Beyond the Bell at AIR

Beyond the Bell Toolkit with Flash Drive

AIR's Beyond the Bell Toolkit is practical and easy-to-use. It contains great information for program leaders who want to start or improve an afterschool and expanded learning program.

The Toolkit  is designed to be a resource for program leaders in new and existing programs who want to promote continuous quality improvement. The content reflects a cycle of continuous improvement: it helps program leaders and staff members  develop  a program using sound processes,  implement  the program by employing high-quality practices, rigorously  evaluate  the implementation of the program, and use the data from the evaluation activities to continually  improve  the program. 

The Toolkit is divided into six stand-alone chapters:

Chapter 1: Management
Chapter 2: Program Design
Chapter 3: Partnerships and Collaboration
Chapter 4: Program Delivery
Chapter 5: Evaluation
Chapter 6: Program Improvement

Each Toolkit comes with a username and password to access our website where you can access all 96 tools in Microsoft Word for easy customization and use. We also offer the option to purchase the Beyond the Bell Flash Drive which contains all 96 tools in Word format for easy customization. The flash drive is only available for purchase with a copy of the Beyond the Bell Toolkit


About Ordering:

Our online store provides the option to purchase up to 100 Toolkits with a credit card. Simply add this item to your cart then click the link to "view cart and check out" to update the quantity.  To pay using a purchase order, please email a completed purchase order to 

All purchase orders can be made out to American Institutes for Research. We are located at 1000 Thomas Jefferson Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20007.

Please make sure to include in the body of your email your name, contact information, delivery address and shipping information (if applicable), and the number of Toolkits you are ordering. Your order will be processed within 48 hours and you will receive an email to confirm your purchase. 

Upon receipt and processing of your purchase order, American Institutes for Research (AIR) will send an invoice to the appropriate contact person indicated on your purchase order. Your item will be shipped once payment is received. 

Hear What Our Users Have to Say:

"Beyond the Bell is a great resource for afterschool and expanded learning staff! This comprehensive toolkit covers all of the essential topics for building a high-quality program. Beyond the Bell gives staff an easy-to-use guide to elevating program quality right at their fingertips."

-- Ana, Program Quality Coordinator, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

There is no need to reinvent the wheel when you have a copy of Beyond the Bell. It gives new staff a picture of a fully developed program or, for someone like me with over 10 years of experience in the field, I refer to it for inspiration and fresh ideas."

-- Kim, Associate Director of Community School Initiatives, Family Focus, Inc.

"The Beyond the Bell toolkit is an excellent manual for running effective and successful afterschool and expanded learning programs. It is such a great asset for Project Directors and Site Coordinators to have all these valuable resources at one stop."

-- Sowmiya, Project Director, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School