The Afterschool Advisor 

October 2013

In This Issue
Iowa Expanded Learning Survey
Summer Learning Guide
Girls in STEM Kick-Off
Physical Activity Survey
Grant Opportunities
Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities


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Expanding Learning Outside the Classroom 

The Iowa Department of Education is seeking input from Iowans on how best to expand learning outside of the classroom - before school, after school and during the summer.



The Iowa Afterschool Alliance will be developing a report for the Iowa Department of Education that will be submitted to the Iowa General Assembly in December. The report will provide recommendations for a pilot to expand learning in three communities with the intention to develop a statewide program for 2015.      


We want your opinion! Please take this very short survey to make sure your voice is heard. Youth can take the survey, too!




Time to Start Planning for Summer!  

The National Summer Learning Association has published Summer Starts in September: A Comprehensive Planning Guide for Summer Learning Programs. 


The 200-page guide is full of research-based strategies, program examples and tools that summer program leaders, staff and trainers can use to develop an intentional, high-impact program.  


This flyer has information about the guide and the upcoming Summer Changes Everything annual conference.  


The guide costs $95 and can be ordered here. 

Iowa Girls Collaborative Project Kickoff
Oct. 30, 2013, 2;00-4:00 p.m.; Putnam Museum, Davenport

The National Girls Collaborative Project is kicking off in Iowa. This initiative will provide mini-grants, professional development, and other free resources to project participants to help increase the participation of girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).  


An informational meeting and kickoff event is open to all parties interested in promoting STEM opportunities across Iowa for all, but particularly for underrepresented/under-resourced/minority girls. Karen Petersen, the Principal Investigator for the NGCP and CEO of EdLab Group, will present information on best practices, collaboration and mini-grant opportunities the NGCP brings to Iowa. The event is open to all and is FREE. Click here learn more and to register.  


Project leaders are seeking interested individuals to serve on the Leadership Team for this initiative. Contact Nichole Myles, Vice President of Education at the Putnam Museum, at (563) 324-1054, ext. 210, or for more information. 

Input Needed on Afterschool Physical Activity  

The National Afterschool Association and the Healthy Out-of-School Time Coalition are seeking feedback about physical activity in your currently operating afterschool program site. Only one person per program site can respond.  


The respondent's site will be entered into a drawing for one of four $100 gift cards. The survey will take about 15 minutes. Click here for the survey. 

Grant Opportunities

Ordered by Deadline
American Honda Foundation
Deadline: Rolling
The American Honda Foundation awards grants to nonprofits to support youth education with a specific focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in addition to the environment. Click here for more.

The Awesome Foundation Grants 

Deadline: Rolling 

Apply today to fund your project with aim to bring communities in your area together. Awesome ideas "spark an instant of joy and delight and inspire a long-term hope for a more awesome future." Submissions are reviewed and grants of $1000 are awarded monthly. Click here for more. 


Federal Funding Guide for Reading Proficiency 

The Finance Project has developed a guide to federal funding sources for reading initiatives, LEARNING TO READ: A Guide to Federal Funding for Grade-Level Reading Proficiency.  


This guide to more than 100 federal funding sources helps state and local officials, leaders of community-based and national organizations, school leaders, and private investors find funding to strengthen and sustain grade-level reading programs and services for children from birth through third grade.


Child & Adult Care Food Program

Reauthorized by Congress under the "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010," this federal program provides meals and snacks for school-age youth in afterschool programs.  


Find out more by visiting the Iowa Department of Education website.   


BOOST Grant Listing

The BOOST (Best Out-of-School Time) Collaborative maintains a list of funding opportunities here. 


Iowa Grants Guide Online

The Iowa Grants Guide is a web-based directory of Iowa grant-making organizations. Program information only is provided; grant applications are not. Click here for the Iowa Grants Guide. Federal Funds Search Engine

Click here to search federal grant opportunities with a tool that lets you filter results by topic, such as Afterschool, Positive Youth Development, or Service Learning.  


Spark Grant Finder Tool

This online tool locates national and state-specific grants for physical education, afterschool, early childhood and coordinated school health programs. Search for grants here.  

