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ERIC Number: ED539187
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
Leap of Faith: A Literature Review on the Effects of Professional Development on Program Quality and Youth Outcomes
Hill, Sara
National Institute on Out-of-School Time
Though no clear link between professional development and youth outcomes has been established in either the in-school or the out-of-school time (OST) literature, a research-based consensus establishes the characteristics of high-quality professional development: It is sustained over a period of time, coherent, content focused, and based in a community of learners. These guidelines can inform OST funders and program directors as they decide how to invest limited resources in the OST workforce. Empirical research still needs to be conducted to investigate the link between high-quality professional development and youth outcomes. An annotated bibliography is included. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
National Institute on Out-Of-School Time, Wellesley College. 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. Tel: 781-283-2547; Fax: 781-283-3657; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Robert Bowne Foundation
Authoring Institution: Wellesley College, National Institute on Out-of-School Time