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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Youth Civic Engagement

How does one become engaged in their community? Youth.gov has created a webpage that helps educators and youth improve their understanding of civic engagement and provides resources related to that topic. Resources include an overview of volunteering as a form of civic engagement and links to civic engagement activities and organizations.



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Improving Persuasive Writing with Evidence Scavenger Hunts

A strong persuasive essay should include evidence to support the author’s argument. A video from Edutopia shows how educators can use an evidence scavenger hunt to help students locate text passages that present evidence in an essay.



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How Math Journals Help Students Process Their Learning

Many people journal their thoughts and feelings, but what about journaling diagrams and lists? A recent article from Edutopia describes the practice of math journaling and how students creation of mathematics-related stories and drawings can improve their learning.



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Student Book Clubs: The Power to Instill a Love of Reading and Help Heal

Students have lost a substantial amount of valuable learning time due to COVID-19. A new blog post from Share My Lesson discusses how student book clubs help students recover from the pandemic learning loss and develop a passion for reading.



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New Research Makes a Powerful Case for PBL

Project-based learning (PBL) is helping students become more engaged and creative. A new article from Edutopia summarizes two gold-standard studies demonstrating that PBL is a beneficial education strategy, including for historically marginalized students. This blog post can be helpful to educators seeking research on the effectiveness of PBL.



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Afterschool Enrichment
Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)

The Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) is a new resource from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This resource assists educators and curriculum developers in creating the most effective health education curriculum and providing the best quality health education for students. The HECAT resources include guidance on reviewing health education curriculum, customizable templates, and tools to analyze curriculum fundamentals.



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From Youth Served to Youth Led: How to Build an Intergenerational Team for Impact

The Afterschool Alliance, along with The Institute for Citizens & Scholars, hosted a webinar moderated and led by students from the Kentucky Student Voice Team. The students shared content from a case study, The Co-Creation Generation, which is intended to serve as a resource for advocates who want to create meaningful youth-led and intergenerational initiatives. The webinar archive includes a question-and-answer session, strategies for youth-led initiatives, and student perspectives.



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Students’ Experiences with Bullying, Hate Speech, Hate Crimes, and Victimization in Schools

Each year about one in five students faces at least one form of hostile or violent behaviors like bullying, hate speech, hate crimes, or assault. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a study explaining the hostile behaviors that students experience on school campuses and the strategies that schools adopt to address these problems. The report finds that nearly every school reviewed uses programs or practices to address hostile behaviors, with almost 90% of schools utilizing SEL principles.



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Social-Emotional Learning
Leveraging Reset Opportunities to Help Staff and Students Thrive

The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments has designed a tool that provides helpful practices on how school administrators can support staff members and how educators and other staff can support students. These practices center on building individual capacity and creating a supportive environment. Topics include ways to support staff when they are overwhelmed, designing an identity chart for personal reflection, and helping students build connections with others.



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Protecting Youth Mental Health

The U.S. Surgeon General’s office has published an advisory report that compares children’s mental health before and during the COVID-19 pandemic and explains the risk factors that are partly responsible for youth mental health symptoms. The report also provides ways that families, youth, and mental health advocates can support youth who are experiencing mental health challenges.



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Afterschool in the Time of COVID-19

Afterschool programs faced numerous challenges due to COVID-19. However, they were able to persevere and provide care for many students. In Afterschool in the Time of COVID-19, the Afterschool Alliance shares the results of a survey of afterschool programs across the United States. According to this survey, 57% of afterschool programs during Spring 2021 extended their in-person hours to accommodate youth, families, and virtual learning schedules.
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Counter-Storytelling in the Science Classroom

It is crucial that all students feel represented in their classrooms, including Black and Brown students. Achieve the Core has released an article describing how educators can support students of color and help them become more involved in STEM through connected and interdisciplinary sciences lessons. Examples include connecting to community issues such as systemic racism and the environment through project-based learning that focuses on science and historical figures like Henrietta Lacks.
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