Evidence has shown that strong after-school and summer learning programs have a measurable impact on student achievement.
One common challenge across programs is the lack of continuity and coordination between what students are doing during the school day and how
after-school leaders can best supplement that in their programs. While homework completion is an important element for academic success, many after-school leaders would like to be able to provide targeted support on specific skills.
To address this need, North Texas launched an out of school time initiative in partnership with local community organizations serving current Reasoning Mind students during the 2013-2014 school year. The initiative aims to provide out of school providers with access to a curriculum that aligns with what students are doing in the traditional school day. Partners receive training and support that allows them to have the same expectations as their classroom teachers. It also allows the partners to identify which concepts and skills should be targeted in their other enrichment activities.
The initiative has expanded from two sites with two community organizations serving 60 students to 20 sites across 7 community organizations serving 650 students. Current partners include Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas, Circle of Support, Girls Incorporated of Metropolitan Dallas, Kids-U, Rivertree Academy, Trinity River Mission, and Wesley-Rankin Community Center.
Post by Kiley Dowling, Enrollment and Outreach Coordinator