Students at the Center of Learning: Closing the Opportunity Gap with Afterschool & Expanded Learning 2013 National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks National Network Meeting, February 4-7, Washington, DC


  1. Know Before You Go

    We look forward to seeing you next week for the 2013 National Network Meeting — Students at the Center of Learning: Closing the Opportunity Gap with Afterschool & Summer Learning. We are grateful for your participation, input in developing the meeting and commitment to improving afterschool and expanded learning.

    Agenda Information

    The meeting will take place from Monday, February 4, 2013 to Thursday, February 7, 2013. The majority of the meeting will take place at the JW Marriott Washington DC, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC.

    Registration will open at 8:00 am on Monday, February 4th and will be located on the Ballroom level in front of Salons III and IV.

    NEW! Conference App!

    Download the companion app for the 2013 National Network Meeting, which is now available on the App Store or Google Play store, for iPhones or Androids. It’s like having the agenda book in your pocket, with easy access to your schedule, session descriptions, presenter bios and more. Download it today and be ready for next week! If you have not received an email to set up a profile please contact Annie Meyer, for assistance.

    Airport Transportation

    The Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is located 4 miles from the JW Marriott DC. A hotel courtesy van is not available. Instead, you can reach the hotel concierge for car service information by calling 202-393-2000. Alternatively you can choose to rent a car, take a taxi or use the DC Metro, the local public transit system.

    • Taxi: Approximately $15 – $20 one-way.
    • Metro: From the airport you can get on the blue line and take it directly to Metro Center. Use the 13th and G Street exit, walk down G Street towards 14th, go left on 14th street and you will see the entrance to the hotel on the SE corner of the block.
    • Car Rental: Major car rental agencies are located at the airport. Advanced reservations are recommended.
    • For driving directions you may visit the hotel website.

    As a reminder it will be February in DC, so please plan for cold weather. For last minute questions or needs, please contact: Sheena Collier 202-957-6762 or Annie Meyer 202-266-4701.

    We look forward to seeing you next week!

  2. Kumar Garg to Speak to the Networks

    We are pleased to announce that Kumar Garg, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will join us for a special discussion with network leads during the plenary on the morning of Wednesday, February 6.

    Kumar Garg is a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Director at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy focusing on education and broader innovation policy. Prior to his time in government, Garg worked on behalf of parents and children seeking educational reform as an education lawyer and advocate.

    Garg leads President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign to improve science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM). As part of Educate to Innovate, which already has secured over $700 million in private sector commitments, he works with a broad range of industry, foundations, philanthropists, states, non-profits, professional societies, and federal agencies to build on the President’s call to action.

  3. Draft Schedule Now Live

    Ready to start planning with your team? Check out the draft schedule, now live on the National Network Meeting website. If you’ve already registered, you will receive an email later today with information on creating your own profile and customized schedule.

    What Can I Do?

    Mark the sessions that you’re interested in right on the website. Add your Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn information to see what your colleagues are going to. When it’s time to travel to DC, you’ll be able to print out your own personal schedule or view it in the 2013 National Network Meeting app!

    An App?

    Yes, an app! Available now on the App Store, for iOS devices, or the Google Play store, for Android devices, you can now download the companion app for the 2013 National Network Meeting. It’s like having the agenda book in your pocket, with easy access to your schedule, session descriptions, presenter bios, and more. Download it today and get ready for 2013.

  4. Opportunities for State Education Agencies

    Networks bring high-level teams of stakeholders to the meeting, including representatives from state education agencies (as required in the Mott Foundation guidance). At the 2013 National Network Meeting, state education agency representatives are invited to join a peer-to-peer conversation session with other SEA representatives.  The session will take place Thursday, February 7 from 10:00am – 1:00pm.

    We look forward to welcoming you to Washington, DC!

  5. Paul Tough to be Featured Speaker

    We’re pleased to share that noted author Paul Tough will address the Statewide Afterschool Networks during the Opening Plenary on Monday, February 4.

    Author Paul Tough

    Tough is the author of the new book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, in which he challenges our culture’s belief that intelligence, endlessly measured by test scores, is the sole indicator of value in our education system. The work of a new generation of researchers and educators points to the fact that the qualities that have a better shot at indicating lifelong success are “non cognitive” or what we might refer to as “personality traits” such as curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, self-control and grit.

    Using the tools of science, Tough peels back the mysteries of character and traces the links between early childhood neurological development and environment. He helps us understand how early adversity affects children’s emotional, social and cognitive development in ways that will carry on throughout their entire lives, and what we can do about it.

    A contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, Tough previously authored Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America, which focuses on the steps necessary to improve the lives and education of underserved children. Through the case study of the Harlem Children’s Zone, he describes the inspiring struggle to establish a way to combat poverty that could be replicated nationwide. Tough has also contributed to This American Life and The New Yorker, where he has honed his focus upon education, poverty, parenting and politics.

  6. Session Ideas Invited

    Networks are invited to submit ideas for sessions by November 9. Sessions might focus on a challenge that was overcome or how a success came to be. Presenters/ discussants should detail how system level policies and practices were initiated and supported by the networks. Note that sessions should be designed to support and encourage discussion among you and your colleagues and should not be designed as traditional sessions where a panel of presenters is speaking at the audience the entire time.

    In order to facilitate discussion, workshops will not include PowerPoint presentations.

    2013 convening themes will focus on:

    • The intersection of research, policy and practice in supporting systems for afterschool
    • Student-centered learning and the leading edge issues where the afterschool community can provide leadership like credit-bearing opportunities outside of school, digital learning, school-community partnerships
    • Today’s policy context and the opportunities and barriers for expanded learning opportunities
    • The gap in opportunities for young people mitigated by quality afterschool and summer learning programs

    All sessions at the meeting are built around the three goals of the Mott-funded networks:

    Goal 1: Create a sustainable structure of statewide, regional and local partnerships, particularly school-community partnerships, focused on supporting policy development at all levels.

    Goal 2: Support the development and growth of statewide policies that will secure the resources that are needed to sustain new and existing afterschool programs.

    Goal 3: Support statewide systems to ensure programs are of high quality.

    Sessions will be approximately 75 minutes in length. Preliminary proposals are due November 9.

    Proposals will be reviewed and possibly combined, revised or augmented in coordination with the networks.

    Submit an idea