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Intern Honored as Pa. Afterschool Champion

Tue Mar 6 2012

Tyra Good, a graduate intern at the Center for Educational Technologies, has been honored with a Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network Afterschool Champion award.

Good, a doctoral student in the Foundations and Leadership program at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, serves as the American Evaluation Association Graduate Education Diversity Intern at the Center for Educational Technologies. She is also a faculty member at Duquesne's Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research.

For her internship she is doing evaluation work on the NASA Earth and Space project, which develops online courses on astronomy and Earth science for high school students. She also is writing blogs about evaluation initiatives and issues for the NASATalk project managed by the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future program. Dr. Laurie Ruberg, associate director of the Center for Educational Technologies, is serving as site mentor for the internship.

The Afterschool Champion award recognizes the outstanding work Good and others are doing to develop, support, and promote meaningful high-quality afterschool/out-of-school time programs to benefit children, youth, and families across Pennsylvania.

Good was nominated for her 12 years of work in afterschool education. She worked as director of education, training, and community partnerships with Youth-Places from 2000-2010, a nonprofit organization serving youth from underserved communities through afterschool programming.

She also was instrumental in convening the Afterschool Peer Networks in four Southwestern Pennsylvania counties, which engage more than 80 afterschool providers each month. The network discusses topics related to resources, funding, networking, collaboration, and best practices for afterschool programs and youth development.

As an educational consultant with the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Good created the Afterschool Quality Program Assessment Tool for Allegheny County. She designed interview questions, interviewed more than 20 youth development organizations, researched state and national evaluation and assessment tools, coded and analyzed the data, and created the final assessment tool.

Good is the immediate past president of the Chair of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Statewide Advisory Board in Pennsylvania. She also is a board member for a Pittsburgh K-8 charter school. She is an afterschool advisory board member of the Office of Child Development at the University of Pittsburgh.