Providing children with high-quality learning opportunities beyond the regular school day can promote academic achievement, bridge the gap between high- and low-achieving students. To ensure that children have access to services and programs that effectively increase their learning time, schools and districts should work to align instruction between the regular school day and additional academic activities, maximize student participation and attendance by addressing common barriers, organize instruction to engage and meet the needs of students, evaluate programs in an ongoing improvement process, and structure time for a longer school day, week, or year.

To learn more about the research underlying these practices, view the IES Practice Guide, Structuring Out-of-School Time to Improve Academic Achievement.

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A Science-Based Literacy Curriculum

A Science-Based Literacy Curriculum

This video describes how a science-based literacy curriculum was selected for one after-school program. This curriculum aligns with the science focus of the school. Students build vocabulary and...

School Example
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05/23/2014
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Not Just More of the Same: Engaging Students in After-School Learning Opportunities

Not Just More of the Same: Engaging Students in After-School Learning Opportunities

A school principal describes a partnership with an independent nonprofit organization for providing an after-school learning program. This program combines fun classes and structured academic...

School Example
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05/23/2014
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Skill Building in a Positive Learning Environment

Skill Building in a Positive Learning Environment

Watch an intervention specialist describe planning for effective instruction in an after-school program. The curriculum in this program focuses on individualized instruction to strengthen student...

School Example
Video
05/23/2014
395 views

Learning Together: Encouraging Regular Attendance in Expanded Learning Time Schools and Out-of-School Programs

This tool outlines a plan for a workshop to learn strategies on how to maximize student attendance in out-of-school programs and expanded learning time schools. Related Media and...

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05/23/2014
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Methods to Assess Family Needs

Use this tool to guide data collection on potential factors that may affect attendance in your out-of-school program or expanded learning time school.

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05/23/2014
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Promoting Awareness to Maximize Attendance

This tool offers a framework for organizing key information about an out-of-school program for communication with families and key stakeholders.

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05/23/2014
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Encouraging Participation Through Communication

Encouraging Participation Through Communication

Parents describe communications with school staff about an after-school program. Having a point of contact during school and after-school hours increased their buy-in and participation in the...

School Example
Video
05/23/2014
396 views

Exit Interview Form

After-school program staff members conduct this exit survey with students who choose to leave the program prematurely. This form provides space to record notes of discussion with students and...

Sample Material
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05/23/2014
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Chronic School Absenteeism

After-school staff members use this form to track and report on chronic absenteeism in an after-school program site, potential reasons for it, and avenues for intervention. A principal describes...

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05/23/2014
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Quarterly Parent Celebration Request Form

After-school program staff use this form to organize an event focusing on parental involvement, which is an opportunity for families and program staff to get to know each other. An interview with a...

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05/23/2014
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A Rewards System to Promote Attendance

A Rewards System to Promote Attendance

A school principal describes efforts to increase attendance in an after-school program by providing supports and incentives. Refer to the sample materials, Attendance Record Forms, Quarterly Parent...

School Example
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05/23/2014
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Attendance Record Forms

This form is used to collect student attendance data. If the student is chronically absent, the form provides space to plan for intervention. The school provides incentives for program participants...

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05/23/2014
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