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Scholars and trainers from the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) have been leaders in defining, shaping, and promoting out-of-school time (OST) quality for all. Here are examples of our impact in the field.

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Great Fiction and Non-fiction Reads with Out-of-School-Time Themes

September 5, 2019

NIOST staff love to read, so we’re sharing a few books from our summer reading that have a connection to out-of-school-time (OST) themes such as professional development or OST experiences.

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Research-based Ideas for OST Professionals from National Afterschool Matters Fellows

August 28, 2019

This month, the second cohort of National Afterschool Matters (NASM) Fellows reaches the end of its tenure as the third cohort prepares to start. Take a look at some of the work published by our first two cohorts of out-of-school-time (OST) professionals during the course of their fellowships, covering professional development, youth development, and how to design engaging OST programs.

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How Schools and Out-of-School-Time Programs Can Work Together for Youth

August 15, 2019

As students around the U.S. prepare to head back to school in the coming weeks, we wanted to share some papers from our Afterschool Matters journal that look at the ways that schools and out-of-school-time programs can be effective partners in serving youth.

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The Impact of Summer Learning in STEM and the Arts

July 8, 2019

This week marks National Summer Learning Week, so we're highlighting some papers from our Afterschool Matters journal that showcase the importance of summer learning.

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From Summer Learning Loss to Summer Learning Opportunities

June 19, 2019

Summer learning loss, the idea that during the summer, students forget months of what they learn during the school year, with low-income students falling even further behind--has for many years been a driving force behind the implementation of comprehensive summer learning programs that blend academic and enrichment learning experiences.

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Ideas for Summer Learning Programs, from Gardens to the Zombie Apocalypse

June 5, 2019

Summer is approaching fast, so we're happy to share two pieces from our National Afterschool Matters fellows on creating engaging summer programs.

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NIOST Senior Strategist Featured in New Documentary, The History of Afterschool in America

May 16, 2019

Ellen Gannett, NIOST senior strategist and former director, is featured in a new documentary, The History of Afterschool in America.

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Come Work for NIOST

May 14, 2019

UPDATE: This position has been filled as of June 10, 2019.

NIOST is hiring! We're seeking a training associate to join our team at Wellesley College and help us increase quality for all in out-of-school time!

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NIOST Celebrates National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

May 13, 2019

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! NIOST research and publications show how out-of-school-time programs can invest carefully to ensure the best physical activity programming.

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Celebrating Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week

April 22, 2019

We at NIOST are delighted to celebrate Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week this week and to offer an extra special "thank you" to all of the out-of-school-time (OST) professionals making a difference in the lives of children across the nation, including our Afterschool Matters Fellows.

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NIOST's Ellen Gannett Honored by National AfterSchool Association for Lifetime of Leadership

April 17, 2019

Ellen Gannett, NIOST senior strategist and former director, was recently honored for her decades of leadership in the field of out-of-school time. Watch highlights of what some of her colleagues had to say about her--and what she herself said about her many years in the field--during the special Celebration of Leadership Reception at the National AfterSchool Association Annual Convention in New York City, March 18, 2019.

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Black Hole Image Shows Why We Should Support Girls in STEM: Here's How OST Helps

April 16, 2019

Dr. Katie Bouman has been receiving recognition recently for her key contributions to the team that gave us the world's first image of a black hole. We at NIOST are proud of the work being done in out-of-school-time (OST) programs to support girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, as evidenced by these articles in our Afterschool Matters journal.

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NIOST at the NAA Annual Convention

March 6, 2019

NIOST is going to the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) Annual Convention March 15 to 18 in New York City! Several NIOST staff members and a number of our National Afterschool Matters fellows will be presenting workshops; NIOST Senior Strategist and former Director Director Ellen Gannett will also be given a special Leadership Award.

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NIOST Supports National School Breakfast Week

March 5, 2019

NIOST, as a founding member of the Healthy Out-of-School-Time (HOST) Coalition, is proud to mark National School Breakfast Week this week, a celebration launched 30 years ago to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program to all children.

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National Afterschool Matters Fellowship Applications Now Open

February 14, 2019

Out-of-school-time (OST), education, and youth development professionals in mid-career are invited to apply for the National Afterschool Matters (NASM) Fellowship, a one-year leadership development program that better positions them to inform and contribute to the quality of OST programs, practice, and the broader field.

