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Aligning Professional Development to Continuous Quality Improvement: A Case Study of Los Angeles Unified School District’s Beyond the Bell Branch

Tiffany Berry, Michelle Sloper, Hannah Pickar, Harry Talbot

Abstract


Abstract

There is a strong, empirical link between facets of afterschool program quality and a range of positive youth outcomes. However, implementing quality programs that are more likely to produce positive youth development require a high-level of knowledge and expertise among program staff. Training staff on the critical components of high-quality programming requires approaches that are systematic, ongoing, data-driven, inclusive of all staff, embedded into their organizational roles, and supported by organizational leadership. We present a case study of  preliminary continuous quality improvement (CQI) system at the Beyond the Bell (BTB) Branch of the Los Angeles Unified School District. We discuss the components of a CQI system (i.e., strategic planning, development of tools, staff development and data use) as well as reflect  on important organizational factors that promote CQI.

Keywords: after school programming, program quality, professional development, continuous quality improvement

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Bibliography: Berryl, Tiffany/Sloper, Michelle/Pickar, Hannah/Talbot, Harry: Aligning Professional Development to Continuous Quality Improvement: A Case Study of Los Angeles Unified School District’s Beyond the Bell Branch, IJREE, Vol. 4, Issue 1-2016, pp. 65-84. https://doi.org/10.3224/ijree.v4i1.24776


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