In This Issue
Afterschool Focus: Whole-Child Education and the Every Student Succeeds Act >
Program Profile: BUILD 21st CCLC >
News from the Field: Sterling-Rock Falls 21st CCLC Theater Program >
Recommended Resources >
Information for Grantees >
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Afterschool Focus: Whole-Child Education and the Every Student Succeeds Act
The whole-child approach to education has received even more attention with the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). To complement the continued significant focus on student academic achievement, ESSA requires states to incorporate a measure of school quality into their accountability systems. As states begin working to implement ESSA, the expanded focus on school quality and conditions for learning provides new ways for 21st CCLCs to collaborate with schools and communicate their program’s impact.
Read more about ESSA and afterschool programs. >
Program Profile: BUILD 21st CCLC
BUILD Inc., a community-based organization (CBO) in Chicago, operates the 21st CCLC program serving 50–60 students at Wendell Phillips Academy High School. To support student achievement, the afterschool program focuses on whole-child education and reflects the CBO’s strengths-based approach to engaging at-risk youth through prevention, intervention, and helping students prepare for the future. By helping students develop positive behaviors and enhance leadership skills, the afterschool program fosters the conditions for learning that allow students to succeed in school and in their communities.
Learn more about BUILD 21st CCLC. >
News from the Field: Sterling-Rock Falls 21st CCLC Theater Program
The 21st Century Drama Club is operated by the Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA in partnership with Rock Falls School District 13. Led by Faith Morrison, the drama club serves Rock Falls Middle School students grades 6–8. Last spring, students performed The Wizard of Oz for the entire student body as well as more than 200 family and community members.
Learn more about the Sterling-Rock Falls 21st CCLC Theater Program. >
Illinois Foundational Services
The Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools' website includes high-quality, ISBE-developed and approved professional development in the following key topic areas: balanced assessment, continuous improvement, English language arts, family engagement, mathematics, science, and teacher evaluation.
Explore the resources.>
Illinois Statewide Afterschool Quality Standards Training
ACT Now is providing free training on the Illinois Statewide Afterschool Quality Standards to afterschool professionals. Upcoming events include training in Carbondale on February 7 and in Springfield on February 8.
Visit the ACT Now website to learn more. >
Nurturing Social-Emotional Learning in Out-of-School-Time
Can social-emotional learning be intentionally taught and measured? This report from the Silicon Valley Out-of-School Time Collaborative and Public Profit shares results from an initiative to improve effective non-cognitive skill building opportunities and benefits for young people. The evaluation showed that young people built non-cognitive skills in the three focal areas: academic mindsets, learning strategies, and social skills. In addition, Collaborative member agencies increased their ability to support young people’s non-cognitive skill development, and they have concrete plans to continue along this path.
Read the report. >
Information for Grantees
Important Dates and Events
- January 27 — Illinois Quality Afterschool Webinar: Social-Emotional Learning
- February 22 — Illinois Quality Afterschool Webinar: Trauma-Informed Practice
- February 28 — Special Topic Workshop, Springfield, IL
- March 1 — Spring 2017 Resource Bulletin Release
- March 2— Special Topic Workshop, Chicago, IL
- March 22 — Illinois Quality Afterschool Webinar (Stay tuned for topic announcement)
- April 19 — Illinois Quality Afterschool Webinar (Stay tuned for topic announcement)
Grants and Other Opportunities
Singing for Change. Established by singer Jimmy Buffett, Singing for Change is a private foundation that focuses on improving the quality of life for people and empowering individuals to make positive changes in their communities. Competitive grants are offered to progressive, community-based nonprofit organizations that address the root causes of social and environmental problems. Application information can be found on the Singing for Change website.
Baseball Tomorrow Fund. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) awards grants to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and/or softball programs and facilities. Grants are intended to provide funding for incremental programming and facilities for youth baseball and softball programs, not for normal operating expenses or as a substitute for existing funding or fundraising activities. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis after a thorough and selective review process. Learn more on the Baseball Tomorrow Fund website.
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