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5 Reasons Why We Love Afterschool

February 13, 2019

NIOST loves afterschool, so we're taking part tomorrow in the We Love Afterschool campaign from Afterschool Alliance. Here are five reasons why we say #IHeartAfterschool:

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Get to Know NIOST: Working Towards Quality for All - An Interview with Katie Wheeler

February 5, 2019

As part of our new series, “Get to Know NIOST,” Kathryn A. Wheeler, a research associate at NIOST, recently took some time to answer questions about her work and the idea of quality in out-of-school time.

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OST Workforce Survey Needs Your Voice

January 8, 2019

NIOST researchers recently collected data through a workforce survey to better understand the experiences of out-of-school time (OST) workers and their careers. We will present preliminary findings at the Wellesley Centers for Women Lunchtime Seminar Series on February 28.

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Gratitude and Out-of-School Time

December 19, 2018

This is a season of giving and gratitude, so here are some of the things we’re grateful for in out-of-school time (OST) – and a reminder of how much of an impact gratitude can have in OST and in the lives of children and youth.

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Call for Papers on Creative Youth Development in Afterschool Education

December 12, 2018

We are seeking articles for future issues of Afterschool Matters, a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting professionalism, scholarship, and consciousness in afterschool education. Published by the National Institute on Out-of-School-Time (NIOST) with legacy support from the Robert Bowne Foundation, Afterschool Matters serves practitioners who work with youth in out-of-school time (OST) programs, as well as researchers and policymakers in youth development.

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Repairing the Leaking Pipeline of OST Professional Development

November 28, 2018

Carla O’Donnell-Rizzo, director of school-based programs at Completely KIDS, and one of the 2017-19 National Afterschool Matters Fellows, writes on the Completely KIDS blog about her research on why it is so hard to hire and retain out-of-school-time (OST) professionals.

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System Building, Relationships, and Quality in Out-of-School Time

November 23, 2018

The newest issue of Afterschool Matters, the national, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting professionalism, scholarship, and consciousness in the field of afterschool education, reflects on the field’s ability to help provide students with experiences outside of the classroom that give them opportunities to stretch their skills, grow friendships, and challenge their limits.

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Get to Know NIOST: Working Towards Quality for All - An Interview with Kathy Schleyer

November 21, 2018

As part of our new series, “Get to Know NIOST: Working Towards Quality for All,” Kathy Schleyer, Director of Training and Quality Improvement at NIOST, recently took some time to answer questions about her work and the idea of quality in out-of-school time.

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National Afterschool Matters Fellowship Retreat Showcases Research, Collaboration

October 12, 2018

The National Afterschool Matters (NASM) Fellowship recently held its second retreat for the latest cohort of NASM Fellows, some of the most experienced and diversely talented professionals in the out-of-school time field.

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Social and Emotional Learning in Out-of-School Time

September 27, 2018

We're excited about a new book on social and emotional learning (SEL) in out-of-school time -- and how NIOST tools have been shown to effectively assess youths' SEL skills.

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Fun and Easy Fruit and Veggie Ideas for Healthy Kids

September 20, 2018

September is Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month. As a co-founder of the Healthy Out-of-School Time Coalition (HOST), NIOST helped develop the developed the National AfterSchool Association Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards that recommend a fruit or vegetable at every snack or meal. We’re therefore pleased to share these fun fruit and veggie ideas from NIOST Research Associate Elizabeth Starr, who’s tested them all with her own kids!

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Building Civic Skills and Democracy in Out-of-School Time

September 6, 2018

State primary elections are wrapping up and election season isn't far behind. Regardless of political beliefs, out-of-school-time programs are helping the next generation of voters become informed and engaged citizens, as research from Afterschool Matters has shown.

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How Out-of-School Supports Back-to-School

August 29, 2018

As children around the U.S. head back to school, we're highlighting a few articles from Afterschool Matters that show the strong connection between out-of-school-time programs and in-school (and in-life) success.

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Quality Summer Learning in Action: It All Adds Up

August 24, 2018

By Judy Chin, NIOST Project Assistant

It is 8:30am on a Wednesday morning, an hour into this pre-calculus summer preparatory class. There is a buzz and excitement going on inside this particular classroom that can be heard from the other side of the door. Not the behavior I was expecting from rising 11th and 12th graders this early on a summer morning in late July as I visit  this program as part of their continuous quality improvement process.

