We need to raise the bar for afterschool leaders, without losing the heart of what afterschool can offer, says former NIOST Director Ellen Gannett.
National Institute on Out-of-School Time researchers, program staff, and projects are occasionally featured in the media; they are invited to participate in key conferences and advocacy efforts; and they are recognized for their contributions to the OST field. Additionally, NIOST often has news to share with its greater community. Below are recent news items.
For Immediate Release: December 14, 2017
The fall 2017 Afterschool Matters Journal, now available, focuses on common goals of afterschool practitioners.
NASM launched its second national cohort of fellows in late September 2017, bringing together 25 out-of-school-time (OST) and youth development professionals.
The Spring 2017 issue of Afterschool Matters is now available, with articles focused on STEM, care work, and teen agency.
ASM Journal Editor Georgia Hall is reminded by the newest cohort of NASM Fellows of how much OST practitioners have in common.
Deadline for article submissions is Jan 10th for the Fall 2018 issue.
This media-based professional development intervention is available for free viewing and download.
Recent report highlights helpful lessons learned for continuous quality improvement systems.
NIOST is a Most Influential in Health & Wellness honoree from the National Afterschool Association.
Children who take part in BOKS influence their family attitude and behaviors towards physical activity and healthy eating.
April 19, 2017
Out-of-school time, education, and youth development professionals are invited to apply for the National Afterschool Matters (NASM) Fellowship, a two-year leadership development program.
A new, free professional development resource, After School Gets Moving, offers a media-based professional development intervention for afterschool practitioners.
The Contributors to the Fall 2016 issue of Afterschool Matters share strategies for making a lasting impact on the field: by validating instruments that measure program quality, by creating infrastructure to support learning in specialized areas, by training OST staff in professional learning communities, and by developing school-afterschool partnerships that can foster shared vision.
NIOST Director Ellen Gannett spoke with Youth Today about the professionalization of the after-school field and what it will take to unify its fragmented sectors.
The Spring 2016 issue of Afterschool Matters is now available. ASM is a national, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting professionalism, scholarship and consciousness in the field of afterschool education.
WELLESLEY, MA – The newest edition of Afterschool Matters, the national, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting professionalism, scholarship, and consciousness in the field of afterschool education, is focused on inventive programs that aim to engage youth and improve afterschool offerings to ultimately build better futures for young people and support their positive development.
WELLESLEY, Mass. - The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) has been selected as a partner to work with the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) to guide the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE). Funded by the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care (OCC) under the U.S. Department of Health Human Services, EDC will receive $10 million over five years to ensure that low-income school-age children have increased access to high-quality afterschool and summer learning experiences that contribute to their overall development and academic achievement through NCASE.
Youth Today just launched a comprehensive Out-of-School-Time Hub that offers engaging stories, research, resources and information on critical OST issues NIOST is excited about this launch and we look forward to being a frequent contributor! Read the full press release here.
Ellen Gannett Named One of the Top 25 Most Influential People in Afterschool by National AfterSchool Association
For Immediate Release: March 19, 2014
The National AfterSchool Association (NAA) this week announced its list of the 25 most influential people in the afterschool community, and Ellen Gannett, M.Ed., director of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW), Wellesley College, is among the honorees.
For immediate release: February 27, 2014
Monica Hobbs Vinluan Director, Healthier Communities Initiatives; YMCA of the USA
Jean Wiecha Health Promotion Scientist
Ellen Gannett Director, National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College
The conference features 35 workshops focused on systems-building, knowledge and strategies for program managers, and innovative instructional approaches. Session topics will include: early learning, healthy summers, building and scaling summer learning systems, the latest research on program quality, connected learning, and meeting the socio-emotional as well as academic needs of middle school students.
NIOST trained 7 Master Trainers in the After-School Quality (ASQ) process of program improvement to build capacity across Pennsylvania as part if their Continuous Quality Improvement efforts. The training took place in Harrisburg and Grove City (East and West, PA) Sept 16-19.
Georgia Hall, Ed.D., senior research scientist at the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women, met with the White House Let's Move! staff in mid-August. Along with representatives of several other national organizations, Hall discussed the valuable role of NIOST.
Join the Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership for the 8th annual Afterschool and Expanded Learning Opportunities Advocacy Day to ensure Massachusetts youth are prioritized in the State's budget.
Wallace Foundation Releases Core Competencies
"The Wallace Foundation has made available the Strong Directors/Skilled Staff: Guide to Using the Core Competencies that NIOST put together for the New York Department of Youth and Community Development. This handbook outlines key skills - "core competencies" - needed by after-school program directors and those they supervise. It also offers guidance and tools on how to develop the skills, including questionnaires that managers and youth workers can use to determine their strengths and weaknesses." Read more here.
The BOKS before school program, which is currently the subject of a two year evaluation by NIOST researchers, was recently mentioned by First Lady Michelle Obama in her remarks at the launch of the Let's Move Active Schools initiative.
Published with permission from BOSTnet
by Susan Vinovrski
December 2012 issue of BUZZ
Georgia S. Hall, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, National Institute on Out-of-School Time, Wellesley College is profiled in Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living Research.
Twenty-seven educators, program administrators and funders came together on September 14, 2012 to begin a year-long journey of exploring their practice and contributing to the growth of knowledge about the field of youth development. To read more about the kickoff of the National Afterschool Matters Fellowship Program (NASMFP) in New York City, click here.
For immediate release
June 18, 2012
A Commentary by Ellen Gannett, M.Ed.
Director, National Institute on Out-of-School Time at the Wellesley Centers for Women
The Lynn Youth Survey is part of United Way's Community By Community initiative to engage and mobilize residents to pin point and address shared concerns. The survey was developed collaboratively with more than two dozen youth and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, and the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at Wellesley College analyzed the data collected. United Way will present the results at a community meeting in Lynn.
The Forum for Youth Investment, a non-profit, non-partisan action tank, has released a review of youth outcome tools. According to the Forum for Youth Investment, "Everyone who runs a youth program believes in their hearts that their program helps kids - but in their heads, they know they need convincing data to prove it. A new guide from the Forum for Youth Investment - From Soft Skills to Hard Data: Measuring Youth Program Outcomes - is here to help them get the data they need.
TheY Makes Commitment to Advance First Lady's Efforts to Keep Kids Healthy
Wendy Surr's Youth Participatory Research Project was featured in the latest Research and Action Report by the Wellesley Centers for Women. The Research and Action Report looks at the activities and initiatives at WCW. To read the feature, click here.