Current Issues in Out-of-School Time

The 2017 Call for Book Ideas is closed. Please check this page in the Fall 2018 for our next call.

About the Series:
The OST field has grown significantly over the past twenty years. The emergence of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers funding, an annual federal investment of over $1 billion, has created access to before- and after-school and summer learning programs for millions of children. Research and an intense field-wide focus on continuous improvement and capacity building have led to the development and implementation of quality standards and practices during OST. In addition, systemic, coordinated local and state efforts have created ongoing investments and incentives for intentional linkages across diverse institutions in support of OST learning. Today, the OST field has visibility, legitimacy, and relevance in the public sphere as a central partner in young people’s development and learning across contexts.

The Current Issues in Out-of-School Time book series bridges research and practice by stimulating discussion of: research-informed practice and practice-informed research; emerging, innovative strategies in the field; groundbreaking research that is deepening our understanding of the what, why, and how of OST; and areas left unexplored or issues that demand our urgent attention in order to improve the access, quality, and diverse outcomes for all children and youth.

The first book in the series, The Growing Out-of-School Time Field: Past, Present, and Future (2018) lays the foundation on which the series will rest. Forthcoming books in 2018, selected from the first call for book proposals, are: 1) Social and Emotional Learning in Out-Of-School-Time: Foundations and Futures; and 2) Changemakers! Practitioners Advance Equity and Access in Out-of-School Time Programs (both working titles).

About the Series Audience:
The audience for this new book series is wide-ranging, including: teachers and youth serving professionals, education and youth development leaders at all levels, college students, evaluators and researchers, funders, and other decision-makers. We are looking for book volumes that will offer diverse perspectives on cross-cutting issues in OST field.


Are there topics of particular interest or topics that are not likely to be selected? The list of topics included in the call is meant to stimulate your thinking but is not exhaustive. Our emphasis is on pressing topics for the OST field broadly. Please consider the timeliness of your topic, relevance and applicability across the OST field, and whether it is likely to remain timely given the length of the publication process (12-18 months). Proposals that duplicate topics for the two volumes in production will likely not be considered (see details earlier in this call).

What are the primary review criteria for proposals? Books proposals will be reviewed on their overall fit and quality; whether the proposal articulates a theoretical framework or approach(es); how well they outline the goals and objectives of the volume; if the proposed volume is applicable to both researchers and practitioners; and the timeliness and relevance of the topic to the OST field.

What credentials do authors need? How do I know if I am qualified to author a chapter or propose a volume? There are no right or wrong authors for these volumes. The goal is to represent a wide cross-section of research and practice for the OST field. Our hope is that authors will represent both those who study OST and those who work in the field. The Editorial Review Board for the book series is available to help editors identify individual chapter authors as well as to help authors shape their chapters and hone their writing once a volume is in development. At this stage, the most important consideration is a core idea that is timely and relevant to the field, an idea that is evidence/practice based.

If my proposal is not selected for publication, are there other avenues to publish my work/ideas? There are a variety of options for practitioners and researchers to publish. The Journals Afterschool Matters, the Journal of Youth Development, the Journal of Expanded Learning Opportunities, and School Community Journal are peer-reviewed journals accepting articles at least once a year. The National AfterSchool Association, the Afterschool Alliance, and The Forum for Youth Investment, for instance, also have regular newsletters and occasionally seeks contributors. There may also be opportunities to contribute a chapter for another book in the series.

What kind of editorial support is available to editors and authors? Selected book ideas will be supported by a team of scholars and practitioners from our Editorial Review Board, who will work with the book editors to provide assistance as needed on: author identification and outreach, exploration of themes within the book, writing and editing support. The publisher offers typesetting services; however, editors and authors are responsible for editing, copyright clearances, and indexing. For more information from IAP about developing a manuscript, see their general manuscript guidelines at: http://www.infoagepub.com/authors.html

How often will calls be released for book proposals? A call for proposals will be released annually in the fall, with a submission window starting Oct. 1st and concluding Dec. 15th.

