Quality Action Plan Bus
The 7 Components
Our ExCEL programs strive to create high quality school based afterschool experiences for youth. We imagine ourselves as a vehicle—supporting young people on their academic, social, and emotional journeys.
The DOORS of our bus represent our belief that we can help make social justice a reality by ensuring that 1) the students in our programs have ACCESS to high-quality academic and socio-emotional learning supports and 2) that our programs are led by community partners who have an unwavering commitment to EQUITY.
EQUITY is a necessary component in narrowing the opportunity gap and addressing social injustice by: recognizing, respecting, and attending to the diverse strengths and challenges of the students we serve. ExCEL programs strive to provide access to high quality programs that are linked to learning for all participating students.
The WHEELS of the QAP bus represent the foundational elements that support program quality and keep ExCEL programs moving forward towards excellence. Each wheel is made up of BASIC ELEMENTS which are nonobservable, quality indicators that are essential practices to support program improvement.
The WINDOWS on the QAP bus represent the three programmatic areas of every ExCEL program which. Each window is made up of both BEST PRACTICES—observable indicators of an exemplary program, as well as Basic Elements, that directly support each programmatic area. The BEST PRACTICES can be observed in each of the four primary program environments— Homework/Study Time, Snack/Supper, Recreation and Enrichment.
Theory of Action
The development of the Quality Action Plan (QAP) is informed by the Theory of Action and driven by data. The QAP improvement process helps sites to strategically plan and reflect on their practice. The intentional design and implementation of high quality programs will contribute to positive benefits for youth.
ExCEL’s Theory of Action illustrates how intentional program design and implementation creates high quality programming and impacts student success. More than 20,000 students are served by ExCEL after school programs annually. Providing high quality after school experiences for these SFUSD youth can result in positive benefits that may contribute towards their success in school and life. ExCEL’s Quality Action Plan is informed by this Theory of Action and grounded in social emotional learning. ExCEL after school programs participate in a structured planning & reflection journey to learn, grow, and provide high quality programs for SFUSD students.
Creating Systems and Structures That Support Program Quality
ExCEL partners with school sites and community-based organizations (CBO’s) to build a strong system that supports site programs in creating and implementing high quality after school experiences for SFUSD.