Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary #16: Shining a Light on Supervision: Lessons from the Beacons
This commentary takes readers inside the world of the Beacons, to understand their approach to supervision. In it, we ask and answer the questions: What does good supervision of youth work professionals look like? How can we strengthen supervision in ways that improve practice and reduce turnover? What is the effect of high-quality supervision on programs’ bottom line – youth participation and retention rates, program quality and organizational capacity? Lessons from the Beacons Young Adolescent Initiative and the Youth Program Quality Intervention Study as well as interviews with local and national experts provide the context for bringing the principles of good supervision to light.