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Every Hour Counts Ten-Year Convening: Lessons from a Decade in the Expanded-Learning Field and Insights for the Future

27 Sep 2016
"Ten years ago, a group of intermediary leaders and prominent funders came together to create a shared vision for the afterschool field and develop a standard of success for citywide expanded-learning intermediaries. That meeting, the genesis of the national coalition that became Every Hour Counts, helped guide our work throughout the past decade." Read our article in the Fall 2016 issue of AfterSchool Today that shares highlights from our 10-Year Convening Report on equity, social and emotional learning, summer as a vehicle for innovative collaboration with K-12, and improving school climate.

Every Hour Counts Launches National Learning Community

27 Jun 2016
Every Hour counts has launched a new National Learning Community comprised of expanded-learning system-builders from 13 additional cities and regions from around the country. The Every Hour Counts National Learning Community will offer organizations the opportunity to share their own approaches with peers in other cities, improve their practices, receive coaching from field experts and experienced system-builders, and design solutions to shared challenges facing the field.

Every Hour Counts Ten-Year Convening Report

9 Jun 2016
Ten years ago, the national coalition, Every Hour Counts, was formed at a convening of accomplished intermediary leaders and prominent funders in the after-school field. A decade later, funders and practitioners came together once again to reflect on the state of our field and begin to chart a course for its future. This report provides an overview of major developments in the expanded-learning field in the last ten years, and sets forth a vision for the future. The report describes the pressing social issues that impact student learning, including poverty and inequity, and examine the ways in which expanded learning can help remove some of the associated barriers.

Join us for our Third Annual System-Building Institute!

24 May 2016
Are you interested in bringing high-quality expanded learning opportunities to scale in your community? Are you eager to hear first-hand from innovators about their experiences building systems? Do you want to connect with peers who are tackling similar challenges and figure out solutions together?

Join Every Hour Counts for our Third Annual System-Building Institute, August 3-4, 2016, in Chicago.

Messages Made Simple: Communications Toolkit for Expanded Learning

5 May 2016, Every Hour Counts
This messaging toolkit is for organizations that use expanded
learning to improve opportunities and outcomes for youth. It builds on
a collaborative process conducted by Every Hour Counts partners and is
available to organizations working in expanded learning, organizations that
are building expanded-learning systems, and anyone else who wants to
communicate clearly about this important work. The toolkit focuses on helping the field use clear, crisp, consistent language.

In addition to providing strategies and tips for communicating effectively,
it provides language to explain the value of expanded learning, the work
of intermediaries, and the role of expanded-learning systems in improving
outcomes for youth.

Summary of ESSA and 21st CCLC Program

19 Dec 2015, Penn Hill Group
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) maintains the 21st CCLC program as a stand-alone program. However, the law also makes some significant changes from previous law, particularly that the 21st CCLC program now supports afterschool, before school and in-school expanded learning programs. This report is a description of the major elements of the 21st CCLC program in ESSA, and how they have changed or remain the same compared to previous law.

Every Hour Counts Learning Community Application

8 Dec 2015
Every Hour Counts is issuing this application for the Every Hour Counts Learning Community, a professional learning opportunity targeted to emerging and intermediate-level expanded learning systems from cities, regions, and counties around the country that would benefit from learning and sharing strategies to build and enhance their community structures and services. Approximately 10 to 15 system-builders will be selected as founding members to participate in this inaugural year, with an annual rolling admission process in the future. The Every Hour Counts Learning Community will offer communities the opportunity to learn with peers in other cities as well as share and highlight their own approaches, improve their practices, receive coaching from field experts and experienced system-builders, and design solutions to shared challenges facing the field.

Applications are due on January 15, 2016.

New Partner Letter of Interest

7 Dec 2015
Every Hour Counts is issuing this Request for Letters of Interest to expand our reach, influence, and expertise by adding two to four local expanded learning systems to our partnership. Letters of Interest will help us better understand the scope of intermediary organizations interested in joining Every Hour Counts. Becoming a Partner of Every Hour Counts offers expanded learning intermediaries the opportunity to learn with system-building peers as well as share and highlight their own approaches, improve their practices, and design solutions to shared challenges facing the field. Letters of Interest are due on January 15, 2016.

