South Carolina Afterschool Leaders Empowered

The Riley Institute at Furman and the South Carolina Department of Education are partnering to offer South Carolina Afterschool Leaders Empowered (SCALE), a new program that will prepare individuals across the state to be strong leaders in the field of afterschool and expanded learning.

Each year for the next three years, SCALE will convene a diverse cohort of 20 emerging summer and afterschool learning leaders, providing them with the tools and frameworks they need to build strong partnerships, secure funding, design and scale effective programming, and more. Ideal participants are leaders who work in the school district or are partnering with the school district to provide evidence-based afterschool and summer learning programs. Participants will receive continuing education credits for their participation.

SCALE will be a hybrid in-person and virtual educational experience. The program begins with a weeklong intensive on Furman’s campus from February 20-25, 2022. SCALE Fellows will then participate in monthly webinars, take part in a field trip to a nationally-acclaimed summer learning program, and work on a capstone project related to afterschool or summer learning.

The program will be grounded in deep discussion and led by a diverse faculty with afterschool and summer learning expertise.

The Riley Institute is now accepting applications for the first cohort of SCALE. Applications are due December 8. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the SCALE fellowship’s desired outcomes?

Through participation in the fellowship, professionals are empowered and equipped to assume pivotal roles in:

  • Maintaining and growing high-quality, evidence-based afterschool and summer learning programs across the state of South Carolina.
  • Building local and state support for afterschool and summer learning programs while increasing access and equity in the field.

Who is eligible to participate?

South Carolina Afterschool Leaders Empowered Fellows will be chosen by a state and national committee of afterschool and summer learning experts. The cohort will reflect a wide variety of backgrounds and diversity dimensions, comprising individuals who work for school districts, those who work at community based organizations, current afterschool and summer learning leaders interested in learning how to expand their programming, and individuals hoping to start new programs. Fellows will have varying combinations of professional expertise and leadership experience.

How is the fellowship structured?

SCALE is a 10-month program that is a hybrid in-person and virtual educational experience. The program begins with a weeklong intensive on Furman’s campus from February 20-25, 2022. SCALE Fellows will then participate in monthly webinars, take part in a field trip to a nationally-acclaimed summer learning program, and work on a capstone project related to afterschool or summer learning.

How is the curriculum organized?

A case study and discussion-driven curriculum, presented and facilitated by national and local afterschool and summer learning leaders, will be employed to accommodate a range of fellows’ experience and knowledge. The curriculum was developed in partnership with a national advisory committee, chaired by Dr. Terry Peterson and including experts from the Afterschool Alliance, South Carolina Afterschool Alliance, multiple school districts, and outstanding local programs. A lead facilitator, Ron Fairchild, President and CEO of Smarter Learning Group, ties all of the learnings together and works closely with Fellows during the year to help them develop their individual policy plans. Participant fellows will receive a number of continuing education hours for their participation.

What is the cost?

Through the support of the South Carolina Department of Education and utilization of American Rescue Plan funding, the South Carolina Afterschool Leaders Empowered program will be offered free of charge to participants. This includes expenses associated with travel to Greenville and Furman, lodging and meals, and field trip participation. Where necessary, a stipend will go be provided to the Fellow or the Fellow’s employer to compensate for days away from work.

How do I apply?

Applications will be accepted through December 8. Click here to apply. Each application must be accompanied by a letter of support containing 2-3 paragraphs preferably written by an employee of a public agency (e.g., school district, parks department, etc.).

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