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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Afterschool Programming as a Lever to Enhance and Provide Career Readiness Opportunities
Out-of-school time is an opportunity for students to connect with job skills and expand career readiness in authentic and engaging settings. This brief from the College & Career Readiness & Success Center at AIR looks at ways expanded learning professionals can leverage afterschool time to prepare students at every stage of career development, from career awareness in kindergarten through sixth grade to career training in eleventh and twelfth grades. The brief offers recommendations for state leaders who are interested in using afterschool programming for career readiness.

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College and Career Readiness
Family Engagement Playbook
Educators are taking steps to include family members as essential partners in designing efforts to build relationships between families and strengthen their ability to support their children’s learning and healthy development. Family Engagement Playbook, a new resource from the Global Family Research Project, provides a collection of promising research-based approaches to strengthen individual competencies and organizational support for family engagement.

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Family and Community Engagement
Sharing College and Career Options with Families
Families play an essential role in helping students navigate options for college and career after high school. This blog post from Edutopia describes how one district hosted a middle and high school information event that introduced families to their students’ post-graduation options. Students co-planned the event, and the district also worked closely with the community to provide resources and information.

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Family and Community Engagement
Right Question Institute
The Right Question Institute (RQI) is a nonprofit educational organization that provides strategies to build people’s skills to ask better questions, participate in decisions that affect them, advocate for themselves, and partner with service providers. Resources for educators include lesson planning guides, instructional videos, webinars and podcasts, and activities for different subject areas and grade bands. Free registration is required.

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Academic Enrichment
The 1619 Project Curriculum
The 1619 Project, inaugurated with a special issue of The New York Times Magazine, challenges us to reframe U.S. history by marking the year when the first enslaved Africans forcibly arrived in Virginia as our nation’s foundational date. To support educators in using this resource, the Pulitzer Center has created reading guides, activities, and other resources that will assist with the implementation of The 1619 Project in schools and other places of learning.

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Academic Enrichment
Arts Integration
A recent study found that arts integration in fifth-grade science classrooms led to students’ long-term retention of science concepts. The approach was at least as successful as conventional science teaching. It was particularly helpful for students with the lowest reading scores. The study findings are published in Trends in Neuroscience and Education, and public media station KQED has a story on how art can help center a student’s learning experience. For strategies on integrating the arts into your STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program, check out this archived webinar from Click2Science.

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Academic Enrichment
Mistakes Grow Your Brain
Whether we like it or not, learning often entails mistakes. This article from YouCubed, an organization dedicated to helping all students succeed in math through growth mindsets and innovative teaching, explains how mistakes cause our brains to spark and grow. The article also describes how “mistakes friendly” classrooms can encourage students to increase their effort and perseverance, which also enhances learning.

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Academic Enrichment
Principals’ Perspectives on How Social and Emotional Learning Can Prepare Children and Transform Schools
Ready to Lead: A 2019 Update of Principals’ Perspectives on How Social and Emotional Learning Can Prepare Children and Transform Schools shares principal views on integrating social and emotional learning (SEL) in schools. Following up on a 2017 report, this new study finds that principals stand ready to bring systemic, schoolwide SEL to their schools, but they need greater support from state and district leaders to ensure every student has access to a high-quality education. The report was produced by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

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Social-Emotional Learning
How Afterschool Fosters Protective Factors
A youth’s experiences influence whether they engage in healthy or unhealthy behaviors. A new issue brief from the Afterschool Alliance explores ways afterschool programs are promoting protective factors or experiences that encourage youth to engage in healthy behavior and avoid unhealthy choices. Afterschool programs promote protective factors through safe and supportive environments, helping students form positive bonds with staff and peers, providing a place where they can develop confidence and a sense of agency and practice responsible decision making and interpersonal skills. The issue brief provides an overview of the research as well as real-world examples from afterschool programs.

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Diverse Learners
Including Students with Disabilities
Afterschool programs serve students with mental, behavioral, and developmental disorders, but staff and other stakeholders are not always prepared to fully support these students. The Summer 2019 issue of AfterSchool Today, the official publication of the National AfterSchool Association, addresses the topic of disability inclusion. Topics include an overview of disability inclusion and professional development in afterschool, a special report on trends in disability inclusion, and an overview of promising practices in providing sensory-inclusive experiences for all students.

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Diverse Learners

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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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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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