Awards & Recognition

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

Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week Rewards

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In honor of Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week, and thanks to our generous sponsors, we pleased to offer you these special rewards. Consider it just another way to say “thanks!” for all you do!


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You CAN do the Rubik's Cube
Afterschool Professionals are invited to borrow a set of 2x2 Rubik’s® Cubes from the You CAN Do the Rubik’s Cube Lending Program for 6 weeks at no charge! The first 500 to respond will also receive a pre-paid shipping label to return the cubes.* There is no cost or obligation.

CLAIM REWARD HERE!


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EZ Care
Research confirms that the involvement of families in their children’s education is critical to students’ success. Two special offers are available.

  • “How to Increase Parent Engagement”—Free eBook!
  • With the purchase of EZCare online software, you’ll receive a six month subscription free to the EZSmiles Parent Engagement App. Regular price is $1.00/month per student.

CLAIM REWARD HERE


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Darice

Now is the perfect time to buy wholesale craft and educational supplies for summer programs, camps and STEAM classrooms! Try Darice for discounted wholesale pricing, fast turn-around times and excellent customer service. With more than 40,000 art and craft supplies to choose from, you’re sure to find what you need at a price that fits your budget.

Afterschool Professionals exclusive discount! Enjoy 25% off your first order of $100 or more PLUS free shipping!

Use code: NAA425 | Good thru June 30, 2018

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Aperture Ed

If you’ve ever thought about starting a social and emotional learning program, now is the time! Aperture Education provides a social emotional learning system featuring the award-winning, standardized and nationally normed DESSA rating scale for students K-Grade 8. Receive 20% off your order of Evo Social/Emotional. Applies to the first five new orders submitted before June 1, 2018. Can be applied to any package option but minimums may apply. Inquire for details.

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NAA Membership Special!

Join NAA as an Executive member for just $79/year. Special offer expires May 11. This is the best rate for membership all year!

Upgrade today and receive:

  • 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.

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Showcase Skills Through Micro-Credential Digital Badges!

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Micro-credential badges are a digital form of certification that recognize professionals for demonstrating skills and competencies in specific content areas. Since 2015, the National Afterschool Association has been working on developing a national professional development and recognition system that recognizes afterschool STEM facilitation skills through micro-credential digital badging. In this system, professionals earn badges by completing specific points of evidence that demonstrate skill knowledge and competency.

The Value of Digital Badges for Professionals

In afterschool, we often reference anytime, anywhere learning for young people and this same concept applies to professional development for adults. Digital badges help professionals demonstrate a breadth of learning outside of formal degree programs. They are valuable to earners because they show a non-traditional pathway of accomplishment and skill development that may not otherwise be recognized. Additional value of digital badges for professionals include:

  • Digital badges motivate on-going skill development by providing verifiable credentials that recognize achievements and competency.
  • Digital badges can help learners connect with potential employers.
  • Digital badges help professionals transfer their on-the-job learning across positions and organizations.

The Value of Digital Badges for Employers

  • Digital badges provide employers with information about employee skills through access to metadata including who issued the badge and the assessments and points of evidence that were submitted to achieve the badge.
  • Digital badges are stackable so they may be used to demonstrate multiple achievements and highlight the specific competencies for which employers are looking.

Stay tuned for additional NAA micro-credentials, focusing on a variety of afterschool facilitation techniques in language and literacy, digital literacy, healthy eating and physical activity, leadership and more!

References and Resources

What is a Badge?

The Potential and Value of Using Digital Badges for Adult Learners

Digital Badges in Afterschool

Digital Badges Give Learners a Competitive Edge in Hiring and Career Advancement

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Showcase Skills Through Micro-Credential Digital Badges!

Micro-credential badges are a digital form of certification that recognize professionals for demonstrating skills and competencies in specific content areas. Since 2015, the National Afterschool Association has been working on developing a national professional development and recognition system that recognizes afterschool STEM facilitation skills through micro-credential digital badging. In this system, professionals earn badges by completing specific points of evidence that demonstrate skill knowledge and competency.

The Value of Digital Badges for Professionals

In afterschool, we often reference anytime, anywhere learning for young people and this same concept applies to professional development for adults. Digital badges help professionals demonstrate a breadth of learning outside of formal degree programs. They are valuable to earners because they show a non-traditional pathway of accomplishment and skill development that may not otherwise be recognized. Additional value of digital badges for professionals include:

  • Digital badges motivate on-going skill development by providing verifiable credentials that recognize achievements and competency.
  • Digital badges can help learners connect with potential employers.
  • Digital badges help professionals transfer their on-the-job learning across positions and organizations.

The Value of Digital Badges for Employers

  • Digital badges provide employers with information about employee skills through access to metadata including who issued the badge and the assessments and points of evidence that were submitted to achieve the badge.
  • Digital badges are stackable so they may be used to demonstrate multiple achievements and highlight the specific competencies for which employers are looking.

Stay tuned for additional NAA micro-credentials, focusing on a variety of afterschool facilitation techniques in language and literacy, digital literacy, healthy eating and physical activity, leadership and more!

References and Resources

What is a Badge?

