Youth Today OST Webinars: Research to Practice

The OST Hub has archived the RESEARCH to PRACTICE webinars. They are available for you to purchase for only $10 each. Scroll down for individual descriptions and links to purchase.

These 30-minute webinars can be used by Out-of-School Time (OST) and youth development practitioners to design research-based programs and quality instructional activities. Each webinar pairs researchers with practitioners from out-of-school time programs, beginning with an overview of the research literature on the topic, followed by practitioners discussing their program in relation to the research. The webinar ends with a lively dialogue between the presenters and the audience.

Each webinar purchase contains the webinar video and supplemental materials, including:

  • A resource list, including references and links
  • The webinar powerpoint presentation
  • A link for streaming the password-protected video of the webinar from our Vimeo site
  • An MP4 video recording of the webinar to use for turn-around training (download from Vimeo)
  • A training tip sheet on how to use the video and materials for turn-around training

Use this link to PURCHASE ARCHIVES of our webinar videos & material.  Number (#) next to title indicates the order on purchase page.

If you have a DOWNLOAD PASSWORD from us, ACCESS DOWNLOADS of the videos and materials here. 

Questions???  Contact our business operations manager Chelsey Tabakian Odom  

ARCHIVED WEBINAR DESCRIPTIONS: Videos & Materials Available for Purchase 

Click links in descriptions to purchase (#’s indicate their order on the purchase page).


(#1) Culturally-Based Programs to support English Language Learners in OST. Leigh Patel, Boston College; Wilmer Quinones and Juan Maldonado, Sociedad Latina. Provides an overview of research on culturally based youth programs. Practitioners from a youth program serving language minority youth talk about an action research project in which they gathered youths’ perspectives on what makes a positive and productive culturally diverse youth-serving organization. They present key findings, such as the need for more mental health and counseling support for youth living in stressed neighborhoods.

(#5) English Language Learners in OST.  Patricia Arena Garcia, American Institutes for Research; Sil Ganzo, OurBridge.  Out-of-school time programs can play an important role in helping to close the EL achievement gap and meet the social and emotional needs of ELs.  This webinar explores the importance of 1st language and language socialization by reviewing the literature on the topic, followed by a discussion of how this looks on the ground at a community based organization working with new immigrant students.

(#6) Engaging African American Youth in Reading During OST. Ann M. Bennett, Kennesaw State University; Daneell Edwards, Troy University; Tim Adams, Wesley House Community Center. This webinar covers the literature on cultural identity, language and reading as a way to understand youth’s resistance to reading.  It is followed by a discussion about the challenges and successes of engaging African-American youth in reading on the ground in a community-based afterschool program. 


(#2) Practitioners Doing Research.  How can it improve Programs? Sara Cole, YMCA Greater Rochester; Devan Blackwell, Devan Blackwell, BE After 3.  Provides an overview of teacher inquiry, and how it can improve program practice.   Hear from OST practitioners who have been participating in the National Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowship, and how engaging in inquiry has changed how they view themselves as practitioners, how they operate their programs and provide services for youth.

(#4) Simple Interactions: Measuring Staff Engagement using  Video in OST Programs. Tom Akiva, University of Pittsburgh; Leah O’Reilly, Youth Programs Director, Human Services Corporation.  Positive adult-child interactions are key to successful afterschool programs. Hear research findings from a study on an innovative approach to strengths-based professional development, Simple Interactions, which uses short video clips of staff engaged in positive interactions with youth.  In addition, a manager from a large youth program will discuss the implementation of this model and the positive effects it had on the staff dynamic.


(#10) It’s Almost Too Late!  Designing Summer Programs to Stem the Summer Slide.  Femi Vance, UC San Diego, Lauren Synder, Village Learning Place.  Young people drop several grade levels behind if they don’t engage with stimulating summer enrichment activities.  This webinar will provide an overview of the research on the summer learning gap, and then present some usable strategies using the Village Learning Place as an example, to design a high quality summer program that can help stem the summer slide. 

Early Literacy in OST.  Victoria Perkins, Research Associate at Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation; Rashelle Holmgren, Youth Program Coordinator at Project for Pride in Living.  OST programs can be a critical space to provide both informal and formal support for literacy development.  Hear an overview of a early literacy development, and then descriptions of two OST literacy programs programs in public housing.   The webinar will end with a series of recommendations for other OST programs working with young learners. 

(#12) Documenting Youth Learning with Badges.  Marc Lesser, Mouse; Sarah Zeller-Berkman, Mozilla Foundation. There is a burgeoning movement to develop relevant ways to document youth learning which utilizes reflection and demonstration of skills, and is trusted enough to unlock greater opportunities.  This webinar reviews a connected credentialing program where high school students involved in a computer program at a nonprofit, Mouse, earned a badge recognized in the admissions department of Parsons School of the Art. 

(#3) Engaging Older Youth with Technology.  Lalitha Vasuvedan, Teachers College, Columbia; Rudy Garcia, BridgeUP, New York Public Library; Maggie Muldoon, Mouse, Inc.  Older youth love technology, and it is often the neglected letter in STEM.  It is, however, a great way to engage youth in Out-of-School Time programs.  In this webinar, you will learn the theory behind engaging older youth,   and then hear from OST practitioners who have been using technology in their programs, such as youth creating radio podcasts.

(#8) Restorative Justice in OST.  John Lash, Georgia Conflict Center, Lauren Abramson, Community Conference Center.  Restorative Practices offer simple yet powerful structures for people to nurture relationships, build community, and manage conflict in healthy ways.  It is gaining ground as a viable approach to behavior management in OST settings.  In this webinar hear a literature review of the approach, and how it can be enacted in real world settings.


(#11) Community-Wide Partnerships to Support Student Success.  Ken Anthony, Connecticut After School Network; Nancy Puglisi, Facilitator of Extended Day Programs, Consolidated School District of New Britain. Effective partnerships that link school and out-of-school time and summer programs can have a big impact on student learning, attendance, and behavior. In this webinar, a school district in Connecticut will discuss their experience, as well as the challenges and lessons learned, in creating partnerships with a wide range of community organizations.

(#7) Libraries as Partners with OST. Rachel Roseberry, Nashville Afterzone Alliance, Kara Youngblood, Nashville Public Library.  A strength of libraries is their resources – allowing students access to books and resources that deep engagement requires.  Both libraries and afterschool have unique capacities for engagement, and combining them results in a powerful possibility for literacy learning. In this webinar you will hear about a partnership between OST programs as the Nashville Public Library, and some strategies for developing these types of partnerships in your own community.

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