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Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Program Training & Technical Assistance

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Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Program

Title IV, Part B, of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)


  Grantee Training & Technical Assistance Opportunities

Monthly Grantee Check-In Calls

The Department of Public Instruction began offering check-in calls in April of 2020 to support grantees during the COVID-19 pandemic and have continued holding these calls on a regular basis since then. The calls have touched on a variety of topics, both COVID related and non-COVID related, and have drawn on the expertise of many other DPI teams and programs. Many forms and guidance documents created by the DPI for 21st CCLC grantees have been shared during our monthly 21st CCLC Grantee Check-in Calls. Many of these forms and guidance documents are available on the General Out-of-School time (OST) Resources Page by relevant category.

For financial forms and other forms and guidance relevant to current grantees, please visit the 21st CCLC Grant Program Current Grantee Resources webpage. For evaluation-related forms and guidance, including information about reporting requirements, monitoring visits, and the self-assessment process, please visit the 21st CCLC Grant Program Evaluation webpage.

A list of the dates and topics of each of the calls, along with the recordings and slides, have been archived in a shared Google folder. For a link to the Google folder, please contact your assigned DPI consultant.


DPI has created a number of webinars for 21st CCLC grantees that are intended to assist them with completing grant-related tasks, such as completing a budget revision or preparing for a monitoring visit. Links to those webinars are posted on the relevant DPI 21st CCLC webpages. Short webinars about completing budgets and budget revisions are posted on the 21st CCLC Grant Program Current Grantee Resources webpage. A webinar about the remote monitoring process is posted on the 21st CCLC Grant Program Evaluation webpage, as is information about how to access the 2020-21 Cayen webinars hosted by the Consortium of Applied Research (CAR) at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay (UWGB).

Health and Safety

Sources of COVID-19 Information for Schools and Child Care Programs
Infection Control and Mitigation Measures
  • COVID-19 Infection Control and Mitigation Measures for Schools: Interim guidance developed by DPI in consultation with DHS. Its purpose is to provide guidance for keeping school staff and students safe in schools and other settings when face-to-face interactions occur. These are not requirements but state-level guidance, meant to provide you with what is considered promising practices at the current time, based upon what is currently known and understood regarding COVID-19.
  • School Health Services Interim COVID-19 Infection Control and Mitigation:Toolkit: Guidance related to considerations, strategies, and rationale for making decisions about engaging in face-to-face learning while the virus causing COVID-19 remains in circulation. Includes tools that provide school nurses and school staff with resources to implement the strategies.
  • COVID-19 Information for School Health Services: DPI webpage with resources intended to assist school health professionals with the mitigation of the effects of COVID-19 on school communities. Includes information about social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • When and How to Wash Your Hands: Information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about how to properly wash your hands.
  • Use Masks to Slow the Spread of COVID-19: Information from the CDC about how and why to wear face coverings.
Keeping Kids Safe Online
  • Keeping Kids Safe Online:The DPI, in partnership with the Department of Justice (DOJ), are working to create awareness about Internet Safety. This site provides a compilation of resources, tools, and information to empower all stakeholders (students, teachers, parents, guardians, and administrators) to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions about technology use.
  • Afterschool Webinar: Safely Engaging Youth in a Virtual World: Recording of webinar facilitated by the Afterschool Alliance that explores how to use online platforms to engage students, as well as the potential safety and privacy issues associated with online instruction.

