Current Issues in Out-of-School Time

About the Book Series
The Current Issues in Out-of-School Time (OST) series, published by Information Age Publishing, promotes and disseminates original theoretical and empirical research, promising practices, and policy perspectives from practitioners to further grow and develop the OST field.

The Current Issues in Out-of-School Time book series bridges research and practice by stimulating discussion about: 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 equity, 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 (2017) lays the foundation on which the series rests. Social and Emotional Learning in Out-Of-School-Time: Foundations and Futures (2018) offers a clear framing of SEL in relation to other OST concepts and initiatives. Our third book, Changemakers! Practitioners Advance Equity and Access in Out-of-School Time Programs (2019), addresses through an equity lens considerations organizations, programs, and OST professionals should hold when engaging underserved young people and communities. At Our Best: Building Youth-Adult Partnerships in Out-of-School Time Settings (2020) brings together the voices of over 50 adults and youth to explore both the promises and challenges of intergenerational work in out-of-school time (OST) programs. Our fifth book, Measure, Use, Improve! Data Use in Out-of-School Time (2021), shares wisdom on building support for learning and evaluation in OST, creating and sustaining quality improvement efforts, authentically engaging youth people and caregivers in evaluation, and securing funder support for evaluation. Our sixth book, It Takes an Ecosystem, is in production. Our latest, sixth book, It Takes an Ecosystem, explores the idea and potential of the Allied Youth Fields—an aspirational term that suggests increased connection across the multiple systems in which adults engage with young people, and provides research and examples to make the case that each young person’s learning and development is shaped in positive and negative ways by the interactions they have with all the adults in their life.

The audience for this book series is wide-ranging, including: teachers and youth-serving professionals, schools and school districts, education and youth development leaders at all levels (including intermediaries, direct-service national/regional/local organization, membership organizations), college students and faculty, evaluators and researchers, funders, and other decision-makers and policy influencers. We look for book volumes that offer diverse perspectives on cross-cutting issues in the OST field.

The Book Series Board
Dr. Tom Akiva, Professor, University of Pittsburgh. Ebony Campbell, Director of Youth Opportunities, Chicago Housing Authority. Terri Fishback, Vice President of Youth Development Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. Dan Gilbert, Senior Program Manager, Afterschool Alliance. Dr. Maria Guzman-Rocha, Enrichment Director, Youth Services, City of Chicago, Department of Family & Support Services. Laura Johnson, Vice President of Communications, National Summer Learning Association. Dr. Natalie King, Assistant Professor, Georgia State University. Dr. Helen Janc Malone (Series Editor), Vice President for Research and Innovation and the National Education Policy Fellowship Program Director, Institute for Educational Leadership. Christina Russell, Managing Director, Policy Studies Associates. Byron Sanders, CEO, Big Thought. Carlos Santini, CEO, Mizzen by Mott. Dr. Sandi Simpkins, Professor, University of California, Irvine. Gina Warner, President, National AfterSchool Association. Dr. Steven Worker, 4-H Youth Development Advisor, University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Cooperative Education.

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