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I Just Learned I’ll Be Using AfterSchool KidzLit. Now What?

Congratulations! We are thrilled that you will build strong relationships with and among your students, foster deepened student thinking, and support students’ literacy development through this fun and engaging after-school program.

What is AfterSchool KidzLit?

AfterSchool KidzLit is a reading enrichment program for grades K–8 that is designed for out-of-school settings. Children hear fiction and nonfiction books read aloud or read books independently and make connections between the stories and their own lives. Working with partners or in groups, children have opportunities to express their feelings and explore big ideas through discussion, drama, art, movement, and writing. The program promotes literacy growth and thinking skills and supports social and emotional development. In AfterSchool KidzLit, leaders use powerful literature and engaging activities to increase children’s enjoyment of reading, build their vocabularies, deepen their thinking, and foster their ability to work with others.

Click here to learn more about the program: AfterSchool KidzLit

How can I prepare to implement AfterSchool KidzLit?

Click here to access a recorded webinar: Introduction to AfterSchool KidzLit

In this interactive recorded session, you will get an in-depth introduction to the AfterSchool KidzLit program while seeing how experienced leaders use the program with their children. You may engage with the webinar as a group or individually, and there are multiple opportunities to pause and engage in discussion or independent reflection. This session provides excellent training for new leaders and is a great refresher for those who are already using AfterSchool KidzLit.

What materials will I need for this session?

* These materials are ideal, but are not required to engage in this session.

 What about teaching AfterSchool KidzLit excites you?

In her recent blog “Why Are After-School Programs Important?” our colleague Megan Green shared that after-school programs provide transformative learning experiences in unique settings and help young people discover what they love to do and reach their full potential. Thank you for all you are doing to inspire young children and cultivate their gifts!

Check out these top ten tips for after-school leaders to support and promote deeper learning.