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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Talking with Schools and Families About Afterschool STEM
Relationships with families and schools are key components to a successful afterschool program. This brief presented by the National Afterschool Association focuses specifically on how to engage families and school staff to increase their understanding of your STEM program highlights and happenings. Resources include conversation starters, newsletter content, and social media strategies.

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Academic Enrichment
Teaching Kids How to Succeed in School
According to California-based Summer Matters, an increasingly powerful body of research points to the impact of non-cognitive factors—or social-emotional learning—on students’ ability to benefit from the education they receive. This report explores how summer learning programs can help students develop non-cognitive skills that will help them succeed in a school environment. The publication describes program structures and also draws from program evaluations, survey data, and in-person observations that all provide evidence of the differences these experiences can make for children and youth.

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Social-Emotional Learning
Ten Strategies for Effective Communication in Afterschool
Working in an afterschool program involves taking on many roles and interacting with a variety of people, including staff, parents, and children. This article from the National AfterSchool Association outlines effective communication techniques that afterschool practitioners can use to help maintain a clear vision of the program's goals, clarify expectations of staff and students, and assure parents that their children are in good hands.

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Program Management
Ten Tips to Become a STEM Superstar
A successful STEM program requires specific facilitation skills that enable educators to replace teacher-led models with open-ended, student-driven inquiries that promote critical thinking. The National AfterSchool Alliance presents tips and resources to help afterschool staff grow their STEM facilitation skills to the superstar level by creating the right atmosphere of discovery and support for STEM learning and success.

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Academic Enrichment
Ten Transition or Wait Time Games for School-Age Children
Did your students finish their writing activity 10 minutes early? Do you have some down time before the computer lab is available for your group? The National AfterSchool Association has some suggestions on transition or wait time activities to keep students busy. The activities vary in the amount of space and movement involved, allowing practitioners to find a game for just about every situation.

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Classroom Management
The Crisis of Connection for Adolescent Boys
By late adolescence, boys often speak about losing the close male friendships of early and middle adolescence and they reveal feelings of loneliness and isolation. These research findings, as well as research linking friendships with mental and physical health and well-being, inform a video presented by Youth.gov. The Crisis of Connection for Adolescent Boys video can be viewed in full-length format or five short segments. Discussion guides for professionals and families support use of the video in a variety of training settings.

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Social-Emotional Learning
The Eighth-to-Ninth Grade Transition
This blog post from the Afterschool Alliance is the first in a series that explores the challenges students face in transitioning to high school and how afterschool programs can help. The author notes that a disproportionate number of students who fail the ninth grade subsequently drop out but also finds that afterschool and summer learning programs can provide important academic, social, and emotional supports that make the shift easier and help students succeed in high school.

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Diverse Learners
The Impact of STEM Learning in Afterschool
Presented by the Afterschool Alliance, this webinar recording dives into the topic of measuring the impact of afterschool STEM experiences. Webinar presenters also discuss the role such programs have in the larger STEM education ecosystem and the important contribution they are making in students’ learning and development outcomes (free registration required).

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Academic Enrichment
The Importance of Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs in African-American and Latino Communities
This issue brief from the Afterschool Alliance closely examines the current economic state of African American and Latino communities and the far-reaching impact of poverty on academic achievement. It highlights the important role afterschool and summer programs play in supporting youth and families in these communities. The brief also outlines the challenges these programs confront in keeping pace with demand for their services and ensuring their doors stay open to continue providing resources that are highly valued in African American and Latino communities.

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Diverse Learners
The Intersection of Afterschool and Competency-Based Learning
Afterschool and competency-based learning are increasingly emerging as student-centered, supportive learning models to prepare students for college and career. This American Youth Policy Forum white paper explores the intersection and relationship between the two fields, recommends policy considerations for implementing successful programs, provides real-world examples, and shines a spotlight on emerging trends for the future.

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Afterschool Enrichment

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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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