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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What Is STEAM?
With the growing focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in afterschool, it is tempting to think of the arts in opposition to STEM subjects. This blog post from Click2Science explains how afterschool programs can integrate the arts into STEM programming to offer STEAM. The blog post describes the characteristics of STEAM projects and provides examples of STEAM activities.

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Academic Enrichment
How Afterschool Programs Can Support Youth Voice
Many young people who are interested in improving their communities are speaking up and trying to make change through civic engagement. This archived webinar from the Afterschool Alliance provides guidance on how expanded learning programs can support youth who want to advocate for issues that are important to them. The webinar also offers suggestions on connecting youth voice and engagement to Lights On Afterschool advocacy events. Free registration is required.

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Afterschool Enrichment
Taking a Big-Picture Approach to Wellness
Youth wellness is a key part of an afterschool program’s support for educating the whole child. This issue brief from the Afterschool Alliance advocates for a “big-picture” approach to wellness, which includes healthy eating and physical activity combined with social and emotional learning. In addition to explaining the importance of supporting student wellness, the brief provides examples of wellness practices and strategies that afterschool programs are currently using. An issue brief summary document is also available.

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Afterschool Enrichment
The Healthy Afterschool Movement
As the movement to promote healthy living and wellness through afterschool gains momentum, advocates are assessing the movement’s progress and future. This article in Education Week outlines the movement’s progress and links to research and resources. Education Week provides access to a limited number of articles when readers complete the free registration.

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Afterschool Enrichment
Supporting Student-Centered Learning
KnowledgeWorks, with support from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, has created a toolkit to help educators engage in conversations about how our changing world affects student learning. The toolkit contains detailed facilitation instructions and activities that can be modified for different stakeholder groups. Topics include exploring future graduate profiles, designing student-centered learning experiences, mapping a learning community, and prototyping learning solutions.

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Afterschool Enrichment
Preparing for Effective Social and Emotional Learning Implementation
Successful implementation of social and emotional learning (SEL) programs is a key part of their lasting success. This brief by Harvard’s Easel Lab describes features and best practices of effective social and emotional learning programs and offers a set of recommendations for educators implementing SEL programs.

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Social-Emotional Learning
Trauma-Sensitive Schools Training Package
The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments’ Trauma-Sensitive Schools Training Package has several guides to help schools and districts adopt a trauma-sensitive approach to education. The resource includes an implementation guide, an overview of trauma and its impact, and guidance for building and leading trauma-sensitive schools. Afterschool programs can also use the guide independently or in collaboration with their partner schools and districts.

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Social-Emotional Learning
Social Media: Where to Begin
Social media can be a useful tool for afterschool programs, and it is also popular among youth, especially teenagers. This blog post from Y4Y provides an overview of social media apps that are popular today, including recent statistics on their usage among teenagers. It also provides guidance for using social media in an afterschool program.

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Program Management
Branding Tips
Successful afterschool recruitment and outreach depends on crafting compelling stories that motivate people to support your program. This blog post from Afterschool Alliance has suggestions for developing an afterschool brand that engages and inspires stakeholders. Suggestions include identifying your program’s unique character, working with partners to share communications resources, and highlighting your program’s impact.

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Program Management
Making Meetings Work
How can educators host meetings that balance the competing demands of colleagues’ time with a desire for collaboration and connection? This research story from the Harvard Graduate School of Education provides guidance on holding productive meetings for educators. It also provides solutions to common dilemmas, such as silence in meetings, an activity not working, and a lull in group energy.

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Program Management

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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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Telling Your Data Story (Two-Part Series)

Y4Y has a two-part webinar series that explains how afterschool leaders can connect the dots and translate data into a powerful narrative. Topics include planning a program year with the end in mind, interpreting data to make decisions, and crafting a story about your data. That story will help you recruit partners, identify program champions, and market your program to the community.
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