Beyond the Bell at AIR

Getting It Off The Shelf Training Series

A training series that is designed for new programs managers in their first few years of program management, Getting it Off the Shelf will build your confidence as a manager, address common challenges in afterschool programming, and support you in planning next steps for your program. The series includes 6 hours of self-directed online learning, 1 full-day workshop, and 2 half-day workshops. 

  • Webinars – Six webinars correspond to each chapter in the Toolkit and introduce you to key topics. The webinars are self-directed so you can go at your own pace but should be completed before the in-person trainings. 
  • Full-day training – This training is designed to cover a wide range of topics related to getting started with your program. This full day of training will introduce you to important concepts for developing and managing your program that will serve as a foundation for the next set of trainings in the series. Select one of the following options:
    • Getting Started – A Beginner’s Workshop for New Program Directors
    • Program Delivery – Creating a Program Plan, Developing Activities and Building Upon the Assets of Your Participants 
  • Two half-day trainings – Once you have built a foundation of knowledge about program planning, these next two trainings are designed to go deep on important topics related to the overall management of your program and its evaluation and improvement. Select a topic from each section: 

You may select from one of the following topics:

  • The Basics of Program Management – Budgets, Boards, and Business Plans
  • Staff Development – Building a Strong Team
  • Building Partnerships for Success

 You may select from one of the following topics:

  • What Is a Quality Improvement System and What Can it do for My Program?
  • Moving from Quality Assessment to Quality Improvement
  • Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Program Evaluation – the Basics

Please note that the base price for this training option does not include travel costs. Please select the closest state and city (airport) to display the price with travel included.


About Ordering:

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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, and the service(s) you are ordering. Your order will be processed within 48 hours and you will receive an email to confirm your purchase and begin arranging your training. 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. 

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