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, 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.

Monday, 23 November 2015 00:00

Gratitude: Not Just for Thanksgiving

I'm busy. We're all busy. This year I recommended that we move Thanksgiving from Thursday to Friday. Why?

When was the last time you attended a conference and had the opportunity to network with hundreds of out-of-school time professionals ... while wearing your pajamas? Hundreds of afterschool professionals just did at the National AfterSchool Association Virtual Convention.

... And 3 Things You Can Do All of the Other Days

I want to introduce you all to my friend and colleague, Daron Roberts. A former college football player, NFL coach and Harvard Law School graduate, Daron is the Founding Director of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation at the University of Texas. As you can imagine, Daron and his UT students have been closely following the recent developments at the University of Missouri that involve student—and especially student athlete—engagement around greater social justice on campus.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 00:00

Message from a Former Bully

Bullying is a big issue currently facing young people, during school and in out-of-school time. Youth all face this growing problem.

One of the highlights of NAA's inaugural International Learning Exchange was an afternoon at the London Science Museum with Dr. Kenny Webster, head of the museum's Learning Operations.

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 00:00

Afterschool and the Rebuilding of New Orleans

August 26, 2015, marked the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

The Friday afternoon of August 26 was in many ways just another day for most children in afterschool programs in New Orleans.

For many in the United States, the United Kingdom has been a standout among political powers because of its treatment of youth work—afterschool programming, voluntary services, job training, housing—as a public good.

Tuesday, 09 June 2015 00:00

Tryout Results Revealed

Life Lessons from the Soccer Field, Part II: The e-mail we had been anxiously awaiting arrived in my inbox late Friday afternoon. The powers that be left no room for suspense, beginning the e-mail with "Unfortunately ... "

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