Diverse, Prepared Staff Including Certificated Educators
Quality 21st CCLC programs recruit and retain high quality staff and volunteers who are focused on creating a positive and engaging learning environment. Staff members are diverse in their backgrounds and are representative of the student population that is served in the program. Ongoing professional development is provided based on identified staff needs.
Afterschool Alliance: Afterschool Webinars
Learn from experts and fellow practitioners on the latest in afterschool, including program funding, research and analysis, practical guides, and how to’s.
Better Kid Care (Penn State Extension)
Better Kid Care’s online modules provide a great orientation for youth programs. All On-Demand modules are free, however there is a $5.00 fee for certificate of completion.
Developed by University of Nebraska Extension and the NOYCE Foundation
The Click2Science website provides STEM professional development resources for out-of-school time program providers including staff development guides, self-directed web lessons and webinars.
GetConnected Nebraska Afterschool Conference
This annual conference provides an opportunity to learn more about planning and implementing a quality afterschool or summer program. Sessions offered target a variety of audiences including program leaders, staff, teachers, administrators, community partners and others interested in afterschool and summer learning opportunities for children and youth.
National Afterschool Alliance (NAA)
The mission of the National Afterschool Alliance is to foster development, provide education, and encourage advocacy for the out-of-school-time community. NAA provides publications, resources, and services that reflect best-practice thinking of the profession.
Nebraska’s Core Competencies for School Age and Youth Development Professionals
Core Competencies are what all adults who work with children and youth need to know, understand and be able to do to support children an youth’s development, learning, and success in school and in life. Core Knowledge and Core Competencies provide a broad categorization of knowledge, skills, and attributes that apply across all roles in the school-age and youth development field.
You for Youth, US Department of Education (Y4Y)
The focus of Y4Y is on learning and professional development for every staff member at every level of 21st CCLC programs. Resources include webinars and implementation guides focused on topics relevant to afterschool programs such as project-based learning, family engagement, and aligning your program to the school day.
Quality 21st CCLC programs utilize active, student-centered instructional methods that make learning meaningful and relevant. Afterschool and summer experiences are planned based on students’ interests, available community resources and identified student needs. Adults serve as facilitators allowing students opportunities to have ownership in their learning and grow leadership skills.
Americans for the Arts
This website gives detailed information on how to plan, run, provide training and evaluate arts programs for at-risk youth.
Asia Kids Society
This website is linked to Asia Society’s main page, and includes sections for children (Stories, Arts, Languages, Games) and educational resources for teachers, parents and afterschool providers.
Buck Institute for Education
Buck Institute for Education offers several free resources, such as definitions of project-based learning, how to design a project and project-based learning research.
Coming Up Taller
This website offers information about Coming Up Taller Awards, Humanities Programs, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, National Book Festival, The National Endowment for the Humanities and The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
Design Squad Nation
The Design Squad Nation website is an online community that grew out of the Design Squad television series that aired on PBS Kids. The site targets kids ages 8 and older and features creative activities, engaging video, interactive games, and exciting contests. Use Design Squad Nation activities, animation, video profiles, and episodes in classrooms and afterschool programs, in libraries and museums, at events and at home.
Edutopia: What Works in Education
This website provides information and resources for implementing Project-Based Learning in the classroom and in the afterschool setting. Fun and Free Summer Learning Resources from Edutopia
Visit this Edutopia webpage for information and resources to help you plan your summer program. (posted 1.30.2017)
HOW TO SMILE.ORG
SMILE’s learning activities, tools, and services are available to all but are designed especially for those who teach school-aged children in non-classroom settings (like museums, zoos, aquaria, and afterschool or outdoor education programs). SMILE is dedicated to bringing the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities developed by informal science organizations around the country to the wider informal educator community, while encouraging that community to both use and contribute to SMILE’s growing collection.
Educator resources including lesson plans
National Geographic Kids
This website offers children’s games, activities, stories and videos about people, places and animals from different countries.
Nebraska Arts Council
This website of the Nebraska Arts Council, whose mission is to promote, cultivate and sustain the arts for the people of Nebraska, provides grants and services to artists, organizations and communities.
PBS Teachers Education Resource Center
PBS offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. On-line broadband access and digital media are dramatically changing the opportunities available to the nation’s educators. Our recent national educator survey (Grunwald, 2009) indicates that more teachers than ever before are turning to digital media resources to help their students understand concepts, practice new skills and engage in exciting, authentic learning experiences.
Songs for Teaching- Using Music to Promote Learning
This website offers multicultural instrument building instructions for families.
