Ron DeChristoforo is the State Policy Director for Texas Instruments (TI), Education Technology Group. In this role, he works directly with national, state, regional and district education and leadership organizations. He also leads TI advocacy for initiatives to support teacher development, improve student performance and advance access to opportunities for success in school and careers. Read more.
Kim Fortunato was named Director-Community Affairs and President-Campbell Soup Foundation in May 2016. Kim is responsible for Campbell’s community affairs strategy and program, including employee volunteerism, Campbell’s Healthy Communities, and enterprise-wide expansion of the community affairs strategies. She joined Campbell in 2010 as the founding Director of Campbell’s Healthy Communities, the company’s signature philanthropic program based on a collective impact approach. Read more.
Becky Johnson is Vice President of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF), a CEO led initiative aimed at helping to reduce obesity, especially childhood obesity, in the United States. Johnson serves as the deputy to the President, manages the staff and consultants for the Foundation in addition to ensuring all Foundation messaging fits the overall goals of the organization and its members. Johnson joined HWCF as Project Coordinator in July 2009. As a founding member of the HWCF team, Johnson has been instrumental in the development and expansion of our Together Counts™ curriculum and platform reaching over 27M students, the growth of our membership to over 300 corporate and non-profit members and the design of our partnership programs. Johnson also works with the corporate partners who use the power of their own brands to promote the Foundation's messages beyond HWCF's Together Counts social media presence... Read more.
Allyson Knox is Director of Education Policy and Programs in Microsoft's Washington DC office. Since joining Microsoft in 2004 she launched several new national education programs including InterroBang, Problem Solving with Smithsonian Experts, Service Technology Academic Resource Teams program with the Corporation for National and Community Service, Scaling Education Success, C2i Gaming Challenge with the NEA Foundation and CareerForward. At the state-level, she helped deploy Microsoft's IT Academy available for NC, VA, GA, LA, and WA high school students... Read more.
Laura Kreutzer is the Corporate Director, Youth Programs for Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, one of the largest regional amusement park operators in the world. Focused on its mission to make people happy by providing fun, immersive and memorable experiences, the company owns and operates 11 amusement parks along with two outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and four hotels. Since 2012, Laura has been exclusively focused on creating awareness and expanding the student/youth programming throughout the Cedar Fair park portfolio to create unique and memorable experiences with an emphasis on “Edutainment”... Read more.
Jessica is Founder and President of Catalynics, a consultancy with the mission to help corporations and NGOs catalyze smart strategy, partner collaboration, stakeholder engagement, project ideation and development, communications and issues management in corporate social responsibility and sustainability. Jessica also has experience in designing and executing market research and assessments. Some of Jessica's current clients include the World Resources Institute, the US Chamber Foundation, USAID, World Wildlife Fund and the Strategic Innovation Lab.
Jessica has 20+ years of sustainability operational and policy experience across a number of sectors, most recently serving as the North American Director of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). In addition to member and stakeholder engagement, business development and program and policy support, Jessica ran WBCSD's global Sustainable Lifestyles project... Read more.
Jenny Nagaoka is the Deputy Director of the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, where she has conducted research for over 15 years. Her research interests focus on policy and practice in urban education reform, particularly using data to connect research and practice and examining the school environments and instructional practices that promote college readiness and success. She has co-authored numerous journal articles and reports, including studies of college readiness, noncognitive factors, the transition from high school to postsecondary education, and authentic intellectual instruction... Read more.
As a policy analyst on Google's Public Policy & Government Relations team, Kate Sheerin focuses on Google's strategy and programs on creativity, education, and innovation. Prior to joining Google in 2010, she served as a Municipal and Community Development Volunteer for the Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa. Kate received her B.A. in Political Science from Tulane University.