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Eliminating Cultural Biases in Pursuit of High-Quality Education

August 22, 2018

How can we ensure that students have high-quality learning experiences during afterschool programs? We check the data, of course. To make this possible, the National Institute on Out-of-School Time co-developed the APT (Assessment of Program Practices Tool) -- a self-assessment observation tool that afterschool programs can use to identify where their program stacks up when it comes to organization, learning, skill building, and other key aspects that are tied to positive youth outcomes. But developing the tool was just the first step.

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Quality Summer Learning In Action: Encouraging Dancers to Create and Learn

August 13, 2018

By Elizabeth Starr, NIOST Research Associate

About 20 tweens pile into the unassuming studio space of their ballet school in mid-July. There are no frills here. The waiting area is small and a bit disheveled; the cinderblock building has seen its share of life. But look closer: there’s magic inside.

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NIOST Researchers and Partners Show Most Afterschool Programs Offer Fruits and Vegetables

July 16, 2018

Most afterschool programs in the U.S. offer fruits and vegetables to children, and doing so is associated with membership in the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) and awareness of its Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards, according to a paper co-authored by NIOST researchers.

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NIOST recognized for its Research & Evaluation influence

June 26, 2018

The National AfterSchool Association (NAA), the lead organization for the advancement of the afterschool professional, has selected the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) as one of NAA’s 2018 Most Influential in Research and Evaluation. Honorees are distinguished for their contributions to research and evaluation on youth and adolescent development.

“NIOST has been a leader in defining, shaping, and promoting out-of-school time as a distinct professional field with evidence-based quality standards for 39 years,” said Georgia Hall, director of NIOST. “We have had the pleasure of not only conducting large and investigator-initiated research, we’ve partnered with on-the-ground program staff to help them measure quality outcomes for all, assess the effectiveness of policies and practices, benchmark against best practices, and develop in-house evaluation skills. We’re proud of this work and the recognition by the National AfterSchool Association.”

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The Lessons We Should Learn from Settlement Houses

June 21, 2018

Georgia Hall contributed an article to the Women Change Worlds blog on June 21, 2018. She wrote:

"As a country we seem to be moving far away from the nurturing and sustaining activity of the settlement houses of our past. The first settlement house, established in New York City’s Lower East Side – Neighborhood Guild – was founded by Stanton Coit, and just a few years later came Hull House in Chicago, materializing through the passionate vision of Jane Addams.

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Create Fun Summer Learning Experiences for Youth

June 13, 2018

Summer isn’t just about basketball hoops, sprinkler parks, and popsicles. It’s an ideal time to help adolescents and children catch up on building their reading, writing, and math skills.

“Summer experiences and out-of-school time should be embraced as opportunities to not only help put children on more equal footing when they return to the classroom, but to empower youth so that they return with improved self-esteem and have more positive experiences within the school community,” reports Georgia Hall, Ph.D., director and senior research scientist of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST).

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Promoting Equitable STEM Learning in Out-of-School Time

May 31, 2018

NIOST applauds the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) for its new Afterschool Tech Toolkit, which aims to help integrate technology in afterschool programs and to ensure equitable access to digital learning opportunities, especially in underserved communities. Research in NIOST's Afterschool Matters journal has long shown the importance of out-of-school-time (OST) programs in promoting technology and STEM learning, and offers further ideas for effective, equitable programming.

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Navigating Afterschool in Turbulent Times

April 30, 2018

Wellesley College, home of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time, has a significant connection to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, site of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

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NIOST Celebrates Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week with a New Video

April 24, 2018

During Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week, the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) celebrates the professionals who enhance our youths' healthy development in out-of-school time programs. Learn why in this new video.

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NIOST Researchers to Present on Cultural Biases at AERA Annual Meeting

April 11, 2018

Going to the American Educational Research Association annual meeting in New York this week? Catch our session on "Identifying Cultural Biases: Reflections From Developing Video-Based Training for the After-School Program Practices Tool."

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March Madness and Women's Collegiate Sports

March 29, 2018

This coming weekend is March Madness, the collegiate basketball championships, a good time to consider the social, policy, and bureaucratic issues that affect women in NCAA basketball. Watch researchers from NIOST and colleagues from the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) and Wellesley College, discuss wins, losses, and fouls in a recent lunchtime seminar.

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NIOST Applauds Out-of-School Time Funding for FY2018

March 27, 2018

The National Institute on Out-of-School Time applauds Congress' passage last week of funding for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) and other out-of-school-time (OST) programs for fiscal year 2018.

