Illinois Quality Afterschool (IQA) Quarterly

Fall 2019

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In This Issue

  • Afterschool Focus: Investigating Science in Afterschool
  • Program Profile: Quincy Junior High School Promotes Hands-on Science Learning
  • News from the Field: Students from Peoria Explore Local History and Film Making for Black History Month

Afterschool Focus

Investigating Science in Afterschool

Science and 21st CCLC programs were made for one another. Afterschool is an ideal environment for hands-on, investigative learning. It is also a great environment to show students that science is fun and for everyone.

Program Profile

Quincy Junior High School Promotes Hands-on Science Learning

At Quincy Junior High School, part of Quincy School District 172’s 21st CCLC program, students get to participate in year-long afterschool clubs on a range of topics, including science. These clubs offer science experiments, as well as projects like planning and managing school gardens and recycling programs.

News from the Field

Students from Peoria Explore Local History and Film Making for Black History Month

Peoria Public Schools District 150 21st CCLC partnered with Artists ReEnvisioning Tomorrow of Peoria to help students learn about local history, explore career options, and build academic skills by exploring their community. Last winter, this collaboration enabled seventh- and eighth-grade students at Glen Oak Community Learning Center to conduct research and create a series of Black History Month public service announcements (PSAs) that showcased prominent African American members of the Peoria community.

Recommended Resources

HHMI BioInteractive

HHMI BioInteractive offers data-rich activities, case studies, videos, and interactive media that are designed to connect students to big ideas in biology, promote engagement with science practices, and instill awe and wonder about the living world. The website also provides educators with planning tools to build resource playlists, storylines and professional learning materials and other opportunities to deepen their scientific and pedagogical expertise.

NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project

The (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project provides formal and informal educators working with elementary- through college-aged students with the information and resources to build individual and community scientific literacy skills to respond to environmental challenges monitored by NOAA.

Information for Grantees

Important Dates and Events

Grants and Other Opportunities

The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation provides grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 to nonprofit organizations located in the United States. Candidates for funding include performing arts programs, schools, educational and skills training programs, programs for youth, and other community-based organizations and their programs. Application deadlines are on November 10 for spring funding and May 10 for fall funding. Learn more on the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation website.

The Lisa Libraries donates new children's books and small libraries to organizations that work with children in low-income and underserved areas. Some of the libraries established have been at daycare centers, visiting areas in prisons for children of incarcerated parents, and afterschool programs. Organizations can write to The Lisa Libraries and include the following: information about the program, the number of children served, age range of children served, information about the socioeconomic status of the community served by the applicant organization (such as eligibility statistics for Title I and Federal School Lunch Program), and a breakdown of how the books would be used. Learn more on the Lisa Libraries website.

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Copyright ©2019 by American Institute for Research. This publication was developed by AIR in 2019 and was funded by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) with support by the U.S. Department of Education. The content does not necessarily reflect the views of the AIR or any other source. This publication is in the public domain. Authorization to reproduce and disseminate it in whole or in part is granted as long as appropriate acknowledgment is given.