December 12, 2018
We are seeking articles for future issues of Afterschool Matters, a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting professionalism, scholarship, and consciousness in afterschool education. Published by the National Institute on Out-of-School-Time (NIOST) with legacy support from the Robert Bowne Foundation, Afterschool Matters serves practitioners who work with youth in out-of-school time (OST) programs, as well as researchers and policymakers in youth development.
November 28, 2018
Carla O’Donnell-Rizzo, director of school-based programs at Completely KIDS, and one of the 2017-19 National Afterschool Matters Fellows, writes on the Completely KIDS blog about her research on why it is so hard to hire and retain out-of-school-time (OST) professionals.
November 23, 2018
The newest issue of Afterschool Matters, the national, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting professionalism, scholarship, and consciousness in the field of afterschool education, reflects on the field’s ability to help provide students with experiences outside of the classroom that give them opportunities to stretch their skills, grow friendships, and challenge their limits.
November 21, 2018
As part of our new series, “Get to Know NIOST: Working Towards Quality for All,” Kathy Schleyer, Director of Training and Quality Improvement at NIOST, recently took some time to answer questions about her work and the idea of quality in out-of-school time.
October 12, 2018
The National Afterschool Matters (NASM) Fellowship recently held its second retreat for the latest cohort of NASM Fellows, some of the most experienced and diversely talented professionals in the out-of-school time field.
September 27, 2018
We're excited about a new book on social and emotional learning (SEL) in out-of-school time -- and how NIOST tools have been shown to effectively assess youths' SEL skills.
September 20, 2018
September is Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month. As a co-founder of the Healthy Out-of-School Time Coalition (HOST), NIOST helped develop the developed the National AfterSchool Association Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards that recommend a fruit or vegetable at every snack or meal. We’re therefore pleased to share these fun fruit and veggie ideas from NIOST Research Associate Elizabeth Starr, who’s tested them all with her own kids!
September 6, 2018
State primary elections are wrapping up and election season isn't far behind. Regardless of political beliefs, out-of-school-time programs are helping the next generation of voters become informed and engaged citizens, as research from Afterschool Matters has shown.
August 29, 2018
As children around the U.S. head back to school, we're highlighting a few articles from Afterschool Matters that show the strong connection between out-of-school-time programs and in-school (and in-life) success.
August 24, 2018
By Judy Chin, NIOST Project Assistant
It is 8:30am on a Wednesday morning, an hour into this pre-calculus summer preparatory class. There is a buzz and excitement going on inside this particular classroom that can be heard from the other side of the door. Not the behavior I was expecting from rising 11th and 12th graders this early on a summer morning in late July as I visit this program as part of their continuous quality improvement process.
August 22, 2018
How can we ensure that students have high-quality learning experiences during afterschool programs? We check the data, of course. To make this possible, the National Institute on Out-of-School Time co-developed the APT (Assessment of Program Practices Tool) -- a self-assessment observation tool that afterschool programs can use to identify where their program stacks up when it comes to organization, learning, skill building, and other key aspects that are tied to positive youth outcomes. But developing the tool was just the first step.
August 13, 2018
By Elizabeth Starr, NIOST Research Associate
About 20 tweens pile into the unassuming studio space of their ballet school in mid-July. There are no frills here. The waiting area is small and a bit disheveled; the cinderblock building has seen its share of life. But look closer: there’s magic inside.
July 16, 2018
Most afterschool programs in the U.S. offer fruits and vegetables to children, and doing so is associated with membership in the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) and awareness of its Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards, according to a paper co-authored by NIOST researchers.
June 26, 2018
The National AfterSchool Association (NAA), the lead organization for the advancement of the afterschool professional, has selected the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) as one of NAA’s 2018 Most Influential in Research and Evaluation. Honorees are distinguished for their contributions to research and evaluation on youth and adolescent development.
“NIOST has been a leader in defining, shaping, and promoting out-of-school time as a distinct professional field with evidence-based quality standards for 39 years,” said Georgia Hall, director of NIOST. “We have had the pleasure of not only conducting large and investigator-initiated research, we’ve partnered with on-the-ground program staff to help them measure quality outcomes for all, assess the effectiveness of policies and practices, benchmark against best practices, and develop in-house evaluation skills. We’re proud of this work and the recognition by the National AfterSchool Association.”
June 21, 2018
Georgia Hall contributed an article to the Women Change Worlds blog on June 21, 2018. She wrote:
"As a country we seem to be moving far away from the nurturing and sustaining activity of the settlement houses of our past. The first settlement house, established in New York City’s Lower East Side – Neighborhood Guild – was founded by Stanton Coit, and just a few years later came Hull House in Chicago, materializing through the passionate vision of Jane Addams.
June 13, 2018
Summer isn’t just about basketball hoops, sprinkler parks, and popsicles. It’s an ideal time to help adolescents and children catch up on building their reading, writing, and math skills.
