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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Improving Reading Comprehension Through Holistic Intervening and Tutoring During After-School With High Risk Minority Elementary School Students
Published in the journal Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, this article examines the effect of a holistic afterschool intervention on reading comprehension for at-risk students in grades 2 through 5. The study showed encouraging results: The 91 student participants showed gains in reading comprehension scores after the intervention. Results of afterschool tutoring lend support to the use of peer tutoring in afterschool in elementary schools.

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Academic Enrichment
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Innovations in Expanded Learning Opportunities: The Community Schools Approach
The Coalition for Community Schools has published a 9-week blog series on how community school initiatives are supporting and strengthening innovations in expanded learning opportunities. Each post addresses how districts and their community partners are finding effective ways to implement different expanded learning opportunities. Topics include summer learning, using data to make decisions about community partnerships, and innovative STEM learning opportunities with higher education institutions.

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Family and Community Engagement
Intentional Activity Design
Intentional activity design can mean the difference between an activity that simply fills time and one that helps students achieve meaningful goals. This blog post from the U.S. Department of Education's Y4Y web portal includes guiding questions for creating intentional activities with a clear purpose, an activity design diagram, and links to other resources.

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Afterschool Enrichment
Is Citywide Afterschool Coordination Going Nationwide? An Exploratory Study in Large Cities
Published by The Wallace Foundation and FHI 360, this report includes profiles of 27 cities that have taken steps to improve coordination among their afterschool providers, creating citywide systems designed to support high-quality programs and increase access. The research report explores the prevalence of afterschool coordination, the extent to which large cities have adopted key afterschool coordination components, and the roles of the mayor, city manager, city agencies, and other organizations in providing reliable information and commitment to quality.

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Program Management
Journal of Expanded-Learning Opportunities
The Central Valley Afterschool Foundation has published its inaugural issue of the Journal of Expanded-Learning Opportunities. Although the organization is based in the Central Valley of California, this new peer-reviewed journal discusses expanded-learning research and programs throughout the nation. The Spring 2014 issue explores researcher and practitioner dialogue, intentional communities, and family engagement.

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Program Management
Kids on the Move
Kids on the Move: Afterschool Programs Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity is a special report completed as part of the Afterschool Alliance’s study, America After 3 PM. The publication concentrates on parents’ reports of efforts made by afterschool programs to help improve the health and physical fitness of children and youth around the country. It also describes areas where afterschool programs can better meet the needs of students and families when it comes to health and wellness and outlines steps afterschool programs can take to help make positive change for students’ overall health.

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Afterschool Enrichment
Latinos and Literacy: Hispanic Students’ Progress in Reading
A recent report published by Child Trends highlights growth in U.S. Latino students’ reading scores over the last decade. Researchers looked at national and state results as well as selected urban school districts. Among the key findings, Chicago was identified as a top performer over the decade, even though in the last four years state-level progress across the nation has slowed for the fourth- and eighth-grade populations studied. The report will help afterschool literacy program leaders stay informed about current school-day reading trends and efforts.

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Diverse Learners
Leap of Faith: A Literature Review on the Effects of Professional Development on Program Quality and Youth Outcomes
This literature review from the Robert Bowne Foundation examines research on the effects of professional development on afterschool program quality and youth outcomes. Author Sarah Hill observes that there is “no clear link between professional development and youth outcomes” in out-of-school time literature but notes that a research-based consensus has established the characteristics of high-quality professional development: “It is sustained over a period of time, coherent, content focused, and based in a community of learners.” The review suggests that afterschool professionals use these guidelines to shape their professional development offerings while calling for more rigorous studies on the link between high-quality professional development and youth outcomes. The review also contains an annotated bibliography of related research.

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Program Management
Learn to Speak “STEM-ish”
Want to help afterschool STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) blast off in your community? This two-part webinar series is grounded in the FrameWorks Institute’s recently completed study of effective messaging about afterschool and STEM. Learn how research-based communications strategies boost public support for afterschool STEM programs and how to avoid common communications traps that can weaken messages’ effectiveness. View the recordings for part 1 and part 2 of the webinar and find tools and resources on the Afterschool Alliance website.

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Academic Enrichment
Learning About the U.S. Presidency
Public broadcasting television station KLRU has created and curated online resources to help students learn more about U.S. presidents and the presidency. Resources include “60 second presidents,” short video clips about U.S. presidents, presidential portraits, biographies, speeches and addresses, information about the powers of the presidency, campaigns, and elections, and information about first ladies throughout history.

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Academic Enrichment

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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&‌rsquo;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&‌rsquo;s notes and presentation slides.
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