Professional Development Opportunities
Ordered by Scheduled Dates
The Iowa Afterschool Alliance keeps a calendar of opportunities regularly updated on our website. Visit it at

Governor's Bullying Prevention Summit

Nov. 4, 2013; Des Moines 

The second Iowa Governor's Bullying Prevention Summit is intended to explore practical next steps to better address the pervasive problem of bullying. $50 for adults, $25 for students.For more information and to register visit the summit website.    


Foundations, Inc. Expert Webinar Series

Developing "Grit" to Increase College and Career Readiness

Nov. 7; 1:00-2:00PM EST

Creating Connected Learning Opportunities to Improve Student Writing and Literacy Skills

Nov. 14; 1:00-2:00PM EST


Join Foundations, Inc. this fall as they bring you dynamic leaders from nationally renowned organizations in education and youth development! Don't miss this chance to interact with experts around critically important topics affecting kids today.


Cost is $34.95 each, but afterschool networks are offered a special discount: Enter LEAD13 at checkout to save 15%! Visit the Foundations Inc. website to register. Contact Jessica Chung at

(856) 533-2704 or 

with questions.


Educator Workshops at the Blank Park Zoo
Nov. 8-9, 2013 and monthly dates; Des Moines

The Blank Park Zoo is hosting a series of professional development workshops throughout the year. Each workshop focuses on topics ranging from habitat adaptation to climate change.  

The workshops are good for one hour of Drake University or license renewal credit and teachers will be eligible to schedule a free classroom animal program.


Visit the Iowa Afterschool Alliance calendar for all of the dates. Click here for more information on the workshops and register for one.


Summer Changes Everything Conference

Nov. 11-13, 2013; Orlando

The National Summer Learning Association's annual conference 
includes a series of six mini-plenary sessions on key issues. Topics will include: early learning, healthy summers, building and scaling summer learning systems, the latest research on program quality, connected learning, and meeting the socio-emotional as well as academic needs of middle school students. Learn more and register here.


2013 National Science Teachers Association Area Conference

Dec. 12-14, 2013; Denver

The National Science Teachers Association is hosting an area conference in Denver, Colo. This dynamic conference will offer three "strands/tracks" for optimal professional development. The strands are: PreK-8: A Playground for Literacy and Mathematics, Engineering the Engineering: Connecting the Why to the How, and Exploring STEM: Inside and Out.


Registration information will be available soon, to learn more about the conference click here.


Beyond School Hours Conference by Foundations, Inc.

Feb. 12-15, 2014; Atlanta, GA

In many ways, Beyond School Hours is a celebration of you. Educators and administrators from across the country will join you to share successes, learn, and laugh together. The camaraderie is electric. And no celebration with us would be complete without big surprises. Special guests, frequent giveaways, spontaneous activities, exciting entertainment-you don't want to miss a minute.

Register online here.  


2014 National Science Teachers Association National Conference

April 3-6, 2014; Boston

The National Science Teachers Association is asking you save the date for its national conference in April 2014! The current "strands/tracks" planned are: Science and Literacy: A Symbiotic Relationship; Teaching Elementary Science with Confidence!; Leading from the Classroom; and Engineering and Science: Technological Partners.


Registration information will be available in September, to learn more about the conference click here.

Save the Date: 2014 Iowa Impact After School Conference
Tentatively scheduled for April 24 and 25, 2014; Johnston, Iowa
Plans are being made to again hold the Impact After School Conference! The event will be even bigger and better than 2013, with more attendees, workshops, vendors and more!

Save the dates for now. More information will be forthcoming. For information please contact Indira Blazevic with the IAA at


Online Courses for 21CCLC Professionals
Short online courses are available for 21st Century Community Learning Centers program staff through You for Youth, the U.S. Department of Education's website for 21CCLCs. Courses cover topics like Project-Based Learning, Aligning with the School Day, STEM, and Strengthening Partnerships. Each course takes less than an hour and is available 24/7.  

Improving Quality System-wide Webinar

Ongoing; recording available online

This webinar is presented by the Wallace Foundation and discusses the new report by the Forum for Youth Investment, Building Citywide Systems for Quality

Click here to view the recording of the webinar.

The Iowa Afterschool Alliance seeks to improve access to high-quality afterschool programs for all Iowa children, youth, and families through policy and partnerships, practice support and outreach and engagement.

To contact the IAA:

Michelle Rich, Iowa Network Coordinator 
2910 Westown Parkway, Suite 302
West Des Moines, IA 50266
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