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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Using Data to Strengthen Afterschool Planning, Management, and Strategy: Lessons from Eight Cities

Many cities are coordinating afterschool programming through coalitions to ensure that programs are cohesive, high quality, and accessible to all who want to participate. A new report from the Wallace Foundation describes lessons learned from a study of afterschool data systems used by coalitions across public, philanthropic, and nonprofit sectors. Recommendations include having a systems-level focus, including shared goals and outcomes; agreeing on indicators that signal progress; and understanding local circumstances, context, and expertise.



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Afterschool Programs: A Review of Evidence Under the Every Student Succeeds Act

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) encourages and sometimes requires that states and other entities that apply for its various funding streams, including expanded learning programs, establish that their programs are backed by strong evidence of effectiveness. This report from the Wallace Foundation provides a review of research from 2000 to 2017, finding 124 afterschool programs with evidence that meets the research requirements of ESSA’s top three tiers. Of these programs, half—62—showed positive impacts on students.



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It’s Never Too Soon to Think About Sustainability

Planning sustainability is an important part of maintaining a thriving 21st CCLC program. The U.S. Department of Education’s You for Youth (Y4Y) web portal has a new blog post and webinar on sustaining your 21st CCLC program. The blog post outlines the “triple M” strategy to engage community members and partners: making a program meaningful, memorable, and motivational to the community. In the webinar, afterschool experts present the characteristics of a sustainable program and provide tips and tools for developing a sustainability plan.



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Sustainability
Afterschool Programs – Important Partners in CTE Planning and Implementation

This archived webinar from the Afterschool Alliance provides information about the recently reauthorized federal CTE law (Perkins V) and the increased ways afterschool programs can help students find meaningful career pathways. The webinar outlines opportunities for afterschool programs in Perkins V and shares experiences from afterschool leaders who are connecting expanded learning to CTE.



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College and Career Readiness
42 Years of CTE Policy: Progress and Lingering Challenges

Education and partner organizations like afterschool programs have changed their approach and goals for preparing students for success after high school. This blog post from the American Youth Policy Forum reflects on the goals of what is now known as career and technical education (CTE) and how it has evolved. The post highlights successes and also outlines challenges that remain in the field of CTE.



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STEM Learning Takes Flight with Drones

Learn about how one afterschool program used drones to harness technology for student learning. This article from ASCD shares lessons learned in areas such as content integration and community partnerships, and provides tips for implementing a drone program at your afterschool site.



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Academic Enrichment
Science Buddies

Science Buddies is a K–12 nonprofit that has developed a unique library of quality STEM resources that are free for students, parents, and teachers. These resources include standards-aligned lesson plans, career profiles, hands-on activities, and more than 1,000 project ideas.



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Academic Enrichment
Focusing on the “M” in STEM

Looking for ways to help students master the math in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities? This archived webinar from Click2Science shares strategies for integrating math into afterschool activities. The webinar also provides links to resources and tips for building staff confidence in math.



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Academic Enrichment
Helping Students Become Summer Readers

new research summary from the Wallace Foundation shares findings from an evaluation of READS, a school-run program that provides students with books and supports to encourage summer reading at home. Evaluating reading skills of 6,000 second- and third-grade students in 59 moderate- to high-poverty schools, the study found that participants gained nearly one month of reading skills. Students in the highest poverty schools made average gains of 1.5 months.



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Academic Enrichment
Participation Cards for Reserved Students

Looking for ways to engage all learners, even those who are reluctant to speak up in groups? This 60-second strategy video from Edutopia shows how to make participation cards that students can use to share their opinion. The cards provide ways for shyer students to join discussions and can also serve as a formative assessment.



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Afterschool Enrichment

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Volunteers: Engaging, Training, Managing and Retaining (Two-Part Series)

Volunteers can strengthen a 21st CCLC by expanding a program’s offerings, increasing adult-to-student ratios, increasing student access to experts, and more. This two-part webinar series from the U.S. Department of Education’s You for Youth (Y4Y) team shows 21st CCLC professionals how to engage, train, manage, and retain fantastic volunteers in every type of geographic location. Throughout the series, participants hear from experts and program leaders on strategies for maximizing the power of volunteers.
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America After 3pm

Demand for afterschool programs has remained strong during COVID-19, with parents seeing programs as providing critical supports. The fourth edition of America After 3PM, an Afterschool Alliance report on parent satisfaction with afterschool programs in 2020, finds that demand for afterschool programs remains high while cost and access barriers to participation and inequities persist. In addition to the report and executive summary, Afterschool Alliance has provided resources like infographics and fact sheets to help afterschool programs share information about the demand, need, and support for afterschool programs.
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