PD & Training: OST Field Notes

Voices from the Field take 3

This section includes materials written by practitioners in the OST field describing professional development and staff training.   It includes guest blogs and v-logs (video logs), photo-essays and narratives by practitioners reflecting on their successes and challenges in professional development and training.

We accept submissions from practitioners in the OST field. For more information about submitting your work, email sarahill@youthtoday.org.


Explore & Download These Resources


Art & Practice of Building a Learning Community in Afterschool Programs

This photoessay describes an innovative training for afterschool directors that uses the frameworks of Professional Learning Communities and the Five Disciplines developed by Peter Sange, including Mental Models, Working Together and Systems Thinking.

» Download the Article (PDF) «


A Holistic Approach to OST Staff Development

We often provide staff development in order to check off the "boxes" in regulations rather than think about staff's dreams, visions, and passions.  This innovative approach to OST staff development provides a holistic framework for looking at a longer term trajectory of youth program staff.

» Download the Article (PDF) «


Appreciative Inquiry Goes to Afterschool

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is an asset-based approach to organizations that is a “search for the best in people, their organizations, and the relevant world around them."  This photoessay describes the implementation of Appreciative Inquiry with site directors of an afterschool program.
» Download the Article (PDF) «