Rethinking The High School Experience: What's After-School To Do With It?
With high school reform now a front-burner issue, districts and communities cannot afford to have high school after-school on the back burner, say the authors of this issue of the "Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary" series. In this commentary, the authors focus on how and why the high school reform and after-school movements need to be woven together to produce a solid system of learning opportunities and developmental supports designed to help all young people prepare for the future. They discuss: (1) themes driving high school reform and what they have to do with after-school; (2) the reality of high school students' after-school options and interests; (3) what after-school looks like through a high school reform lens; and (4) how the relationship between high school reform and after-school expansion might evolve. Modified Author Abstract.