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The American Institutes for Research updated their landscape scan of state afterschool networks to find out which states have developed various quality supports. The summary shows which states have or are in process with their quality standards, quality assessment tools, core knowledge and competencies, aligned professional development, credential systems, QRIS, and skill-building initiatives. The resource also includes a summary table.
These webinars focus on exploring how data use in out-of-school time can make programs better.
Part I is about Bridging Practice and Research through Continuous Improvement with examples from Boston Afterschool and Beyond and the Providence Afterschool Alliance. See http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/webinars.cfm?ID=7AEFA0C1-5056-A82E-7AC7D694D27551F8.
Part II is on How to Build a Comprehensive Afterschool System in Rural and Frontier Regions, exploring a model developed by the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance in partnership with the National Institute on Out-of-School Time. See http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/webinars.cfm?ID=76BB998D-5056-A82E-7AEECB3173519FE4.
Part III is on Free and Low-Cost Resources for Evaluation and Continuous Quality Improvement in Afterschool, with examples from CA, VT, MN. See http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/webinars.cfm?ID=B4F0A1D0-5056-A82E-7A89A0042EA22089
During the pandemic, local community providers pioneered Community Learning Hubs to open their doors to support students that are in hybrid or all virtual schooling. The Afterschool Alliance has created this tool kit based on interviews with 32 programs, intermediaries and schools. The toolkit includes tabs such as partnerships, tech access, learning, enrichment, safety, funding, SEL, and resources. While some information is COVID specific, there is much that continues to be relevant. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
This racial equity assessment tool can be used to prevent institutional racism and minimize unanticipated adverse consequences for organizations. It provides a sample of questions to ask when developing proposed policies, institutional practices, programs, plans, and budgetary documents.
This report provides a seven-step equity and inclusion framework for understanding different dimensions of racism. It addresses how to identify and analyze the root causes of racial inequities and how to establish shared values and a common understanding to advance and embed race equity and inclusion in an organization.
The Equity Literacy Institute developed this set of definitions and abilities to assist educators, leaders, and all professionals in creating and sustaining equitable practice. It includes five critical abilities and examples including the ability to recognize, respond, and redress bias, inequities, and oppressive ideas, and to actively cultivate and sustain anti-oppressive ideology in institutions.
This toolkit seeks to encourage shifts of awareness and practice by centering racial equity and community voice in data integration and use. It explores how to build equity into the six stages of the data life cycle, what to consider when assessing race equity in research tools, and how to involve stakeholders in research. The toolkit is designed for researchers, government analysts, foundation staff, and community leaders.
This video shares practical applications to shift independent schools from numbers-focused diversity work to systems and practices that foster equity, inclusion, and justice in diverse communities. The concepts and steps shared by Erica Pernell, Director of Inclusion and Multicultural Practice at Shady Hill (MA), are applicable across all organizations that serve students.
This chapter of the SAGE Encyclopedia of Out-of-School Learning examines specific issues, current research, and policy questions related to the access and equity frameworks as they are applied to out-of-school time. It outlines strategies so Out-of-School Time (OST) learning is a collaborative engagement between children and staff with social, emotional, cultural, and history-based approaches.
The Aspen Institute's Roundtable on Community Change summarizes what the participants of the Racial Equity Leadership Development Program learned about how to navigate the terrain and take leadership around race. The strategies are especially for those who want to play more of a role in promoting racial equity but aren't sure where or how to begin.