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Spring 2017

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Master of Arts degree with a major in Education

First Committee Member Name

Eric Van Duzer

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HSU Faculty or Staff

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David Ellerd

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HSU Faculty or Staff

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A review of the best practices and research literature resulted in the implementation and evaluation of an after-school program for a small rural school in Northern California. The program is designed to overcome some unique challenges for rural schools by offering after school instructional support, homework assistance, and enrichment opportunities that work together to create a rich and successful environment to support student growth. A program evaluation survey measured parents’/guardians’ satisfaction with the program demonstrating significant support after two years. Student achievement data as monitored by teachers and administrators, demonstrated the program’s academic effectiveness in supporting student growth. The included After School Program Handbook provides detailed descriptions of successful strategies for planning and implementing similar programs.

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