Alyssa Thornley

Alyssa Thornley has spent her career working to support schools and communities in providing opportunity to all students. In positions as a teacher, professional development coordinator, and as a volunteer, she has focused on the community’s role in education, and in designing efficient programs that work for diverse needs. Alyssa leads TransACT’s customer engagement and market strategy efforts, and works to ensure innovative programs, guidance, and thought leadership from across the country’s districts are being shared and spread.
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How to Incorporate Parent Fees into Your After-School Program Business Plan

By Alyssa Thornley | Jun 28, 2019 5:15:00 PM

An after-school business plan helps support the long-term sustainability of a program. As programs grow and evolve, it makes sense to revisit funding strategy, particularly the funding sources that are needed to sustain a program as various grants end.

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After-school Appreciation Week 2019

By Alyssa Thornley | Apr 15, 2019 10:47:00 PM

It’s that time of year again, after-school professionals appreciation week! We are proud to team up with the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) to celebrate the professionals that are the heart of after-school programs across the country.  

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How to Run a Successful Summer Learning Program

By Alyssa Thornley | Jan 23, 2019 9:50:00 AM

Out-of-school time programs provide incredible value to our communities and those within them, especially for working parents in need of an affordable, safe solution for their children in the summer months. These programs go above and beyond the typical childcare environment, offering opportunities for engagement and a myriad of enrichment opportunities.

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Wisconsin Department of Education and AfterSchool21 Partner to Provide Reporting Management for After-School Programs

By Alyssa Thornley | Nov 2, 2018 6:00:00 AM

To help with the management of program operations and data for 21st Century Community Learning Centers across the state of Wisconsin, leaders in the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction are partnering with AfterSchool21 (developed by Cayen Systems) to provide this software to 45 sites during the 2018-19 school year, with plans to expand to 220 sites over the course of the next 4 years. 

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5 Tips for Maximizing Daily Attendance Rates

By Alyssa Thornley | Oct 18, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Attendance matters. In addition to being a factor in funding, it is also a major factor in student success. Studies have shown that “high attenders,” or students who attended their after-school programs (including summer sessions) nearly every day, gain more math, language arts, and social-emotional skills than 75-80 percent of their peers. Students who regularly attend their after-school programs are likely to experience the following benefits:

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Create An after-school Program Business Plan That Will Relieve Teacher Burden

By Alyssa Thornley | Sep 6, 2018 10:00:00 AM

With summer coming to a close, and schools getting ready to resume the task of educating, it’s a good time to reset, reorganize, and rejuvenate. That means not only taking time to determine if your program’s current methods are helping or hurting staff, but also finding out what processes could be improved.

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How to Choose the Right After-School Program Software

By Alyssa Thornley | Aug 13, 2018 9:25:00 AM

When the goal is to maximize the benefit K-12 students receive from after-school programs, Spending hours on complicated or monotonous administrative tasks to ensure an after school program satisfies reporting requirements and gets the funding it needs can be daunting, distracting, and at times, disheartening. These efforts take time and resource away from the more critical goal of maximizing the actual benefit students receive from after school programs.

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Leading After School Program Software “AfterSchool21” Launches Complete Overhaul of Interface

By Alyssa Thornley | Jun 25, 2018 2:40:19 PM

AfterSchool21 Program Data Management, the software trusted by thousands of after school programs and numerous State Departments of Education over 20 years, has launched a new and improved user interface and updated functionality.  AfterSchool21 leads the market in providing software to help after-school programs manage their data for the federally required 21st Century Community Learning Center Annual Performance Report (21APR).  This comprehensive solution provides tools for gathering data such as attendance, identifying non-compliant or missing data entries, analyzing demographics and performance, and enabling seamless parent payments.

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Using AfterSchool21 to Submit Data to 21APR

By Alyssa Thornley | May 24, 2018 10:00:00 AM

With millions of children currently enrolled in after-school programs across the country, there is a great deal of data to manage and report to the federal government. A portion of an after-school program funding can be dedicated to administration, such as after-school software system data management.

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Ways AfterSchool21 Helps Districts Track Student Data and Impact on Student Outcomes

By Alyssa Thornley | May 7, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Educators already appreciate and understand that children are our future, and they need structure and systems to thrive in school and in life. After-school programs help lend structure to children after school hours, which is why after-school programs are vital to the continued success of our students. As recently as 2014, there were 10.2 million children enrolled in after-school programs in the U.S. This is up from 8.4 million in 2009. This number only continues to grow as more and more parents are forced to work full-time outside of the home and desire a safe place for their children when school is over where they can continue to expand on the lessons they received during the school day.

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