When afterschool programs have positive relationships with school-day personnel, families, community members, and between and among program staff and students, these programs are more likely to thrive. This brief explores how afterschool practitioners can build strong relationships that benefit all stakeholders and improve program quality.
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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.
19 Oct 2014
Research shows that coaches have the ability to affect youths' decision-making. AIR researchers evaluated the impact of Coach Across America, a sports-based youth development program, on underserved youth nationwide over the course of the 2013-2014 program year.
5 Oct 2014
In recent years, there has been an increased focus on turning around our nation’s low-performing schools, with substantial investments from the U.S. Department of Education into new and continuing awards under the federal School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. This brief focuses on the implementation of SIG by examining three interrelated levers for school improvement: school operational authority, state and district support for turnaround, and state monitoring of turnaround efforts.
1 Nov 2014
This benefit-to-cost analysis was conducted as a preliminary investigation into the value of the Safe and Successful Youth Initiative implemented in Massachusetts as an effort to curb violent crime in eleven cities across the state.
1 Oct 2014
To address serious youth violence, particularly that involving guns, Massachusetts launched the Safe and Successful Youth Initiative in 2011, providing a comprehensive public health approach to addressing young men, between the ages of 14-24, believed to be at “proven risk” for being involved with firearms.
1 Dec 2014
Educators and other stakeholders in the education field recognize the power of school systems to create the conditions for student success in our public schools; however, these approaches rarely focus on the capacity of system leaders themselves. The Stuart Foundation California Leaders in Education (SCALE) Initiative is an effort to build the individual leadership capacity of system leaders in several of California’s traditional public school districts and charter management organizations. This paper describes how SCALE evolved and what we can learn from it.
15 Dec 2014
For people with disabilities, does attaining educational success equal to that of their non-disabled peers ensure opportunities for financial independence and success? The current research does not describe the income difference between people with disabilities and their non-disabled counterparts in full-time employment by educational level, nor does it describe the subsequent economic impact on individuals, states, or the nation. This study addresses this gap in research.
26 Nov 2014
Federal School Improvement Grants support turnaround efforts in the nation’s lowest-performing schools, including many that serve a large number of English Language Learner Students. This brief focuses on 11 of these schools with high proportions of ELLs, describing their efforts to improve teachers' capacity for serving ELLs through staffing strategies and professional development.
18 Nov 2014
Older adults are more likely to fear losing their mental abilities than their physical abilities. But a growing body of research suggests that, for most people, mental decline isn’t inevitable and may even be reversible. It is now becoming clear that cognitive health and dementia prevention must be lifelong pursuits, and the new approaches springing from a better understanding of the risk factors for cognitive impairment are far more promising than current drug therapies. This brief analyzes the evidence.