ERIC Number: ED492591
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
The After School Evaluation Symposium: Creating Communities of Practice to Support Quality After School Programming (Washington, DC, September 22-23, 2005). Executive Summary
Harvard Family Research Project, Harvard University
On September 22-23, 2005, Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) and the C.S. Mott Foundation convened the After School Evaluation Symposium, with over 100 researchers, evaluators, policymakers, and practitioners, in Washington, DC. The goal of the interactive 2-day meeting was to bring together the perspectives of diverse stakeholders to inspire new ideas and foster stronger links between research, practice, and policy. Through plenary sessions, discussion groups, and informal conversations, participants discussed issues of access, quality, professional development, the role of evaluation research, and systems-building efforts. The challenge for meeting participants--reflective of the current challenge for the after school field in general--was to take an accumulation of rich information and experience and turn it into useable knowledge to inform effective practice. The Symposium was designed to allow for ample discussion and collaboration, both formally (e.g., discussion groups) and informally (e.g., unscheduled conversations during meals and breaks) among participants. These discussions produced exciting ideas about the opportunities and challenges for turning the field's valuable knowledge base into action. This Executive Summary distills those ideas, and reflects the participants' perspectives, experiences, struggles, and collaborative insights. These ideas are not the property of any one individual or organization but are the shared products of a growing community of practice. (Contains 5 footnotes.)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Educational Quality, Professional Development, Educational Improvement, After School Programs, Discussion Groups, Evaluation Research, Program Descriptions, Middle School Students, High School Students
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: Harvard Family Research Project, Cambridge, MA.