voices are represented in its efforts and to ground its efforts in practitioners, family members’ and school staffs experiences. These work groups provide input on objectives defined by the Expanded Learning Collaborative’s Policy Council. This year, the first work group is titled,” Fostering Understanding About OST Financial Sustainability Work Group” and focuses on providing input about how OST programs are funded and how those messages can be delivered. The Summer Learning Network Work Group, is set up to promote awareness of summer learning programs, foster the adoption of citywide tools among providers and funders and to provide input on citywide professional development events for summer programs. To apply for a position on a work group, please complete the application on survey monkey:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ELC13workgpapp and submit it by September 6, 2013.
To acquire more information about the policy council or work groups, please see the pdf for each group on the ELC website http://sfelc.org/seeking-policy-council-and-workgroup-members/ .
Now Offering No-Cost Technical Assistance:
The Expanded Learning Collaborative Technical Assistance Project (ELC TAP) is a new effort that will be providing the following for FREE to anyone working in afterschool or summer programs for K-12 youth in San Francisco (regardless of how your program is funded):
- Trainings: The goal of the trainings is to increase the awareness of, and ability to use, resources created by AFA (now ELC), in order to create coherence in the language and tools used when addressing program quality throughout the city. Thirteen trainings will be offered from September 2013 through April 2014. Topics to be covered include the SF Core Competencies for afterschool and summer staff, the afterschool and summer Quality Self Assessment tools (QSAs), and the afterschool and summer Resource Guide.
- Brown Bags: The goal of the Brown Bags is to increase program quality by encouraging networking and learning from peers, visiting and witnessing successful programs, and receiving support in replicating best practices. Seven brown bags will be hosted from September 2013 through April 2014.
- Coaching: The goal of the coaching is to improve program quality by providing on-site technical assistance to OST providers based on areas of need as mapped to the summer or afterschool Quality Self Assessment (QSA). This part of the project will aim to serve 121 afterschool and summer program sites between September 2013 and April 2014.
This effort aims to improve the quality of out of school time programs across San Francisco by increasing the awareness and use of common tools, encouraging peer learning and creating coherence in approaches to quality programming.
The project will consist of five principle activities. To learn more and/or to sign up, head to http://sfelc.org, and go to the “Program Providers” tab and log in or sign up.