Teacher Preparation and After-School Programs
California has over 4,000 state-supported after-school programs on high need elementary and secondary school sites as well as 1,000 federally-funded after-school programs, primarily on high school sites. A substantial body of research indicates the potential of after-school programs to contribute to K-12 student learning and development.
CSU has entered into a partnership with a range of other organizations in the innovative California Teacher Pathway, designed to strengthen preparation of staff for after-school programs while also preparing highly qualified future teachers. The program includes ten CSU campuses, and each works with local community colleges, community organizations, after-school employers, and the workforce investment sector to support a pathway from after-school to teaching careers.
The target population is low-income students who are encouraged to work and eventually teach in the communities in which they live in an effort to diversify California’s teaching workforce and enhance teacher retention. The CSU campuses participating in the program are: CSU Chico, Dominguez Hills, East Bay, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, and San Bernardino, San Diego State, and San Francisco State.
The After-School Program Handbook for School Site Leaders
The After-School Program Handbook for School Site Leaders (PDF) was prepared in recognition of the unique contributions of after-school programs to student learning. It is designed to help schools take full advantage of the state’s publicly supported after-school programs for advancing the learning of their students.
The handbook identifies specific action steps for creating a robust alignment between students’ in-school and after-school learning. It includes a full range of suggestions for connecting curriculum and instruction, for preparing school site and after-school staff to work together, and for drawing upon after-school learning resources to expand upon and strengthen in-school learning opportunities and to connect with families.
The handbook helps school site staff to plan homework and academic support, math and science, visual and performing arts, and physical fitness, and to promote students’ social and personal development. It has easy-to-use checklists, electronic resources, and suggestions related to program planning, funding, and implementation of high quality programs.
This resource is designed to be downloaded and shared widely among educators. It was prepared through the generous support of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.