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  • Date: 04/01/2015
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    Across the U.S., youth development approaches are being tested in out-of-school time programs as a strategy to combat the growing opportunity gap between privileged and underprivileged youth (Gardner, Roth, & Brooks-Gunn, 2009). Along with increased recognition of the value of youth development programming has come increased financial support ... »
  • Date: 03/01/2014
    Resource Category: Research Products
    Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics(STEM) programs in out-of-school time (OST) are designed to supplement school work, ignite student interest, and extend STEM learning. From interactive museum exhibits to summer-long science camps, opportunities for informal student engagement in STEM learning abound. What difference do these ... »
  • Date: 10/01/2013
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This article examines afterschool science in light of the National Research Council’s comprehensive synthesis report on promoting science learning in informal environments (NRC, 2009). We present the results of our analysis of qualitative case studies of nine state-funded afterschool sites in California, discussing the strengths of these programs ... »
  • Date: 10/01/2013
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This document describes the Dimensions of Success (DoS), an assessment tool created by researchers at the Program in Education, Afterschool, and Resiliency (PEAR). DoS was created to help out-of-school time programs and researchers monitor and measure quality. It allows observers to collect systemic data along 12 quality indicators to pinpoint the ... »
  • Date: 10/01/2013
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    Although stakeholders agree that afterschool STEM education can be powerful, there is less agreement on the critical question of which aspects of STEM education the afterschool field is best positioned to support. Hence, in spring 2012, the Afterschool Alliance undertook a study to ask afterschool stakeholders what aspects of STEM learning the ... »
  • Date: 03/01/2013
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded a number of informal STEM programs that provide funding for media producers, including public television (TV) stations, to provide children’s STEM programming in out-of-school-time (OST) settings. These projects typically include a children's TV series (animated or not) aired on the Public ... »
  • Date: 03/01/2012
    Resource Category: Research Products
    By designing accountability systems that fully embrace the notion of afterschool programs as learning organizations and by using research from organizational development, education, and youth development to create effective learning environments, funders and sponsors can help programs to improve quality—and therefore, to succeed in their goal of ... »
  • Date: 10/01/2011
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    Youth Action Crews map the youth development programs and places in their neighborhoods in order to raise public awareness of the opportunities—and of where such opportunities don’t exist. ... »
  • Date: 03/01/2011
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    Self-assessment can be a powerful tool for evaluating program quality, yet the available self-assessment instruments do not comprehensively address practices that promote academic enrichment. ... »
  • Date: 06/01/2010
    Resource Category: Research Products
    This article follows the New York State Afterschool Network (NYSAN) as it develops a framework for program quality and related assessment tools. It suggests ways in which this framework can be useful to afterschool practitioners, technical assistance professionals, intermediaries, and policymakers nationwide. ... »

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