Current Issues in Out-of-School Time

About the Book Series
Information Age Publishing (IAP), in 2016, 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 and promising practices from practitioners to further grow and strengthen the OST field.

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 (2017) lays the foundation on which the series rests. The Social and Emotional Learning in Out-Of-School-Time: Foundations and Futures (2018) offer 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. Fourth and fifth books are in production.

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.

The next call for book proposals is from October 1 to December 1, 2019.

ADVISORY BOARD: Dr. Helen Janc Malone (Editor-in-Chief), 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, Assistant Professor of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts, University of Massachusetts, Boston. Ayeola Fortune, Senior Director, Impact and Global Results, United Way Worldwide. Ellen Gannett, Senior Strategist, National Institute on Out-of-School Time. Dr. Reed Larson, Professor Emeritus, Family Ecology, Department of Human and Community Development, University of Illinois. 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 After School 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.

EDITORIAL REVIEW BOARD: Dr. Helen Janc Malone (Editor-in-Chief), Vice President for Research and Innovation, Institute for Educational Leadership. 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, Associate 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, Vice President, Research, ExpandEd Schools. Jessica Donner, Director, Every Hour Counts. Dr. Nia Imani Fields, Principal Agent, 4-H Youth 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, President & Executive Director, Boston After School & Beyond. Dr. Femi Vance, Research Associate, University of San Diego, School of Leadership and Education Sciences. Deepa Vasudevan, Doctoral Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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