21st Century Evaluation and Reporting Update for New GPRA Measures

Pennsylvania’s state evaluator reviews the new GPRA measures that go into effect July 1, 2021 and discusses changes to reporting for both 2020-21 and beyond. Included in this session is a demonstration of a reporting spreadsheet and attendance tracking tool, as well as, additional resource sharing.


Succession and Transition Planning

21st Century coordinators play a central role in the significant and positive outcomes of their afterschool programs and the youth they serve. To reach these positive outcomes, it is essential that staff and the programs they run are prepared to anticipate and plan for disruptions, challenges and changes. This includes the transition of staff, particularly at the coordinator level. To ensure that programs continue to run effectively and efficiently during coordinator transitions, plans must be in place to successfully work through these transitions and set up new coordinators for success. This working session workshop provides program professionals concrete ideas and next steps to ensure they are prepared for any future coordinator transitions.


Helping Students Manage Anxiety & Stress

These unprecedented times have challenged students to be resilient and adaptable. While we cannot eliminate the stress and trauma caused by a global pandemic, and the racial injustices and tensions, we CAN empower them with the social and emotional (SE) skills and strategies to positively manage and reduce the anxiety. The key is it starts with us as adults and how we work on our SE skills.


Fiscal Management

The Pennsylvania Department of Education reviews fiscal requirements with a focus on completing and submitting monthly expenditure reports for Pennsylvania’s Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC grantees. Presenters: Maribel Martinez, Fiscal Specialist and Alexandra Pankratz, Fiscal Technician, Pennsylvania Department of Education.


Assuring Best Results for Your Virtual Monitoring

Having a great program monitoring involves more than just having a compliant, effective 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. It involves knowledge, awareness, and confidence to prepare for that monitoring site visit.  In this session, a veteran 21st Century monitor and the state evaluator will share information about the monitoring process, how to prepare sufficient documentation in advance to allow for a productive monitoring, who needs to be involved in your monitoring, and what to expect.  The presenters will also share new information about what monitoring looks like during virtual operations and new considerations, processes, preparation strategies, and expectations.


25 Positive Responses to Negative Student Behavior

Teachers who can draw on a range of positive responses when dealing with common misbehaviors among students are more likely to keep students engaged, have fewer classroom disruptions, and produce better learning outcomes for students. A teacher’s response to negative behavior can either escalate or reduce/eliminate that behavior. Learn how responses like Grandma’s Law, Cool Down and Closing Statement can help educators focus on the positive while maintaining a level of respect and dignity for both teacher and student.


Preparing for Virtual Instruction Emergencies

COVID-19 has drastically changed our interaction with students and forced us to rethink emergency preparedness for out-of-school time programs. The emergencies we might encounter during our virtual sessions have changed, and we need to develop new safeguards in response to these changes. This interactive presentation will discuss how to create safe virtual spaces for both students and afterschool professionals. We will discuss various new emergency scenarios and review how to discern when children may be at risk during remote learning. This session will give opportunities to discuss specific steps for virtual instruction safety and provide resources to help build your program’s virtual emergency preparedness.


Finding Meaning and Balance Between Home and Hybrid Working: Self-Care and Support

As the uncertainty, duration, loss, and strain of collective grief continues, many of us find it difficult to maintain a balance between home and hybrid-working conditions. During this workshop, participants will discuss the effects of a global pandemic, unexpected loss of countless lives, civil unrest, and economic collapse on mental and physical health. Participants will learn self-care strategies and consider compassionate and empathetic responses toward ourselves and others as we navigate many difficult but necessary decisions. Opportunities will be provided to identify personal strengths so they may be applied to effectively manage stress, promote resilience, and balance home and hybrid-working.


Hosting Virtual Family Fun Nights

This webinar will provide participants with tips and tricks to help plan, market, and host interactive and fun virtual family events. Through hands-on participation in some virtual “game night” activities, the audience will walk away with four different event ideas as well as tools to encourage engagement and ways to adapt.


Get in the Game! Healthy Family Engagement

It is no secret that families have a significant impact on children’s health and success. Examine the dynamics of family engagement, strategies to model physical activity while at home, and resources for families to incorporate healthy tips into their busy lives.


Building Relationships with Youth Virtually

In person, you work hard to build positive relationships with the young people you serve. Now that programming is virtual, we’re all learning how to foster and grow connections to reduce isolation for each other. In this interactive webinar, you will learn five practical strategies to help you build positive relationships with youth online. We’ll design ways to build developmental relationships where adults and youth learn together, plan together, make decisions together, and complete actions together to achieve a common goal.


