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Learn How Partnerships Can Strengthen Communities at National Conference

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Dare to Disrupt!Partnerships are critical to the success of afterschool and summer programs, whether it’s with a school, community organization, funder, or policymaker. Despite the need for and benefit of partnerships, navigating the process of identifying and deepening partnerships can be challenging, especially with the demands we may face in our day to day roles working with youth.

Bringing diverse groups of stakeholders together may seem like a daunting task. How do you do it?

These five sessions at the National Conference on Afterschool and Summer Learning, coming to Seattle October 24-26, will share the real stories of communities that have come together in support of summer and afterschool. Register today so you won’t miss them!

Incorporating Youth Development into School District Summer Programs

Tuesday, 1:00 PM

Holy Chea, Program Officer, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Tacoma, WA
Christine Brandt, Principal, Jason Lee Middle School, Tacoma, WA
Fahren Johnson, Youth Programs Director, YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties, Tacoma, WA
James Lovell, Program Quality Director, School’s Out Washington, Seattle, WA
John Hughes, Summer Program Coordinator, Seattle Public Schools, Seattle, WA

Abstract: In this session, hear how school districts, and youth development providers partnered to train certificated teachers and provider staff together on implementing youth development principles in summer programs. While youth development professionals are often trained to incorporate academic components, this model builds common language and youth engagement practices to strengthen both academic and enrichment elements during summer. Lessons from the Summer Learning Program Quality Initiative will also be shared.

Federal Opportunities for Summer Learning

Tuesday, 10:00 AM

Rachel Gwaltney, Director of Policy and Partnerships, National Summer Learning Association, Baltimore, MD

Abstract: Come learn all of the opportunities for summer learning in the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and what summer learning advocates need to know as states and districts are planning for ESSA implementation. We will also share examples and resources for funding summer learning through other federal programs.

Summer Learning as a Citywide Priority: Boston’s Story of Scale

Tuesday, 1:00 PM

Chris Smith, Executive Director and President, Boston After School & Beyond, Boston, MA
Donna Muncey, Deputy Superintendent of Strategy, Boston Public Schools, Boston, MA
Rahn Dorsey, Chief of Education, Mayor’s Office, City of Boston, Boston, MA

Abstract: What happens when the Mayor, Superintendent, and intermediary join forces to make summer learning a citywide priority? This panel will describe why Boston set a Mayoral goal for summer learning — and how the community exceeded the goal a year ahead of schedule. Lessons will focus on how to make measurable progress and secure broad stakeholder engagement.

Breach the Silos: Impact Built on Common Ground

Wednesday, 12:00 PM

Erin Offord, Senior Director of Programs, Big Thought, Dallas, TX
Gigi Antoni, President & CEO, Big Thought, Dallas, TX

Abstract: Aligning cross-sector partners around a big idea is a key element to scale and sustainability. Big Thought leaders will use case studies from Dallas, work in collective impact to highlight successes, “hiccups”, and in-progress efforts to disrupt systemic barriers to student success.

Rural Communities Rock!

Wednesday, 12:00 PM

Bob McNeil, Leadership Development Coach, Coaching Leaders, Spokane, WA
Christy Rather, Manager of Technical Assistance, National Summer Learning Association, Baltimore, MD

Abstract: Rural communities know what it takes to run high quality programs with little resources and without access to big city solutions. So how do they sustain their energy and resources? Connections & Relationships! Join this session for rich conversations, networking and sharing of how to move through challenges like transportation, changing demographics and messaging to families- the importance of your program.


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