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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Summer Learning Toolkit: Evidence-Based Tools and Guidance for Delivering Effective Programs
This toolkit from the Wallace Foundation offers hands-on, downloadable resources for school districts and community organizations looking to start or enhance their summer learning programs.

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Supporting Local Experts Who Volunteer
Volunteers provide important support for afterschool programs, and it is crucial that afterschool leaders provide the information and support volunteers need to be successful. This blog post from the U.S. Department of Education’s You for Youth (Y4Y) afterschool website provides guidance and tools for recruiting volunteers, matching them with responsibilities that fit their skills and interests, supporting them, and recognizing their contribution so that they have a rewarding experience and stay involved.

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Classroom Collaboration
Collaborative learning supports social and emotional learning and is also a key part of successful group activities. This resource from Illinois Classrooms in Action provides an overview of collaborative learning as well as a 60-minute professional development guide with facilitator’s notes and presentation slides.

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Classroom Management
CareerOneStop
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, CareerOneStop is an online resource to help individuals explore careers; learn about salaries and education and skill requirements of different jobs; find local training; and match skills with careers and jobs. Afterschool programs can use this site to help students explore careers that interest them and set education and career goals.

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College and Career Readiness
Afterschool and Summer Learning: A City Strategy to Support College and Career Readiness
Increased student attendance and engagement in school, higher academic achievement, and graduating with the necessary skills, experience, and education to pursue postsecondary education or career are all components of college and career readiness. Because high-quality expanded learning programs are associated with these outcomes, some city leaders are looking to afterschool and summer learning programs to ensure that young citizens are college and career ready. This report from the National League of Cities provides examples from promising expanded learning programs and describes ways that their local communities can support them.

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College and Career Readiness
Supporting All Learners With Complex Texts
How can educators help students with varying reading abilities access and learn from complex texts? This blog post from Achieve the Core helps educators provide scaffolding and supports to help all readers. Suggestions include supporting vocabulary, pre-annotating texts with key ideas, using questions as scaffolds, and allowing time for reflection and discussion.

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Academic Enrichment
Radical Math
Students find math more meaningful when they are able to connect it to real-world situations. Radical Math is a resource that helps educators integrate economic and social justice issues into math curriculum and instruction. The website has links to more than 700 lesson plans, articles, charts, graphs, datasets, maps, and books that help educators support students in using math to understand and solve social problems.

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Academic Enrichment
What Is STEAM?
With the growing focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in afterschool, it is tempting to think of the arts in opposition to STEM subjects. This blog post from Click2Science explains how afterschool programs can integrate the arts into STEM programming to offer STEAM. The blog post describes the characteristics of STEAM projects and provides examples of STEAM activities.

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Academic Enrichment
How Afterschool Programs Can Support Youth Voice
Many young people who are interested in improving their communities are speaking up and trying to make change through civic engagement. This archived webinar from the Afterschool Alliance provides guidance on how expanded learning programs can support youth who want to advocate for issues that are important to them. The webinar also offers suggestions on connecting youth voice and engagement to Lights On Afterschool advocacy events. Free registration is required.

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Afterschool Enrichment
Taking a Big-Picture Approach to Wellness
Youth wellness is a key part of an afterschool program’s support for educating the whole child. This issue brief from the Afterschool Alliance advocates for a “big-picture” approach to wellness, which includes healthy eating and physical activity combined with social and emotional learning. In addition to explaining the importance of supporting student wellness, the brief provides examples of wellness practices and strategies that afterschool programs are currently using. An issue brief summary document is also available.

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Afterschool Enrichment

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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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