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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Disciplinary Practices That Keep Students in School
Not only do out-of-school suspensions cause students to miss valuable class time, they also disproportionately affect students of color. A recent blog post from American Youth Policy Forum highlights research on this trend and explores an emerging solution. Restorative justice, a new approach to school discipline, stresses relationships, community, and communication, and is starting to show promising results across the country.

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Diverse Learners
Coding in Afterschool
Kids love technology, but wouldn’t it be great if they could learn to make their own animations, video games, or phone apps? Presented by code.org and hosted by Afterschool Alliance and the National AfterSchool Association, this webinar recording explains how afterschool practitioners can get students started with coding during the  Hour of Code. This 1-hour introduction to computer science is designed to demystify code and show kids of all ages that they can learn the basics.

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Technology
Cultivating Social and Emotional Learning in the Middle and High School Years
By now, we have all heard and read about the importance of  non-cognitive skills-also referred to by many other terms including social and emotional skills, 21st  century learning skills, or growth mindset-in the adolescent years. Presented by researchers from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and social and emotional learning program providers, this webinar recording focuses on how afterschool practitioners can apply what is known  from  effective social and emotional learning programs to their own work with youth in out-of-school time programs. The webinar is hosted by the Afterschool Alliance.

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Social-Emotional Learning
How Cities Are Sustaining Their Afterschool Systems
It’s never too early for afterschool leaders to begin thinking about sustainability for their program.  This article in AfterSchool Today, the magazine of the National AfterSchool Association, highlights some key considerations that go into sustainability planning. The ideas are drawn from the Wallace Foundation report Growing Together, Learning Together: What Cities Have Discovered About Building Afterschool Systems.

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Sustainability
Summer Learning Resources
It may be cold outside right now, but your summer learning program will be starting before you know it. The Department of Education’s You for Youth web portal has several summer learning resources for expanded learning practitioners. These include fact sheets on the importance of summer learning (in English, Spanish, and French), strategies for engaging community members, family members, and students of all ages, and a range of activities.

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Program Management
How National Service Helps Close Graduation and Opportunity Gaps for Youth
Published by America’s Promise Alliance, this white paper illustrates how national service is making a positive impact on young people and closing the graduation gap-from early literacy through high school graduation and beyond. The authors of this paper reviewed numerous evaluation reports, policy papers, academic journal articles, and program summaries related to the contributions that AmeriCorps, and national service more generally, have made and can make to close the nation’s graduation gap. In addition to having gathered promising practices, this paper offers recommendations to leverage and continue effective programs that work.

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Program Management
Afterschool Programs’ Impact on Academics, Behavior, Safety, and Family Life
A steady stream of afterschool evaluations are showing important gains for children, not only in terms of academic achievement but also in regard to safety, discipline, attendance, and avoidance of risky behaviors. This updated evaluations “backgrounder”-a summary of formal evaluations of afterschool programs-from the Afterschool Alliance includes new research that demonstrates the impact of afterschool programs on academic outcomes, student behavior, and parental concerns about children’s safety. Afterschool practitioners can use this resource to illustrate the effectiveness of quality afterschool programs to stakeholders.

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Program Management
Elements of Program Quality
Created by the New York State Afterschool Network, the online Quality Self-Assessment Tool is organized around 10 essential elements of an effective afterschool program, all of which come from evidenced-based practice: environment and climate, administration and organization, relationships, staffing and professional development, programming and activities, linkages between day and afterschool, youth participation and engagement, parent, family, and community partnerships, program sustainability and growth, and measuring outcomes and evaluation. Each element contains a list of quality indicators that are rated on a performance level from 1 to 4. There are also examples of what a program might look like at each performance level for all indicators.

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Program Management
Coaching Staff Toward Program Quality
Quality is on the forefront of afterschool programs. Afterschool leaders can play an important role in supporting staff as they grow the capacity to recognize and incorporate quality into their programs. This blog post from the National AfterSchool Association lists 10 simple actions that expanded learning leaders can take to coach their staff toward youth program quality.

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Program Management
Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators
Published by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network in 2008, this toolkit provides information and resources to help educators support students who have experienced trauma. The toolkit includes a fact sheet and strategies that educators can use with different age groups.

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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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