Illinois Quality Afterschool (IQA) Quarterly

Summer 2019

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In This Issue

  • Afterschool Focus: Supporting Struggling Learners
  • Program Profile: CATS Academy Helps All Learners Find Success
  • News from the Field: Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation Celebrates Black History Month

Afterschool Focus

Supporting Struggling Learners

Through academic enrichment and tutoring, 21st CCLC programs provide support for students who are below grade level in core academic subjects. In this issue of Illinois Quality Afterschool Quarterly, we explore how your 21st CCLC program staff can support struggling learners.

Program Profile

CATS Academy Helps All Learners Find Success

In addition to programming like art classes, jujitsu, and robotics, CATS Academy 21st CCLC provides targeted supports to students who are below grade level or at risk of failing a class. The team works closely with school staff and also uses the afterschool environment to provide individualized support and creative learning opportunities that help students succeed.

News from the Field

Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation Celebrates Black History Month

This February, Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation 21st CCLC celebrated Black History Month with activities at its three elementary school sites. The month ended with a series of events and performances attended by family and community members.

Recommended Resources

Afterschool Matters

The Spring 2019 issue of Afterschool Matters, the National Institute on Out-of-School Time’s journal, has several articles with strategies and information for grantees. Topics include dynamic online STEM professional development, supporting Latinx youth in out-of-school, and building student relationships.

Helping Students Overcome Test Anxiety

Even if they are prepared for a test, students can still feel anxiety. This blog post from U.S. Department of Education’s You for Youth web portal provides strategies that educators can use to help students cope with test anxiety.

Information for Grantees

Important Dates and Events

Grants and Other Opportunities

IGT’s After School Advantage (ASA) Program aims to close the digital divide by providing qualifying non-profit community agencies and public schools with digital learning centers. Applicants can use funds to create new digital learning centers or to cover renovations for existing centers with outdated technology (more than five years old). Learn more on the ASA website.

Costco Wholesale’s Regional donation program is designed to support organizations that focus on children, education, or health and human services and that serve a local neighborhood or region. To request a donation, provide a local Costco manager with a copy of your IRS tax letter with your 501 (c) (3) status and a completed Warehouse Donation Request form. Find more information and donation request forms on the Costco website.

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