Phillip Smith

Phillip leverages extensive software and education industry experience to share innovative solutions for many of TransACT's customers and industry partners. As leader of AfterSchool21 and AfterSchool201 sales, he helps support after-school program administrators in parent pay management and accurate 21APR reporting. Phillip also leads the ActPoint KPI team and the Council of Great City Schools (CGCS) partnership. ActPointKPI supports district and state business leaders nationwide in their efforts to manage costs and drive resources back to the classroom.
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GPRA Reporting Changes Will Challenge After-School Programs This Summer

By Phillip Smith | Mar 31, 2021 10:45:00 AM

After-school and out-of-school-time (OST) program directors will face a considerable challenge with changes to the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) starting in July. GPRA requires that 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC) grant-funded programs update their regular reporting to provide more precise and diverse performance measurements and reporting intended to capture a clearer picture of how well they serve students. The GPRA currently requires grantees to evaluate their program’s effectiveness and submit progress reports annually. Performance data is shared with Congress, federal managers, and the public.

This blog summarizes the high-level timelines and requirements for responding to GPRA, as well as actionable next steps for after-school programs.

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CDC Releases Guidance for Re-Opening OST Programs

By Phillip Smith | Jul 31, 2020 3:00:00 PM

Earlier this year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidelines for re-opening and resuming schools and childcare facilities during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Cayen Systems Committed To Excellence In Data Security

By Phillip Smith | Dec 10, 2019 5:00:00 AM

In 2019, Utah enacted HB57 or the “Electronic Information or Data Privacy Act.” The bill, designed to protect private information stored with third parties, makes Utah the first state to create a law of this nature. The Utah State Board of Education’s Data Privacy Agreement helps to enforce compliance with the broader law, and is the first statewide agreement with the mission to “improve student data privacy in K-12 education by building public trust through providing practical support, meaningful guidance, and investigations.”

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Creating a Successful Grants Management Plan

By Phillip Smith | Oct 25, 2019 5:30:00 PM

The key to creating a successful grants management plan is making the best possible use of funds to set a program up for long-term success. Research is extremely important during this stage—and there are a few key things to remember:  

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IE11 Support Ending after December 31st, 2019

By Phillip Smith | Oct 15, 2019 12:15:00 PM

Effective December 31, 2019, Cayen Systems will end support for Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) as an accepted browser for accessing AfterSchool21 and AfterSchool201, as well as other Cayen Systems applications such as HIMSS, GEAR-UP, and Data Propeller.  

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Helping Today's Youth: 6 Benefits of After-School Enrichment Programs

By Phillip Smith | Aug 9, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Nine in ten adults say after-school programs are important to their community. There are many benefits of after-school enrichment programs, from building on different skill sets to inspiring future career paths and improving school-day attendance. This article highlights a few of the ways that after-school enrichment programs help today’s youth.

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The Importance of Long-Term Thinking: Grants Management Plan for After-School Programs

By Phillip Smith | Jul 26, 2019 10:57:15 AM

Securing funding to keep an after-school program alive and thriving is challenging. Long-term thinking is essential for securing funding and sustaining after-school programs. By focusing on what is ahead—and putting a plan in place to manage grant funding—after-school program directors can give their programs a strong foundation for the future. This article explores the importance of long-term thinking when it comes to creating grants management plans for after-school programs.

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How To: Start Your Own After-School Program 

By Phillip Smith | Jul 5, 2019 12:00:00 PM

After-school programs are essential to our communities. Without these programs, millions of parents would be left without a reliable, secure, and enriching space for their child to go before or after-school hours. But because these programs exist, participants are allowed the opportunity to receive additional education in a space that is safe and affordable. 

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4 Reasons Why You Need to Be Using a Student Attendance Tracking System

By Phillip Smith | May 24, 2019 8:00:00 AM

It’s no secret that attendance, both during and after school hours, has close ties to student success. Research has long shown that when students regularly participate in quality after-school programs, their school-day attendance, classroom work habits, and decision-making skills all improve.

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Funding Sustainability: Beyond 21st CCLC

By Phillip Smith | Mar 8, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Cayen Systems presented at the National AfterSchool Association Conference in New York City March 15-18.  The workshop, “Funding Sustainability: Beyond 21st CCLC,” shared ways you can ensure your after-school program will be able to serve your community for years to come.  

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