The Afterschool Advisor
September 2015
Relist your program for the  
2015-2016 school year for a chance to win an iPad Air and iTunes giftcard! The contest ends September 30th.
For questions about this giveaway or the Directory, please contact Michelle Rich at
Iowa's 21st Century Community Learning Centers 2015 Grant Competition is Open!

The 2016 Request for Applications (RFA) has been released and is available on the Iowa Department of Education website, here.

The Iowa Department of Education will be hosting three regional application technical assistance meetings in September and October in Davenport, Des Moines and Atlantic. The meetings are designed to provide potential applicants for 21CCLC grants with the characteristics of good proposals and grant program requirements. 

Here are the upcoming dates and deadlines to know:
Davenport - Friday, September 25, 2015, 8:30 - 10:00 AM 
Atlantic - Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 10:00 AM - Noon 
Iowa Western Community College, 705 Walnut St., Atlantic, IA 50022 
Des Moines - Thursday, October 22, 2015, 10:00 AM - Noon 
Clive Public Library, 1900 NW 114th St., Clive, IA 50325 
October 30, 2015 - Letter of Intent Due 
Q&A Webinar - Thursday, November 12, 9:00-11:00 AM
Online via Adobe Connect
To access the webinar room, click on "Enter as a guest".  
To join the conference line for audio: Call: 1-800-444-2801: Participant Code: 2895301.   
For more information on these meetings, please contact I
ndira Karic at or (515)-237-0324 
Help Us Celebrate Lights On! Afterschool


Join Altoona Campus Kids Klub and Iowa Afterschool Alliance on October 22nd to celebrate Lights On! Afterschool at Delaware Elementary School. The event will be from 4:00-6:00pm and will include games, educational materials dedicated to spreading awareness of afterschool education. If you are interested in participating or joining our live tweet conversation, #lightsonafterschooliowa,please contact Michelle Rich at

On October 8th, Governor Branstad will proclaim October 22nd Lights On Afterschool Day in Iowa! He will sign the proclamation in his formal office and you are welcome to attend! Just come to the Capitol anytime prior to the 2:00 p.m. signing to witness this important event. His office is Capitol Room 109. Just tell the front desk you are there for the proclamation signing at 2:00 p.m.
Toolkit: Everyday Strategies to Help Improve Attendance
September is Attendance Awareness Month and more than 50 organizations across the country, including Iowa, have partnered to raise awareness about the value of good attendance.
This toolkit, released by Attendance Works, lays out everyday strategies to help teachers, families, schools and community agencies to improve attendance and raise achievement. Use the tool kits to connect with students, support the community and find ways to motivate students to show up everyday. 
End Hunger: 2015 Iowa Hunger Summit
 Join over 600 leaders from across Iowa and the Midwest at the Ninth Annual Iowa Hunger Summit to celebrate Iowa's contribution towards statewide awareness of hunger, poverty and related issues. Free and open to the public, come to the Iowa Hunger Summit to learn more about how hunger impacts human health and well being and the work that Iowans are doing to alleviate hunger both at home and abroad.
Iowa School Age Care State Conference

The Iowa School Age Care Alliance State Conference will take place October 23-24th at the West Des Moines Learning Resource Center and Waukee High School. 

The conference will consist of two days of presentations and workshops designed to support emotionally healthy and confident kids while exploring communication essentials to child care professionals. Read more in this brochure, and enroll before the October 9th deadline using this registration form.
Join the Iowa Afterschool Coalition 
The Iowa Afterschool Coalition unites organizations and individuals in support of afterschool programming across the state of Iowa. We realize that afterschool programs are a necessity to Iowa's economic and social well-being. Afterschool assists the community by keeping kids safe, helping working families and cultivates student success. 
Please join us in supporting afterschool programming in the state of Iowa by joining the Iowa Afterschool Coalition. By joining, you agree to support the Iowa Afterschool Alliance's mission and vision, communicate critical messages regarding the need and impact of afterschool programs in Iowa and understand that the IAA may call on you to take specific actions to further the mission of the coalition. 
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Michelle Rich at   
2015 Iowa Nonprofit Summit 
The Iowa Nonprofit Summit provides high-quality training for nonprofit leaders who are focused on operating a successful nonprofit program: capacity building, excellence in nonprofit and volunteer management, leadership development, financial and board management, and other topics. 
Save the date Monday, November 9 and Tuesday, November 10, 2015. This conference offers essential learning opportunities for nonprofit and volunteer professionals. 
Register online here.  
Ready for School Initiative
The goal of Iowa Public Television's Ready for School initiative is to work with Iowa communities efforts to strengthen the math and literacy skills of children ages 2-8. This work is focused on serving children from low-income families. IPTV provides access to high-quality educational media resources to families, care providers and educators as well as training to support the effective use of those resources.
Some resources available are Martha Speaks, SuperWHY, Between the Lions and much more. Not only can children learn in the classroom but IPTV offers interactive online and mobile applications for kids. For more information on the Ready for School Iniative contact Kelly Nesheim or call (515) 725-9728
Save the Date for Impact 2015!

