Awards & Recognition

NAA and our partners are doing some great things to elevate the field of afterschool!

Corporate Advisory Board Members

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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.


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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.


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Becky Johnson

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

Allyson Knox

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.


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Laura Kreutzer

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 McGlyn

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.


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Jenny Nagaoka

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.



Kate Sheerin

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.



Helen Soulé

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.


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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.


Corporate Members

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Corporate Advisory Board

The National Afterschool Association established a Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) to help further the goals and mission of the organization and to educate and encourage corporate investment in afterschool programming.

CAB Convening


Join Us for this "Don't Miss" event!

SEPTEMBER 29, 2015

Space is limited

Once Discovery Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910

SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Data Research on Social Emotional Learning, by Consortium on Chicago School Research

PANEL DISCUSSIONS: Achieving Social Impact Through Corporate Investment & Addressing the Skills Gap for Success in the Workplace

Click here to download the schedule!


Thank you to our sponsors!

NAA CAB sponsors update

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Previous NAA Exhibitors
  6 to 16: College Readiness for All
  ABDO Publishing
  ACTIVE Network
  Afterschool Alliance
  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"
   Camp Invention
   Cayen Systems
   Charity for Change - Giver Program
   Charter Oak State College
  Childcare Careers
  ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI)
   Cirrus Group LLC
  Citizen Schools
  Cityspan Technologies
  Classroom Field Trips
  Classroom, Inc.
  Collaborative Classroom
  Community Learning
  Compass Awards
  Core Learning Group
  Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  Corporate Image Promotions, Inc. / Compass Awards
  Council on Accreditation
  Cypherworx, Inc
  Dallas Afterschool
  Destination Imagination, Inc.
  Developmental Studies Center
  Discount School Supply
  Dramatic Education, Inc.
  Edible Education
  Education Galaxy
  Education Through Entertainment & Arts Partnership
  Engineering is Elementary - Museum of Science
  Enovative Technologies
  Exponent Partners
  ExtendED Notes
  Fantasy Baseball Mathematics
  Fat Brain Toys
  Florida Afterschool Alliance
  Focused Fitness
  FOSI's Good Digital Parenting
  Foundations, Inc.
  Fun Express
  Funskool and TOOBEEZ
  Future Problem Solving Program International, Inc.
  Game Show Mania, LLC
  GeoMotion TV
  H-A-P-P-Y! Productions
  Imagination International, Inc.
  International Kin-Ball Federation
  Ironwill Health, LLC, Ironwill Kids
  IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
  Jackrabbit Care
  KISS Institute for Practical Robotics
  Leading to Change
  Learning Wrap Up's
  Lego Education
  LINTOR Make-A-Book, Inc.
  Makey Makey
  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
  Mindworks Resources
  Minute Menu Systems
  Modern Steader
  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!
  Nexplore Enrichments
  Oases Online
  Outfit Your Logo
  Partner With Schools Character Education
  PCG Education
  PCS Edventures!
  Peachjar, Inc.
  Penn State Better Kid Care Program
  Playbook Reader's Theater
  Proudtree Empowered Learning
  Rahab's Rope
  Reading is Fundamental: Read for Success
  Read Naturally, Inc.
  Responsible Publishing
  Round Star Foundation & Super Soccer Stars
  S&S Worldwide
  Safe Sitter, Inc.
  Sargent Art
  Scholastic 3D Archery
  School Specialty
  Smart Horizons
  Sobel Insurance
  Softerware, Inc., EZ-CARE2
  Start Engineering
  Starting Time/My Mini Golf
  Startup Smartup
  Tandy Leather Factory
  The Connectory
  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
  Yellow Bus Education
  Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
  Youth Today
  Zula International




Reader Advisory Panel Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions:

What will Advisory Panel members do?
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.

What's in it for you?
You'll be part of an exclusive group that helps guide our editorial coverage to make AfterSchool Today the most valuable publication to cross your desk. Periodically, Advisory panel members will be acknowledged in AfterSchool Today and thanked for their contributions with a personal letter from the Executive Director that is suitable for your professional portfolio and performance reviews.

What will be required of you?
We know you're busy, so we won't flood your inbox. Rather, we'll ask you to participate in at least one of these ways.

First: We'll send you a quarterly online survey about the issues and topics we have covered and should cover in the future. This will help us assess how well we are doing, as well as help us better shape what we cover.
Second: We'll share our editorial calendar with you in advance. If you feel you, your program, or someone you know has something to offer to a story, please let us know so we may call on you as a possible resource.
Third: If you are interested and willing, we may send you an advance copy of an article or book that we think will interest you, and ask for your timely feedback.

You choose what ways you contribute, and how much or how little, by responding to our requests.

What's in it for us?
Your expertise. We want your opinions and your feedback. We want you to tell us what you want to see, as well as what you don't want to see. In this way, we'll be able to deliver the targeted editorial content that you need to do your job better, grow your career, and strengthen our field.

More questions? Please e-mail Gina Warner:

Ready to apply? Click here.


AfterSchool Today Reader Advisory Panel


Thank you for your interest in joining the Afterschool Today Reader Advisory Panel!

To apply, please complete the following form by September 18. We will reach out again no later than October 31 with details.

For FAQs about the responsibilities with this role, please click here.


Virtual Convention Workshops


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.


Safe Havens – Integrating Trauma-Informed Care
Kirk Lowis, Portage Community Center

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 Tech Toolkit
Jennifer Brady, Development Without Limits

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!

Bringing Social and Emotional Learning to Life through Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
Daniel Hatcher, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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.


ErikaPetrelli KeynoteErika Petrelli
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.


ByronGarrett KeynoteByron Garrett
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.


GinaWarner KeynoteGina Warner
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!

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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:

  • Convenient. Listen to sessions whenever and wherever—even on mobile devices!
  • Comprehensive. Get relevant, apply-today information and techniques for your program.
  • Concise. Recorded workshops easily fit in your schedule! Don't worry—you'll still get the interactivity that you've come to expect from our great workshops—we've just had to be even more creative!
  • Effortless. Log on, listen, think, reflect, and participate in the discussions and live events.

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.

Interested in the Workshops you'll get to experience? Click here.

Additional details:
The convention is conducted entirely online – all you need is an internet connection.
As a convention participant you engage at your convenience, through a website where you can access:

  • Recorded workshops—available on demand while the convention is in session. Unlike in-person events with concurrent sessions, you can "attend" everything!
  • A discussion thread related to each workshop. Post your comments and questions, and interaction with presenters and other participants.
  • Scheduled live chats with presenters. Bring your questions!
  • Resource Library. Download and print or save handouts from all of the workshops as well as related resource documents.
  • Virtual vendor booths in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Networking opportunities. Post a professional profile and find others with similar professional interests and specialties.

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Exhibitor Workshop Proposals


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.


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