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Winter 2016: Beyond the Bell goes LIVE!

Winter 2016: Beyond the Bell Goes Live! 

Since its release in 2014, the fourth edition of Beyond the Bell: A Toolkit for Creating Effective Afterschool and Expanded Learning Programs has sold more than 1,500 copies! 

Over the last two years, we have learned a lot from the programs we work with. We have heard from programs that Beyond the Bell is a great resource – especially when you don’t want to reinvent the wheel – and that our new focus on a model of continuous improvement is not only aligned with current directions in the field but that it helps programs improve. We have also heard that a 400+ page book is a lot to digest (and carry around!) so we are excited to announce our newest development: an online and interactive version of the Beyond the Bell Toolkit. Meet Beyond the Bell – Live! 

This online version of the hardcopy Toolkit readers know and love was designed to make content even more accessible and interactive. Users can click through the different parts of the continuous improvement cycle while expanding the sections that are most relevant to them. Live! also boasts a new “navigator” – a 20 question quiz that helps readers identify the most relevant content in the toolkit for their program. Users can save content with the click of a button and can easily access and download any of the 96 customizable tools. 

Online access is included with the purchase of a hardcopy Toolkit or online-only access may be purchased for a reduced fee. Visit our online store to lean more! 

Spring 2014: Meet the 4th Edition of Beyond the Bell

The field of afterschool and expanded learning has changed immensely over the last decade.

The biggest change, we are happy to report, is in how the field has embraced quality standards and continuous improvement processes in a variety of ways—from self-assessments to coaching models—to help build a stronger awareness of (1) what a high-quality afterschool and expanded learning program is, and (2) how to move purposefully toward a higher level of quality. 

As the work of afterschool and expanded learning programs has grown and matured, so too has Beyond the Bell. With that said, we have revised the Toolkit – now in its fourth edition – with an eye toward helping program leadership adopt a model of continuous improvement. 

In addition to the focus on continuous quality improvement, this edition of the Beyond the Bell Toolkit is intentionally grounded in a strengths-based approach to youth development principles and practices. The guidance, tools, and associated Beyond the Bell professional development services aim to capitalize on the strengths of staff members, young people, their families, and the community. 

Some other new and exciting topics covered in this edition of the Beyond the Bell Toolkit are:

  • Conducting a market analysis and identifying assets and needs 
  • Partnering with the school, families, and the community 
  • The Common Core State Standards and what they mean for afterschool and expanded learning
  • Youth development principles and practices 
  • Updated communication strategies using social media
  • Additional program types: creative arts, health and wellness, and personal and social skills
  • Using your evaluation for continuous improvement 

The fourth edition contains 96 easy and ready-to-use tools. All tools are available in Word format for easy customization. You can access the tools by visiting Beyond the Bell – Live! and you also have the option to purchase a pre-loaded flash drive.