Professional Development

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Free Standards-Aligned Digital Resources for Positive Afterschool Experiences

Discovery Education, which recently partnered with the National AfterSchool Association to launch the Virtual Learning Response Fund, offers free standards-aligned digital resources that afterschool professionals could use to engage and introduce young people to careers and new experiences.

Resources focus on hands-on STEM activities, social and emotional learning, health and wellness, career exploration, and financial literacy.

Virtual Field Trips
Join host Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and president of RFK Human Rights, for an inspiring conversation about activism. Defenders will share their inspiring stories and answer questions about what sparked their passion for activism and what "speaking truth to power" means to them. Young people can tune in to see how they can defend human rights in their communities and the world. Take a Virtual Field Trip to meet:

  • Kailash Satyarthi, 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
  • Van Jones, social entrepreneur, CNN political contributor.
  • Jazz Jennings, LGBTQ rights activist and star of TLC's I Am Jazz.
  • Darrick Hamilton, Executive Director of the Ohio State University's Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.
  • Ibtihaj Muhammad, Olympic fencing bronze medalist.

Science Fair Central
The maker spirit is all about "learning through doing." Infuse this spirit into your programs with these standards-aligned, hands-on activities designed to encourage exploration and spark curiosity with your students.

Siemens STEM Day
This easy to navigate platform has over 150 hands-on STEM activities that are available for "grab and go." There's also a Train the Trainer toolkit for a professional development component.

Girls Get STEM
This resource, available in English and Spanish, provides a standards-aligned curriculum that aims to address gender equity in STEM education across the through a series of girl-led, girl-tested, and girl-approved resources for young people in grades two through five. While the material is girl-centric, it's suitable for all genders.

3M Young Scientist Lab
This interactive portal is filled with engaging activities—which could be done alone or with a group—and standards-aligned teaching tools, anchored by the award-winning annual Young Scientist Challenge.

Soar with Wings
This platform provides standards-aligned digital resources that incorporate academics and fun while building key social and emotional skills for youth in grades K–5. Soar with Wings also strengthens the skillset of parents and afterschool professionals, so they can equip students with the resources and support they need to fly high.

LG Experience Happiness
Ideal for older youth, this platform offers self-paced modules and virtual experiences youth could walk through in their own time. It's also organized so you could easily find what type of activity you're looking for right on the website, along with professional development tools for afterschool professionals.

Ask. Listen. Learn.
Uncover the science behind how alcohol affects developing brains, bodies and behavior. This platform helps equip youth with vital resources to dive deep into the science, data, and facts that are critical to understanding the effects of alcohol, leading them to say "YES" to a healthy lifestyle and "NO" to underage drinking.

Operation Prevention
The DEA and Discovery Education have joined forces to combat a growing epidemic of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use nationwide. On this platform, young people could hear impactful conversations about how addiction can start through virtual field trips, while afterschool professionals could access resources grounded in science, health, social studies and ELA standards.

AHA and NFL Play 60
With this resource, young people could stay active inside their afterschool programs and out. Lessons and activities—which include virtual field trips with NFL players—are aligned to National Physical Education Learning Standards, Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards.

Cha-Ching
Though videos, educational resources, games, and more, this engaging and fun financial literacy program prepares young people in grades K-6 with the knowledge, tools, and practice they need to make informed decisions to reach their goals and dreams.

Pathway to Financial Success
This platform, ideal for older youth, offers the skills needed to set and reach goals with videos and interactive modules. Afterschool professionals can also access key financial success skills, including lessons, guides and videos.

See even more offerings at Discovery Education.

Courtesy of NAA.