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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Empowering People and Teams

In afterschool, great leaders often rise from within the ranks-in part because of inspirational leadership at all levels. Creating an engaged and empowered atmosphere among team members can lead to improved retention, attendance, accuracy, productivity, safety, profitability, and a variety of other measurable indicators of success. This blog post from the National AfterSchool Association outlines steps leaders can take to create this kind of atmosphere, enabling staff members to reach their leadership potential.



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Building a Robust Afterschool System: Lessons and Opportunities

Over the last decade, there has been a shift in the way many cities are approaching out-of-school time, moving from independent, isolated programming and funding to coordinated, citywide systems. This American Youth Policy Forum webinar recording provides an overview of the cornerstone elements of an afterschool system and showcases the system-building work in three communities and their approaches to developing citywide afterschool systems. The webinar also explores opportunities for sustainability and several emerging issues.



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ESSA: What Does It Mean for Afterschool and Summer Learning?

What does the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) mean for afterschool and summer learning program providers? Hosted by the Afterschool Alliance, this overview webinar outlines what the new law says regarding funding and policy for afterschool and summer learning programs. These include the 21st CCLC initiative, STEM afterschool provisions, full service community schools, or other programs. This introductory webinar was the first in a series of five. Future sessions will go into depth on a variety of programs and topics in ESSA relevant to afterschool programs and providers.



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Preventing College Plans from Melting Away

During the transitional summer between high school and college, a surprising number of high school students fail to complete the college enrollment process and begin their postsecondary education in the fall. Called the “summer melt,” this phenomenon is especially true among low-income students. This Research in Brief profile from the National Summer Learning Association shares the results of a study on the challenges of the summer melt and provides recommendations educators and policymakers can implement to prevent it.



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College and Career Readiness
Pinterested in STEM Activities?

STEM activities, including arts and crafts, abound on this popular and dedicated STEM Pinterest board. A bonus if you visit soon-it’s loaded with Star Wars STEM projects!



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Academic Enrichment
Afterschool Matters Fall 2015

The latest edition of NIOST’s Afterschool Matters is now available. Topics include gang prevention and mentoring programs, and using action research to create a culture of engaged, participatory youth. Other offerings focus on the redesign of a school-based STEM curriculum into an innovative STEM summer camp, and STEM “insert programs” that bring in adults with content expertise.



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Afterschool Enrichment
School Garden Checklist

Planting a garden can be a new way to capture students’ interest, offer a fun physical activity, and introduce an important educational tool centered on how healthy food is produced. Let’s Move offers this School Garden Checklist, a step-by-step guide about how to safely grow fruits and vegetables with your students.



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Afterschool Enrichment
Employability Through Social-Emotional Learning

The title of this Beyond the Bell brief from American Institutes for Research poses the question: Ready for Work? It focuses first on research showing social-emotional learning competencies are important employability skills, and then shares how social-emotional learning programs can support development of these skills-and how afterschool and expanded learning settings are an ideal place for this to happen.



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Social-Emotional Learning
Preparing Youth to Thrive

Preparing Youth to Thrive is a new field guide that presents the results of a study of eight exemplary out-of-school programs committed to social and emotional learning. The project was a partnership among these top programs, the Susan Crown Exchange, a national foundation, and the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, a research center. The field guide details key staff practices that any program can use, identifies six vital skill areas in social-emotional growth, and shares narratives from staff and youth about how these programs are making a difference.



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Social-Emotional Learning
Creating the Conditions for Social and Emotional Learning

Many of us know of the critical importance of developing social and emotional skills, but it is often difficult to connect the frameworks and research to the everyday practices that help foster skill building in afterschool. This Afterschool Alliance webinar recording focuses on bridging the gap between research and practical application of social and emotional learning practices that support skill building.



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Social-Emotional Learning

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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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