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America After 3pm: Afterschool Programs in Demand

October 15, 2014

More than a decade of research shows that afterschool programs across the country are an integral support for children, families and communities. Each day after school, quality afterschool programs are keeping kids safe; inspiring them to learn; serving as a source of support and comfort to working families; and even helping working parents be more productive at work and keep their jobs.Given the difference that afterschool programs can make for children and families, important questions about scope and demand arise: How many children are in afterschool programs? How many families want to enroll their children in an afterschool program? And how many children are unsupervised after school who are missing out on the learning opportunities afterschool programs have to offer?

Afterschool Alert: Partnerships with STEM-Rich Institutions

November 11, 2013

Afterschool programs around the nation have enthusiastically embraced science, technology,engineering and math (STEM). Some major afterschool providers, like 4-H and Girls Inc., have long mad eSTEM a priority and in recent years, the vast majority of providers have also come to value providing STEM learning opportunities as an important part of their programming. An Afterschool Alliance poll of afterschool programs conducted in 2010-2011 showed that 99 percent of respondents thought that offering some sort of STEM programming was important, even if that wasn't the focus of their program.As interest and commitment to STEM learning in afterschool grows, there is an increased need for support to build the capacity of afterschool programs to offer innovative and robust STEM programming. The Afterschool Alliance poll of afterschool programs also asked respondents to describe what supports they saw as most essential. Unsurprisingly, funding was ranked as the highest need, but a close second was a desire for partnerships with STEM professionals and STEM-rich institutions, as well as more opportunities for professional development.This issue brief illustrates the power of strong, successful partnerships between afterschool programs and STEM-rich institutions. Additionally, the partnerships described offer promising and innovative models that can have a significant impact on both students and their instructors.

Know Your Funders: A Guide to STEM Funding for Afterschool

October 22, 2012

The need for competency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills is not only increasingly important for success in the workforce but also to navigate the modern world and to make decisions that will inform public policy. In response to this need and to maintain the United States' global competitiveness, the federal government as well as private philanthropies and corporations are increasingly investing in a variety of STEM education initiatives.This guide serves as a tool for afterschool program leaders to navigate various funding streams and consider effective strategies to acquire funding for afterschool STEM programs. It describes the different types of funding available for STEM education in afterschool and provides tips on how to write successful proposals

College Bound in Middle School and High School: How Math Course Sequences Matter

January 1, 2012

Research shows that success in high-level mathematics in high school predicts postsecondary success and careers in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Similarly, students' academic successes in middle school can determine their performance in high school.

Noyce Foundation 2010 Annual Report

November 28, 2011

Contains foundation information, message from the executive director, 2010 highlights in the areas of informal science and human capital, grants list, and list of board members, staff, and consultants.

Strengthening Science Education: The Power of More Time to Deepen Inquiry and Engagement

November 18, 2011

Examines declining school time for and proficiency in science. Offers case studies of public elementary and middle schools with expanded days designed to improve science instruction and analyzes impact on test scores, attendance, and teacher satisfaction.

Project Exploration: 10-year Retrospective Program Evaluation

December 31, 2010

Assesses the impact of a program giving low-income students of color hands-on science experience on science capacity, youth development, and engagement in communities of practice. Examines practices that support science learning by underrepresented youth.

Turnaround Schools: District Strategies for Success and Sustainability

December 25, 2010

One of a series of guides for school district leaders on optimizing resource allocation, outlines how to assess what each school needs and what it gets now, develop an overhaul program for failing schools, and target interventions. Includes worksheets.

School Design: Leveraging Talent, Time, and Money

December 7, 2010

One of a series of guides for school district leaders on resource allocation, outlines a strategic design including before- and after-school small-group instruction, block schedules, and integrated curricula to optimize student loads and planning time.

The Teaching Job

December 7, 2010

One of a series of guides for school district leaders on optimizing resource allocation, outlines needed actions and changes in defining and measuring effectiveness, hiring, professional growth, school-based support, and compensation. Includes worksheets.

School Funding Systems: Equity, Transparency, Flexibility

October 25, 2010

One of a series of guides for school district leaders on optimizing resource allocation, explains how to cut budgets with the least impact on the neediest, shift funds to effective programs and where most needed, and invest stimulus funds in improvements.

A Watershed Moment: The First National Conference on Science in Out-of-School Time

April 8, 2009

Summarizes discussions and recommendations from a September 2008 conference on integrating science and technology education into afterschool, weekend, and summer programs. Includes papers on strategies, funding, collaborations, and evaluation.