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NYS TARC Newsletter—January 2023

Updated: Jan 6, 2023

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Important Reminders from the 21st CCLC Timeline:

  • Perform Budget Review and submit any Budget Amendments, if necessary.

  • Receive and review Local Evaluator’s Interim Report. Share information with stakeholders and integrate actionable findings and recommendations into ongoing internal improvement cycle.

  • Participate in the required Program Directors’ Mid-Year Report. Submit responses to the online survey to the NYSED Program Office by February 24, 2023. This information is used by the NYSED Program Office to review program progress, and to make a selection of useful, summary findings available to all statewide stakeholders in the Program Directors’ Progress Brief.

  • Convene 3rd Advisory Board Meeting. Include all stakeholders. Topics might include review of program progress and achievement of interim goals/mid-year benchmarks, reflect on internal review of staff performance/participant engagement findings, integrate evaluation findings into continuous improvement plans.




Save the Date! 21st CCLC Spring Conference March 24, 2023, at the Troy Hilton Garden Inn More details to follow. This event is in collaboration with the NYS Network for Youth Success annual conference.

**Refer to our website for all of the information from our Fall 2022 Events.


Other (non-required) events that may interest you:

Ongoing: Self-Paced Professional Development

The Resource Centers have partnered with Change Impact to offer a unique PD experience with Change Up Learning – an interactive online PD platform. Change Up Learning offers a variety of self-paced courses on relevant topics including Equity and Inclusion, Trauma-informed Practices, Positive Youth Development and more! These free courses are not mandatory, but available to support 21st CCLC subgrantees – and have been approved for New York State SACC credits. Create an account and access the growing library of courses by using the custom links below:

If you’re based in NYC, activate your account here. If you’re based in the rest of NY state, activate your account here.


Jan 17-Feb 14 NYS Network for Youth Success: OCFS Regulatory Training Series
Jan 18 NYS Network for Youth Success:


Jan 20 ETAC Webinar Release: Engaging Families in Students' Learning

Jan 25 NYS Network for Youth Success: Afterschool Advocacy Day

Jan 28 New York State Museum: Evolution and Ecology Teacher Workshop


July 19-20 Save the Date for the National 21st CCLC Summer Symposium



Call for Presentations: Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Program 2023 Summer Symposium

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) is pleased to announce the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Program 2023 Summer Symposium. This event, hosted by OESE’s Office of School Support and Accountability, will convene in-person July 19-20, 2023, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Summer Symposium features successful strategies that SEAs and their grantees can use to implement and manage all components of a 21st CCLC program. Attendees will hear from nationally recognized speakers during plenary sessions and work closely with education experts and peers during interactive workshops. SEAs and grantees will gain valuable perspectives on afterschool issues and receive important updates about the 21st CCLC program.

This year’s theme is “Celebrating 21st CCLC Resilience: Yesterday, Today, and Beyond.” Ideas for building on individual and collective strengths are woven throughout each of the following eight symposium strands:

  • Changemakers: Youth Tell Their Stories

  • College and Career Ready: Fully Present and Future Focused

  • Great Leaders Track: Recognizing and Cultivating Others’ Potential

  • Howdy, Partners: Families, Schools, and Communities Circle the Wagons for Students

  • Human-Centered and Personalized Learning Approaches

  • Life Experience Counts: Voices From the Field

  • Lighting the Flame: The Power of Interdisciplinary Connections

  • Positive Learning Environments: Physical, Social, and Emotional Considerations

Please go to to learn more and submit your proposal. Proposals will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, January 30, 2023.


FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program: Internet Subsidy for Qualifying Families
  • The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a federal subsidy program that was created to help households struggling to pay for internet service.

  • All families approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), are eligible for this program.

  • ACP provides a monthly discount for broadband service of up to $30/month, or up to $75/month for households on qualifying Tribal lands.

  • For more information and resources to share with families, please visit the FCC’s ACP Website. Materials are available in multiple languages. There is also a sample letter that can be used to reach out to eligible families.

  • Schools may be asked to verify eligibility. The Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology has provided a template verification letter and other resources for school districts.


NYS Center for School Safety: Classroom Management Resources
  • The Classroom Management Playbook

    • This series of short videos has been created to help you determine your classroom management style, support student social-emotional learning (SEL), and how function-based thinking can help you understand and better address student behavior.

  • The Dignity for All Students Act Implementation Resource List

    • This comprehensive resource list walks you through the requirements of the Dignity for All Students Act, the considerations necessary for faithful and effective implementation, and resources to support you and your team in keeping your school a safe place for all students.

  • Alternatives to Exclusionary Discipline: What, Why, and How

    • An introductory resource to the common pitfalls of exclusionary discipline and its alternatives.


Equity in School Discipline

It is critical that in your efforts to keep your school a safe place, you also ensure that all of your students are treated fairly and equitably. You can find the following resources linked on NYS Center for School Safety website’s homepage scrollbar to support your team’s efforts to ensure your discipline and school climate are equitable.

  • Regional Educational Laboratory Training Series on Using Data to Help Schools Improve their School Discipline Policies and Practices

    • This training series provides guidance on how teams can use evidence to identify interventions, develop action plans, track their effectiveness, and inform improvement decisions.

  • Dignity in Schools Campaign: Model Code Comparison Tools

    • This tool provides recommended language for alternatives to push-out and zero-tolerance discipline practices. It highlights questions you can answer about your own local codes of conduct and offer suggested guidance from considering alternatives and developing a strategy to implement them.

