“As the demands placed on the education system go beyond what teachers and schools can do alone, afterschool programs have become even more critical. Afterschool practitioners need tools, training and networks to create innovative, tech-integrated programs that support and amplify student learning.”
—Gina Warner, President & CEO, National Afterschool Association
Research released by the National AfterSchool Association and, developed by Policy Studies Associates in Washington, D.C., took a close look at the experiences of the 10 million elementary, middle and high school students who participate in afterschool programs in school- and community-based settings. The research review, Empowering AfterSchool Professionals for Digital Learning, reported that afterschool professionals play an especially important role in supporting learning for low-income students and eliminating gaps in achievement based on income.
The report also found that afterschool educators need support with the use of technology and developing the capacity to serve as facilitators in a digital environment that encourages students to explore and pursue topics of interest.
Afterschool programs have long been known as a solution to help students and families complete homework through positive relationships with adults and peers. With the right professional development, afterschool professionals can help students actively navigate technology to create deep learning experiences and develop digital citizenship and responsibility in a safe, facilitated setting.
Afterschool staff, you are skilled at using a wide range of tools to build relationships, set high expectations and ensure youth experience all kinds of age-appropriate opportunities¬–now you can confidently use technology to help students thrive.