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Webinar: Data-Driven Decision Making: From Myth to Reality

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Presented by Hello Insight

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Many afterschool programs today are expected to serve more young people with fewer resources than ever before. How can program evaluation data help you make good decisions and use resources wisely?    

Join us for a virtual workshop on becoming a high-impact learning organization! We’ll review strategies for making sure feedback obtained from program evaluation finds its way into daily practice easily and effectively.

Participants will:

  • Reflect on the benefits and challenges of data-driven decision making
  • Discover the advantages of using social and emotional learning (SEL) outcomes to guide your program planning
  • Learn about how The Beam Center has integrated SEL data into their decision-making practices from guest presenters Brian Cohen, the Executive Director, and Grace Freedman, PhD, Director of Development and Strategy

Hello Insight connects a community of people and programs, eager to improve the lives of young people, through a smart online platform for continuous learning. Young people are diverse and dynamic, taking many different pathways to success. Hello Insight recommends relevant and exceptional ways to measure and make meaningful change for all young people. Always learning and constantly evolving, Hello Insight is as vibrant as the young people we serve. Our members are always excited to put actionable insights, fresh resources, and relevant benchmarking into practice. Grounded in the latest research on social and emotional learning, Hello Insight helps youth-serving programs of all types, sizes, and missions move the needle on the outcomes that matter most. Visit us at helloinsight.org.

Executive Member Summer Leadership Webinar Series

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Summer is a great time to focus on your personal leadership development and plan for stronger staff engagement. Executive members are invited to soak up the Vitamin PD with these great webinars!

Staff Up! Recruiting and Retaining Quality People

June 28, 2018
Presented by Marissa Badgley, ExpandED Schools

Given high rates of staff turnover in afterschool programs across the country, this webinar will provide an overview of best and promising practices for recruiting and retaining the “right” people in school and afterschool settings. We will explore systems and policies that get in the way of doing this work effectively and how to improve these systems and policies in ways that ensure sustainability and long-term success of our programs.

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Leading with Focus - How to Engage Your Employees

July 26, 2018
Presented by Stacy Litteral and Ann Tancioco, Kids' Country

Leadership is a journey, not a destination. In this session, you will learn how to navigate that journey to ensure you engage staff at the highest level possible, making the greatest impact on those you serve.

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Proactive Management - Preventing Program Fires

August 2, 2018
Presented by Justin Hensley, Tori Schwarzlose and Jeff Miller, After-School All-Stars

With our programming experience, we can put out any “program fires” ourselves. But have we developed the tools and practices that help minimize their chances of occurring, or empowered and equipped our staff to do it themselves? In this session, we’ll dive into the approaches, habits, and best practices that define proactive managers.

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Summer Leadership Webinar Series

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Summer is a great time to focus on your personal leadership development and plan for stronger staff engagement.

Executive members are invited to soak up the Vitamin PD with these great webinars!

Not yet an Executive member? Upgrade today!

Staff Up! Recruiting and Retaining Quality People

June 28, 2018
Presented by Marissa Badgley, ExpandED Schools

Given high rates of staff turnover in afterschool programs across the country, this webinar will provide an overview of best and promising practices for recruiting and retaining the “right” people in school and afterschool settings. We will explore systems and policies that get in the way of doing this work effectively and how to improve these systems and policies in ways that ensure sustainability and long-term success of our programs.


Leading with Focus - How to Engage Your Employees

July 26, 2018
Presented by Stacy Litteral and Ann Tancioco, Kids' Country

Leadership is a journey, not a destination. In this session, you will learn how to navigate that journey to ensure you engage staff at the highest level possible, making the greatest impact on those you serve.


Proactive Management - Preventing Program Fires

August 2, 2018
Presented by Justin Hensley, Tori Schwarzlose and Jeff Miller, After-School All-Stars

With our programming experience, we can put out any “program fires” ourselves. But have we developed the tools and practices that help minimize their chances of occurring, or empowered and equipped our staff to do it themselves? In this session, we’ll dive into the approaches, habits, and best practices that define proactive managers.


