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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The Language of SEL
What terms are used to describe the array of non-cognitive skills children need to develop for success in life? Market researchers commissioned by the Wallace Foundation looked into the linguistic landscape of more than 40 terms, how often they were used, and how motivating they were to educators, policymakers, parents, and afterschool leaders. The firm found that terms like “21st Century Skills,” “whole child development,” “soft skills,” and “character” were seen as unclear or had negative connotations, but found that “social and emotional learning” and the related term “social-emotional and academic learning” were familiar to all stakeholder groups. Download the research findings as a presentation slide deck from the Wallace Foundation Knowledge Center.

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Social-Emotional Learning
The New Generation of Cross-Sector Collaborations for Education
A new report from Columbia University Teachers College describes developments in the current generation of cross-sector collaborations for education and presents findings from a scan of initiatives across the United States. Commissioned by the Wallace Foundation, the report explores in part the prominent new model of collaboration known as “collective impact” while acknowledging that many thriving partnerships of school systems, governments, and community organizations predate the recent surge of interest in collaboration. The nationwide scan of initiatives found that almost 40 percent of collaborative efforts to improve education are located in the Midwest.

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Program Management
The Opioid Crisis and K–12 Schools: Impact and Response
The U.S. Department of Education is joining other federal agencies in combating the opioid crisis that is killing Americans at unprecedented rates and having a devastating impact on families and communities. This archived webinar outlines how the opioid crisis affects students and families. It also offers strategies and practices that educators can use to address the opioid crisis in schools.

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Diverse Learners
The Promise of an Accumulation of Care: Disadvantaged African-American Youths' Perspectives About What Makes an After School Program Meaningful
This article reports preliminary findings from an evaluation of Stand Up Help Out (SUHO), an afterschool camp for high school students in the Bronzeville area of Chicago. The authors sought feedback from the youths participating in the program and asked them about what they valued in the program and the types of relationships they formed. According to the report, the youths participating in the SUHO program consistently pointed out that caring and being cared for were most meaningful to them.

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Diverse Learners
The Role of Afterschool Programs in Dropout Prevention
The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network has focused on how youth programs, including afterschool, help at-risk students stay engaged in their education and prepare for future opportunities. The organization has resources, links to model programs, and related webcasts for afterschool practitioners.

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Diverse Learners
The Role of Expanded Learning Opportunities in Competency-Based Education Systems
The American Youth Policy Forum recently hosted a discussion on the role of expanded-learning opportunities in competency-based education systems, including college and career standards. Competency-based education allows students to advance at their own pace and provides differentiated, student-centered instruction and assessment across a full range of competencies. Afterschool programs, which allow students to access unique and engaging learning experiences, can play a valuable role in such systems by augmenting, reinforcing, and applying learning during the school day. This discussion provided an opportunity for afterschool practitioners to hear from leaders who are currently incorporating expanded-learning opportunities into competency-based systems. A summary of the discussion is now available on the American Youth Policy Forum website.

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College and Career Readiness
The Role of Sports for Socially Vulnerable Youth
Published in Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, this article examines the role of sports participation in the lives of socially vulnerable youth. Based on interviews with 10 young adults, the article describes sports participation as providing a safe place, a venue for learning life skills, an instrument for reaching goals, and a sense of purpose for socially vulnerable youth.

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Diverse Learners
The Skills to Pay the Bills: An Evaluation of an Effort to Help Nonprofits Manage Their Finances
This study examines an initiative sponsored by the Wallace Foundation aimed at improving the financial management skills and practices of 25 Chicago afterschool providers through training and coaching. The effort provided and tested two models for professional development: intensive customized training and less costly group training and coaching. Both models produced long-lasting improvements. Moreover, organizations receiving the group training improved almost as much as those receiving customized training, albeit over the course of 3 years rather than 2.

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Program Management
The Teachers’ Newsletter from Illinois Classrooms in Action
Do you want to keep up with the latest strategies, lessons, and resources for Illinois standards and academic content? The Summer 2018 issues of the Illinois Classrooms in Action newsletters feature the favorite stories that were shared throughout the school year. There are newsletters for four different grade bands, ensuring that educators have access to age-appropriate lessons and resources.

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Academic Enrichment
The Value of Out-of-School Time Programs
A new RAND publication reviews the outcomes and benefits of out-of-school time programs. The report presents evidence suggesting that out-of-school-time programs can generate three kinds of benefits: academic gains, enriching experiences, and safety and homework help. Benefits depend on the type of programming offered and how long it is offered. The report also includes recommendations on ways afterschool programs can achieve their desired outcomes.

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Sustainability

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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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