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  • What do you think about computing and computer science education? +

    SurveyWhat do you think about computing and computer science education? What are some challenges? Take this survey (www.surveymonkey.com/r/AfterschoolComputing) and tell the National Afterschool Alliance exactly what you think-if you do so before August 7 you could win a brand-new iPad Air. Complete the survey before the final deadline of August 14 for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

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  • Join us for a summer meals blog-a-thon and tweetfest! +

    Combining summer meals and summer learning should be a no-brainer—on July 30th, we’re going to spread the word by taking to the blogosphere and social media alongside the YMCA , the National Recreation and Park Association , Boys & Girls Clubs of America , the National AfterSchool Association , FRAC , and the National Summer Learning Association . As Congress considers reauthorization of child nutrition legislation, it’s critical that we come together to raise awareness about the importance of keeping students’ minds and bellies full during the summer months—so we need your help!

    Join us on Thursday, July 30 to share the amazing experiences your students

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  • Enos Garcia Elementary School making a traditional oven +

    Students from Enos Garcia Elementary School making a traditional oven (horno) during their summer enrichment class. They worked with a local expert to design and construct the oven.

    Posted by New Mexico Afterschool Alliance on Friday, July 17, 2015
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  • Senate ESEA bill, the Every Child Achieves Act, passes Senate and strengthens afterschool programs +

    For the first time since 2001, the U.S. Senate passed a federal K-12 education bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), approving the bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177) by a vote of 81 to 17  and sending a message that No Child Left Behind should be replaced. The legislation passed with strong bipartisan language reauthorizing and strengthening the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative which supports local school-community partnerships that provide effective before-school, afterschool and summer learning programs to more than 1.6 million students in all 50 states. The next step in the

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  • The High Cost of Low Technology Skills in the U.S.--and What We Can Do About It +

    Although American millennials are the first generation of "digital natives"--that is, people who grew up with computers and the internet--they are not very tech savvy. That fact would probably come as a shock to most Americans--especially to millennials themselves. After all, millennials are glued to their phones, tablets, and other devices. Many assume that using technology often means using it well.

    Change the Equation's new analysis of results from the 2012 Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) reveales sobering new data on millennials' skills and attitudes. What millennials don't know about their tech skills is costing them dearly.

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  • Enos Garcia elementary creates mural +

    Students and staff at Enos Garcia elementary in Taos work together to design and create a mural to enhance their environment.

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  • MOVE. SHAKE. MAKE Week of Making +

    The Week of Making is an opportunity to for individuals in communities throughout the U.S. and around the world to participate in Making activities locally, celebrating the innovation, ingenuity and creativity of Makers. Makers are developing new solutions and products to pressing challenges, engaging students in hands on, interactive learning of STEM, arts and design and enabling individuals to learn new skills in design, fabrication and manufacturing.

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  • Albuquerque Journal has highlighted another quality afterschool program - Community For Learning +

    A Program with a Mission - Community For Learning

    By Stephanie Guzman / Journal Staff Writer
    PUBLISHED: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Aaliyah Coleman has mastered a twirl in folklorico dancing, held a pose during yoga practice and taken on video editing, all thanks to an after-school program called Community For Learning.

    The third-grader at Coronado Elementary School loves her after-school program so much, she becomes upset when her mom picks her up early.

    Aaliyah’s mom, Kenda Coleman, likes the program, too, because it provides a safe environment with engaging activities for her daughter. It also allows Coleman to keep

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  • Grants available to support phys ed programs +

    KIDS In The GAME is a nonprofit organization focused on inspiring kids to thrive in life through sports. The organization is inviting public and charter schools enrolled or willing to enroll in the Let's Move! Active Schools program, and with no current physical education program, to apply for a GO! grant. The $1,000-$5,000 grants support physical activity in before, during, and after-school programs serving children ages 5-12 years. The programs can be new or an expansion of a current project. Applications must be received by June 1, 2015.

    For more information, visit: www.kidsinthegame.org/go-guidelines

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  • La Promesa Early Learning Center afterschool opera +

    La Promesa Early Learning Center completed their afterschool program with a performance by kinder-grade 3 students. The opera told the story of an old man who lost his dog, Spirit. He searched by the Rio Grande, he asked school children who were at recess, and he went to the dog pound. At the dog pound he set all the lost dogs free and in return they helped him look for Spirit. That night the Angel of Lost Dogs appeared and took them to the sky to look for Spirit. The old man, “El Viejo”, eventually went to the sky and

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Support Federal 21st CCLC Funding for Afterschool & Summer Learning

alert13Now is an ideal time to reach out to your Members of Congress calling for their support of afterschool and summer learning programs as they consider education, justice, child care, and other relevant spending decisions. Contact your elected officials and make the case for support and funding of school and community based before-school, afterschool and summer learning programs, that inspire learning, keep young people safe and help working families.

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