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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First in the Family
First in the Family is a website that provides practical advice and lessons learned by high school seniors and high school graduates who have made it to college. The website includes videos and planning checklists for students who are preparing to apply to and attend college, as well as resources for advisors and parents. The website is project of What Can Kids Do, a nonprofit committee that supports college access and success for low-income students.

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College and Career Readiness
First Outcomes from the National Summer Learning Study
This research brief from the RAND Corporation describes the near-term effects of voluntary summer learning programs provided by five urban school districts to large numbers of struggling low-income elementary students in Summer 2013. Early results of the assessment show that students who attended the 5-week programs entered school in the fall with stronger mathematics skills than those who did not. Additionally, five factors had a statistically significant association with mathematics or reading outcomes: consistent attendance, more hours of instruction, teachers with grade-level experience, orderliness of summer sites, and instructional quality.

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Academic Enrichment
Five Ways to Build Strong Relationships with Families
In a fast-paced culture, where families are busy and sometimes overwhelmed with job and school responsibilities, family engagement is still important. National AfterSchool Association’s professional development series, Talk Tuesday, offers new materials to guide an afterschool staff training session on family engagement. This resource focuses on five quick techniques that help afterschool practitioners build strong relationships with families.

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Family and Community Engagement
Foundations for Young Adult Success
What qualities do children need to develop to be prepared for success in adult life? Drawing on research from several fields, University of Chicago researchers identify self-regulation, knowledge and skills, mindsets, and values. A developmental framework illustrates that some qualities are especially important to develop during certain stages of childhood. The report addresses how parents, teachers, and afterschool professionals can foster children’s growth in ways that lead to college and career readiness, healthy relationships, and engaged citizenship. Download the full report, a research brief, and a framework infographic from the Wallace Foundation website.

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College and Career Readiness
Foundations for Young Adult Success
In this Afterschool Alliance webinar recording, "Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework," researchers from University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research discuss the findings of their newly released report, which provides evidence from child/youth development, cognitive science, psychology, and learning theory. Educators, out-of-school time practitioners, policymakers, and funders can use these findings to ground their work in a firm understanding of important goals for human development.

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Social-Emotional Learning
From Discipline to Dialogue
The American Youth Policy Forum recently hosted a blog series that aimed to shift the conversation about youth discipline from problems to solutions. Each blog post asks a different question related to the problem of discipline disparities, all pointing to opportunities for positive relationships between teachers and students. All of the posts have been compiled in a PDF publication that can be downloaded from the American Youth Policy Forum website.

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Social-Emotional Learning
Frontiers in Urban Science Education Resource Guide
Created by ExpandED Schools by TASC, this resource guide profiles promising strategies that advance informal STEM learning. It provides an overview of core elements of the national Frontiers in Urban Science Exploration strategy, profiles of city and county-wide STEM initiatives, afterschool curriculum resources for STEM activities, and more.

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Academic Enrichment
Game-Design Learning and Problem-Solving Skills
Published in Computers & Education, this article provides research findings for afterschool practitioners who are interested in providing game-design activities in their programs. The authors evaluated the impact of an initiative called the Game-Design Learning program on students’ problem-solving skills. In this quasi-experimental study, the authors found that, compared to students in a control group who did not attend the program, the children who attended the Game-Design Learning program showed a significant increase in their problem-solving skills.

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Technology
Getting a Head Start on the Common Core
Published by California-based Summer Matters, this report describes how children and youth participate in summer learning experiences that prepare them for the new expectations and teaching strategies they will face under the Common Core State Standards. It illustrates the unique opportunity summer learning programs give educators working to implement the Common Core State Standards to experiment with new lesson plans and instructional strategies and assess their effectiveness in a low-pressure, but genuine learning environment.

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Academic Enrichment
Getting to Work on Summer Learning: Recommended Practices for Success
This Wallace Foundation report offers guidance to district leaders interested in launching or improving summer learning programs and includes key recommendations that address planning, curriculum and instruction, teacher selection and training, enrichment activities, attendance, academic time on task, and program cost and funding. These recommendations are based on evaluations of summer programs in six urban districts selected for a multi-year demonstration project funded by The Wallace Foundation.

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Program Management

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Supporting Local Experts Who Volunteer

Volunteers provide important support for afterschool programs, and it is crucial that afterschool leaders provide the information and support volunteers need to be successful. This blog post from the U.S. Department of Education’s You for Youth (Y4Y) afterschool website provides guidance and tools for recruiting volunteers, matching them with responsibilities that fit their skills and interests, supporting them, and recognizing their contribution so that they have a rewarding experience and stay involved.
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Classroom Collaboration

Collaborative learning supports social and emotional learning and is also a key part of successful group activities. This resource from Illinois Classrooms in Action provides an overview of collaborative learning as well as a 60-minute professional development guide with facilitator’s notes and presentation slides.
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