Illinois Quality Afterschool Quarterly - Winter 2015

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Winter 2015

  Boy with laptop
Photo from The HUB Project 21st CCLC at Rochelle CCSD #231

Afterschool Focus: Mentoring >
Program Profile: Professional Mentors >
News from the Field: Quad Communities Development Corporation >
Recommended Resources >
Information for Grantees >
Join Us Online >


Afterschool Focus: Mentoring

High-quality afterschool mentoring programs can have a positive influence in a student’s life; however, creating an effective afterschool mentoring program involves more than just pairing students with positive role models. 
Read more about mentoring students in afterschool. >

Program Profile: Professional Mentors

For this month’s Program Profile, we interviewed Kim Sellers and Jodee Craven. Sellers is project director of Bureau Henry Stark Regional Office of Education 21st CCLC, and Craven is program director for The HUB Project 21st CCLC in Rochelle. Sellers has also served as Craven’s mentor since Fall 2013, and we asked the two to talk about their mentoring relationship.
Learn more about professional mentors for afterschool leaders. >

News from the Field: Quad Communities Development Corporation

Quad Communities Development Corporation afterschool program has enjoyed several recent academic successes. Reavis Elementary, where the program is based, improved its Adequate Yearly Progress rating because of increased student achievement. We have made additional progress in science, where test scores increased by 18% between the 2012–13 and 2013–14 school years. In both cases, the afterschool program has been recognized as contributing to these academic successes.
Learn more about Quad Communities Development Corporation. >

Recommended Resources

STEM Engagement Collaborative Session

Hosted by Foundations, Inc., this webinar discusses how afterschool practitioners can integrate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) into their programs. The event will include guest speakers and colleagues from afterschool, expanded learning, and out-of-school programs across the country. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, February 4, at 11 a.m. Eastern Time.
Learn more about the webinar. >

The Afterschool Guide for Creating Outstanding Indoor Games

Are the cold weather and cancelled recess making your students restless? The National AfterSchool Association has compiled a collection of indoor games for afterschool programs. The guide provides activities to stimulate the mind, games to get the body moving, and activities to help improve fine motor skills—all while having fun.
Read the guide on indoor games. >

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Core? The Common Core Standards and Out-of-School Time Programs

The Fall 2014 issue of Afterschool Matters, a peer-reviewed journal from the National Institute on Out-of-School Time, includes an article on the Common Core State Standards. The authors share a perspective on how understanding Common Core State Standards can support the work of out-of-school time providers and the youth and families they serve.
Read the article. >

Information for Grantees

Important Dates and Events

  • January 21 — New Grantee Orientation, Springfield, IL
  • January 22 — Project Directors' Workshop, Springfield, IL
  • February 18 — Winter 2015 Resource Bulletin Release
  • February 18 — Webinar
  • February 24 — Special Topic Workshop: Family Engagement, Springfield, IL
  • February 26 — Special Topic Workshop: Family Engagement, Chicago, IL

Grants and Other Opportunities

Learning and Leadership Grants. The NEA Foundation provides grants to support professional development efforts for public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education. Grants are available for both individuals and groups. Application deadlines are February 1, June 1, and October 15. Learn more on the NEA Foundation website.

Edward E. Ford Foundation Grants. The Edward E. Ford Foundation offers grants with matching requirements to independent high schools. The foundation board meets three times per year to consider proposals. Upcoming deadlines are March 1 and April 1. More information is available on the Edward E. Ford Foundation website.

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