Student learning doesn't end when the school bell rings. Afterschool and other out-of-school learning programs can help students develop skills and knowledge to enhance academic success. SEDL conducts research and evaluation and provides professional development, assistance, and resources to elevate the quality of out-of-school learning.
Professional DevelopmentOur staff provide face-to-face and online professional development to help assess and strengthen the effectiveness of out-of-school learning programs.
Services We ProvideOur out-of-school learning specialists draw on their expertise in school improvement, youth development, adult learning, and research and evaluation to help practitioners deliver high-quality programming.
- National Center for Quality Afterschool: Through our center, we offer customized consultations, training, and assistance spanning all aspects of out-of-school learning programs.
A Practitioner's Guide: Building and Managing Quality Afterschool Programs (2009)
For afterschool leaders who want it all—great programming, a terrific staff, and positive relationships—this guide shows the way. Based on the findings of a 5-year study of more than 50 high-quality afterschool programs, the guide details the practices of successful leaders and provides tools for incorporating the practices into everyday operations. Read more
Illinois Quality Afterschool: The Illinois Quality Afterschool initiative provides technical assistance and professional development to all 21st CCLC grantees in Illinois. It is designed to ensure that grantees in Illinois receive the necessary assistance — including training, tools, resource materials, and expertise — to deliver high-quality afterschool programs that strengthen student engagement and academic achievement.
National Center for Quality Afterschool: The National Center for Quality Afterschool at SEDL provides research-based resources and professional development to help state education agencies and local practitioners develop high-quality, balanced out-of-school learning programs. Recent work includes providing professional development on the Afterschool Training Toolkit to staff of 21st Century Community Learning Centers afterschool programs.
Louisiana Afterschool Evaluation: SEDL's Afterschool, Family and Community program staff conducted a 3-year evaluation study of the Louisiana Department of Education’s (LDOE) afterschool programs. Staff cleaned and managed the extant data provided by LDOE and its contractors; analyzed data to determine the impact of these programs on student academic performance, attendance, discipline, and participation; and developed and implemented satisfaction surveys for program and school staff and parents of participants.
California Afterschool Demonstration Program: SEDL worked with the California Department of Education to identify high-quality afterschool programs in the state and to establish technical assistance based on the promising practices of the programs identified. SEDL then worked with the identified programs to develop training and resources used to support other afterschool programs in the state.
National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning (2003–2008): SEDL’s past work in expanded learning includes leading the nine-member National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning in a nationwide research, development, and dissemination project. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the project included a 5-year study providing on-site assessments of more than 100 afterschool sites. The National Partnership rigorously documented program characteristics and practices in six content areas: the arts, literacy, mathematics, science, technology, and homework help. The Partnership applied its research findings by developing training and the online Afterschool Training Toolkit.
Randomized Controlled Trials of Promising Afterschool Programs: SEDL’s National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning oversaw three randomized controlled trials evaluating the benefits of promising afterschool interventions on student achievement. The 2-year studies assessed the impact of three curriculum programs—READ 180, Voyager, and Success for All—in large-scale field trials involving a single school district, several regional districts, and a statewide sample of students attending afterschool programs. SEDL staff provided reviews and assistance with study designs, evaluation plans, trial procedures, and analytic plans. SEDL’s Afterschool Research Consortium then produced three research briefs documenting the results.