Coaching for Quality in Out-of-School Time: A How To Guide

Research shows that coaching is one of the most effective ways to provide support to afterschool and out-of-school time (OST) staff and to raise program quality. That’s why we created a free guide to grow your coaching skills. Whether you are an external quality advisor, an internal program director, or a site coordinator, our coaching guide will help you build your coaching expertise so you can help any organization develop and implement a continuous quality improvement (CQI) plan. Specifically, you will learn to approach coaching with a strengths-based perspective, gain coaching strategies, and cultivate a team-based approach to program quality improvement that relies on using and reflecting on data. The guide includes a self-assessment to help you gain skills and a readiness survey to determine an organization’s preparedness for CQI.


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

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


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

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