Professional Development

NAA publishes fresh, new content every week covering a wide variety of topics related to the field of aftershool. In addition, NAA offers a variety of opportunities for virtual professional development (PD) through meaningful content, conversations and connections. Click here to see full descriptions of virtual PD offerings.

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STEM Gems

STEM Gems (1)

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STEM Gems are short discovery-based experiences. They involve little or no materials and may be easily implemented by educators who are not STEM specialists. Each STEM Gem is designed to engage young people in active experiential learning. The activities begin by setting up connections to prior knowledge, then a hands on activity provides new concepts and the opportunity to design experiments to answer any questions the kids discover. Finally, a connection to a different scenario for the concept is provided to help cement and evaluate the learning.

STEM Gems are experiences designed to be used with kids of all ages. Younger children should be focused on one idea or concept and should perform the activity as a collective group with prompts and directions from the teacher. With older youth, the teacher should act as a facilitator. The older youth should be set up to work independently in small teams and encouraged to ask questions and try out their own experiments to answer them. Each team should report back on their findings, so a consensus around the concept is reached.

Each STEM Gem is presented in an easy to follow lesson plan:

Big Ideas and Science Talk
Central concepts and key words to give the adult the science background for the experience.

Engage
Open ended questions to stimulate discussion and generate connections to prior knowledge.

What You Will Need
A list of the materials.

Before You Begin
The preparation needed for the activity.

Explore and Experiment
The directions for the experience designed using open ended questions that focus the children on discovering answers.

Make the Connection and Extend and Evaluate
Connections to other scenarios that use the same concepts and related question(s) or additional activity to evaluate knowledge.

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Director of Advocacy and Workforce Initiatives

 

Director of Advocacy and Workforce Initiatives 

Type: Full Time Exempt (40 hrs./week)                                                         Posted: August 2, 2021           

Salary Range: $65,000-75,000/yr.                                                                  Application Due by: 10AM ET August 16, 2021

Location: Remote                                                                                             Position Start Date: September 2021

 

Summary

The National AfterSchool Association (NAA), the professional membership organization for those who work with and on behalf of young people during Out-of-School Time (OST), is hiring a Director of Advocacy and Workforce Initiatives (Director).

NAA's 32,000 members represent a diversity of voices, roles, and experiences but are united in a commitment to quality programs for children, families, and communities. This position will play an essential role in supporting NAA in fostering positive youth outcomes by supporting, developing, and advocating for afterschool professionals and leaders. As a national association, we deploy our mission through people-centered programs, professional development, and partnerships. We work to increase equity, access, and connections to create a strong, valued profession that benefits kids, families, and communities. Ensuring adequate, holistic compensation to carry this invaluable workforce forward is necessary for upholding the field's commitment to equity, access, and quality.

In this newly-created position, the Director will lead NAA's advocacy work and have the opportunity to shape a different future for our field - one which recognizes, rewards, and provides professionals with the job quality commensurate with their contributions and impact. The Director will work collaboratively with field partners, advocates, professionals who do this work, and other stakeholders to cultivate a broader cultural shift that respects and values the significant influence of this essential workforce.

The ideal candidate will be inspired by NAA's mission and passionate about building equity, access, and connections. They will be a systems-level thinker who will use their exceptional communication, organization, coalition-building, and advocacy skills to:

  1. Increase political and philanthropic will, policies, and funding that supports increased workforce recognition and job quality.
  2. Gather data and support data collection and communications efforts to understand more about this essential workforce
  3. Create systems to Recruit, Retain, and Advance the Members of the Profession - from direct service to leadership with a particular focus on building leadership pathways for people of color in the field.

Commitment to Equity

As we grow the NAA team, we strive to create an affirming, welcoming environment that values diversity. We are committed to an inclusive environment that allows all team members to thrive.

Because of our commitment to equity -- and because our work is rooted in positive youth development -- the new Director must be comfortable engaging in these topics, self-reflective, and willing to challenge themselves and others to learn and grow continually.

People of color and members of other historically excluded groups are encouraged to apply.

