Afterschool Programs Inspire Students with a Connected Learning Approach

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Today, afterschool programs are providing their students a host of learning opportunities. From designing websites to writing poetry to gardening, the list goes on and on. Though the opportunities differ, what many afterschool programs share is the way in which they approach creating learning opportunities for their students—finding new ways for young people to take […]

Lights on Afterschool: Bringing Together Educators, Schools and Communities

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We know that when the school bell rings, kids take off in all different directions. Unfortunately, more than 15 million kids are left alone and unsupervised after the school day ends. The parents and guardians of more than eight million of these young people would like their children to participate in an afterschool program, but those children […]

Take The Lights On Afterschool Webmaker Challenge!

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Take The Lights On Afterschool Webmaker Challenge! Two Educator Innovator partners – the Mozilla Foundation and the Afterschool Alliance – are teaming up to celebrate afterschool programs this October by creating the Lights On Afterschool Webmaker Challenge. On October 23, more than 1 million people around the country will take part in the 15th annual Lights On Afterschool, […]

The Impact of Afterschool STEM Programs

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As educator innovators, you’re likely aware that exciting and innovative STEM learning often happens in out-of-school spaces. Within the afterschool field, STEM has been increasingly popular and today, many afterschool and summer programs include STEM as a standard part of their comprehensive programming. Afterschool providers recognize the importance of improved STEM education for their students […]

Survey Shows Summer Learning Gains Ground

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New research from the 2014 edition of America After 3PM, the most comprehensive household survey of how students in America spend their after school hours, shows that summer learning programs are strongly supported by parents and that participation in summer learning programs is on the rise. According to the survey of nearly 14,000 families: Eighty-six […]

Educators Take Action in the Afterschool for All Challenge

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The Afterschool Alliance, along with like minded organizations and educators from around the country were in Washington, D.C. on May 22, to meet face to face with Members of Congress and urge them to co-sponsor the Afterschool for America’s Children Act—legislation supporting the innovative advances occurring between schools and community-based organizations during the out-of-school hours. […]

#make4DLDay: What’s Your Story?

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We’re inviting teachers, afterschool leaders and educators everywhere to celebrate Digital Learning Day by accepting the #make4DLDay challenge, a set of digital storytelling activities that allow youth and adults to be makers for Digital Learning Day. Both the maker education and digital learning movements are grounded in the belief that kids learn best by doing. […]