Learn24 Newsletter - August 14, 2020


Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes

Job Opportunities

Reading Recovery Specialist - District of Columbia Public Schools

Supervisory Grants Management Specialist- District of Columbia Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services

Education Coordinator - Howard University

Policy Associate - Parents Amplifying Voices in Education

Director of Policy and Opportunity - The Forum for Youth Investment

Elementary Academic Senior Manager - Horton's Kids

Grants Development Manager - Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School

Learn24 Events

Cooperative Learning - August 20, 2020 (Webinar)

Planning and Reflection - August 25, 2020 (Webinar)

Professional Development Opportunities

Disrupt the Status Quo: How SEL Can Address Implicit Bias and Build Equity in Classrooms and Communities - August 17, 2020 (Webinar)

This free webinar hosted by Second Step will discuss how the skills taught in evidence-based SEL programs can disrupt the status quo and help reduce bias in schools and communities. Register today to hear from experts in the fields of SEL and juvenile justice.

Closing the Gap: Addressing Learning Loss During COVID-19 - August 18, 2020 (Webinar)

The Campaign For Grade-Level Reading will host a webinar that explores the best science, ideas, and programs. This webinar looks to focus on knowledge derived from research, practice, and lived experience. Sign up to attend this webinar today.

Learning and Teaching Antiracism in Expanded Learning Programs - August 18, 2020 (Webinar)

Join the National Summer Learning Association, Generation Teach and San Diego Unified School District as they dive into agile and creative expanded learning programs that have elevated student voice, identify development, and courageous conversations around race and social justice. Learn more about this webinar here.

Return to School During COVID 19: Helping Children and Families Manage Stress and Build Resilience - August 21, 2020 (Webinar)

CASEL CARES continues their weekly webinar series with insight from clinical work and research that can help better understand developmental trauma and the cognitive, developmental, and relational problems that can arise as a result. This webinar will highlight the importance of structure, predictability and moderation of daily stress in building resilience as children and families prepare to return to school and manage ongoing pandemic issue. Register here to attend. 

Developmental Relationships: Bring Intention to Practice - September 14-15, 2020 (Webinar)

The Developmental Relationships - Bring Intention to Practice Workshop hosted by the Search Institute will help professionals learn to be intentional and inclusive in strengthening developmental relationships with young people. Educational success and social-emotional development blossom when caring adults and supportive peers are present in young people's lives, and build developmental relationships. Learn more here.

Note: References to events, workshops, organizations, or activities do not serve as an endorsement or recommendation from the OST Office, Learn24 or the Government of the District of Columbia.

Upcoming Virtual Workshops from The Institute for Youth Development 

The Institute for Youth Development has announced a new slate of upcoming virtual workshops to benefit any individual working with youth. Learn new strategies and concepts that support positive engagements with youth.

Secure your spot today! Space is limited. 

Promising Practices

In the first newsletter of each month, The Institute for Youth Development will highlight a specific indicator from the Weikart Center's Youth Program Quality Assessment (PQA) on promising practices in the field.

By Sekai Poles, Urban Alliance Alumni Intern

Adapted from istudy Penn State

Cooperative learning is an instructional strategy that intentionally designs activities that encourage students to work with their peers. Students benefit from cooperative learning environments with increased motivation, better retention of facts, increased academic achievement, and improved positive relations with peers. Five successful factors to implement a cooperative learning experience include:

  1. Interdependence — Students should view each other's efforts as important to both individual and team success, and create an encouraging environment for group projects. Interdependence is built through group assignments, group projects, and short-term based discrete projects.
  2. Promote interaction — Students should work to empower each other by offering help, praise, feedback, and resources. To promote interaction, provide opportunities by having each person learn a topic and then teach the topic to the whole group.
  3. Accountability — The group of students should hold each other accountable for completing assignments on time and achieving the goals of the group.
  4. Build soft skills — Facilitators should provide lessons and activities on teamwork in order for students to develop interpersonal skills to effectively work together. Provide the space to have groups present, manage their own conflict, and build self-awareness and strengths.
  5. Group processing — Students should strategize methods as a group for ways to meet their learning goals. This can be accomplished by having group members reflect on what was helpful and unhelpful regarding behaviors and actions of group members and adjust as needed.

Learn more about cooperative learning here or attend a Learn24 Virtual Workshop on Cooperative Learning by registering here.


Community Opportunities

DCPS Offering Online Workshops for Parents

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Parent University is a workshop series for families facilitated by the Communications and Engagement Office. These sessions are designed to help families play important roles in supporting student learning and growth. This series of free online workshops will support DCPS families as students learn at home. RSVP for one of the below workshops here.

  • August 13, 5:30 pm - Supporting My Early Childhood Education Student This Fall
  • August 18, 3:00 pm - Supporting Specialized Instruction During Learning At Home
  • August 20, 5:30 pm - Accessing Learning Online - Canvas 101 for Families 
  • August 27, 5:30 pm - Helping our Children Respond to Trauma as we Return to Learning

SY2020-21 DCPS Technology Survey

DCPS is asking families to complete a brief technology survey to help inform their plans for the start of the School Year 2020-21. This brief survey is completely voluntary, however, feedback provided will help DCPS evaluate device needs for all incoming students and develop a plan that meets the needs of the community. Survey responses are due no later than August 31, 2020. Complete the survey here.

DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) 2020-21 Deadline Extended

The Office of the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE) announced the deadline for applicants to complete the DCTAG application has been extended to Friday, November 13, 2020. For more information, please visit the DCTAG website.

Funding Opportunities

Serve DC - The Mayor's Office on Volunteerism and Partnerships Funding Alert

Weekly newsletter of funding opportunities.

Junior League of Washington Grants

The Junior League of Washington (JLW) will award grants of up to $12,000 towards nonprofit organizations in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Awarded organizations should focus on one of the following subject areas: artistic or cultural literacy skills, early childhood literacy skills, job readiness skills, and/or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm on September 2, 2020. More information can be found here

Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Awards

Chick-fil-A provides grants to nonprofit organizations that are working to strengthen neighborhoods and cities through the annual True Inspiration Awards. Organizations must be working in the areas of education, hunger, or homelessness. Awarded grants will range between $50,000 and $350,000. The deadline to apply is September 25, 2020. For more information, please click here

Capitol Hill Community Foundation

The Capitol Hill Community Foundation awards grants to non-profit organizations, schools, and other neighborhood groups in support of programs and projects that benefit residents of the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Organizations can apply for up to $5,000. Applications must be received by September 30, 2020 Read more about criteria and past grantees here

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