Research shows that when youth participate and engage in high-quality afterschool programs, they experience a variety of positive impacts: academic improvement, social and emotional growth, improved physical and mental well-being, and more. Through funding from the Mott Foundation, AIR supports afterschool network leads, their staff, and ultimately the programs in their states on topics related to afterschool quality.
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17 Jan 2017
Quality expanded learning opportunities extend learning and positive youth development beyond the school bell and engage students who might otherwise be left behind. There are opportunities in ESSA for states to fund innovative programs to create, strengthen, or maintain quality extended learning opportunities. AIR's work in the afterschool and expanded learning field supports the creation, evaluation, improvement, and maintenance of high-quality afterschool and expanded learning programs in a variety of ways.
10 Jun 2011
To become successful adults in a global 21st century, children and adolescents need a broad range of experiences to build their knowledge of the world and understand their place in it. AIR and the Asia Society offer a set of strategies and tools to help school leaders use the framework of global competence to create an expanded learning program that intentionally aligns school curriculum, instruction, and assessment with out-of-school time.