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OST Systems-Building in a New Age of Education Reform

July 23, 2012 - 8:30 am to July 24, 2012 - 4:30 pm
Event Host(s): National Institute of Out-of-School Time

The out-of-school time field has been through much iteration over the past 20 years, changing to fit the needs of young people and their communities.· In just two short decades, Out-of-School Time (OST) has gone from fractured child care to sophisticated systems working in partnership with schools and communities to improve the academic, social and emotional competencies of young people. This seminar, explored the origins and the growth of the field in order to provide context for the next phase of OST systems-building.

OST leaders and practitioners from around the country who are working to build systems in their own communities joined for this two-day seminar. The majority of the time was spent in hands on activities, discussions, and action planning to:

  • Define systems-building and discuss lessons from the pioneers of the OST systems-building field
  • Look at current trends and forces such as expanded learning that are having a profound impact on the future direction of OST
  • Identify effective strategies for building a comprehensive system for out-of-school time in your own community
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