Major Roles + Responsibilities

  • Educate stakeholders about program quality and draw connections to the value and needs of the OST workforce
  • Educate and develop relationships with advocacy, policy, and government relations staff at national and state organizations and coalitions
  • Collaborate with other organizations and stakeholders that are focused on elevating workforce opportunities for improved job quality and equity
  • Convene and facilitate meetings with state and local afterschool intermediaries to assess the current afterschool workforce landscape, systems, and support efforts.
  • Build a coalition that amplifies policy and funding opportunities to support workforce job quality
  • Conduct or oversee data collection and research projects to analyze current workforce trends and develop related policy and funding recommendations
  • Collect and analyze data --or support efforts -- to identify career pathways, professional development, and other opportunities.
  • Create systems to recruit, retain, and advance the profession's members - from direct service to leadership, including focusing on creating leadership opportunities for people of color in the field.

More Ideal Candidate Qualifications

We understand that it's unlikely that a candidate will have all of these qualifications but will bring an assortment of the following:

  • A minimum of 4 years of advocacy, policy, or workforce development experience, ideally for a mission-driven or non-profit organization
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent professional development or training in education, public policy, public administration, or related field, preferred but not required.
  • Experience creating policy agendas and influencing policy outcomes; skilled at advocating policy positions before a wide variety of audiences
  • Experience growing and activating grassroots networks.
  • Experience participating in coalitions and building strategic relationships with diverse groups and interests
  • Experience in developing pilots and large-scale initiatives
  • Ability to interact effectively in the community and at multiple levels within organizations, especially organizations that serve culturally and economically diverse communities.
  • Ability to use data to identify insights, priorities, build understanding, and mobilize action.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and collaboration platforms (Google Suite, Dropbox)
  • Background in or understanding of issues affecting the afterschool field and afterschool workforce is helpful.

This position may be a good fit for you if…

  • You believe deeply in NAA's mission and have a fierce commitment to equity and understanding of the workforce’s role in providing high-quality programs for young people.
  • You thrive working on innovative projects and balancing multiple projects at once.
  • You gain energy through conversation and building deep, trusted relationships.
  • You appreciate working in a small, agile team and sharing leadership.
  • You are flexible, willing to share ideas, and raise questions.
  • You think strategically and can work tactically and creatively with attentiveness to details and deadlines.
  • You like to work hard and have fun, often at the same time.

The Director must be able to sit and stand for long periods and use a computer and phone to communicate with others. Reasonable accommodations will be made if needed for candidates who can fulfill the essential functions of the job.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

The Director role is a full-time (40 hours per week) exempt remote position and may require occasional travel and evening or weekend meetings. The expected salary range is a minimum of $65,000 to a maximum of $75,000, depending on qualifications and experience.
In addition, NAA offers the following:

  • $10K Benefits Stipend
  • Short and Long-Term Disability and Life Insurance
  • Paid Time Off - including holidays, winter break, days for self and family care
  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • 401K Option - employer match after one year
  • NAA provides, reimburses, or provides stipends for typical items needed to complete required work such as laptop, printer/scanner, cell phone, high-speed internet, office supplies, scheduling software, etc.

APPLICATION PROCESS

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION

In addition to providing basic information, candidates applying should be prepared to answer these questions instead of a cover letter:

  1. Are you an NAA Member?
  2. Using the NAA Strategic Framework 2020-24 and the job description as a guide, highlight your top experience, skills, and dispositions that illustrate your ability to be successful as NAA's Director of Advocacy and Workforce Initiatives.
  3. Why are you interested in joining the NAA team?

You will also need to upload:

  • A current resume or CV
  • A professional portfolio, relevant work samples, or other items that showcase your related experience.

Applications are only accepted online. Submissions received by 10 AM ET on Monday, August 16, 2021, will be given full consideration. All applications will be acknowledged via an email receipt from Google Forms forms-receipts-noreply@google.com with the subject line National AfterSchool Association Director of Advocacy and Workforce Initiatives. If you complete an application and don't receive this email, check your email's spam folder.

Consideration will be given to applications as they are received. A member of the NAA team will contact candidates selected for interviews. We encourage early applications; zoom interviews will begin the week of August 16.


TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NATIONAL AFTERSCHOOL ASSOCIATION
NAA Strategic Framework 2020-24
WWW.NAAWEB.ORG

We're Hiring—Communications Director

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Communications Director

Type: Full Time Exempt (40 hrs./week)                                                            Posted: July 12, 2021           

Salary Range: $65,000-75,000/yr.                                                                     Application Deadline: 1 PM ET July 26, 2021

Location: Remote                                                                                                Position Start Date: August - September 2021

 

Summary

The National AfterSchool Association (NAA), the professional membership organization for those who work with and behalf of young people during Out-of-School Time, is hiring a Communications Director.

