Sunday, September 27, 2020

Executive Summary

ASAPconnect aims to build the capacity of technical assistance (TA) providers to better support the diverse needs of after school programs across the state of California. ASAPconnect, a project of the Santa Clara County Office of Education, Educational Services Branch is designed to address three key objectives: (1) Increasing collaboration and building capacity among TA providers; (2) Increasing access to quality trainers; and (3) Increasing Regional Lead capacity.

1. Increasing Collaboration and Building Capacity among TA providers

The following activities are designed to increase collaboration and build capacity among TA providers:
ASAPconnect seminars foster sharing of best practices; ASAPconnect brokers critical information for the TA field, sharing regulatory updates, research, funding sources, training opportunities, etc;  defining core competencies for quality TA strategies and corresponding self assessment tools; and offering professional development for trainers.

2. Increasing access to Quality Trainers

To help after school programs access TA support, ASAPconnect created a searchable online database of available TA providers. Assistance providers share professional profiles describing themselves by a variety of identifying characteristics that are important for end-users to know. For example:

  • Specialty: What topics and subtopics does the provider cover?
  • Geographic Coverage: What areas can the provider reach (e.g., Northern California, statewide, rural communities)?
  • Mode of Delivery: How does the provider deliver its services (e.g., streaming video training, in-person coaching, publication)?

3. Increasing Regional Lead Capacity

The After School Partnerships Office of the CDE has established the Regional After School Technical Assistance System (RASTAS) for the purpose of providing field-based TA and support in each of the 11 service regions of the California County Superintendents' Educational Services Association. The two main areas of focus are: (1) to provide TA to all grantees and sites to support implementation of programs that fully address all After School Education and Safety (ASES) and 21st Century Community Learning Center requirements; and (2) to build capacity throughout the region to develop, implement, and sustain support for effective after school programs.

In each region, TA is provided by a Regional Lead County Office of Education (COE) and a CDE staff member who work together to implement support uniquely designed to fit the needs of local grantees. Each Regional Lead COE works with local grantees to plan specific assistance and training, to increase communication and networking among program sites and to increase site level support for program coordinators, staff, and community partners.

Recognizing that Regional Leads (RLs) are central to TA efforts across the state, the following supports are available to Regional Leads and their teams: Professional development as needed; Orientation to newly hired RL staff; Facilitating “best practices” discussions (i.e. best systems for staffing the region, evaluating TA, best strategies for meeting needs of grantees, etc.); Linking RLs to other TA providers as well as non “after school” resources and systems of resources; Post learning tools on-line (i.e. evaluation samples, training tools, etc.); Customized one-on-one coaching as needed; and other support as defined.

ASAPconnect is made possible through the generous support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

For more information, contact:
Diego Arancibia, Interim Director
Santa Clara County Office of Education, MC 221
1290 Ridder Park Dr.
San Jose CA 95131
tel: 408-453-6589
fax: 408-453-6888

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