What is the general timeline for publishing a book? The books in the series will be spaced out 6-8 months apart. The process from final manuscript submission to the publisher to book release takes approximately 6 months. The development process depends on editors and authors, but typically takes 8-12 months. The series is currently looking to identify books that could be released in the Fall of 2019.

How/where will the book be sold and marketed? The books are sold through Information Age Publishing and their digital distribution partners. The Publisher offers broad domestic and international marketing and promotional services through its website. It markets and promotes materials to librarians, professors, and professionals throughout the world. The Publisher also has prominent presence at major professional conferences in the field. The book series’ Advisory and Editorial Review Boards will promote individual books via diverse channels. Potential book launch opportunities could include: Twitter chats, webinars, exposure at professional conferences and via e-newsletters of major membership organizations in the out-of-school time field.

ADVISORY BOARD: Dr. Dale Blyth (Chair) Extension Professor Emeritus, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota. Dr. Kimberly Boyer, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Expanded Learning Opportunities. Dr. Nickki Dawes, Assistant Professor of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts, University of Massachusetts, Boston. Ayeola Fortune, Director, Education Team, United Way Worldwide. Ellen Gannett, Senior Strategist, National Institute on Out-of-School Time. Dr. Sara Hill, Editor, Youth Today Out-of-School Time Hub. Dr. Reed Larson, Professor, Family Ecology, Department of Human and Community Development, University of Illinois. Priscilla Little, Evaluation and Strategy Consultant. Dr. Milbrey McLaughlin, Emeritus Professor, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University. Dr. Deborah Moroney, Managing Director, American Institutes for Research. Dr. Gil Noam, Founder and Director of the Program in Education, Afterschool & Resiliency (PEAR), Harvard University; Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital. Karen Pittman, President & CEO, The Forum for Youth Investment. Dr. Mavis Sanders, Professor of Education, Department of Education, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Dr. Deborah Vandell, Professor, School of Education, University of California, Irvine. Gina Warner, CEO, The National AfterSchool Association. Dr. Roger Weissberg, Chief Knowledge Officer, CASEL; NoVo Foundation Endowed Chair in Social and Emotional Learning, Professor of Psychology and Education, University of Illinois at Chicago.

The Founding Advisory Board also included: Dr. Karl Alexander, Executive Director, Thurgood Marshall Alliance & John Dewey Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Professor of Education, Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Jacquelynne Eccles, Professor, School of Education, University of California, Irvine. Dr. Robert Halpern, Chair of the Research Council, Erikson Institute. We thank them for their service.

EDITORIAL REVIEW BOARD: Elizabeth Devaney (Chair) Director, Social and Emotional Learning Center, Children’s Institute, Rochester, NY. Dr. Jennifer P. Agans, Assistant Professor, Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Thomas Akiva Assistant Professor, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Ken Anthony Director of Professional Development, Connecticut After School Network. Dr. Corey Bower Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo. Dr. Katie Brohawn Senior Director of Research, ExpandEd Schools. Jessica Donner Director, Every Hour Counts. Dr. Nia Imani Fields 4-H Specialist for Curricular Systems and Program Development, University of Maryland Extension. Dr. Aisha Griffith Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Sabrina Mitsuko Kataoka Managing Editor, School of Education, University of California, Irvine. Brenda McLaughlin Chief Strategy Officer, BELL. Dr. Kolbrún Þ. Pálsdóttir Dean, School of Education, University of Iceland. Sarah Pitcock Writer and Consultant for Social Causes, Sarah Pitcock, LLC. Chris Smith Executive Director, Boston After School & Beyond. Bela Shah Spooner Manager, Expanded Learning, Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, National League of Cities. Dr. Femi Vance Researcher, American Institutes for Research. Deepa Vasudevan Doctoral Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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