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Strategies for Quality After School Programs & Activities | The Wallace Foundation

Strategies for Quality After School Programs & Activities | The Wallace Foundation | OST Middle School Resources | Scoop.it
Learn more about the range of resources available to help communities, schools, and community-based organizations improve the quality of their out-of-school time programs.
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Afterschool Innovations in Brief Focusing on Middle School Age Youth

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A resource from MetLife about promising practices for middle school programming in OST.

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Recruiting and Retaining Middle School Students in Out-of-School Time Programs

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Good research on recruiting middle school youth for OST and afterschool programs. 

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Exploring Stop Frame Animation

Exploring Stop Frame Animation | OST Middle School Resources | Scoop.it
An introduction to stop motion animation lesson plans. See how one high school teachers builds a stop motion animation lesson, teaching digital literacy and using solid assessment strategies.
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A great 8 minute video about designing and implementing stop frame animation as a critical thinking, team building, and leadership project.

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Afterschool Alliance: Lights On Afterschool!

Afterschool Alliance: Lights On Afterschool! | OST Middle School Resources | Scoop.it
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Lights on is a great event to show how youth are valued in a program or system of programs. Registering a program brings visibility to OST programming and advocates for our cause.

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Why We Need To Value Students’ Spatial Creativity

Why We Need To Value Students’ Spatial Creativity | OST Middle School Resources | Scoop.it
How we will learn
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Great insights on KQED that look at the future of learning, much of which could start in the OST setting.

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PBL and Fashion: DOs and DON'Ts

In the Philadelphia OST network, it is not uncommon to see popular project topics, like health and nutrition, recycling and community mapping, appear at many different OST programs. One such theme ...
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#EdChat #PBL Middle and High School youth start to develop a sense of self during the 12-16 age range. Fashion becomes a bigger piece in their identity, and they will often want to participate in fashion centric activities. This blog post lays out some great ways to ensure a fashion project using the PBL approach is more enriching than catwalking.

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Using the "Club Model" Afterschool

Using the "Club Model" Afterschool | OST Middle School Resources | Scoop.it
OST sites are often looking for ways to improve program delivery.   The Afterschool Alliance, in association with MetLife, Inc., released a compendium of research on middle school programs, barrier...
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#EdChat #PBL #OST programs benefit from having fun, structured designs that allow for flexibility and youth interest. Using the club model, the university model, and more are great ways to ensure engaging programming that has the youth at the center.

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Providing Students a Platform to Share Their Interests

Providing Students a Platform to Share Their Interests | OST Middle School Resources | Scoop.it
The Driving Question is an essential part of the project plan. A good Driving Question will root the project in inquiry, and prompt exciting, hands on activities. Writing a good Driving Question ca...
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#edchat A few great ways to incorporate youth ideas into #PBL plans and gather youth feedback for planning generally. 

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Using Preferred Activity Time (PAT) in OST programs

Preferred Activity Time in OST If you’re looking for a way to tighten your transitions, hold youth more accountable for time wasted, or give youth a sense of ownership over your program, implementi...
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 #EdTalk Preferred Activity Time (PAT) is a useful incentive that gives youth ownership of their program, as well as reward them in a way they truly want to be rewarded.

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Acknowledgement, Praise and PBL Implementation

Acknowledgement, Praise and PBL Implementation | OST Middle School Resources | Scoop.it
Positive reinforcement is the key to effective classroom management and successful Project-Based Learning implementation. By incentivizing the behavior we want, rather than disincentivizing the beh...
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Supportive feedback is most effective when used the right way. It can make the PBL more engaging and supports youth development milestones. 

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Philadelphia OST Project

Philadelphia OST Project | OST Middle School Resources | Scoop.it
The Out-of-School Time (OST) Project of the City of Philadelphia Department of Human Services funds afterschool and summer programs for youth in grades K-12.
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Excellent website that includes resources, tools, and a ground-level blog about OST best practices, as well as highlights in the Philadelphia OST system.

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Exploring Quality in After School Programs for Middle School-Age Youth

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More support for #MiddleSchool best practices for #OST programs from @Harvard. 

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AfterSchool Matters: Making the Most of the Middle

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Making the most of middle school programming gives some great foundational information for supporting middle school youth with engaging, meaningful programming.

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Stuart Firestein: The pursuit of ignorance | Video on TED.com

What does real scientific work look like?
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This is a great presentation by Stuart Firestein about inquistiveness, its role in learning and the need for deep critical thinking in the education system. The discussion of questioning the right way as a means of indicating true knowledge or skill is great. 

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Acting Out Books: Plan, Revise, Perform

Acting Out Books: Plan, Revise, Perform | OST Middle School Resources | Scoop.it
Using drama to help teach literature can be an effective teaching strategy. Watch as one middle school teacher uses drama to help students better understand literature. Lesson includes student planning, reflection and group work.
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A great video resource that helps students access the visual part of their memory as they read. It also gives literature greater value. Like this share?  Please visit our website: www.phillyost.org for more articles about project based learning, afterschool/OST best practices, and more.

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Middle School is the most difficult age group to serve in terms of attendance and engagement.  Nominate a middle school program today!

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Video Library

Video Library | OST Middle School Resources | Scoop.it
In order to support high-quality OST programs, Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) has created a library of shorter videos (5-10 minutes) demonstrating OST best practices. This bank of reso...
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Philadelphia's DHS OST Project established a growing video resource library focusing on school-aged youth best practices.

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Poetry and PBL

Poetry and PBL | OST Middle School Resources | 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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#EdChat #Literacy in #PBL is essential.  Focusing projects on poetry, and finding ways to incorporate poetry into projects engages youth in a fun, educational way. It can be especially effective for lower elementary youth, and this is true all the way up to high school. (Think of youth producing a "cafe night" where they perform poetry and play music for other teens.)

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From Nuisance to Asset: Promoting 21st Century Skills with Smart Phones

Anyone working with middle school and high school youth has been frustrated at one time or another with excessive cell phone use during programming. Rather than constantly trying to fight it, why n...
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#EdChat #Mobile #Technology is a nuisance for some, but it can be a great tool for education and promoting 21st century skills.

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Facilitating PBL with OST's youngest youth

When planning and facilitating project-based learning, each age group presents its own opportunities and challenges. Working with our youngest youth (kindergarten to 2nd grade) can be challenging b...
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#PBL #EDChat is challenging with lower elementary youth.  This blog post presents a number of insights to make PBL more viable and effective for many.

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Project-Based Learning in the Media

You may have seen the new “Khaki Pants” video that has quickly gone viral on the internet. If you haven’t, check it out below! What you may not know is that the middle school youth involved are a p...
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@ynrichkids produced a video using an intentional PBL approach.  This is a great way to incorporate literacy and life skills, as well as engaging youth in a deep, fun, and meaningful way. 

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Students Shine at 2013 PBL Cup

Students Shine at 2013 PBL Cup | OST Middle School Resources | Scoop.it
PHMC hosted the third annual PBL Summer Cup on Tuesday, August 6th. Over 150 students from elementary and middle school Out-of-School Time programs throughout Philadelphia came to Imhotep Institute...
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Philadelphia's Project Based Learning (PBL) honored summer camp youth with awards from Drexel University, Public Health Management Corporation and the Department of Human Services. It is a great way to honor youth efforts during the summer.

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