School’s Out New York City (SONYC)—a pathway to success for youth in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades—offers afterschool programming for New York City (NYC) middle schoolers in a variety of activity areas. SONYC programs provide middle school youth with the support of caring adults and offer engaging, fun activities during the afterschool hours.
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How can afterschool and expanded learning practitioners measure young people’s personal and social skills? How can they use that data to improve their programs and systems? To answer these questions, AIR worked with Every Hour Counts, a coalition of citywide organizations that increase access to quality learning opportunities by providing learning and enrichment through afterschool, summer, and other initiatives, to develop a framework that identifies priority outcome measures for expanded learning systems to track at the youth, program, and system levels.
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.
8 Apr 2014
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.