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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Tips for Finding the Right Partner
Partnerships between schools, expanded learning programs, and community-based organizations can play a key role in supporting school improvement and student learning. This resource guide from ExpandED Schools by TASC offers a guide to the strategic questions school teams might ask themselves and their potential partners to have the best outcomes for young people. The guide includes questions and a scoring rubric.

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Toolkit for Expanded Learning
This latest publication from the Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project provides resources for city agencies, school districts, intermediaries, and other organizations interested in implementing or strengthening city-wide expanded learning opportunities; as well as state agencies and Statewide Afterschool Networks designing multi-city initiatives. The toolkit groups resources in the following categories: Building Strong Systems, Engaging Today’s Students, and Expanded Learning Models.

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Tools for Social-Emotional Learning
Social and Emotional Learning: A Resource Guide and New Approach to Measurement in ExpandED Schools, from ExpandeEDSchools by TASC, provides a list of tools afterschool practitioners can use to provide strong programming that supports social-emotional learning competencies. This curated resource pulls from across the landscape of policy, research, and practice, with a description of each tool.

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Social-Emotional Learning
Urban High School Students' Experiences in an Afterschool College Readiness Program
This article examines urban students' experiences in Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), an afterschool college readiness program. GEAR UP is a federally funded program designed to prepare low-income students to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. The article is based on interviews with 10 program participants. Themes that emerged among interviews include navigating the college system, expansion of career options, counseling relationship, personal insight, and future orientation. There is also a discussion of implications for school counselor preparation and practice.

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College and Career Readiness
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Using Data to Better Serve Students
Looking at the Data: Afterschool Programs Using Data to Better Serve Students,” an issue brief from the Afterschool Alliance and the MetLife Foundation discusses how afterschool programs can use data to serve students in their programs. The brief describes how afterschool programs benefit from data collection and evaluation. It also outlines the steps necessary for program evaluation and provides examples from the afterschool field.

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Using Data To Build, Grow, And Sustain Your Afterschool System
How can afterschool systems best leverage data to build, grow, and sustain their efforts? Hosted by the American Youth Policy Forum and Afterschool Alliance, this webinar recording includes a discussion among afterschool system leaders on how they are using program data to support the growth and development of their systems.

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Sustainability
Using Digital Badges to Promote SEL
Published by Boston Afterschool & Beyond, this practice brief includes recommendations from the organization’s pilot using digital badges to promote SEL skills among students. During this pilot program, staff focused on five key skill areas: communication, engagement in learning, perseverance, problem solving, and teamwork—all skills that are necessary for success in school, college, and future careers.

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Social-Emotional Learning
Webinar: High School Afterschool – August 20, 10 a.m. CDT
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers Team in the Division of College and Career Readiness at ISBE and the Illinois Quality Afterschool Team invite you to participate in our webinar, High School Afterschool: Challenges and Opportunities. This webinar will highlight innovative strategies used by high school afterschool programs to successfully navigate common challenges such as student recruitment, retention, maintaining quality staff, and developing meaningful partnerships. The webinar takes place on August 20 at 10 a.m. CDT. Register on the Illinois Quality Afterschool website.

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Webinars on Afterschool Programming
This spring the Afterschool Alliance has hosted several new webinars to help practitioners improve afterschool instruction and programming. Recent topics include social media, keeping students active and healthy, building literacy, and using traditional and social media to support fitness and healthy eating. Free registration is required to access the webinar recordings.

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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Core?
Published in the Fall 2014 issue of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time’s magazine Afterschool Matters, this article explores how expanded learning programs are responding to and supporting the Common Core State Standards. The article discusses how afterschool practitioners can meet academic standards designed for school while still focusing on important out-of-school time goals like positive youth development.

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Academic 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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