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The Alabama Afterschool Quality Standards Project

 

“Afterschool” is often used interchangeably with “Out-of-School” time (OST). Out-of-School time refers to youth development programming that occurs beyond the traditional school day - including before and after school, weekends, holidays and summers. Programs are structured and offer a wide range of learning and enrichment activities that promote academic, artistic, physical, social and emotional development for all participating children and youth.

 

The goal of the Alabama Afterschool Quality Standards Project, an agreement with the Alabama Department of Human Resources and the Truman Pierce Institute (TPI) at Auburn University, is to assist school-age programs in our state to work with the specific needs of school-aged children. TPI offers professional development based on the Alabama School-aged Quality Standards to ensure children are provided a safe environment and quality programming during the out-of-school time. Through professional development and resources, we strive to advance the competencies of the school-age childcare providers to provide age appropriate, developmental activities to allow our youth to meet their potential.

Click below to download the Quality Standards:

Alabama Afterschool Quality Standards.pdf

2021 Live Virtual Professional Development Calendar

Trainings are also offered through the Regional Childcare Centers. Check your area center for dates and times.

Challenge Kids with Robots and Coding

Dash and Dot are the perfect way to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) into a new light for children. Robots teach kids age five and up how to code while they play. Using cool, free apps and a compatible tablet or smartphone, kids learn to code while they make Dash sing, dance, and move all around the room. Dash and Dot are exciting, hands-on learning tools for students in grades K-5! Targeted at teaching creative problem solving and computational thinking, Dash and Dot help students learn fundamental processes relevant for all 21st-century skills. Students send commands to the robots to move them, light them up, and have them detect the world around them using four free coding applications available on iPad and Android tablets. Join us to learn more!

Date

Location

Time

01/28/2021

AU- Zoom

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenters

Kendra Allene & Michelle Denney

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Spark Curiosity and Interest through STEM

The curiosity and creative thinking of children produce natural STEM, science, technology, engineering and mathematics, learners. Children construct knowledge through observation, exploration and  experimentation. STEM learning uses teachable moments and children’s long-term investigations to build knowledge through developing children’s inquiry, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. By cultivating these critical skills teachers and childcare providers can positively influence children’s learning in the STEM disciplines. Join us to discover resources and strategies to prepare our school-age children (4 to 12 years old) for school and beyond.

Date

Location

Time

02/04/2021

AU- Zoom

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenters

Kendra Allene & Michelle Denney

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Structures and Strategies to Meet the Needs for Newcomers, ELs and All (PLU for Alabama Education Leaders)

Information will be added to PowerSchool

Date

Location

Time

02/17/2021

AMSTI

12:00-4:00 PM

Presenters

Dr. Jason Bryant & Sandy Resa

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Building Teams and Relationships

How can you build positive, productive, caring teams in the workplace? It begins with building positive relationships and setting clear expectations within your organization along with injecting a bit of humor along the way. Team building has several major objectives one of which is enhancing good communications with participants as team members and individuals. There is also increased productivity and creativity which only supports the morale and positive rapport within your organization. Research has found when teams are at their personal best, they follow these five practices: model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, and encourage the heart. This training offers a powerful opportunity for you to reflect on each essential element, think beyond your personal agenda, and to involve others in the planning and the doing while having fun along the way.

Date

Location

Time

02/18/2021

AU- Zoom

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenter

Dr. Jason Bryant

REGISTER

Spark Curiosity and Interest through STEM

The curiosity and creative thinking of children produce natural STEM, science, technology, engineering and mathematics, learners. Children construct knowledge through observation, exploration and  experimentation. STEM learning uses teachable moments and children’s long-term investigations to build knowledge through developing children’s inquiry, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. By cultivating these critical skills teachers and childcare providers can positively influence children’s learning in the STEM disciplines. Join us to discover resources and strategies to prepare our school-age children (4 to 12 years old) for school and beyond.

Date

Location

Time

02/23/2021

CCRC Opelika- Zoom

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenters

Kendra Allene & Michelle Denney

REGISTER

Positive Behavior Supports in Out-of-School

Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS) is an evidence-based approach for establishing the social, cultural and behavioral supports needed to establish an effective learning environment for all students. Consistency is key to success and the afterschool program can help improve the school climate and reduce behavior management issues by integrating PBS strategies beyond the school day.

Date

Location

Time

03/02/2021

AU- Zoom

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenter

Sandy Resa

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Keeping Kids Safe: Physically, Socially, and Emotionally

A safe environment is essential for children of all ages. The gap in time between the ringing of the school bell and when adults arrive home from work has long been a concern of families and community members due to the potential dangers and risky behaviors that take place after school. The COVID breaks from school coupled with other breaks in the school calendar offer a greater challenge to keep our children safe. In the session, Keeping School-Age Kids Safe: Physically, Socially and Emotionally, we will explore the revisions and additions to the Health and Safety Guidelines, Requirements and Procedures for Out-of-School Time Facilities Participating in the Child Care Subsidy Program that were made so a greater number of children may be served in our state. In addition, we will examine strategies and best practices to address the needs and increase engagement to offer a better experience for all.

