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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Advancing Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) as a Lever for Equity and Excellence

As the pandemic and the nationwide fight for racial justice amplify the longstanding inequities in education and other sectors, the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has released a new report: Emerging Insights on Advancing Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) as a Lever for Equity and Excellence. The report summarizes five emerging insights on advancing SEL as a lever for equity and excellence that districts at all stages of their SEL implementation can reflect on as they shape their strategies.



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Caring for Children and Youth in Crisis

Afterschool Alliance has created a two-part webinar series to help afterschool staff support students who have experienced trauma. Part 1 of the series focuses on using evidence to support trauma-informed approaches to healing in afterschool. Part 2 discusses how to create healing-centered environments in afterschool. The archived webinars are available with free registration. 



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Social-Emotional Learning
Tools for Anti-Racist Teaching

PBS Learning Media has developed a virtual professional learning series on tools for anti-racist teaching. Topics include deepening your understanding of race and racism; using media to know better, teach better; amplifying student voice; and focusing on young learners. 



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Diverse Learners
Supporting Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities may face unique learning challenges during school closures or conversion to virtual programming. This blog post from You for Youth (Y4Y), the U.S. Department of Education’s online portal for 21st CCLC grantees, provides strategies to support students with disabilities during virtual programming. The post lists a series of strategies, with links to organizations and resources that support students with disabilities.



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Diverse Learners
Supporting Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities may face unique learning challenges during school closures or conversion to virtual programming. This blog post from You for Youth (Y4Y), the U.S. Department of Education’s online portal for 21st CCLC grantees, provides strategies to support students with disabilities during virtual programming. The post lists a series of strategies, with links to organizations and resources that support students with disabilities.



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Diverse Learners
4 Key Elements for Designing Remote Professional Learning

If your afterschool team is meeting virtually, you can still offer meaningful, engaging professional learning opportunities for your staff. This article from Edutopia lists key elements for designing remote professional learning. It also provides examples and links to resources.



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Program Management
The Value of Mentoring

Every year, college students work in summer and afterschool programs, but they rarely continue as career professionals in the field of expanded learning. “The Value of Mentoring,” an article in AfterSchool Today, the National AfterSchool Association's official publication, explores the role that professional mentoring plays in encouraging young expanded learning staff to become career professionals. The article outlines the traits of good mentors and mentees and explains how mentoring represents an investment in afterschool programs. 



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Let’s Talk About Afterschool: Telling Your Story

It is always important for afterschool programs to make the case for afterschool and highlight ways our programs support students, their families, schools, and the community. This archived webinar from Afterschool Alliance brings together perspectives from several afterschool programs to discuss how they have raised awareness and generated support for their programs in challenging times.



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Sustainability
Tip Sheets on Everyday Parenting Topics

These tip sheets from the Child Welfare Information Gateway are designed for service providers to share with parents and caregivers in the context of a particular concern or question. The tip sheets provide a starting point for a discussion between parent and provider that is grounded in protective factors. The information is easy to read and focuses on concrete steps that parents can take to strengthen their families.



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Family and Community Engagement
Engaging and Supporting Families During Distance Learning

As schools offer remote instruction or a hybrid of in-person and remote instruction, educators must find new ways to engage students and their families. This article from the Global Family Research Project shares lessons learned from online learning and outlines strategies that educators can use to engage families.



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Family and Community Engagement

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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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