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February 2017 Newsletter
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It was fantastic to see you all at the Symposium!

Just a few things before we move forward:

  1. If you took photos at the Symposium, we'd love to share them on our website, in the newsletter, and on our social media networks.  Please send them to kwikane@ulsterboces.org
  2. If you have not received your certificate of participation (or if you need one that contains hours for your SACC license) contact me via email or by calling (845) 255-8989.  
  3. If you did not have the opportunity to evaluate your experience at the symposium, please share your thoughts here (just four questions that will help drive the planning of our next event).  
  4. If you have been waiting for a copy of the museum activity, you can download it here.  
  5. Jay Roscup, Project Director of Eastern Wayne County 21st CCLC, Lyons CSD, donated some of his handouts from his workshop, "Applying Trauma Informed Practices in OST Programs," and if you'd like a set, contact me and I'll get the information to you.   



Mid-Year Reviews are due on February 15th.  

If you require any technical assistance,
get in touch with us!  

We want to hear all about what is really working for you and your program.  Your experiences have the power to help your colleagues around the state!  Over the next few months, we'll be asking to hear about your success stories that have been driven by the implementation of the Quality Self Assessment (QSA).  The advice you share will help us to develop our statewide network of expertise.  
 

YOU are the experts!  


Here's the first question we have for you:  When evaluating your program with the QSA, Element 1 (Environment/Climate), where have you implemented changes that have resulted in positive changes in your program?  Be as specific as you can.  

Has your program climate changed for the better?  Have you changed your arrival/dismissal procedures?  Have you changed the way you communicate with the families of your participants?  

How did you facilitate these changes? 

Please send your success stories to the Resource Center:  kwikane@ulsterboces.org
You've probably already heard about
NYS Governor Cuomo's proposal to
expand afterschool opportunities to include 22,000 more students in the
highest need areas of the state.  

If you'd like to see the details,

click here for the full story.  
Wondering how ESSA is
going to affect your program?  
What changes are on the horizon?  

The
Afterschool Alliance has pulled
together an amazing set of resources to
help us navigate the legislation.    
The National AfterSchool Association has a great set of quick STEM lessons that use minimal supplies and don't you don't have to be a scientist to facilitate the activity!  

Currently they offer 13 different activities.  If you try them, take a photo and send it to us!  We want to spotlight the great work your programs are doing!
The folks at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have created a database of dozens of STEM activities.  You can check them out by following this link.   

This is
my personal favorite that I used
several times in my classroom (it requires
a barbeque lighter).  You can also explore
that link to find some additional activities
for STEM enrichment.    
From their website:  

"
Gladeo is 501(c)3 non-profit organization, offering youth and adults programs that connect them to the professional world.

We are dedicated to inspiring and helping people achieve their best career path through the delivery of innovative programs that utilize design, video storytelling, social media, and information technology."
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