Supporting staff and programs that serve children and youth


OSTRC Newsletter 

December 2017



Peer Networking Meeting


Title: Closing the Summer Gap: Itís Never too Early to Plan


Even though the thermometer says winter, our planning schedule should start to look ahead to summer. Join our conversation to gain practical strategies to better plan and develop engaging activities that help prevent summer learning loss yet still mesh well with the spirit of summer.


Date: January 24th 9:30am Ė 11:30am 



The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia PA 19103
Meeting Room: TBA


Kick off the New Year with the OSTRC! Join us for the first Peer Networking Meeting of 2018 at the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.


Peer Networking Meetings will be held every month from January through May and feature discussions on a range of OST-related topics. For more information and to register, CLICK HERE!




Have you made plans for February? Winter is on its way soon, so consider visiting beautiful Orlando, Florida on February 21-24 for Beyond School Hours XXI! Join the nationís premiere convening of educators and leaders working with K-12 students in afterschool, summer and beyond.† Visit the link below for more information. Register today!





Learning Events


Jan 10†††††††††† LEAP / DIY†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Philadelphia, PA

Feb 2††††††††††† Kids' First Fridays: Exploring the Arts!††††††††††††††††† Philadelphia, PA

Feb 6††††††††††† Social Justice Read Aloud††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Philadelphia, PA

Feb 21-24††††† Beyond School Hours†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Orlando, FL

Mar 10††††††††† ACE's 100th Annual Meeting††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Washington, DC

Mar 18-21††††† NAA Annual Convention††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Atlanta, GA



Teaching Kids to Argue - Respectfully Take a look at these tools and resources for teaching controversial topics and building studentsí argumentation skills.


Students at Young Scholars get ready for "Experience Week" This article shows one schoolís take on doing Career Week in a new way.


Houston-area School District Tries No-Homework Family Nights Check out this approach to homework along with some of the research behind homework efficacy.


Rules and Routines in the Classroom An argument for keeping hard rules to a minimum.


Out-of-School Time Organizations Play Pivotal Role This article speaks to the widening gap between the rich and the poor. The article champions the out-of-school time organizations that often serve to close some of the gaps.


Afterschool Program Quality and Effectiveness: 25 Years of Results! March 2017. Policy Studies Associates, Inc.

Developing Culturally Responsive Approaches to Serving Diverse Populations: A Resource Guide for Community-Based Organizations March 2017. National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families.

Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Charter Public School Laws (8th Edition) March 2017. National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Promising Gains, Persistent Gaps: Youth Disconnection in America March 2017. Measure of America.