NAA’s 32,000 members represent a diversity of voices, roles, and experiences, but are united in a commitment to children, families, and communities. This position will play an essential role in supporting NAA in fostering positive youth outcomes by supporting, developing, and advocating for afterschool professionals and leaders. As a national association, we deploy our mission through people-centered programs and partnerships, building equity, access, and connections to create a strong, valued profession that benefits kids, families, and communities.

In this newly created position, the Communications Director, will have the opportunity to shape the systems and processes that the organization will use for external communications.

The ideal candidate will be inspired by NAA’s mission and passionate about building equity and connections. They will be a skilled communicator, writer, and editor who is also adept at marketing through a variety of communications channels.

Commitment to Equity

As we grow the NAA team we strive to create an affirming, welcoming, environment that values diversity. We are committed to an inclusive environment that allows all team members to thrive.

Because of our commitment to equity and our work that is rooted in the tenets of youth development, including continuous improvement, it is extremely important that the new Communications Director is comfortable engaging around these topics, is self-reflective, and willing to challenge themselves and others to continually learn and grow.
People of color and members of other historically excluded groups are encouraged to apply.

Major Roles + Responsibilities

● Working with the NAA team to create and coordinate an annual marketing and communications strategy and calendar.
● Establishing systems for and creating (or managing the creation of), design development, and editing of all organizational communications (enews, eblasts, bi-annual digital magazine).
● Ensuring content aligned with NAA’s mission, strategic focus areas, and target general or specific audiences. Achieving balance in coverage of issues that impact and resources that support the afterschool field, the profession, and its professionals. Sourcing content from Affiliates, executive members, funders, partners, stakeholders, and media.
● Developing a social media engagement strategy with aligned goals, plans, and data review points.
● Promoting engagement through NAA’s social media accounts (LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook); managing the content and timing of social media posts.
● Seeking, securing, and fulfilling digital advertising opportunities, supporting Convention exhibit booth and sponsorships sales (booths and on-site items will be fulfilled by Convention logistics partner).
● Determining, collecting, analyzing communication metrics. Reporting metrics with suggestions for leveraging communications for growth and engagement.
● Write, edit, proofread, and coordinate other materials as needed.

More Ideal Candidate Qualifications

● A minimum 4 years of work experience in communications and marketing, ideally for a mission-driven or non-profit organization.
● 2- or 4-year degree in communications, marketing, or related field preferred, but not required.
● Experience and strong working knowledge growing engagement through content creation and promotion across digital platforms - web, social media, e-marketing and basic graphic design. Member engagement, visual, video storytelling, and editing are a plus.
● Proficient in Microsoft Office, multiple social media, and collaboration platforms (Google Suite, Dropbox), experience with basic graphic design software (Canva, Adobe), and email marketing systems. Customer relationship management (CRM) systems or association management systems (AMS) experience is a plus.
● Success managing projects involving multiple contributors, deadlines, and audiences.
● Experience understanding and presenting data metrics.
● Comfort making straightforward website and system updates (coding not required).
● Background in or understanding of issues affecting the afterschool field and afterschool workforce is helpful.

This position may be a good fit for you if…

● You like to write and edit and are good at it. You have experience turning fuzzy or complex writing into clear, concise, compelling, and relatable communications.
● You appreciate working in a small, agile team and sharing leadership.
● You are flexible, willing to share ideas, and raise questions.
● You like to work hard and have fun, often at the same time.
● You appreciate efficiency and enjoy creating systems to simplify processes.
● You think strategically and can work tactically and creatively with attentiveness to details and deadlines.
● You want to -- and want others to -- answer yes to these questions related to your work: Is it beautiful? Is it inspiring? Will it change something? Do you love it?
● You believe deeply in NAA’s mission.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

This is a full-time (40 hours per week) exempt remote position; occasional travel and evening or weekend meetings may be required. The expected salary range is $65,000 - $75,000 depending on qualifications and experience.
In addition, NAA offers the following:
● Health Benefits Stipend
● Short and Long-Term Disability and Life Insurance
● Paid Time Off - including holidays, short winter break, days for self and family care.
● Flexible Work Schedule
● 401K Option with employer match after one year

