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21st Century Community Learning Center: Training & Technical Assistance

Spring Training

Aligning with the School Day, Citizen Science, and Literacy with You for Youth


The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is pleased to announce that You for Youth (Y4Y), the free online professional learning and technical assistance portal for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CLCs), will be providing in-person training on 1) aligning with the school day; AND 2) citizen science; or 3) literacy for current Wisconsin CLC grant applicants in both Madison and Eau Claire. This will be a great opportunity to learn in depth about three of the most requested professional development areas of CLC programming. The DPI expects that each site send at least one representative.

The information presented at each site will be the same, so you only need to attend one training! The schedule for the event is as follows:
8:00 – 9:00 am Registration Opens and Continental Breakfast Buffet
9:00 – 9:30 am Welcome: Working with the CLC Guiding Principles
9:30 – 12:30 am Plenary: Continuous Intentional Learning in After School
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 pm Breakout Sessions (Select One of Two Options): Cultivating Citizen Science OR Making Literacy an Integral Part of Your Program

Session Descriptions:

  • Plenary (for all attendees): Continuing Intentional Learning in After School
    The new Y4Y course, “Continuous Education,” is an update to the popular “Aligning with the School Day” course. Together we’ll cover the six key components to developing an out-of-school time program that promotes one seamless, high-quality, continuous education for students. We will engage in hands-on activities that focus on planning, designing activities, and assessing success utilizing Y4Y tools and resources in this course. Please bring a laptop, tablet, or Internet-accessible device to explore Y4Y during the session.
  • Breakout Session Choice 1: Cultivating Citizen Science
    Citizen Science projects empower youth to have an impact on the world. Learn how to plan and get involved in authentic, purposeful scientific research that enhances students’ knowledge and 21st century skills. Explore real life examples and You for Youth (Y4Y) resources to implement Citizen Science projects in your program. Please bring a laptop, tablet, or Internet- accessible device to explore Y4Y during the session.
  • Breakout Session Choice 2: Making Literacy an Integral Part of Your Program
    Literacy plays a critical role in gaining academic and 21st century skills. Using You for Youth (Y4Y) resources, participants will improve their understanding of the building blocks of literacy and learn to implement literacy into program activities. Participants will take away research-based literacy strategies, activities, and resources geared toward building collaboration and critical thinking skills in literacy. Please bring a laptop, tablet, or Internet-accessible device to explore Y4Y during the session.

Registration Details:
Madison Training: More information and registration here
Eau Claire Training: More information and registration here

Deadline To Register: Monday, February 27, 2018

If you have any issues registering, please contact Elizabeth Pease at or call (608) 267-9240.

For any questions related to the event please contact:
Teri LeSage at: or (608) 267-5078
Tanya Morin at: or (608) 267-9393
Alison Wineberg at: or (608) 267-3751


Archived Training and Technical Assistance


Summer Institute for New Grantees

On August 7-8, 2017, DPI hosted a two-day Summer Institute for new 21st Century Community Learning Center grantees. Participants had the opportunity to review grant and evaluation requirements, plan for the upcoming school year, hear about best practices from peers, and engage in a series of workshops hosted by the Wisconsin Afterschool Network. Some of the presentation materials are below. For questions regarding this event, please contact Tanya Morin, (608) 267-9393.

Afterschool Snack Program Resource

The DPI School Nutrition team recently produced a webcast on the ins and outs of the Afterschool Snack Program. 21st CCLC grantees are strongly encouraged to view the webcast to learn more about the program and how to enroll, if they haven't already. The webcast provides a review of the eligibility requirements, reimbursement process, and how to create a reimbursable snack. View the Afterschool Snack presentation here!

2016 21st CCLC Grantee Conference Materials

2015 New Grantee Webinar

On August 11 & 12, 2015, DPI Consultants, Gary Sumnicht, Tanya Morin, and Alison Wineberg hosted webinars for new 21st CCLC grantees.

  • Nancy Cedar from Wausau School District joined the Part I webinar to share her personal tips for successfully starting a 21st CCLC program. Below is a summary of her advice for new programs.

2015-16 Grant Writing Workshop

On November 24, 2014, DPI staff hosted a webinar for potential applicants. This link will enable you to view the recorded webinar

Career and College Readiness Webinar

Facilitated by Foundations, Inc. trainers, this webinar introduces participants to what it means to support college and career readiness in an afterschool program. Learn how to support students ages 11 and up in building the capacity to identify, take, and complete the next steps to prepare for the college and career experiences they want to pursue. Explore examples of activities from actual college and career readiness programs and receive tips, strategies, and resources to help you plan and implement developmentally appropriate programming that equips youth for their future paths in higher education and work.
This link will access the webinar. Passcode: readiness.

On November 10, 2009, DPI hosted a Wisline Web workshop for 21st CCLC applicants. You can access the workshop by visiting
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On May 8, 2008, Jennifer Dahnke and Paul Young presented strategies and ideas to partner with your building principals. The PowerPoint presentation and the executive summary of "Leading After-School Learning Communities" are available for viewing through the following links.
Aligning the Learning Day: Collaboration Strategies for Principals & After-School Program Directors
Leading After-School Learning Communities: What Principals Should Know And Be Able To Do

SERVE Toolkit Follow-up and APR/PPICS Update (May 2007)
21st CCLC Profile and Performance Information Collection System (PPICS).
National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning Toolkit Training: Follow-up, Technology and Arts.

SERVE Introduction and Materials (February 2007)
SERVE Center WisLine Math Games
SERVE WisLine Math Games Handouts
SERVE WisLine Math Games Script

Introduction to Sustainability Planning (February 2006)
A PDF version of the presentation by Bridget Gothberg and members of DPI's CLC team

Strengthening School, Family and Community Partnerships in CLC Programs (May 2005)
A PDF version of the presentation by Joyce Epstein

Creating Extraordinary Afterschool Learning Experiences (February 2005)
A PDF version of the presentation by DPI and UW-Extension

Connecting Your Afterschool Program with Reading (February 2004)
A PDF version of the presentation on reading strategies for afterschool programs

Quality Partnerships (December 2003)
A PDF version of the presentation hosted by members of DPI's CLC team

For questions about this information, contact Alison Wineberg (608) 267-3751