AfterSchool of Thought

Welcome to the "AfterSchool of Thought," a blog series for those with products and offerings for afterschool programs and the professionals who work in the field.

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is calling all students in grades five through eight for another year of groundbreaking science exploration. This exciting competition encourages students to apply critical thinking to solve a real-world problem and communicate their idea through a video submission. Discovery Education has worked with NAA to develop specific resources to help afterschool professionals implement the Young Scientist Challenge with youth in their programs.

Tuesday, 08 March 2016 00:00

Top STEM Web Resources

In a Web search for the word STEM, Google returns more than 200 million results. STEM today is a hot topic and Web pages are being created at a frenetic pace, which can be quite overwhelming for users. Websites may have outdated information, be difficult to navigate and, occasionally, even provide bad information. Your time is precious, so to help you navigate the World Wide Web of STEM information I am providing my current pick of some of the best STEM resources available today.

NAA16 keynote speaker Dr. Angela Duckworth, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania and a MacArthur "Genius" fellow, recently met with Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

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Tuesday, 23 February 2016 00:00

How to Put Afterschool Research into Practice

At the NAA Convention, on Wednesday, March 23, we'll learn how to put cutting-edge research to practice.

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Friday, 12 February 2016 06:16

NAA16 Learning Expo

The Learning Expo at NAA's Annual Convention is much more than rows of booths and giveaways—it's an engaging, interactive and educational experience you'll want to visit again and again! Learn about the most innovative and creative ideas in afterschool from our 100+ exhibitors, enjoy networking with your afterschool colleagues, and test hands-on experiences and products via the Learning Labs.

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Providing high-quality STEM learning is bigger than simply presenting hands-on activities. The goal is to create an atmosphere of discovery where kids are engaged in creative and critical thinking. Asking good questions is an important part of creating the right environment. Through intentional questioning you can stretch young peoples' curiosity, reasoning ability, creativity, and independence.

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 06:36

A New SEL Field Guide

An innovative guide called "Preparing Youth to Thrive: Promising Practices in Social & Emotional Learning" has been launched in an effort to help afterschool programs across the country bring social and emotional skill development to the youth they serve.

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 00:00

NAA Makes the List! STEAM Ed Top Conferences

Recently, the NAA Convention was ranked as one of the top Educational Conferences for 2016 by STEAM Education!

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Tuesday, 02 February 2016 00:00

Seven Tips for Positive Behavior

Positive behavior begins and ends with relationships—not with the rules. While systems and guidelines can provide structure for young people, cultivating an environment of meaningful connections between staff and youth creates a culture where positive behavior is part of the ongoing learning and development of youth.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 00:00

Share Your Superpower!

Afterschool professionals are superheroes that go above and beyond the call of duty. Show the world your superpower with our downloadable graphic! At Convention, we'll focus on the power of afterschool - the power of YOU!

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