Eco-Ed Activities for a Very Popular Planet

Join Population Education as they highlight K-12 science, social studies, and math activities adapted for at home learning. Featured activities are designed to reach students through either a digital device or paper packet, and cover topics from conceptualizing large numbers, to composting and urban planning. Students will use skills like estimating, measuring time and length, analyzing data, graphing, problem solving, and more.


Resources for Finding Your Path Through Youth Education During the Time of COVID-19

Together, we’ve almost made it through the initial wave of rapid distance learning. Join Carissa Longo from the PA State Parks to discover STEM, science, and nature-based resources for virtual and modified in-person learning. This session will feature ideas, activities, videos, and more from PA State Parks and other curated sources. Summer is a great time to encourage students to investigate STEM in nature, and this session will provide distance learning ideas for 21st CCLC programs.


Overview of the Penn Museum’s Digital Resources

In response to the statewide school closures, the Penn Museum located at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia created several new virtual learning opportunities on their website called, “The Penn Museum at Home.” Education staff members from the Penn Museum will take you on a virtual tour of the Penn Museum’s website, YouTube channel, social media and more! Learn how you can access teaching aids and research tools created by our education staff. Discuss ways to use these resources to support summer camp activities and projects.


Interactive Student Journaling in Digital Spaces

Providing support for students during uncertain times can take many forms. Digital spaces give students ways to share their thoughts and feelings through a variety of media. With voice, video, narration and images, students can create interactive journals to document their experiences. In this session, Dr. Monica Burns will take you through strategies for setting expectations, creating digital spaces, and establishing a workflow for students. You’ll explore activity ideas, journal prompts, and more!


Navigating the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program’s Evaluation, Reporting and Resources

State evaluators from the Allegheny Intermediate Unit review the 21st CCLC evaluation requirements, walk through the required forms and systems (including the federal 21APR system), and provide practice strategies and resources for operationalizing the evaluation at the local level.


21st CCLC Informational Q&A 

The Pennsylvania Department of Education discusses topics such as summer plan memos, laptops, credit recovery, Cohort 7 closure, new and revised Q&A documents related to 21st CCLC, and other possible topics.


Surviving or Thriving? The Intentional Practice of Workplace Wellness

With the ever-increasing demands of the workplace, fostering our own resilience and social emotional wellness often takes a back seat. Mona Johnson will address the critical importance of prioritizing self-care practice and its inherent connection to K-12 workplace success.


Continuous Education: Aligning K-12 Afterschool Programming with the School Day

You for Youth (Y4Y) Education Specialist Andrew Francis and Lead Training Specialist David McConnell discuss the benefits and importance of continuing student education from the school day into 21st Century Community Learning Centers program experiences. Learn about six key components that support and nurture strong partnerships between the school day and out-of-school time programs, as well as Y4Y resources that can be easily implemented into afterschool sites.


Classroom Technology Tools for Remote Afterschool Programs

Learn about free and low-cost technology tools that give students access to digital learning tools. Dr. Monica Burns discusses and demonstrates mobile apps, smartphone-friendly websites, and tools children and families can access on tablets, Chromebooks and laptops. Discover high-quality resources available for children that can be recommended to families or incorporated into a structured afterschool program.


Ways to Connect with Students and Families Virtually

There are many ways to use technology to connect with students and families virtually. Dr. Monica Burns goes through strategies and technology tools to make virtual connections happen. Learn how to use your current communication channels and set up alternate channels to connect with the community. A discussion and demonstration including an overview of how to set up newsletters and simple landing pages to include information and resources for families.


Emotions Mix Tape: Building Emotional Intelligence

What exactly are emotions? Learn how to define emotions in terms of mind and body (recognizing emotions), build emotion vocabulary (labeling emotions), and define important aspects of emotional intelligence. Dr. Lori Nathanson explains how youth development professionals apply emotional intelligence in everything they do – from supporting youth in managing their feelings, to interacting with parents, to managing staff. Because music is important to young people and listening to music activates large areas of the brain associated with a wide range of emotions, you will build a better understanding of emotions through music.


Cohort 7, 8, 9 and 10 Grantees – Expenditure Reports

Craig Scott, Student Services Supervisor and Alex Pankratz, Fiscal Technician will present a webinar on 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) expenditure reports.  This webinar is intended for business office personnel and program directors of Pennsylvania’s 21st CCLC. The focus will be on completing and submitting monthly expenditure reports.


Cohort 10 Orientation Webinars

Mandatory statewide 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Cohort 10 Orientation webinars were offered to assist 21st CCLC Cohort 10 programs.

