Making After-School Cool Podcast
EP 90: How CASE for Kids Supports Service Providers, Community Organizations & After School Programs

EP 90: How CASE for Kids Supports Service Providers, Community Organizations & After School Programs

May 23, 2022

Today’s episode of the Making Afterschool Cool podcast focuses on how the growth of after school programs have altered the way numerous students spends their out of school time. For example, not only do many after school programs hire fulltime staff, there’s also supplementary support staff which enhances afterschool program’s service delivery. In many cases this involves a collaboration between after school programs and independent service providers.  To speak on how CASE for Kids is providing opportunities for service providers and community organizations to positive influence the quality of out of school time services is by guest, LaTerika "Teri" Wilson, the CASE for Kids Program Coordinator of Resources.

During this podcast you will learn the following:

  • A description of the CASE for Kids City Connections project
  • A description of the Youth Services for Afterschool and Summer project.
  • Tips for writing a successful proposal
  • How can service providers access information regarding the Afterschool and Summer program RFP?

Guest 

Teri Wilson is a native Houstonian who attended the University of Texas at Austin for her bachelor’s and earned her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University—Portland. She has over 11 years of experience working with afterschool programs holding such titles as Tutorial Teacher, Enrichment Leader, and Curriculum Specialist. Her work experience ranges from charter schools to school districts and Boys & Girls Club in suburban, urban, and rural areas. Her last 8 years were spent as an Afterschool Site Coordinator before she moved back to Houston to join the CASE for Kids family. 

 

Resources

LaTerika "Teri" Wilson, MEd

LaTerika.Wilson@hcde-texas.org

Mike Wilson

mwilson@hcde-texas.org

Harris County Department of Education

https://hcde-texas.org

CASE for Kids

https://hcde-texas.org/afterschool-zone

 

Preview Episode 90: How CASE for Kids Supports Service Providers, Community Organizations & After School Programs

Preview Episode 90: How CASE for Kids Supports Service Providers, Community Organizations & After School Programs

May 20, 2022

Today we are previewing episode 90 which highlights the collaboration among after school programs, independent services providers, and community organizations. During the last four decades there has been tremendous growth in the Out of school time industry.  Likewise, there has also been an increase in the number of job opportunities in the field.

Consequently, the need for collaboration between after school program sites, independent service providers has also increased.  To speak on how CASE for Kids is providing opportunities for service providers and community organizations to work with after school programs is by guest, Teri Wilson, the CASE for Kids Program Coordinator of Resources.

Ep 89: Part 2 of Case for Kids End of the Year Celebration

Ep 89: Part 2 of Case for Kids End of the Year Celebration

May 13, 2022

Today’s episode of the Making After School Cool podcast features installment 2 of our 2-part series focusing on the CASE for Kids, End of the Year Celebration to highlight After School Professionals Appreciation Week.  As stated in the first episode of this series, Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week is annually celebrated the last week of April and includes celebrations and public relations efforts to highlight and support all the afterschool professionals who make a significant difference in the lives of young people.

During this podcast you will learn the following:

  • What is great about the OST field?
  • What motivates them to work with youth?
  • Why is it important to have after school programs available in your community?
  • What advice would you give anyone who wants to work with youth?

Guest

During this episode my guest will include, Brian Ervin with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, Monica Lewis with the Monica Lewis School of Etiquette, Lisa Baily with Educational Solutions and Chris Cortez with Houston Healthy hip-hop.

Resources

Brian Ervin, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston

bervin@bgcgh.org

Monica Lewis, Monica Lewis School of Etiquette

info@mlsoe.com

Lisa Bailey,

Lbailey604@gmail.com

Chris Cortez, Houston Healthy Hip Hop

www.houstonhealthyhip-hop.com/contact

Mike Wilson

mwilson@hcde-texas.org

Harris County Department of Education

https://hcde-texas.org

CASE for Kids

https://hcde-texas.org/afterschool-zone

EP 88: Part 1 of CASE for Kids End of the Year Celebration

EP 88: Part 1 of CASE for Kids End of the Year Celebration

May 6, 2022

Today we are featuring the CASE for Kids, End of the Year Celebration to highlight After School Professionals Appreciation Week.  Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week is annually celebrated the last week of April and includes celebrations and public relations efforts to highlight and support all the afterschool professionals who make a significant difference in the lives of young people. This episode I interviewed OST professionals to learn their perceptions of the importance of after school programs.

