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Afterschool Matters
Creative Programs That Connect Youth Development and Student Achievement

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Foreword by Glynda A. Hull



December 2007 | 144 pages | Corwin
Afterschool programs comprise an important and promising piece of the overall puzzle in raising student achievement. Written by experts in the field of afterschool youth development and supported by The Bowne Foundation, one of the leading funders for afterschool programs, this book will describe specific youth development afterschool programs and activities that bridge the gap between fun and school.

Each chapter identifies what activities support academic achievement and are aligned with learning standards. All activities presented are aligned to youth development principles, grounded in student interest, and allow for a range of student competencies.

Glynda Hull
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Editor
 
About the Contributors
 
Introduction
Cheri Fancsali
1. The Science Mentoring Project: How Student-to-Student Mentoring Can Encourage Student Motivation, Participation, and Inquiry
Introduction  
Theoretical Framework  
Program Context and Design  
Academic Standards  
Youth Development  
Other Benefits and Competencies  
Summary  
Replication in Other Contexts  
References  
Judith McVarish
2. In Addition Afterschool Mathematics Program: Helping Students Learn to Think Critically
Introduction  
Theoretical Framework  
Program Context and Design  
Academic Standards  
Youth Development  
Other Benefits and Competencies  
Summary  
Replication in Other Contexts  
References  
Georgia Hall
3. Civic Connections: Practicing Democracy Through Debate Clubs in the Out-of-School Time Hours
Introduction  
Theoretical Framework  
Program Context and Design  
Academic Standards  
Youth Development  
Other Benefits and Competencies  
Summary  
Replication in Other Contexts  
References  
Sarita Khurana
4. So You Want to Be a Superhero? How the Art of Making Comics in an Afterschool Setting Develops Young People’s Creativity, Literacy, and Identity
Introduction  
Theoretical Framework  
Program Context and Design  
Academic Standards  
Youth Development  
Other Benefits and Competencies  
Summary  
Replication in Other Contexts  
References  
Daneell Edwards
5. Hair-Raising Experiences: “Doing Hair” and Literacy in an Afterschool Reading and Writing Workshop for African American Adolescent Girls
Introduction  
Theoretical Framework  
Program Context and Design  
Academic Standards  
Youth Development  
Other Benefits and Competencies  
Summary  
Replication in Other Contexts  
References  
Anne L. Thompson
6. Fabulous Fashions: Links to Learning and Life
Introduction  
Theoretical Framework  
Program Context and Design  
Academic Standards  
Youth Development  
Other Benefits and Competencies  
Summary  
Replication in Other Contexts  
References  
 
Index

"Does a nice job of explaining the need for afterschool programs and how to work with schools and school personnel to make such programs successful. The book is very practical and useful and the authors offer great ideas and strategies to help readers get moving and take action."

Darin S. Drill, Principal
Cascade High School, Turner, OR

"Lots of great nuts-and-bolts suggestions, helpful references, and suggestions on resources."

Joseph Cronin, President
EDVISORS

"There is a good balance of content across the curriculum. Students who participated in these programs clearly learned a great deal and would be able to transfer these skills to the classroom. The coverage is solid and very detailed."

Jane Kerschner, Director of School Programs and Development
The Ophelia Project®

"As a director of an afterschool program, I found the unique aspects of these programs to be useful. The contributors tackle the issue of the place of afterschool programs in raising student achievement and warn that it is unwise to solely create another layer of school. Afterschool programs also have to have an element of FUN."

Paul Young, Executive Director
West After School Center, Inc.

"The descriptions in this book exemplify good teaching such as might occur anywhere—not just afterschool. We are presented with sound educational endeavors that respond sensitively and inventively to children’s interests, needs, and predilections, but extend their knowledge, skills, and understanding into new domains."

From the Foreword by Glynda A. Hull

"Discusses how to develop creative youth programs and is a 'must' in a learning environment where afterschool enrichment possibilities have blossomed."

California Bookwatch, December 2007
Midwest Book Review

An interesting book which looks at after school activities as a way of supporting young people's learning.

Mrs Alana Enoch
Education Studies and Social Inclusion, Trinity College Carmarthen
April 2, 2013

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Introduction

Foreword by Glynda A. Hull


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