Resource Database

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The Illinois Quality Afterschool team has created this resource database to help you and your staff provide high-quality 21st CCLC programming. Browse or search the database to find the latest information on afterschool research, best practices, tools, conference proceedings, policy briefs, professional development tools, and activities.

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10 Research-Tested Ways to Build Children’s Vocabulary
Developed by Scholastic, this short brief outlines 10 ways that educators can help students build their vocabularies. The brief explains each strategy, the research evidence that supports it, and provides suggestions for implementation. (Downloads as a PDF.)

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Academic Enrichment
123s. ABCs. ‘Thanks’ and ‘Please.’ The Importance of Prosocial Skills in Kindergarten
Social-emotional learning is important for students of all ages. This blog post from ExpandED Schools discusses the latest research on cultivating social-emotional skills among five- and six-year-olds.

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Social-Emotional Learning
15-Minute Webinar Series on Engaging Youth in Language & Literacy
As part of its 15-Minute Webinar Series on engaging youth in language and literacy, the National AfterSchool Association has shared several activities related to the topic. Titles include Building Community and English Language Skills in OST, Engaging OST Youth in Language and Literacy through Art, Score! Engaging OST Youth in Language and Literacy through Sports, and Cooking Up English Language Learning in OST.

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Afterschool Enrichment
20 Ways To Use Twitter's Vine In Education
If you are looking for new ways to use technology in your afterschool program, check out the American Society for Innovation Design in Education’s blog. A recent post lists 20 ways that educators can use Vine—a mobile app that enables users to create and post 6-second clips—in education. Suggestions include applications for educators and projects for students.

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Technology
4-H Robotics Training Guide
The National 4-H Council has produced a series of professional development training modules for programs wishing to increase their capacity to offer robotics at their sites. The 4-H Robotics Professional Development Modules assist afterschool coordinators in providing training for staff, volunteers, and teen leaders. Modules include a “Getting Started Guide,” a comprehensive robotics overview, information on recruitment and partnerships, and ideas on expanding and strengthening a new robotics program.

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Academic Enrichment
5 Best Practices for Youth in Foster Care Post-ESSA
The American Youth Policy Forum describes here five important ways that foster youth can be supported, practices that were spotlighted in the June release of the U.S. Department of Education’s guidance on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This article is a valuable tool to those working with youth within the school system or as outside community support. The collaboration that can be fostered by having a common language around these supports can be invaluable to our youth within the foster care and juvenile justice systems.

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Diverse Learners
A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family–School Partnerships
Partners in Education: A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family–School Partnerships is a publication of SEDL in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education. The publication presents a new framework for designing family engagement initiatives that build capacity among educators and families to partner with one another around student success. Based in existing research and best practices, this report is designed to act as a scaffold for the development of family engagement strategies, policies, and programs.

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Family and Community Engagement
A High Impact Training Ground for Teachers and Staff
Part three in a series by California-based Summer Matters, this report explores how education leaders can use summer programs to provide professional learning opportunities. The study found that teachers working in summer programs used the time to work on project-based lessons and youth facilitation skills. Non-credentialed program staff got more experience with program planning. The study also reports on staff perceptions regarding the effect these summer experiences will have on their professional practices during the regular school year.

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Program Management
A New Resource for Educators, Community and Afterschool Leaders and Funders: Expanding Minds and Opportunities
On November 19, the Developmental Studies Center (DSC) is sponsoring a webinar on the many important uses of the new landmark compendium titled Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success. The executive editor and publisher will share ideas on using the compendium's articles for professional development, advocacy, and grant and report writing. This event builds on the November 3 webinar, More Than Just Another “To-do” on the List: The Benefits of Strong School, Principal, and Afterschool/Community Relationships, which DSC also sponsored.

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Program Management
Active Children, Healthy Minds
Studies have proven that children’s academic and cognitive performance improves when students are active. This blog post from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation describes the October 5 “Walk to School Day,” and provides four tips to help schools make every day a walk to school day. Learn how schools across the country are making health a priority by integrating walking into everyday activities.

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Diverse Learners

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Five Ways to Build Strong Relationships with Families

In a fast-paced culture, where families are busy and sometimes overwhelmed with job and school responsibilities, family engagement is still important. National AfterSchool Association’s professional development series, Talk Tuesday, offers new materials to guide an afterschool staff training session on family engagement. This resource focuses on five quick techniques that help afterschool practitioners build strong relationships with families.
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You for Youth College and Career Readiness Resources

Provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s 21st CCLC web portal, this You for Youth online professional learning course explores ways to incorporate college and career readiness into 21st CCLC afterschool and summer programs. Learn how to use existing activities to build and reinforce skills, work with stakeholders to strengthen your program, tap into various funding sources, and help families become more informed.
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