Building Inquiry Skills in Afterschool STEM and Beyond
This webinar offers tips and examples for implementing youth-led inquiry, an approach to designing school-day instruction and afterschool settings that both teaches important content and develops critical thinking skills. The cycle of inquiry – asking questions, predicting outcomes, designing solutions, developing interpretations, and drawing conclusions – lends itself well to designing engaging and effective afterschool activities.
Out-of-School Time Program Evaluation: Tools for Action. Out-of-School Time (OST) programs offer an array of benefits to the students and communities they serve. A critical element of successful programs is effective program evaluation. This publication offers user-friendly tools and tips for program directors to assess program strengths and weaknesses and guide program improvement.
The National Center for Quality Afterschool’s Training Toolkit was developed by Education Northwest in partnership with six other agencies. It is designed to give afterschool program directors and instructors the resources they need to build fun, innovative, and academically enriching activities that not only engage students, but extend their knowledge in new ways and increase academic achievement.
The Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) maintains a comprehensive database of OST evaluations which allows users to search by various criteria, such as program type (after school, summer school, comprehensive services) and research design (experimental, quasi-experimental, non-experimental). The HFRP also develops resources for afterschool programs, including:
- Focus on Families! How to Build and Support Family-Centered Practices in After School
- Finding the Right Hook: Strategies for Attracting and Sustaining Participation in After-School Programs
A Resource Guide for Planning and Operating an Afterschool Program provides descriptions of resources to support afterschool programs for school-aged children. The guide is organized into six areas that have been identified for successful program operation: Management, Communication, Programming, Integrating K-12 and Afterschool, Community Building/Collaboration, and Evaluation.