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The Afterschool Guide to Making Slime

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It’s gooey and oozy. It stretches and squishes. It’s slime! The National Afterschool Association designed this afterschool guide, along with youth support, to be all about slime. It is a compilation of a variety of slime and putty recipes to create with youth that are not only fun to make and manipulate, but engage STEM skills. The following information provides tips to maximize youth engagement and learning as they mix up these recipes.

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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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Thank You for Downloading the Afterschool Guide to Making Slime!

You can access your free eBook, The Afterschool Guide to Making Slime, here anytime!

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Webinar: Recognizing the Benefits of Cloud-based Childcare Software

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Presented by EZChildTrack

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Utilizing web-based software helps afterschool programs increase parent involvement, empowers staff and streamlines operations.

If you’ve considered switching to a web-based software you won’t want to miss this informative webinar!

Participants will…

  • Learn about the changing landscape of technology in education.
  • Discover the value of time and money savings by converting to an online solution.
  • Get a live demo of EZChildTrack – a leading childcare management software solution.

EZChildTrack is brought to you by the team at ThomasKelly Software Associates. TKSA has been the nation’s leading afterschool and childcare software provider for over 15 years. TKSA serves 7 state DOEs and over 5,000 schools nationwide.

 

HEPA Standards 2.0

HEPA2Studies show that healthy, active children learn better, perform better academically and experience fewer behavioral problems. But many children are not getting the healthy food and physical activity they need each day. Afterschool and summer learning programs are well positioned to be key partners in a comprehensive effort to help children grow up healthy.

A coalition of individuals from the National Institute on Out-of-School Time, the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and the YMCA of the USA collaborated as the Healthy Out-of-School Time (HOST) Coalition to develop standards on healthy eating and physical activity (HEPA) in Out-of-School time (OST). The Standards were adopted by the National AfterSchool Association and named the NAA HEPA Standards for Out-of-School Time.

In 2018, the HOST Coalition Leadership Team, including newer members the National Recreation and Park Association and the Afterschool Alliance, completed an extensive refresh of the standards. In version 2.0 you will find a streamlined, user-friendly version of the Standards. NAA invites you to download the standards and encourages you to tailor them to your program's specific needs as you strive to be a high-quality program that promotes healthy behaviors.

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Beacon House’s digital learning vision is: “Through its technology-enabled afterschool programs, Beacon House will empower learners to have the confidence to innovate and creatively solve problems in school, work, and life.”

For over 25 years, Beacon House has served children and youth in northeast Washington, DC, by providing academic support and enrichment opportunities as well as a safe and nurturing location. Beacon House has made great strides in increasing high school graduation rates in the community. Last year, Beacon House decided to provide students with 21st Century skills and infuse technology into their programming in an intentional way.

Beacon House is a place-based organization located in the Edgewood Commons affordable housing community. Because of this, Beacon House knew it was critical that the community become involved in providing meaningful input to help create a digital learning vision for their program. Beacon House included students, all staff, and board members in the process.

The National Cable and Television Association awarded Beacon House a grant to integrate technology into their program. This enabled them to hire a consultant to help guide their visioning process. Beacon House launched this process with a Visioning Summit. The agenda for the Visioning Summit ensured staff input and allowed families and students to share ideas about their needs and interests. The Visioning Summit yielded the initial vision statement and helped Beacon House identify key skills families wanted students to gain. Then, staff provided feedback and developed a theory of action. Next, Beacon House interviewed peer organizations with a focus on technology and used the findings to create a more refined version of the vision statement. Beacon House used surveys and group discussions to facilitate a second convening during which families and students provided feedback on the new vision and technology-driven program offerings. This helped Beacon House gauge the level of excitement and interest and solidify new programming. The input gathered from families, students, and staff was compiled, and Beacon House developed an implementation plan with a focus on piloting technology-focused program offerings aligned with the needs and interests of the community.

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!

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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.

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