For resource-constrained out-of-school time (OST) program providers and intermediary organizations, working with an expert external trainer or consultant for a short, high-leverage project can be a cost-effective way of building capacity and addressing critical bottlenecks. Yet finding and selecting a consultant can seem like a daunting task. Based on our experience at the Afterschool Expert Hub, we have developed a simple 4S framework to set up projects for success.
Have you heard of the "Summer Slide?" You probably have if you're a parent—and you most definitely have if you work in education.
Play is vital for our health and wellbeing—and there's no better place to play than our local parks and recreation facilities! This July, celebrate the power and importance of play with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) during Park and Recreation Month!
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.
A couple of weeks ago, I set out to do something that I have been putting off for a long time—driving over to Alexandria, Virginia, to go through all of the old NAA files that have been in storage since we moved offices from Boston, Massachusetts, to Washington, D.C., around 2008.
If you were to spend any significant amount of time with me in marketing meetings brainstorming, it's likely you'd eventually hear me blurt out "Audience first!" It's one of my favorite quotes.
From colleges to preschools, STEM continues to be a hot topic for both formal and informal education. STEM education is being driven by our increasingly technical society, a fear that America is falling behind in innovation, a lack of STEM college graduates and the need to prepare today's youth for the jobs of tomorrow.
The inaugural National AfterSchool Association's Most Influential in Health and Wellness selections and honorable mentions are distinguished for their strong advocacy for and support of health and wellness in afterschool.
Working in the private and public sectors, I have been involved in science education for over 20 years. From parents and principals, to CEOs and administrators, I am passionate and accustomed to fighting for STEM. Today, I need to speak about something more fundamental.