In This Issue
Afterschool Focus: Attendance and Afterschool >
Program Profile: GOALS Boosts Student Success Through Family Engagement >
News from the Field: Tap In Leadership Academy Summer Enrichment Program >
Recommended Resources >
Information for Grantees >
Join Us Online >
Afterschool Focus: Attendance and Afterschool
How can 21st CCLCs improve attendance in school? Attend the Illinois Quality Afterschool 2014 spring conference to learn more. Hedy Chang, the director of Attendance Works, is our keynote speaker. Attendance Works is a national and state initiative that promotes awareness of the important role that school attendance plays in academic success, and Chang is going to address the role of afterschool in student attendance—and achievement.
Read more about attendance in afterschool. >
Program Profile: GOALS Boosts Student Success Through Family Engagement
The GOALS (Giving Our Achievers Lifelong Success) program serves some 300 students at 5 different sites. Located in East St. Louis, the program focuses on STEM academic enrichment and recreation opportunities with family engagement as an integral part of the program—and students’—success.
Learn more about GOALS. >
News from the Field: Tap In Leadership Academy Summer Enrichment Program
Located in Champaign, Illinois, Tap In Leadership Academy operates a summer enrichment program for middle school and high school scholars. The program combats the decline in reading skills that often occurs in the summer when many students read little or not at all.
Learn more about Tap In Leadership Academy. >
The Spring 2014 issue of Afterschool Matters covers a range of topics, including STEM, gender-specific programming, and a study on afterschool programs on Hmong high school students.
Read Afterschool Matters. >
Illinois State Board of Education Family-Engagement Webinar Series
The Illinois State Board of Education's Division of Innovation and Improvement has developed several tools to help educators with family and community engagement. Resources include a family engagement framework and a webinar series on the framework. The next webinar is on April 11, and past webinars are archived online.
Learn more about the framework (downloads as PDF). >
Summer Pathways for Innovation Using Connected Learning
This report from the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) outlines strategies and lessons learned when NSLA piloted a teaching fellowship program that paired teachers with local summer learning programs. The report includes information on creating youth-led programs, cultivating community partnerships, and integrating technology and new pedagogical practices.
Read the report. >
Information for Grantees
Important Dates and Events
Grants and Other Opportunities
Captain Planet Foundation EcoTech Grants. The Captain Planet Foundation will award 16 $2,500 grants to schools or nonprofit organizations to engage students in inquiry-based projects in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) that use innovation, biomimicry, nature-based design, or new uses for technology to address environmental problems in their communities. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and the final deadline is on May 31. Learn more on the Captain Planet Foundation website.
American Honda Foundation. Through grants ranging from $20,000 to $75,000, the American Honda Foundation supports youth education, specifically in the areas of STEM, the environment, job training, and literacy. The next grant deadline is May 1. More information can be found on the American Honda website.
Target Education Grants. Target funds in-school arts programs that enhance students' classroom curricula by bringing the arts and cultural experiences to schools, such as in-school performances, artist-in-residency programs, and workshops in schools. Programs must take place between September 2014 and August 2015. The deadline is noon CDT on April 30. More information is available on Target’s website.
State Farm Youth Advisory Board Service-Learning Grants. The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is currently funding service-learning projects between $25,000 and $100,000 that address the following issues: achievement gap, financial literacy, community safety, social health, or environmental responsibility. The mission deadline is on May 2. Learn more on the State Farm website.
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