From preparing young people with the 21st-century skills they—and in turn, America—will need for the careers of tomorrow, to the unique talents and environment that afterschool provides for fun hands-on STEM enrichment that inspires excitement along with understanding, the case for STEM activities Afterschool is well documented and researched.
"Students, today I will be utilizing approaches from the crypt of dry curricula I am mandated to implement in the classroom and you are going to write about something you don't feel connected to, can't see any point in, and which will live in 'the cloud' forever after I grade it to assess skills you've never actually been taught." —Said out loud by no teacher ever
Out-of-school time program leaders are experts at scheduling and planning for part-time programming. That's what you do best! But what happens when a full day of programming is needed?
In many learning communities, one of the biggest challenges facing the afterschool profession is the process of aligning programs with the regular school day. Conceptualization of an aligned learning day involves sharing a mission, vision, turf, resources, and core beliefs about where children and youth can learn.
Commissioned by The Wallace Foundation, Strategies to Scale Up Social Programs arose from a desire to better understand how organizations have scaled up social programs through partnerships.
Over the past 10 years, developments in technology and how we interact with information have been racing forward at a staggering pace. We are living in the future—and these changes have impacted young people and their education.
We know that afterschool and out-of-school time programming have a significant impact on kids.