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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Promoting Positive Pathways to Adulthood

Pathways RTC works to improve the lives of young people with serious mental health conditions through research and training. Resources include Promoting Positive Pathways to Adulthood, a 10-module training series designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of service providers across a variety of fields who work with youth and families facing mental health challenges. Free registration is required, and participants have the option of participating in data collection surveys to further the organization’s research efforts. CEU credits are also available.



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Diverse Learners
EdLeaders Network

The Illinois Principals Association and ISBE have partnered to provide access to Ed Leaders Network (ELN) for Illinois education leaders and practitioners. Experts from Illinois and across the country provide online professional development trainings, webinars, and discussions on topics such as family engagement, literacy, and restorative practices. Free access to this professional networking community is granted to districts, so afterschool programs may need to contact district leadership to explore this resource.



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Program Management
Illinois Foundational Services

Online resources developed by ISBE content area specialists are available through Illinois Classrooms in Action. The web page serves as a portal to a range of offerings such as professional development workshops, content area guides, classroom resources, instructional supports, downloadable presentations, stakeholder communications, and recommended Illinois web pages.



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Program Management
Family Engagement in Program Planning

When considering ways to involve families in program planning, it’s important to think about how you and your staff are reaching out to families. Families can provide valuable insight toward program improvement, but barriers to engagement, such as work schedules and caring for other children, must be taken into account. “Involving Children and Families in Program Planning,” an article published by the National Afterschool Association, has some tips for overcoming obstacles and increasing family involvement in program planning.



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Family and Community Engagement
Y4Y Showcase: College and Career Readiness

This webinar recording from You for Youth presents tools, resources, and implementation strategies of the portal’s new course on college and career readiness. The strategies are designed to help afterschool practitioners and the students they serve move college and career readiness into practice, including setting goals and keeping projects focused on student needs.



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College and Career Readiness
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
The Impact of STEM Learning in Afterschool

Presented by the Afterschool Alliance, this webinar recording dives into the topic of measuring the impact of afterschool STEM experiences. Webinar presenters also discuss the role such programs have in the larger STEM education ecosystem and the important contribution they are making in students’ learning and development outcomes (free registration required).



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Academic Enrichment
Oratory Tips and Tricks

PBS Learning Media provides easy-to-implement tips and tricks shared by youth who presented at Ford’s Theatre to help children improve their public speaking skills. Students can watch the four-minute video and practice skills in any program setting.



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Afterschool Enrichment
Guiding Youth to Cultural Awareness Through Self-Reflection

This resource from the Campus Compact focuses on how Global Service Learning is designed to stimulate targeted, reflective thinking on intercultural communication, competency, self-understanding, and comprehension of one’s position in society. The resource provides a reflection tool for program providers to engage with youth on issues such as intercultural border crossing, power, and privilege.



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Afterschool Enrichment
Promoting Creativity in Children

This webinar recording hosted by the Afterschool Alliance features experts from the Center for Childhood Creativity exploring seven critical components of creativity. These seven components are essential for children in order to think creatively, work creatively with others, and create innovative solutions to problems.



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Afterschool Enrichment

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Unexpected Careers in STEM

Did you know there are STEM jobs other than scientist, mathematician, and engineer? The National Air and Space Museum’s webcast STEM in 30 has released an episode titled "Unexpected Careers in STEM." This episode discusses how career interests such as writing or cooking can lead to a career in the aerospace industry.
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National Women’s History Museum Digital Classroom Resources

Are you looking to incorporate more diverse historical narratives into your curriculum? The National Women’s History Museum has curated several lesson plans, biographies, posters, and primary sources focused on female historical figures. Educators can use these resources to teach their students about renowned women such as Shirley Chisolm and events such as the 1977 National Women’s Conference.
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