ELC 2013-14 Year End Report
The ELC had a productive year in 2013-14 working on six priority areas. To tackle these areas, the ELC organized 2 workgroups (Financial Sustainability and Summer Learning) and initiated several projects – all working towards the ELC’s goals of improving access and quality of out-of-school time programs. A PDF of the ELC’s 2013-14 Year-End Report can be downloaded here. Some key highlights from last year include:
Technical Assistance Project
One of the primary accomplishments of the year was the first year pilot of the ELC’s Technical Assistance Project (TAP), which aimed to boost program quality across the field by offering free coaching, training, and networking opportunities to any interested OST program. By supporting the development of OST staff and professionalizing the field, the ELC is able to improve programs’ abilities to boost youths’ success in school and in life. Throughout 2013-14, the ELC Technical Assistance Project engaged more than 368 OST staff from more than 120 programs, ranging from programs who receive funding from the school district or a city agency to those that do not receive any public funding. Part of the TAP’s success in reaching this wide array of providers was due to designing several entry points for receiving support. For example, providers could sign up for workshops, networking events, coaching or access resources online. Almost half of the programs participated in at least two types of technical assistance offered, and several took advantage of every type of assistance including coaching, workshops, online and in-person networking.
Common Core Project
The ELC worked this year to strengthen local understanding of Common Core State Standards among out-of-school time providers and key staff within SFUSD and DCYF. Expanding on efforts from previous years, the ELC’s goal this year was to build mutual understanding across key stakeholders within the school day and expanded learning time about the role for OST providers in the implementation of Common Core State Standards. To this end, the ELC sponsored two convenings focused on systems stakeholders, and two trainings for OST providers.
Real-Time Student-Level Data Sharing Pilot
For the fourth year, DCYF and SFUSD continued to lead a pilot program allowing non-district staff working in out-of-school time to use the district’s online parent communication system (called School Loop) to access student academic data, such as grades and homework assignments. Pilot participants used the tool in different ways and with varying frequency, however all reported that having access to student grades and assignments made them more effective at supporting their students, and all wanted access to more student-level data.