Tragic events that occur in the world around us, such as murders, violence, serious injustice, or cultural breaches can have an intense impact on us at work. Those events are especially likely to be traumatic when they are intense, multiple, occurring to someone we can personally relate to or targeting members of a social identity group that we are a member of. Current events that repeat or remind us of past traumas can trigger us back into old, unresolved, or ongoing trauma and stress. Examples can include: police killing Black and Brown people or allowing them to die in police custody, violence against women and LGBTQ individuals, school shootings, or church bombings or fires, especially if any of these are socially or legally sanctioned.
The need for safety, support, and trusting reciprocal relationships becomes even more important now as we work to rebuild and return stronger than before COVID-19.
School systems around the country are making plans to reopen in the fall. Employers are beginning to call employees back to work. What does this mean for afterschool?
During a recent web conference with the Grantmakers for Education OST Funders Network, National AfterSchool Association President & CEO Gina Warner and Isabelle Mussard, leader of NAA's California State Affiliate, provided an update on the work being done in the afterschool field during the uncertain time of COVID-19.
When facilitating prerecorded sessions, there are several strategies to keep participants engaged. Because facilitators are not in-person to keep participants on track, it's important to plan for and integrate engagement strategies in advance, in the session as you record it, and afterward.
Afterschool professionals could gain knowledge and tips on professional learning communities in out-of-school time, thanks to Public Profit's Professional Learning Communities in the Expanded Learning Field resource.
Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week (APAW), April 20 – 24, 2020, is a special time set aside each year to recognize, appreciate and advocate for those who work with young people during out-of-school hours.
This past summer, NAA's Executive member webinar series SEL for Kids Starts with the Adults dove into the reports that support social and emotional learning in afterschool, offered tips for choosing SEL curriculum, and guided leaders in how to assess their own emotional intelligence quotient (EQ) and determine next steps to grow.