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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Making Afterschool STEM Learning Accessible to All Learners

new report from Afterschool Alliance explores STEM offerings in expanded learning programs. The report finds that STEM programming in expanded learning has increased and that parents increasingly see afterschool as important for STEM learning; however, the report also finds that there is not equitable access to STEM programming and barriers remain.



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Diverse Learners
Images of Women in STEM

Students are more likely to pursue a subject or career if they see themselves represented in that field. The IF/THEN Collection is working to increase representation by providing a free digital library of authentic and relatable images of real women in STEM. The library includes photos, videos, and other assets depicting women in STEM fields. Users can browse the library by discipline and media type.



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An Educator’s Guide to Expanding Narratives about American History and Culture

PBS LearningMedia has collaborated with educators to curate learning resources that showcase ideas, achievements, and contributions by American people of all backgrounds across different eras. Collections include The American Canon Reimagined, Protests and Riots in American History, 1920s Literature and Culture, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics), and Business and Entrepreneurship. There are also links to lesson plans, worksheets, and professional development opportunities



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Diverse Learners
Learning for Justice Classroom Resources

Learning for Justice, an organization that aims to be a catalyst for racial justice, provides free resources to educators who work with students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Educators can use the materials to supplement curriculum, inform practices, and create inclusive school communities where all youth are respected, valued, and welcome. Resources include lesson plans, student texts, teaching strategies, and film kits. There are also professional development resources for educators.



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Dismantling Barriers for English Language Learners

English language learners (ELLs) bring unique experiences, skills, and needs to their learning environment. This article from Edutopia outlines strategies educators can use to create an equity-driven setting where all students can thrive. Strategies include being familiar with any accommodation plans students might have for school-day learning, accessing students’ prior knowledge, and being prepared to adapt instruction.



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Diverse Learners
New 21st CCLC Leaders Academy

The U.S. Department of Education’s You for Youth (Y4Y) technical assistance team has created a four-part webinar series for new 21st CCLC leaders. Topics in the webinar series include an overview of the 21st CCLC program, intentionally designing activities, program management, and hiring and onboarding staff.



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Program Management
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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Program Management
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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Sustainability
Telling Your Data Story (Two-Part Series)

Y4Y has a two-part webinar series that explains how afterschool leaders can connect the dots and translate data into a powerful narrative. Topics include planning a program year with the end in mind, interpreting data to make decisions, and crafting a story about your data. That story will help you recruit partners, identify program champions, and market your program to the community.



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Sustainability
Learning about the U.S. Presidential Inauguration

Discovery, Inc. and Discovery Education have partnered to present I Do Solemnly Swear: The U.S. Presidential Inauguration. This behind-the-scenes virtual field trip helps educators, students, and families across the United States and worldwide learn more about the traditions of the U.S. presidential inauguration. Inaugural experts and historians share their perspectives and insights through a series of interviews and provide information about the current administration.



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Academic Enrichment

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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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