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Empowering Youth Work Supervisors with Action Research Strategies

Empowering Youth Work Supervisors with Action Research Strategies

An article that describes how to employ action research strategies with youth workers to improve their program practices.

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Growing Our Own - Former Participants as Staff in Afterschool Youth Development Programs

Growing Our Own: Former Participants as Staff in Afterschool Youth Development Programs

This articles describes the special support that youth workers who were former participants in afterschool youth programs need as staff.  This include training on worker skills, but also the recognition that they need to be provided with positive youth development support as well.

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The Journal of Expanded Learning Opportunities - Vol. 1, Issue 1 (Spring 2014)

The Journal of Expanded Learning Opportunities - Vol. 1, Issue 1 (Spring 2014)

This volume of JELO has an article about creating intentional communities of practitioners in a new model of professional development.

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Leap of Faith - A Literature Review on the Effects of Professional Development on Program Quality and Youth Outcomes

Leap of Faith: A Literature Review on the Effects of Professional Development on Program Quality and Youth Outcomes

A literature review on outcomes of professional development on program quality and youth outcomes.  Identifies best practices in professional development.

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Planning Considerations for Afterschool Professional Development

Planning Considerations for Afterschool Professional Development

This article provides guidelines that can help afterschool staff plan for effective professional development by using the the TEARS implementation framework.

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Promising Practices in Out-of-School Time Professional Development

Promising Practices in Out-of-School Time Professional Development

This report provides a working definition of professional development in OST, which is professional development includes activities, resources, and supports that help out-of-school time practitioners work with or on behalf of children and youth.  The document also identifies types of professional development that falls within this framework.

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Putting Our Questions at the Center - Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowships

Putting Our Questions at the Center: Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowships

An article that describes the National Afterschool Matters Practitioner fellowship, a long term professional development opportunity that engages youth practitioners in action research and reflective inquiry.

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Shared Research Dialogue - One College's Model for Professional Development of Youth Practitioners

Shared Research Dialogue: One College's Model for Professional Development of Youth Practitioners

An article that describes a college course for youth workers and youth practitioners that incorporates action research and reflective practice as part of the curriculum.

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Staff Selection - What's Important for Out-of-School Time Programs

Staff Selection: What's Important for Out-of-School Time Programs

This brief by Child Trends presents findings from a study of staff selection in OST, and links these findings to effective strategies for recruiting and selecting frontline staff.

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Staffing Out-of-School Time Programs in the 21st Century

Staffing Out-of-School Time Programs in the 21st Century

A study by the director of a 21st CCLC to understand how to best address the challenges of hiring and retaining staff at afterschool programs.  The author finds presents some recommendations such as hiring staff already working in the school building, encouraging university teaching programs to include internships at OST programs as part of their required coursework, and concentrating scarce professional development resources on full-time staffers rather than part-time workers.

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The Importance of Professional Development for Youth Workers

The Importance of Professional Development for Youth Workers

This research brief by Child Trends summarizes the importance of professional development, identifies core competencies for youth workers, highlights professional development training delivery models, and sets forth next steps for professional development that can benefit youth programs.

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Using E-learning to Train Youth Workers

Using E-learning to Train Youth Workers

A description of a program that used e-learning to provide training for staff at a large afterschool program, and a discussion of some of the challenges in doing so.

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Using Professional Development to Enhance Staff Retention

Using Professional Development to Enhance Staff Retention

Staff retention is one of the biggest challenges that OST programs face.  This article  extracts critical data and findings from studies that show how professional development may create a program climate conducive to effective staff retention.

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