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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The Virtual Edge

Go on a quest to build your technology power, equity power, relationship power, and personalization power. This Y4Y course will help you gain the virtual edge to be smart and flexible about adding hybrid and virtual settings to your in-person program to increase learning and engagement. You can also find ready-to-use tools and visit the virtual library to find more helpful resources.



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Afterschool Enrichment
Self-Care Strategies for Educators During the Coronavirus Crisis: Supporting Personal Social and Emotional Well-Being

Self-care is vital to protecting your physical and mental health especially for educators who continue to face numerous challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic. WestEd has created a brief that provides self-care strategies for educators, including recommendations for healthy mindsets and behaviors, setting boundaries, and social media intake. While this brief was written in 2020, these self-care techniques continue to be helpful today.



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Social-Emotional Learning
Cut the Jargon: What We Actually Want for All Students

Although Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Day has passed, the topic remains of interest year-round. The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) hosted a webinar called Cut the Jargon: What We Actually Want for All Students. The webinar commemorated SEL Day and educated attendees about SEL. One of the takeaways from the webinar is that SEL can happen inside and outside of the classroom. Schools are not the primary place where SEL happens. Instead, SEL can take place during extracurricular sports or community service activities. SEL also must be built on trust and relationships and driven by interest.



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Social-Emotional Learning
Understanding Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in High-Quality Instructional Materials

Culturally relevant pedagogy helps students align their academic coursework with their cultural backgrounds. Achieve the Core has released a blog series in which they introduce this teaching method, the curriculum used, and student learning outcomes. One of the tools students learn is critical consciousness; this helps students and educators examine the world around them and consider topics through an equity lens.



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Diverse Learners
Supporting Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Young People

Several laws and policies negatively impact transgender and gender non-conforming youth. Many of these youth also must endure hostile school climates that deteriorate their self-esteem and mental health. It is, therefore, crucial for them to have a trusted support system. The Afterschool Alliance has written a blog post that provides tips for educators to advocate for trans and gender non-conforming youth in schools.



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Diverse Learners
Her Passion for STEM – NASA Podcast

Women continue to be vastly underrepresented in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) sector. In a recent episode of “Houston We Have a Podcast,” NASA’s Kris Brown and Emily Calandrelli discuss the importance of inspiring young women to pursue an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. Brown and Calandrelli describe their paths to STEM careers and how organizations can help young women cultivate an interest in STEM today.



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Diverse Learners
Where Did All the Afterschool Staff Go?

Staffing shortages have plagued many industries and sectors, including the afterschool field. The Afterschool Alliance has released the results from their most recent COVID-19 out-of-school time (OST) survey results. Survey findings indicate that recruiting and maintaining OST staff are the biggest challenges afterschool providers face.



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Program Management
Planning for a Game-Changing Summer

Students can create lifelong memories when they attend an excellent summer learning program. The Afterschool Alliance, Every Hour Counts, and the National Summer Learning Association have hosted a webinar titled, Planning for a Game-Changing Summer. This webinar focuses on making a summer program successful, recommendations on effective summer planning, and resources from program leaders.



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Program Management
AfterSchool Today

Do you want to learn more about what afterschool programs are doing to support their students nationwide? AfterSchool Today, the bi-annual magazine of the National Afterschool Association, promotes advocacy and education for the out-of-school time (OST) community. The most recent issue highlights racial equity in OST, having meaningful research-based staff development, and strengthening the children and youth caregiving workforce.



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Program Management
New Course: Fiscal Management

Fiscal management of afterschool programs is more important than ever. A sustainable budget is crucial to a high-quality afterschool program, and sound fiscal management can help ensure that your program receives future funding. Through the U.S. Department of Education’s You for Youth (Y4Y) fiscal management course, you can learn what it takes to create a successful and viable program budget. Key components include 5–7 hours of training on implementation strategies, a 1-hour course on coaching staff, tools, and a library of external resources.



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Program Management

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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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