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Tennessee Afterschool Network


TOOLS FOR PROGRAMS

PROGRAM IDEAS AND CURRICULUM

  • 60 Ways to Help Students Think for Themselves - Te@chThought, 2015. 60 “learning events” - circumstances in which students seem to learn effortlessly. 
  • Edutopia - A comprehensive website and online community that increases knowledge, sharing, and adoption of what works in K-12 education. They emphasize core strategies: project-based learning, comprehensive assessment, integrated studies, social and emotional learning, educational leadership and teacher development, and technology integration.
  • Five-Minute Film Festival: 9 Videos on News Literacy - Edutopia, 2015. This video playlist is a good resource to help your students become more critical consumers of news media, plus you'll find some resources for digging deeper.
  • Keeping Students Safe Online - Today's kids need digital skills to be successful in school and beyond. Help them to develop a healthy relationship with technology by teaching them to use it wisely and appropriately, for both schoolwork and fun.
  • Lesson Plans Hub - These Common Core-aligned lesson plans are designed to help teachers and educational professionals adapt quickly to The Common Core State Standards. These three lesson plan templates, educators can create and fill out a lesson plan with a professional design for their math, science and language arts courses, and download them in PDF or MS Word format with a single click.
  • ​Libraries as Partners During OST [Out-of-School Time] - Blog post by the National Afterschool Association discussing partnership opportunities between libraries and OST programs.
  • National Geographic and the Common Core - The National Geographic Society offers K-12 educators resources that align to and support the Common Core State Standards.
  • Out-of-School Time (OST) Curriculum GuideSprockets: Saint Paul’s OST Network. Though developed by St. Paul Public Schools Community Education and Sprockets, these curriculum guides are relevant to youth and youth workers throughout MN. Each Curriculum guide provides a wide variety of activities for grades 1-8 that both follow youth development principles and match up with Minnesota state standards of education. The guides are designed so that programs can implement them as a whole, or pull out individual activities.
  • Ready for Work? How Afterschool Programs Can Support Employability Through Social and Emotional Learning - American Institutes for Research, 2015. This article addresses one aspect of employability that has gained attention in recent years—the need for strong social and emotional skills in order to be successful in the workplace. To expand on this, there is a related planning tool for afterschool program staff: How Afterschool Programs Can Support Employability Through Social and Emotional Learning: A Planning Tool, a new resource designed to help afterschool program staff foster employability skill building in their programs
  • TeacherVision - TeacherVision provides more than 22,000 pages of classroom-ready resources including lesson planning, teaching strategies, and other activities for students.
  • TN Opportunity Programs (TOPS) - Cross curricular activities in math, science, reading language arts, and visual arts for students in grades K-12. STEM instruction is weaved through most lesson plans.
  • Toolkit for Expanding Learning - The Expanding Learning & Afterschool Project, 2013. A toolkit for those looking to strengthen the foundations of afterschool programs in their communities.