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In this issue:
Networks Analysis of a Regional Ecosystem of Afterschool Programs
By Martha G. Russell and Marc A. Smith
Social network analysis of a local afterschool ecosystem reveals programs’ relative isolation from one another and their dependence on just a few funding sources. 11 pages.
Building an Afterschool Workforce: Regulations and Beyond
By Patricia Cole
If afterschool is to become a system at the program level and a profession at the staff level, we need to examine what qualifications are appropriate for the staff who make a difference in children’s lives. 10 pages.
The Effect of Afterschool Program Participation on English Language Acquisition
By Rebecca London, Oded Gurantz, and Jon Norman
An innovative data source that tracks students across school and non-school settings provides insights about how afterschool participation may improve students’ English language abilities. 8 pages.
Self-Assessment of High-Quality Academic Enrichment Practices
By Jenell Holstead and Mindy Hightower King
Self-assessment can be a powerful tool for evaluating program quality, yet the available self-assessment instruments do not comprehensively address practices that promote academic enrichment. 8 pages.
Don’t You Want to Do Better? Implementing a Goal-setting Intervention in an Afterschool Program
By Amy Hallenbeck and David Fleming
The ability to set and work toward goals is not inborn. This study examines how an afterschool program worked to help elementary-age children learn goal-setting strategies. 11 pages.
Growing Boys: Implementing a Boys’ Empowerment Group in an Afterschool Program
By Georgia Hall, Ph.D. and Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D.
Single-sex empowerment groups can help boys from disadvantaged backgrounds make healthy choices. What qualities does an adult leader need to facilitate boys’ empowerment? 3 pages.
Book Review: Science in the Making at the Margin
by Rahm, Jrene
Reviewed by Sara Hill
Social and Behavioral Sciences
National Institute on Out-of-School Time, "Afterschool Matters Spring 2011" (2011). Afterschool Matters. 16.