Partnerships. Data-sharing. Professional development.
These are among the top priorities for program providers within the evolving field of expanded learning.
Implementing a particular practice isn’t an end but an ongoing process, youth-development experts say.
“We talk about the idea of continuous improvement processes,” said Christina A. Russell, a researcher at the Washington, D.C.-based Policy Studies Associates, Inc. who specializes in youth development.
“It’s that ongoing look at the program from either the agency running the program or another intermediary organization to continually reflect on and think about whether the quality elements that they’re looking for are present.”
With assistance from CBASS, or the Collaborative for Building After School Systems, Youth Today sought out examples of best practices in the area of partnerships, data-sharing and professional development, as well as a few lessons learned.
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