The National Afterschool Association (NAA) has been awarded funding from the Noyce Foundation to develop the first-ever afterschool STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) credential. The investment centerpiece -- a STEM-related micro-credential and digital badge series -- offered by NAA and developed with Click2SciencePD, will serve as a validated, industry-wide indicator that afterschool staff have the requisite competencies to facilitate STEM learning across a variety of settings.
Do you know someone whose service, research, and action in the areas of STEM influence and have an impact on large numbers of youth and families?
Nominate those individuals who are doing great things for NAA's Most Influential in STEM today! Nominations close January 23, 2015.
Trainer to the First Family will deliver the keynote speech at NAA's annual convention.
Cornell McClellan is a member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, and a fitness consultant and personal trainer to the First Family. He is also the owner of Naturally Fit, a training and wellness company in Chicago.
December's National Computer Science Week and Hour of Code brought a variety of coding-related activities into classrooms and afterschool programs around the country.
Heidi Ham recently joined NAA as Vice President of Programs and Strategy. She will work closely with NAA Executive Director Gina Warner to lead the execution and development of NAA strategy to advance current work and to create and support new opportunities specifically focused on quality improvement, advancing professionalism, and strengthening state and local alliances. Get to know NAA's newest team member!
NAA is proud to welcome Dr. Dale Blyth to the NAA board as one of its newest members! Dr. Blyth is Extension Professor in the College of Education and Human Development, the Howland Endowed Chair in Youth Development Leadership, and a Senior Research Fellow with the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement at the University of Minnesota.