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Checklist for Program Developers: Things to Consider

By: Kirsten Miller, David Snow, Patricia Lauer
Developing an afterschool or summer school program? This checklist will make sure you structure it for success!

What resources (time, space, funding, staff) are available that could be used in providing out-of-school time (OST) programming?

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Are there existing resources (technology, district funding, local businesses or attractions, people with unique talents, unscheduled facilities) that can be tapped?

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Who are the students you would like to participate in your OST program?

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Are students' needs consistent with program goals?

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Will your program need to diagnose individual needs and prescribe appropriate instruction?

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What methods will you use to engage, interest, and motivate your at-risk student participants?

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Consider not only what approaches might be most effective for specific age groups, but also what might be most appealing to different age groups. Given the competing demands for their time and attention, programs must be engaging to student participants.

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What would you like these students to learn as a result of their participation? Clearly articulate your learning goals, and align them with the goals of the school.

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In what ways can your OST program enhance the participants' in-school experience?

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Miller, K., Snow, D., and Lauer, P. (2004). Noteworthy Perspectives: Out-of-School Time Programs for At-Risk Students. McREL: Aurora, Colorado.

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