Executive Extra

Monthly content focused on leadership exclusively for the Executive members of NAA.

The New Issue Is Here!

Monday, 15 January 2018 13:41

The National AfterSchool Association and the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents have recently published the latest issue of the Journal of Youth Development. The open-source, peer-reviewed, quarterly online publication is dedicated to advancing youth development practice and research.

Cooperation and Leadership: How to Prevent Youth Violence

Friday, 12 January 2018 11:34

Youth violence is a significant public health problem affecting thousands of young people each day. It's a leading cause of death and nonfatal injuries in the United States, yet the impact extends well beyond physical consequences—affecting not just youth, but their families, schools and communities as well. As afterschool leaders and professionals, we have a responsibility to promote healthy and safe development for our young people, communities and employees—and a new resource from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can help.

Using Science and Engineering Practices in Leadership Development

Friday, 12 January 2018 11:23

Did you use the 4Cs today?

Of course you did.

But how?

Why Do I Mentor?

Monday, 11 December 2017 05:16

As an undergraduate, I wrote a thank-you to a professional who'd spoken to my Fundamentals of Public Relations class. I received a response that was, rather than inspiring or challenging, openly hostile and threatening. She called me "overly emotional" and "saccharine"—essentially, a kiss-ass! I thought I blew it.

Vacation: A Great Time to Not Think About Work

Monday, 11 December 2017 05:11

On vacation last summer, I visited the Elliot Bay Bookstore in Seattle, Washington—IMO one of the best independent bookstores in the nation—and picked up Jenny Lawson's new book: You Are Here: An Owner's Manual for Dangerous Minds.

Be a Leader People Trust

Monday, 13 November 2017 04:38

Leadership development is a lifelong quest; it's an art, a discipline, a balance of many traits. One challenge for leaders is how to be authentic in the difficult situations we face each day.

Why Do Millennials (Unfairly) Get a Bad Rap?

Friday, 10 November 2017 07:00

I'M SUCH A MILLENNIAL. Really. I can't speak for 80 million people, but I align so deeply to all the things discussed (and so many of the clichés), including wanting to have a purpose I'm deeply connected to (or finding that purpose), seeking balance and meaning with my work, but more than anything, wanting to change the world and make it a better place.

Stay with Me

Friday, 13 October 2017 09:57

All too often, employers are asking questions that could help retain a valued employee after the employee is already out the door.

How to Let Go of the Baggage Weighing You Down

Friday, 13 October 2017 00:00

Patron Saint of Overstuffed Cars, pray for us. I am no Kardashian. I don't think I've ever had anything I've posted on social media come anywhere close to going viral. But this photo I posted a few weeks ago of me, my daughter and mother-in-law as we set out on a long road trip came pretty close.

Finding Inspiration Outside of the Afterschool World

Thursday, 14 September 2017 03:59

Our brains are wired for novelty. We know this because we are alerted each time a stimulus in our environment feels out of the ordinary. This has always been a wonderful advantage, and an aspect of human brain development that our survival as a species depends on. It's time to change up the dull routine of incoming information that arrives via predictable, tedious, well-worn roadways.

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