  • Using PBIS to Ensure Racial Equality in School Discipline

    • This 30-minute video shares specific strategies and resources for increasing equity in disciplinary practices with the use of PBIS.

  • Project Implicit: Implicit Association Test

    • A key part of ensuring our disciplinary practices are equitable is to be aware of and confront our own unconscious biases. This tool from project implicit can be really valuable in identifying these biases.

  • CASEL: Establish Discipline Policies that Promote SEL

    • This resource discusses how your team can align schoolwide discipline policies and procedures to support social-emotional learning in order to support stronger relationships, student engagement, and equitable outcomes.


New Volume of Navigating SEL from the Inside Out: SEL Guidance for Older Youth

The Harvard University team behind the popular guide to social and emotional learning (SEL) programs for preschool and elementary-age students now turns its eye toward SEL for the middle and high school years.

The new volume of Navigating SEL from the Inside Out offers detailed information on 18 evidence-based programs for older youth, including the specific social and emotional skills the programs help develop and the instructional methods they use.

The guide includes:

  • Background information on SEL and its benefits, including key features of effective programs and common implementation challenges.

  • A summary of the evidence base for each of the 18 programs.

  • Recommendations for adapting the programs to afterschool settings.

  • Summary tables that allow users to compare unique features, program components, and instructional methods, as well as to see which skills each program targets.

  • Detailed individual profiles for each of the programs.

Click here to download the guide.

Call for Nominations: The Better Beginnings Award

The Better Beginnings Award (BBA) celebrates the life and career of Helen Bach Moss, a New York State Educator who passed away in 1988. The $5,000 award recognizes currently teaching (PreK-6) New York State-certified teachers in a public or private school.

  • Seeking submissions of PreK-6 teachers who are gifted in finding and nurturing the strengths of each student and fostering trusting relationships among pupils, parents, teachers, and administrators.

  • For information regarding the final year for the award to nominate a teacher, please see the attachment titled Better Beginnings Award. Further information may be found on the webpage BBA

  • Nomination Packet Deadline: Tuesday, February 28, 2023

  • Questions may be directed to Elena Bruno, Coordinator of Better Beginnings Award, at 518-486-2978 or


You For Youth's December '22 Y4Y Insider Newsletter

Each month, The Y4Y Insider highlights new Y4Y content and valuable tools, offers creative program ideas, links to the latest Y4Y blog posts, shares best practices from the 21st CCLC community, and much more. In their December '22 issue, you'll find a lot of great resources in their year-end round-up to support the year ahead.

STEM Resources

Check out these compiled STEM resources from the National Girls Collaborative Project.

  • Accessible Hour of Code Youth who use a screen reader can participate in the Hour of Code through two activities that utilize the Quorum programming language and are accessible.

  • CodeYourSelf™ and Code/Art Coding Competitions CodeYourSelf™ and Coded Animated Art are competitions for self-identifying girls and non-binary youth grades 3-12. Winners will be recognized at Code/Art Fest to celebrate the achievements of young coders. Submission Deadline is February 17, 2023. View resources for educators to learn more.

  • do your :bit This digital challenge from Micro:bit, encourages youth to use technology to develop ideas and solutions to global problems connected to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals, including projects on topics of healthy oceans, tracking animal movements, and climate change.

  • Girls Who Code: At-Home Activities Code at Home activities engage youth in computer science through art, poetry, and activism. Activities feature pioneering women in technology and introduce youth to Python, web development, and Scratch to foster programming, design, and coding skills. Activities include unplugged and online options of varying levels of difficulty.

  • NCWIT AspireIT Toolkit The National Center for Women & Information Technology's (NCWIT) AspireIT Toolkit includes resources for designing and facilitating inclusive computer science experiences for youth grades K-12 with a focus on broadening the participation of girls and historically underrepresented populations.


STEM Summer Opportunity – Appalachian STEM Academy
  • New York’s Department of State is accepting applications for the Appalachian STEM Academy at Oak Ridge, a residential, hands-on, summer STEM academy focusing on math, science, and technology opportunity is available for New York State high school students and teachers and middle school students from New York State’s Appalachian Region (Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins counties)

  • Accepted applicants will receive roundtrip travel to Oak Ridge, TN, including lodging, meals, supplies, and extracurricular activities. The application deadline is Friday, February 10th, 2023.

  • Please visit the Appalachian STEM Academy at the Oak Ridge site to apply and for more information.

  • Please direct questions to and at 518-473-3355.

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Program Spotlights

Project #8007 Fallsburg Central School District

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Thank you to Jamie Lippen, 21st CCLC After School Coordinator, for shouting out two great teachers in Fallsburg. Jamie shared these beautiful pictures of their bilingual guitar club and their puppets and props afterschool program. Shout out to Erin Ruth, an ENL teacher by day, who shares her love of music with all students after school. Shout out to Tobi Magnetico, art teacher by day who is also getting kids ready for the school play by creating various props that will be used in this year's production. Can you guess what it is?!

Looks like a lot of fun things are happening in Fallsburg!


Project #8088 Fresh Youth Initiative at Gregory Luperon High School

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Participants in the Fresh Youth Initiative have been focusing on Community Service and Community Learning Activities in a big way with several activities:

  • Community Service Work: Students clean up of local park in Washington Heights

  • A collaboration between Colorway (an uptown-based creative agency), Adidas & Foot Locker where students decorated planters and received Adidas sneakers as a donation.

  • Students went to the SUNY College Fair held this past fall at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to meet college recruiters in the city and beyond, and plan higher education goals.


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