Welcome to the first
issue of AfterWords, the newsletter
of the National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning.
If you’re reading this newsletter, you already know that afterschool
education is playing an increasingly important role in children’s
lives. Three years ago, the National
Partnership was created to identify
afterschool programs that showed a positive effect on student achievement.
As our research continues, we are working with afterschool professionals
to continue to improve student performance.
We know that high-quality programs share many characteristics.
They have clear goals, align the program to meet these goals, and
conduct evaluations to determine if they are successful. These programs
foster strong relationships with day-school teachers. They allow
students to work both independently and in groups, creating an environment
that maintains student engagement and offers opportunities for social
development. Finally, these programs employ qualified staff who participate
in effective professional development (see reference below).
With this newsletter, we hope
to share what the National Partnership has learned about high-quality
afterschool programs through our research. We also want to use this
publication as a forum for the discussion of the issues afterschool
professionals face and the successes they experience. In each issue
of AfterWords, you’ll find
some regular features. Learn
We hope you enjoy AfterWords and welcome your feedback.
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