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Tuesday, 28 October 2014 17:11

Time Well Spent

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Put your hand in. Right now, as you're reading this blog post, take one of your hands and hold it out, palm down, in front of you. It'll only take a second. No, seriously. We're going to make a virtual circle of hands here. Let's do this. Is it in?…
Friday, 24 October 2014 13:21

ASES Programs Caught in a Fiscal Squeeze

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In November, 2002, California citizens passed Proposition 49, which requires the Legislature to annually appropriate not less than $550 million to the California Department of Education for the After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program. The Proposition passed with a financial trigger that delayed the release of the appropriation until…
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 13:12

Feedback: It’s Like a Muscle

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I was in a meeting recently and was offered a suggestion: to invite my staff to play back what they heard when we're having discussions to reduce the chance for misunderstandings. I appreciated this feedback because it was practical and addresses an area of growth for me. It was especially…
The changes are becoming apparent. The transition is here. Individuals who once ran programs at a site level are now in positions of leadership at a state level. This is the moment that we have waited for with much anticipation and excitement. This is the conversation that we have had…
Asia Society and BOOST Collaborative are partnering to create a series of blogs on global learning in out-of-school time. This month features Jamaine Smith from BuildaBridge International. In Argelia, Ecuador, the eyes of eight children lit up as children from Philadelphia appeared on the screen of the small tablet they…
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 17:08


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We recently had our annual administrative retreat, wherein we disappear into the woods for a few days and hopefully come out refreshed, reinvigorated, and clearly focused on the goals and plans for the year ahead. Packing for the trip beforehand, I was chagrined out how ill-equipped my biggest bag was…
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 18:20

Improving as a Leader = Improving as a Person

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To be a truly good LEADER, one must espouse the following sorts of traits and behaviors:• Listen well• Speak judiciously• Approach others with humility• Laugh often (especially at yourself)• Treat others with empathy• Remain calm and thoughtful in the midst of stress• Be mindful of personal health so as to…
Our last blog featured 6 Ideas to Make Your Next Staff Meeting Fun and Healthy this Summer. Did you try one of them? Maybe you made "Silly Water" for a retreat or added some physical activity to your regular staff meeting. Building on those tips, here are a few ideas…
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