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.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 10:45

How to Make a YouTube Video

YouTube is the hottest thing around-just ask any kid or teen you know! It's great for a laugh or to make us smile, and it's also a cool place to learn. YouTube videos can teach your afterschool students how to do new things and also share their knowledge with others. Learn how to make YouTube videos with help from, an innovative STEM afterschool program.

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 00:00

My New Year's Resolution. What's Yours?

I was in my late 20s when my boss at the time referred to me as "a woman in a hurry." Feeling that was appropriate recognition for my hard work and initiative, I glowed with the praise.

It wasn't until this year that I realized her "compliment" maybe wasn't quite as positive as I had interpreted it to be.

Tuesday, 01 December 2015 00:00

STEM Help is On the Way!

We asked. You answered. We deliver.

Last spring, through the annual AfterSchool Today reader's survey, the NAA community expressed interest in additional resources to support science, technology, engineering and math—the subjects known as STEM.

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 05:56

Jim Murphy

Jim Murphy is the senior manager overseeing the national accreditation of child and youth development programs and work with the Department of Defense (DoD) for the Council on Accreditation (COA). He is the past executive director of the New York State School Age Care Coalition, now AfterSchool Works NY—the New York state affiliate to the NAA. Murphy has more than thirty years' experience working with children, youth, and families. These experiences have included providing independent consultative services across the country, and volunteer Endorser, Peer Reviewer, and Team Leader services for the COA. Murphy has also served as a volunteer Endorser for the National Afterschool Association Accreditation program, has been a Quality Advisor for afterschool programs, and Endorser for the NYS School Age Care (SAC) Credential. He has worked in numerous settings, such as residential treatment centers, community-based residential care, psychiatric care, diagnostic and emergency care, non-secure detention care, therapeutic foster care, and in-home family counseling services, as well as a decade of YMCA programming. Murphy is a trained mediator, and has taught Crisis Prevention and Intervention courses, and CPR, First Aid, and HIV/AIDS education.

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Monday, 08 September 2014 00:00

Jodi Grant

Since 2005, Jodi Grant has been executive director of the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs.

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