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21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Grant Program
(Federally funded through NCLB Title IVB - Fund Code 647)

Promising Practices

Promising practices are activities, projects, strategies, and approaches that have been shown to be effective through experience and/or research and have led to positive outcomes for youth.

By seeking out and sharing promising practices, the Department aims to provide resources that enable educators to intentionally address the academic and social-emotional needs of youth in their community and to improve the quality of their programs. To this end the Department's 21st CCLC, Service-Learning, and College & Career Readiness programs have collaborated on the development of a Contextual Learning Portal. This website provides an opportunity and a space for school districts, community organizations, non-profit educational groups, and other youth serving agencies to share projects and lessons to support contextual teaching and learning, for both teachers and learners. These promising practices are descriptive, not prescriptive. They illustrate practices that have been developed and implemented locally, and they offer ideas to others for consideration.

This project based learning website is a tool for school day and out of school time programs that are striving to meet the high standards of secondary education, post-secondary education, and high performance workplaces. Each school or organization must determine which of the practices are suited for its particular circumstances.

Last Updated: May 16, 2012
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