APPLICATION PROCESS

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION
In addition to providing basic information, candidates applying should be prepared to answer these questions in lieu of a cover letter:
1. Are you an NAA Member?
2. Using the NAA Strategic Framework 2020-24 and this Communications Director Job Description as a guide, highlight your top experience, skills, and dispositions that illustrate your ability to provide communications that support NAA's mission and strategic focus areas and prepare you to be successful as NAA's Communications Director.
3. Why are you interested in joining the NAA team?


You will also be asked to upload:
● A current resume or CV
● A professional portfolio or relevant work samples


Applications are only accepted online. Submissions received by 1:00 PM ET on Monday July 26, 2021, will be given full consideration. All applications will be held confidentially and acknowledged via an email receipt from Google Forms forms-receipts-noreply@google.com with the subject line National AfterSchool Association Communications Director Application. If you complete an application and don’t receive this email, check your email’s spam folder.


Consideration will be given to applications as they are received. Candidates who are selected for interviews will be contacted by a member of the NAA team. We encourage early applications; interviewing will begin the week of July 19.


TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NATIONAL AFTERSCHOOL ASSOCIATION
NAA Strategic Framework 2020-24
WWW.NAAWEB.ORG

Webinar Landing Page

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021 | 1:00 - 1:45 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)

Sponsored by:

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In an environment of continued high community spread, and where children under 12 are not yet eligible to be fully vaccinated, regular testing can help create a space that is safe for children and adults to help return to the educational mission.

In this webinar, we’ll highlight the latest CDC guidance for schools and camps and how program directors can think about the role of testing to meet state and federal guidance. We will share how COVID-19 pooled testing has been used within the State of Massachusetts to safely return children back to school and how CIC Health has created a testing program that allows youth programs large and small to regularly test their community in a low cost and efficient manner.

This webinar is designed to:

  • Demystify the process of setting up and scaling testing for afterschool programs
  • Share real results from our work with more than 500 Massachusetts public schools in a statewide testing initiative
  • Detail the experience of one of our partner schools through a guest speaker
  • Show you how CIC Health, the largest testing services provider to schools in New England and a leading provider nationwide, can support you with providing operational management, consultation on the latest CDC guidelines, and help guide your programs COVID-19 reopening plan.
  • Give you the opportunity to get your questions answered

REGISTER

About CIC Health
CIC Health offers comprehensive COVID-19 testing and vaccination services that are accessible, fast, and easy. The health tech company operates dozens of public testing sites, provides testing services — including pooled testing — to more than 600 schools and 375 organizations, and runs three mass vaccination sites: Gillette Stadium, Hynes Convention Center, and Reggie Lewis Center. Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., the company facilitated more than 1.6 million PCR tests in its first eight months and over 750,000 vaccine doses in just three months.

CIC Health collaborates with private and public entities like CLIA-certified labs, physician networks, health care institutions, and state and municipal governments to streamline and expedite operations to meet public health challenges. It is a Tech Top 50 Company in Massachusetts and a subsidiary of Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC).

CIC Health was co-founded by Tim Rowe and Atul Guwande, Surgeon, Writer, and Public Health Researcher.

Website: cic-health.com
Contact: afterschool-testing@cic-health.com

 

 

 

Virtual Professional Development Opportunities

Have you or your team members been searching for new professional growth opportunities--something different and maybe even a little fun? Look no further than NAA's latest virtual professional development offerings! NAA offers a variety of opportunities for professional development (PD) through meaningful content, conversations and connections. No matter your experience or level of expertise, you and other members are sure to find a virtual offering to suit your professional development needs.

Coaching Conversations are monthly personal development workshops that include expert advice and peer coaching to support professional growth. Come engage in real-time discussions with Gina Warner, NAA President and Certified Executive Coach.

Let’s Talk the Future of Afterschool are quarterly interactive conversations that provide timely updates and resources to the NAA membership and inform policymakers, funders, and other decision-makers about the efforts and needs of the afterschool field and its workforce.

