Leadership in OST After School Programs
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Power of STEM Learning in After School and Summer

The Power of STEM Learning inAfter School and SummerKasey Blackburn, Oakland Unified School DistrictKatie Brackenridge, Partnership for Children and YouthJen...
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Lots of great ways to think about STEM in OST and after school, especially for summer camp programs.

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Myths and misconceptions about evolution: A TED-Ed lesson | TED Blog

Myths and misconceptions about evolution: A TED-Ed lesson | TED Blog | Leadership in OST After School Programs | Scoop.it
So many people hold subtle misunderstandings about Darwin’s theory. In this TED-Ed lesson, educator Alex Gendler gives a primer.
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A simple video about some of the common ideas and phrases used when talking about evolution.  Really it's all about genetics and genetic mutations, not so much about adaptation or survival of the fittest.

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Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia students explore new foods!

Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia students explore new foods! | Leadership in OST After School Programs | Scoop.it

 neat way The OST program at the Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia, Germantown location, reported their recent success with a project exploring Japanese food and culture. See what they had to say below: In...

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A neat way to expose youth to some food options they may have never had or would never expect to have.

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Penn SACCA Coaching For Program Improvement 11 8-13 v4

This deck reviews best practices to define coaching for quality improvement, provide the right mindsets for coaching individuals, tools to engage staff members
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A power point deck for a workshop that focused on a DHS-PHMC approach to coaching for continous quality improvement (CQI) for OST, afterschool programs in Philadelphia, PA.

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Coaching For Optimal Performance

Slides about the practice of performance coaching
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An intensive power point deck about coaching for performance that has a lot of great ideas. Very useful for most organizations.

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The Art of Mastering Difficult Conversations with Staff

The Art of Mastering Difficult Conversations with Staff | Leadership in OST After School Programs | Scoop.it
No one likes to have that difficult, awkward, and uncomfortable conversation with a staff member who just doesn't seem to get it. If you want to have...
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Decent article that discusses practices to ensure how to communicate with staff members on tough topics.

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Want to Be More Innovative? Ask Better Questions

Want to Be More Innovative? Ask Better Questions | Leadership in OST After School Programs | Scoop.it
When it comes to innovation and leadership, questions can be more powerful than statements, argues author Warren Berger.
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If we expect youth to be lifelong learners, we need to help them first become insightful, curious questioners.  In this article, "beautiful" questions are really way out there driving questions for business.  But, there's no reason for youth shouldn't ask and explore these same sorts of questions.

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Poetry and PBL

Poetry and PBL | Leadership in OST After School Programs | Scoop.it
Poetry is a great way to introduce youth to words, language, and sound, as well as to increase a child’s love for literacy. Poems have been used to teach children to read since the time of Mother G...
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A simple and straightforward way to incorporate poetry into afterschool programs and in projects for all ages.

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Transition Games, Attention Getters and Positive Reinforcement for Classroom Management

Transition Games, Attention Getters and Positive Reinforcement for Classroom Management | Leadership in OST After School Programs | Scoop.it
If high quality activities are the engine of a great program, transition games and positive reinforcement are the gears and valves that keep it running smoothly.   The ultimate goal of having struc...
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For teachers and afterschool programs:  Transitions and positive reinforcement are essential to engaging programming.  Check out this blogpost from Philly OST about the topic, as well as tons of resources for each of the above. 

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Mentoring & coaching for optimal performance

How to mentor and coach staff for optimal performance. Developed for Supervisors
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Probably the best power point deck about coaching.  Great ideas within.

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"How Can I Coach a Resistant Teacher?" (Part 1)

"How Can I Coach a Resistant Teacher?" (Part 1) | Leadership in OST After School Programs | Scoop.it
There's one request for advice that I receive more than any other from coaches: How can I coach a resistant teacher?
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While teachers are far different than the typical youth worker or direct line staff member in afterschool, OST programs, it's a great forray into managing staff member resistance to change and support.

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Continuous Quality Improvement in afterschool settings.pdf

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An excellent summary of decades worth of research on continuous quality improvement, and helps establish baseline practices and justification for coaching.

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2011-35CoachingQualityImprovement.pdf

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Information on the research around coaching staff members in the OST and child services setting.

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