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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Exploring the Remote and Distant World of Physical Education

Between ongoing stress and trauma and the amount of time students are seated at computers, physical education is more important than ever. This 15-minute webinar from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation showcases best practices to keep students active during online learning. Free registration is required. 



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Afterschool Enrichment
Nurturing a Classroom Community During Distance Learning

Are you looking for ways to build relationships and nurture your learning community during virtual programming? This blog post from Edutopia lists several examples. Strategies include smaller group size, one-to-one and small-group check-ins, and creative use of visuals and video. 



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Afterschool Enrichment
Fostering Academic Discussion Online

Encouraging students to talk about what they are reading or to talk through a math problem helps them build or clarify their understanding of a topic. A new blog post from Match Charter Public School outlines strategies and examples for fostering academic discussions in a virtual environment. Strategies include establishing conversational norms, choosing lines of questioning that promote meaningful engagement, encouraging active participation, and planning supports for English learners and students with individualized education plans (IEPs).



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Afterschool Enrichment
SEL in the Out of School Setting

SEL+OST=Perfect Together: A Conference Report is a new publication from the Wallace Foundation that provides fresh insights on SEL in out of school time (OST). The report is based on a day-long meeting that brought together youth development leaders, researchers, and educators to look at two key challenges. The first involves developing the ability of adults to teach social and emotional skills. The second addresses communicating the importance of those skills to those who may be unaware of how vital they are. Topics explored in the report include research findings on nurturing social and emotional development, creating an environment where SEL can thrive, and language that can help parents and other caregivers understand why SEL is important. 



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Social-Emotional Learning
Advancing Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) as a Lever for Equity and Excellence

As the pandemic and the nationwide fight for racial justice amplify the longstanding inequities in education and other sectors, the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has released a new report: Emerging Insights on Advancing Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) as a Lever for Equity and Excellence. The report summarizes five emerging insights on advancing SEL as a lever for equity and excellence that districts at all stages of their SEL implementation can reflect on as they shape their strategies.



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Social-Emotional Learning
Caring for Children and Youth in Crisis

Afterschool Alliance has created a two-part webinar series to help afterschool staff support students who have experienced trauma. Part 1 of the series focuses on using evidence to support trauma-informed approaches to healing in afterschool. Part 2 discusses how to create healing-centered environments in afterschool. The archived webinars are available with free registration. 



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Social-Emotional Learning
Tools for Anti-Racist Teaching

PBS Learning Media has developed a virtual professional learning series on tools for anti-racist teaching. Topics include deepening your understanding of race and racism; using media to know better, teach better; amplifying student voice; and focusing on young learners. 



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Diverse Learners
Supporting Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities may face unique learning challenges during school closures or conversion to virtual programming. This blog post from You for Youth (Y4Y), the U.S. Department of Education’s online portal for 21st CCLC grantees, provides strategies to support students with disabilities during virtual programming. The post lists a series of strategies, with links to organizations and resources that support students with disabilities.



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Diverse Learners
Supporting Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities may face unique learning challenges during school closures or conversion to virtual programming. This blog post from You for Youth (Y4Y), the U.S. Department of Education’s online portal for 21st CCLC grantees, provides strategies to support students with disabilities during virtual programming. The post lists a series of strategies, with links to organizations and resources that support students with disabilities.



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Diverse Learners
4 Key Elements for Designing Remote Professional Learning

If your afterschool team is meeting virtually, you can still offer meaningful, engaging professional learning opportunities for your staff. This article from Edutopia lists key elements for designing remote professional learning. It also provides examples and links to resources.



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Program Management

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Volunteers: Engaging, Training, Managing and Retaining (Two-Part Series)

Volunteers can strengthen a 21st CCLC by expanding a program’s offerings, increasing adult-to-student ratios, increasing student access to experts, and more. This two-part webinar series from the U.S. Department of Education’s You for Youth (Y4Y) team shows 21st CCLC professionals how to engage, train, manage, and retain fantastic volunteers in every type of geographic location. Throughout the series, participants hear from experts and program leaders on strategies for maximizing the power of volunteers.
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America After 3pm

Demand for afterschool programs has remained strong during COVID-19, with parents seeing programs as providing critical supports. The fourth edition of America After 3PM, an Afterschool Alliance report on parent satisfaction with afterschool programs in 2020, finds that demand for afterschool programs remains high while cost and access barriers to participation and inequities persist. In addition to the report and executive summary, Afterschool Alliance has provided resources like infographics and fact sheets to help afterschool programs share information about the demand, need, and support for afterschool programs.
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