Find strategies to deliver effective civics education, including how to set the foundation for civic learning and engagement activities and best practices for student engagement. Get tips, tools and examples to prepare your program for success.
Literacy is at the heart of building essential skills to prepare students to be successful in college, careers, and life. Explore a wide range of strategies for developing and reinforcing literacy skills in your 21st CCLC program.
In this course, you’ll walk through ways to help you create and sustain an environment where students, their families and program staff feel safe and supported, which will translate to increased engagement.
In this course, you’ll build the knowledge and skills necessary to make financial literacy part of your program.
Partnerships are key to ensuring long term success and sustainability. This course will walk you through the key strategies you will need to employ to ensure mutually beneficial partners to support your program.
This course takes program directors through the human resources elements of recruitment, hiring, onboarding and training staff. This treasure hunt for the right staff will provide participants with strategies to develop and manage a human resources plan that addresses typical challenges such as recruiting and retaining quality staff, and balancing educational and business administration responsibilities.
Constructive relationships between 21st CCLC programs and families contribute to better results for students. Learn to forge strong links to students’ families, to involve them in 21st CCLC, and to support them in overcoming challenges.
This course describes the importance of having a program management plan in place. You will explore the history of project management and see how project management practices can support the success of your 21st CCLC program. You'll learn about the critical tasks involved in effective project/program management and how to initiate, plan, execute, monitor and control, and close your 21st CCLC program.
The U.S. Department of Education defines the 21st CCLC program this way: a federal initiative that supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. In this course, explore the program's purposes and goals, as well as the impacts it has had on students, families and community members across the country. You'll learn about the laws, regulations and guidance around 21st CCLC programs, and how to design and plan a successful program if awarded the opportunity.
Project-Based Learning is a student-directed learning strategy that emphasizes active learning and allows students to explore topics that interest them. Learn how to facilitate projects, see students collaborate to take charge of learning, and help young people make a difference in their world. Explore each phase of the process and take project-based learning one step further with civic learning & engagement, helping students to pursue social change and participate in civic life.
Learning during out-of-school time can boost academic engagement and achievement during the school day. Learn about key concepts such as building a shared vision for learning, coordinating curriculum and supporting partnerships with school-day staff.
Use this course to help you understand how to implement a high-quality, 21st CCLC summer learning program. You will walk through an overview and history of summer learning, how to plan for an impactful experience and the continuous improvement process. The Implementation Strategies section is designed to take you step-by-step in how to effectively design your summer learning program to fit your students' needs. Jump in and learn how to curb summer learning loss!
Including citizen science into your programs can provide your students with the opportunity to collaborate with professional scientists on real-world problems by gathering and analyzing data through hands-on research. Learn how citizen science fits into out-of-school time learning, how to select citizen science activities for your students and your program, and how to prepare for and implement a citizen science project.
Explore exciting ways to incorporate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in your 21st CCLC environment. Learn how to build a STEM team and see examples of STEM projects in action.
Being ready to transition into college or career is important for student success. Explore ways to incorporate college and career readiness into your out-of-school time and summer programs. Learn how to use existing activities to build and reinforce skills, work with stakeholders to strengthen your program, tap into various funding sources, and help families become more informed.