Resource Database

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The Illinois Quality Afterschool team has created this resource database to help you and your staff provide high-quality 21st CCLC programming. Browse or search the database to find the latest information on afterschool research, best practices, tools, conference proceedings, policy briefs, professional development tools, and activities.

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21st CCLC Programs in a Virtual World

Are you looking for ways to make sure virtual programming remains engaging for students, their families, and staff? This two-part webinar series from You for Youth (Y4Y), the U.S. Department of Education’s web portal for 21st CCLC programs, has you covered. The series explores tools and strategies for consistency and student interaction. It also showcases tools like virtual field trips and scavenger hunts that programs can use for family engagement.



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Mizzen by Mott

Mizzen by Mott is a new free-of-charge app for afterschool professionals. The app provides age-appropriate content in academic and enrichment areas, with activities for large- or small-group in-person settings or at home. Mizzen also provides tools for scheduling, organizing, and communicating with your afterschool team. Finally, the app includes pro tips from experts. Free login is required.



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Dialogue on Approaches to Staff Training

Staff training remains an integral part of a thriving afterschool program. Afterschool Matters Dialogue: Approaches to OST [Out-of-School Time] Staff Training, a new webinar from the National Institute on Out-of-School Time, explores strategies for remote and in-person staff training. The webinar features perspectives from several afterschool leaders, including examples of how they have modified staff training during remote programming.



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Class and Family Book Tasting During Distance Learning

new blog post from Achieve the Core, a website to help educators implement Common Core State Standards, has strategies for conducting read alouds during virtual learning. One strategy includes a family “book tasting,” where students and their families collaboratively read or listen to excerpts from several books until they choose one to complete together. The blog post notes that several authors have made audio versions of their books available for free in recent months and provides links to free resources for identifying and selecting stories. 



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Family and Community Engagement
How Fan Fiction Inspires Kids to Read and Write and Write and Write

We know from research that students are more likely to engage in writing activities if the topic interests them. Fan fiction, a type of writing that builds on or takes liberties with existing stories, can help ensure students are writing about a topic of interest. This story from public media station KQED’s MindShift podcast explores how fan fiction can inspire reluctant writers and readers.



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Academic Enrichment
7 Ways to Do Formative Assessments in Your Virtual Classroom

Finding out what students are learning remains indispensable to teaching and enrichment. If your 21st CCLC program is offering online programming, this article from Edutopia provides strategies for checking for understanding online. Strategies include quick checks, digital journals and one-pagers, elevator pitches, sharing learning through social media, peer-to-peer evaluations, and virtual exit tickets.



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Inquiry-Based Social Science: Instructional Planning and Strategies

Inquiry skills, or questioning, investigating, reasoning, and taking responsible action, are core concepts informing the Illinois social science standards. To support educators and students with inquiry skills, Illinois Social Science in Action has developed Inquiry-Based Social Science: Instructional Planning and Strategies. This Inquiry Kit provides a collection of resources and ideas to support educators as they create lessons and activities aligned to the Illinois Social Science Standards.



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Academic Enrichment
Exploring the Remote and Distant World of Physical Education

Between ongoing stress and trauma and the amount of time students are seated at computers, physical education is more important than ever. This 15-minute webinar from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation showcases best practices to keep students active during online learning. Free registration is required. 



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Afterschool Enrichment
Nurturing a Classroom Community During Distance Learning

Are you looking for ways to build relationships and nurture your learning community during virtual programming? This blog post from Edutopia lists several examples. Strategies include smaller group size, one-to-one and small-group check-ins, and creative use of visuals and video. 



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Afterschool Enrichment
Fostering Academic Discussion Online

Encouraging students to talk about what they are reading or to talk through a math problem helps them build or clarify their understanding of a topic. A new blog post from Match Charter Public School outlines strategies and examples for fostering academic discussions in a virtual environment. Strategies include establishing conversational norms, choosing lines of questioning that promote meaningful engagement, encouraging active participation, and planning supports for English learners and students with individualized education plans (IEPs).



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Afterschool Enrichment

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Unexpected Careers in STEM

Did you know there are STEM jobs other than scientist, mathematician, and engineer? The National Air and Space Museum’s webcast STEM in 30 has released an episode titled "Unexpected Careers in STEM." This episode discusses how career interests such as writing or cooking can lead to a career in the aerospace industry.
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National Women’s History Museum Digital Classroom Resources

Are you looking to incorporate more diverse historical narratives into your curriculum? The National Women’s History Museum has curated several lesson plans, biographies, posters, and primary sources focused on female historical figures. Educators can use these resources to teach their students about renowned women such as Shirley Chisolm and events such as the 1977 National Women’s Conference.
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