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 traditionally underserved young people and their 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 latest, 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.

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.

About the Call for Book Volume Ideas
The call for edited book volumes opens annually from October 1 to December 1. The series welcomes ideas for book topics that bring a multi-disciplinary approach, illuminate relevant issues in the field, and would appeal to a broad range of audiences both within the OST field and beyond. We are looking for individuals and/or editorial teams who bring diverse perspectives. Book editors should have expertise in the subject matter proposed in their book. We welcome fresh, innovative book topic ideas from scholars and practitioners alike. Ideas that are covered by previous published or forthcoming books in this series will not be considered. We also do not accept proposals that are outside of the OST field or are too narrow and niche.

The Book Series Board
Dr. Tom Akiva, Professor, University of Pittsburgh. Terri Fishback, Vice President of Youth Development Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. Dan Gilbert, Senior Program Manager, Afterschool Alliance. 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. Brenda McLaughlin, Managing Partner. Sperling Center for Research and Innovation. Dr. Deborah Moore, Youth Work Learning Lab Director, University of Minnesota. Dr. Deborah Moroney, Vice President, American Institutes for Research. Byron Sanders, CEO, Big Thought. Carlos Santini, Executive Vice President of Programs, After-School All-Stars. Dr. Sandi Simpkins, Professor, University of California, Irvine. Dr. Femi Vance, Researcher, American Institutes for Research. Gina Warner, President, National AfterSchool Association. Dr. Maria Guzmán-Rocha, Manager of Family Support Programs, Department of Family Support Services, City of Chicago.

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