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NAA23 Top 20 Presenters and 22 Sessions Announced

Monday, 08 May 2023 10:20

The National AfterSchool Association (NAA) annually honors the presenters of top NAA Convention sessions, and the results from NAA23 are officially in! With past favorites and new faces in the line-up, these extraordinary sessions and presenters were selected by Convention participants for their excellent content, dynamic facilitation, and relationship-building skills. They helped create the fantastic Convention experience the NAA community expects. 

In this year’s qualification criteria, top sessions received a minimum of 15 participant evaluations and a score of at least 4.74 out of 5. Recognized sessions had a minimum of 40 and as many as 100 participants.


Session Name



Every Behavior Starts with a Feeling

Amy Brady

The Flourish Lab

Creativity In Leadership

Brad Lademann

Missouri After School Network

Burnout Happens: What It Is and How To Avoid It

Brad Lademann


Together, We Laugh!

Clint Darr

Missouri After School Network

Mindful Rainbow Walk and other Simple Family Engagement Ideas

Daniel Hatcher

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Who's in your boat?

Dormetria Robinson Thompson

Omega Community Development Corporation

BIPOC Girls and Women Matter Too: Let Her Be

Dormetria Robinson Thompson


Self-Regulation - The Right Thing @ The Right Time

Dr. Gale Gorke

Kids Kan Inc.

You Need to Take Care of YOU!

Dr. Gale Gorke


Welcome to the FEELING Zone

Eric Golden

The Flourish Lab

BEYOND ICEBREAKERS: Powerful Tools To ENGAGE and Motivate Youth

Eric Rowles

Leading to Change


Eric Rowles


Raise the Room: Facilitate more equitable meetings, classes, and events

Eva Jo Meyers

Spark Decks

The Four E's to Motivating Your Team

Frances Ehlrich


To Infinity and Beyond! Maximizing Community Partnerships

Jasmine Castleberry, Monique Smith

Harris County Department of Education

It's All Fun and Games for Indoors

Kelly Jimenez, jeanine Mouret

District School Board of Pasco County

Hip Hop Classrooms: Dawn of Social Justice

Kenrick Wagner

Project Gametime

Building Your Resilience Toolkit

Marina Fradera

Sunrise of Philadelphia, Inc.

Make Math Engaging (it can be more than homework help)

Perrin Chick, Becky Tapley

Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance

Getting to the Money! Grant Writing Made Easy.

Sheneika Simmons

Simmons Leadership Services

The Practical Neuroscience of Building Vibrant, Connected Afterschool Spaces

Zoë Zulauf

Utah Afterschool Network


NAA is grateful to all our presenters who shared their shine, contributing to the development of afterschool professionals and the OST profession. As we roll toward NAA24, be thinking about YOUR story; we’d love to see your name here next year!

Watch for the call for presenter information this September.