What are promising practices employed by systems that may support program-level quality and what are the best program practices that may ultimately promote positive youth outcomes? Are there certain youth outcomes can programs influence that will ultimately lead to academic and life success? To inform the development of a measurement framework, AIR was commissioned by Every Hour Counts, formerly the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems to write a literature review that defines key elements, processes, and outcomes of expanded learning systems and answers those three key questions.
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11 Jul 2014
Research shows that afterschool and expanded learning programs work best when they are high quality and evidence-based. Beyond the Bell ® is a suite of professional development services, products, and practical tools designed to help afterschool and expanded learning program leaders and staff members create and sustain high-quality, effective afterschool and expanded learning programs. The newly updated 4th edition was released on May 21, 2014 and has been revised to focus on a cycle of continuous improvement.