Podcast Club is PD designed for busy professionals interested in gleaning ideas and inspiration from group discussions about our favorite podcasts. It’s like a book club without the time commitment! Participants listen to a selected podcast and come prepared to connect in community and conversation with NAA’s Pod Squad, led by Heidi Ham, NAA VP of Programs and Strategy. Join us monthly for an interactive exchange and discussion about what you heard, what you learned and how you’ll apply it.

Strategies for Site Level Success provides virtual PD focused on the site level professional. Monthly virtual sessions will address topical issues and ideas that specifically apply to site-level efforts. Participants will gain valuable resources and knowledge by discussing strategies for success with facilitators and fellow Executive members in each session. Site-level challenges, needs, and opportunities are unique—Strategies for Site Level Success sessions are designed to build skills, knowledge, and confidence of afterschool professionals who work most closely with young people.

With content and connections for site level professionals to mastery level leaders, this PD lineup will pique your curiosity, help you grow professionally and strengthen the field of afterschool.

To see what NAA virtual PD opportunities are currently available, click here.

 

Back to Afterschool: Creating a Safe Environment with COVID-19 Testing

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021 | 1:00 - 1:45 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)

Sponsored by:

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In an environment of continued high community spread, and where children under 12 are not yet eligible to be fully vaccinated, regular testing can help create a space that is safe for children and adults to help return to the educational mission.

In this webinar, we’ll highlight the latest CDC guidance for schools and camps and how program directors can think about the role of testing to meet state and federal guidance. We will share how COVID-19 pooled testing has been used within the State of Massachusetts to safely return children back to school and how CIC Health has created a testing program that allows youth programs large and small to regularly test their community in a low cost and efficient manner.

This webinar is designed to:

  • Demystify the process of setting up and scaling testing for afterschool programs
  • Share real results from our work with more than 500 Massachusetts public schools in a statewide testing initiative
  • Detail the experience of one of our partner schools through a guest speaker
  • Show you how CIC Health, the largest testing services provider to schools in New England and a leading provider nationwide, can support you with providing operational management, consultation on the latest CDC guidelines, and help guide your programs COVID-19 reopening plan.
  • Give you the opportunity to get your questions answered

ACCESS RECORDING

About CIC Health
CIC Health offers comprehensive COVID-19 testing and vaccination services that are accessible, fast, and easy. The health tech company operates dozens of public testing sites, provides testing services — including pooled testing — to more than 600 schools and 375 organizations, and runs three mass vaccination sites: Gillette Stadium, Hynes Convention Center, and Reggie Lewis Center. Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., the company facilitated more than 1.6 million PCR tests in its first eight months and over 750,000 vaccine doses in just three months.

CIC Health collaborates with private and public entities like CLIA-certified labs, physician networks, health care institutions, and state and municipal governments to streamline and expedite operations to meet public health challenges. It is a Tech Top 50 Company in Massachusetts and a subsidiary of Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC).

CIC Health was co-founded by Tim Rowe and Atul Guwande, Surgeon, Writer, and Public Health Researcher.

Website: cic-health.com
Contact: afterschool-testing@cic-health.com

 

 

 

4 Keys to Engaging Community Partners to Grow Your OST Program

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021 | 1:00 - 1:45 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
Sponsored by:

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Out-of-school-time (OST) programs benefit from community support, and engaging with community partners is a critical part of any program's funding sustainability plan. Knowing what information to share and how to engage community partners in a meaningful way can be challenging.

In this webinar, participants will walk away understanding the hallmarks of positive community partner engagement and how that engagement can help grow OST programs, including:

  1. Program Leadership
    Strong leadership starts with your program and can have a lasting impact on relationships with community partners.

  2. Types of Community Partners
    Thoughtful community partners can provide more than financial contributions to OST programs.

  3. Partner Reporting
    Proactive communication with community partners helps reinforce their value to the OST program and illustrates how their contribution increases the OST program's value to the community.

  4. Social Media
    Positive engagement with community partners on social media illustrates the OST program's benefit to and impact on the community.

Webinar participants will also receive a complimentary social media planner template for OST programs!

AfterSchool21 (AS21) is an afterschool program data management software that supports in-person, hybrid, and virtual programs by streamlining attendance, tracking outcomes, collecting evidence of participation, and simplifying reporting for federal, state, and foundation reporting including 21CCLC and the July 1, 2021 changes to GPRA.

