Online Professional Learning and
Technical Assistance for
21st Century Community Learning Centers



The Afterschool Training Toolkit is a product of the National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning, an initiative funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Partnership is led by SEDL, Austin, Texas, and includes the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) at the University of California, Los Angeles; the Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning (MCREL), Aurora, Colorado; the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL), Portland, Oregon; SERVE, Greensboro, North Carolina; Learning Point Associates, Chicago, Illinois; and WGBH Educational Foundation, Boston, Massachusetts.

The content of this toolkit is based on more than four years of research and observations in 54 afterschool programs with evaluation data to suggest an impact on student learning. The toolkit contents also draw from a review of relevant research studies and the experience and wisdom that each developer brought to the project. Their collective experience includes afterschool programming, professional development, educational research, program development, program management, and direct instructional experience with students.

The developers believe that these practices and materials will help afterschool leaders and educators create high-quality programs that will motivate, engage, and inspire students' learning and participation.

Catherine Jordan, MAT, Program Manager
Deborah Donnelly, PhD, Project Director
Brian Litke, MSCIS, Web Administrator

Executive Producers
Arthur R. Smith
Amy Tonkonogy

Cynthia A. McKeown

Content Producers
Melanie MacFarlane
Cynthia A. McKeown
Christopher Riegle
Arthur R. Smith

Associate Producer
Jayne Sportelli

Video Editors
Mary-Kate Shea
Karen Silverstein

Senior Designer
Chris Wise

Lisa Rosenthal

Senior Developer
Michael McCrary

Alan Kwan

Production Manager
Mary Ellen Gardiner

Tom Fahey
Robin Hirsh
Peter Neilson
Gordy Waterman

Clint Bramesco
John Duvall
Jeff Hayash
James Lindsay
Keith McManus
Gilles Morin

Audio Mix
Richard Bock

Original Music
David Grimes

Bruce Walker

Business Operations
Jim Barton
Maria Constantinides

Unit Manager
Amy Stahl

Literacy Content Developers for NWREL
Literacy Tools is the work of the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory in Portland, Oregon

Brenda Britsch, PhD
Randi Douglas, MA, MFA
Nicole Martin, MA
Eve McDermott, EdD
Gwen McNeir

Literacy Content Advisors and Consultants
Marilyn Adams, PhD, Brown University
Marie Mancuso, MEd, WestEd
Scott Paris, PhD, University of Michigan

Math Content Developers for McREL
Math Tools is the work of the Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning in Aurora, Colorado

Chris Briggs-Hale, MEd
Maggie Cooper, MA
Jodi Holzman
John Loughran, MEd
Heather Martindill, MS
Danette Parsley, MA

Math Content Advisors and Consultants
Noemi Lopez, MS, Harris County Department of Education
Margaret Myers, PhD, University of Texas
Grace Coates, University of California at Berkeley

Science Content Developers for SERVE
Science Tools is the work of the SERVE Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina

Patricia McClure, EdD
Errin McComb, PhD
Michael Vigliano

Science Content Advisors and Consultants
Karen Falkenberg, PhD
Marilyn Fowler, PhD, University of Texas at Austin
Aminata Umoja, MA
Kimi Hosoume, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley

Arts Content Developers for SEDL 
Arts Tools is a collaboration of SEDL in Austin, Texas, Big Thought - A Learning Partnership in Dallas, Texas, and the Annenberg Institute at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island

Suzanne Stiegelbauer, PhD, Texas State University, for SEDL, with:
Jennifer Bransom
Tonyamas Moore, MEd
Laura Orange
Gregg A. Johnson, BFA, MFA
Brent Hasty, PhD
for Big Thought - A Learning Partnership

Arts Content Advisors and Consultants
Gigi Antoni, Big Thought - A Learning Partnership
Dennie Palmer Wolf, EdD, Annenberg Institute, Brown University

Technology Content Developer for SEDL
Technology Tools is the work of SEDL in Austin, Texas

Marilyn Heath, EdD

Technology Content Advisors and Consultants
Kathy Dick, Consultant
Mindy DiSalvo, EdD, DeKalb County School System
Tony Streit, MFA, Education Development Center

Homework Content Developers
Homework Tools is the work of the SERVE Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina

Errin McComb, PhD
Tina Johnson
Kimberly Scriven-Berry
Patricia McClure, EdD

Homework Advisors and Consultants
Harris Cooper, PhD, Duke University
David Malone, PhD, Duke University

Partnership Research
The Partnership Research is the work of the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) in Los Angeles, California

Denise Huang, PhD, Senior Researcher

We wish to thank the following programs that generously agreed to be videotaped:
Arts Corps, Seattle, Washington
Brighton-Allston Afterschool Enrichment Program (BASE), Boston, Massachusetts
The Children's Aid Society, Advantage Theater and Film Program, New York, New York
Citizens School, Boston, Massachusetts
Comanche Public Schools, Comanche, Oklahoma
DeKalb County School System G.R.A.S.P. Program, Atlanta, Georgia
Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation, Evansville, Indiana
Family Resource Center and Berlin Public Schools, Berlin, New Hampshire
Harris County Department of Education, CASE, Houston, Texas
Leon County School District, Tallahassee, Florida
Prime Time, Independence, Oregon
School of the Hearts, Syracuse, New York
The After-School Corporation (TASC), New York, New York

This Web site is a product of the National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and produced by WGBH Educational Foundation.

The content in this Web site was produced under the U.S. Department of Education's contract number ED-03-CO-0048.