21st CCLC and JAKAPA: A Step By Step Guide
Youth Development and 21st CCLC Grant Programs Youth development is one of the four critical areas in any 21st CCLC grant program, and JAKAPA can
Developing soft skills isn’t like developing content knowledge, but many schools implement curriculum that has students learning through discrete lessons with no ongoing practice. When that curriculum is used by a subset of teachers, you fail to develop institutional knowledge and support for students as they try to apply what they learn. Sharing information about skills or providing an experience in a classroom is a start, but it will not build the habits and thinking processes to make change. Just as math needs to be practiced repeatedly over a long period of time, so do soft skills.
Our brains learn through repetition, experience and emotion. To develop soft skills in our students, we need to encourage daily practice in a variety of settings and we need the experience to be personalized and relevant. We also need to have shared language and clear understandings about the skills we are trying to develop, so all teachers and staff can reinforce learning.
JAKAPA can help. We build a growth minded culture where students and teachers learn together. Our assessments develop shared vocabulary and definitions for each skill and yield objective data to build self-awareness and to inform goal-setting. Our daily challenge system incrementally provides activities that help people understand the skills, contextualize them so they can make sense of how they impact their success, practice them, measure them and track growth.
JAKAPA is for everyone at your district. When teachers use JAKAPA as part of their professional development and as a data source to inform professional goal setting, you create a culture of learning. Teams get stronger, teachers recognize how their skills impact their success with engaging students, and teachers gain the skills needed to cope with a very stressful career. When teachers are learners, they can more authentically teach the skills and reinforce them with students. When we learn together we grow together and the whole system benefits.
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