In this edition of KYOSA e-news:

  • NBA Math Hoops Training -- REGISTRATION OPEN
  • Partner Learning Series Session 1 -- Thinking Big About Think Alouds
  • Lights On Afterschool 2018
  • OST Healthy Eating & Physical Activity Standards
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Facebook Engineer for the Week
  • Sharing Power with Youth
  • Strategies for a Successful School Year (SEL)
  • Support the Afterschool STEM Movement
  • Pin of the Month

Save Your Spot Today!

Back by popular demand! KYOSA is sponsoring NBA Math Hoops trainings in Lexington on September 25th and in Louisville on September 27th .  Each training will last about 2.5 hours and is free to educators and program providers.  To register for one of our regional trainings, please click the links below.
September 25th: Lexington
September 27th: Louisville
NBA Math Hoops is a fast-paced basketball board game, curriculum and community program that allows students to learn fundamental math skills through direct engagement with the real statistics of their favorite NBA and WNBA players. The NBA Math Hoops curriculum is tied to Kentucky Math standards and 21st-century learning skills, and it has been shown to improve students' basic math skills and understanding of statistics, in addition to their interpersonal skills, driving them to collaborate more effectively with their peers.  [From]

2018-2019 Partner Learning Series -- Session 1

Each year Save the Children presents four, high-quality professional development sessions by leading field experts at no cost to program providers.  This year's series kicks off on September 27th with a focus on literacy.

Session #1: September 27th @ 3:30 EST: Thinking Big About Think Alouds

This session will define think alouds and summarize their supporting research and underlying theoretical framework. During this webinar, we will explore what a think aloud is and is not. It will include an overview of the most effective reading comprehension strategies to include in think alouds and a walkthrough of the three-step process to planning a thoughtful think aloud. Presenter Molly Ness is a teacher educator, university professor and author. Her research focuses on reading comprehension, teachers’ instructional decisions and beliefs, word study, and matching books to readers.  Register for this session and download this year's Partner Learning Series flyer for a sneak peek at future sessions.

Lights On Afterschool Registration Now Open!

Lights On Afterschool has become the signature event for afterschool programs nationwide to celebrate their successes and bring attention to the important role these programs play in the lives of students and families everywhere. Lights On Afterschool events gain media attention every year, and are a great opportunity to invite community leaders, policy makers, and legislators to see what afterschool programs are all about.

Our friends at the Afterschool Alliance have made it easy to participate in or host your own Lights On Afterschool event.  Their toolkit includes event ideas, planning guides, media templates, sample invites, graphics and more!

Finally -- and this is important -- don't forget to register your event so the KYOSA team can help support your program!  The ability to show legislators all the Lights On Afterschool events that are happening across the state is a powerful advocacy tool and reinforces how important these programs are to our students and families. Register your event today and help keep the lights on for Kentucky afterschool programs!

Register your event, get event planning tips, and sign the petition to support afterschool programs here.

NAA Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards Streamlined in Version 2.0

Finding an effective, easy-to-implement healthy eating and physical activity (HEPA) strategy can be challenging. NAA’s HEPA Standards for OST were recently refreshed, resulting in a more streamlined, user-friendly version.  Click to learn more.

Positive Youth Development

Better Kid Care’s modules on Positive Youth Development (PYD) present OST professionals with knowledge and tools to successfully work with school-age children and youth ages five through eighteen years. They've developed 10 online modules to support PYD practices based on the National Afterschool Association’s Core Knowledge and Competencies for Afterschool and Youth Development Professionals.  View the catalog and access the modules here.

Facebook Engineer for the Week

Facebook’s Engineer for the Week (EFTW) is an after-school experience that demystifies the world of tech, empowering learners to build their own working tech product while developing computer science skills

Participants team up to work on week-long project “sprints” with a social impact focus, mimicking how Facebook engineers actually build products. Meanwhile, facilitators receive comprehensive resources to successfully run the project sprint, including the opportunity to have learners virtually interact with Facebook engineers through live-streamed webinars.
Join the fall sprint (October 1-19th) by signing up here!
To learn more, visit their website or contact

Sharing Power with Youth

One of the biggest challenges for OST professionals is learning how to transition from "teachers" to "facilitators" as youth become adolescents. Eileen Wise, Penn State Better Kid Care youth development specialist, prepares us to authentically share the power.  Click to read.

Strategies for a Successful School Year

Jump-start the school year with tips and resources from Aperture Education. Download their FREE 2018 Back to School Guide for tips, including:
  • 6 stages of a successful SEL implementation plan
  • How to meet the needs of all students with SEL and MTSS
  • 6 bite-size SEL activities to start today
  • 3 strategies to build relationships with students
  • ...and so much more!
Get your copy here.

Support the Afterschool STEM Movement

Afterschool programs play a major role in providing meaningful science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning experiences to diverse groups of youth.  Join our STEM Coalition of out-of-school time professionals and help us ensure that all children and youth have access to high quality STEM programming.  Coalition members will drive KYOSA's STEM system building efforts and have access to exclusive training and technical support by national experts.
Count Me In!

Pin of the Month

Creating a safe space in which children and youth can learn and grow is paramount to any OST program, but it's not always easy.  This month, we've pulled together some of our favorite ideas to help you promote positive behavior in your program.  Includes tips and strategies for ages Pre-K through high school.
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