Track both fee-based and grant-funded programs in a single system with AfterSchool21. All AfterSchool21 licenses come with training, product updates, and free, live US-based customer service.

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The Benefits of Computer Science in Afterschool

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Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 2:00 - 2:45 PM ET (1 PM CT, 12 PM MT, 11 AM PT)
Sponsored by:

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Knowledge of Computer Science is critical to preparing young people for the future. This webinar will give you an understanding of the trends and research in this area and how to create a program that truly engages youth.

Participants will learn:

  • The definitions of computer science and computational thinking
  • Why the kids you work with need these experiences
  • How you can deliver the best computer science program

Click2ComputerScience is a new way to think about teaching computer science where you can watch videos, participate in hands-on activities and then practice the skill with youth.

Hundreds of afterschool programs have benefited from Click2ComputerScience and you can too!

Presented by: Saundra Frerichs, Informal Science Education Specialist for Click2SciencePD

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How the American Rescue Plan Impacts Summer and Afterschool Programs (and what it means for those with resources to offer them)

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Virtual Conversation: April 27, 2021 | 1pm ET

The U.S. Senate joined the House of Representatives in passing the American Rescue Plan (ARP) on March 6. In all, the Senate bill could make $8.45 billion available at the state level for afterschool and summer programs, across all states; and $21.9 billion at the local level for afterschool and summer.

What does this mean for those with products and services for summer and afterschool programs? It could mean a great opportunity to grow your brand, presence and sales.

Please join us on April 21, 2021 for a virtual conversation with NAA’s President & CEO, Gina Warner, to learn more about how and when this money will flow to the states and locals and into programs. Jill Carroll, NAA’s Marketing & Media Consultant, will share advice on how you can support these programs with your resources in a timely and relevant manner.

This event is for Advocate members and CAB partners only. Interested in joining as an Advocate? Click here.

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Here & Now: How Technology Supports Safe and Successful Afterschool Programs for Families and Staff

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | 11:00 - 11:30 AM ET (10 AM CT, 9 AM MT, 8 AM PT)
Sponsored by:

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Over the past year so much has changed for you, your programs and the families you serve.

Even with these changes, running safe and successful student programs is a top priority. MSB Activities has partnered with and learned from peers in the afterschool space to help address the challenges you’re facing and how technology can better support you and your staff.

Join the webinar to review key technological trends that have shaped how you can meet these changes head on. Plus, get an inside look at MSB Activities and learn about their limited time discount!

In this webinar, we’ll:

  • Take a look at the changes in our world that have recently shaped how you run your programs safely and successfully
  • Understand how programs are tackling new safety and health protocols by leveraging contactless billing, paper-free registrations, touchless attendance tracking and more
  • Learn how MSB Activities can help support you and the families you serve
  • Find out more about our limited time savings that we’re offering programs this upcoming school year

MSB Activities is an all-new program registration and payments solution brought to you by the MySchoolBucks team at Heartland School Solutions. At Heartland, our mission is to bring effective solutions to K-12 professionals to help them better manage their programs and simplify their day-to-day tasks.

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Past Virtual Professional Development

Thank you for your interest in these professional development opportunities from NAA! Some of the following are available to our Executive members only. If you are an Executive member, please proceed with logging in. If you aren’t and wish to join/upgrade, please click here.


PAST VIRTUAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Strategies for Site Level Success: Resourcing Multilingual Learners (three-part series)

July 22, 2021 | 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET
For NAA Executive members only

The highly-rated Multilingual Learner (ML) Training Series, facilitated by CalSAC, an NAA State Affiliate, is designed to strengthen your capacity to deliver intentional and inclusive programming that supports young people in developing language skills and learning English. This series was created with continuity in mind, so each training builds on the concepts of the training prior, and the series is most impactful if participants attend all three sessions. Each training session will be offered twice so participants can pick the time that works best for them.

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Coaching Conversations: Essential Reading List for Nonprofit Leaders

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For NAA Executive members only

Sponsored by:
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What are the books that have helped you grow both personally and professionally over the course of your career? Come with a book to recommend—and leave with a full list of great reading recs from your colleagues!