Date

Location

Time

03/09/2021

CCRC- Opelika

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenter

Sandy Resa

REGISTER

Community: Building Partnerships for Sustainability

Would you like to see additional programs at your site without having to plan them? Or maybe get free treats for your students and staff? Join us as we discuss how to leverage partners in your community to create more successful programs. Topics discussed will include how to find partners, the initial ask for partnership, including your partners in planning, and more.

Date

Location

Time

03/11/2021

AU- Zoom

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenter

Erika Rucker

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Implementing Best Practices to Increase Engagement

Are you seeking new strategies to engage your school-age children? Let’s explore best practices to help increase achievement for struggling students, reduce disruption and allow a positive, productive environment.

Date

Location

Time

03/23/2021

AU- Zoom

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenter

Sandy Resa

REGISTER

Implementing Best Practices to Increase Engagement

Are you seeking new strategies to engage your school-age children? Let’s explore best practices to help increase achievement for struggling students, reduce disruption and allow a positive, productive environment.

Date

Location

Time

04/06/2021

CCRC- Opelika

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenter

Sandy Resa & Michelle Denney

REGISTER

Structures and Strategies to Meet the Needs for Newcomers, ELs and All (PLU for Alabama Education Leaders)

Information will be added to PowerSchool

Date

Location

Time

04/07/2021

AMSTI

12:00-4:00 PM

Presenters

Dr. Jason Bryant & Sandy Resa

REGISTER

Equity in Stem Education

Children are often exposed to gender and ethnic stereotypes in STEM education from an early age. These stereotypes can be unintentionally reinforced through routines and practices. By increasing our awareness of these stereotypes and recognizing and respecting the diversity in our out-of-school programs, we can learn to cultivate an environment in which all students are empowered, challenged, supported, and provided full access to STEM education. Join us as we explore ways to bridge the gender and ethnic gaps often found in STEM fields. Increasing excitement about STEM and improving accessibility to STEM learning will boost student confidence and ultimately have a positive impact on students’ future life choices.

Date

Location

Time

04/08/2021

AU- Zoom

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenters

Michelle Denney & Kendra Allen

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SEL: Taking Care of Staff

Childcare providers and educators work hard to bring their best selves to the classroom every day while they juggle individual student needs, set ambitious goals, and often work long hours. Many providers also face escalating job demands with few resources while they work with students who face complex trauma, behavioral difficulties and learning challenges. The stress level of childcare providers and teachers can

affect their health and well-being as well as their job satisfaction and teacher retention. It is essential for educators take time to prevent burnout, promote health, and protect themselves from the negative effects of stress. Discover strategies and practices to take care self and staff create a positive environment for all.

Date

Location

Time

04/20/2021

AU- Zoom

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenter

Sandy Resa

REGISTER

Community: Building Partnerships for Sustainability

Would you like to see additional programs at your site without having to plan them? Or maybe get free treats for your students and staff? Join us as we discuss how to leverage partners in your community to create more successful programs. Topics discussed will include how to find partners, the initial ask for partnership, including your partners in planning, and more.

Date

Location

Time

05/06/2021

AU- Zoom

1:00-3:00 PM

Presenter

Erka Rucker

Structures and Strategies to Meet the Needs for Newcomers, ELs and All (PLU for Alabama Education Leaders)

Information will be added to PowerSchool

Date

Location

Time

05/12/2021

AU-Zoom

1:00-3:00 PM

Presenters

Dr. Jason Bryant & Sandy Resa

REGISTER

Challenge Kids with Robots and Coding

Dash and Dot are the perfect way to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) into a new light for children. Robots teach kids age five and up how to code while they play. Using cool, free apps and a compatible tablet or smartphone, kids learn to code while they make Dash sing, dance, and move all around the room. Dash and Dot are exciting, hands-on learning tools for students in grades K-5! Targeted at teaching creative problem solving and computational thinking, Dash and Dot help students learn fundamental processes relevant for all 21st-century skills. Students send commands to the robots to move them, light them up, and have them detect the world around them using four free coding applications available on iPad and Android tablets. Join us to learn more!

