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We CAN – of the Field and for the Field 

The California AfterSchool Network (CAN) is excited to host our first ever BOOST workshop strand! CAN is a catalyst for quality, building capacity by promoting a shared vision of program quality and advancing a culture of Continuous Improvement. To support this goal CAN is creating a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Guidebook, and developing an Expanded Learning Quality Assessment Tool that aligns with Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California, incorporates self-assessment and observational assessment measures, and integrates Summer Learning, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and Equity. This new assessment will be supported by a complimentary online quality assessment system. The goal is to create a comprehensive tool that programs and stakeholders can tailor to their local need and the need of their specific sites. CAN’s vision is that these tools help to advance the culture and practice of Continuous Quality Improvement. BOOST will create yet one more avenue for public input to these resources in development.

CAN also understands that Site Coordinators are the cornerstone to program Quality. Over the past three years, CAN has invested in Site Coordinators through implementing Site Coordinator Communities of Practice, implementing Site Coordinator Expanded Learning Symposia, and launching a Site Coordinator Network.

CAN will use these workshops to engage field practitioners in shaping critical tools and resources for our field in their final stages of development, as well as engage and inform participants on supporting Site Coordinators, and promoting after school and summer learning as the vehicles for social equity that they are. Each session will also identify opportunities for continued engagement beyond the conference. Join the movement!

“Each one of us can make a difference. Together we make change”
-Barbara Mikulski

Workshop Topics:

  • Of the Field, for the Field: Creating the Statewide Site Coordinator Network
  • Previewing the Continuous Quality Improvement Guidebook
  • Previewing a New Expanded Learning Program Quality Assessment Tool
  • Supporting Continuous Quality Improvement through an Online Quality Assessment System
  • Building the Capacity of After School Site Coordinators through Communities of Practice
  • Quality through an Equity Lens

The California AfterSchool Network, CAN, is a member of the 50 State Afterschool Network that works to foster partnerships and policies to develop, support, and sustain high-quality opportunities for children and youth. Across the nation, afterschool and summer programs equip millions of children to succeed in school, connect with their communities, and prepare them for productive futures. The networks serve as a driving force, bringing stakeholders together and sharing best practices to ensure affordable, sustainable afterschool and summer learning programs are available. CAN furthers this mission by convening various stakeholders to focus on mission before organization; manage through trust, not control; promote others, not the individual; and build constellations, not stars. 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1

10:30AM - 12:15PM

Of the Field, for the Field: Creating the Statewide Site Coordinator Network
Troy Selvey, Program Specialist, California AfterSchool Network, Sacramento, CA

We CAN Conversation: How we got here, what we are working on, and what’s next!  Join us to find out all about the Statewide Site Coordinator Network. You will have the opportunity to talk with current members who will take an in-depth look at the Network. During this time we will discuss what the network is, how it came about, network goals, and current work. Most importantly we will discuss how you can join the movement!
DS, E, M, H

2:45PM - 4:45PM 

Previewing the Continuous Quality Improvement Guidebook
Tiffany Gipson, Program Director, California AfterSchool Network, Sacramento, CA

We CAN Input Session: Do you know what Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) is and more importantly, how can it help you in your work? In this conversation, you will review specific elements of the soon-to-be-released CQI Guidebook to then give your insight into its usefulness and fidelity. You will review key elements of the CQI cycle as it relates to your work in the field of Expanded Learning and share if the guidebook accurately captures how to go about the “process of getting better.”
ULA, MLA, DS, CB, PK, E, M, H

Thursday, May 2

10:00AM - 12:00PM

Previewing a New Expanded Learning Program Quality Assessment Tool
Tiffany Gipson, Program Director, California AfterSchool Network, Sacramento, CA

We CAN Input Session: Assessment is one of the cornerstones of “getting better” because knowing where you are helps create the plan to define where you want to go and how to get there. In this CANdid Conversation, practitioners at all levels of the Expanded Learning field will review the sections of the Standards+ Expanded Learning Program Quality Assessment Tool and give their input on 3 core items - Does it measure what we need? Do I understand how to use it? Is it easy enough so that I will actually use it?
ULA, MLA, DS, CB, PK, E, M, H

1:15PM - 2:30PM

Supporting Continuous Quality Improvement Through an Online Quality Assessment System
Tiffany Gipson, Program Director, California AfterSchool Network, Sacramento, CA

We CAN Input Session: The world is going digital and that includes Expanded Learning! In this CANdid Conversation, Expanded Learning field practitioners will review the new online Quality Assessment System and rate its usability. You will be able to give input on the language and set-up as well as look at some of the content. This is your opportunity to make your mark on a tool that the field will use for years to come.
ULA, MLA, DS, CB, PK, E, M, H

3:45PM - 5:15PM

Building the Capacity of After School Site Coordinators through Communities of Practice
Paige Bellanca, Associate Program Specialist, California AfterSchool Network, Sacramento, CA

We CAN Training: Are you interested in building a community of leaders with a shared passion for youth and quality, and Continuous Quality Improvement? Look no further! This workshop will introduce effective strategies for implementing and sustaining a Site Coordinator Community of Practice (CoP) in your after school program and provide valuable resources to assist you in the process of kicking off your very own CoP. CoP’s offer opportunities for like-minded individuals to come together to build relationships, share knowledge and innovative ideas and create valuable resources to support their work. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from your peers and experience the magic of a CoP!
ULA, MLA, DS, CB, PK, E, M, H

Friday, May 3

9:15AM - 11:15AM

Quality Through an Equity Lens
Tiffany Gipson, Program Director, California AfterSchool Network, Sacramento, CA

Join us in a CANdid conversation with our partners that explores the topic of Equity and Quality as a means to heal and grow. We will talk about how to move our work and workforce forward by beginning some of the personal mastery work that informs our professional work – checking your assumptions, looking for patterns in your own behavior and responses and understanding that trust is built and once broken, has to be intentionally repaired are some of the possible topics.
ULA, MLA, DS, CB, PK, E, M, H

 

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