WORKSHOP STRAND SPONSORS
California AfterSchool Network
The California AfterSchool Network, CAN, is a member of the 50 State Afterschool Network that works to foster partnerships and policies to develop, support, and sustain high-quality opportunities for children and youth. Across the nation, afterschool and summer programs equip millions of children to succeed in school, connect with their communities, and prepare them for productive futures. The networks serve as a driving force, bringing stakeholders together and sharing best practices to ensure affordable, sustainable afterschool and summer learning programs are available. CAN furthers this mission by convening various stakeholders to focus on mission before organization; manage through trust, not control; promote others, not the individual; and build constellations, not stars.
Los Angeles Unified School District
With over 178,492 students participating daily in the programming provided by Beyond the Bell, the need for quality programs that engage and inspire students to pursue their passions continues to drive Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to remain on the cutting edge. LAUSD recognizes that kids need opportunities to design, build, create, practice, learn and thrive! Beyond the Bell is leading the charge for innovative Out of School Time programs through creative approaches to program design, collaboration, and training. As pioneers and leaders in after school programming, Beyond the Bell serves the students of the LAUSD at over 600 school sites. Through the cultivation of a sense of urgency, to keep up with the pace of change, Beyond the Bell works diligently to support students through academic and enrichment programs that engage heads, hands, and heart.
Beyond the Bell workshops are co-facilitated by top LAUSD staff working directly in the field. They are the practitioners that are on the ground developing, implementing and refining programs in real-time. Each of these practitioners are members of LAUSD's Core 30, an innovative unique professional development and learning community designed to expand, examine and explore best practices in education and OST programs to be directly implemented directly at LAUSD program sites.
What began as a single neighborhood center has grown into programs in over 400 California schools – from San Diego to San Francisco – serving over 150,000 students. Founded in 1997, Think Together partners with schools to change the odds for kids. Think Together delivers nationally-recognized expanded learning programs and school improvement, offered through affiliate partner Orenda Education.
Over 20 years Think Together has built a roadmap to support student success. Curriculum and activities are aligned with what students are learning during the academic school day. Each program is designed using data-driven solutions to help kids reach proficiency and achievement levels necessary to progress through school and prepare for college and careers.