Joins us for our 4th Annual Impact After school Conference!
April 28 - 29, 2016. 
Ramada Tropics Resort & Conference Center
5000 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA 50322
Stay tuned for more information on the 2016 agenda and registration in the coming months on our website. We hope to see you next spring!
STEM Newsletter Anniversary
One year ago, the quarterly STEM-exclusive newsletter was launched by Iowa Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with the STEM Active Learning Community Partners Committee of the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council. The goal of the STEM-exclusive newsletter is to further our goal of increasing the number of opportunities for Iowa youth, families and adults to participate in high quality, active-learning (informal) STEM outside of the traditional school day.
This quarterly newsletter, you will find afterschool STEM resources, articles, advice, best practices, professional development opportunities, and more.
Join the mailing list to receive our STEM newsletters and updates!
Community Champion: PIECES 
On September 8th, PIECES Before/Afterschool Program, located in Burlington Iowa, hosted an "Open House" to all K-8 students from North Hill, Aldo Leopold Middle School and Edwards Stone Middle School.  Major Darren Grimshaw (pictured above) plays "PIECES Bags" against students. The PIECES Bags games was sponsored by Mrs. Jacalyn, 21CCLC lead teacher at Aldo Leopold.
 The parents, students, and community members were in attendance to help kick off PIECES for the 2015-2016 school year. If you want more information on PIECES afterschool program, please contact Cassie Gerst 21CCLC director at 
Nominate Your Own Community Champion!
If you know a program, staff member, or volunteer who is making an impact in the out-of-school time community,we are currently taking nominations. We will highlight them in our newsletter and send them a congratulations letter!
We want to hear from YOU!
The Iowa Afterschool Alliance wants to hear from you. What would you like to see in the Afterschool Advisor?  This short survey will provide us with suggestions to improve the quality of our newsletter.
We strive every day to promote afterschool and support our afterschool providers. Please let us know if we're doing our best to support YOU!
Professional Development Opportunities
The Iowa Afterschool Alliance keeps a calendar of opportunities regularly updated on our website at  

EyesOpenIowa Trainings:
Awkward to Awesome aka Sex Ed Boot Camp
September 23-24, 8:30 am-4:30 pm
This high intensity two day training is full of engaging activities and discussion around various sexual health topics. This training will help lay the building blocks for new educators and is a great refresher for those already in the field. 

For more information and to register, click here

Webinar: Birth Control Update
September 30;12-1:30p or 3-4:30pm Webinar
This webinar will provide an update of new contraception options and a review of current methods. Additionally, contraception lesson plans and ideas will be shared.
 For more information and to register, click here 

October 2; 8:30 am-4:30 pm
This engaging training will help participants increase their knowledge of the basics of HIV, AIDS and STDs.Participants will learn about the history of these diseases, testing, treatment and prevention. To register click here
2015 EyesOpenIowa Conference
October 22-23 9 am- 5pm
This unique conference brings together teachers, nurses, health educators and youth serving professionals from across the Midwest!  

To register click here

Dimensions of Success STEM Observer Training
Available once monthly, The IAA is seeking individuals across the state who are interested in observing afterschool STEM programs using the DoS tool. To ensure tool validity, observers must participate in a two-day online training via webinar. Thanks to funding from the Noyce Foundation, this training is provided at no charge. 
Dates are as listed:
  • October 28-29, 10am-4pm EST; Registration Deadline: October 9
  • November 23-24, 10am-4pm EST; Registration Deadline: November 6
  • December 16-17, 10am-4pm EST; Registration Deadline: November 30
If you are interested in becoming a DoS observer, please contact Indira at to register!

Blank Park Zoo Educator Workshops
Mark your calendar for this school year's educator workshops facilitated by the Blank Park Zoo! The workshops are good for one hour of Drake University or licence renewal credt and teachers will be elligble to schedule a free classroom animal program. The following dates and topics are scheduled:

November 6/7, 2015 - Habitats and Adaptations
November 20/21, 2015 - Conservation: People and Animals
January 15/16. 2016 - Wild Genes
February 19/20, 2016 - Climate Change
April 15/16, 2016 - Wonders of Water

All academic year workshops are held at Blank Park zoo Friday evenings and all day Saturdays.
More detailed information and registration forms may be found on the zoo's website.

Summer Changes Everything Conference
October 12-14, 2015; Baltimore Maryland
Save the date for the 2015 Summer Changes Everything national conference on summer.This year's themes centeres on Renewing the Promise and Purpose of Learning. This applies to all programming that uses high-stakes standardized student testing and the effect of pressure on teacher evaluation. 

Visit the Summer Changes Everything website for more information and to register.

How Kids Learn V Conference
December 10;  Berkeley, California
Afterschool and summer programs are perfectly position to promote young people's social and emotional skills. These skills are also part of the 21st Century Learning Skills.This confrence will focus on the research and practice of these things, with an eye on ensuring that all young people have access to these learning opportunities.
Learn more and register here

Beyond School Hours:Every Minute Matters
March 9-11, 2016; Dallas, Texas
Get big ideas and use them for your your programs! The ideas will be presented via:
  • Hands-on workshops and pre-conferences led by national experts
  • Motivating keynote presentations and panel discussions
  • Fascinating educational excursions
Get ready to take home skills for a renewed passion in your professional development

2015 BOOST (Best of Out-of-School Time) Conference
April 26-29, 2016; Palm Springs, CA
The BOOST Conference is one of the largest, most recognized, and highly comprehensive professional development opportunities in the country, convening over 2,300 professionals who work with and serve youth in the out-of-school time hours. This all-inclusive conference supports After School Education & Safety (ASES) Programs, 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) Programs and High School ASSETS programs. Set in a retreat-like atmosphere, this extraordinary event will rejuvenate your passion and boost your direction for quality programming. 

Please visit the Boost Conference website for more information and to register. 

Understanding Each Other: Communicating with Families, Staff and Your Community
Dates: On-going, Self-Study Online Class
This course will help you to improve your verbal, written, and nonverbal language skills to ensure effective and positive communication with families, staff, and the community. 

Literacy Content on Y4Y!
You 4 Youth is a free online professional development site that is designed to support 21st CCLC program staff, but is a valuable tool for any afterschool professional looking to build their skills! Recently, Y4Y has rolled out a whole module on literacy.
Grant Opportunities 
Along with various other resources, the IAA maintains a list of grants that afterschool programs may access. Check out our Resources Page on our website for more information.