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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42 Years of CTE Policy: Progress and Lingering Challenges
Education and partner organizations like afterschool programs have changed their approach and goals for preparing students for success after high school. This blog post from the American Youth Policy Forum reflects on the goals of what is now known as career and technical education (CTE) and how it has evolved. The post highlights successes and also outlines challenges that remain in the field of CTE.

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Program Management
STEM Learning Takes Flight with Drones
Learn about how one afterschool program used drones to harness technology for student learning. This article from ASCD shares lessons learned in areas such as content integration and community partnerships, and provides tips for implementing a drone program at your afterschool site.

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Academic Enrichment
Science Buddies
Science Buddies is a K–12 nonprofit that has developed a unique library of quality STEM resources that are free for students, parents, and teachers. These resources include standards-aligned lesson plans, career profiles, hands-on activities, and more than 1,000 project ideas.

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Academic Enrichment
Focusing on the “M” in STEM
Looking for ways to help students master the math in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities? This archived webinar from Click2Science shares strategies for integrating math into afterschool activities. The webinar also provides links to resources and tips for building staff confidence in math.

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Academic Enrichment
Helping Students Become Summer Readers
new research summary from the Wallace Foundation shares findings from an evaluation of READS, a school-run program that provides students with books and supports to encourage summer reading at home. Evaluating reading skills of 6,000 second- and third-grade students in 59 moderate- to high-poverty schools, the study found that participants gained nearly one month of reading skills. Students in the highest poverty schools made average gains of 1.5 months.

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Academic Enrichment
Participation Cards for Reserved Students
Looking for ways to engage all learners, even those who are reluctant to speak up in groups? This 60-second strategy video from Edutopia shows how to make participation cards that students can use to share their opinion. The cards provide ways for shyer students to join discussions and can also serve as a formative assessment.

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Afterschool Enrichment
The Why Is Everything
Educators are often looking for ways to help students discover internal motivation and their individual path to learning. This research story from Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Usable Knowledge project explores ways that educators can help students find their motivating “why.” The article includes an interview with Education Lecturer Todd Rose and provides strategies for helping students develop curiosity and motivation.

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Afterschool Enrichment
Creating School Communities of Courage
How can schools help students feel greater safety, inclusion, and engagement in their education? Creating School Communities of Courage: Lessons from the Field, a new report from the National School Climate Center, is based on a summit that explored this question. Grounded in research on climate, the report is also based on interviews, focus groups, and observations from six school districts who participated in the summit and show promise in this area. The report identifies seven lessons from the field on creating a more positive school climate and lists areas for growth.

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Social-Emotional Learning
Building Equitable, Safe and Supportive Schools
Building Equitable, Safe and Supportive Schools: Trauma and Culturally Sensitive Practices for Guidance, a white paper developed by experts from Move This World and American Institutes for Research, explains how trauma-informed and sensitive practices are the core of equitable, safe, and supportive schools. The paper also provides resources and tips educators can use to adopt these practices at schools and in education programs.

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Social-Emotional Learning
Adolescent Substance Use, Addiction, and Treatment: A TAG Talk
According to youth.gov, most adults who have substance use disorders began using alcohol and drugs as adolescents or young adults. The video series, Adolescent Substance Use, Addiction, and Treatment: A TAG Talk, provides information about addressing substance use and addiction in young adults, including effective approaches to treating addiction. Developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health, and partner medical organizations, the video includes discussion guides for parents and for professionals who work with young adults.

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Diverse Learners

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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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