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Harness the Power of OST Programs: 5 Strategies to Maximize Your Impact

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Families nationwide look to local community providers for a range of afterschool, expanded learning, and out-of-school time (OST) youth activities. However, in a post-COVID world, providers are navigating a challenging and increasingly competitive environment that may require innovative ways to harness the unique value of their programming.

As a trusted advisor to a variety of OST providers, SCRI’s commitment to innovative strategies rooted in data provides a unique perspective on how to maximize your impact. These 5 recommended strategies result from years of client partnerships maximizing their data, implementing effective strategies to achieve impact, and co-creating organizational plans to realize their growth.  

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About SCRI

The Sperling Center for Research and Innovation (SCRI) is part of BellXcel, a national nonprofit with nearly 30 years’ experience innovating educational solutions rooted in evidence. Drawing on decades of firsthand implementation experience and a culture of continuous improvement, SCRI bridges the research to practice to policy gap, to help partners strengthen goals, implement high-quality practices, expand to reach more young people, and advocate for improved policies.

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Measure, Use, Improve! Data Use in Out-of-School Time

Measure, Use, Improve! Data Use In Out-of-School Time – the fifth volume in Information Age Publishing’s Current Issues in Out-of-School Time Series – adds a set of inspiring and insightful resources for OST practitioners, policymakers, and researchers alike. SCRI’s Brenda McLaughlin and Bryan Hall were pleased to co-author a chapter for the volume, Beyond Youth Outcomes: Thinking Outside the Logic Model.

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Learning from the Best: Strategies Gained from Teacher Feedback to Recruit and Retain Educators for Out-of-School Time Programs

SCRI analyzed staff survey responses from the BellXcel 2021 Summer program and identified key strategies and recommendations for finding and retaining high quality staff: stressing the importance of strong relationships and collaboration, promoting a positive teaching environment and culture, ensuring flexibility and autonomy for staff, providing supportive leadership, prioritizing the opportunity for personal and professional growth, and having materials and resources readily available and accessible.

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