Illinois Quality Afterschool Quarterly - Spring 2015

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Winter 2016

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Afterschool Focus: 21st CCLCs as a Critical Component of School Improvement >
Program Profile: Citizen Schools’ 21st CCLC at Woodson Elementary >
News from the Field: Social-Emotional Learning at Egyptian CUSD #5 >
Recommended Resources >
Information for Grantees >
Join Us Online >


21st CCLCs as a Critical Component of School Improvement

High-quality 21st CCLC programs are a key component in supporting student achievement, which also makes them an integral part of school improvement. But are district and school leaders involving your 21st CCLC in school improvement plans?
Read more about the role of 21st CCLCs in school improvement. >

Program Profile: Citizen Schools’ 21st CCLC at Woodson Elementary School

As a community-based organization working in cities across the United States, Citizen Schools has developed a foundational program model with built-in flexibility to ensure alignment with district and school needs, and goals for students. The model—and its flexible implementation—is evident at Chicago’s Woodson Elementary School 21st CCLC program.
Learn more about Citizen Schools 21st CCLC. >

News from the Field: Social-Emotional Learning at Egyptian CUSD #5

At Egyptian Community Unit School District #5, social-emotional learning has been a key element of our 21st CCLC program. Our partners at Southern Illinois University’s College of Education and Human Services help us make this happen.
Learn more about Egyptian CUSD #5 21st CCLC. >

Recommended Resources

New Illinois Quality Afterschool Resource Database

The Illinois Quality Afterschool team has created a new afterschool resource database just for Illinois 21st CCLC grantees. The database has all of the resources included in past issues of our resource bulletin as well as other tools that we want to share. You can browse by topic or search for a specific resource.
Explore the resource database. >

Intersection of Afterschool and Competency-based Learning

Afterschool and competency-based learning are increasingly emerging as student-centered, supportive learning models to prepare students for college and career. The Intersection of Afterschool and Competency-based Learning: Emerging Trends, Policy Considerations, and Questions for the Future, a white paper from the American Youth Policy Forum, explores the intersection and relationship between these two fields, recommends ideal policy environments for implementing successful programs, provides real-world examples, and shines a spotlight on emerging trends for the future.
Read the white paper. >

Information for Grantees

Important Dates and Events

  • January 21 — Illinois Quality Afterschool Webinar
  • February 10 — Illinois Quality Afterschool Webinar
  • March 1 — Special Topic Workshop, Springfield, IL
  • March 2 — Spring 2016 Resource Bulletin Release
  • March 3 — Special Topic Workshop, Chicago, IL

Grants and Other Opportunities

American Honda Foundation. The American Honda Foundation's funding priorities are STEM education, the environment, job training and literacy. Nonprofits, public school districts, and private/public elementary and secondary schools are eligible to apply. Submission deadlines are quarterly: February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1. Learn more at the American Honda Foundation website.

The NEA Foundation. The NEA Foundation provides individual and group grants to advance the professional learning of public education professionals. Grants to individuals can support high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment. Applications are due February 1, June 1, and October 15. Learn more on the NEA Foundation website.

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