Author: coreynewhouse

Turn Your Survey Hell into Survey Heaven in Three Easy Steps

Nearly all after-school and summer programs have their kids take surveys, and nearly all programs suffer through the process. Surveys so rarely live up to their promise, and it gets harder and harder to convince staff and youth to complete this annual chore. In my experience as a professional evaluator, surveys almost always have three big flaws that limit their usefulness. Fix these flaws to turn...

Managing Change: A Hands-On Strategy to Identify Barriers to Success

“Everyone thinks change is a great idea, so long as they aren’t the one doing the changing.” I first heard this quote from Michael Funk, the head of California’s Expanded Learning Time Division. I bet we can each think of a time in our professional life that we thought that everyone else should change: “If only everyone else would start doing the lessons like they are supposed to, then we could re...

Get More from Your Data! Three Steps to Success

The end of the school year is a great time to take stock of your after school program, celebrating what went well and setting course to get even better in the future. It can be tough to wade through the data on hand. Too often, when teams sit down to get clear about what their data is saying, they struggle to figure out what really matters and what do to next. Use this three-step method to make mo...

Quality Comes First on the Road to Critical Skills and Mindsets

There’s a bourgeoning conversation about what kids need in America. More and more, educators, youth developers, and policymakers are thinking and talking about how we help young people build critical skills and mindsets like persistence, self-awareness, empathy, and communication. Paul Tough’s popular book How Children Succeed brought these concepts to popular culture, even Ira Glass g...