CATS Academy 21st CCLC Uses Technology to Boost Student Learning
At CATS (Collectively Aiming Towards Success) Academy 21st CCLC in Christopher Unit School District 99, technology supports nearly all aspects of learning and enrichment. Technology enhances research and projects but also provides a vehicle for students to create and express themselves.
News from the Field
My Time 21st CCLC Students Learn Science with Live Animals
It’s no secret that offbeat, hands-on activities are a great way to keep students engaged in afterschool. At My Time 21st CCLC, part of Fox Valley Park District in Aurora, students have the opportunity to put their hands on a collection of frogs, snakes, turtles, and other critters in a program offered by the Frog Lady.
Antiracism, Equity Education, and Youth Voice Tools
Across the United States, youth are organizing and speaking out to call for racial justice. This blog post from the Afterschool Alliance provides a list of resources that afterschool professionals can use in person or virtually to provide youth with opportunities to share their views, develop an understanding of antiracism and social justice, and reflect on current events.
Inclusion in Remote Learning
As schools and afterschool programs transitioned to remote learning and look to continue this format or adopt hybrid in-person and remote learning programs in the fall, supporting students' diverse learning needs is more important than ever. This case study from Educating All Learners describes how one school worked to adapt instruction to meet all learners' needs.
Important Dates and Events
Grants and Other Opportunities
Author James Patterson is giving $2.5 million to help teachers build their classroom libraries. The Patterson Partnership will award 5,000 teachers with $500 in individual grants matched by 500 Bonus Points from Scholastic Book Clubs to acquire books and other materials needed to enhance their classroom libraries. Winners will be randomly selected and announced in September. The grant program is open to all teachers in Pre-K through grade 12 in U.S. schools. Learn more on the Scholastic website.
Responding to educators’ emerging needs as they address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on teaching and learning, the NEA Foundation is offering three new grant opportunities, including a COVID-19 Response Student Success Grant. Grants in amounts of either $2,000 or $5,000 will be awarded for a one-year period, beginning in September–October 2020. Applicants requesting this funding should be prepared to implement their projects during the 2020–2021 school year. Learn more on the NEA Foundation website.
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