During this podcast you will learn the following:

  • What is great about the OST field?
  • What motivates them to work with youth?
  • Why is it important to have after school programs available in your community?
  • What advice would you give anyone who wants to work with youth?

Guest

My guest includes Michael Ewing, Director of Program Services with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, AnaKaren Valerio with After School to Achieve, Dr. Courtney Jones with Perfection Connection, and Telicia Fogle- Simon, with Choice Nation Academy,

Resources

Michael Ewing, Director of Program Services Boys and Girls Clubs of Houston

ewing@bgcgh.org

AnaKaren Valerio After School to Achieve,

AnaKaren@afterschooltoachieve.com

Dr. Courtney Jones Perfection Connection,

Curtney@theperfctconnection.org

Telicia Fogle- Simon, Choice Nation Academy

tfoglesimon@choicenationacademy.oeg

Mike Wilson

mwilson@hcde-texas.org

Harris County Department of Education

https://hcde-texas.org

CASE for Kids

https://hcde-texas.org/afterschool-zone

 

 

Preview EP 88 and 89: CASE for Kids, End of the Year Celebration 2022

Preview EP 88 and 89: CASE for Kids, End of the Year Celebration 2022

May 5, 2022

This is a preview of episodes 88 and 89 which features CASE for Kids, End of the Year Celebration to highlight After School Professionals Appreciation Week. Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week is annually celebrated the last week of April and includes celebrations and public relations efforts to highlight and support all the afterschool professionals who make a significant difference in the lives of young people.

I took advantage of our End of the Year program to interview out of school time professionals to get their perceptions of their experience working with youth during non-school hours.

My guest answered the questions including what is great about the OST field; What motivates them to work with youth; Why is it important to have after school programs available in your community; And what advice would you give anyone who wants to work with youth?

Ep 87: The Level Up Houston Initiative Providing Students  the opportunity to earn Digital Badges

Ep 87: The Level Up Houston Initiative Providing Students the opportunity to earn Digital Badges

April 29, 2022

Today’s topic focuses on a project CASE for Kids is implementing. The Level Up Houston initiative provide students with the opportunity to earn digital badges for completion of an activity or task.  A digital badge gives learners a method to convey their abilities in a way that is simple, trusted and can be easily validated.  To discuss the Level Up Houston initiative is Mark Niles, CASE for Kids Manager of College and Career Readiness.

During this podcast you will learn the following:

  • What is the Level Up Houston initiative
  • What is digital badging
  • How will digital badging play a role with Level up Houston
  • What are the benefits for students earning a digital badge?
  • What other assistance will be needed to continue the initiative’s progress.

Guest

To discuss the Level Up Houston initiative is Mark Niles, CASE for Kids Manager of College and Career Readiness. Prior to working with CASE. Mark worked with Hooson ISD for 10 years and was the Director of the Houston Urban debate league for approximately 3 years. He lives in Houston with his wife and two kids.

Resources

Mark Niles

Mark.niles@hcde-texas.org

713-696-1346

Mike Wilson

mwilson@hcde-texas.org

Harris County Department of Education

https://hcde-texas.org

CASE for Kids

https://hcde-texas.org/afterschool-zone

Preview 87: The Level Up Houston Initiative Providing Students  the opportunity to earn Digital Badges

Preview 87: The Level Up Houston Initiative Providing Students the opportunity to earn Digital Badges

April 27, 2022

This is a preview of Episode 87 of the Making After School Cool podcast where this week’s topic focuses on The Level Up Houston initiative which will provide students with the opportunity to earn digital badges for completion of an activity or task. My guest will be Mark Niles, CASE for Kids Manager of College and Career Readiness.

