Professional Development and Research Opportunities

Call for Papers

The Journal of Expanded Learning Opportunities (JELO)

The Journal of Expanded Learning Opportunities (JELO)
 is a peer-reviewed, online, open access publication of the Central Valley Afterschool Foundation that focuses on research in the area of expanded learning (After School programming, Summer programming and/or any learning during out of school time).  The JELO connects research and promising practices throughout California and the nation, fostering a dialogue that engages both researchers and practitioners in the field. JELO can be accessed here:

The journal solicits original papers in two categories:
  • Research-based: presentation of new research using data that includes an abstract, an introductory paragraph, a brief literature review, methods (quantitative and/or qualitative), results and implications.  An example would be an academic or field study.
  • Practitioner-based: presentation of an essay or brief focused on a specific promising practice that includes an abstract, introductory paragraph, discussion of the practice and recommendations for implementation, sustainability and scaling.  An example would be a review of a program project/activity. 
Your support for this journal can be presented in the following ways:
1.     Disseminating the link above to expand and raise awareness of the journal’s readership. 
2.     Submission of proposals for either research-based or practitioner-based papers. 
3.     Volunteer support to serve as peer-reviewers for the journal. 
4.     Support via an internship to enhance the journal’s web link and further promote it as a resource for the field. 

For questions/support interest please contact Kim Boyer, Ed.D at or 559-326-2165 

Afterschool Matters

Afterschool Matters seeks scholarly work, from a variety of disciplines, which can be applied to or is based on the afterschool arena. The journal also welcomes submissions that explore practical ideas for working with young people during the out-of-school hours. Articles should connect to current theory and practice in the field by relating to previously published research; a range of academic perspectives will be considered. Articles should be relevant and accessible to both practitioners and academic researchers. Any topic related to the theory and practice of out-of-school time programming will be considered. The journal is particularly interested in manuscripts that offer practice recommendations and implementation strategies related to the featured research. 

Suggested topics include:

Physical activity and healthy eating 

STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program delivery or STEM staff professional development 

Expanded or extended learning time and the OST hours 

School-community partnerships that support OST programming 

Innovative program approaches 

OST programs and civic engagement, social and emotional development, arts development, or academic improvement 

Research or best-practice syntheses 

OST program environments and spaces 

Key aspects of program leadership and administration 

OST system-building such as cross-city and statewide initiatives 

Special needs youth in OST 

Immigrant and refugee youth in OST 

Youth-centered participatory action research projects 

Gender-focused research and policy initiatives related to OST

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word or Rich Text format. Submissions should not exceed 5,000 words. Include a separate cover sheet with the manuscript title, authors’ names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses. The names of the authors should not appear on the text, as submissions are reviewed anonymously by peers. Follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition (July 2009), for reference style guidelines. Present important information in the text and do not use extensive footnotes. Visit: or email