While after school has strived very hard over the years to prove its worth, show its value and make its name, it has often needed to rely on one particular staff member to pull it off – at the ground level. This staff member is the Site Lead; or Site Coordinator; or Site Director. The Site Lead is often the level in which most of the responsibility for outcomes in after school are met or not met: like attendance, student safety, academic support and growth, academic alignment and linkages, enrichment and so forth.
A great deal is placed on the shoulders of after school Site Leads and so much of the success and failure of a program relies on their knowledge, skills and ability. If it’s quality we desire, why not focus on the instrument that must account and answer for that quality? Why not focus on that one single most critical piece of our moving puzzle so that regardless of the initiative, curriculum, best practice or tool, we’ve given ourselves the best possible return on that investment. According to Roger Ingbretsen, acclaimed author and member of the International Coaching Federation, investing in leadership development is a win-win situation. It is with this understanding that led to the creation of the STAR Academy. Congratulations to all the STAR participants and we look forward to achieving greater results!