Stephan Turnipseed

StephanTurnipseed HeadshotStephan Turnipseed is the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Pitsco Education. Pitsco Education is a world leader in 21st Century hands on, project based, personalized learning. Turnipseed is an education thought leader, strategist and entrepreneur who is passionate about inspiring children through education. He is an advocate for hands-on learning which he sees as instrumental for 21st Century success.

He is the former President of LEGO® Education North America and also served in a global role as the Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships for LEGO® Education for 2 years. For more than 16 years he led the team responsible for transforming LEGO Education in North America from a product sales company to an educational resource leader, working with educators, industry experts and academia to help inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow.

Most recently as EVP and CSO, he led the team at Destination Imagination, an experiential learning company focused on creativity and hosting the world’s largest celebration of creativity, in defining and implementing a new strategic direction aimed at preparing children for the future of work and civil society.

He is the past Chairman for The Partnership for 21st Century Learning, a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. He is a former member the Clinton Global Initiative and past Co-Chair of the Business for Early Childhood Development Task Force organized by the Global Business Coalition for Education and Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution. He is the recipient of the prestigious National Instruments Engineering Impact Award for STEM Innovation which recognizes lifetime achievement in STEM education. He serves on the boards of Education Reimagined, which offers a new vision of the future of education and the Learning Policy Institute, a non-partisan think tank aimed at supplying objective research to underpin policy decisions. He also serves on the SXSWedu, Asia Society and the National Afterschool Association advisory boards.

Turnipseed is the past president of the Tourette Syndrome Association, non-profit supporting research, advocacy and policy for those, like himself, affected by Tourette Syndrome, a neurologic movement disorder.

Among his other roles, he has owned his own leadership consultancy practice, focused on strategic and tactical planning and leadership skills development. He also previously managed business units for Schlumberger Limited, an oilfield service company.

Turnipseed is a veteran of the United States Air Force and is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in electrical engineering. He is the author of two books and numerous published articles. He holds three patents for the design of the TETRIX robotic system.

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The Afterschool Guide for Creating Outstanding Outdoor Games

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Warmer weather opens the doors (literally!) to a world of outdoor activities for youth in afterschool and summer care programs. We’ve categorized over 200 games that include Water, Tag, Races, Relays and Runs, Balls, Scavenger Hunts, Nature and Biking. Also included are helpful tips for staff members about safety, how to model good sportsmanship, the importance of participation, how to give instructions and how to keep games fun!

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2018 Most Influential in Research and Evaluation

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NAA seeks to recognize individuals and organizations who have been strong contributors of research and evaluation related to afterschool. Please nominate those individuals and organizations whose work in research and evaluation related to afterschool has already affected or could have an impact on large numbers of young people, families and/or afterschool professionals.


  1. Complete the nominee/nominator information form online by 5 p.m., April 20, 2018.
  2. Individuals and organizations may be nominated.
  3. Winners will be selected and notified in early May.
  4. Winners will be featured in the Summer 2018 AfterSchool Today magazine.
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Energizer activities are like hitting a refresh button for the brain and body. They not only redirect the brain to an alert and focused state in order to process new or complicated information, but also allow for a change in perspective, which can lead to generation of different ideas and solutions. Energizers benefit learners through enhanced concentration, re-activation of creativity, and improved brain and physical health. The Afterschool Leader’s Guide to Meeting and Training Energizers provides professionals with a variety of activities that can reinvigorate meeting participants.

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Webinar: Be Bold. Be Brave. Be Brilliant. Be Prepared!

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Making the Most of your NAA Annual Convention Experience.

Designed for registered participants of NAA’s Annual Convention.

Participants of the webinar will gain:

  • Valuable tips and secrets for success from our most experienced Convention-goers
  • Confidence by having a plan for how to network, select workshops and manage your time
  • The inside scoop about some of the exciting special events planned
  • A free gift to bring with you to Atlanta

Join NAA President, Gina Warner, former NAA Board member and Operations Director for Extend-a-Care Kids, Jaime Garcia and Sean Tate, Founder and Executive Director of DiscoveryFEST Enrichment Program for an informative webinar aimed to help those registered for the 2018 Convention make the most of their time in Atlanta!