Dr. Helen Soulé is the Executive Director of P21. She has led the organization's state recruitment and support effort, the 21st Century Learning Exemplar Program, and other initiatives. Soulé is a lifelong educator with P-16 leadership experience at the local, state and national level. Soulé served as chief of staff to the assistant secretary for the Office of Postsecondary Education in the U.S. Department of Education, and as Executive Director of Cable in the Classroom. She is a founding SETDA member and the recipient of several awards, including Converge magazine's 30 "Shapers of the Future" award, E-School News "Impact 30 Award for Excellence", and the Mississippi Educational Computing Association's Technology Educator of the Year award.
Stephan Turnipseed is the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Pitsco Education. Pitsco Education is a world leader in 21st Century hands on, project based, personalized learning. Turnipseed is an education thought leader, strategist and entrepreneur who is passionate about inspiring children through education. He is an advocate for hands-on learning which he sees as instrumental for 21st Century success. Read more.
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|American GeoSciences Institute/U.S. Department of Energy|
|American Institutes for Research|
|Art in History|
|Bedtime Math Foundation|
|Beyond the Bell at American Institutes for Research|
|Box Hockey International, Inc.|
|Buckworm "We Put the Earn in Learn"|
|Charity for Change - Giver Program|
|Charter Oak State College|
|ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI)|
|Cirrus Group LLC|
|Classroom Field Trips|
|Core Learning Group|
|Cornell Lab of Ornithology|
|Corporate Image Promotions, Inc. / Compass Awards|
|Council on Accreditation|
|Destination Imagination, Inc.|
|Developmental Studies Center|
|Discount School Supply|
|Dramatic Education, Inc.|
|Education Through Entertainment & Arts Partnership|
|Engineering is Elementary - Museum of Science|
|Fantasy Baseball Mathematics|
|Fat Brain Toys|
|Florida Afterschool Alliance|
|FOSI's Good Digital Parenting|
|Funskool and TOOBEEZ|
|Future Problem Solving Program International, Inc.|
|Game Show Mania, LLC|
|Imagination International, Inc.|
|International Kin-Ball Federation|
|Ironwill Health, LLC, Ironwill Kids|
|IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy|
|KISS Institute for Practical Robotics|
|Leading to Change|
|Learning Wrap Up's|
|LINTOR Make-A-Book, Inc.|
|MANGO Math Group|
| Media-Smart Youth/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National
Insitute of Child Health and Human Development
(NICHD)/Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active!
|Microsoft Device Bar|
|Minute Menu Systems|
|Nano-Link: Center for Nanotechnology Education|
|National 4-H Council|
|National Afterschool Association|
|National Center for Missing & Exploited Children|
|National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST)|
|National Junior Tennis & Learning of Trenton, Inc.|
|National Science Teachers Association|
|Nemours Bright Start!|
|Outfit Your Logo|
|Partner With Schools Character Education|
|Penn State Better Kid Care Program|
|Playbook Reader's Theater|
|Proudtree Empowered Learning|
|Reading is Fundamental: Read for Success|
|Read Naturally, Inc.|
|RISU USA, LLC|
|Round Star Foundation & Super Soccer Stars|
|Safe Sitter, Inc.|
|Scholastic 3D Archery|
|Softerware, Inc., EZ-CARE2|
|Starting Time/My Mini Golf|
|Tandy Leather Factory|
|The First Tee|
|The Leadership Program|
|The Math and Reading Party, Inc.|
|The Out of School Nutrition & Physical Activity (OSNAP) Initiative|
|The Soy Nut Butter Company|
|The Walking Classroom Institute|
|Thomas Kelly Software Associates, EZ Reports/EZ Childtracks|
|Through My Window|
|University of Nebraska-Lincoln Click2Science|
|WH Smith Innovation Academy|
|WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS|
|Yellow Bus Education|
|Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)|
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Quite simply, as an AST Reader Advisory Panel member you'll help guide us in planning and executing our editorial coverage by letting us know what issues and topics are important to you and your colleagues. We want to "pick your brain" as the saying goes. We want to hear your great ideas for topics, people, reading, tools, and issues AfterSchool Today should seek to address. We are also interested in your ideas, tips, tricks and tools. We want to learn about the concerns that keep you awake at night—what you need to stay on top of to support your staff and run and improve your programs. How do you go about creatively resolving most pressing problems of your day? This kind of valuable information sharing among members is what NAA is all about.