Apps in After-School: Promising Practices for Bringing PBS KIDS Resources to Expanded Learning Programs

17 Sep 2015
Every Hour Counts is an outreach partner for the Ready To Learn initiative–supported by the United States Department of Education, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and Public Broadcasting System (PBS)–which develops hands-on and engaging educational content proven to build math and literacy skills in young children, especially those living in poverty. In an effort to identify promising practices in the integration of CPB-PBS Ready To Learn transmedia resources in expanded learning programs, we conducted interviews and reviewed progress reports with staff from a selection of Ready To Learn demonstration stations. This brief offers guidance to local public media stations looking to enrich learning experiences for young people in their communities by building new partnerships with expanded learning programs, offering professional development, and sharing technology.

August 2015 E-news

31 Aug 2015
In our August 2015 e-newsletter, we’re excited to announce our three-city data pilot research study, provide highlights from the system-building institute, and share new research on the foundations of success for young adults.

Every Hour Counts System-Building Institute: Summary Report

27 Aug 2015, Every Hour Counts
A summary report of the peer-learning institute hosted by Every Hour Counts for 25 community teams in Oakland, CA, on March 26-27, 2015.

Around the country, interest is growing in developing coordinated systems of after-school programming to expand students’ access to high-quality learning opportunities beyond the school day, and to help equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive. On March 26-27, 2015, more than 140 people from 25 communities across the system-building spectrum gathered in Oakland, CA, to discuss the essential elements of expanded-learning systems. Leaders in system-building and citywide coordination presented sessions on quality, data, operations, partnership building, and advocacy, and teams of diverse stakeholders from around the country shared their challenges, offered lessons learned, and began planning next steps to take home and implement in their communities.

"From Idea to Action: An Institute for Building Expanded-Learning Systems," was hosted by Every Hour Counts, in partnership with the Partnership for Children and Youth, and with generous support from The Wallace Foundation. This document offers a summary of system-building strategies, lessons learned, and challenges that were discussed over the two-day institute.

Every Hour Counts System-Building Institute: Summary Report

27 Aug 2015, Every Hour Counts
A summary report of the peer-learning institute hosted by Every Hour Counts for 25 community teams in Oakland, CA on March 26-27, 2015.

Around the country, interest is growing in developing coordinated systems of after-school programming to expand students’ access to high-quality learning opportunities beyond the school day, and to help equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive. On March 26-27, 2015, more than 140 people from 25 communities gathered in Oakland, CA, to discuss the essential elements of expanded-learning systems. Leaders in system-building and citywide coordination presented sessions on quality, data, operations, partnership building, and advocacy, and teams of diverse stakeholders from around the country shared their challenges, offered lessons learned, and began planning next steps to take home and implement in their communities.

"From Idea to Action: An Institute for Building Expanded-Learning Systems," was hosted by Every Hour Counts, in partnership with the Partnership for Children and Youth and with generous support from The Wallace Foundation. This document offers a summary of system-building strategies, lessons learned, and challenges that were discussed over the two-day institute.

March 2015 E-news

6 Mar 2015
In our March 2015 e-newsletter, sign on in support of school and community partnerships, read the results from RAND's new study on summer learning, and find out more about our West Coast System-Building Institute.

ESEA Comment Letter

5 Mar 2015
Every Hour Counts comments on Chairman Lamar Alexander's ESEA discussion draft to recommend that the Chairman’s Discussion Draft maintain a separate funding stream for the 21st CCLC program.

Request for Proposals: A Developmental Evaluation of the City Pilot Adoption of the Measurement Framework

11 Nov 2014
Every Hour Counts is seeking an evaluation firm with a solid track record in developmental evaluation to support the evaluation of the adoption of a measurement framework across expanded learning systems.
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