Date

Location

Time

05/17/2021

CCRC- Opelika

6:30-8:30 PM

Presenters

Kendra Allen & Michelle Denney

Building Teams and Relationships

How can you build positive, productive, caring teams in the workplace? It begins with building positive relationships and setting clear expectations within your organization along with injecting a bit of humor along the way. Team building has several major objectives one of which is enhancing good communications with participants as team members and individuals. There is also increased productivity and creativity which only supports the morale and positive rapport within your organization. Research has found when teams are at their personal best, they follow these five practices: model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, and encourage the heart. This training offers a powerful opportunity for you to reflect on each essential element, think beyond your personal agenda, and to involve others in the planning and the doing while having fun along the way.

Date

Location

Time

05/20/2021

AU- Zoom

1:00-3:00 PM

Presenter

Dr. Jason Bryant

Positive Behavior Supports in Out-of-School

Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS) is an evidence-based approach for establishing the social, cultural and behavioral supports needed to establish an effective learning environment for all students. Consistency is key to success and the afterschool program can help improve the school climate and reduce behavior management issues by integrating PBS strategies beyond the school day.

Date

Location

Time

05/25/2021

Au- Zoom

1:00-3:00 PM

Presenter

Sandy Resa

Positive Behavior Supports in Out-of-School

Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS) is an evidence-based approach for establishing the social, cultural and behavioral supports needed to establish an effective learning environment for all students. Consistency is key to success and the afterschool program can help improve the school climate and reduce behavior management issues by integrating PBS strategies beyond the school day.

Date

Location

Time

05/26/2021

CCR- Birmingham

1:00-3:00 PM

Presenter

Sandy Resa & Michelle Denney

Keeping Kids Safe: Physically, Socially, and Emotionally

A safe environment is essential for children of all ages. The gap in time between the ringing of the school bell and when adults arrive home from work has long been a concern of families and community members due to the potential dangers and risky behaviors that take place after school. The COVID breaks from school coupled with other breaks in the school calendar offer a greater challenge to keep our children safe. In the session, Keeping School-Age Kids Safe: Physically, Socially and Emotionally, we will explore the revisions and additions to the Health and Safety Guidelines, Requirements and Procedures for Out-of-School Time Facilities Participating in the Child Care Subsidy Program that were made so a greater number of children may be served in our state. In addition, we will examine strategies and best practices to address the needs and increase engagement to offer a better experience for all.

Date

Location

Time

06/03/2021

Dothan

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenters

Sandy Resa & Michelle Denney

Positive Behavior Supports in Out-of-School

Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS) is an evidence-based approach for establishing the social, cultural and behavioral supports needed to establish an effective learning environment for all students. Consistency is key to success and the afterschool program can help improve the school climate and reduce behavior management issues by integrating PBS strategies beyond the school day.

Date

Location

Time

06/08/2021

CCRC- Opelika

6:30-8:30 PM

Presenters

Sandy Resa & Michelle Denney

Challenge Kids with Robots and Coding

Dash and Dot are the perfect way to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) into a new light for children. Robots teach kids age five and up how to code while they play. Using cool, free apps and a compatible tablet or smartphone, kids learn to code while they make Dash sing, dance, and move all around the room. Dash and Dot are exciting, hands-on learning tools for students in grades K-5! Targeted at teaching creative problem solving and computational thinking, Dash and Dot help students learn fundamental processes relevant for all 21st-century skills. Students send commands to the robots to move them, light them up, and have them detect the world around them using four free coding applications available on iPad and Android tablets. Join us to learn more!

Date

Location

Time

06/10/2021

Dothan

6:00-8:00 PM

Presenters

Kendra Allen & Michelle Denney

Alabama Quality Afterschool Standards

STANDARD 1: Environmental Safety, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Healthy Lifestyle Initiatives

STANDARD 2: Staff and Youth Relationships

STANDARD 3: Youth Participation, Learning, and Engagement

STANDARD 4: Family and Community Partnerships

STANDARD 5: Programming and Alignment with Regular School Day Learning

STANDARD 6: Administration and Organizational Development

STANDARD 7: Staffing and Professional Development

STANDARD 8: Evaluation for Continuous Quality Improvement

 

 

Making the Case for Afterschool

http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/Making_the_case_for_afterschool.cfm

Alabama Department of Human Resources Coronavirus Information

https://dhr.alabama.gov/child-care/

 

Teacher’s Guide for Remote Learning

https://blog.westerndigital.com/teachers-guide-remote-learning-covid-19/dcvhj

America After 3 PM

https://afterschoolalliance.org/aa3pm/detail.html#

This is Afterschool Alabama

http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/documents/AL-afterschool-facts.pdf

Afterschool Statistics

https://73b6c3b7-a964-49b3-8451-bcc0d1afd586.filesusr.com/ugd/dd77c9_899ab68c24cd41e7b713a8c111447f4c.pdf

Contact Us

Dr. Jason Bryant

Director of Truman Pierce Institute

Sandy Resa

Project Director

Mailing Address

1463 Haley Center

Auburn, AL 36849