Bringing in the Community: Partnerships and Quality Assurance in 21st Century Community Learning Centers

October 1st, 2008 | RESEARCH

As a matter of policy, 21st Century Community Learning Centers rely heavily on community organizations to provide a variety of instructional programs. In this way, 21st Century sites tap the depth and breadth of knowledge available in their communities to provide non-traditional learning experiences that can better meet young participants’ need for engagement and relevance than can a simple extension of school-day routine. However, the inclusion of multiple partners along with school-based site staff at any given 21st Century site means that the quality of instruction can be extremely uneven. How do school districts that receive 21st Century grants, and the coordinators of each of their sites, ensure high quality across a wide variety of offerings led by staff from many different organizations?


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Team Members

Charles Smith, Author, High/Scope Educational Research Foundation
Laurie Van Egeren, Author, Michigan State University


Publication: Afterschool Matters
Volume: Occasional Paper #9
Page(s): 15

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Audience: Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Education and learning science
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Afterschool Programs | Community Outreach Programs | Public Programs