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We’re excited that you have taken the first step to engage with Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network (GSAN)!
 Together, we can help ensure the brightest future for every child and thereby securing the brightest future for our state. This is your one stop shop for afterschool  and summer learning resources. GSAN’s mission is to connect you with our tools, resources, and industry leaders to ensure your afterschool and summer programming meets your local goals for exceptional service to students who need us most.

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Upcoming Trainings

LEA Symposium Trainings:

Session 1:  Development, March 6, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Just Because You Build It, Doesn’t Mean They Will Come: Developing and Implementing High-Quality Summer Programs

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Description:

Join us for an insightful webinar focused on designing and implementing high-quality summer programs that engage, enrich, and inspire students. With the summer break presenting a valuable opportunity for continued learning and growth, creating robust and effective programs is essential for maximizing student potential and addressing academic and well-being and connectedness. This webinar will provide educators, program coordinators, and community leaders with practical guidance, evidence-based strategies, and innovative ideas to develop summer programs that offer meaningful experiences and support student success. Participants will gain valuable insights into designing curriculum, planning activities, and fostering a positive learning environment to ensure a rewarding summer learning experience for students.

Key Topics Include:

  • Understanding the Importance of Summer Programs: Explore the benefits of high-quality summer programs in preventing learning loss, promoting academic growth, and supporting well-being.
  • Designing Engaging Curriculum: Learn how to develop curriculum frameworks that align with academic standards, integrate hands-on learning experiences, and cater to diverse learning styles and interests.
  • Planning Enriching Activities: Discover effective strategies for planning and implementing engaging and interactive activities that foster creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration among students.
  • Creating a Positive Learning Environment: Explore approaches to cultivate a safe, supportive, and inclusive learning environment that promotes student engagement, motivation, and well-being.
  • Evaluating and Improving Programs: Discuss methods for assessing program effectiveness, collecting feedback from participants, and utilizing data to continuously improve and refine summer programs.

Session 2:  Improvement, April 10, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Partnering at the Speed of Trust: Creating mutually beneficial partnerships between Local Education Agencies and Community-Based Organizations

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Description:

Join us for an engaging webinar focused on enhancing collaborations between Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) to better support students and families. In today’s educational landscape, the synergy between schools and community organizations is more critical than ever in fostering holistic student development and addressing diverse needs effectively.  This webinar aims to provide LEA and CBO representatives with actionable strategies, best practices, and real-world examples to establish and strengthen partnerships. Participants will explore how collaboration can enhance access to resources, improve student outcomes, and promote community engagement.

Key Topics Include:

  • Understanding the Importance of Partnerships: Explore the benefits of collaboration between LEAs and CBOs in supporting student success and fostering community involvement.
  • Building Effective Partnerships: Learn practical strategies for establishing, maintaining, and nurturing partnerships between LEAs and CBOs.
  • Leveraging Resources: Discover how collaborative efforts can optimize resource allocation, including funding, facilities, and personnel, to better serve students and families.
  • Real-World Examples: Hear success stories and case studies showcasing impactful partnerships between LEAs and CBOs, highlighting innovative practices and lessons learned.

Session 3:  Sustainability, May 1, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Money Matters: Advancing Funding for Your Summer Programming

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Description:

Join us for an empowering webinar dedicated to equipping Local Education Agencies (LEAs) with the tools and strategies needed to build awareness by telling the story of your summer programming. Summer programs play a crucial role in addressing learning loss, supporting student success, and providing enriching experiences for students during the break. However, securing adequate funding and support for these initiatives can be a significant challenge.  This webinar aims to empower LEAs, district administrators, educators, and community stakeholders to become effective champions for summer programming within their communities and at the policy level.  Participants will gain valuable insights into the importance of summer programs and explore successful initiatives from across the country.

