Awards & Recognition

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

Play Ambassador Application FAQs

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What is the timeline for this project?

Winners will be selected and notified in early June. Orientation packets will be mailed in early July. Two web-based trainings will be offered during late summer and early Fall. Play Ambassadors will serve during the 2018-2019 school year.

What will be expected of me as a Play Ambassador?

You will be expected to share the research and materials we provide you about how play can help kids develop skills they will use throughout their lives with your colleagues in afterschool, with families and with other community partners. You will be expected to deliver trainings, workshops and communications pieces to your network. You will also have the opportunity to create trainings and workshops using the research we provide to you and to write content for print and social media that reflects your thoughts and experiences as it relates to play.

Will I be paid for my service?

All Play Ambassadors will receive a $250 stipend to purchase materials and resources to support their service. All research and communication materials will be provided by NAA and The Genius of Play.

What is The Genius of Play?

The Genius of Play is a national movement to raise awareness of play’s vital role in child development, spearheaded by the Toy Association. Deeply rooted in research and facts, The Genius of Play is a leading resource on the physical, cognitive, social and emotional benefits of play that serve children throughout their lives. The Genius of Play enables today’s busy parents and caretakers to use the power of play to help raise a happier, healthier, and more productive next generation. Visit www.TheGeniusOfPlay.org for easily accessible play ideas and tips, expert advice and other play resources. It’s More Than Play!

APPLICATION

Play Ambassador Application

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Be one of the few, the proud, the playful! 

Join the Play Ambassadors program and help spread the word about the value of play.

The National AfterSchool Association and The Genius of Play, an initiative to raise awareness about the benefits of play, are excited to announce this special opportunity for our Executive Members.

NAA Membership Discount!

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In honor of Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week, you can join NAA as an Executive member for just $79/year. Special offer expires May 11. This is the best rate for membership offered all year!

Executive membership includes:

  • Monthly PD resources including free webinars, eBooks, Podcasts and more.
  • Free Virtual Convention ($49 value) and the best rate on the 2019 Annual Convention.
  • Free print subscription to AfterSchool Today magazine.
  • Executive Extra, a monthly email packed with ideas and inspiration for leaders.

Use code APAW when upgrading/joining. https://naaweb.org/membership-information-page

Stephan Turnipseed

StephanTurnipseed HeadshotStephan 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.

He is the former President of LEGO® Education North America and also served in a global role as the Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships for LEGO® Education for 2 years. For more than 16 years he led the team responsible for transforming LEGO Education in North America from a product sales company to an educational resource leader, working with educators, industry experts and academia to help inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow.

Most recently as EVP and CSO, he led the team at Destination Imagination, an experiential learning company focused on creativity and hosting the world’s largest celebration of creativity, in defining and implementing a new strategic direction aimed at preparing children for the future of work and civil society.

He is the past Chairman for The Partnership for 21st Century Learning, a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. He is a former member the Clinton Global Initiative and past Co-Chair of the Business for Early Childhood Development Task Force organized by the Global Business Coalition for Education and Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution. He is the recipient of the prestigious National Instruments Engineering Impact Award for STEM Innovation which recognizes lifetime achievement in STEM education. He serves on the boards of Education Reimagined, which offers a new vision of the future of education and the Learning Policy Institute, a non-partisan think tank aimed at supplying objective research to underpin policy decisions. He also serves on the SXSWedu, Asia Society and the National Afterschool Association advisory boards.

Turnipseed is the past president of the Tourette Syndrome Association, non-profit supporting research, advocacy and policy for those, like himself, affected by Tourette Syndrome, a neurologic movement disorder.

Among his other roles, he has owned his own leadership consultancy practice, focused on strategic and tactical planning and leadership skills development. He also previously managed business units for Schlumberger Limited, an oilfield service company.

Turnipseed is a veteran of the United States Air Force and is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in electrical engineering. He is the author of two books and numerous published articles. He holds three patents for the design of the TETRIX robotic system.

Thank You for Downloading The Afterschool Guide for Creating Outstanding Outdoor Games!

You can access your free eBook, The Afterschool Guide for Creating Outstanding Outdoor Games, here anytime!

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The Afterschool Guide for Creating Outstanding Outdoor Games

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Warmer weather opens the doors (literally!) to a world of outdoor activities for youth in afterschool and summer care programs. We’ve categorized over 200 games that include Water, Tag, Races, Relays and Runs, Balls, Scavenger Hunts, Nature and Biking. Also included are helpful tips for staff members about safety, how to model good sportsmanship, the importance of participation, how to give instructions and how to keep games fun!

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NAA is the membership association for professionals who work with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours. Learn More!

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2018 Most Influential in Research and Evaluation

-Nominations Now Open-

NAA seeks to recognize individuals and organizations who have been strong contributors of research and evaluation related to afterschool. Please nominate those individuals and organizations whose work in research and evaluation related to afterschool has already affected or could have an impact on large numbers of young people, families and/or afterschool professionals.

Instructions

  1. Complete the nominee/nominator information form online by 5 p.m., April 20, 2018.
  2. Individuals and organizations may be nominated.
  3. Winners will be selected and notified in early May.
  4. Winners will be featured in the Summer 2018 AfterSchool Today magazine.
  5. Questions? Contact info@naaweb.org.

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Thank You!

You can access your free eBook, The Afterschool Leader's Guide to Meeting and Training Energizers, here anytime!

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The Afterschool Leader's Guide to Meeting and Training Energizers

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Energizer activities are like hitting a refresh button for the brain and body. They not only redirect the brain to an alert and focused state in order to process new or complicated information, but also allow for a change in perspective, which can lead to generation of different ideas and solutions. Energizers benefit learners through enhanced concentration, re-activation of creativity, and improved brain and physical health. The Afterschool Leader’s Guide to Meeting and Training Energizers provides professionals with a variety of activities that can reinvigorate meeting participants.

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NAA is the membership association for professionals who work with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours. Learn More!

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Webinar: Be Bold. Be Brave. Be Brilliant. Be Prepared!

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Making the Most of your NAA Annual Convention Experience.

Designed for registered participants of NAA’s Annual Convention.

Participants of the webinar will gain:

  • Valuable tips and secrets for success from our most experienced Convention-goers
  • Confidence by having a plan for how to network, select workshops and manage your time
  • The inside scoop about some of the exciting special events planned
  • A free gift to bring with you to Atlanta

Join NAA President, Gina Warner, former NAA Board member and Operations Director for Extend-a-Care Kids, Jaime Garcia and Sean Tate, Founder and Executive Director of DiscoveryFEST Enrichment Program for an informative webinar aimed to help those registered for the 2018 Convention make the most of their time in Atlanta!

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Gina Warner, Jaime Garcia and Sean Tate

By the time this webinar is finished you’ll be in the know and ready to go!

If you were unable to attend the webinar, you can access the recording any time!

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