5/2/2012. Filed under Press Releases.
Webinar: Should Out-of-School-Time Staff Be Trained Like Teachers?
This webinar takes place on May 14, 2012 @ 3 p.m. ET
Since many out-of-school programs face limited funding and their staff members tend to be young, part-time workers who rarely commit to the job for long, providing high-quality, cost-effective professional development can be a challenge. While emerging research points to positive effects after-school programs have on students' academic performance, debate is stirring over what core competencies these workers should possess. Some members of the after-school community believe staff need to be seen by others, and themselves, as professionals who require defined skills-with some competencies overlapping those of classroom teachers and others unique to after-school workers. Yet increasing numbers of professional-development efforts in the out-of-school realm resemble those used to improve the quality of classroom teachers. How can professional development for staff members be provided that increases their effectiveness while maintaining their distinctiveness from the traditional teacher? Join two experts on the out-of-school community as they discuss the latest ideas on providing professional development for staff members.
* Nancy Peter, Ed.D.,director, Out-of-School Time Resource Center, Philadelphia
* Charles Smith, Ph.D.,executive director, David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, vice president for research, Forum for Youth Investment, Ypsilanti, Mich.
* Nora Fleming, staff writer, Education Week