You have the power to make it happen: using professional development to improve out of school time programming





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Across the nation, youth work practitioners are excited to hear the buzz about professionalizing the Out of School Time (OST) field. In order to professionalize the OST field, people working in the field must create a knowledge base for youth work practitioners that continues to grow and advance with time. This capstone contributes to that knowledge based by addressing the question: How do elementary teachers working in an Out of School Time (OST) environment evaluate the presence of practices from a research-based model? This study used a qualitative survey of teachers in a summer OST program. The survey contained both closed and open-ended responses regarding their experience with professional development for the OST program. The results support that research based professional development is essential and an integral part of quality OST programs.

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