Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Program
Title IV, Part B, of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Additional Out-of-School Time Resources
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
- How to Smile
Designed by a group of science museums, this website is a clearing house for educational materials related to science and mathematics specifically for working with school-age youth outside of the classroom setting. Educators can both use and contribute to the online collection.
- Engineering is Elementary
The EiE is a project of the National Center for Technological Literacy and is designed for students in grades 1-8 to develop engineering and technology literacy. A variety of lessons are available for preview and purchase via the website, as well as supportive professional development and educational research.
- After-School Programs Promote Achievement
This study concludes after-school and summer programs have a small, though statistically significant positive impact on student achievement in reading and mathematics, finds a recent study by Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning. They analyzed 56 studies meeting high standards for rigor in exploring the impact of out-of-school time strategies. Researchers found reading gains for students in kindergarten through second grade, and math gains for high school students. One-on-one tutoring brought the greatest reading gains. Read the brief summary here, or the full report here.
- Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) and LEA/SEA Toolkits
According to the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice (1998), one of the key elements of a high-quality after-school program is an effective partnership between community-based organizations (CBOs) and schools. The CBOs and Local Education Agency/State Education Agency toolkits provide research supporting the need for school-CBO partnerships; successful strategies for creating and sustaining partnerships; and checklists and tools. This website provides links to these tool kits, as well as to information about research, strategies for success, and checklists.
- Badgerlink offers 21st CCLCs access to 68 separate resources, including full text and multimedia content you can use to create activities for use in after-school programs. The resources are searchable by grade or reading level, cover STEM subjects, test preparation and practice tests, and royalty-free music, video, and images perfect for school projects. Explore all of BadgerLink here.
- The After-School Alliance
This private organization provides information and resources for after-school programs.
- Harvard Family Research Project
The Harvard Family Research Project provides resources to improve evaluation for practitioners, policymakers, funders, researchers, and evaluators in the after-school field.
- Partnership for Family Involvement in Education
This website provides information about the Partnership, including how to join, a list of members, examples of activities, a comprehensive listing of U.S. Department of Education publications on family and community involvement, including after-school programs, and other resources.
- US Department of Education
The US Department of Education provides resources, links, and guidelines regarding after-school programs.
For questions about this information, contact Alison Wineberg (608) 267-3751