Join the Greater Houston Lights On Alliance on October 25, 2018 in celebrating Lights On Afterschool. Host an awareness event at your program to promote the importance of afterschool in your community. Leading up to the big day, the Greater Houston Lights On Alliance invites community members to join in Kickoff Activities. See below for weekly themes:

  • Oct 1-5: Get Moving & Get Healthy!
  • Oct 8-12: It’s All About TECHNOLOGY!
  • Oct 15-19: Youth Voice for Afterschool!
  • Oct 25: National Lights on Afterschool event day

To register a Lights On Afterschool event, get event ideas, and download free resources, visit the Afterschool Alliance website here.

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Promote quality in your afterschool programs with CASE for Kids professional development opportunities. Learn more about each individual training and register at the links below:

Learning Community, register here
Thursday, October 4, 2018
9:30 a.m. – Noon
6005 Westview Dr.
Houston, Texas 77055

Let’s Talk About Bullying, register here
Friday, October 5, 2018
10 a.m. – Noon
6005 Westview Dr.
Houston, Texas 77055

Cooperative Learning, register here
Friday, October 12, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
6005 Westview Dr.
Houston, Texas 77055

Healthy Out-of-School Time, register here
Friday, October 19, 2018
9:30 a.m. – Noon
6005 Westview Dr.
Houston, Texas 77055

Behavior Management 3.0, register here
Friday, October 26, 2018
10 a.m. – Noon
6005 Westview Dr.
Houston, Texas 77055

CASE Debates Hosts First Seminar of the Debate Season

Eighty-seven students from 4 districts and 2 charter schools in the Houston area learned about the ins-and-outs of debate while attending the CASE Debates seminar on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Texas Southern University (TSU). The training provided an introduction to World Schools Debate and Policy Debate so that students might explore format options.

Students from the TSU Debate team led CASE Debates students through exercises and gave out tips on the keys to being a successful debater. In addition, legendary TSU debate coach Thomas Freeman made an appearance, giving advice to the young debaters.

This seminar signaled the beginning of the CASE Debates season, which will consist of further trainings, tournaments, and the eventual citywide championship.

2018 Afterschool Providers Fair

CASE for Kids hosted the Providers Fair, on September 18th. The Provider community came out to support this event as vendors, offering their services to the CASE for Kids afterschool community. Fifty-five providers; with services ranging from fencing, art, STEM and character education; networked with community members from a variety of out-of-school time settings. About 100 afterschool program professionals from around the Houston-area attended to explore additional services to offer for their students.

The Providers Fair operated as the exposition for the breadth of CASE for Kids providers’ services, which are highlighted in the 2018-19 Provider Network Guide.

Visit the hashtag #CASEProvidersFair on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for event highlights.

Join the Maker Faire October 13 & 14

The Texas Educational Seismic Project is hosting the 2018 Houston Maker Faire at the George R. Brown Convention Center. This is a chance, for those who love learning and those with an educational service to share, to meet. For more information, click here.

Free Workshop for Students

Join Scholastic Art & Writing Awards on October 18, 2018 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to learn more about editorial cartoons. This event will lead youth in grades 7-12 through hands-on activities that encourage them to creatively talk about current topics that are important to them via editorial cartooning. The workshop will be led by a professional cartoonist, who will share their personal experience over the course of their career. Harris County Department of Education will be hosting this learning opportunity at 6300 Irvington Boulevard. The event is completely free and refreshments will be provided. Transportation is available upon request. Register for this opportunity here.

Funding Opportunities

See below for some unique funding opportunities:

TEA 21st CCLC Capacity Building, Training, & Technical Assistance

Whole Kids Foundation: School Garden Grant Program

Whole Kids Foundation: Organization Garden Grant Program

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