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Resources

Get the resources and research you need for expanded learning, community schools, and education policy and advocacy to move your work forward. You’ll find funding guides, policy briefs, data sheets, training tools, research papers, and more.

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Community School Financing Guide
Community schools are a community-wide investment, dependent on the pooling of resources, deep integration, and seamless coordination. Many districts are interested in the community schools approach, but get stuck on how to finance such a seemingly large, comprehensive system without the use of special grants or private funds. PCY created a Community School Financing Guide to offer guidance learned from five communities who have opened their doors to show us, with sample budgets, how they financed their community school efforts, even in the midst of the recession.

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Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in Public and Affordable Housing
These groundbreaking quality standards build on the standards for expanded learning established by the California Department of Education, and reflect the unique needs of programs in housing communities. The standards offer guidance at the Program, Staff, and Participant levels in 12 key areas ranging from Family Engagement to Youth Voice and Leadership. Every program is different, and we believe these standards will serve as a guide that staff at each program will adapt to meet their unique needs.

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21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) RFA
21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC)
Information about the Cohort 10 Elementary/Middle School Request for Applications (RFA)
This memo describes the 21st CCLC request for applications (RFA) for elementary and middle school students. It is intended to provide updates about the new RFA and as an application planning tool that can be shared by teams, potential partners, and stakeholders. This document is not produced by the California Department of Education (CDE), so details should be verified in the official RFA that can be found on the CDE website.

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Student Success Comes Full Circle
Expanded learning and school day programs can and must work together to ensure that our investments result in real and equitable gains in young people's success. They can do this by consistently and coherently prioritizing students' social-emotional learning and character development. Expanded learning programs provide an opportunity for social-emotional learning and character development, particularly for underserved youth. The purpose of this paper is to help school day and expanded learning leaders capture that opportunity by providing a shared understanding of what and how expanded learning programs contribute to social-emotional learning and character. We believe this information will inspire better coordination of and commitment to school-day and expanded learning practices that ensure young people thrive in school and as citizens in the 21st century.

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Finding Common Ground: Connecting Social-Emotional Learning During and Beyond the School Day
This brief describes the broad common ground that exists between K-12 and expanded learning programs when it comes to both strategies and practices that address social-emotional learning. We believe that a shared understanding of the terminology can help K-12 and expanded learning leaders build more coherence between their programs, coordinate more effectively, and maximize the impact of resources and supports. The purpose of this brief is to begin to build bridges between the many initiatives currently underway across California's K-12 landscape. It is not about creating "new" programs or strategies but linking the assets and infrastructure currently in place in schools and districts across the state.

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Measuring Quality: Assessment Tools to Evaluate Your Social-Emotional Learning Practices
This guide is designed to help school districts and their partner organizations identify tools to assess the quality of their practices in relation to social-emotional learning (SEL).

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Investing in Summer Learning: Stories from the Field
In select communities throughout California, districts are taking a proactive approach to address summer learning loss by using the funds provided by the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Unlike traditional summer school, these summer learning programs combine much-needed academic content with fun, engaging activities. They look and feel like summer camp, but they incorporate intentional learning goals aligned with school priorities.

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Time Well Spent - Full Report
The available research and the experiences of communities throughout California suggest a set of strategic elements that school districts can use to leverage expanded learning time programs and resources in support of student learning. These strategies are like gears in a clock. You can arrange them in different ways to fit within an existing structure, but they must all be aligned in order for an expanded learning partnership to run like clockwork.

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Time Well Spent Executive Summary
The available research and the experiences of communities throughout California suggest a set of strategic elements that school districts can use to leverage expanded learning time programs and resources in support of student learning. These strategies are like gears in a clock. You can arrange them in different ways to fit within an existing structure, but they must all be aligned in order for an expanded learning partnership to run like clockwork.

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Summer Learning LCAP Template
This sample template illustrates how a district could use its Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) to invest in the kind of high quality summer learning program that its most vulnerable students need.

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LCFF: Leveraging Summer for Student Success
This guide shows how significant changes in California school financing and accountability systems under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) are right now providing educators, school leaders and communities a new opportunity to reinvent and reinvest in summer learning programs

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A High Impact Training Ground for Teachers and Staff
How education leaders can use summer programs to provide powerful professional learning opportunities in support of Common Core implementation and student-centered learning goals.

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Teaching Kids How to Succeed in School
How education leaders can use summer programs to engage students and develop their confidence as capable learners.

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Getting a Head Start on the Common Core
How education leaders can use summer programs to stop summer learning loss, and build student and staff capacity to succeed in the new Common Core environment.

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California's Afterschool Expansion
The planning for implementation of Proposition 49 and considerations for planners in other states.

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Summer Matters Resources
Find an extensive list of resources for district leaders, policy & advocacy leaders, program providers and technical assistance providers.

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Summer Matters Policy & Advocacy Resources
View a comprehensive list of resources for summer policy & advocacy covering the topics of: Research and Policy Initiatives.

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Summer Matters Program Providers' Resources
View a comprehensive list of resources for summer program providers covering the topics of: Purpose, Partnerships, Planning, Program Sustainability, Staff and Teaching Strategies.

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Changing the STEM Equation This Summer
In California and around the U.S., the public, private, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors alike are investing resources and forging new partnerships to address America's glaring education crisis in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).