SEDL to Provide Technical Assistance to Illinois Afterschool Programs

January 15, 2013
Austin, Texas

Laura Shankland
Communications Associate
Phone: 512-391-6556

SEDL has been awarded a contract to assist the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and its 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) programs in delivering high-quality afterschool programming. During the contract, SEDL will provide technical assistance and professional development to Illinois 21st CCLCs. SEDL will also assist ISBE in developing a quality assessment process and creating and managing a peer advisor network. “We are eager to have SEDL as the ISBE’s new technical assistance provider for 21st CCLCs,” says Marci Johnson, Division Supervisor of ISBE’s College and Career Readiness Division. “SEDL has many years of experience with afterschool programs and 21st CCLCs. Their expertise will provide ISBE with the opportunity to continue the services we have been providing to the grantees and to move us forward on new initiatives.”

The 21st CCLCs are charged with providing academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours, particularly for students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. In addition to helping students master core academic subjects, 21st CCLCs can also provide opportunities for students to participate in youth development activities. “SEDL has been a national leader in the field of afterschool programs for more than a decade,” says SEDL president and CEO Wes Hoover. “We are pleased to continue working in the field of afterschool and building on our relationship with the 21st CCLC programs in Illinois.”

About SEDL

SEDL (formerly Southwest Educational Development Laboratory) is a nonprofit corporation based in Austin, Texas. SEDL is dedicated to solving significant education problems and improving teaching and learning through research, research-based resources, and professional development. For more information about SEDL, visit