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Out-of-School Time Quality Tools Now Have More Ways to Measure SEL

March 16, 2018

NIOST's research-based and field-tested tools to assess out-of-school-time program quality and youth outcomes now have new ways to measure social emotional learning (SEL)!

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See NIOST at the NAA Convention

March 15, 2018

NIOST research scientists and trainers will be presenting at next week's National AfterSchool Association Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. Come and see us!

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NIOST Supports National School Breakfast Week

March 7, 2018

NIOST, as a founding member of the Healthy Out-of-School-Time (HOST) Coalition, is proud to mark National School Breakfast Week this week!

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Black Panther and Making a Difference in STEM Learning

March 1, 2018

In the hit movie Black Panther, the fictional Wakandans of Africa establish a center in Oakland, California, to be run by two women, one of whom is a scientific genius responsible in large part for the Wakandans' technological advancements. One might assume that STEM learning, particularly for girls, will form a big part of the program at the center. In real-life Oakland, however, the afterschool STEM program Techbridge is already having a positive impact on girls' lives through equity-oriented "making" activities, as this article from a recent Afterschool Matters journal shows.

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Editor Shares Perspectives

October 1, 2017

ASM Journal Editor Georgia Hall is reminded by the newest cohort of NASM Fellows of how much OST practitioners have in common.

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Call for Submissions

October 1, 2017

Deadline for article submissions is Jan 10th for the Fall 2018 issue.

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Fall 2016 Afterschool Matters Journal Available

October 10, 2016

 

The Contributors to the Fall 2016 issue of Afterschool Matters share strategies for making a lasting impact on the field: by validating instruments that measure program quality, by creating infrastructure to support learning in specialized areas, by training OST staff in professional learning communities, and by developing school-afterschool partnerships that can foster shared vision.

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Innovative Research Findings Help Meet Diverse Needs of Afterschool Programming

January 5, 2016

December 11, 2015

WELLESLEY, MA – The newest edition of Afterschool Matters, the national, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting professionalism, scholarship, and consciousness in the field of afterschool education, is focused on inventive programs that aim to engage youth and improve afterschool offerings to ultimately build better futures for young people and support their positive development.

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NIOST to Partner on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment

November 2, 2015

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WELLESLEY, Mass. - The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) has been selected as a partner to work with the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) to guide the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE). Funded by the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care (OCC) under the U.S. Department of Health Human Services, EDC will receive $10 million over five years to ensure that low-income school-age children have increased access to high-quality afterschool and summer learning experiences that contribute to their overall development and academic achievement through NCASE.

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National Afterschool Matters Fellowship Launched

October 22, 2015

 

October 2015 WELLESLEY, MA - The National Afterschool Matters Fellowship (NASM) launched this fall, bringing together 23 passionate and dedicated out-of-school-time (OST) and youth development professionals who, over two years, will engage in reflection, inquiry, and writing activities that position them to inform and contribute to the quality of programs, practice, and the broader field.
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Ellen Gannett Named One of the Top 25 Most Influential People in Afterschool by National AfterSchool Association

March 19, 2014

For Immediate Release: March 19, 2014

The National AfterSchool Association (NAA) this week announced its list of the 25 most influential people in the afterschool community, and Ellen Gannett, M.Ed., director of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW), Wellesley College, is among the honorees.

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Director Ellen Gannett to speak at National Conference on Summer Learning

October 1, 2013

The conference features 35 workshops focused on systems-building, knowledge and strategies for program managers, and innovative instructional approaches. Session topics will include: early learning, healthy summers, building and scaling summer learning systems, the latest research on program quality, connected learning, and meeting the socio-emotional as well as academic needs of middle school students. 

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Pennsylvania Master Trainers

September 25, 2013

NIOST trained 7 Master Trainers in the After-School Quality (ASQ) process of program improvement to build capacity across Pennsylvania as part if their Continuous Quality Improvement efforts. The training took place in Harrisburg and Grove City (East and West, PA) Sept 16-19.

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NIOST Researcher participates in White House Let's Move! meeting

August 20, 2013

 

Georgia Hall, Ed.D., senior research scientist at the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women, met with the White House Let's Move! staff in mid-August. Along with representatives of several other national organizations, Hall discussed the valuable role of NIOST.

