Peer Networking asProfessional Development for Out-of-School Time Staff Nancy Peter, M.Ed. May 11, 2012
IntroductionNancy Peter Background in environmental education, museum education, and informal science education Have worked in the OST (out-of-school time) field for 12 years Founded the OSTRC in 2003
IntroductionOut-of-School Time Resource Center (OSTRC)Supports staff who support children and youth Housed in the School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania Offers newsletter, website, Online Training Calendar, Document Library, Peer Networking Meetings, Regional Directories, individual consultations, and more Conducts research on and evaluates OST professional development (PD)
Study Sites Peer Networking Meetings/PNM Philadelphia Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowship Program/PFP Youth Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition Networking Seminars/YSFN
Research Questions What are the distinct and important elements of these meetings? How are these three peer communities similar? How are they different? Do these professional development activities translate into impact?
Literature Review Out-of-school time Professional development for OST staff Professional development for classroom teachers Peer networking
Limitations/Considerations Self-reported information Short duration Voluntary participation Not generalizable Evolving questions Finite amount of time Personal involvement
Research Findings: Sorted ByData-Collection Methods Downloaded and graphed quantitative data. Coded and looked for themes in qualitative data.
Research Findings: Sorted ByThemes and Sub-ThemesMeeting Components (Theme #1) Participant Impact (Theme #2) Administration Acquisition of new information, Audience participation and involvement knowledge, or resources Community and group dynamics Engagement, enjoyment, and interest Dialogue and discussion Personal and professional growth Diversity Environment and climate Workplace/Workforce Application (Theme #3) Facilitation and facilitators Implementation Insiders/outsiders Organizational support Meeting support Sharing information with co-workers and Networking and interaction colleagues Relationships and partnerships Panelists Relevance to OST field Topic
Research Findings: Sorted ByResearch QuestionsResearch Question One: What are thedistinct and important elements of thesemeetings? Administration and facilitation Audience participation, dialogue, and networking Community, diversity, and insiders/outsiders Environment and support Panelists and topics
Research Findings: Sorted ByResearch QuestionsResearch Question Two: How are thesethree peer communities similar? How arethey different? Relationships vs. networking Personal vs. interpersonal growth Mentors vs. presenters
Research Findings: Sorted ByResearch QuestionsResearch Question Three: Do theseprofessional development activitiestranslate into impact? Engagement and enjoyment Acquisition of new information Implementation, organizational support, and sharing Relationships, partnerships, and personal growth
Suggestions for the Field Understand the audience and intent Identify goals and objectives Integrate promising practices Administration – Participation, dialogue, and networking – Environment and support – Panelists and topics
Suggestions for the Field Build communities – What type of community do you wish to build? – What will it take to sustain this community? – How will you define and ensure diversity? – How will you make everyone feel welcome? Provide networking assistance Promote application Evaluate the meetings
The End Nancy Peter. Ed.D. firstname.lastname@example.org; 215-898-0640