21st Century Community Learning Centers


Improving the outcomes of students in Oregon's 21st CCLC programs

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STEM Ready America

STEM Ready America is a compendium from 40 authors presenting bold and persuasive evidence—as well as real-world examples of effective practices, programs, and partnerships—on how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) knowledge and skills are preparing young people to be successful in school today and the workforce tomorrow.


Beyond the Bell

Beyond the bell: A toolkit for creating effective afterschool and expanded learning programs. All Oregon 21st CCLC programs have received a copy of this resource and a flashdrive of tools.

Topics include:

Chapter 1: Management
Chapter 2: Program Design
Chapter 3: Partnerships and Collaboration
Chapter 4: Program Delivery
Chapter 5: Evaluation
Chapter 6: Program Improvement

21st CCLC Nuts and Bolts Sept. 2016
You Can Make a Difference in Oregon's Graduation Rate!

Oregon has a low graduation rate compared to other states: The 3rd-lowest in the US according to recent news. Oregon’s 21st CCLC programs are perfectly positioned to make a real difference. Oregon’s 21st CCLC program currently funds 20 High schools and 21 Middle Schools. We want to help improve College and Career Readiness by working effectively to support student success opportunities. A contributing factor to Oregon’s high rates of chronic absenteeism is partially due to a lack of availability of career-related resources and options for students. In contrast, when students join even a few CTE-related courses, their chances of graduating increase greatly.

ODE plans to support all 21st CCLC grantees serving grades 6-12 to develop robust evidence-based practices and resources to help in this College and Career Readiness challenge. This is a perfect opportunity for 21st CCLC to become a powerful catalyst. This challenge is big for us as providers -- but for students we serve, who may lack opportunities, it’s overwhelming.


Next Steps

Marnie Jewell ODE Education Specialist on the Career & Technical Education Team,  reworked the College and Career Readiness Systems Inventory Self-Assessment tool and entered its elements into Survey Monkey   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CCR21stCentSites).
We ask all 21st CCLC grantee sites serving students grades 6-12 complete this survey thoughtfully, carefully and soon!

We need to learn what’s in place, what’s missing, what you need to learn and know and how we can support you in this essential work. Your responses really help in this major need for Oregon’s present and future. This will give us (& your teams) valuable information as a foundation to help us help you to build together the College & Career Readiness functions that suit your areas of need and student priorities: statewide.

Please take the time to complete the survey-- soon -- and if you have any questions -- contact Pete Ready at the Oregon Department of Education. pete.ready@state.or.us

PowerPoint of the Nuts and Bolts Webinar.



21st CCLC Orientation Modules

Two modules developed for beginning staff and volunteers to provide an orientation to the 21st CCLC program.

Module 1: The Basics, provides support for new staff and volunteers in 21st CCLC programs. topics include:
  • CCLC history
  • Core components of all CCLC programs
  • Grant requirements


Module 2: Staff & Volunteer Guidance
This module covers:

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Ongoing staff duties and responsibilities
  • Expectations to develop professionally
Transition to High School Toolkit

Learn about research-based strategies that help students and parents tackle the transition from middle to high school and the associated social and academic challenges. Includes best practices from Oregon GEAR UP schools.

Download the accompanying print-and-use resources: College Admission Requirements; Event Evaluation; Freshman Transition Camp; Summer Bridge Program


21st CCLC Side-by-Side: NCLB & ESSA

This document compares the statutes of the 2001 NCLB 21st CCLC federal legislation with the 2015 ESSA 21st CCLC federal legislation. Language removed from NCLB is shaded (in blue) and language added in ESSA is shaded (in yellow).

This document supplies interested community learning center providers, partners and stakeholders with a comparison to help statewide and local communication, planning and preparation efforts for transition to ESSA implementation. The document is intended to serve as a working document that has been reviewed yet may not yet be fully error or omission-free.


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