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Core Competencies

April 8, 2013

 


Wallace Foundation Releases Core Competencies

"The Wallace Foundation has made available the Strong Directors/Skilled Staff: Guide to Using the Core Competencies that NIOST put together for the New York Department of Youth and Community Development. This handbook outlines key skills - "core competencies" - needed by after-school program directors and those they supervise. It also offers guidance and tools on how to develop the skills, including questionnaires that managers and youth workers can use to determine their strengths and weaknesses." Read more here.

 

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For Kids Only Builds Data Bridges with Schools

January 9, 2013

Published with permission from BOSTnet

by Susan Vinovrski
December 2012 issue of BUZZ

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A Scientist Studies Physical Activity and Healthy Eating in Out-of-School Time Programs

January 4, 2013

Georgia S. Hall, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, National Institute on Out-of-School Time, Wellesley College is profiled in Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living Research.

 

 

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Afterschool Matters: An NYCWP Fellowship for Out-of-School Practitioners

October 17, 2012

 

Twenty-seven educators, program administrators and funders came together on September 14, 2012 to begin a year-long journey of exploring their practice and contributing to the growth of knowledge about the field of youth development. To read more about the kickoff of the National Afterschool Matters Fellowship Program (NASMFP) in New York City, click here.

 

 

 

 

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Wyoming Afterschool Alliance to begin Phase III of its Quality Improvement Initiative

June 20, 2012

For immediate release
June 18, 2012

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Expanded Learning: Opportunities for Partnerships with a New Twist and a New Name

December 14, 2011

A Commentary by Ellen Gannett, M.Ed.
Director, National Institute on Out-of-School Time at the Wellesley Centers for Women

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NIOST Analyzes Youth Data for United Way and Lynn Public Schools

December 1, 2011

The Lynn Youth Survey is part of United Way's Community By Community initiative to engage and mobilize residents to pin point and address shared concerns. The survey was developed collaboratively with more than two dozen youth and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, and the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at Wellesley College analyzed the data collected. United Way will present the results at a community meeting in Lynn.

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Finding the Right Tool to Measure Outcomes in OST Programs

November 30, 2011

 

The Forum for Youth Investment, a non-profit, non-partisan action tank, has released a review of youth outcome tools. According to the Forum for Youth Investment, "Everyone who runs a youth program believes in their hearts that their program helps kids - but in their heads, they know they need convincing data to prove it. A new guide from the Forum for Youth Investment - From Soft Skills to Hard Data: Measuring Youth Program Outcomes - is here to help them get the data they need.

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NIOST Collaboration Part of First Lady's Anti-Obesity Initiative

November 30, 2011

TheY Makes Commitment to Advance First Lady's Efforts to Keep Kids Healthy

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Featured Report by Wendy Surr

July 27, 2011

 

Wendy Surr's Youth Participatory Research Project was featured in the latest Research and Action Report by the Wellesley Centers for Women. The Research and Action Report looks at the activities and initiatives at WCW. To read the feature, click here.

 

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  • PEOPLE ARE SAYING

    "NIOST has been an anchor for numerous school age care projects we do, including ASQ (After-School Quality) and Links to Learning. They are a nationally respected organization that Pennsylvania has partnered with for over 20 years."



    – Betsy O. Saatman, TA Specialist/SAC Initiatives, Pennsylvania Key
  • PEOPLE ARE SAYING

    "NIOST was a core partner in supporting the development of quality improvement systems across the nine cities that participated in The Wallace Foundation Next Generation Afterschool System-Building Initiative. The NIOST team worked well with other technical assistance partners in the initiative, always willing to pitch in and collaborate with others to make our professional learning community meetings a team effort. I truly hope the Foundation has an opportunity to partner with them in the future."


    – Priscilla M. Little, Initiative Manager, The Wallace Foundation

  • PEOPLE ARE SAYING

    "NIOST has been a leader in the out-of-school time field for as long as I can remember, and I have relied on their research, tools, and advice to improve my practice throughout my career. Their staff members are good partners and good listeners, and their influence across the country is palpable."


    – Jane Quinn, Vice President and Director of National Center for Community Schools, Children's Aid Society
  • PEOPLE ARE SAYING

    "Georgia Hall, Ellen Gannett, and the NIOST team have been instrumental in driving the healthy afterschool movement. Their dedication to quality practice, informed policy, and collective impact is instrumental in our effort to create healthier communities."



    – Daniel W. Hatcher, Director, Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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