September 9, 2013
Along with opportunity, aligning with the school day presents many challenges to staff. However, research has boiled it down to just six core elements that, when implemented, result in effective alignment. Y4Y’s Practitioner Tips is like a cheat-sheet for achieving alignment. Some kernels of wisdom include:
• Use attendance data as an indicator of student interest in program activities
• Schedule time for program staff to plan and prepare for activities
• Create an ongoing process for sharing data with the school
• Staff can learn a lot about students’ interests, learning styles, and needs by talking with family members when they come to pick up their children
Check it out for yourself and decide on some next steps your program can take in achieving improved alignment.