Illinois Quality Afterschool (IQA) Quarterly

Winter 2018–19

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Photo courtesy Bureau Henry Stark Regional Office of Education 21st CCLC

In This Issue

  • Afterschool Focus: Mathematics
  • Program Profile: Bureau Henry Stark Regional Office of Education 21st CCLC Transforms Math into Everyday Fun
  • News from the Field: Students at Rochelle HUB Learn about Grant Writing
  • News from ISBE: Illinois 5Essentials Survey

Afterschool Focus

Integrating Math into Everyday Afterschool Activities

For this issue of Illinois Quality Afterschool Quarterly, we are exploring how afterschool programs can make math enrichment a program-wide endeavor rather than an activity limited to tutoring and homework help.

Program Profile

Bureau Henry Stark Regional Office of Education 21st CCLC Transforms Math into Everyday Fun

Cats Commitment of Bureau Henry Stark Regional Office of Education 21st CCLC offers a math club where third-grade students play games that help them improve computational skills and enjoy math. The games are easy for any 21st CCLC to provide, and students are showing an increased interest in math.

News from the Field

Students at Rochelle HUB 21st CCLC Learn about Grant Writing

Students at the Central School site of Rochelle HUB 21st CCLC helped write and present a grant to provide refrigerators at their afterschool site. In the process, they learned new skills and brought much-needed resources to their program.

News from ISBE

Illinois 5Essentials Survey Available for Family Completion

As a 21st CCLC program provider, you have the opportunity to assist your partner school districts with encouraging families to complete the 5Essentials survey. The survey is available now through January 18, 2019, on the 5Essentials website.

Recommended Resources

Digital Civics Toolkit

Young people often use digital media to express themselves and support causes that are important to them. The Digital Civics Toolkit offers resources that educators can use to support youth in using digital media in their civic lives. The toolkit explores a range of civic opportunities and dilemmas via five modules focused on exploring community issues, investigation, dialogue, voice, and action.

American Experiments

Smithsonian's History Explorer has a collection of American history and social studies lessons and activities called American Experiments. Topics include what it means to be a good citizen; the history of citizen participation, debate, and compromise; and shared American ideals. Lessons are categorized by grade band and are aligned with national social studies standards.

STEM Guidebook

ACT Now Illinois has created a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) guidebook with resources to help afterschool programs fund STEM activities, access professional development, and develop curriculum and activities. The organization is also offering a webinar series on STEM professional development.

Information for Grantees

Important Dates and Events

Grants and Other Opportunities

International Game Technology’s (IGT) After School Advantage Program aims to close the digital divide by providing funding for digital learning centers for nonprofit organizations and public schools. Each digital learning center is customized to the needs of individual grantees. Learn more on the IGT website.

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