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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Show Me the Budget
Developed by ExpandED Schools by TASC, this video and accompanying one-page overview explains how a Brooklyn school added 3 more learning hours to the school day for 500 students each year. The video explores the costs and the funding sources that the school sought. In addition, the one pager provides an overview of challenges and recommendations for schools seeking to extend learning time.

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Program Management
Social and Emotional Learning Can Begin on the Bus Ride
This article from Edutopia describes a program in which school transportation personnel received training on how to form positive relationships with students during their rides to and from school. The staff also learned how to teach students ways to cope with stressful situations at home or during the school day. The article provides strategies and takeaways that other educators and afterschool professionals can share with transportation staff.

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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
Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs From Urban Youth and Other Experts
This publication from the Wallace Foundation explores how high-quality arts programs can attract and retain low-income urban tweens. The report draws on hundreds of interviews with young people, their families, leaders of exemplary programs and others nationwide and outlines 10 principles for developing effective programming. An infographic illustrating key findings, a report “knowledge-in-brief,” a video introduction, and video profiles of six outstanding arts organizations offer compelling supplemental reading and viewing.

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Afterschool Enrichment
Staff Development: Where to Start
Staff development is an important component of providing high-quality afterschool programming. This webinar from American Institutes for Research&‌rsquo;s Beyond the Bell suite of professional development services provides an overview of foundational elements of staff development. A free template for creating a professional development plan is also available until November 5.

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Program Management
STEM Educators Academy Research Brief
This research brief from ExpandedED Schools reports on the promising findings of their STEM Educators Academy, where classroom teachers and afterschool educators came together to learn at leading science institutions and then returned to their campuses to teach STEM-related projects that would spark interest and curiosity in math and science. The key findings offer both challenges and recommendations for those working to immerse youth in enriching STEM education. These include the need to provide additional support to help teachers and community educators incorporate opportunities for reflection and relevance in STEM learning and support in using planning time effectively.

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Academic Enrichment
STEM Educators Academy Research Brief
This research brief from ExpandED Schools reports on findings from the organization's STEM Educators Academy. Piloted in 2013-14, the initiative included joint professional development at premiere science institutions for school teachers and afterschool instructors. After returning to their schools, participants team-taught STEM activities that connected school day and afterschool learning. Recommendations in the brief include encouraging collaborative teaching, using data to drive professional development, and allowing time for teaching teams to plan.

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Academic Enrichment
STEM Videos
The You for Youth website has new videos for afterschool programs that want to implement or improve STEM programming. Topics include aligning with the school day, strengthening partnerships, program implementation, and high-quality STEM practices and tips from the field. The videos profile different afterschool programs and include insights from afterschool practitioners.

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Academic Enrichment
STEM/STEAM Activities
Looking for some new STEM activities? ExtendED Notes has a Pinterest board with dozens of activities to build students’ skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Resources range from short experiments to in-depth units that can last several days or weeks.

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Academic Enrichment
Strategies to Engage Older Youth in Afterschool Programs
High-quality expanded learning programs can help youth in middle and high school avoid risky behavior and stay on track for graduation. Yet many cities struggle to provide sufficient afterschool and summer learning opportunities for older youth that are accessible and relevant to their interests. To address these challenges, the National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families has published City Strategies to Engage Older Youth in Afterschool Programs. The guide identifies four strategies that city leaders can use to increase afterschool program participation among older youth: coordinate systems to support effective service delivery; ensure programs are of high quality; offer a wide variety of relevant program options; and promote college attendance and workplace readiness.

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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&‌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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