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"Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another." John C. Maxwell
Issue No. 45 September 2014
Welcome Back-to-School BOOSTers,
What an exciting time of year! We know that setting the tone and expectations from day one is important especially after school when you have dozens, sometimes hundreds of students, during whole group or small group activities. Some of the questions we like to pose to after school leaders in our trainings are below and we hope they can be helpful to you as you move forward with your team to establish guidelines and expectations.
What are your expectations during group work to ensure students are on task?
What incentives/reinforcements are in place for group as a whole?
How do you establish what the acceptable noise level is?
How do you communicate with classroom teachers? Parents?
What is the practice for the students finishing homework early?
Wishing you a year of success and impact- may it include lots of positivity, fun and laughter! Don’t forget Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!
Thank you for all that you do to support the children, youth, families, and communities that you serve.
Together we make a difference.
Tia Quinn, CEO
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Last year, 15 million students tried computer science in one week! We want your help to make the Hour of Code to be even bigger this December, and reach 100 million students worldwide.
Computer science is a foundation for every student today Technology is everywhere. Yet 90% of schools don’t even teach students to create it. The Hour of Code is a start for all ages. No experience needed.
What’s an Hour of Code?
It’s an introduction to computer science designed to show that anyone can learn the basics. Code.org provides hour-long tutorials featuring Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Angry Birds, and Plants vs. Zombies -- for your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Get started at: www.hourofcode.com
Laura Kline, Digital Prophet Code.org
Program Highlight: Cheers for Children
The President of First Star, academic and Hollywood producer Peter Samuelson, co-founded the charity with Washington lawyer and lifelong child advocate Sherry Quirk. First Star believes that every child deserves their chance of attaining the American Dream. As Peter says, “We are privileged to work for all our children in First Star, children whose needs are the quintessence of all that we prize and seek to nurture. Because kids are our only future. They are our aspiration, and our motivation to improve our civilization. They represent hope itself. We cannot fail them.”
The First Star Academies are a national academic and enrichment program for high-school aged foster youth. Each Academy is operated and managed independently by a leading 4-year university, on its campus. The program, initiated at UCLA in the summer of 2011, has seen tremendous success and has expanded nationwide to include over 150
students total at the University of Rhode Island, University of Connecticut and the George Washington University in D.C. First Star continues to expand to other universities and consult with national experts to create a well-planned program that will
mold the necessary professional guidance that these foster youth deserve.
Looking for ideas for a staff training this summer?Click here to see our training topics. We would love an opportunity to work with your team.
If you are interested in a training or BOOST Boot Camp, please contact Tia Quinn at email@example.com.
"One thing I will always remember about my after school program are my teachers and fun activities."
Lanie, Age 8
Options Enrichment Program
Covina, CA Every year we ask students from around the country to answer questions to better understand youth perspective and remind us of the importance of our work. Learn more about how to contribute student quotes here.
All student quotes will be featured at the 2015 BOOST Conference in Palm Springs, CA.
How to Design and Run Great Program Activities Guidebook
This guidebook from TASC (The After-School Corporation) contains information, ideas and resources that can help you design a science program that matches your kids' needs and interests and fits within your program.
The Power of Positive Connections Toolkit
This toolkit from Attendance Works demonstrates using absenteeism records to connect at-risk students to positive support and motivation to show up to class every day.
Staff Highlight: Rob Travaglini
Senior Director, School and District Support,
National Center on Time & Learning
Rob Travaglini leads the work of the National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL) in Connecticut, dedicated to expanding learning time to improve student achievement and enable a well-rounded education. Through research, public policy and technical assistance, as a Senior Director he supports state and local initiatives that add significantly more school time for academic and enrichment opportunities to help children meet the demands of the 21st century.
Today the achievement gap between high-poverty and non-poverty students is more than twice as large as the gap between black and white students. Connecticut remains a state that, while boasting the highest per capita income in the nation statewide with 15 percent of its children living in poverty, continues to have disproportionate income and opportunity gaps in its cities. The consequences for Connecticut’s urban children are severe.
