Executive Extra

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

Over the past 10 years, developments in technology and how we interact with information have been racing forward at a staggering pace. We are living in the future—and these changes have impacted young people and their education.

I am a millennial Luddite working at a tech startup.

We are looking for expert professionals for the National AfterSchool Association's Afterschool Expert Hub, powered by Catalyst:Ed—a technology-enabled service connecting afterschool and out-of-school-time (OST) providers and partners with expertise both within and outside the National AfterSchool Association network for their short-term, mission-critical needs.

Published in News
Tuesday, 28 November 2017 06:07

STEM vs. STEAM: Why the “A” is Essential

In recent years, there has been momentum to include the arts in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning.

Across the nation, afterschool programs provide opportunities for young people to explore their interests and learn new skills. Afterschool programs are uniquely positioned to offer education and opportunity through hands-on, minds-on learning—without the pressures that sometimes accompany the school day.

Imagine the potential of empowering the 10.2 million children in afterschool programs with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, while providing them with opportunities to eat healthy and stay active.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my visit to our NAA storage facility to go through years and years of organizational files. With NAA's 30th anniversary coming up in 2018, I find myself spending more and more time thinking about how to honor the past of our work, while also looking toward the future.

Thursday, 02 February 2017 00:00

Step Up Your STEM Game at NAA17

Did you know that The National Afterschool Association is a great resource for STEM professional development? In a recent survey of the afterschool community, 98% of respondents listed NAA as a place to get valuable resources and information to improve STEM offerings and teaching practices.

Published in Convention Articles
Monday, 12 September 2016 11:41

How Art Motivates STEM Learning

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math—the subjects called STEM—continue to be a major focal point in education. This urgent focus on STEM came from the growing concern that education was not providing the building blocks necessary for students to achieve successful future employment in an increasingly technical world.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 00:00

Help Parents Embrace Fear of Tech

I recently had a great chat with a parent that highlighted a prevalent fear among parents everywhere: technology. Parents don't know how to embrace the technology their kids are using AND keep them safe in the process!

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