SEDL Monthly: An e-bulletin of SEDL / December 2009 /

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Texas Health-Care Workers Wanted for Disability-Related Study
Do you work in a Texas health-care facility and have a colleague or supervise someone who has a disability? Or do you have a disability and work in health care? SEDL is looking for participants for a disability-related study. Participants will receive a $25 gift card for a 30-minute phone interview. All calls are confidential. For more information, please e-mail or call 800-476-6861 and ask for Kathleen Murphy.

The Winter 2009 issue of SEEN (SouthEast Education Network) Magazine includes articles authored by SEDL employees Catherine Jordan and Danny Martinez.

An article in the News-Herald of Willoughby, Ohio, cites a SEDL research study on the importance of parental involvement in education.

An article in the Journal Sentinel of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, cites a 2001 research synthesis conducted by SEDL's National Center for Family and Community Connections in Schools on the myths that persist among teachers about how to involve parents in their children's education.

Visit SEDL's library of free resources on the SEDL Web site. Subscribe to SEDL Letter, our award-winning magazine, or AfterWords, our monthly e-mail bulletin from SEDL's National Center for Quality Afterschool.

Building and Managing Quality Afterschool Programs
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Announcing the release of A Practitioner's Guide: Building and Managing Quality Afterschool Programs
Leaders of afterschool and expanded learning programs know well the many challenges involved in managing, organizing, and operating a high-quality program. In addition to providing engaging activities that boost students’ academic performance, afterschool leaders must oversee daily operations, support their staff, and sustain strong relationships with stakeholders. An upcoming publication from SEDL’s National Center for Quality Afterschool, A Practitioner’s Guide: Building and Managing Quality Afterschool Programs, explores the practices that can help afterschool leaders cover it all—great programming, terrific staff, positive relationships—and provides plenty of resources to lead and sustain successful afterschool programs.

Produced with the support of the C.S. Mott Foundation, the guide shares the insights gained from a 5-year research study of successful afterschool programs. Practices are examined in four areas: program organization, academic programming, supportive relationships in afterschool, and achieving program outcomes. The guide also provides tools to help readers reflect on their own practices and create a plan for improving them.

The free guide will be available in January 2010. Register online to be notified when the Guide is available. If you would like to learn more about SEDL's afterschool professional development services, contact SEDL at or 1-800-476-6861.

Learn more about SEDL's afterschool and expanded learning programs

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Sharing Leadership
One indicator of a high-quality afterschool program is the practice of shared leadership and decision making. When appropriate, afterschool leaders can include instructors and site coordinators in decisions within their areas of expertise, such as curriculum and some of the day-to-day operations. When staff are involved in some decisions, they are likely to feel more ownership of their work and will continue to develop their own leadership skills.

To learn more about practices of high-quality afterschool programs, see AfterWords, the e-newsletter of SEDL's National Center for Quality Afterschool.

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  SEDL Letter
The August 2008 issue of SEDL Letter addresses afterschool, family and community––all ways to increase student success beyond the school day.
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Afterschool Training Toolkit
This online resource includes research-based practices, sample lessons, video clips, and other resources that afterschool and other extended learning leaders can use to provide staff development on academic enrichment.
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Laura Shankland
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Austin, TX 78723
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