21st Century Community Learning Centers

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

Topic Areas > Culturally Responsive Programming

Maximizing every child’s educational opportunities is dependent upon being aware of equal access to and support for students’ and families’ unique cultures. When educational programming is respectful of the staff, students, families, and communities being served, the achievement gap for students is narrowed. Culturally responsive programs lead to greater success for each and every student. 

Culturally Responsive Programming and 21st Century Community Learning Centers 

Because Oregon's 21st CCLC programs serve so many diverse students and families, it's important to be culturally responsive, equitable in practices, and purposeful about meeting the needs of each and every student. Strategies to address the unique needs of English Learners (EL), invite community members to share their interests and expertise, and support staff professional development can enhance culturally responsive programming.
Supporting English Language Learners: In-School, Afterschool and Summer

This article is one of more than 40 in an upcoming compendium on the opportunities and potential of
expanded learning opportunities and the importance of after school and summer programs, including 21st
Century Community Learning Centers.
Compendium are available for download from Expanded Learning & Afterschool: Opportunities for Student Success at www.expandinglearning.org
English Learners and Out-of-School-Time Programs

Research Brief from the California Afterschool Network, UC Davis School of Eduction. It highlights research-supported ways in which afterschool programs might be particularly well-suited to support ELL students.

21st Century Community Learning Centers Lessons Learned Guide

Read the U.S. Department of Education's 21st CCLC Lessons Learned Guide. This document provides an accessible summary of "good and innovative" practices in supporting ELLs. 

Unlocking the Research on English Learners

Claude Goldenberg (Summer 2013), "Unlocking the Research on English Learners," (PDF) American Educator, Vol. 37, No. 2. Provides a detailed review of current research on effective Instructions for ELLs.

Understanding Language - Stanford Graduate School of Education

Teaching resources from the Stanford Graduate School of Education including, Key Principles for ELL InstructionGuidelines for ELA Instructional Materials Development, and Understanding Language - Teaching Resources. Guidelines and tools for teachers, coaches, ELL specialists, and others for creating instruction that is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Best Practices for Serving EL Students in 21st CCLC Programs
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Dr. Maria Dantas-Whitney presented a regional training: "Best Practices for Serving EL Students in 21st CCLC Programs" delivered Tuesday, February 9th from 6:00 - 8:00p.m. at Centennial High School

View PowerPoint of presentation in PDF format.
Promoting Educational Equity Through Family Engagement: The King Legacy

From the Harvard Family Research Project, six family engagement action steps and principles to promote educational equity.

21st CCLC: Engaging Families - Supporting Student Success

Brochure information from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs. This resource for 21st Century Community Learning Centers addresses proven priorities and strategies with regional contact information. 

Out-of-School Time Publications & Resources

Articles from the Harvard Family Research Project specific to engaging families in out of school time programs including:

Five Resources for Family Engagement
Culturally Responsive Differentiated Instructional Strategies

This document from the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development  describes the  principles of differentiated instruction, steps to initiate differentiated instruction as well as links to other resources.

A Holistic Approach for Supporting English Learners in After School

Learning English & Beyond: A Holistic Approach for Supporting English Learners in After School  from California Tomorrow. A review of ways in which afterschool programs can be supportive of English Learners.

ELL Topics from A to Z

ELL Topics from A to Z  from Colorin Colorado, a national multimedia project offering resources for educators and families of ELLs.  Helpful collection of resources organized by topic for educators and parents. Featured resources include articles, videos, booklists, blog posts, recommended websites, and guides.

English Language Learning

Resources, including research, practitioner guides, PD modules and training materials specific to English Learners from the Center on Instruction at RMC Research Corporation.

Educational Equity Center


Educational Equity Center (EEC) develops programs and materials that promote bias-free learning in school and after school. Programs include:

  • Afterschool Inclusive Math (AIM)
  • Great Science for Girls
  • Quit it!
  • Raising and Educating Healthy boys

Title IV-B Disclaimer of Endorsement

The presentations and documents funded by Title IV-B 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) included in Oregon Department of Education (ODE) conferences, and/or posted on ODE web sites may include links to information and resources created by other public and private organizations. These resources, materials and links are provided for the user's convenience and to benefit program quality in Title IV-B. ODE does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this non-ODE information. The inclusion of these links is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse views expressed, or products or services offered, on non-ODE sites.

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