EP 86: Now is the Time to Finalize Your Summer Program Ideas

EP 86: Now is the Time to Finalize Your Summer Program Ideas

April 25, 2022

If you have not before now made plans for your summer camp you are running a little late. Therefore, the topic of this week’s episode is “the time is now to finalize your ideas for a great summer program.”  For the last couple of years, I’ve discussed with Kristin Miller, our summer camp expert and founder of eteachingme, to provide advice for parents concerning selecting the right summer program for their kids, as well as guidance for summer camp staff with planning a fun, safe and great summer camp

During this podcast you will learn:

  1. Lessons learned from dealing with COVID the last few years?
  2. Factors parents should look for when considering the type of summer program, they may want to enroll their children?
  3. What are benefits for kids when they attend summer programs?
  4. What are the main components summer program practitioners should include in their summer program?
  5. What types of training do program staff need to have access to prior to the start of their placement in a program site?
  6. Even though Covid numbers have decreased, what are some best practices staff should implement when hosting a summer program this year?

 

Guest

Kristin Miller is an author of many educational resources and has over 18 years of professional and direct experience in early education, including classroom teaching, tutoring, and presenting workshops. She is a professional curriculum writer, and self-publisher of eTeachingMe.  eTeachingMe is an online early childhood curriculum for parents, and educators to use when teaching children aged 1 to 5 years old. She also has experience planning and operating summer camps and is a valuable resource for parents, and summer program staff with creating a positive summer experience for children. 

 

Resources

Kristin Miller

 www.eteachingme.com

Mike Wilson

mwilson@hcde-texas.org

Harris County Department of Education

https://hcde-texas.org

CASE for Kids

https://hcde-texas.org/afterschool-zone

Preview EP 86: The Time is Now to Finalize Your Plans for a Great Summer Program

Preview EP 86: The Time is Now to Finalize Your Plans for a Great Summer Program

April 22, 2022

This is a preview of Episode 86 of the Making After School Cool podcast the topic of this week’s episode is “the time is now to finalize your ideas for a great summer program.”  If you have not already made plans for your summer program you are running a little late. Most after school programs are nearing the end of the spring semester, so site directors should be shifting their focus to their summer program

For the last couple of years, I’ve discussed topic with Kristin Miller, founder of eteachingme, to provide advice for parents concerning selecting the right summer program for their kids, as well as guidance for summer camp staff with planning a fun, safe and great summer camp. She has experience planning and operating summer camps and is a valuable resource for parents, and summer program staff with creating a positive summer experience for children. 

EP 85: Teaching Students SEL Skill Featuring Dr. Lorea Martínez

EP 85: Teaching Students SEL Skill Featuring Dr. Lorea Martínez

April 13, 2022

Episode 85 of the Making After School Cool podcast centers on the growing trend of teaching students Social Emotional Learning skills. People with strong social-emotional skills are better equipped to manage daily challenges, build positive relationships, and make informed decisions. To discuss what it can look like to implement SEL skills in schools, after school programs, and at home is my guest Dr. Lorea Martinez. 

During this interview you will learn:

  1. Why is awareness of Social Emotional Learning important
  2. The benefits for schools to teach social emotional learning
  3. The connection between students understanding of SEL and their social behavior at school?
  4. How to get the book Teach with the HEART in Mind, A complete educator’s guide to social emotional learning

Guest

Dr. Lorea Martínez Pérez is the award-winning founder of HEART in Mind Consulting, a company dedicated to helping schools and organizations integrate Social Emotional Learning in their practices, products, and learning communities. She has worked with schools, districts, and organizations to guide SEL implementation efforts, including training teachers and leadership teams, and provided guidance to educational technology and media companies to help them integrate SEL in their products.

An educator who has worked with children and adults internationally, Dr. Martínez is a faculty member at Columbia University Teachers College, educating aspiring principals in Emotional Intelligence. She has conducted extensive research in the SEL field with a focus on SEL implementation, principals’ Emotional Intelligence, teacher preparation, and school climate. She frequently blogs about how to incorporate SEL in teaching practices, leadership, and parenting. Dr. Martínez started her career as a special education teacher and administrator. A native of the Costa Brava in Spain, she currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two daughters.

Resources

Dr. Lorea Martinez

Loreamartinez.com

 

Mike Wilson

mwilson@hcde-texas.org

 

Harris County Department of Education

https://hcde-texas.org

 

CASE for Kids

https://hcde-texas.org/afterschool-zone

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