ESSA and Afterschool
Afterschool programs are critical pieces in the school-home-community continuum. Supporting the work that happens in the classroom is an important part of what Afterschool does. With the focus shifting from compliance to allowing districts to make more decisions, districts that make the choice to include Afterschool programs in their District and/or School leadership teams or in their improvement plans can benefit from the additional supports these programs can provide.
Working with a team from the Afterschool community, OAN continues to develop communications for Afterschool programs and stakeholders – parents, teachers and community partners. Check back in February for one pagers and for other helpful tips on how to communicate the value of Afterschool.
OAN has created an OAN ESSA One Pager for stakeholder use. This document gives a few data points that you can share with school district leadership, as well as use in communications. The back has a few action steps that you can take.
Afterschool Webinar: State-Level Strategies for Bridging Schools & Afterschool in ESSA
Thank You to the OAN ESSA Workgroup
Ohio’s ESSA Plan
The Ohio Department of Education submitted Ohio’s Board-approved ESSA plan to the U.S. Department of Education on September 15, 2017. The U.S. Department of Education approved the plan on January 16, 2018. You can read the whole 117 page plan HERE.
Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Education builds on its Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) proposal and honors stakeholder feedback by targeting improvement for all students and schools.
How? Through action steps that target five key areas:
- Early learning and literacy (preparing our youngest children for success in school);
- Standards, assessments and accountability (measuring what students know and are able to do and evaluating schools);
- Excellent educators and instructional practices (excellent teachers, teaching and school management);
- Student supports and school climate and culture (supporting students and offering a comfortable environment that maximizes their learning);
- High school success and postsecondary connections (clear academic expectations and smooth transitions to higher education and work).
Recently Added Materials
OH_ESSA_OnePager – From OAN, a 1 pager highlighting specific opportunities for Afterschool in Ohio’s ESSA Plan
Show Your Support :Draft ESSA letter to ODE
Use this sample letter as a template to send your support for the involvement of Afterschool in Ohio’s ESSA plans. For programs or funders, consider adding a short paragraph in the letter about the following:
- Tell your story – or a story of a particular beneficiary
- Discuss who you serve
- People, parents, schools and community partners you’ve engaged
- Results you’ve seen
- What more coordination or resources might allow you to do
- Other compelling details that will help ODE understand the value of afterschool and summer learning programs
Link to complete text of ESSA (21st CCLC starts on page 233 of PDF)