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Grade Level Reading: An Action Framework for School And District Leaders

This publication lays out a framework for school and district leaders to help students read on grade level by the end of 3rd grade and to stay on track through graduation.

Academics After-School Style

Claudia Weisburd writes about Afterschool Style. “Informal, experiential approaches to learning, with flexibility built in, are ideal.”

Afterschool Advantage: Powerful New Learning Opportunities

Authored by 16 national leaders from a variety of fields who have special interest in the potential of afterschool and education for America's future.

Closing the Gap in 3rd Grade Reading Levels

Rhonda H. Lauer offers practical suggestions for helping children meet important 3rd grade reading milestones, using examples drawn from three urban elementary schools in the School District of Philadelphia.

Gaining a Voice in Afterschool

Claudia Weisburd explains the benefits of after-school programs for English-language learners.

Learning to Compete in a New World

Edward B. Fiske's article highlights the critical need to globalize US schools.

Meaningful Assessment and Continuous Improvement: Using the Foundations Quality Assurance System

Claudia Weisburd and Rhe McLaughlin of Foundations, Inc., describe their Quality Assurance System for program improvement.

Measuring Youth Program Time

This guide compares the purpose, history, structure, methodology, content and technical properties of nine different program observation tools which features the Quality Assurance System.

Reading: More Than an Academic Issue

Rhonda H. Lauer discusses the importance of early literacy and the types of obstacles—many of them non-academic—that low-income children must overcome in order to become skilled readers.

Theory of Action in Practice

Claudia Weisburd and Tamara Sniad describe the use of a theory of change and a theory of action for developing and evaluating professional development for after school staff.