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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Social Media TestDrive

Digital citizenship, or the ability to engage in safe and responsible online communication and think critically about online content, is a key skill for youth. Social Media TestDrive lets young people learn and practice digital citizenship skills through a social media simulation. Each TestDrive module teaches a specific social media skill, such as managing privacy settings, smart self-presentation, standing up to cyberbullying, and news literacy. The site also has a guide for educators.



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Technology
Communication Planning for Sustainability

No matter where you are in your grant cycle, having a communication plan to help you collaborate with partners and stakeholders is crucial to the program’s long-term viability. This publication from the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments provides guidance on developing an eight-step communication plan, a strategic roadmap for communication activities, and ways to support the sustainability of successes in your program.



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Sustainability
Toolkit on Education and Careers for Youth

The U.S. government’s Youth.gov website has a new toolkit to help youth prepare for postsecondary education and careers. Tools address topics such as evaluating education options, financing education, career exploration, technology, making an education and career plan, and how to learn about existing jobs.



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College and Career Readiness
Keeping Kids Physically Active at Home

It is easy to forget about physical activity during times of stress, but staying active and keeping a routine can promote physical and mental well-being. This article from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation has some fun, family-friendly activities that adults and youth can try together.



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Family and Community Engagement
Supporting Project-Based Learning at Home

Project-based learning (PBL) can take place in environments outside of school or afterschool programs. This article from Edutopia shows how educators are supporting project-based learning when students are at home. The article includes guidance for educators and strategies for supporting parents as they engage in PBL with their youth.



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Family and Community Engagement
Inside Mathematics

Inside Mathematics provides online mathematics instruction support for educators around the world. Resources include tools for educators, video lessons, Common Core State Standard resources, performance assessment tasks, and math Problems of the Month with video examples.



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Academic Enrichment
Connecting Math and Science to Reading and Writing

A new article from Edutopia explores how educators are integrating math and science with English language arts. The article outlines the benefits of integrating these content areas, provides instructional examples, and discusses how educators address some of the challenges.



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Academic Enrichment
Mistakes Tell Us What Students Are Ready to Learn

Mistakes provide opportunities for students to learn and for educators to reflect on instructional practices and learning goals. This blog post from Achieve the Core, a website that supports the implementation of Common Core State Standards, describes how one educator revised his approach to understanding student mistakes. New strategies include using a student’s mistake to ask what learning goals a teacher should pursue and then customizing learning to support these goals.



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Academic Enrichment
Y4Y Updated Literacy Course

You for Youth (Y4Y), the U.S. Department of Education web portal for 21st CCLC practitioners, has an updated literacy course. Offerings include an introduction to afterschool literacy, implementation strategies, staff coaching, a list of ready-to-use tools, and a “learn more library” with links to external resources.



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Academic Enrichment
Coping in Hard Times

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed fact sheets on how familiesyouth, and community organizations cope during times of financial difficulty. Each fact sheet helps the audience understand how economic challenges can affect them and their sense of safety. The fact sheets also provide tips for how individuals and organizations can promote a sense of security, calm, self-efficacy, connectedness, and hope.



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Social-Emotional Learning

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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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