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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The Why Is Everything

Educators are often looking for ways to help students discover internal motivation and their individual path to learning. This research story from Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Usable Knowledge project explores ways that educators can help students find their motivating “why.” The article includes an interview with Education Lecturer Todd Rose and provides strategies for helping students develop curiosity and motivation.



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Afterschool Enrichment
Creating School Communities of Courage

How can schools help students feel greater safety, inclusion, and engagement in their education? Creating School Communities of Courage: Lessons from the Field, a new report from the National School Climate Center, is based on a summit that explored this question. Grounded in research on climate, the report is also based on interviews, focus groups, and observations from six school districts who participated in the summit and show promise in this area. The report identifies seven lessons from the field on creating a more positive school climate and lists areas for growth.



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Social-Emotional Learning
Building Equitable, Safe and Supportive Schools

Building Equitable, Safe and Supportive Schools: Trauma and Culturally Sensitive Practices for Guidance, a white paper developed by experts from Move This World and American Institutes for Research, explains how trauma-informed and sensitive practices are the core of equitable, safe, and supportive schools. The paper also provides resources and tips educators can use to adopt these practices at schools and in education programs.



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Social-Emotional Learning
Adolescent Substance Use, Addiction, and Treatment: A TAG Talk

According to youth.gov, most adults who have substance use disorders began using alcohol and drugs as adolescents or young adults. The video series, Adolescent Substance Use, Addiction, and Treatment: A TAG Talk, provides information about addressing substance use and addiction in young adults, including effective approaches to treating addiction. Developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health, and partner medical organizations, the video includes discussion guides for parents and for professionals who work with young adults.



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Diverse Learners
Summer Learning Toolkit: Evidence-Based Tools and Guidance for Delivering Effective Programs

This toolkit from the Wallace Foundation offers hands-on, downloadable resources for school districts and community organizations looking to start or enhance their summer learning programs.



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Program Management
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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Program Management
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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Classroom Management
CareerOneStop

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, CareerOneStop is an online resource to help individuals explore careers; learn about salaries and education and skill requirements of different jobs; find local training; and match skills with careers and jobs. Afterschool programs can use this site to help students explore careers that interest them and set education and career goals.



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College and Career Readiness
Afterschool and Summer Learning: A City Strategy to Support College and Career Readiness

Increased student attendance and engagement in school, higher academic achievement, and graduating with the necessary skills, experience, and education to pursue postsecondary education or career are all components of college and career readiness. Because high-quality expanded learning programs are associated with these outcomes, some city leaders are looking to afterschool and summer learning programs to ensure that young citizens are college and career ready. This report from the National League of Cities provides examples from promising expanded learning programs and describes ways that their local communities can support them.



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College and Career Readiness
Supporting All Learners With Complex Texts

How can educators help students with varying reading abilities access and learn from complex texts? This blog post from Achieve the Core helps educators provide scaffolding and supports to help all readers. Suggestions include supporting vocabulary, pre-annotating texts with key ideas, using questions as scaffolds, and allowing time for reflection and discussion.



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Academic 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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