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Podcast Club: Out of Emotional Bandwidth? How to Prevent Compassion Fatigue

Friday, June 25, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For NAA Executive members only

Some people who continuously care for others – like afterschool professionals and leaders - burn out and experience compassion fatigue, a very real and natural psychological phenomenon. This is very natural reaction to stressors includes fatigue, irritability, loss of meaning, dread about work, and emotional numbing, however there are proven positive strategies we can use to protect ourselves. In this episode of Savvy Psychologist, Dr. Jade Wu shares signs of compassion fatigue along with concrete coping strategies. Listen to the podcast and then join the NAA Podcast Club Community for discussion. Come prepared to share your thoughts about what you heard and learned!

 

Coaching Conversations: Reflection Art

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For NAA Executive members only

Sponsored by:
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As this school year draws to a close and the end of the pandemic feels nearer, it’s a great time to reflect on the challenges, successes, and lessons you’ve learned. NAA President and CEO Gina Warner will lead you in a hands-on art activity that allows you to tap into the emotional experiences you’ve encountered, while allowing you to draw strength and learn from the activity itself. You’ll leave with a beautiful piece of art—and an easy activity you can share with your colleagues or students.

There is some advance preparation required: Please come with a cardboard cut out of a heart (about 6-8 inches across would work well). It can be painted or not. You'll also need a piece of paper, a pen, scissors, and some ribbon and/or yarn.

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Back to Afterschool: Creating a Safe Environment with COVID-19 Testing

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 | 1:00 - 1:45 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)

In an environment of continued high community spread, and where children under 16 are not yet eligible to be fully vaccinated, regular testing can help create a space that is safe for children and adults to help return to the educational mission.

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Podcast Club: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know

Friday, May 14, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For NAA Executive members only

Adam Grant, researcher and author, whose work focuses on generosity, motivation and meaningful work states, "If knowledge is power, knowing what we don't know is wisdom.” In the "This Working Life" podcast, host Lisa Leong talks with Grant about the critical nature of how questioning your beliefs, rethinking or even unlearning are key skills in today’s rapidly changing work environment. Listen to the podcast beforehand and come ready to connect in conversation with the NAA Podcast Club community.

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Let's Talk the Future of Afterschool

Thursday, May 13, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For NAA Executive members only

With so much changing so fast, the most in-demand jobs and skills of today may be obsolete by the time our youngest become adults. For kids to be ready for this new reality, they must acquire four critical "currencies" that will serve them well, whatever their future holds. The May 13—Let's Talk the Future of Afterschool conversation—is sure to be a lively one as Stephanie Krauss, author of the recently published book "Making It: What Today's Kids Need for Tomorrow's World" joins NAA President & CEO, Gina Warner, to discuss what kids (and the adults that work with them) need to be prepared for today’s world and what this means for afterschool and youth development programs and professionals.

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4 Keys to Engaging Community Partners to Grow Your OST Program

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 | 1:00 - 1:45 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)

Out-of-school-time (OST) programs benefit from community support, and engaging with community partners is a critical part of any program's funding sustainability plan. Knowing what information to share and how to engage community partners in a meaningful way can be challenging.

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Coaching Conversations - The Four Tendencies: How Understanding Responses to Expectations Leads to Happiness and Success

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For NAA Executive members only

"How do I respond to expectations?" This simple question can help us gain exciting insights about ourselves. And when we know how other people respond to expectations, we understand them far more effectively. We all face both outer and inner expectations. Our response to expectations determines our "Tendency." Knowing our Tendency helps us make better decisions, meet deadlines, meet our promises to ourselves, suffer less stress, and engage more deeply with others. Take Gretchen Rubin's free Four Tendencies quiz ahead of time, and then join NAA President and CEO Gina Warner for this session to learn more!

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Podcast Club: The Art & Importance of Appreciation

Friday, April 23, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For NAA Executive members only

It’s human nature to want to be appreciated. However, most people don’t know how to give and receive genuine appreciation. According to Sam Chand - a leadership coach who specializes in helping others strategize and grow - giving and receiving appreciation are two skills needed “to be a great leader, coworker, and friend.” Listen to his podcast on appreciation beforehand and the come engage in conversation with the NAA Podcast Club community facilitated by Heidi Ham, NAA’s VP of Program and Strategy and Brad Lademann, Missouri Afterschool Network's Associate Director of Quality Initiatives.