The Potential and Value of Using Digital Badges for Adult Learners

Digital Badges in Afterschool

Digital Badges Give Learners a Competitive Edge in Hiring and Career Advancement

 

 

Sample Proclamation

Whereas the citizens of [INSERT STATE/CITY] firmly believe that afterschool professionals (those who work with children and youth in a wide variety of program settings to provide extended learning opportunities during out-of-school hours) have a positive effect on our children, families, community and businesses.

Whereas afterschool professionals are a decisive element in children’s’ access high-quality relationships and expanded opportunities beyond what they have access to at school and home, which they need to reach their full potential.

Whereas afterschool professionals deserve appreciation for all that they do to for children to enhance their education, promote physical and emotional health, provide a safe environment and expose them to new experiences.

Whereas [INSERT STATE/CITY] is committed to supporting the professionals who provide expanded learning opportunities that will help close the achievement gap and prepare young people to compete in the global economy.

Now, therefore, I [OFFICIAL’S NAME AND TITLE] do hereby proclaim April 24-28, 2017 as Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week in [INSERT CITY/STATE], and urge the citizens of [INSERT CITY/STATE] to join me in this special observance with appropriate events and displays of appreciation.

 

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Governor / Mayor

Afterschool is for Everyone

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The afterschool field values diversity and inclusion and as afterschool leaders we work to model these values in our work, creating physically and emotionally safe spaces for all afterschool professionals and the youth and families they support. From the very origins of our field – settlement houses with caring adults serving immigrant children in the mid-1800s – to our work today where skilled afterschool professionals help children learn, grow and succeed in communities around the country – join us in sharing the message that Afterschool is for EVERYONE!

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The Afterschool Expert Hub: Ask An Expert

New Session Added for Convention Attendees! The Afterschool Expert Hub is leading a session, "Ask an Expert" on March 20 from 1:45 to 3 p.m at the NAA Convention and would like to invite you to participate.

Is your afterschool program looking for advice on addressing an organizational bottleneck that you'd like resolved? Maybe you're looking for sustainable fundraising streams or want to get your Board more involved or build team capacity. This session will bring together three experts in strategic planning, professional development and fundraising/earned revenue strategies with afterschool programs facing organizational challenges for live, rapid-fire problem-solving. Plus one lucky program will win $500 of grant funding towards a more in-depth capacity building project.

Please note that a representative from your program must be available to attend the session and engage with the experts.

Contest Details:

  • Submit your challenge: Use this form to tell us about the challenge your afterschool program would like to resolve. Submit early by 3/3 to get priority attention. All submissions must be received by 3/10 to be considered. The Afterschool Expert Hub and NAA will review submissions to determine which challenges will be considered at the session. The top 10 submissions will receive a free consultation by the Afterschool Expert Hub.
  • During the session: Representatives of the selected challenges will be asked to attend the session. During the session, the experts and the Afterschool Expert Hub team will guide them through questions to arrive at possible solutions for the programs to consider. At the end of the session, one program will receive $500 based on audience votes.
  • Questions? Email us at info@catalyst-ed.org and we're happy to help!

When It's Time to Retire: Afterschool Professionals Transitioning to the Next Stage of Life and Career

NAA is inviting afterschool leaders who are 50 and over to join a small group of colleagues in a discussion about that inevitable decision - as a leader, how am I preparing to move on to the next phase of my professional life? The focus groups will be an opportunity to share ideas about planning your own transition and identify resources that you and your organizations may need to make successful transitions. The discussions will be facilitated by Pam Stevens, a long time youth development champion and consultant, who will develop a set of recommendations for NAA. Each group is limited to 12 participants, so we encourage you to sign up as soon as possible.

Two Sessions Available:

  • Monday, March 20 from 9:30 - 11:00AM
  • Tuesday, March 21 from 9:30 - 11:00AM

Both to be held in the President's Suite at NAA17 (exact room location will be sent via confirmation).


REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

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Webinar: Engage, Connect, and Network at NAA17!

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MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR NAA CONVENTION EXPERIENCE.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 1:00PM EST

Designed for registered participants of NAA’s Annual Convention.

Conventions hold the promise of meaningful, in-person connections with like-minded colleagues - opportunities that are simply not possible through email and social media. With that in mind, NAA is making a concerted effort to foster a Convention culture of inclusion, effective engagement, networking and relationship building. A little planning prior to your attendance will reward you with a more meaningful experience and a strong professional network - one that can support you year-round!

Participants of the Webinar will learn:

  • Ideas and steps for creating your own strategic networking plan for Convention.
  • Ways to maximize even small networking moments that occur throughout the event.
  • How your personality and energy level is a factor and specific tips for both introverts and extroverts.

Seasoned participant of NAA’s Convention?
We’ve got you covered! The webinar will discuss how stepping into a “host” role by welcoming less seasoned participants and promoting engagement between participants can assist you with your own networking and leadership goals.

RobbieSamuelsABOUT THE PRESENTER:

Robbie Samuels has been recognized as a networking expert by Inc. and Lifehacker, and profiled in Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It by Dorie Clark. Since 2009, his engaging and fun presentations have helped a wide array of audiences increase their confidence when it comes to relationship-building – whether through networking, fundraising, or sales. His clients have included Marriott International, Cornell University, and PA Consulting to name a few. He passionately believes everyone should stop wasting time networking and shares how through his signature session, “Art of the Schmooze.”

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