Tag Archives: Outreach

FAN’s CEO Interviewed for 2012 “American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen”

31 Aug

On August 29, Florida Afterschool Chief Executive Officer Larry Pintacuda  participated in “American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen”, a national public  initiative and television program. His topic was the positive impact on quality  afterschool programming as it relates to improved academic performance of
kids.

Armed with strong facts documenting the importance of afterschool  programs, Larry represented all the FAN Champions and Board Members in  expressing why these programs are crucial to the development of our children.  The program is scheduled to be aired during the week of September 22nd, and
Larry’s portion was 4-5 minutes.

FAN would like to thank Kim Kelling Engstrom, Director of Educational Services for WFSU TV and a FAN Champion, for  her efforts in getting represented in this wonderful program.  This is not the  first time Kim and WFSU TV has addressed and promoted the importance of  quality afterschool. It was her efforts that brought national television show  “Electric Company” to Florida to provide training for afterschool  practitioners.

The exact date and time the program will be aired will be  posted as soon as it is released.

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Missed the 2012 Afterschool Stakeholder Summit? Watch it here!

18 Jun

The Florida Afterschool Network is very pleased to be able to share video highlights from the inaugural Afterschool Stakeholder Summit. We would like to thank Broward College and specifically, Greg Haile, for arranging the Summit to be recorded and enabling us to share the valuable conversation and discussions with those who were unable to attend. Additional thanks to Travis Jordan, also from Broward College, for being an outstanding videographer. Also, thanks again to the Children’s Services Council of Broward County (our co-host) and to everyone who was able to attend.

Please click on the links below to access each segment of the Summit.

Opening Remarks Part 1:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVquziU4zXs&feature=youtu.be

Opening Remarks Part 2:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5I5cyoQywxc&feature=youtu.be

Panel 1 (What’s Working):

http://youtu.be/uX0PaclG_WE

Panel 2 (Role of Afterschool):

http://youtu.be/ykVq2Y5kwpI

Panel 3 (Roadmap discussion):

http://youtu.be/dwgUc75zP_w

Wrap up with audience participation:

http://youtu.be/3YKmnM4eYQY

We would love to have your feedback, and we look forward to follow up events in the near future! Additionally, this information can be found on our FAN website at http://myfan.org/news.html. Please feel free to share with other stakeholders and help to spread the word that afterschool is accelerating student achievement.

2012 Inaugural Florida’s Afterschool Stakeholder Summit a Success

13 Jun

On June 6th, the Florida Afterschool Network partnered with the Children’s Services Council of Broward County and Broward College to host the inaugural Florida’s Afterschool Stakeholder Summit: The Power of Afterschool.  The summit’s purpose was to promote the powerful impact of afterschool programs and establish the guiding principles to ensure that afterschool programs will be a part of the educational landscape in Florida’s future.

Nearly 90 participants, including stakeholders from throughout Florida, attended the event to discuss important topics related to afterschool programs, including best practices and the future of afterschool programs.  In addition to getting input from the state’s most well respected afterschool champions, there was a great youth perspective. What we learned from Breon Callins is that we need to listen and hear from kids more. We are not just giving lip service to seek their input – be assured as we move forward with other afterschool summits FAN will do just that.
It was evident from the summit that there is a strong support for professional development for afterschool programs, as well as support for maintaining and increasing funding streams.  Additionally it was agreed that it is necessary to increase the visibility of afterschool programs at both the local and state levels.
Afterschool programs are imperative to the success of our students. We hope that these types of meetings happen more often to help promote discussion and build support.
The speakers and panelists included some of the biggest advocates for the Florida afterschool programs:
·        Linda Lanier, Chair, Board of Directors, Florida Afterschool Network
·        Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, President & CEO, Children’s Services Council of Broward County
·        Representative Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed r
·        Mike Lannon, Superintendent of Schools, St. Lucie County
·        Dean Aline Sarria, Broward College, Superintendent
·        Ken Scubbs, Genesis Center 21st CCLC Program
·        Todd Rosenbaum, CEO, YMCA of Florida
·        Michael Skolnick, President of Community After School
·        Donna Lavalle, Co-Director of Smith Community Mental Health
·        Cynthia Reynoso, Program Specialist at CSC of Broward County
·        Suzette Harvey, Executive Director, PrimeTime Palm Beach County Inc.
·        Anne McKenzie, CEO of Boys and Girls Club of Martin County
·        Greg Haile, Vice President, Governmental Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Broward College
·        Lesley Fletcher, Deputy Division Chief of Education, NASA
·        Sharon Carie, President, Afterschool Alliance,
·        James Griffin Principal, Lauderdale Lakes Middle School and Florida Principal of the Year
·        Student Breon Callins
·        Glenn Gilzean, Executive Director, Educate Today, and Pinellas County School Board member
·        Modesto Abety-Gutierrez, CEO, The Children’s Trust of Miami/Dade County
·        Art O’Hara Executive Director, R’Club Child Care Inc.
·        FAN CEO Larry Pintacuda and COO Joe Davis

