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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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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Program Management
Supporting Social and Emotional Development Through Quality Afterschool Programs
Despite the recent attention this topic has received, efforts to define and measure social and emotional competencies in afterschool settings are still emerging. This brief from Beyond the Bell, an expanded learning initiative from American Institutes for Research, provides an overview of social-emotional learning (SEL) in the classroom and afterschool. It also discusses the latest research and outlines strategies for fostering SEL in afterschool programs.

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Social-Emotional Learning
Supporting Student-Centered Learning
KnowledgeWorks, with support from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, has created a toolkit to help educators engage in conversations about how our changing world affects student learning. The toolkit contains detailed facilitation instructions and activities that can be modified for different stakeholder groups. Topics include exploring future graduate profiles, designing student-centered learning experiences, mapping a learning community, and prototyping learning solutions.

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Afterschool Enrichment
Supporting Students Who Have Incarcerated Parents
Having a parent in prison can have an impact on a child’s mental health, social behavior, and educational opportunities. Youth.gov is a website representing 19 federal agencies that support youth-serving programs. The site includes links to information, tools, guides, and resources to assist educators, parents, and programs in supporting children who have an incarcerated parent. Topics include helping kids deal with trauma and exposure to violence, and child welfare services for children and families of prisoners.

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Diverse Learners
Supporting Students with Disabilities
Produced by the Afterschool Alliance and the MetLife Foundation, this issue brief explores how afterschool programs can support students with disabilities and other special needs. The brief notes that afterschool staff who receive special training are more confident and comfortable in serving students with disabilities, and it stresses the importance of ongoing professional development, partnerships, and positive reinforcements for afterschool staff. The publication also includes profiles of afterschool programs that serve a high percentage of special needs students.

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Diverse Learners
Taking a Big-Picture Approach to Wellness
Youth wellness is a key part of an afterschool program&‌rsquo;s support for educating the whole child. This issue brief from the Afterschool Alliance advocates for a &‌ldquo;big-picture&‌rdquo; approach to wellness, which includes healthy eating and physical activity combined with social and emotional learning. In addition to explaining the importance of supporting student wellness, the brief provides examples of wellness practices and strategies that afterschool programs are currently using. An issue brief summary document is also available.

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Afterschool Enrichment
Taking a Year-Round Approach to Literacy
The Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with Dollar General Literacy Foundation, presents this issue brief examining the vital role afterschool programs play in building students’ literacy skills, with an emphasis on the need for year-round support. The brief provides detailed descriptions of award-winning and exemplary afterschool and summer learning programs offering fun and engaging ways to get students excited about literacy. This resource offers inspiring examples for literacy programming and projects, as well as research-grounded information to use in garnering program support.

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Academic Enrichment
Talking with Schools and Families About Afterschool STEM
Relationships with families and schools are key components to a successful afterschool program. This brief presented by the National Afterschool Association focuses specifically on how to engage families and school staff to increase their understanding of your STEM program highlights and happenings. Resources include conversation starters, newsletter content, and social media strategies.

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Academic Enrichment
Teaching Kids How to Succeed in School
According to California-based Summer Matters, an increasingly powerful body of research points to the impact of non-cognitive factors-or social-emotional learning-on students&‌rsquo; ability to benefit from the education they receive. This report explores how summer learning programs can help students develop non-cognitive skills that will help them succeed in a school environment. The publication describes program structures and also draws from program evaluations, survey data, and in-person observations that all provide evidence of the differences these experiences can make for children and youth.

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Social-Emotional Learning
Ten Strategies for Effective Communication in Afterschool
Working in an afterschool program involves taking on many roles and interacting with a variety of people, including staff, parents, and children. This article from the National AfterSchool Association outlines effective communication techniques that afterschool practitioners can use to help maintain a clear vision of the program's goals, clarify expectations of staff and students, and assure parents that their children are in good hands.

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Program Management

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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.
Read the Blog Post

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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