Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week is a time to recognize, appreciate and advocate for those who work with young people during out-of-school hours. The week is marked by celebrations and public relations efforts encouraging appreciation and support for all the afterschool professionals who make a profound difference in the lives of young people.
Over the last 20 years, progress has been made in research, practice, and policies related to program quality, yet workforce stability, recruitment, and retention of direct service workers continues to be a challenge. As the professional association for the field, NAA’s mission is to create a strong and valued profession.
State of American Literacy Report Findings
The new State of American Literacy Report, by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, identifies critical literacy needs. The report, which includes surveys and interviews with more than 1,200 students, parents, teachers, adult learners and experts in adult and youth literacy from October to December 2021, underscores the significant impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on literacy learning for both adults and youth K-12. This disruption has impacted access to quality instruction, remediation and intervention. Low literacy was already an issue prior to the pandemic, with more than 40 million adults in the U.S. possessing low literacy skills and youth reading levels stagnating.
NAA22 Convention was a time to come together in unity, with community and for opportunity. It was also a space for leaders in the OST field to build connections with colleagues across the country. Here is what a few leaders had to share about NAA22.
NAA22 Convention is the perfect place to come together in unity, with community, and for opportunity. It is also the perfect place to find engaging SEL content, tools, and resources to use in your programs. Take a sneak peek at some of the sessions planned this year.
Thursday, March 17, 2022, 3-4:15 pm ET, 2-3:15 CT, Noon-1:15 PT
Do you struggle with data collection? Is it difficult for you to know what to measure and how to use data in real time to drive system change, quality improvement and positive outcomes for youth?
A recent study, The Great Resignation Research Report, examines critical themes that have led to employees leaving their jobs at an all-time high. Wages may come top of mind, especially in our afterschool field, where we acknowledge that afterschool workers deserve to –but often don’t–earn a thriving wage. However, what's driving workers to quit goes beyond that. The PlanBeyond research concludes work environments and supervisors that make people feel appreciated, involve collaboration, and encourage people to show up as their authentic selves, making employees want to stay.