Smithsonian Education: Educators
This website is designed to access lesson plans and resources aligned to state standards (can be searched by state, grade and subject) related to art and design, science and technology, history and culture and language arts.
You for Youth
This website, offered by the United States Department of Education, provides professional development resources and information on a variety of topics relevant to afterschool programs. The coaching module focused on project-based learning provides guidance and tools for implementing project-based learning in the afterschool setting.
Intentional Programming Aligned with the School Day Program
Quality 21st CCLC programs provide additional time and support for learning outside of the regular school day. Academic support includes homework help and enrichment activities that align to, complement, and enhance the school day curriculum.
The building principal is key to ensuring the alignment between the school day and 21st CCLC afterschool programs in supporting students’s success.
American Institutes for Research (AIR)
Afterschool and Expanded Learning
AIR’s work in the afterschool and expanded learning field supports the creation, evaluation, improvement, and maintenance of high-quality afterschool and expanded learning programs in a variety of ways.
STEM professional development for out-of-school time program providers
Connected Science Learning: Linking in-school and out-of-school STEM learning
Connected Science Learning is an online journal highlighting STEM education experiences that bridge the gap between in-school and out-of-school settings.
NASA is taking a leading role in the effort to inspire interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through its unique mission, workforce, facilities, research, and innovations. Students, educators and faculty may explore and experience unique space and aeronautics content through NASA’s education programs.
Nebraska 4-H Afterschool
Nebraska 4-H Youth Development aims to increase the quality and quantity of out-of-school time programs that address community needs. Out-of-school time programs are offered outside of school hours, and include afterschool programs.
Nebraska Department of Education
- 21st Century Community Learning Centers
- State Board Position Statement for Expanded Learning Opportunities (approved October 2017)
- Content Area Standards Home
- Nebraska BLAST!
Read Aloud Nebraska
The importance of reading aloud with children is understood and accepted by the educational community, parents, and others as an effective tool in learning success and healthy child development. Their vision is that parents and caregivers, along with the educational community read aloud with all children.
Read Write Think
International Literacy Association and the National Council of Teachers of English
This resource is designed for parents and afterschool educators. Find resources by grade level, K-12, including
You for Youth
Online professional learning and technical assistance for 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Ongoing Assessment and Improvement
Quality 21st CCLC program site-level and state-level leadership teams collect, analyze, and utilize data from multiple sources as part of their continuous improvement process. Data collected and analyzed annually includes program self-assessments and surveys from multiple stakeholders including students, families, teachers and program staff. This information is used to study the quality and effectiveness of the program, while also highlighting strengths and accomplishments toward achieving program goals.
Assessment and Evaluation
Evaluation and assessment are key to providing evidence of success. They will help you make the case to funders, the media and the public and the positive impact that our STEM program is having on participants. Here are tools to measure your program’s impact and outcomes.
Dimensions of Success (DoS) Observation Tool
PEAR Institute (Partnerships in Education and Resilience)
DoS is an overarching framework that defines key aspects of a quality STEM Learning experience. DoS forms the backbone of a suite of tools and guides designed to help out-of-school time programs improve the quality of their STEM offerings. The tool describes four levels of quality across twelve dimensions of a STEM activity.
Nebraska 21st Century Community Learning Centers Statewide Evaluation Reports
The purpose of evaluation is to study the quality and effectiveness of a project, while also highlighting strengths and accomplishments toward program goals. The ultimate benefit of evaluation is to provide information and direction to site supervisors, directors, administrators and teachers for program improvement. The Nebraska 21st CCLC Annual Report provides a comprehensive look at the program’s continuous improvement evaluation process.
Safety, Health and Wellness
Quality 21st CCLC programs provide a safe, healthy and nurturing environment for all students. The physical space and the atmosphere of the program promote a healthy learning environment. Health and nutrition are incorporated into daily programming, and there are daily opportunities for physical activity.
All sites are expected to meet or exceed the 21st CCLC Health and Safety Expectations.
Action for Healthy Kids
The mission of the Action for Healthy Kids is to mobilize school professionals, families and communities to take actions that lead to healthy eating, physical activity and healthier schools where kids thrive.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Kids on the Move: Afterschool Programs Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
America After 3PM
Nebraska Department of Education
NDE’s Nutrition Services provides leadership that inspires service of nutritious meals to children, students and adults.
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Title 391, Children’s Services Licensing
Chapter 4, School-Age-Only Centers
Effective 2/20/13, Operative 5/20/13
School-Age-Only Child Care CenterThese regulations govern the licensing of school-age-only child care centers by the Department of health and Human Services.
