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December 9, 2005
Exploring Quality Standards for Middle School After School Programs: What We Know and What We Need to Know Summit
Helen Westmoreland, Priscilla Little
On December 9, 2005, Harvard Family Research Project and the National Institute for Out-of-School Time cohosted a 1-day summit entitled Exploring Quality Standards for Middle School After School Programs: What We Know and What We Need to Know at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This summit, made possible through a grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, brought together after school staff, administrators, researchers, and funders to discuss how quality assessment looks and feels different for after school programs that serve middle school youth.
Through presentations and roundtable discussions, participants weighed in on issues salient to middle school-focused programs. Breakout sessions explored five major categories of standards for after school programs and how these standards could be modified to reflect the unique needs of middle school after school programs. The documents below summarize the discussions leading up to the summit, what was learned at the summit, and future directions for policy, practice, and research.
Read the documents about the Exploring Quality Standards for Middle School After School Programs: What We Know and What We Need to Know summit:
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