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21st CCLC -Expanded Learning Opportunities -Research & Resources


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This page contains Research & Resources related to 21st CCLC priority topics:

Continuous Improvement
English Language Learners (ELL)
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
Oregon Service-Learning Guidebook
College, Work and Citizenship
Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Family Engagement Resources
Inclusion Resources

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U.S. Department of Education's 21st CCLC Website

After-School Snacks and Meals: Reimbursement
Reimbursement is available for after-school snacks and meals offered in 21st CCLC programs. All funded 21st CCLC programs are expected to participate.

Eligibility Criteria
Each school served by 21st CCLC must have equal to or greater than 50% of attending students eligible for free/reduced price meals. The authorized source for ODE 2012-13 data for Students Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch, by County, District and School is: Establishing Poverty Levels PDF

Another source for percentage of poverty of students
Applicants can use the numbers submitted in their most recent Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) Budget Narrative Title IA targeting page for each school proposed in their 21st CCLC grant application.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Afterschool Meal & Snack Program
The CACFP Afterschool Meal and Snack Program is a reimbursement program designed to give school age children and youth in low-income areas a nutritional boost and involve them in supervised activities that are safe, fun, and educational during the school year. This program is officially known as the At-Risk Program. 21st CCLC grantees and those interested in Afterschool programs will benefit from the information and technical assistance through contacts on the CACFP program link.

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Continuous Improvement

Moving Toward Success: Framework for Afterschool Programs PDF A Committee of researchers, evaluators and program experts jointly developed the Framework for After-School Programs. This document provides overall recommendations and guidelines for after-school staff and others to use in developing and sustaining effective programs. Both those new to or experienced in afterschool programming may benefit from this valuable document, using it as a "road map" to guide program planning and implementation when used in conjunction with other materials and hands-on guidance by program experts and evaluators.

Leading Indicators for Program Quality PDF

Innovation and Continuous Improvement PDF
The funding provided by 21st CCLC is often crucial for innovations that develop and test new ways to support children’s learning and development, especially those that are informed by sound research and evaluation on what works and why.

21st CCLC - Funded Afterschool Programs PDF
More than a decade of research evidence suggests that 21st CCLC funding can help quality afterschool programs to: Provide a wide array of high quality afterschool experiences for children and youth. Work toward improving academic success. Contribute to improved child well-being.

Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELOs)
ELOs offer structured learning environments outside the traditional school day through before- and after-school, summer, extended-day, -week or -year programs.

Continuity in Education Across Settings PDF
Out of School Time Programs - Rural Areas PDF
Out of School Time Programs for Older Youths PDF
Helping Older Youth Succeed PDF
Working Together to Support Children’s Learning PDF
Data Sharing Resources for Afterschool, EL Programs and Systems PDF

External Links
  • You for Youth
    This US Dept. of Education website was developed to provide afterschool programs what they reported they needed to create engaging expanded learning opportunities. Features Include: Courses, Coaching Modules, Peer to Peer Exchange, the Design Studio plus Resources and Technical Assistance.
  • The Expanded Learning and After School Project
    This project connects you with research, resources and best practices for building affordable and sustainable approaches to expanding learning in your community. This site also includes a Toolkit for Expanding Learning for organizations interested in implementing or strengthening learning opportunities. These tools can guide such agencies as they develop plans for afterschool, summer learning and expanded learning time initiatives in their communities.
  • The Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) National Center for Quality Afterschool helps state education agencies and local practitioners develop high-quality, balanced programs that provide a safe and fun environment for academic enrichment as well as youth development activities. The purpose is to help afterschool programs support student achievement by helping them embed high quality academic content in engaging activities that attract and retain student participation.

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English Language Learners (ELL)

Supporting English Language Learners PDF
Opportunities for English Learners in Common Core ELA PDF
ELA Instructional Materials Development Guidelines PDF
ELL Good Practice Resource List

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Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Oregon’s McMinnville School District (MSD) was selected by the U.S. Department of Education as one of only three STEM Showcase programs in the country. The MSD STEM program features community and industry-based hands-on experiences in K-7th grade, 6th-8th grade STEM/STEAM electives, and 9th-12th grade STEM Career Pathways. Additionally, the district runs afterschool robotics programs and two summer STEM programs.

McMinnville School District STEM 21st CCLC Showcase Opportunities Related to Oregon STEM Education

STEM Good Practice Resource List

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College, Work and Citizenship

Oregon 21st Century PDF

Supporting Student Outcomes PDF
This research brief shines a spotlight on the role of afterschool and summer learning programs in supporting student success and offers research-derived principles for effective expanded learning partnership efforts.

Engaging Older Youth: Program and City-level Strategies to Support Sustained Participation in Out-of-School Time
Research summary on best practices across multiple programs that engage older youth.

Recruiting, Engaging and Retaining Older Youth in Out-of-School Time Programs PDF
A webinar on this topic created for 21CCLC schools in PA.

Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

CTE Good Practice Resource List

Engaging Older Youth in Career Programming During Out of School Time
A nice list of lessons learned from a study of multiple programs, including creative ideas how to respond to the desire of older youth to engage in career exploration activities.

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Family Engagement Resources

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Inclusion Resources

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Oregon Department of Education - Title IV-B Disclaimer of Endorsement
The presentations and documents funded by Title IV-B 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) included in Oregon Department of Education (ODE) conferences, and/or posted on ODE web sites may include links to information and resources created by other public and private organizations. These resources, materials and links are provided for the user's convenience and to benefit program quality in Title IV-B. ODE does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this non-ODE information. The inclusion of these links is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse views expressed, or products or services offered, on non-ODE sites.

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  • Pete Ready Email    (503) 947-5785
    Federal Systems - Education Specialist