The State of Afterschool in Illinois 2018

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Upcoming ACT Now Events!

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Webinar Series: STEM Professional Development

ACT Now will be hosting a series of 4 STEM PD webinars for program providers to have an opportunity to strengthen their ability to navigate and implement STEM resources and activities. See the details below for a list of webinar topics and information about registering.

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  • OST STEM Programming 101: September 21st, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. CDT (View recording here)
  • Navigating STEM Resources and PD Opportunities: November 2nd, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. CDT (Access slides here)
  • STEM Programming & Funding: January 23rd, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. CDT (View recording here)
  • Making Industry Connections in STEM Programming: March 27th, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. CDT (Register here)

IL-QPSA Webinars

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(You must sign up for the tool in order to gain access to the webinars)

Sign up to use the free Illinois Quality Program Self-Assessment (IL-QPSA) tool! The IL-QPSA is an online strengths-based self-assessment tool that allows individual out-of-school time (OST) providers the opportunity to self-assess on their performance based on the Illinois Statewide Afterschool Quality Standards. The following webinars will guide you through the IL-QPSA process:

  • Webinars for Pilot Group

    • Sneak Peek Webinar September 17, 2018: To view the recording of this webinar, click here.
    • General Overview October 18, 2018: This webinar focuses on an overview of the Standards, how to log into the IL-QPSA tool, and how to set up program and site profiles. 
    • How To Do a Self-Assessment November 28, 2018: This webinar centers on how to do a quality assessment. The webinar will discuss how to create an assessment team and best practices of doing an assessment.
    • How To Analyze Your Data February 13, 2019–10 AM to 11 AM: This webinar walks programs through how to analyze their assessment results and create an action plan. Programs will learn how to create reports on their data that are both agency-wide and specific to certain sites.
  • Webinars for Teen REACH Mentees

    • General Overview January 17, 2019: This webinar focuses on an overview of the Standards, how to log into the IL-QPSA tool, and how to set up program and site profiles. 
    • How To Do a Self-Assessment February 14, 2019–10 AM to 11 AM: This webinar centers on how to do a quality assessment. The webinar will discuss how to create an assessment team and best practices of doing an assessment.
    • How To Analyze Your Data April 11, 2019–10 AM to 11 AM: This webinar walks programs through how to analyze their assessment results and create an action plan. Programs will learn how to create reports on their data that are both agency-wide and specific to certain sites. (Register here)

Quality Standards Trainings

ACT Now is providing free in-person trainings on the Illinois Statewide Quality Standards in order to help afterschool providers and staff continuously improve the quality of their programs. These trainings will:

  • Provide participants with a background in the Standards
  • Discuss the benefits of the Standards and the research that links quality programming to positive outcomes for youth
  • Explore how to align the Standards with other quality tools
  • Assist providers in creating a plan for implementing the Standards and developing strategies for overcoming obstacles in implementing quality initiatives
  • Discuss how to use the Standards in work with parents, policymakers, funders, and educators  

Upcoming Trainings:

  • Springfield, IL: April 2nd from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Register Here)

Community School Providers Meetings

ACT Now is continuing to hold meetings for community school providers to network with one another and learn more about the work of ACT Now in the Community Schools space. Participants will hear about policy updates, network with other providers, and receive a free professional development opportunity. Light refreshments provided. (See below for a schedule of upcoming meetings.)

Upcoming Community School Providers Meetings:

  • ChicagoMay 1st (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) at the ACT Now offices.Topics: Policy Updates and Family Engagement. Speakers: Susan Stanton (ACT Now), Sarah Ogeto (UIC), Eric Werge (YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago). To register, click here.

  • WheatonMay 14th (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) at the Metropolitan Family Services office. Topics: Policy Updates, Messaging, and Needs Assessments. Speakers: Susan stanton (ACT Now) and TBD. To register, click here.

  • DownstateLocation and date TBD