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9th Annual Penn Urban Doctoral Symposium

Peer Networking as Professional Development for Out-of-School Time Staff

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  • 1. Peer Networking asProfessional Development for Out-of-School Time Staff Nancy Peter, M.Ed. May 11, 2012
  • 2. 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
  • 3. 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)
  • 4. Study Sites Peer Networking Meetings/PNM Philadelphia Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowship Program/PFP Youth Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition Networking Seminars/YSFN
  • 5. 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?
  • 6. Literature Review Out-of-school time Professional development for OST staff Professional development for classroom teachers Peer networking
  • 7. Framework/Methodology Action research Electronic surveys Meeting observations Focus groups Individual interviews
  • 8. Limitations/Considerations Self-reported information Short duration Voluntary participation Not generalizable Evolving questions Finite amount of time Personal involvement
  • 9. Research Findings: Sorted ByData-Collection Methods Downloaded and graphed quantitative data. Coded and looked for themes in qualitative data.
  • 10. 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
  • 11. 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
  • 12. 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
  • 13. 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
  • 14. 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
  • 15. 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
  • 16. The End Nancy Peter. Ed.D. npeter@sp2.upenn.edu; 215-898-0640