Community Agency Learning (CAL) Series
Although staff generally do not have teaching credentials, they are increasingly called upon to improve the academic work of low-achieving students. When that happens, traditional teaching methods that have failed the student during the school day are unlikely to succeed in after-school programs.
What Has ANR Done?The 4-H Youth Development staff in the San Francisco Bay Area developed 17 professional development workshops for after-school program staff: the Community Agency Learning (CAL) Series. These interactive workshops, based on expressed interests and needs and on the latest research information, cover youth development theory, after-school program management and after-school curricula.
The 4-H staff team has trained more than 800 after-school program staff who in turn work with more than 8,000 children in Northern California. A similar program is being developed to serve Southern California communities.
Tests demonstrate increased after-school staff competenciesFollowing our workshops, after-school staff consistently report improved knowledge and skills in working with children. Each of the workshops is evaluated, using a retrospective pre- and post-test. For example, 17 participants in the workshop titled Working with Challenging Children gave these responses:
--In regard to "ways to change the environment, curriculum/activities, teaching strategies, etc. to improve children’s behaviors”, respondents indicated a 41% improvement in knowledge.
--When asked if they “understand that staff has the strongest influence on children’s behavior”, respondents indicated 28% improvement.
--In regard to having “a rough plan to improve children’s behavior”, respondents indicated 67% improvement.
Clientele Testimonial“Excellent presentation to enhance teaching style and techniques. Keep up the great job!”
“I thoroughly enjoyed everything. What great training!”
Education, Enrichment, Research