6 Tips to Promote Youth Engagement in Learning
August 2, 2021
Engaging youth in learning is critical. Research has found important links between levels of youth engagement and student achievement and persistence in school. Increasing youth engagement is also an effective way to approach behavior management/classroom management.
How do out-of-school time programs know whether they are successfully engaging youth? Data is a powerful tool to use for measurement and improvement. Starting in spring 2022, 21st Century Community Learning Center programs may need to report on student engagement in learning as part of revised GPRA measures required by the U.S. Department of Education.
The APAS System is a comprehensive, field-tested suite of assessment tools (quality observation tool and youth outcomes tools) to measure and link program quality and youth outcomes, including youth engagement in learning. The APAS tools were co-developed by NIOST and the Massachusetts 21st Century Community Learning Center Program. APAS can assist you in aligning quality improvement efforts with desired youth outcomes, creating an improvement plan, and using data to inform both.
Below are a few tips to boost youth engagement in your program. Contact us to learn more about how NIOST can help you measure and improve youth engagement and other desired youth outcomes.