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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SEL in the Out of School Setting

SEL+OST=Perfect Together: A Conference Report is a new publication from the Wallace Foundation that provides fresh insights on SEL in out of school time (OST). The report is based on a day-long meeting that brought together youth development leaders, researchers, and educators to look at two key challenges. The first involves developing the ability of adults to teach social and emotional skills. The second addresses communicating the importance of those skills to those who may be unaware of how vital they are. Topics explored in the report include research findings on nurturing social and emotional development, creating an environment where SEL can thrive, and language that can help parents and other caregivers understand why SEL is important. 



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Social-Emotional Learning
Advancing Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) as a Lever for Equity and Excellence

As the pandemic and the nationwide fight for racial justice amplify the longstanding inequities in education and other sectors, the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has released a new report: Emerging Insights on Advancing Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) as a Lever for Equity and Excellence. The report summarizes five emerging insights on advancing SEL as a lever for equity and excellence that districts at all stages of their SEL implementation can reflect on as they shape their strategies.



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Caring for Children and Youth in Crisis

Afterschool Alliance has created a two-part webinar series to help afterschool staff support students who have experienced trauma. Part 1 of the series focuses on using evidence to support trauma-informed approaches to healing in afterschool. Part 2 discusses how to create healing-centered environments in afterschool. The archived webinars are available with free registration. 



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Social-Emotional Learning
Tools for Anti-Racist Teaching

PBS Learning Media has developed a virtual professional learning series on tools for anti-racist teaching. Topics include deepening your understanding of race and racism; using media to know better, teach better; amplifying student voice; and focusing on young learners. 



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Diverse Learners
Supporting Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities may face unique learning challenges during school closures or conversion to virtual programming. This blog post from You for Youth (Y4Y), the U.S. Department of Education’s online portal for 21st CCLC grantees, provides strategies to support students with disabilities during virtual programming. The post lists a series of strategies, with links to organizations and resources that support students with disabilities.



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Supporting Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities may face unique learning challenges during school closures or conversion to virtual programming. This blog post from You for Youth (Y4Y), the U.S. Department of Education’s online portal for 21st CCLC grantees, provides strategies to support students with disabilities during virtual programming. The post lists a series of strategies, with links to organizations and resources that support students with disabilities.



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4 Key Elements for Designing Remote Professional Learning

If your afterschool team is meeting virtually, you can still offer meaningful, engaging professional learning opportunities for your staff. This article from Edutopia lists key elements for designing remote professional learning. It also provides examples and links to resources.



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Program Management
The Value of Mentoring

Every year, college students work in summer and afterschool programs, but they rarely continue as career professionals in the field of expanded learning. “The Value of Mentoring,” an article in AfterSchool Today, the National AfterSchool Association's official publication, explores the role that professional mentoring plays in encouraging young expanded learning staff to become career professionals. The article outlines the traits of good mentors and mentees and explains how mentoring represents an investment in afterschool programs. 



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Let’s Talk About Afterschool: Telling Your Story

It is always important for afterschool programs to make the case for afterschool and highlight ways our programs support students, their families, schools, and the community. This archived webinar from Afterschool Alliance brings together perspectives from several afterschool programs to discuss how they have raised awareness and generated support for their programs in challenging times.



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Sustainability
Tip Sheets on Everyday Parenting Topics

These tip sheets from the Child Welfare Information Gateway are designed for service providers to share with parents and caregivers in the context of a particular concern or question. The tip sheets provide a starting point for a discussion between parent and provider that is grounded in protective factors. The information is easy to read and focuses on concrete steps that parents can take to strengthen their families.



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Family and Community Engagement

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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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