ActKnowledge is an action research organization dedicated to connecting social change practice with rigorous study of how and why initiatives work. Recognized as leaders in outcomes-based evaluation, we have extensive experience in working with communitybased school initiatives and are renowned for our development and practice of the Theory of Change (TOC) methodology.
Web links: www.actknowledge.org
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
The AFT represents more than 1.4 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty; public employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators. Stop by our exhibit area to talk with educators about initiatives to improve instruction for English language learners, engage parents, and ensure high-quality early childhood education programs.
Web link: www.aft.org
The Afterschool Alliance is working to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. We offer free tools and resources to help providers with advocacy, marketing, public awareness and sustainability. These resources include outreach tools for media and policy makers, the latest research on the need, demand and benefits of afterschool, and opportunities, tips, and ideas to build community support and awareness.
Web link: www.afterschoolalliance.org
California School Boards Association
California School Boards Association (CSBA) is a collaborative group of virtually all of California’s more than 1,000 school districts and county offices of education. CSBA supports school-board members and superintendents in their complex leadership role. CSBA envisions a state where the futures of all children are driven by their aspirations, not bounded by their circumstances. By supporting school leaders in addressing these binding circumstances—such as the physical, mental, and environmental health of each child, CSBA seeks to build sustainable healthy learning environments that positively impact student learning and achievement.
Web link: www.csba.org
Cayen AfterSchool is the most comprehensive, easy-to-use, online software available for managing Community Schools, 21st CCLCs, and After School programs. Streamline program administration, track attendance, manage partners and funding information, monitor student progress, and generate needed reports for evaluation. Ask us about our GEAR UP software and Biometric Attendance System too!
Center for Afterschool Education
Foundations, Inc., is a nonprofit organization committed to transforming the quality of education and learning in school, out-of-school, and communities across the day and across the year—turning the best in research into the best in practice and partnerships for children’s success. Working with school districts, communities, after-school organizations, and leaders and staff across the country, Foundations and its Center for Afterschool Education provide capacity-building professional development, tools, and technical assistance on site and online.
Web link: www.afterschooled.org
Community Partnership of the Ozarks’ Cafeprevention.com
For over 15 years, Community Partnership of the Ozarks has been developing highquality, innovative, hard-hitting, and affordable prevention materials for use in southwest Missouri. For the last two years, we have been sharing these materials with you through CafePrevention.com, helping to improve the health and well-being of your community’s youth. In response to youth, parent, and community focus groups and input, we discovered that so much of the prevention materials out there didn’t capture the audience nor have the desired effect. So, using their input, we designed our own materials and continue to create new products regularly. They use eye-catching images, pointed yet easy-tounderstand language, and various formats that folks in the prevention, health, and law enforcement fields have asked for. Topics range from underage drinking to prescription drug abuse and from homelessness to teen dating violence. Whatever the need in your community, our "menu" will certainly have something to your taste.
Web link: www.cafeprevention.com
EdSteps is a grassroots effort to create a free resource for the teaching and assessment of key skills. Its centerpiece will be a large, Web-based public library of work samples from students of all ages from around the country demonstrating multiple skill areas. The student work will be presented in continuums—gradual progressions—from emerging to accomplished work. The continuums will help teachers, parents, and students answer a central question for student growth, "Where is a particular student now, and what should he or she do to improve?"
Web link: www.edsteps.org
EDTEC has been a leader in youth entrepreneurship education for over 30 years. EDTEC can help you start your own entrepreneurship program. Visit our website to learn how to get started.
Web link: www.edtecinc.com
Institute for Global Education and Service Learning
The Institute for Global Education and Service Learning (IGESL) is a non-profit training organization that works with schools and organizations across the country that are interested in establishing, improving, or expanding a service-learning initiative. Training is available to teachers, youth, administrators, community-based organizations, school districts, and national-service programs. In addition to training, the IGESL provides consultation services to support the development of service-learning programs, assist adults and youth in assessing the effectiveness of service-learning initiatives, and create resources to meet the specific needs of schools or organizations. Publications related to service-learning implementation are available for purchase online.