Participation, Access and Support During Transitions
Quality 21st CCLC programs promote consistent and active participation. Programs embrace and value diversity, and have a conscious commitment to help all students thrive by providing inclusive, accessible, responsive, and engaging services. Programs support student transitions between grades and across levels through consistency of staff and experiences that prepare students for the next phase of their educational experience.
Nebraska Department of Education
College/Career Awareness and Readiness
Quality 21st CCLC programs provide time outside of the regular school day for students to connect in meaningful ways with program staff, school-day educators, colleges/universities, and local business and industry to develop interests and skills for future success. Ongoing opportunities afterschool and in the summer build confidence, encourage personal responsibility, help students discover college/career options, and develop knowledge and behaviors that are critical to success in school and in life.
American Institutes For Research (AIR)
How Career and Technical Education Can Help Students Be College and Career Ready: A Primer
Staff Development Guides
Connecting Skills to Careers
Exploring STEM Career Connections
How Many Careers Use STEM?
October 2008, Volume 66, Number 2
What Makes a Student College Ready?
David T. Conley
Edutopia, College Readiness
After graduation, what next? Learn about preparing students for college admissions and helping them stay in college once they get there.
Nebraska Career Education
Nebraska Department of Education
Resources include Nebraska Career Fields, Nebraska Career Readiness Standards, AQuESTT Career Education, and more.
Partnership for 21st Century Skills
Framework for 21st Century LearningP21’s Framework for 21st Century Learning was developed with input from teachers, education experts, and business leaders to define and illustrate the skills and knowledge students need to succeed in work, life and citizenship, as well as the support systems necessary for 21st century learning outcomes.
You for Youth, US Department of Education
Online Professional Learning and Technical Assistance for 21st Century Community Learning Centers
College and Career Readiness
Lincoln Community Learning Centers/Lincoln Community Foundation
Students at the four Lincoln CLC sites enjoyed a multi-generational (elementary, middle school, and university student) approach to learning about science. Each semester, UNL students designed content for weekly clubs, then taught that to the middle school students at Culler and Park. Part of each club session was teaching the middle school students how to deliver the same content to elementary students. The elementary students traveled to the middle schools once per week to participate in the club, taught by the middle school students. Students at Lakeview were also fed an evening meal at the school with their Park partners. In addition to the weekly clubs…
• Students visited science labs at UNL, met scientists, and toured their labs
• Students were exposed to careers in science, and had the opportunity to meet people in those careers
• Students led two very successful “Sunday with a Scientist” events at Morrill Hall
Primary project partners include:
- Lincoln Community Foundation (fiscal agent)
- Lincoln Public Schools (local evaluator)
- Dr. Eileen Hebets, University of Nebraska-Lincoln;
- Kathleen French, University of Nebraska State Museum
- Malone Center
- Boys and Girls Club
- Willard Community Center
- Park Community Learning Center
- Lakeview Community Learning Center
- Hartley Community Learning Center
- Culler Community Learning Center
From the NEWS
CREATIVE SCIENCE INVESTIGATION – Lakeview Elementary
Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts (NRD)
Every Nebraska Natural Resources District (NRD) offers a variety of programs for students grades K – 12.
Contact your NRD to find out more about the educational programs in your area.
Papio Missouri River NRD teacher newsletter lists summer camps and education programs. Papio is based out of Omaha.
They also have the Groundwater Festival every year. Staff in Sidney are available to provide presentations in classrooms, and work with the local 4-H programs to assist with their projects. South Platte NRD offers scholarships for the Range and ACE camps each year, and have had an increasing number of applicants over the last few years.
Tri-Basin NRD’s school programs are listed below:
- Each April, we collaborate with Lower Republican, Nebraska Extension, Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District, NRCS, Kansas Extension, and the Corps of Engineers to host the Water Jamboree. This is a 2 day water festival for 5th grade students from south central Nebraska and north central Kansas. Over the 2 days, we educate about 550 students through hands-on sessions on all aspects of water, such as conservation, recreation, safety, and wildlife.
- Each September, we host the Rainwater Basin Conservation Day for 8th grade students in our district. This event is held completely outdoors at Sacramento-Wilcox Wildlife Management Area. Students rotate through sessions about plants, trees, GPS, insects, wetlands, geology, water resources, and migratory waterfowl. We usually have about 150 students at Conservation Day.
- We also offer classroom programs at the request of our district’s teachers.
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