We are excited to announce the publication of revised versions of three of the Weikart Center’s most referenced briefs: Understanding the Youth Program Quality Intervention, Self-Assessment Using the Youth Program Quality Assessment, and External Assessment Using the Youth Program Quality Assessment. These resources have been updated to reflect our latest insights, language, and thinking about this work, with a more approachable look and feel. Whether you are new to the Youth Program Quality Intervention or have been implementing it in your networks for years, we hope that you’ll find these resources supportive and valuable for your teams.
A Call to Action for OST Leaders, the second blog from the editors and authors of It Takes an Ecosystem: Understanding the People, Places, and Possibilities of Learning and Development Across Settings, offers excerpts from the book’s concluding chapter as a call to action to join the authors and editors in the continued journey to build and strengthen the health of equitable learning and development ecosystems. The next few years offer an incredible, unprecedented opportunity to position and strengthen the out-of-school time (OST) field, and doing so requires that system leaders (including OST leaders) be specific about engaging all systems, settings, learners, learning approaches, and adults to galvanize support for a learning ecosystem approach. Ideas, tools, and examples that support this opportunity are explored throughout the chapters of It Takes an Ecosystem, available for purchase here. The code OST21 can be used for a 35% discount on any volume in the Current Issues in Out-of-School Time Series.
The Forum for Youth Investment is continuing to expand, and we are excited to announce that the Weikart Center is hiring a Director, Equitable Quality Improvement Systems. This new position will lead a team focused on defining and refining approaches for building equitable program quality improvement systems that advance racial equity and social justice. We also have several other opportunities across the Forum. Check out our job openings page and please share these opportunities with your networks!
Have a wonderful day,
Kimberly H. Robinson, Ph.D. | (she, her, hers)
Managing Director, David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality
Executive Vice President, The Forum for Youth Investment