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Experiences, environments and engagement are at the core of positive youth development. Afterschool professionals with competency in these areas run the quality programs that research shows benefit youth. Leaders and their teams should join NAA’s 2018 Virtual Convention featuring experts from the NAA Community (including top rated workshop presenters from the in-person convention) to become inspired, connected, and equipped to provide valuable opportunities for young people.
All workshops target NAA Core Knowledge and Competencies Content Areas 1-6, Levels 1 - 3.
Training certificates are awarded for eight hours of participation in the Virtual Convention which included the following content. Participation includes interaction with presentation + videos, hands-on activities, reflection, planning, and sharing.
Research suggests that nearly 60 percent of youth in the U.S. are exposed to a traumatic event each year.Join us as we learn ways to engage young people by creating safe and supportive environments with the goal of helping youth thrive in the face of adversity.
How to Meaningfully Address Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Jimena Quiroga Hopkins, Development Without Limits
For programs to truly serve the needs of all young people, it is important to address equity, diversity, and inclusion intentionally and in a meaningful way. In this workshop, we will delve deeper into what it takes to address the three spheres of change when it comes to doing equity, diversity, and inclusion work – people, policies, and practices. You’ll gain strategies and tools for moving this work forward in your organizations and programs.
Afterschool programs have long been known as a solution to support students and families 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 professionals 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 – with the Afterschool Tech Toolkit you’ll be able to confidently use technology to help students thrive.
Reframing Behavior Management
Katherine Gopie and Jennifer Jones, Prime Time Palm Beach County
Do you struggle with managing challenging behaviors of the youth in your program? Would you like to learn a way to facilitate youths’ self-management skills when they misbehave? This training shows you how to approach all youth behavior as opportunities to learn responsibility, emotion management, and problem-solving skills. Walk away with practical strategies you can use immediately!
Interested in increasing the quality of physical activity for youth through inclusive program activities that encourage relationship building? Looking for fun family engagement activities that combine cooperation and compassion with nutrition education? Join this interactive workshop and you’ll leave with simple (and budget-friendly) resources for family engagement and program activities with these goals in mind. Quality afterschool is healthy afterschool!
Giving Youth More Voice and Choice
Perrin Chick, Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance
Join us to learn essential STEM facilitation skills. Reflect on your practice and learn ways to increase the youth voice within your program. The more students have the opportunity to talk through STEM challenges within afterschool programs and take on leadership roles, the more inclined they will be to pursue STEM careers and act as agents of change within communities. Participants will also learn how virtual professional learning communities and peer coaching can increase camaraderie and improve practice.
Helping Youth Develop Coping Skills
Heather Wojciuch, Kids Included Together (KIT)
Have you ever wondered why some youth seem to bounce back from stress easier than others? Youth learn to bounce back or cope at varying levels, and through social-emotional experiences. Youth face many social demands during their school day and during out-of-school time such as following a routine, responding to social cues, communicating with others, and making appropriate choices. Many times, youth do not have the skills necessary to handle these stressors and require adult assistance to find a solution. Participants will learn new tools and strategies to teach youth how to cope and become more resilient during stressful times. As a result, youth are better able to self-regulate, become self-aware, build relationships skills, and make better decisions.
Social Emotional and Mindful Learning in Afterschool
Jaime Garcia, Extend-a-Care for Kids
How much time do you spend helping young people understand their emotions, recognizing a friend’s perspective, resolving conflict in a positive way, and helping them make safe choices? Discover the why and how of bringing social emotional learning (SEL) to your program. Create peace paths, cool down areas, and embrace group meeting times to give kids a better chance of understanding themselves and building relationships with others.
