Kathy Schleyer

Director of Training & Quality Improvement

Kathy Schleyer is the Director of Training at the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at Wellesley College. She oversees the national and local training activities conducted by NIOST in support of afterschool programs working on areas such as continuous program improvement, management skill building, and coaching and technical assistance. Kathy has been with NIOST for nine years. Recently, she directed the development of the Links to Learning Trainer Guide for states and OST networks that want to adopt the NIOST curriculum to better address the connection of school and afterschool.

Kathy is actively engaged in the content area of continuous quality improvement. She re-introduced and revised the ASQ (Afterschool Quality, the Process of Program Improvement) Guide to the out-of-school time field and trains on related topics such as the Assessing Afterschool Program Tool (APT) and becoming an afterschool Quality Advisor.

Prior to NIOST, Kathy worked in the private sector as a management consultant and earlier as a sports marketer. In both these occupations, Kathy was engaged in research and communication development. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters. Kathy holds a Masters of Science in Education from Wheelock College and a Bachelor of Arts from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York.


    "NIOST has been an anchor for numerous school age care projects we do, including ASQ (After-School Quality) and Links to Learning. They are a nationally respected organization that Pennsylvania has partnered with for over 20 years."

    – Betsy O. Saatman, TA Specialist/SAC Initiatives, Pennsylvania Key

    "NIOST was a core partner in supporting the development of quality improvement systems across the nine cities that participated in The Wallace Foundation Next Generation Afterschool System-Building Initiative. The NIOST team worked well with other technical assistance partners in the initiative, always willing to pitch in and collaborate with others to make our professional learning community meetings a team effort. I truly hope the Foundation has an opportunity to partner with them in the future."

    – Priscilla M. Little, Initiative Manager, The Wallace Foundation


    "NIOST has been a leader in the out-of-school time field for as long as I can remember, and I have relied on their research, tools, and advice to improve my practice throughout my career. Their staff members are good partners and good listeners, and their influence across the country is palpable."

    – Jane Quinn, Vice President and Director of National Center for Community Schools, Children's Aid Society

    "Georgia Hall, Ellen Gannett, and the NIOST team have been instrumental in driving the healthy afterschool movement. Their dedication to quality practice, informed policy, and collective impact is instrumental in our effort to create healthier communities."

    – Daniel W. Hatcher, Director, Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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