Illinois Quality Afterschool Quarterly - Spring 2015

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Fall 2015

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Photo from East Aurora 21st CCLC.


Afterschool Focus: Back to School with the New Illinois Learning Standards >
Program Profile: East Aurora 21st CCLC >
21st CCLC Pathways Promotes STEM for All >
Recommended Resources >
Information for Grantees >
Join Us Online >


Back to School with the New Illinois Learning Standards

Because Fall means back to school for many of us, this issue of Illinois Quality Afterschool Quarterly discusses the Illinois Learning Standards (ILS), one of the “hot topics” that the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has identified for the 2015–16 school year.
Read more about the Illinois Learning Standards. >

Program Profile: East Aurora 21st CCLC

East Aurora 21st CCLC offers a range of academic enrichment activities while also creating an atmosphere that promotes social-emotional growth. While the three sites at East Aurora offer different activities at their respective locations, they are all proud of the ways they have worked to support students’ academic and social-emotional needs and to build community. 
Learn more about East Aurora 21st CCLC. >

News from the Field: 21st CCLC Pathways Promotes STEM for All

The 21st CCLC Pathways afterschool program, which is based at the Center for College Access and Success of Northeastern Illinois University, provides STEM/STEAM (science, technology, engineering, [arts,] and mathematics) activities, including VEX robotics and SeaPerch underwater robotics. 
Learn more about 21st CCLC Pathways. >

Recommended Resources

Lights On Afterschool Webinar: Social Media Outreach Strategies

Is your afterschool program ready for Lights On Afterschool? The Afterschool Alliance is hosting a webinar to share ideas for using social media before, during and after your Lights On Afterschool event to maximize your event's profile in the community and overall impact. The webinar takes place on October 1, 2 p.m. EDT.
Register for the webinar. >

ACT Now Coalition

The ACT Now Coalition needs you! Be a voice for Illinois youth and the afterschool programs serving them and their families. Joining the Coalition is free and gives you access to email newsletters, tools to take action, professional development opportunities, upcoming events, grant opportunities, networking, and up-to-date resources for running strong programs.
Join ACT Now Coalition. >

Federation for Community Schools Forum

Have you registered for the 11th Annual Community Schools Forum? This year’s theme is We Are Stronger Together: Aligning Resources to Create Successful Schools and Vibrant Communities. There will be a special focus on the ways in which community schools work collectively with partners to mitigate the barriers to learning. The forum takes place on November 20 in Naperville. Early bird registration ends on September 30.
Learn more about the forum and register. >

Information for Grantees

Important Dates and Events

  • October 20 — 2015 Fall Kickoff Workshop, Springfield, IL
  • Late October — Webinar: Including Students with Special Needs in Afterschool
  • December 2 — Winter 2015–16 Resource Bulletin Release

Grants and Other Opportunities

Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers. The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers seeks, through research and model-building activities, to build understandings of best practice factors contexts and processes contributing to K–12 students' motivation and participation in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) core and related domains. The next round of proposals are due on November 13. Visit the NSF website to learn more.

The Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation. The Calvin K. Kazanjian Foundation is dedicated to increasing economic literacy and the awareness of the importance of economic education. The foundation provides grants of up to $150,000 for programs that increase participation in economic education and/or create a demand for greater economic literacy. The foundation is interested in students at risk of leaving school and preference is given to programs that help disenfranchised youth learn to participate in the economic system. The next application deadline is February 15, 2016. Learn more on the Kazanjian Economics Foundation website.

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