Senior Vice President of Leadership Development, The Leadership Program
Erika Petrelli is the senior vice president of leadership development (and self-declared minister of mischief) for The Leadership Program, an organization dedicated to helping individuals discover, and step into, their own brand of leadership to positively change their lives and communities. At The Leadership Program, Erika oversees the support the development of over 200 employees, the creation of new and evolving content and curriculum, and the implementation of services throughout the country.
With a Master’s degree in secondary education from Indiana University, Erika has been in the field of teaching and training for more than 15 years and nurtures the individual leadership spirit in students and adults across the country, through trainings, coaching, and writing. She blogs weekly, and is the author of the interactive journal On Wings & Whimsy: Thoughts on Finding the Extraordinary Within the Ordinary.
Chairman, National Family Engagement Alliance
Byron Garett is chairman of the National Family Engagement Alliance (NFEA), a non-profit dedicated to transforming education through meaningful family engagement. He also serves as the director for educational leadership and policy at Microsoft, and is a consulting author for Scholastic. Throughout his career, Byron has been a visionary agent of change promoting the idea that everyone has an obligation and opportunity to serve the best interests of our nation’s most precious resource – children. Byron is a Huffington Post blogger and lead strategist NBC News’ Education Nation. As the former CEO of the National Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), Byron has a unique combination of experience from both the non-profit and governmental sectors. He served as National Program Leader for the National 4-H Headquarters at the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the program’s seven million participants and 90,000 clubs. While at USDA he was appointed by The White House as co-convener of the Helping America’s Youth initiative, an interagency effort to address challenges facing youth and to promote successful solutions. Byron is the author of The ABC’s of Life, a guide for adolescents and adults alike to take ownership of their lives and work toward excellence and success, even when life’s inevitable obstacles arise, and Greatness on the Inside, a children’s book that counteracts the limiting messages projected at children by today's media-driven world in this beautifully illustrated, uplifting book for children of all ages.
President & CEO, National AfterSchool Association
Gina Warner is president and CEO of the National AfterSchool Alliance. Gina began her afterschool career as a teen in 4-H programs in rural Alabama, and has continued to work at the intersection of education, youth development, public policy, and nonpro t leadership throughout her career. She relies on her experience as a classroom teacher, an attorney, a U.S. Senate staffer, and a citywide out-of-school time leader to guide her work. As the leader of NAA, Gina works to meet the needs of both emerging and experienced afterschool professionals through enhanced training and development, increased communication, outreach, and membership engagement.
Join us for NAA's First Virtual Convention!
November 1 - 15, 2015
#NAA2015pt2 Bringing the Best to You features 9 of the Top 25 Workshops from NAA's 2015 Convention.
Whether you attended the 2015 Convention in DC or not, you're bound to love the benefits of attending the virtual convention!
#NAA2015pt2 is designed to be:
Registration for NAA's Executive members is FREE and just $49 for Ambassador members. To reserve your spot for #NAA2015pt2, click here to log-in to your membership and follow the link to register. Not yet an NAA member? Click here.
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The convention is conducted entirely online – all you need is an internet connection.
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We host a small number of workshops by our Exhibitors that do allow product pitches, demos, and other sales-specific content that we do not allow in our regular workshops. Our Exhibitor Call for Proposals closed on December 17 and we've received more submissions than ever before. We are reading through your proposals and will be back in touch on January 8.
Exhibitor Call for Proposals Key Dates
Open Call for Proposals (CFP) July 22
CFP Informational Webinar July 22
Close Call for Proposals December 17
Notification of Acceptance January 8
Confirmation Deadline January 15
Registration Deadline January 15
Presenter Prep Webinar #1 Friday, January 22, 1:00pm EST/10:00am PST - Register now.
Presenter Prep Webinar #2 Friday, February 26, 1:00pm EST/10:00am PST - Register now.