Education is at the forefront of a national and international debate about how we should better prepare our children and youth to become engaged global citizens.
In January 2012, more than 300 leaders from across the country will gather in San Francisco to explore how expanded learning opportunities can help prepare youth for college, careers and life in a global society. This annual meeting convenes state teams from the C.S. Mott Foundation-funded networks to focus on leading-edge ideas and policies in education and expanded learning.
National and international experts—including Kai-Ming Cheng of the University of Hong Kong—will discuss themes such as global learning, STEM and higher education. Teams will work together during engaging sessions and interactive experiences on plans to bring new ideas back to their states.
Statewide afterschool networks connect key decision-makers and resources in 39 states to develop and sustain high quality afterschool programs. The work of the networks is to provide robust bridges between leaders of schools, communities and families to better support students. School-based / school-linked afterschool programs help educators and others rethink the school day and school year, so that three vital resources—public education, community and time—fully support student learning, youth development and life-long learning opportunities.
Collaborative has coordinated the SAN network’s convenings, web presence, and technical assistance since 2002. The network is framed around three key goals:
- Create a sustainable structure of statewide, regional and local partnerships, particularly school-community partnerships, focused on supporting policy development at all levels.
- Support the development and growth of statewide policies that will secure the resources needed to sustain new and existing afterschool programs.
- Support statewide systems to ensure programs are of high quality.