ACROSS is a research-practice partnership (RPP) between researchers at the Institute of Human Development and Social Change and a cross-unit team at Good Shepherd Services. Goals are to produce shared knowledge, strengthen best practices, and build evaluation capacity in diverse out-of-school settings.
Research and Practice Briefs
This research brief summarizes the findings from an empirical study involving five afterschool programs in New York City. Participants were predominately Latino and African American, and in 3rd to 8th grade. Multimethod data were collected to understand relations among classroom quality, social-behavioral risk, and academic outcomes.
This practice brief is the companion piece to the first research brief. Informed by youth development leaders and the research literature, this practice brief documents three afterschool classroom practices that, when maintained over time, relate to positive outcomes for youth.
Selected Peer Reviewed Publications
- Cappella, E., Frazier, S. L., Smith, E. P., & Hwang, S. H. J. (2020). Targeting social processes to support children with EBDs: An ecological, public health approach in out-of-school programs. In T. W. Farmer, M. Conroy, E.M.Z. Farmer, & K. Sutherland (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Emotional & Behavioral Disorders: Interdisciplinary Developmental Perspectives on Children and Youth (pp. 167-182). New York: Routledge.
- Hwang, S. H. J., Watford, J. A., Cappella, E., Yates, M., Mui, S., & Nix. J. (2020). Fostering positive youth and staff development: Understanding the roles and experiences of the afterschool workforce. Journal of Community Psychology, 48(8), 2457-2473.
- Cappella, E., Hwang, S.H.J., Kieffer, M., & Yates, M. (2017). Classroom practices and academic outcomes in urban afterschool programs: Alleviating social-behavioral risk. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 26(1), 42-51. doi: 10.1177/1063426617739254
- Frazier, S. L., Cappella, E., & Atkins, M. S. (2007). Linking mental health and after-school systems for children in urban poverty: Preventing problems, promoting possibilities. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 34, 389-399. doi:10.1007/s10488-007-0118-y