Areas of Expertise


Learning Point Associates

Complementary Learning Activities and Programs

Learning Point Associates has received a grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to collect high-quality complementary learning activities and innovative afterschool programs from throughout the country. High-quality complementary learning activities and innovative programs provide children and youth with nonschool support and opportunities that accompany the learning happening in school. These activities and programs also promote better outcomes for the participants' lives. If your program or activity is selected, you will gain national recognition through a calendar and website. In addition, we are giving away five $50 gift certificates for teacher supplies to random entries.

For an activity or program to be considered for inclusion in the database of high-quality complementary learning activities or programs, it must include the following three components:

  • Engagement: This includes elements that allow the participants to develop their interest and motivation over time in creative ways. Engagement can be displayed through a variety of methods (e.g., behavioral, emotional, cognitive, vocational).
  • Capacity: Activities or programs must display elements showing that participation in the activity helps participants learn necessary 21st century skills in academic content, technology, or other skill sets in increasingly rigorous ways. Some activities may build from a deficit model, but capacity needs to rise over time to allow participants to have access to higher level activities.
  • Continuity: Activities or programs must display enough support over time to allow the participants to build content mastery. Participants also need access to guidance and support to learn about the real-world applications of the skills they are learning and what they must do to get there.

Following are links to the submission forms and directions for activities and programs. If you feel your program has complementary learning activities, use the activities form. If you feel you have a complementary learning program, use the program form. Feel free to reproduce either form for staff discussion and submission. If you have any questions about these forms or how to submit them, please contact KC Diedrich at

  • Complementary Learning Activities Description (Microsoft Word document, 151KB)

  • Proposed High-Quality Complementary Learning Activities Submission Form (Microsoft Word document, 155KB)

  • Complementary Learning Program Description (Microsoft Word document, 150KB)

  • Proposed High-Quality Complementary Learning Program Submission Form (Microsoft Word document, 156KB)


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