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Webinar: Ask, Listen, Learn: Incorporating Alcohol Education Into Your Program

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Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix is’s premier alcohol education program. Created for youth ages 9-12 and their parents and educators, the program aims to encourage kids to say YES to a healthy lifestyle and NO to underage drinking. Through animated videos, lesson plans, activities, and more, Ask, Listen, Learn takes kids on a journey through the developing brain, teaching how the brain works, how alcohol affects it, and how that affects behavior. Program content is FREE, digital, and aligned to national standards of learning.

All NAA members are invited to join us for this informative webinar that will allow Afterschool Professionals to:

  • Better understand the scope of underage drinking in the United States in the last decade.
  • Access the full suite of Ask, Listen, Learn materials including lesson plans, videos, and activities.
  • Implement specific best practices in integrating alcohol education programming.
  • Prepare materials and activities for Alcohol Responsibility Month (April).

About the Presenter: Helen Gaynor is the Education and Outreach Lead at, where she works to develop alcohol education content for the organization’s educational programs. In addition, she manages program partnerships and stakeholder outreach, researching ways to effectively reach parents, educators and administrators. To learn more, visit


Reducing STEM Gender Bias: A Guide for Program Leaders

ReducingGenderBiasCoverGraphicSTEM education has made some great strides, but unfortunately, studies show that a gender gap still exists, despite progress. Advanced degrees and high paying jobs in STEM are still predominately the domain of men.

The National Afterschool Association created Reducing STEM Gender Bias: A Guide for Program Leaders, an eBook filled with valuable information, tools and strategies specifically designed for leaders in the afterschool environment.

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What Great Things Can We Learn? Introducing Berlin!

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June 22-26, 2020

Why is NAA hosting an International Learning Exchange?

As the nation's leader in afterschool programs and professional development, NAA is eager to explore what is working in other places and bring those innovative ideas to our members, funders and national partners. We also welcome the chance to showcase some of the best in program design, development and investment in our field with international partners.

Is this a first-time event?

No, this will be the 6th International Learning Exchange (ILE) experience. ILE was established in 2015 to create an educational opportunity for NAA members to gain innovative knowledge that will elevate the afterschool field.

Past destinations have included Edinburgh, Scotland; Rome, Italy; Helsinki, Finland; Dublin, Ireland and London, England. Participants had an opportunity to engage with leaders of the Departments of Education, participated in panel discussions with practitioners and professional development experts to discuss key similarities and differences with the U.S. education systems, and have also enjoyed local sightseeing.

As the nation's leader in afterschool programs and professional development, NAA is proud to provide this opportunity.

The benefits of participating in ILE have proven invaluable. Participants have experienced firsthand the broader context of what's happening in the global afterschool community. Through cultural immersion, they’ve been inspired to observe similarities and differences in programming, funding and research. As a result, participants have been able to view their own programs through an unbiased lens as they’ve sought to validate their current successes and make thoughtful improvements upon their return.

How many people will be participating?

ILE is limited to 25 attendees. Space fills quickly, so reserve your spot today!

Who is participating?

Attendees are a combination of national and local afterschool program leaders, researchers and funders.

Why should I participate?

You'll experience incredible learning opportunities in one of the world's unique cities, you'll gain tremendous insight into innovative strategies that you can apply in your work, and you'll have the opportunity to network with colleagues from around the country.

Equally important, you'll have the opportunity to share your work and your program with other national leaders in our field.

The experience includes:

  • 4 night hotel stay
  • Meals and ground transportation to all ILE events
  • Roundtable and panel discussion with some of Germany’s finest in education and youth development
  • Networking breakfasts and keynote speakers
  • Guided walking/panoramic tour of Berlin, a visit to the East Side Gallery and entrance to the Sanssouci Palace and the DDR Museum


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