Session 1: Welcome Cohort 10 Grantees and Fiscal Management of Your 21st CCLC Program

Welcome, Opening Remarks and Staff Introductions presented by Carmen M. Medina, Chief Division of Student Services, Pennsylvania Department of Education. Fiscal Management of Your 21st CCLC Program presented by N. Craig Scott, Program Supervisor, Pennsylvania Department of Education. Closing Remarks presented by Carmen M. Medina.

Session 2: 21st CCLC Grant Management

21st CCLC Grant Management presented by N. Craig Scott, Program Supervisor, Pennsylvania Department of Education

Session 3: Evaluating Your Program and The Role of the 21st CCLC Training and Technical Assistance Team

Evaluating Your 21st CCLC Program: Requirements and Resources Data Collection presented by Leslie McConnell, Grant Development Specialist, and Yolanda Yugar, Evaluation Specialist, Allegheny Intermediate Unit. The Role of the 21st CCLC Training and Technical Assistance Team presented by Contrell Armor, Program Coordinator, Center for Schools and Communities.


Applying Game Elements and Activities to Engage Students and Make Learning Fun!

What is it about video games that keep kids engaged for hours? What if you could apply some of those same engaging elements to academic content? In this webinar, professor, instructional game designer, and author Karl Kapp will introduce you to a variety of practical ideas and interactive exercises specifically designed to make learning engaging. Infuse elements into your afterschool program that game developers have long since incorporated and bring the same appeal to ordinary academic content. Who knew that learning could be so much fun?


Brain-Based Strategies to Support Literacy Development in Adolescents

Until recently, adolescent brain development has remained a mystery. This webinar will shed light on the wiring of the teenage brain and will explore brain-based strategies to support literacy development in adolescent learners. The course content will reflect current research in the field of brain-based literacy learning including the work of Dr. Thomas Armstrong and Eric Jensen. Participants will learn strategies including visual literacy and meta-cognition through written, visual and spoken expression.


Building a Positive Behavior Management Culture

Participants on this webinar will learn concrete proactive and corrective behavior management strategies. The presenter will guide participants in developing a tool kit of strategies to prevent and de-escalate behavioral incidences. In conclusion, participants will appropriately identify and apply different behavior management strategies based on the circumstances.


Creating a Common Vision of College and Career Readiness

Out-of- school time is the perfect place to help kids become confident, engaged and college- and career-ready. Starting with the end in mind is a great way to help our children become successful. This webinar will cover what it means to be college and career-ready and the important role that OST programs play in preparing them academically for this transition. Participants will learn the seven components of college-and career-readiness – including independence, the ability to multi-task and think critically and to use technology strategically. Participants will also explore possible activities to support the components needed and to enrich the academics taught during the regular school day.


Creating Culturally Responsive Classrooms Through Empathetic Leadership

Participants will learn the difference between sympathy and empathy. The presenter will help participants identify opportunities that empathy can help build relationships and allow for stronger teaching. In conclusion, participants will learn to be an empathetic listener and empathetic leader.


Creating Safe and Supportive Learning Environments to Foster Social and Emotional Learning

Participants will receive a brief overview of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and what current research says. The presenter will explain the impact of SE skill development on oneself and reflect on the application of the five SE competencies in their own lives. Participants will practice awareness and display social-emotional skills through reflection, discussion and activities in an effort to develop 1-2 key ways of modeling SE skills for kids to build a safe, supportive, and positive learning environment. In conclusion, participants will gain knowledge on how to build a culture of SEL through the modeling and implementation of rituals and routines that can be implemented to reinforce a positive learning environment.


Envisioning the Future: Creative Career Exploration in the Afterschool Setting

Research suggests that children’s early career aspirations are highly predictive of their career choices as adults. However, because children can only aspire to, and picture themselves in, jobs and fields that they know about, it is essential to expose them to a wide range of occupations. In this webinar, participants will explore creative ways to help kids connect their current interests with future education and career possibilities; explore a variety of careers through video, search engines, games, books, and interviews; and create concrete examples of their future selves in interesting and satisfying careers. The speaker will emphasize ways to develop and identify meaningful, engaging, developmentally appropriate, and student-directed activities.


Finding Each Student’s Sweet Spot: Optimizing Engagement and Learning

Each learner’s brain is wired uniquely. Recognizing that all students learn differently is paramount to helping them be successful. In this interactive session, learn how to reveal each student’s “sweet spot” for learning by surveying prior knowledge, discovering learning preferences, and determining how success was achieved in the past. Learn to look for indicators of gifts and talents, when they might not be readily apparent, and leave the session with valuable new ideas to maximize learning.


