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Sneak Peak: Virtual Convention Workshops

NAA's Virtual Convention runs November 6 – 20, 2016. It's FREE for NAA Executive members and just $49 for Ambassadors. Here's a sneak peek at three of the awesome workshops you'll experience when you participate!

EricRowlesEngaging Youth in Fiery Conversations

Ferguson. "Redskins." Mandated voter registration ID cards. They're the topics that you just KNOW could cause conflict—but does it really have to lead to physical and verbal drama? These are called Fiery Conversations—and for a reason! Come to this heated—but also HEALTHY—dialogue focused workshop to learn how to FACILITATE multiple points of view with young people. You'll learn not one but FIVE different way to facilitate the Fiery Conversations and ensure that everyone can speak their mind ... and agree to disagree.

Presenter: Eric Rowles, Leading To Change
NAA Core Knowledge and Competencies: Content Area 4 Interactions with Children and Youth Levels 2-5 / Content Area 5 Youth Engagement Levels 2-5 / Content Area 6 Cultural Competency & Responsiveness Levels 1-4

KariKnutsonWhat's EQ Got to Do With It? EQ After School

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is a powerful tool that can inspire how you see and respond to the world around you. Developing EQ can have a profound positive effect on you as well as the people you work with.
In this fun and engaging session you will not only gain a better understanding of what EQ is, you will also learn practical ways to incorporate EQ into your work with all kinds of people and leave with valuable tools that you can utilize immediately.

You will also be able to analyze some of your most important relationships at work and in your personal life and ask, "What's EQ got to do with it?"

Presenter: Kari Knutson, Knutson Consulting
NAA Core Knowledge and Competencies: Content Area 1 Child/Youth Growth and Development Levels 3-5 / Content Area 2 Learning Environments and Curriculum Levels 1-3 / Content Area 6 Cultural Competency & Responsiveness Levels 1-4

GailMaggieLearning Your Way: Multiple Intelligences and STEAM

This session will help afterschool practitioners identify and understand multiple intelligences (MI) in order to provide differentiated STEM instruction and activities to engage and meet the needs of K-5th children. Hands-on activities and examples on how to implement STEM activities will be provided.

Presenters: Gail Hutchison and Maggie Goodman, Museum of Science and Industry-Chicago
NAA Core Knowledge and Competencies: Content Area 1 Child/Youth Growth and Development Levels 3-5 / Content Area 2 Learning Environments and Curriculum Levels 1-3

Click here for more information about Virtual Convention and how to register.