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ASE 260: Program Environment and Curriculum Development in ASE

Course Description

This course will explore standards and best practices in the development, planning, and facilitation of the program environment, activities, and curriculum of after school programs that serve children in elementary and middle school. The Temporal, Interpersonal and Physical dimensions of an after school environment will be addressed: Emphasis will be placed on developmentally appropriate programming that links curriculum content with developmental learning goals and outcomes. Students will be required to interview school-age children and observe an after school program. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they can meet these requirements.

Recommended Prerequisite

  • ASE 255: Introduction to After School Care and Education

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Understand how school-age children/youth develop physically, emotionally and cognitively and how to apply this knowledge to program practice.
  2. Identify and describe established quality standards and best practices in after school care, and illustrate the process of applying quality standards to developmentally appropriate daily program practices.
  3. Health and Safety: students will demonstrate how to create environments that foster good health and safety practices.
  4. Interpersonal Environment - Social/Emotional Climate: students will exhibit an understanding of how the environment and activity choices influence the emotional climate of the after school program as well as the role of the after school professional in teaching social competency skills and fostering relationships of children, staff, families and community.
  5. Temporal Environment: students will demonstrate how to establish schedules, routines, rules and learning opportunities to meet children/youth needs.
  6. Physical Environment: students will become competent in designing sensory rich indoor and outdoor environments that enable children to be independent and explore their interests.
  7. Curriculum Planning: students will be able to plan and implement program activities that are aligned with children's interest, reflect positive youth development practice, have well defined objectives, and that reflect quality standards.
  8. Program Management: students will be able to understand the importance of developing and maintaining administrative policies and procedures to ensure program effectiveness and standards of quality.
  9. Identify and become familiar with online and print resources relating to after school care.
  10. Discuss and evaluate issues relating to the field of after school care.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignment(s)

Weight

Discussions

45%

Written papers

25%

Midterm Portfolio

15%

Final Portfolio

15%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through our online bookstore)

  • Armstrong, Linda and Schmidt, Christine. (2013) Great Afterschool Programs and Spaces that WOW! Redleaf Press, St. Paul, MN. ISBN-13: 9781605541228

  • National Institute on Out-of-School Time (2005). Links to Learning, A Curriculum Planning Guide for After-School Programs. School Age Notes: Nashville, TN. ISBN: 0917505190

Supplemental Readings and Materials

Web Resources:

  • Videos:
  • Children’s Choice Child Care Services: Superior Interiors: Afterschool Program Indoor Environment Setup - Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4o3cUmJs24&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignment(s)

1

1,2,3,9,10

Welcome and Introduction to the Program Environment and Quality Standards

Reading:

  • Great Afterschool Programs and Spaces that WOW!:
    Chapters 1 and 3
  • Weekly Lecture
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Answer discussion board questions
  • Submit Week 1 Paper/Project
  • Complete Week 1 Portfolio Assignment (due in weeks 4 and 8 with midterm and final)

2

1,2,4,5,10

The Child Centered Approach and the Interpersonal Environment: Fostering Meaningful Child/Youth Participation, Providing Choice, Understanding Learning and Development


Reading:

  • Great Afterschool Programs and Spaces that WOW!: Chapters 4, 6 & 7
  • Links to Learning:sections 1- 2, Section 6 pp. 135-144
  • Weekly Lecture
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Answer discussion board questions
  • Submit Week 2 Paper/Project
  • Complete Week 2 Portfolio Assignment (due in weeks 4 and 8 with midterm and final)

3

1,2,5,6,10

Implementing a Well Designed Environment and Incorporating Temporal Elements

Reading:

  • Great AfterSchool Programs and Space that Wow!: Chapters 5, 8, and 9
  • Sharing Spaces RAP: Relationships, Agreement, & Portability PowerPoint
  • Shared Environment Agreement
  • Weekly Lecture
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Answer discussion board questions
  • Submit Week 3 Paper/Project
  • Complete Week 3 Portfolio Assignment (due in weeks 4 and 8 with midterm and final)

4

1,2,7,10

Curriculum Planning and Scheduling

Reading:
  • Links to Learning:Sections 3-4
  • Developing an Effective Daily Schedule PowerPoint
  • Weekly Lecture
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Answer discussion board questions
  • Complete Week 4 Portfolio Assignment
  • Submit Midterm Project (first 4 weeks portfolio assignments)

Midterm Portfolio

Compile your first four professional resource file development assignments, including this week’s assignment, into one document. Create a cover page, table of contents, and properly cite all references.

5

1,2,7,9,10

Linking Activities to Skills, Developing a Theme-Based Curriculum and Project-Based Learning

Reading:

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Answer discussion board questions
  • Submit Week 5 Paper/Project
  • Complete Week 5 Portfolio Assignment (due in Week 8 with Final Project)

6

1,2,6,7,10

Creating Learning Centers and Enrichment Clubs

Reading:
  • Great Afterschool Programs & Spaces that Wow!: Chapter 10
  • Links to Learning:Section 6
  • CT Best Practices Guidelines
  • Homework resources
  • Weekly Lecture
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Answer discussion board questions
  • Complete Week 6 portfolio assignment (due in Week 8 with Final Project)
7
1,2,6,7,9,10

Integrating Physical Fitness, Health and Nutrition Indoors and Outdoors


Reading:
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Answer discussion board questions
  • Submit Week 7 Paper/Project
  • Complete Week 7 portfolio assignment (due in Week 8 with Final Project)
8
2,8,9,10

Goals Setting and Inclusion of Coursework in “Real World: “Keeping the Wow”


Reading:
  • Great Afterschool Programs and Spaces that Wow!: Chapter 2 and Chapter 11
  • COA Afterschool Standards AM 9
  • Weekly Lecture
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Answer discussion board questions
  • Complete Week 8 Portfolio Assignment
  • Submit Final Project - submit all portfolio assignments (weeks 1-8) in one document

Final Portfolio Project

This final project should include all eight portfolio assignments and a summary (minimum of three paragraphs) of how this project with assist you in your work as an after school professional. Create a cover page, Table of Contents, Summary, labeled portfolio assignments, and all references properly cited.

Current as of: October 26, 2017

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