NIOST Senior Strategist Featured in New Documentary, The History of Afterschool in America

May 16, 2019

gannettEllen Gannett, NIOST senior strategist and former director, is featured in a new documentary, The History of Afterschool in America.

The film is a project of the How Kids Learn Foundation, which is "dedicated to improving the effectiveness of settings that support the education and healthy development of youth," including schools and out-of-school time programs. The one-hour documentary is broken into 12 chapters, suitable for use in staff training, and comes with a brief learning guide.

See Gannett 2:26, 18:19, 35:26, and 39:31, and catch a mention of NIOST as a whole at 29:18. Thanks to the How Kids Learn Foundation for sharing the message that out-of-school time has a long and important history--one that we're proud to be part of.


    "NIOST has been an anchor for numerous school age care projects we do, including ASQ (After-School Quality) and Links to Learning. They are a nationally respected organization that Pennsylvania has partnered with for over 20 years."

    – Betsy O. Saatman, TA Specialist/SAC Initiatives, Pennsylvania Key

    "NIOST was a core partner in supporting the development of quality improvement systems across the nine cities that participated in The Wallace Foundation Next Generation Afterschool System-Building Initiative. The NIOST team worked well with other technical assistance partners in the initiative, always willing to pitch in and collaborate with others to make our professional learning community meetings a team effort. I truly hope the Foundation has an opportunity to partner with them in the future."

    – Priscilla M. Little, Initiative Manager, The Wallace Foundation


    "NIOST has been a leader in the out-of-school time field for as long as I can remember, and I have relied on their research, tools, and advice to improve my practice throughout my career. Their staff members are good partners and good listeners, and their influence across the country is palpable."

    – Jane Quinn, Vice President and Director of National Center for Community Schools, Children's Aid Society

    "Georgia Hall, Ellen Gannett, and the NIOST team have been instrumental in driving the healthy afterschool movement. Their dedication to quality practice, informed policy, and collective impact is instrumental in our effort to create healthier communities."

    – Daniel W. Hatcher, Director, Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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