“Summer experiences and out-of-school time should be embraced as opportunities to not only help put children on more equal footing when they return to the classroom, but to empower youth so that they return with improved self-esteem and have more positive experiences within the school community,” reports Georgia Hall, Ph.D., director and senior research scientist of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST).
May 31, 2018
NIOST applauds the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) for its new Afterschool Tech Toolkit, which aims to help integrate technology in afterschool programs and to ensure equitable access to digital learning opportunities, especially in underserved communities. Research in NIOST's Afterschool Matters journal has long shown the importance of out-of-school-time (OST) programs in promoting technology and STEM learning, and offers further ideas for effective, equitable programming.
April 30, 2018
Wellesley College, home of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time, has a significant connection to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, site of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.
April 25, 2018
Spring 2018 Afterschool Matters Journal Now Available: April 24, 2018
April 24, 2018
During Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week, the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) celebrates the professionals who enhance our youths' healthy development in out-of-school time programs. Learn why in this new video.
April 11, 2018
Going to the American Educational Research Association annual meeting in New York this week? Catch our session on "Identifying Cultural Biases: Reflections From Developing Video-Based Training for the After-School Program Practices Tool."
March 29, 2018
This coming weekend is March Madness, the collegiate basketball championships, a good time to consider the social, policy, and bureaucratic issues that affect women in NCAA basketball. Watch researchers from NIOST and colleagues from the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) and Wellesley College, discuss wins, losses, and fouls in a recent lunchtime seminar.
March 27, 2018
The National Institute on Out-of-School Time applauds Congress' passage last week of funding for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) and other out-of-school-time (OST) programs for fiscal year 2018.
March 16, 2018
NIOST's research-based and field-tested tools to assess out-of-school-time program quality and youth outcomes now have new ways to measure social emotional learning (SEL)!
March 15, 2018
NIOST research scientists and trainers will be presenting at next week's National AfterSchool Association Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. Come and see us!
March 7, 2018
NIOST, as a founding member of the Healthy Out-of-School-Time (HOST) Coalition, is proud to mark National School Breakfast Week this week!
March 1, 2018
In the hit movie Black Panther, the fictional Wakandans of Africa establish a center in Oakland, California, to be run by two women, one of whom is a scientific genius responsible in large part for the Wakandans' technological advancements. One might assume that STEM learning, particularly for girls, will form a big part of the program at the center. In real-life Oakland, however, the afterschool STEM program Techbridge is already having a positive impact on girls' lives through equity-oriented "making" activities, as this article from a recent Afterschool Matters journal shows.
February 16, 2018
We need to raise the bar for afterschool leaders, without losing the heart of what afterschool can offer, says former NIOST Director Ellen Gannett.
December 13, 2017
For Immediate Release: December 14, 2017
November 27, 2017
The fall 2017 Afterschool Matters Journal, now available, focuses on common goals of afterschool practitioners.
October 25, 2017
NASM launched its second national cohort of fellows in late September 2017, bringing together 25 out-of-school-time (OST) and youth development professionals.
October 10, 2017
The Spring 2017 issue of Afterschool Matters is now available, with articles focused on STEM, care work, and teen agency.
October 1, 2017
ASM Journal Editor Georgia Hall is reminded by the newest cohort of NASM Fellows of how much OST practitioners have in common.
October 1, 2017
Deadline for article submissions is Jan 10th for the Fall 2018 issue.
September 13, 2017
This media-based professional development intervention is available for free viewing and download.
September 13, 2017
Recent report highlights helpful lessons learned for continuous quality improvement systems.
September 13, 2017
NIOST is a Most Influential in Health & Wellness honoree from the National Afterschool Association.
September 13, 2017
Children who take part in BOKS influence their family attitude and behaviors towards physical activity and healthy eating.
April 19, 2017
April 19, 2017
Out-of-school time, education, and youth development professionals are invited to apply for the National Afterschool Matters (NASM) Fellowship, a two-year leadership development program.
October 21, 2016
A new, free professional development resource, After School Gets Moving, offers a media-based professional development intervention for afterschool practitioners.
October 10, 2016
The Contributors to the Fall 2016 issue of Afterschool Matters share strategies for making a lasting impact on the field: by validating instruments that measure program quality, by creating infrastructure to support learning in specialized areas, by training OST staff in professional learning communities, and by developing school-afterschool partnerships that can foster shared vision.
June 5, 2016
NIOST Director Ellen Gannett spoke with Youth Today about the professionalization of the after-school field and what it will take to unify its fragmented sectors.
May 3, 2016
Need to find out more about the outcomes of your afterschool program? NIOST's Assessment of Program Practices Tool (APT) can help--and APT training is now online.
April 20, 2016
The Spring 2016 issue of Afterschool Matters is now available. ASM is a national, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting professionalism, scholarship and consciousness in the field of afterschool education.
January 5, 2016
December 11, 2015
WELLESLEY, MA – The newest edition of Afterschool Matters, the national, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting professionalism, scholarship, and consciousness in the field of afterschool education, is focused on inventive programs that aim to engage youth and improve afterschool offerings to ultimately build better futures for young people and support their positive development.
