National Afterschool Matters Initiative- Practitioner Fellowship
Monday, July 1, 2013, 9:00am - Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 9:00amRepeats every 2 months until Sep 01, 2013 . Also includes Sep 01, 2012.(Start: Sep 01, 2012 - Sep 01, 2013)
Fulfills New York State School Age Child Care SACC Training Requirement(s):
Youth Professionals Core Competencies Covered:
National Afterschool Matters Initiative
Practitioner Fellowship Overview
"It provided a professional environment for the first time where I was with like-minded individuals and provided an example of the kind of reflective community that could be created. It was great to hear other people's experiences. I still draw from the Fellowship and think back to that time."
-- Practitioner Fellow
Fellowship Offers Professional Development Support for Out-of-School Time Practitioners
The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College and the National Writing Project (NWP), with generous funding support from the Robert Bowne Foundation, launched the National Afterschool Matters Initiative Practitioner Fellowship in September 2008. The first two participating cities were Philadelphia through the Philadelphia Writing Project, and the San Francisco Bay Area through the Bay Area Writing Project. There will be fellowships in New York City, Seattle, and Pittsburgh in 2012-2013.
Traditionally, the Practitioner Fellowship Program is a professional development and leadership initiative for mid-level career out-of-school time professionals. This year the Seattle fellowship will bring together OST providers and classroom teachers around the topic of STEM. The New York City fellowship will be for youth workers who work with high school aged youth. Participants in the Practitioner Fellowship are selected by application, and through a year-long process engage in activities that inform program quality and improve practice through reflection and inquiry.
Those selected for the Practitioner Fellowship:
- Become part of a community of practitioners. Fellows work collaboratively to study effective practices and investigate the structures in which effective practice happens – at the program/classroom, activity, curriculum, and individual levels using their own programs as the objects of study.
- Learn strategies to engage in program reflection and inquiry; Fellows learn approaches and strategies that will help them become better at program/classroom observation and analysis.
- Improve programs and practice. Fellows identify and investigate effective instructional strategies and bring these strategies back to their classrooms and/or out-of-school time programs.
- Engage in leadership activities. Fellows present their work to peers and administrators, parents and community members. They are encouraged to design and deliver workshops based on their work to share new expertise with others in the field.
- Disseminate program/classroom improvement strategies. Fellows create products including briefing papers, events, curriculum, as well as articles for professional journals.
Please note that some of the items below might differ depending on location of Fellowship you are applying for. Make sure that you refer to the site specific application.
- Eligible Fellows must be working part-time or full-time at a school or an out-of-school time program in the location of the Fellowship.
- Eligible Fellows must be in commuting distance to the Meeting locations.
- Eligible Fellows must demonstrate interest in reflecting upon their own teaching or work with youth, investigating, and writing about quality practices in afterschool and youth programming and schools.
- Eligible Fellows must be available for the entire Fellowship schedule. Meetings occur approximately 2x per month over the course of the academic year and significant time is needed for research, reflection and writing. This involves the same amount of time as a graduate level course. Fellows are expected to attend seminars and it is required that they participate in the writing retreat and research roundtable.
- Eligible Fellows must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree and a year of experience in the field.
Participants will be awarded a stipend of $500 at the completion of the program to cover their expenses incurred during the Fellowship.
September 2012 – Fall 2013
- Participation in program launch meeting
- Participation in twice monthly seminars
- Participation in writing retreat
- Participation in local Research Roundtable (Fall, 2013)
Employer approval must be obtained (see Memorandum of Understanding links at right). Please complete the Practitioner Fellowship application and return, along with the MOU, no later than the deadline on the application, by e-mail, fax, or mail to:
National Institute on Out-of-School Time
National Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowship Program
Wellesley College, Waban House
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
For more information contact: Karen Lachance, (781) 283-2507 or firstname.lastname@example.org