Global Learning in Out-of-School Time

Gain a greater understanding of how students’ 21st century skills develop via the global learning approach. Help students explore our diverse world through innovative strategies and resources to deepen understanding and interest in world languages, cultures, and geography. Integrate authentic learning with 21st Century skills to get youth talking and sharing about themselves, applying it to relevant hands-on projects and making meaningful connections with the wider world.


Kids Taking Over! Peer Coaching as a STEM Strategy

The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago will lead participants in creating a program infrastructure to prepare older youths to be co-facilitators in STEM learning for younger students. By the end of the webinar, participants will have planning strategies, resources and lesson plans with hands-on and budget-minded STEM activities. Participants will have the tools they need, including unique ways of differentiating instruction for different learning styles, to build a strong peer-coaching program that involves students of all ages.


NASA Family Science Series

Research shows that children benefit greatly from the involvement of their parents and families throughout their educational careers. However, many adults are not knowledgeable or comfortable with STEM content, which presents a barrier to family engagement in these topics. This series of two webinars from the Astrophysics Education Team from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center presents whole-family STEM learning programs that engage family members equally as learners and teachers. The NASA Family Science Night model, developed at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, was designed to build confidence and foster curiosity in STEM fields for middle-school students and their families using research-based best practices. The webinars will cover both research and practice, by giving an overview of the program, emphasizing the research behind the benefits of family learning, and providing implementation strategies. Each webinar will be interactive, with discussions and opportunities for reflection.

NASA Family Science Webinar – Part 1

Part 1 will provide an overview of the research on family/parental impacts on learning that have spurred our decision to design family-oriented programming and the lessons that we learned during implementation and pilot-testing. We will discuss the challenges that arise when working with mixed audiences of adults and children, and research-driven strategies for engaging all audience members equally as learners to create an environment of family discovery and knowledge-building.

NASA Family Science Webinar – Part 2

In Part 2, participants will delve into the NASA Family Science Night curriculum, a freely-available suite of resources for engaging the whole family in STEM activities. We will also discuss the philosophy and pedagogy behind the NASA Family Science Night model, and the outcomes of intensive evaluation throughout development and dissemination.


Opioid Awareness and Prevention: Protective Factors for Youth

The opioid epidemic has become a national public health issue with an alarming increase in addiction, crime and deaths. This webinar – part 2 of the Opioid plenary session held at the 2018 ELO Conference in March – will highlight ways that out-of-school time programs can play a role in providing awareness to students and families on opioid prevention. There will also be continued discussion on protective factors that are needed to lead a drug-free life.


Parental Engagement in Afterschool: Never Give Up!

Participants in this webinar will reflect on how they define parental engagement, and how parents define it. Dr. Ed Bell, a 13-year veteran with the 21st CCLC program and a former afterschool director, will discuss the importance of parental engagement in the afterschool setting while sharing personal and professional scenarios for getting and keeping parents engaged. At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will rethink how to define parental engagement in an afterschool setting and develop nontraditional ways of getting parents engaged.


Promoting Protective Factors with Youth and Families

The Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework is a strengths-based approach to working with families. It is composed of five protective factors that, when robust in families, promote healthy outcomes for children. As youth mature, they take on an increasingly active role in their development. This shift is the focus of Youth Thrive, a research-informed framework that promotes factors that increase the likelihood that adolescents can develop into healthy, thriving adults. These complementary frameworks describe attributes that mitigate risk and enhance well-being for families and children. Webinar participants will reflect on current practices and discuss strategies they can use to promote these factors in the families they serve explore the intersections of the frameworks and how they can create environments where parents and young people feel empowered and ultimately, experience positive outcomes.


Strengthening Teacher Confidence and Student Achievement by Integrating STEM Across the Curriculum

Research shows that at least half of teachers are not comfortable teaching STEM subjects, especially engineering. In addition, many educational leaders focus so intently on reading and math scores that teachers do not always get the support they need to implement good science instruction. This webinar shares concrete examples of how teachers can transfer what the Next Generation Science Standards refer to as STEM spheres of thinking, common practices, and crosscutting concepts across other content areas. Particular attention is given to engineering since this is the STEM area teachers are most uncomfortable. Research shows that increasing teachers’ understanding of these concepts results in boosting both teacher confidence and student achievement.


Who’s Doing the Work? Rethinking Scaffolds for Struggling Readers

How do we meet the needs of struggling readers while supporting them towards grade level standards? Traditional attempts to scaffold students’ literacy learning have sheltered struggling readers from opportunities to engage in grade level texts. In this webinar, participants will rethink traditional scaffolds for struggling readers and learn how small adjustments to our teaching can provide all readers with opportunities to become independent, lifelong readers. Participants will learn how to use appropriate scaffolds during read aloud time, shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading to meet the needs of all readers.