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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Afterschool, STEM, and 21st-Century Skills
“STEM Related After-School Program Activities and Associated Outcomes on Student Learning” provides findings that may be useful to afterschool leaders seeking support for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs in their afterschool programs. Published in the journal Educational Sciences: Theory & Practices, the article discusses findings from a qualitative case study of how afterschool STEM programs affect collaborative learning and students’ interest in STEM fields and 21st-century skills. Free registration is required to access the full article.

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Academic Enrichment
Afterschool Training Toolkit for Math
The Afterschool Training Toolkit for Math contains a suite of professional development materials to help your 21st CCLC provide engaging math enrichment activities. Resources include information on best practices and the research base supporting them, video clips of the practices in action to use for professional development, and lesson plans so that your team can practice implementing these strategies.

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Academic Enrichment
A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships
Partners in Education: A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships is a publication of SEDL in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education. The publication presents a new framework for designing family engagement initiatives that build capacity among educators and families to partner with one another around student success. Based in existing research and best practices, this report is designed to act as a scaffold for the development of family engagement strategies, policies, and programs.

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Family and Community Engagement
Family Engagement Webinar
Engaging Families in Afterschool is a webinar created especially for Illinois 21st CCLCs. The webinar will help afterschool programs strengthen and build a systemic approach to family engagement and highlight school- and district-level efforts. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will host and co-facilitate with SEDL's Illinois Quality Afterschool team. Before the webinar, participants can review ISBE’s Family Engagement Framework Guide and provide feedback.

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Family and Community Engagement
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation works with schools, companies, community organizations, healthcare professionals and families to transform the conditions and systems that lead to healthier kids. The organization provides resources for out-of-school time providers, state-specific statistics, and an e-newsletter. There is also a framework to help out-of-school providers improve access to healthier foods, increase physical activity opportunities, and emphasize youth engagement.

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Afterschool Enrichment
Drug and Alcohol Prevention Resources
The You for Youth afterschool website has a collection of resources on drug and alcohol prevention. All materials provided in the resource list and in the content modules are approved for your professional development needs by both the Office of National Drug Control Policy and by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Afterschool Enrichment
Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs From Urban Youth and Other Experts
This publication from the Wallace Foundation explores how high-quality arts programs can attract and retain low-income urban tweens. The report draws on hundreds of interviews with young people, their families, leaders of exemplary programs and others nationwide and outlines 10 principles for developing effective programming. An infographic illustrating key findings, a report “knowledge-in-brief,” a video introduction, and video profiles of six outstanding arts organizations offer compelling supplemental reading and viewing.

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Afterschool Enrichment
Think Summer
This article presents recommendations from the Wallace-funded RAND Corporation report Getting to Work on Summer Learning, specifically those related to the hiring and training of teachers for school district-run summer learning programs. First and foremost, the report and article emphasize the need for districts to commit to a summer program by December and begin planning by January. The article appeared in JSD, the journal of Learning Forward, an organization promoting professional development in education.

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Program Management
Leap of Faith: A Literature Review on the Effects of Professional Development on Program Quality and Youth Outcomes
This literature review from the Robert Bowne Foundation examines research on the effects of professional development on afterschool program quality and youth outcomes. Author Sarah Hill observes that there is “no clear link between professional development and youth outcomes” in out-of-school time literature but notes that a research-based consensus has established the characteristics of high-quality professional development: “It is sustained over a period of time, coherent, content focused, and based in a community of learners.” The review suggests that afterschool professionals use these guidelines to shape their professional development offerings while calling for more rigorous studies on the link between high-quality professional development and youth outcomes. The review also contains an annotated bibliography of related research.

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Program Management
Strong Directors/Skilled Staff: Guide to Using the Core Competencies
This handbook from Wellesley College’s National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) outlines key skills-“core competencies”-needed by afterschool program directors and those they supervise. The publication offers guidance and tools on how to develop the skills, including questionnaires that managers and youth workers can use to determine their strengths and weaknesses. The handbook was developed for the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development and draws on NIOST’s field efforts and research.

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Program Management

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Promoting College and Career Readiness in Afterschool

Afterschool programs can help students develop the mix of skills they need to be ready for postsecondary education and careers. For those programs that don’t have a college and career readiness program in place, the idea can seem daunting. A blog post from the American Youth Policy Forum lists five ways afterschool programs can promote college and career readiness. It also provides an overview of what this looks like in an afterschool program.
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Engaging Families in STEM

STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is an important and popular subject in afterschool. The archived webinar from Click2Science provides strategies on engaging families in your afterschool program’s STEM education efforts. In addition to providing a video of the webinar, Click2Science links to a staff development guide and other resources for STEM instruction and family engagement.
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