Current Issues in Out-of-School Time

About the Book Series
In 2016, Information Age Publishing (IAP) launched a seminal and timely series on the Current Issues in Out-of-School Time (OST). The Series promotes and disseminates original theoretical and empirical research, promising practices, and policy perspectives from practitioners to further grow the OST field.

The OST field has grown significantly over the past twenty years. Strengthened by 21st Century Community Learning Centers funding, an annual federal investment of over $1 billion, millions of children have increased access to before- and after-school and summer learning programs. Research and field-wide focus on continuous improvement and capacity building have led to the development and implementation of quality standards and practices. 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 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. The 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. And our latest book, 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.

The audience for the book series.
The audience for this book series is wide-ranging, including: teachers and youth-serving professionals, 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 OST field, such as cross-sector collaboration across OST, education, and workforce sectors, international lessons learned, as well as cutting edge topics within the field.

About the Call for Book Volume Ideas
The call for edited book volumes is open 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. Prior book production experience is preferred. The call for book topics is open ended, and we welcome fresh, innovative 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. Please visit this webpage in September for more information about our next call.

ADVISORY BOARD: Dr. Helen Janc Malone (Series Editor), Vice President for Research and Innovation, Institute for Educational Leadership. Dr. Dale Blyth (Chair), Extension Professor Emeritus, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota. Dr. Nickki Dawes, Director, Center for Community-Based Learning and Internship Programs and Associate Professor of Psychology, Lasell College. Ayeola Fortune, Senior Director, Impact and Global Results, United Way Worldwide. Ellen Gannett, Senior Strategist, National Institute on Out-of-School Time. Priscilla Little, Evaluation and Strategy Consultant. 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. 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.

EDITORIAL REVIEW BOARD: Dr. Helen Janc Malone (Series Editor), Vice President for Research and Innovation, Institute for Educational Leadership. Brenda McLaughlin (Co-Chair), Chief Impact Officer, bellxcel. Dr. Femi Vance (Co-Chair), Researcher, American Institutes for Research. Dr. Thomas Akiva, Associate Professor, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Ken Anthony, Director of Professional Development, Connecticut After School Network. Dr. Corey Bower, Program Officer, Cullen Foundation. Dr. Katie Brohawn, Associate Director of Research and Evaluation, The RP Group. Jessica Donner, Director, Every Hour Counts. Dr. Nia Imani Fields, Assistant Director, 4-H Youth Development, University of Maryland Extension. Dr. Aisha Griffith, Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago. Sarah Lohnes, Writer and Consultant for Social Causes, Sarah Lohnes Writer & Consultant. Dr. Sabrina Mitsuko Kataoka, Managing Editor, School of Education, University of California, Irvine. Dr. Kolbrún Þ. Pálsdóttir, Dean, School of Education, University of Iceland. Chris Smith, President & Executive Director, Boston After School & Beyond. Dr. Deepa Vasudevan, Lecturer, Wellesley College.

FOUNDING BOARD MEMBERS: Dr. Jennifer P. Agans, Assistant Professor, Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Karl Alexander, John Dewey Professor Emeritus Sociology Academy Professor, Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Kimberley Boyer, Evaluation Supervisor, Western Governors University. Elizabeth Devaney, Director, Whole Child Education, The Children’s Institute, Rochester, NY. Dr. Jacquelynne Sue Eccles, Distinguished Professor of Education, University of California, Irvine. Dr. Robert Halpern, Professor Emeritus, Erikson Institute. Dr. Sara Hill, Sara Hill Consulting. Dr. Reed Larson, Professor Emeritus, Family Ecology, Department of Human and Community Development, University of Illinois. Dr. Milbrey McLaughlin, Professor Emerita, Stanford University. Karen Pittman, Co-Founder, President and CEO, The Forum for Youth Investment. Bela Shah Spooner, Program Director, Afterschool, National League of Cities. Dr. Roger Weissberg, Board Vice Chair and Chief Knowledge Officer, CASEL.