Quality Element 6: Staffing & Professional Development

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A quality program employs staff and volunteers who value each youth, understand youths’ developmental needs, and develop working relationships with coworkers, youth, families and caregivers and other partners.  A quality program supports the professional growth of staff and volunteers by providing ongoing professional development that bolsters the knowledge and skill necessary for implementing best practice programming.

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Featured Resource

Making the Most of Staff Meetings

There may not always be time for a full day of professional development.  Click 2 Science’s meeting resources will help you make the most of your staff meetings by incorporating staff training into each meeting.

Curriculum

Expanding Horizons: Professional Development Asia Society

Afterschool Academies Guidebook for Action – Foundations, Inc. 

Making Parents/Families Feel Welcome and Valued – BOSTnet

Engaging Families in Out-of-School Time Programs Toolkit – BOSTnet

 Identifying Staffing Needs and Recruiting Qualified After-School Staff – Policy Studies Associates, Inc.

Mandated Reporters: Critical Links in Protecting Children in Georgia (free online course)

Self-assessment for Administrators of Child Care Programs– the North Carolina Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development

The Impact of Peer Networking on Out-of-School Time Staff – Out-of-School Time Resource Center

Using Professional Development to Enhance Staff Retention – Afterschool Matters

GUIDE’s Team Building Activities and Icebreakers

Know Thyself: Developing Your Inner Leader – National Afterschool Association

Build a Solid Team– National Afterschool Association

Get your Staff Motivated – National Afterschool Association

6 Ideas to Make Your Next Staff Meeting Fun and Healthy this Summer – Out-of-School Time Resource Center

Research & Best Practices

Planning Considerations for Afterschool Professional Development – Afterschool Matters

Empowering Youth Work Supervisors with Action Research Strategies Afterschool Matters

Afterschool Professional Development: Resources, Outcomes, and Considerations – New York Statewide Afterschool Network

Human Resources: Staffing Out-of-School Time Programs in the 21st Century – Afterschool Matters

Using Professional Development to Increase Staff Retention – Afterschool Matters

Assessing Bullying: A Guide for Out-of-School Time Program Practitioners– Child Trends

 Afterschool Professional Development: Resources, Outcomes, and Considerations – New York Statewide Afterschool Network

How Program Administrators Can Support Out-of-School Time Staff– Child Trends

A Network Wide Approach to Professional Development: Professional Development in Out-of-School Time – Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal

Promising Practices in Out-of-School Time Professional Development– University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice

 

Professional Learning Opportunities

Preparing Yourself to Facilitate STEM (Learning Module) – Click2Science

Meeting Resources – Click2Science


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