Matteson School District 162 21st CCLC Makes Writing Relevant
Matteson School District 162 offers a range of enrichment activities where students can develop interests and skills. Through a variety of activities, students write for a variety of purposes, seeing real-world applications of their efforts.
News from the Field
Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.) Focuses on Values
The team members in the Out of School Time (OST) Grades 3–8 Program at Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.) responded to the events of 2020 by updating their program’s mission and values. These new values have defined goals for the 2020–21 school year, professional development, and new curriculum for 21st CCLC programming.
Avoiding Cabin Fever
As we grapple with cold weather and the rise in COVID-19 cases, the idea of cabin fever has new implications. Impatience, restlessness, irritability, and lack of motivation are real concerns. This blog post from the U.S. Department of Education’s You for Youth (Y4Y) web portal lists resources and strategies to help to battle cabin fever among staff and students alike.
Student Engagement Strategies That Go Beyond Zoom
Keeping students engaged involves more than turning on the webcam. This blog post from the BELE Network outlines strategies for keeping students engaged during virtual learning: encouraging feedback, creating an equitable learning environment, and more.
Important Dates and Events
Grants and Other Opportunities
The New York Life Foundation is seeking applications for grants to afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs serving underserved middle-school youth. Awardees will be selected based on their ability to help youth transition successfully to ninth grade and the ways in which they are providing academic, social, and emotional supports to youth during the pandemic. There is an informational webinar for applicants on January 14. Applications are due on February 1. Learn more on the Afterschool Alliance website, a partner in the program.
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