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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Review of Evidence: Arts Integration Research Through the Lens of the Every Student Succeeds Act
This AIR report that was published by the Wallace Foundation reviews research on arts integration, activities that leverage the arts to improve student outcomes. The report also identifies arts integration activities that qualify for federal education funding. These findings may be useful for schools or expanded learning programs that are seeking new opportunities to offer arts integration through the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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Afterschool Enrichment
Runaway Prevention Curriculum
Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away in a year, says the National Runaway Safeline. One of the ways the organization is addressing this problem is through Let’s Talk, an evidence-based, interactive runaway prevention curriculum. The curriculum is designed to help youth develop life skills, increase knowledge about runaway resources and prevention, learn about alternatives to running away, and access and seek help from trusted community members. Educators can use the curriculum in its entirety or as individual 45-minute modules.

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Social-Emotional Learning
Scaling Up, Staying True: A Wallace Conference Report on Spreading Innovations in Expanded Learning
This publication from the Wallace Foundation explores how national nonprofits can provide expanded learning opportunities to as many children as possible while maintaining program quality and financial stability. The publication is based on input from Wallace grantees, researchers, experts in nonprofit strategy, communications professionals, and foundation staff.

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Program Management
School Garden Checklist
Planting a garden can be a new way to capture students’ interest, offer a fun physical activity, and introduce an important educational tool centered on how healthy food is produced. Let’s Move offers this School Garden Checklist, a step-by-step guide about how to safely grow fruits and vegetables with your students.

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Afterschool Enrichment
Science NetLinks Afterschool Resources
Science NetLinks, a project of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has several free afterschool science lessons on its website. Hands-on lessons include creating a geyser, constructing models to learn about balance, using marbles and coins to understand the concept of chance, and other fun activities. Each lesson includes a facilitator page, as well as online and printable pages for kids.

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Academic Enrichment
Search Institute: Don’t Forget the Families
Amid growing national interest in strengthening children’s “soft” or social-emotional skills as essential for learning, work, and life, a new study from Search Institute highlights the power of family relationships as a critical, but often neglected, factor in the development of character strengths in children. The study argues that too many family engagement efforts are about getting families to support what an institution does, like a school or youth program, and “overlook the one thing about which parents care deeply and that can powerfully benefit their children’s development: relationships in the home.” The findings challenge schools, organizations, and coalitions to rethink and reinvest in family engagement as a crucial strategy for working together for children’s success.

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Family and Community Engagement
September is Attendance Awareness Month
Good attendance is key to student success, and afterschool programs can play a critical role in partnering with schools to support and reinforce good attendance habits. To help educators promote good attendance year round, Attendance Works is hosting its annual September is Attendance Awareness Month. The Attendance Works website has planning tools and promotional materials available for schools and other organizations to use.

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Program Management
Service Learning Strengthens Social and Emotional Learning
Service learning can strengthen social and emotional learning (SEL) skills among students. That is the primary finding shared in “Longitudinal Change in Adolescents’ Prosocial Behavior Toward Strangers, Friends, and Family,” a recent article in the Journal of Research on Adolescence. The type of service learning activity matters, however. Service learning activities that align with educational activities have more meaning for students. Similarly, working with individuals who are less fortunate helps students develop empathy and self-esteem. A summary of the study and findings can be found on the Education Dive website.

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Social-Emotional Learning
Serving English Language Learners Afterschool
The journal of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association has published “Serving English Language Learners Afterschool,” an evidence-backed commentary article on English learners (ELs) and afterschool. The authors explain the unique opportunities of afterschool programs to benefit EL youth and review strategies that programs use to help ELs succeed. Among the conclusions: All afterschool programs, even those challenged by limited resources and access to bilingual staff, can implement research-proven strategies to support the achievement of EL youth.

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Diverse Learners
Seven Tips for Positive Behavior
Positive behavior begins and ends with relationships—not with the rules. This staff development resource from National AfterSchool Association includes a brief article with tips for positive behavior, a discussion guide, and application activities. The author reminds us that the relationship-building process takes time, and offers tips afterschool practitioners can use alongside their behavior systems to deepen the relationships between staff and youth.

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Diverse Learners

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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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