Connecting, Integrating STEM and Social Emotional Learning

At a recent national Out of School Time (OST) conference I attended, one participant proudly shared how her program was working on innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs . . .

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Book Review: Ending Zero Tolerance: The Crisis of Absolute School Discipline

Black’s book is necessary reading for educators and those who work with youth, whether during classroom hours or in an after-school setting . . .

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Keeping Schools Safe While Reducing Suspensions and Expulsions

There’s good news and bad news in the report “Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2015,” the most recent in an annual series produced jointly by the U.S. departments of education (ED) and justice (DOJ). Just as important, there’s help available to sustain the good news and tackle the bad . . .

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Combatting Obesity: After-School Programs Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

Robert Hill knows firsthand what it’s like to be an overweight child. “I grew up hating physical activity and only eating foods that tasted good to me,” he said . . .

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A Natural Cure

At the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, Georgia, the Charlie's Trackers summer day camp for 7- and 8-year olds gave 16 children instruction in survival skills, native animals and plants, and lessons in the basic functioning of ecosystems . . .

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Good Sports Gets Girls Going After School

The summer custom for high school athletes is to surrender some of their vacation time at the local pool for strength and conditioning workouts to get ready for the upcoming school year . . .

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What’s On Alex’s Bookshelf?

Adam M. Johnson is executive director of the California office of the Children’s Defense Fund. Johnson oversees the organization’s $2.6 million budget and 16-member full-time staff . . .

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Redouble Efforts to Help More Students Graduate

Just 10 years ago, the nation’s on-time high school graduation rate was hovering around 70 percent, where it had been stuck for decades . . .

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Building Trust and Support for Homeless Youth in OST Programs

At the after-school coaching programs run by the Orange Duffel Bag Initiative, the staff never shines a spotlight on the fact that many of their participants are homeless . . .

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Reading Difficulty in Young Children Linked to Later Trouble With the Law

OST programs can reach and engage the students who need extra support, not just those who happen to show up. Every young life starts out with promise, and the adults who love a child yearn for that child to have a bright future . . .

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