Activities and Content

Digital Learning
Place-Based Education
  • Why Place-Based Education: Short article that explains the guiding principles of place-based education and provides links to helpful resources you can use to get started with this instructional approach.
  • Power of Place: Website dedicated to place-based education. Includes resources that support the implementation of place-based education, as well as professional development resources.
  • FIELD Edventures: Wisconsin-based organization dedicated to helping educators explore the outdoors, foster inquiry, and engage learners through discovery. Formerly known as Wisconsin Green Schools Network.
  • Taking Education Outdoors Toolkit: A collection of resources compiled by the DPI The resources in this toolkit are intended to help schools take learning outside to help address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources are not limited to education during the pandemic—taking learning outdoors can be part of providing equitable education during COVID-19 and beyond. The toolkit includes an Instructional Programming section, which lists sources for instructional resources, and an Out-of-School Time section, which lists resources of particular relevance to before and after-school programs. This toolkit is a living document that will be continually updated to reflect additional learning and new resources.
  • Big Ideas Across Science, Social Studies, and Environmental Literacy: Crosswalk developed by the DPI that shows the connection between the “big ideas” in Science, Social Studies, and Environmental Education. Useful tool for determining how to design activities that are standards-aligned.
  • Project Feeder Watch: Live video feed of bird feeders maintained by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Great resource for helping students learn how to be observers of nature.
  • I notice, I wonder, It Reminds Me Of Protocol: Teaching tool that helps foster students’ curiosity about the natural world and provides them with the language needed to engage deeply with the world around them.
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • Presentation Slides from DPI-sponsored training on using SEL activities from the Harmony in Out-of-School Time program remotely, led by presenters from Sanford Harmony, a nationally recognized SEL program.
  • DPI’s SEL Curriculum and Alignment Tools Webpage: Webpage maintained by DPI’s Student Services/Prevention and Wellness (SSPW) Team that lists SEL curriculum programs that are evidence-based and aligned with Wisconsin’s SEL competencies.

Supporting Students and Families

Mental Health Resources
Resources for Supporting Students with IEP’s
  • IRIS Resource Locator: Website with many resources that can be used to provide professional development for staff related to working with students with disabilities, including learning modules and video vignettes.
  • Boosting Inclusion in After-School Activities: Article with specific suggestions of ways after-school programs can support the inclusion of students with disabilities in a range of activities, including music, book clubs, academic games, and physical activities.
  • High Leverage Practices for Students with Disabilities: Website dedicated to 22 strategies, known as high leverage practices, that educators can use to support students with disabilities. Includes videos illustrating what many of the strategies look like when put into practice.
Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness
  • DPI Education for Homeless Children and Youth Webpage: Webpage maintained by the DPI with information about the Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Includes guidance documents, training modules, eBriefs, and a short video that provides an overview of schools’ obligations to students experiencing homelessness.
  • DPI Educational Stability for Students in Out-of-Home Care Webpage: Webpage maintained by the DPI with information and resources related to serving students in foster care or out-of-home care.
  • SchoolHouse Connection: National non-profit organization that advocates for using education as a tool for addressing homelessness. Website features resources for educators and youth.
  • The National Center for Homeless Education: The U.S. Department of Education’s technical assistance and information center for the federal EHCY program. Includes training materials and issue briefs, as well as resources for a long list of homelessness-related topics.
  • National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth: National organization dedicated to ensuring educational equity for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Website offers information for educators and families.
Child Nutrition

Archived Training and Technical Assistance

2019 New Grantee Orientation

On August 14th and 15th, DPI hosted a two-part series of webinars for new grantees. These webinars were a chance for those involved in developing and implementing the 21st CCLC grant for their school or community-based site to learn more about managing the grant and setting up and running an effective 21st CCLC program.

Webinar Descriptions:

Webinar 1: This session will present grantees with an overview of the grant requirements. This session is most relevant to those who are responsible for managing the grant, including meeting grant reporting requirements, providing fiscal oversight of the grant, and ensuring the grant is in compliance with all grant requirements. Webinar 1: 21st CCLC Grant Management: The Basics

Webinar 2: This session will focus on the day-to-day operations of a high quality 21st CCLC program and will feature tips from experienced grantees. This session is most relevant to those who are responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the grant. Webinar 2: You Got the Grant! Now What?

2019 Spring Training

On April 9 and 19, 2019 the DPI hosted its Spring Training for 21st CCLC Grantees. If you were unable to attend or missed a session but would like to review the material covered, please click on the titles below.

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!

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