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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Building a Robust Afterschool System: Lessons and Opportunities
Over the last decade, there has been a shift in the way many cities are approaching out-of-school time, moving from independent, isolated programming and funding to coordinated, citywide systems. This American Youth Policy Forum webinar recording provides an overview of the cornerstone elements of an afterschool system and showcases the system-building work in three communities and their approaches to developing citywide afterschool systems. The webinar also explores opportunities for sustainability and several emerging issues.

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ESSA: What Does It Mean for Afterschool and Summer Learning?
What does the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) mean for afterschool and summer learning program providers? Hosted by the Afterschool Alliance, this overview webinar outlines what the new law says regarding funding and policy for afterschool and summer learning programs. These include the 21st CCLC initiative, STEM afterschool provisions, full service community schools, or other programs. This introductory webinar was the first in a series of five. Future sessions will go into depth on a variety of programs and topics in ESSA relevant to afterschool programs and providers.

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Preventing College Plans from Melting Away
During the transitional summer between high school and college, a surprising number of high school students fail to complete the college enrollment process and begin their postsecondary education in the fall. Called the “summer melt,” this phenomenon is especially true among low-income students. This Research in Brief profile from the National Summer Learning Association shares the results of a study on the challenges of the summer melt and provides recommendations educators and policymakers can implement to prevent it.

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College and Career Readiness
Pinterested in STEM Activities?
STEM activities, including arts and crafts, abound on this popular and dedicated STEM Pinterest board. A bonus if you visit soon-it’s loaded with Star Wars STEM projects!

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Academic Enrichment
Afterschool Matters Fall 2015
The latest edition of NIOST’s Afterschool Matters is now available. Topics include gang prevention and mentoring programs, and using action research to create a culture of engaged, participatory youth. Other offerings focus on the redesign of a school-based STEM curriculum into an innovative STEM summer camp, and STEM “insert programs” that bring in adults with content expertise.

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Afterschool Enrichment
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
Employability Through Social-Emotional Learning
The title of this Beyond the Bell brief from American Institutes for Research poses the question: Ready for Work? It focuses first on research showing social-emotional learning competencies are important employability skills, and then shares how social-emotional learning programs can support development of these skills-and how afterschool and expanded learning settings are an ideal place for this to happen.

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Social-Emotional Learning
Preparing Youth to Thrive
Preparing Youth to Thrive is a new field guide that presents the results of a study of eight exemplary out-of-school programs committed to social and emotional learning. The project was a partnership among these top programs, the Susan Crown Exchange, a national foundation, and the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, a research center. The field guide details key staff practices that any program can use, identifies six vital skill areas in social-emotional growth, and shares narratives from staff and youth about how these programs are making a difference.

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Social-Emotional Learning
Creating the Conditions for Social and Emotional Learning
Many of us know of the critical importance of developing social and emotional skills, but it is often difficult to connect the frameworks and research to the everyday practices that help foster skill building in afterschool. This Afterschool Alliance webinar recording focuses on bridging the gap between research and practical application of social and emotional learning practices that support skill building.

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Social-Emotional Learning
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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Promoting College and Career Readiness in Afterschool

Afterschool programs can help students develop the mix of skills they need to be ready for postsecondary education and careers. For those programs that don’t have a college and career readiness program in place, the idea can seem daunting. A blog post from the American Youth Policy Forum lists five ways afterschool programs can promote college and career readiness. It also provides an overview of what this looks like in an afterschool program.
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Engaging Families in STEM

STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is an important and popular subject in afterschool. The archived webinar from Click2Science provides strategies on engaging families in your afterschool program’s STEM education efforts. In addition to providing a video of the webinar, Click2Science links to a staff development guide and other resources for STEM instruction and family engagement.
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