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Making the Best of Resources | Highlights From Our Peer Conference

Daniel Levitt

Dan Levitt is the Financial Literacy Project Manager Manager at ExpandED Schools.

ExpandED Schools peer conferences provide a forum for expanded learning program directors and managers to share best practices and lessons learned. 

Last Tuesday, we hosted 17 of our ExpandED Schools directors at our third peer conference this school year. Because funding is a constant stress for our programs, we dedicated time for the directors to discuss strategies for funding and budgeting with our own development officer Laura Larimer and Program Supervisor for Youth Development Saher Mahmood from the Child Center of NY. After those illuminating talks, directors shared their favorite cost-effective vendors and field trips with each other.

In addition to discussions about funding, directors worked together to make best use of ExpandED Schools resources for program planning. They explored the ExpandED Schools Fidelity Rubric, shared best practices and outlined what high fidelity should look like in expanded learning time programs. They also were introduced to the ExpandED Schools Digital Design Guide and shown how they can use the tools in the guide to have well-organized, productive and actionable planning conversations with various stakeholders.

We're looking forward to our final ExpandED Schools Peer Conference of the school year, scheduled for April 25.


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