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October 24, 2006

Youth Media in the Classroom: Lessons from LA

Over the last year, YouthLearn Director Tony Streit has been advising arts education leadership at Los Angeles Unified School District in support of their efforts to better integrating media making into the classroom. The initiative involved intensive professional development and mentoring through a partnership with University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television and Institute for Multimedia Literacy. Tony has recently written an article about their efforts, which is available at the URL below in the Youth & Media section of the YouthLearn website.

Posted by wrivenburgh on October 24, 2006 | YouthLearn Updates

Study: Ed tech has proven effective

"But more needs to be done for technology to reach its full potential in schools"
By Laura Ascione, Assistant Editor, eSchool News
"When implemented carefully--with adequate attention paid to training, support, and evaluation--technology has been found to have a significant positive impact on student learning across all areas of the curriculum, according to a new report. So, why do critics of educational technology still decry the billions of dollars being spent on ed tech in schools across the nation? For one thing, many educators have 'miscalculated' the difficulty of implementing technology effectively, the report says--and ed-tech advocates also might have 'over-promised' their ability to deliver a learning return on their investment."

Posted by wrivenburgh on October 24, 2006 | Research

American Folklore Resource

"This comprehensive American Folklore Web site contains retellings of tall tales, myths and legends, ghost stories, animal stories, Native-American folklore, tongue-twisters, and more from all 50 states. There are also lesson plans, an ESL section, and a 'countdown to Halloween.'" This website is also an American Library Association 'Great Web Sites for Kids' pick.

Referred by: Reading Rockets
Posted by wrivenburgh on October 24, 2006 | Activities

2007 ExploraVision Awards for students K-12

"Now in its 15th year, ExploraVision is a national science competition that encourages K-12 students of all interest, skill and ability levels to create and explore visions of future technology. Each student on four first-place teams will receive a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond and a trip to Washington, D.C....

Here's the challenge: Pick and research a technology, then explore what it could be 20 years from now. Are there problems modern technology has yet to solve? Are there practical solutions to everyday problems we've yet to consider? The 2007 ExploraVision Awards competition is sponsored by Toshiba and administered by the National Science Teachers Association."

Entries due January 30.

Referred by: TeacherVision
Posted by wrivenburgh on October 24, 2006 | Funding

October 11, 2006

Digital Storytelling: A Tutorial in 10 Easy Steps

"Digital storytelling is a powerful, evocative, and emotional way of communicating your organization's themes and stories. Read tips on creating your own videos, culled from digital storytelling experts."

Referred by: TechSoup By the Cup
Posted by hchung on October 11, 2006 | Resources

October 10, 2006

Showcase of Community-Based Activities

This site shares community-based curricula for elementary through high school age students as well as descriptions and educators' reflections on the experience of facilitating the activities. "The curriculum exemplars you will find here possess strong elements of community-based education, in principle and practice. Many of the examples we showcase on these pages also make use of service-learning as a pedagogy. Most of the exemplars presented here were originally featured in our publications Community Works Journal, or in Connecting Service-Learning to the Curriculum."

The Community Works On-Line Resource Center is operated by Vermont Community Works.

Posted by wrivenburgh on October 10, 2006 | Activities

YouthLearn Continues as Mott Foundation's Afterschool Academies Partner

This summer, YouthLearn team members worked with other partners in the Afterschool Academies training initiative to pilot test new professional development strategies for the afterschool practitioners. Academies were offered in San Jose, California and Macon Georgia and drew almost 100 practitioners to each event. The approach is one that explores how best to weave academic enrichment into afterschool program design and advocates for the integration of positive youth development principles, thoughtful staff development, and experiential learning strategies. YouthLearn focuses on how to develop inquiry-driven, project-based learning curriculum through a hands-on workshops and peer coaching.

The program is funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Collaborators include lead organization Foundations Inc., as well as the Center for Youth Development, Citizen Schools and afterschool gurus Gary & Eve Moody, formerly of Arnold's All-Stars.

For more information about the Afterschool Academies, visit:

Posted by wrivenburgh on October 10, 2006 | YouthLearn Updates

YouthLearn's Guide to Field Trips That Maximize Learning

Field trips are a great way to bring excitement and adventure to learning. A focused, well-planned field trip can be the perfect vehicle to introduce new skills and concepts to kids, reinforce ongoing lessons and leverage the learning potential of other trips you'll take throughout the session. If your field trips are going to be more than just fun, however, it will take serious teamwork and planning. When it comes to maximizing the learning value of field trips, nothing is more important than what you do long before stepping onto the bus.

Posted by wrivenburgh on October 10, 2006 | Activities

After-School Program Toolkit

"The nation's fifth largest youth-serving organization, Communities In Schools champions the connection of needed community resources with schools to help kids succeed in school and prepare for life... The body of research on after-school programs – though still maturing – must be accessible to people who run after-school programs. This toolkit was designed to put research into the hands of the people running after-school programs by summarizing:

-After-school programs found to be effective
-Core elements that contribute to the success of these programs
-A body of resources to sustain quality after-school programs
-Toolkit Development."