Key Topics Include:

  • Identifying Funding Opportunities: Learn about various sources of funding for summer programming, including federal, state, local, and philanthropic sources, and strategies for accessing and maximizing funding opportunities.
  • Crafting a Compelling Message: Learn how to effectively communicate the value and impact of your summer programming.
  • Understanding the current landscape that is impacting funding opportunities.
  • Leveraging Data and Evidence: Explore strategies for collecting and utilizing data and evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness and ROI of summer programs in supporting student learning and development

On-Demand Training & Resources

Student Recruitment and Retention

Recruitment & Retention are the two magic R’s for ensuring the success of a summer program. During this training we will utilize a holistic design process to create recruitment materials and outline key program components that will support the retention of youth. How to leverage GSAN resources including the summer activity guide.

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Engaging Students and Families

In this session participants will learn actionable strategies for being able to engage students and families in designing, running, and supporting summer programs. Collectively, participants customize and walk away with a toolkit of resources to build in the leadership of students and families for their summer program.

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GSAN Lunch & Learn: ASYD Resources

The Georgia ASYD Initiative provides resources, including training and technical assistance, to help create and maintain quality environments and experiences that benefit youth.

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Chew on This: Summer Learning Series "Routines, Rituals that Create Unique Summer Programs"

GSAN Consultant Jason Martin provides a look at rituals and routines from around the country that make summer programs special.

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Chew on This: Summer Learning Series "Evaluations Beyond Typical Tests"

GSAN’s Summer Learning Manager Julia Morris shares some innovative ways to assess student growth, which are way beyond typical tests and pop quizzes.

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Planning for Impactful Summer Learning

Throughout the pandemic, Georgia’s afterschool and summer learning programs have provided key supports to students and families. These programs are ready and able to support students’ recovery this summer by offering: 1) Support for student academic progress; 2) Opportunities for social, emotional and interpersonal connections; 3) Access to supports like physical activity, meals, and mental health services; and 4) Strong communications and connections with families. Join GSAN as we explore ways that school districts and summer learning programs can partner to plan for an impactful summer and combat COVID learning loss.

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GSAN Lunch & Learn: Summer Activity Guide (Not Just for Summer)

The Summer Activity Guide (SAG) is a suite of fun and engaging activities and challenges for youth ages 5 to 18 – and it’s not just for summer.

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GSAN Lunch & Learn: Mizzen by Mott - Activities at Your Fingertips

The Mizzen by Mott app is an innovative tool designed to help you plan and deliver engaging courses, lessons and activities.

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Introduction to the GSAN Summer Planning Toolkit - Introduction

What It Is & How to Use It

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Key Elements of High Quality Summer Programs

Youth Voice & Choice and Unique Program Culture

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Introduction to the GSAN Summer Planning Toolkit - Funding

Funding Streams for Summer Learning

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Outreach for Strong Attendance

Youth Recruitment and Retention

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Best Practices in Out-of-School Time

Moving from Theory to Action

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Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse

Angie Boy, DrPH, Program Manager, Prevention and Training, Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children

After school providers are important in recognizing potential instances of child abuse and neglect. As you work with kids daily, you may see or hear things from children that are concerning. This webinar will teach the basics of recognizing child abuse and how to respond appropriately when abuse is suspected or disclosed.

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Building Resilience in Out of School Time Programs

Chelsea Walker, LCSW, Wellness Program Coordinator, Behavioral Health, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

This Strong4Life Resilience Training is designed to support out of school time professionals and staff in promoting emotional wellness and fostering resilience in all kids.

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Supporting Whole Child Wellness in Out of School Time Programs

Wendy Palmer RD, LD, CHES, Manager, Wellness, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Healthy Habits help children build and maintain strong bodies and minds. Learn best practices for supporting health and wellness in youth programs and how to create a healthy environment for all kids.

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How your childhood impacts your health: An overview of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Angie Boy, DrPH Program Manager, Prevention and Training Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children

Childhood experiences can have lifelong impacts. This webinar will focus on adverse childhood experiences including definitions, original research and the potential health impacts.

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Preparing for the Unexpected: First Aid 101

Jeremy Russie, BSN, RN, Senior Wellness Program Coordinator

Unintentional injuries are the top cause of death in children ages 1-19 and life-threatening events such as asthma attacks and anaphylaxis can happen quickly. In this session, we will cover best practices for First Aid as well as some prevention strategies to help make your program a safer environment for all who attend.

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