Planning lessons in advance is essential to delivering effective instruction. Lesson planning helps instructors establish learning goals and objectives, while organizing content, linking it with the school day, devising instructional strategies and gathering materials. Activity leaders can also identify ways to incorporate social emotional learning and college and career readiness.

21st CCLC requires that programs and activities are:

  • Aligned with the Next Generation Learning Standards, school and district goals.
  • Designed to improve student academic achievement as well as overall student success.
  • Based on successful existing models, research or other information.
  • Linked with the regular school day and school day teachers.
  • Preparing students for college and careers.
  • Incorporating social emotional learning as per NYS Guidelines for Social and Emotional Development and Learning.
  • Integrating hands-on experiences that make learning relevant and engaging.