Partnership for After School Education


August 21, 2019

Reclaiming Digital Futures reports

Digital culture and technology are changing the world, and community-based, youth-serving organizations can play a critical role in preparing youth for it. Developed through a collaborative process between researchers and practitioners, the Reclaiming Digital Futures toolkit is a curated cross-section of resources that relay knowledge and best practices in achieving real success in youth-centered digital learning. Download the associated report here.

Other Articles in Reports


July 01, 2019

2019 State Trends in Child Well-Being

The 30th edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT® Data Book begins by exploring how America’s child population and the American childhood experience has changed since 1990. Of the 16 areas of child well-being tracked across four domains — health, education, family and community and economic well-being — 11 have improved since the Foundation published its first Data Book 30 editions ago. The rest of the report, including the latest national trends and state rankings, rely on a shorter review window: 2010 to 2017. View the national data profile or download your state's data profile by visiting the website.

July 01, 2019

Investing in Successful Summer Programs: A Review of Evidence Under the Every Student Succeeds Act

For many young people from low-income households, summer can be a time of losing ground to wealthier peers. Fortunately, summer can also be a time to make gains. A new RAND report identifies programming that can help achieve that goal—and be eligible for federal funding through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Investing in Summer Programs: A Systematic Review of Evidence Under the Every Student Succeeds Act describes 43 summer programs with research that not only backs the programs’ effectiveness but is also rigorous enough to meet the top three of four tiers of evidence laid out in the ESSA. This means they can qualify for a number of funding streams, including those in ESSA’s Title I section, a significant source of funding.

May 16, 2019

Success Plans: Promising Tools for Customizing Student Supports and Opportunities

Education Redesign Lab at Harvard Graduate School of Education released a new report, Success Plans: Promising Tools for Customizing Student Supports and Opportunities, identifying personalized success plans as a promising strategy to support children both in and outside of school. The report profiles 13 organizations and agencies that are already implementing different types of plans to support children’s success and well-being. It also identifies a set of principles and a companion toolkit to guide those interested in developing and implementing these plans.

April 19, 2019

Using Data to Strengthen Afterschool Planning, Management, and Strategy: Lessons from Eight Cities

A new report from The Wallace Foundation examines eight cities’ efforts to strengthen their afterschool systems by garnering reliable information for decision making, program improvement and advocacy. Using Data to Strengthen Afterschool Planning, Management, and Strategy: Lessons from Eight Cities describes how coalitions across public, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors worked to develop, operate and use data systems to improve afterschool programs in their communities.

March 01, 2019

Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: A Status Report​

American Council on Education, in collaboration with the Research Triangle Institute International, released the first in a series of two reports, Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: A Status Report, along with an interactive microsite. This report examines data across 11 chapters that provide a foundation from which the higher education community and its many stakeholders can draw insights, raise new questions, and make the case for why race and ethnicity still matter in American higher education.

February 15, 2019

​From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope

From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope, is a report from the Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development. The Commission was created to engage and energize communities in re-envisioning learning to encompass its social, emotional, and cognitive dimensions so that all children can succeed in school, careers, and life. Drawing on input from more than 200 scientists, youth and parent groups, educators, and policymakers, the Commission’s final report seeks to accelerate and strengthen efforts to support the whole learner in local communities through recommendations for researchers, educators, and policymakers.

January 31, 2019

Brokering Youth Pathways: A Toolkit for Connecting Youth to Future Opportunity​

The Hive Research Lab released Brokering Youth Pathways: A Toolkit for Connecting Youth to Future Opportunity. The result of two years of collaborative research and design with Hive NYC leadership and members, and with support from the Spencer Foundation, Brokering Youth Pathways was created to share tools and techniques around the youth development practice of “brokering”, or connecting youth to future learning opportunities and resources.

January 31, 2019

A Blueprint for Collective Action on Postsecondary Access and Success in NYC

The #DegreesNYC Blueprint for Collective Action on Postsecondary Access and Success in New York City is now available including an Executive Summary and full-report. Building off of a multi-year collaborative process, #DegreesNYC created this blueprint to outline the challenges related to postsecondary access and completion in New York City that they heard from practitioners, students, and the broader community, and opportunities for cross-sector, system-wide change. The blueprint is organized into four categories - affordability, institutional policies, data and accountability, and support and accessibility for all - and includes recommendations on how to move New York City towards equity in postsecondary readiness, persistence, and success.

December 18, 2018

Investing in Evidence-­Based Social and Emotional Learning

Investing in Evidence-­Based Social and Emotional Learning, from the Wallace Foundation, is a companion guide to a 2017 evidence review of social and emotional learning (SEL) interventions under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The guide offers guidance on how to assess local SEL needs, how to choose evidence-based interventions that meet those needs, and how to implement and monitor those interventions. Included are also 60 K-12 SEL interventions that are eligible for funding under ESSA Tiers I through III evidence requirements.

December 04, 2018

Best Practices for Running High-Quality Summer Programs

The Wallace Foundation has introduced two new resources to help districts and community based organizations create high-quality summer programs. A newly updated report by the RAND Corporation Getting to Work on Summer Learning, Second Edition explains the elements of successful summer programs, offering school districts advice on staffing, recruitment, creating a positive climate, and so much more. The accompanying online Summer Learning Toolkit, mapped to RAND’s findings, features more than 50 practical tools and planning resources to help school districts and their partners design and deliver high-quality summer programs.