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This guide compares purpose, structure, content, and technical properties of assessment tools for out-of-school time programs.
This resource provides a review of tools that programs can use to measure youth outcomes. The outcomes selected include communication, relationships and collaboration, critical thinking and decision-making, initiative, and self-direction. The review includes cost and evidence of reliability and validity.
This annotated bibliography provides a list of fifteen links to evidence-based practices, policy briefs, survey resources, and webinars to support Dual Language Learners (DLL). It is designed for policymakers, school administrators, and teachers in early child and primary education settings, and is helpful for Out-of-School Time (OST).
This journal article documents one OST director’s journey through the process of becoming credentialed. It explores fears and challenges and what she—and her program participants, families, and staff—ultimately gained from the process. This story can bring a personal experience to life for state system planners creating or supporting a school-age credential.
This article explores the challenges and potential of school-afterschool partnerships. Based on interviews with school administrators, afterschool leaders, and front-line staff in three schools, the findings reveal both disconnections and opportunities for fuller communication and collaboration.
This article defines parent engagement and why it benefits children, families, and afterschool programs. It provides 15 examples of promising practices. Sample outreach materials and parent surveys are included. This resource supports resilience.
This executive summary reports on a three-year study of Youth Program Quality Improvement in 87 sites in four states that included quality assessment, improvement plans, coaching by managers, and staff training. The approach led to higher quality instructions across programs even where there was manager turnover, low staff education, and varying adult-youth ratios.
This journal article describes how Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) can be used as an effective means for staff development with out-of-school time (OST) providers. Based on a research project involving six experienced facilitators, it offers a framework, potential formats, and tips on how to structure PLCs to meet the needs of OST staff and programs.
This website provides resources on program planning, managing staff and volunteers, planning lessons, technology, and materials using a real-life, project-based approach to learning. The website includes sections on digital storytelling, inquiry-based learning, youth media training, fostering positive climates, and nurturing creativity.
This issue brief explores best practices for afterschool staff supervision of youth to ensure safety. It outlines the legal definition of neglect. It includes strategies for risk management including facility inspection, proper equipment, activity planning, first aid, and emergency preparedness.