November 2, 2015
WELLESLEY, Mass. - The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) has been selected as a partner to work with the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) to guide the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE). Funded by the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care (OCC) under the U.S. Department of Health Human Services, EDC will receive $10 million over five years to ensure that low-income school-age children have increased access to high-quality afterschool and summer learning experiences that contribute to their overall development and academic achievement through NCASE.
October 22, 2015
October 2015 WELLESLEY, MA - The National Afterschool Matters Fellowship (NASM) launched this fall, bringing together 23 passionate and dedicated out-of-school-time (OST) and youth development professionals who, over two years, will engage in reflection, inquiry, and writing activities that position them to inform and contribute to the quality of programs, practice, and the broader field.
March 8, 2015
NIOST director Ellen Gannett received the 2015 Hedley S. Dimock Award from the American Camp Association.
See all the national award winners, and learn more about the Hedley S. Dimock award.
November 17, 2014
Youth Today just launched a comprehensive Out-of-School-Time Hub that offers engaging stories, research, resources and information on critical OST issues NIOST is excited about this launch and we look forward to being a frequent contributor! Read the full press release here.
March 19, 2014
For Immediate Release: March 19, 2014
The National AfterSchool Association (NAA) this week announced its list of the 25 most influential people in the afterschool community, and Ellen Gannett, M.Ed., director of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW), Wellesley College, is among the honorees.
February 27, 2014
For immediate release: February 27, 2014
Monica Hobbs Vinluan Director, Healthier Communities Initiatives; YMCA of the USA
Jean Wiecha Health Promotion Scientist
Ellen Gannett Director, National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College
October 1, 2013
The conference features 35 workshops focused on systems-building, knowledge and strategies for program managers, and innovative instructional approaches. Session topics will include: early learning, healthy summers, building and scaling summer learning systems, the latest research on program quality, connected learning, and meeting the socio-emotional as well as academic needs of middle school students.
September 25, 2013
NIOST trained 7 Master Trainers in the After-School Quality (ASQ) process of program improvement to build capacity across Pennsylvania as part if their Continuous Quality Improvement efforts. The training took place in Harrisburg and Grove City (East and West, PA) Sept 16-19.
August 20, 2013
Georgia Hall, Ed.D., senior research scientist at the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women, met with the White House Let's Move! staff in mid-August. Along with representatives of several other national organizations, Hall discussed the valuable role of NIOST.
April 17, 2013
Join the Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership for the 8th annual Afterschool and Expanded Learning Opportunities Advocacy Day to ensure Massachusetts youth are prioritized in the State's budget.
April 8, 2013
Wallace Foundation Releases Core Competencies
"The Wallace Foundation has made available the Strong Directors/Skilled Staff: Guide to Using the Core Competencies that NIOST put together for the New York Department of Youth and Community Development. This handbook outlines key skills - "core competencies" - needed by after-school program directors and those they supervise. It also offers guidance and tools on how to develop the skills, including questionnaires that managers and youth workers can use to determine their strengths and weaknesses." Read more here.
March 25, 2013
The BOKS before school program, which is currently the subject of a two year evaluation by NIOST researchers, was recently mentioned by First Lady Michelle Obama in her remarks at the launch of the Let's Move Active Schools initiative.
January 9, 2013
Published with permission from BOSTnet
by Susan Vinovrski
December 2012 issue of BUZZ
January 4, 2013
Georgia S. Hall, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, National Institute on Out-of-School Time, Wellesley College is profiled in Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living Research.
October 17, 2012
Twenty-seven educators, program administrators and funders came together on September 14, 2012 to begin a year-long journey of exploring their practice and contributing to the growth of knowledge about the field of youth development. To read more about the kickoff of the National Afterschool Matters Fellowship Program (NASMFP) in New York City, click here.
June 20, 2012
For immediate release
June 18, 2012
December 14, 2011
A Commentary by Ellen Gannett, M.Ed.
Director, National Institute on Out-of-School Time at the Wellesley Centers for Women
December 1, 2011
The Lynn Youth Survey is part of United Way's Community By Community initiative to engage and mobilize residents to pin point and address shared concerns. The survey was developed collaboratively with more than two dozen youth and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, and the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at Wellesley College analyzed the data collected. United Way will present the results at a community meeting in Lynn.
November 30, 2011
The Forum for Youth Investment, a non-profit, non-partisan action tank, has released a review of youth outcome tools. According to the Forum for Youth Investment, "Everyone who runs a youth program believes in their hearts that their program helps kids - but in their heads, they know they need convincing data to prove it. A new guide from the Forum for Youth Investment - From Soft Skills to Hard Data: Measuring Youth Program Outcomes - is here to help them get the data they need.
November 30, 2011
TheY Makes Commitment to Advance First Lady's Efforts to Keep Kids Healthy
July 27, 2011
Wendy Surr's Youth Participatory Research Project was featured in the latest Research and Action Report by the Wellesley Centers for Women. The Research and Action Report looks at the activities and initiatives at WCW. To read the feature, click here.