International Reading Association (IRA)
A professional association of literacy practitioners. Holds an annual conference and forums and is a participant in the International Literacy Network. Members receive journals and other publications. The website, www.reading.org, is full of resources, links, and policy and advocacy information.
National Institute for Out-of-School Time (NIOST)
The National Institute on Out-of-School Time, at the Center for Research on Women at Wellesley College, is a research, advocacy, and technical assistance/training organization. They are involved in policy and awareness campaigns in addition to increased standards and professional recognition for the field. For more information call (781)283-2547 or visit their website, www.niost.org.
Partnership for After School Education (PASE)
A network for afterschool practitioners. Provides free training opportunities, quarterly forums, and a low-cost annual conference. PASE has created a comprehensive map of afterschool programs in New York City which can be accessed on their website, www.pasesetter.com. It also posts a jobs bulletin on its website and publishes The PASEsetter, a quarterly newsletter. To Order or get on the mailing list: (212) 571-2664.
Program in Afterschool Education and Research (PAER)
Based in Harvard University's School of Education, PAER is a research and technical assistance organization in the area of afterschool education. While working with Boston-based afterschool initiative, PAER also has a demonstration site at a New York City Beacon, and is collaborating on a project-based curriculum with Harvard's Project Zero and The After School Corporation. Descriptions of all its projects can be found on its website, as well as articles and other resources.
School-Age Notes: The Newsletter for School-Age Care Professionals
A monthly newsletter that provides ideas, strategies, tips and techniques for working with youth includes activities, conflict management, administration, training, advocacy and resources. (1-year subscription - 12 issues $22.95). (800) 410-8780. To order subscription: School-Age Notes, P0 Box 40205, Nashville, TN 37204.
The After School Corporation (TASC).
TASC funds many afterschool programs in New York City, and provides training and technical assistance to its own TASC-supported agencies. In addition to funding programs, TASC conducts research and policy efforts, and advocacy resources and other materials, which can be used by any program, can be found on its website.
A trade newspaper reporting on national youth policy in addition to focusing on individual programs. The paper includes sections on resources, research, funding, and grants information. To order: 1200 17 St., N.W. 4th Fl. Washington, D.C. 20036-3006.
ORDERING: To order books and materials for your program, a good source is School-Age Notes Catalogue (800) 410-8780 or www.schoolagenotes.com, in addition to educational bookstores, such as Bank Street Bookstore in New York. Many of the books may be ordered on the internet at any of the internet bookstores such as Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.com. Many of the articles can be found on the internet, or on file at The Robert Bowne Foundation , 212 931-1895.