Friday, June 27, 2014

Central Valley Afterschool Programs Earn Digital Awards for Quality

By Sam Piha


Sam Piha
The LIAS project/Temescal Associates joined with Public Profit in forming a Fresno Work Group to develop a digital badge project with local OST leaders. They included Fresno County Office of Education, the Central Valley Afterschool Foundation, California Teaching Fellows Foundation, and Johannes Troost from the After School Division at CDE. In this pilot project, we decided to invite a group of middle school and high school afterschool programs to apply for program badges signifying exemplar practice in one or more of the LIAS learning principles.

Six programs applied after attending an orientation to the LIAS learning principles and a workshop which provided an overview of the digital badging project. After completing the application, which included a listing of the learning goals and evidence of learning for each of their clubs, they hosted a site observation by a committee that included at least one youth from their program. Youth who participated as observers received special leadership training from ARC and the Fresno County Office of Education. Awards were based on points earned from a review of their applications and program observations. Congratulations to the programs below which were deemed exemplar in one or more LIAS learning principles. 



  • Roosevelt High School Afterschool Program - earned the Active, Collaborative, Meaningful, and Supports Mastery digital badges
  • Tioga Middle School Afterschool Program - earned the Active, Meaningful, and Expands Horizons digital badges
  • Merced High School C.L.A.W.S. Program - earned the Collaborative and Supports Mastery digital badges
  • Madera High School Coyote V.O.I.C.E. After School Program - earned the Active, Collaborative, and Supports Mastery digital badges
  • Coalinga High School After School Program - earned the Active, Meaningful, and Supports Mastery digital badges
  • Martin Luther King Middle School After School Program - earned the Active and Supports Mastery digital badges

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