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21st Century Schools; Literacy


Master Onlined SEDL After-school Literacy vignettes 6 segments (no captions) One-on-One and Small Group Tutoring: Preparing Early Readers Writing: Creating Film Characters Writing: Analyzing Media Story and Literature Dramatizations: Rehearsing The Tempest Story and Literature Dramatizations: Exploring Character Read Aloud: Bringing Stories to Life

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21st Century Schools
Series Description

An Educational Programming series developed in conjunction with SEDL and based on the U.S. Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. The National Partnership's Afterschool Training Toolkit is a free staff development resource aimed at helping practitioners create engaging activities that build students' academic skills. These tools aim to help you understand and implement enjoyable afterschool practices that build academic skills. The content is based on research, including site visits to effective programs all over the U.S.

It is an opportunity for students and their families to continue to learn new skills and discover new abilities after the school day has ended. The focus of this program, re-authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the No Child Left Behind Act, is to provide expanded academic enrichment opportunities for children attending low performing schools. Tutorial services and academic enrichment activities are designed to help students meet local and state academic standards in subjects such as reading and math. In addition 21st CCLC programs provide youth development activities, drug and violence prevention programs, technology education programs, art, music and recreation programs, counseling and character education to enhance the academic component of the program. Series release date: 2005

Program Description

Afterschool activities can be strategically modified to increase participation and target the development of basic literacy skills. Promising practices in literacy include:

Book Discussion Groups Read Aloud Literature Dramatizations Creative Writing Activities Family Literacy Events One-on-One and Group Tutoring

The promising practices above are the central focus of the Literacy Tools in our Afterschool Training Toolkit. The Toolkit provides full descriptions of all six practices, including content goals, sample lesson plans, and multimedia presentations.



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