Web link: www.igesl.org
MicroSociety, Inc., is a national non-profit organization that specializes in building motivating learning environments for students in grades K-8 by bringing real life to learning. Since 1967, more than 300 schools of all sizes and populations have implemented the complete school transformation model or the supplementary after-school program. We provide extensive training and professional development, curriculum, coaching, technical assistance and a network of thousands of educators who believe in real-world learning. We invite you to visit our afterschool sites at CORA Services at Thurgood Marshall Elementary and Grover Washington, Jr. Middle School, as well as join us for our presentation on Thursday, April 8, 2010, from 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm.
National Center for Community Schools, Children’s Aid Society
In 1994, The Children’s Aid Society created the National Center for Community Schools in an effort to respond to the increased demand for information and advice about community schools implementation. The Children’s Aid Society has been serving children for more than 150 years, a testament to our commitment and adaptability to the ever-changing needs of young people. Today, Children’s Aid serves more than 150,000 children and their families at more than 45 sites throughout New York City, including 21 community schools operated in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. The National Center facilitates learning opportunities that draw on our community schools practice in New York City, as well as on lessons learned from around the country and beyond, including other models. The Center also plays a leading role in local and national advocacy to advance the community schools movement and highlights this approach in the broader education agenda.
Web links: www.nationalcenterforcommunityschools.org
National Community Education Association
The National Community Education Association (NCEA) has been representing the interests of community educators for over 40 years. The mission of NCEA is to "inspire and engage" its members to develop the skill, passion and commitment necessary to be leaders and advocates for improving the quality of education and the development of communities throughout the United States.
Web link: www.ncea.com
National Environmental Education Foundation
The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) provides knowledge to trusted professionals who, because of their credibility, can amplify messages aimed at national audiences to solve everyday environmental problems. Together, we generate lasting positive change. NEEF works with professionals in health, education, public lands, and the media to connect the environment to everyday choices and actions so that the public can live well while protecting and enjoying the environment. We offer Americans knowledge to live by through programs such as Classroom Earth,® National Public Lands Day,® National Environmental Education Week, Earth Gauge,® and our Pediatric Environmental History Initiative.
Web link: www.neefusa.org
Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
The Penn Museum houses an acclaimed collection sure to interest and inspire. Scientists from the museum have been collecting artifacts and learning about world cultures for more than 100 years. Children and adults enjoy the spectacular galleries and beautiful materials from Egypt, Mesopotamia, and more.
Web link: www.penn.museum
TeamChildren is transforming how we raise babies and children by promoting the benefits of massage for babies and children, ending the digital divide, transforming preschool education, training teachers in brain development, and developing teens to make a difference. We have distributed over 9,000 low-cost computers to families schools and organizations, reaching more than 40,000 children.
Web link: www.teamchildren.com
The Aniyah Series
See the world through the eyes of a child. The Aniyah series relives childhood again and again with each wonderful adventure. "Maybe," book one, introduces Aniyah. The upcoming books of the Aniyah series will reveal that Aniyah has many friends of every ethnic background. Each book has an inspirational message of morality. Many children are trying to grow up too fast while many adults are busy seeking ways to relive their youth. Childhood is a time of endless possibilities. It is during this time that we take our greatest leaps of faith, speak our first words, and take our first steps. We see with our hearts and are not influenced by learned prejudices. This is the most influential time of our lives. Our children need positive role models that will influence and inspire them. You can also experience Aniyah’s sound effect-enhanced audio CDs. It’s just like being there! She even has her own theme song. Enjoy!
Web link: www.steffimedia.com
The Educational Enrichment Initiative
The Educational Enrichment Initiative (TEEI) is a federal- and state-approved 501c-3 nonprofit agency that accredits out-of-school and community programs. TEEI strives for excellence by focusing on 18 elements in six core areas—philosophy, staff, students, facility, curriculum, and finance. Community staff and TEEI work together to identify program strengths and weaknesses, then draft an individual improvement plan to provide "A Safe Place where Kids Can Learn." TEEI brings all of your community programs together simply while significantly increasing staff accountability, motivation, creativity, and performance.
Web link: www.teeiagency.org
U.S. Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education promotes student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.
Web link: www.ed.gov