The Connecticut State Department of Education has been a leader in leveraging new flexibilities in federal funding streams with state and local sources to finance the additional time. Thanks to Rob’s efforts, schools are utilizing innovative approaches to staffing their expanded days through such strategies as staggering teachers schedules and creating robust partnerships with locally-based community organizations that are integrated throughout the school day.
Today through his work, Rob has helped many students get the high-quality education they deserve through expanded learning time and continues to push efforts to broaden and deepen work with schools, districts, and state partners in Connecticut to dramatically increase the number of students benefitting from high-quality expanded learning time.
Communications, Digital Media Associate
National Center on Time & Learning
Do you have a staff member or colleague that goes above and beyond every day? Let us know about them! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Going somewhere exotic or unusual? Take a picture in your BOOST Gear and email it to email@example.com or tag #PlanetBOOST on Instagram and you could see yourself here!
The Chisomo Idea is an organization that provides mentorship and afterschool programs to youth in the village of Chinsapo. In the country of Malawi, some of the schools have a teacher-student ratio of 1 to 200. As you can imagine, many students need additional help to pass their exams and continue moving forward in school.
The Chisomo Idea Team is made up of VOLUNTEER young adults passionate about making a difference in the lives of students through soccer and a Saturday street school.
Apply for this grant to hold your own Teens Teaching Tech program in your community. "Teens Teaching Tech" is a workshop series designed to provide older adults with one-on-one support with their modern devices from teens in the community to foster and cultivate intergenerational relationships.
Do you have an idea for a school/community native plant garden, a forest improvement project, a streamside restoration plan, a recycling program, or energy conservation project for your students? Need funds to implement it? Apply for a Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! grant.
The organizations are calling on schools and youth groups to submit chronicles of their garden projects in a race to win a $500 prize. The award is designed to support the continued sustainability of an exceptional youth garden program that has demonstrated success, and has impacted the lives of kids and their community.
For educators who need assistance to further their program goals, the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education has grants available for up to $1,000 to be awarded in 2014 with the grant monies to be used in 2015 programs.
The Charlotte Martin Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to enriching the lives of youth in the areas of athletics, culture, and education and also to preserving and protecting wildlife and habitat. Our two areas of focus – youth and wildlife – were established by our founder, Charlotte Yeoman Martin, during her lifetime, and continue today as a legacy to her generosity.
Currently, there is little consensus on how to objectively measure imagination. To achieve its mission, the Imagination Institute is holding a grants competition and a series of events to lay the foundation for the long-term development of an "Imagination Quotient" and how to build imagination.
Congratulations to Tiffany Bryan, a staffing coordinator at FasTemps Employment from Michigan, for winning our Back-to-School Giveaway by participating in our #BOOSTChat on Twitter.
We discussed getting parents involved to boost student success. Here is the transcript of the Twitter Chat.
Want a back-to-school makeover? Snap a selfie and tag @boostcollaborative on Instagram for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Sephora. #BOOSTSelfie
BOOST Book Giveaway
For the month of September, we will be giving away one book a week in honor of National Literacy Month. All you have to do is enter here. Prizes include books from our past #BOOSTConference keynote speakers.
2014 BOOST Conference Photos
Photos from the 2014 BOOST Conference are now on the BOOST Collaborative Facebook Page. Tag your friends and yourself and relive the great memories made in the beautiful and sunny Palm Springs, CA.
BOOST Vendor Fair
The BOOST Vendor Fair provides out-of-school time professionals access to a wide variety of products and services to enhance their programs. Browse through the Vendor Fair to learn more about the latest products and services for out-of-school time. It is absolutely FREE to use!
The BOOSTSpeakers Cornerprovides out-of-school time professionals access to a wide variety of speakers, consultants, coaches, and trainer that can help you enhance your programs. Browse through the Speakers Corner to learn more about services that can take your program to the next level.
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