Florida’s 2012 Afterschool Stakeholder Summit – June 6

6 Jun
Today the Florida Afterschool Network, Children’s Services Council of Broward County and Broward College will host the Florida’s Afterschool Stakeholder Summit: The Power of Afterschool at Broward College.
The purpose of the summit is to promote the powerful impact that expanded learning and afterschool programs are having in accelerating student achievement and establish the guiding principles to ensure that afterschool programs will be a part of the educational landscape in Florida’s future.
Topics include a National conversation relating to afterschool and expanding learning to increase student achievement; What’s Working Panel Discussion highlighting best practices in afterschool programs from 21st CCLC, Children’s Services Councils and Community-based and Faith-based programs; What Role Will Afterschool Play in Florida’s Future?; Panel Discussion on student’s needs and obstacles; and Florida’s Afterschool Roadmap.
The speakers will include some of the biggest advocates for the Florida afterschool programs, include FAN CEO Larry Pintacuda and COO Joe Davis; Linda Lanier, Chair, Board of Directors, Florida Afterschool Network; Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, President & CEO, Children’s Services Council of Broward County; Dean Aline Sarria, Broward College, Superintendent; Representative Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed; Daniel Lyons, President and CEO, Florida Boys and Girls Clubs; Ken Scubbs, Genesis Center 21st CCLC Program, Todd Rosenbaum, CEO, YMCA of Florida; Michael Skolnick, President of Community After School; Donna Lavalle, Co-Director of Smith Community Mental Health; Cynthia Reynoso, Program Specialist at CSC of Broward County; Suzette Harvey, Executive Director, PrimeTime Palm Beach County Inc.; Greg Haile, Vice President, Governmental Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Broward College; Lesley Fletcher, Deputy Division Chief of Education, NASA; Sharon Carie, President, Afterschool Alliance,; James Griffin Principal, Lauderdale Lakes Middle School and Florida Principal of the Year; Aline Sarria, Dean, Teacher Education programs, Broward College; Glenn Gilzean, Executive Director, Educate Today, and Pinellas County School Board member; Mike Lannon, Superintendent of Schools, St. Lucie County; Modesto Abety-Gutierrez, CEO, The Children’s Trust of Miami/Dade County; Art O’Hara Executive Director, R’Club Child Care Inc.
A full report of the summit will follow.

New Partnership Allows for Training Session for Afterschool Providers

2 Apr

We have some exciting news! The Electric Company, WFSU and the Florida Afterschool Network (FAN) are partnering to deliver training sessions for afterschool providers on summer learning and extended learning.

Kim Kelling Engstrom, Director of Educational Services, WFSU and FAN Champion has been coordinating among the three entities to bring the workshop(s) to fruition.

The Electric Company is an educational children’s television series produced by Sesame Workshop for PBS in America. WFSU is the PBS public television station in Tallahassee licensed through Florida State University.

The Electric Company’s Summer Learning and Extended Learning programs”bring math and literacy to life through engaging videos, hands on activities, online games, and dynamic activity pages.” The content is designed to “bridge the gap” in out of school time learning for children in 1st – 3rd grade. Besides offering quality resources to afterschool providers, much of the content is free to providers.

The live training session(s) will be held May 15th. We will advise you as soon as the actual time is set. The training will be provided to about 50 practitioners from the Tallahassee area. We are also trying to work out the logistics to have the training provided via satellite to other parts of the state.

This is a tremendous opportunity for afterschool providers and practitioners in Tallahassee and the surrounding areas, and hopefully throughout the state. We hope this is the first of a long partnership among the Electric Company, WFSU.