The OSTRC promotes out-of-school time (OST) student achievement by enhancing staff support and professional development. To that end, it:
Identifies and coordinates professional development resources and opportunities. The OSTRC maintains a Listserv, a website, several Resource Directories, and an e-mail/telephone helpline. In addition, the OSTRC spearheads efforts to synchronize area trainings, foster inter-program communication, and integrate resources from other professions.
Conducts research on, provides technical assistance for, and evaluates professional development. The OSTRC uses empirical research and promising practices to improve professional development implementation. The OSTRC also combines quantitative and qualitative instruments to measure the impact of professional development efforts.
Recommends changes in professional development practice and policy. By providing access to diverse resources, enhancing these offerings, and evaluating changes in staff and student achievement, the OSTRC influences investments in staff support and professional development.