The School Administrator

SA Cover May 2005

May 2005After-school HoursSustaining student participation in academic-linked programs.

Features

  • Leveraging the After-school Value Added

    by Terry K. Peterson

    In more and more school districts, after-school hours are becoming the time of day for new and creative learning opportunities in settings where children are supervised by professional educators and community partners. By most assessments, these programs make a positive difference in students’ lives, according to the author, former counsel to U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley.

    Similar Reading: Understanding Supplemental Educational Services and A Path to After-school Sustainability

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  • Evaluating After-school Programs

    by An-Me Chung and Eugene Hillsman

    As the interest in after-school programs grows, so does the need for reliable information about what works. Several studies offer preliminary indications that these programs do make a positive difference in participants, according to program staff with the Mott Foundation.

    Similar Reading: A Framework for Effective Programs and AASA’s Study on After-school’s Ups and Downs

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  • Academics After-school Style

    by Claudia Weisburd

    Successful school-based after-school programs address young people as developing adults, not solely as students, by blending academics with youth development skills. Flexible, experiential approaches to learning are ideal.

    Similar Reading: Certified Staffing: A Formula for Success and After-school Program Serves as Rallying Point

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  • Finding the Right Hook

    by Sherri Lauver and Priscilla M.D. Little

    Based on more than 60 recent evaluations of out-of-school programs, the Harvard Family Research Project has identified recruitment and retention strategies especially relevant to school leaders. The authors, both affiliated with the project, point to strategies for attracting and sustaining participation in after-school programs.

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Profile

    Monte C. Moses by Jay P. Goldman


    His risk-taking in the cause of student performance earned Monte C. Moses the 2005 National Superintendent of the Year crown.

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    Departments

    Board-Savvy Superintendent

    The Improper Use of Executive Session by Michael Elsberry


    School board members can wreak great harm when they skirt the rules of closed meetings. A veteran superintendent says he’s a victim of abuse.read more
    Focus

    Essential Questions To Raise During a Building Project by Tod Schneider


    What issues ought you raise during the design phase of a school construction or renovation project dealing with safety and connectivity.read more
    Guest Columns

    Using Bifocals on the Road to the Superintendency by Wanda Toledo


    When the author told colleagues she was leaving the central office for an elementary school principalship, they thought she was taking a step backward. But that’s not how she viewed her uncommon move.read more

    Federalizing Scholastic Football: No Player Left Behind by William J. Mathis


    Under the new “No Player Left Behind” rules, the varsity football team at the author’s high school started against its rival with a negative score because it failed to make Adequate Yards and Points, or AYP.read more
    Tech Leadership

    What Does a Tech-Savvy Administrator Look Like? by Doug Johnson


    Administrators are a roadmap for what educational leaders should know and be able to do. The author describes a colleague to illustrate what the standards in practice look like.read more
    President's Corner

    Make Every Minute Count by Donald L. Kussmaul


    After-school programs play a unique role in fostering student success in home, school and community.read more
    Executive Perspective

    Einstein’s Brain by Paul D. Houston


    Albert Einstein once said that "imagination is more important than knowledge." As such, AASA's executive director wonders out load what Einstein would have thought of current education reform efforts.read more
    Federal Dateline

    Spending Looks Grim, But Avoiding Disaster Can Be Sweet by Bruce Hunter


    With a worrisome prospect of federal funding on the horizon, school leaders must decide whether to fold up their tents or roll up our sleeves and make things work.read more