As Director of Staff Development at the Leadership Program, I spend a lot of time both preparing and implementing training or coaching others on effective facilitation. There is no recipe or shortcut that instantaneously makes you an expert facilitator.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 00:00

Help Parents Embrace Fear of Tech

I recently had a great chat with a parent that highlighted a prevalent fear among parents everywhere: technology. Parents don't know how to embrace the technology their kids are using AND keep them safe in the process!

The National Institute on Out-of-School Time and RTI International recently released "Monitoring the Uptake of National AfterSchool Association Physical Activity Standards."

Published in News

In my role at the National AfterSchool Association, one of my key responsibilities is to plan professional development. So I think about professional development A LOT, which is why a recent EdSurge article, "Why Good Professional Development Is Crucially Linked to an Educator's Attitude," by Glenda I. Lozada Negron, caught my attention.

Family engagement has a life-long impact on the lives of children and comes in many forms. As professionals in the field of afterschool and expanded learning, it is important to remember that even though we may not see a child's family at school or a program, this does not mean they are not engaged in the lives of their children. With that in mind, we need to actively build strong engagement with families when they can come to the school or program.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 04:48

NAA Partners with NAE4-HA on JYD

As the Journal of Youth Development: Bridging Research and Practice (JYD) releases a new special issue on character development in youth programs, it is pleased to announce both a new publisher and a new partnership.

Published in News
Tuesday, 07 June 2016 00:00

Five Ways to Reduce STEM Anxiety

Fill in the blank. I would rather _________ than do a math problem.

1. Eat worms
2. Clean a bathroom
3. Write an essay
4. Give a speech
5. Not eat for a day
6. Dump ice on my head

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 08:53

Step Into Your Leadership

10 Tips for Stepping Into Your Leadership:

The role of a leader is one of great responsibility. These tips can help us fully step in with intention, dedication and courage.

The National AfterSchool Association's Leading with Emotional Intelligence Fellowship is designed to develop the emotional intelligence (EQ) of afterschool leaders. In the Fellowship's inaugural year, 17 afterschool leaders were selected. Each fellowship participant received funding to complete a culminating impact project. Here, we offer a look at some of those projects.

Published in Awards/Recognition
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 00:00

Smart & Innovative Child Care Software

EZChildTrack is a comprehensive online child care software with automated billing/payment, parent portal, site access and multiple attendance options. With EZChildTrack, program directors, site coordinators, staff members can manage operations from a single system.

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