Creative Capacity in Vermont Students


Over six days in November, 2016, the Community Engagement Lab brought together five of the nation’s most experienced teaching artists, a leading researcher, and 85 committed Vermont educators, expanded learning providers and students to deepen their understanding of the ways creative capacity can be developed more effectively in their hometowns and institutions. That gathering, known as the Vermont Creative Learning Forum, led to this report, which shares the Forum’s key insights and conclusions, and hopes to support the inspiring commitment across Vermont to fully advance creative capacity as a central priority of learning. To read the full report -- click here.

NEA “Great Public Schools Fund” Grants Continue to Contribute to Student Success

WASHINGTON - December 18, 2017 - The National Education Association has awarded $3.5 million in grants to 11 state and local affiliates from its Great Public Schools (GPS) Fund grants program. The grants are awarded biannually. Deadlines for submitting an application are June 1st and December 1st. Full article -- click here.

How afterschool programs are working together with public libraries 

With the support of STAR_Net (the Science Technology Activities and Resources Library Education Network), a project of the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL), and the American Library Association, the Afterschool Alliance surveyed 365 afterschool providers on their perceptions of public libraries, what kinds of partnerships they have, as well as ideas for future growth. To read the full 2017 report -- click here.

Building Workforce Skills in Afterschool

November 2017- A strong and vibrant economy is reliant on a strong and vibrant workforce equipped with the necessary skills, competencies, and knowledge. This issue brief highlights the ladder of supports afterschool and summer learning programs provide to help students develop the skills and gain the experience that will benefit them in the workforce, from building students’ communication and teamwork skills in elementary school to connecting students to internships and apprenticeships in high school. In addition to this issue brief, six complementary in-depth afterschool program profiles highlight different roles programs play to build students’ workforce skills. To read the full report -- click here.