SPARK: Literacy Strategies & Supports for Out-of-School Time Spaces
Research has demonstrated that many young learners lose knowledge gained during the academic school year over the summer break. There are efforts to address this issue through “out of school time” (OST) programming. From summer camps to after school programs to home and community organizations, those working with K-12 children in these areas are eager to respond to the academic needs of the youth they serve. There is a clear gap between available supports and information needed by OST educators to appropriately address the need of young learners to sustain literacy gains. SPARK: Literacy Strategies and Supports for Out-of- School Time Spaces offers best practices and strategies from the academic literacy field and are described with examples specifically for implementation outside of the school classroom. The information in each chapter has been carefully written to guide the target audience as they work to link out-of-school time education and in-school literacy. This book also offers information on literature for children and youth and multiple free online supports.