Posted by wrivenburgh on October 10, 2006 | Resources

Lights On Afterschool! - October 12

"Lights On Afterschool is celebrated nationwide to call attention to the importance of afterschool programs for America's children, families and communities... Lights On Afterschool was launched in October 2000 with celebrations in more than 1,200 communities nationwide. The event grew in 2001 to more than 3,600 events, and more than 7,500 in 2005. This October 2006, 1 million Americans will celebrate Lights On Afterschool!

Lights On Afterschool is a project of the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs by 2010."

Posted by wrivenburgh on October 10, 2006 | News

Resources on Afterschool, Fourth Edition

"This Web site and CD-Rom, now in its fourth edition, host a substantial spectrum of resources produced by Mott Foundation Grantees on research and evaluation, promising practices, professional development, public awareness and communications, policy development, financing strategies and opportunities to consider in afterschool." This impressive collection of materials is comprehensive, well-organized, and current--updated in 2006. Whatever your need may be, you're likely to find some relevant resources.

Posted by wrivenburgh on October 10, 2006 | Resources

The YouthLearn Guide and YouthLearn's Afterschool & Technology Website

Our signature resource, The YouthLearn Guide: A Creative Approach to Working With Youth and Technology, has helped so many practitioners over the past few years that we thought it worthwhile to remind folks about it again. The Guide is an easy-to-use, hands-on manual with more than 160 pages of lessons, worksheets, and sample activities on how to set up a new learning program or enhance an existing one.

As with our other resources, the Guide helps practitioners combine new technologies and proven teaching techniques in ways that will make your work even more rewarding for you and the children you serve. You can use the Guide in conjunction with the activities, program models, and additional resources shared on the YouthLearn website to develop and enrich your afterschool program.

Please also check out, if you haven't already, our Afterschool & Technology section for model programs. Launched last year, this section documents the work of 8 afterschool programs that integrate technology into content-rich learning experiences. As always, we would love to hear your thoughts about these resources and to learn about your own efforts with project-based learning and technology integration.

Posted by wrivenburgh on October 10, 2006 | YouthLearn Updates

MENTOR's Afterschool Clearinghouse

"The After School Clearinghouse is designed to provide you with tools and resources to add a mentoring component to your after school program. It also provides resources you can use to implement, manage and strengthen your after-school program. Here you'll find information on how to implement a mentoring component in a new or existing after-school program as well as a clearinghouse of after-school program resources, including: Program Planning and Design; Program Management; Program Operations; Program Evaluation; Mentor Trainer's Manual."

Posted by wrivenburgh on October 10, 2006 | Resources

State Farm Youth Advisory Board Service-Learning Grants

"Young people, teachers, schools and districts, and community organizations who believe in the power of service-learning to promote academic achievement and address fundamental community problems don't want to miss this opportunity to secure grant funds of $25,000-$100,000 to support well-designed,
student-led service-learning projects that structurally impact one of the four issues:

* Disaster Preparedness
* Driver Safety
* Financial Responsibility
* Access to Higher Education/Closing the Achievement Gap

The inaugural 30-member State Farm Youth Advisory Board, comprised of 30 students between the ages of 17-20, was established to design and administer a $5 million annual grant fund to support service-learning projects. Applicants may choose between one-and two-year grant options." Deadline: November 15, 2006

Referred by: Promising Practices in Afterschool
Posted by wrivenburgh on October 10, 2006 | Funding

Target Launches New Field Trip Grants Program

"As part of the Target commitment to supporting education, the new Target Field Trip Grants program will award U.S. educators grants of $1,000 each to fund a field trip for their students. Target Field Trip Grants may be used to fund trips ranging from visits to art museums and environmental projects to cultural events and civic experiences.

Up to eight hundred grants will be awarded. Grants are awarded to educators, teachers, principals, para-professionals, and/or classified staff. Applications must be submitted electronically between September 1, 2006, and November 1, 2006."

Referred by: Foundation Center
Posted by wrivenburgh on October 10, 2006 | Funding

NAM and UCLA IDEA Launch Education Newsletter, Mosaic Monthly

"Offering a synopsis of education issues as covered by some of California’s best ethnic media reporters, Mosaic Monthly will be produced and distributed by UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education and Access (IDEA) and NAM."

Referred by: New America Media Newsletter
Posted by hchung on October 10, 2006 | Resources

October 09, 2006

ING Unsung Heroes Program Seeks to Reward Excellence in America's Schools

"Financial services company ING ( seeks to help K-12 educators and their schools fund innovative classroom projects through its annual Unsung Heroes awards program.

All K-12 education professionals, whether or not they are clients of ING, are eligible. However, these individuals must be employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the United States and be a full-time educator, teacher, principal, paraprofessional, or classified staff member with an effective project that improves student learning."

Deadline: April 30, 2007

RFP Link:
Referred by: Foundation Center
Posted by tstreit on October 09, 2006 | Funding