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Building and Retaining High Quality Professional Staff for Extended Education Programs

Deborah Lowe Vandell, Jenel Lao

Abstract


Abstract

High quality afterschool programs foster academic and socio-emotional development in middle childhood and adolescence. The success of these programs is dependent on the skills and competencies of program staff. High quality programs require staff who are able to sustain supportive relationships with young people, foster positive relationships among students, and provide engaging, challenging activities that build on student interests. This paper outlines the core competences and mindsets of staff as the cornerstone of high quality programs and proposes strategies to develop these staff proficiencies more broadly. Testing these strategies can provide rich opportunities for researchers to collaborate with practitioners to design and implement effective approaches to professional development in extended education settings.

Keywords: professional development, afterschool programs, program quality, staff development, extended education

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Bibliography: Lowe Vandell, Deborah/Lao, Jenel: Building and Retaining High Quality Professional Staff for Extended Education Programs, IJREE, Vol. 4, Issue 1-2016, pp. 52-64. https://doi.org/10.3224/ijree.v4i1.24775


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