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Bridge Conference 2014: Making Learning Personal Charles Smith, executive director at the Weikart Center gave two presentations at the Bridge Conference in October. The first was titled Afterschool Quality Linked to School Success Outcomes and introduced a model for how skills are developed in afterschool programs and how these skills might transfer to other settings. He then presented replicated findings that confirm the importance of program quality in demonstrating school outcomes – and discussed why social and emotional skills are a likely unmeasured link in this chain. The second was titled Building Social Emotional Skills in Afterschool: Early findings from SCE’s SEL Challenge and described a study of eight exemplary programs that build social emotional learning (SEL) skills in teens. 10/27/2014
Integrating Innovation and Best Practice: The Message Matters for Afterschool Policy and Funding The Michigan AfterSchool Association Fall Collaborative Conference was held this October for professionals, direct service staff, advocates and supporters of expanded learning opportunities in Michigan. Charles Smith, executive director of the Weikart Center, led the keynote address, Integrating Innovation and Best Practice: The Message Matters for Afterschool Policy & Funding. This presentation focused on emerging findings about afterschool impact on school success and how social and emotional skills are the missing link. 10/20/2014
Program Quality News: Afterschool Standards in WA, Quality Webinar Series Program Quality News: Afterschool Standards in WA, Quality Webinar Series 9/19/2014
Program Quality News: Influential People, Forum Annual Report, TOT Registration Program Quality News: Influential People, Forum Annual Report, TOT Registration 8/14/2014
Program Quality News: Social Innovation Fund, Social Emotional Learning Program Quality News: Social Innovation Fund, Social Emotional Learning 6/20/2014
Does Quality Matter in Afterschool? Expanded Learning and Youth Outcomes New findings from three rigorous evaluations conducted by American Institutes for Research demonstrate that participation in high-quality afterschool programs can improve school success. This session will share the findings from these studies, interpret the pattern and magnitude of effects and discuss the implications of this evidence for afterschool policies. 4/23/2014
Program Quality News: Important Dates, Webinars, Conferences Program Quality News: Important Dates, Webinars, Conferences 4/15/2014
Program Quality News: March 2014 Program Quality News: National Meeting, Summer Learning Quality 3/25/2014
Summer Learning Program Quality Assessment - 2013 Phase I Pilot Report Summer Learning Program Quality Assessment 2013 Phase I Pilot Report 2/28/2014
Program Quality News: February 2014 Program Quality News: Social Emotional Learning Challenge, Youth Outcome Measures Update 2/17/2014