Journal article

Getting the Right Fit: Designing a Professional Learning Community for Out-of-School Time

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.

Think Summer

This article presents recommendations from the RAND Corporation report, "Getting to Work on Summer Learning."  Specifically, it focuses on those recommendations related to the hiring and training of teachers for school district-run summer learning programs. To ensure a successful summer, the report and article emphasize the need for districts to begin planning by January, to hire early, and to provide professional development and coaching for teachers.

Evidence-Based Strategies for Supporting and Enhancing Family Engagement

This article describes six strategies for supporting and enhancing family engagement. Strategies include having adequate and welcoming space for families; establishing policies and procedures to promote engagement; communicating and building trusting relationships; being intentional about staff hiring and training to promote effective staff-family interactions; and connecting families to each other, to the program staff, to schools, and other community institutions. This resource supports resilience.

Effective Strategies for Engaging Parents: Real-Life Experiences That Make a Difference

This article lists action steps for establishing effective family engagement programs. It provides a case study from an Iowa program with a range of family engagement strategies. This resource supports resilience.

How to Develop a Logic Model for Districtwide Family Engagement Strategies

This article provides a step-by-step guide to develop a logic model for a school district's family engagement efforts. The steps and the sample logic model provide a useful guide for school-age programs to develop a logic model on family engagement.

Can After-School Programs Help Level the Playing Field for Disadvantaged Youth?

This journal article explores afterschool access and program outcomes for youth from disadvantaged backgrounds. It outlines recommendations for policymakers, administrators, and staff on ways to increase access and improve program quality for this population. It includes an extensive literature review and outlines a research agenda for the future.