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The Benefits of Computer Science in Afterschool

Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 2:00 - 2:45 PM ET (1 PM CT, 12 PM MT, 11 AM PT)

Knowledge of Computer Science is critical to preparing young people for the future. This webinar sponsored by Click2Science will give you an understanding of the trends and research in this area and how to create a program that truly engages youth.

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Here & Now: How Technology Supports Safe and Successful Afterschool Programs for Families and Staff

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | 11:00 - 11:30 AM ET (10 AM CT, 9 AM MT, 8 AM PT)

Over the past year so much has changed for you, your programs and the families you serve.

Even with these changes, running safe and successful student programs is a top priority. MSB Activities has partnered with and learned from peers in the afterschool space to help address the challenges you’re facing and how technology can better support you and your staff.

Join the webinar to review key technological trends that have shaped how you can meet these changes head on. Plus, get an inside look at MSB Activities and learn about their limited time discount!

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Coaching Conversations: Creating a Culture and Practice of Appreciation

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For NAA Executive members only

In April we celebrate our community with Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week. Why does appreciation matter? And what does it look like to embrace an intentional and continuous approach to appreciation at the organizational level? Come for ideas, conversation and resource sharing with Gina Warner, NAA President and CEO, and Angelina Hernandez, Senior Director of Strategic Projects at Think Together.

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Podcast Club: The Art of Gathering

Friday, March 26, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For NAA Executive members only

In the popular Unlocking Us podcast, Brene Brown talks with Priya Parker - a master facilitator, strategic advisor, and the author of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters. Listen to the podcast, and come prepared to join in meaningful conversation with Heidi Ham, NAA's Vice President of Programs and Strategy and Brad Lademann, Missouri Afterschool Network's Associate Director of Quality Initiatives, about why connection requires intention.

 

Using The Walking Classroom in Afterschool (for both In-Person and Virtual Learning Environments)

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For all NAA members

The Walking Classroom is an engaging program that is easily implemented in afterschool for in-person, virtual and hybrid learning environments. The concept is simple: kids listen to fun, educational podcasts that align with content standards while they take a brisk walk. The podcasts are supported by full lesson plans and many supplemental resources.

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Coaching Conversations: All About the Enneagram

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For NAA Executive members only

NAA President Gina Warner will be joined by Enneagram Coach, Hillarie Kay, to unpack how your Enneagram type can help bring focus to your goals, train your brain for positivity and boost your self-confidence. You’ll also gain practical tips for incorporating your Enneagram into daily life.

Bonus! Take this free Enneagram quiz ahead of time, and come to the call armed with this information about yourself. During the call, we’ll take volunteers for some one-on-one Enneagram coaching!

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Virtual Strategy Sessions: Create a Comprehensive Equity Strategy

January 28, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For all members

What Does it Take to Create an Equity Strategy and Discovery?
This session will focus on what it takes to create the conditions for getting started with the development of an equity strategy, as well as, identifying the key elements of the discovery phase.

February 4, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For all members

Planning an Equity Strategy
This session will guide participants through creating a plan and identifying components for a multi-year equity strategy. We will explore considerations for prioritizing areas of focus.

February 11, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For all members

Implementation of the Equity Plan
Review examples of what it can look like to begin implementation of equity-centered practices in different areas of a program/organization.

February 18, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For all members

Sustainability of the Equity Plan
In this session, participants will explore the structures and practices needed for an equity strategy to ultimately become ingrained in the fabric of an organization/program.

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No-Cost Digital Resources to Support Social, Emotional and Physical Wellness

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For all NAA members

High quality digital resources addressing SEL, physical health, substance misuse and community engagement are essential to supporting student achievement. Global corporate and community partners have joined forces with Discovery Education to fund curriculum development in these key areas for students in grades K-12. Resources include interactive modules, videos, virtual field trips, student activities, parent resources and more. This session will include an overview of these meaningful programs, many of which are available in English and Spanish. Participants will be provided with both digital and print summaries of the programs reviewed, along with links to all of the content.

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Trauma Informed Practices and Self-Care

Trauma Informed Practices 3-Part Series

PT. 1 | Tuesday, November 19, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For all NAA members
What You Need to Know About Trauma Informed Practices: A Conversation with Dr. Jamie Freeny

PT. 2 | Tuesday, December 1, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For Executive members
Trauma Informed Practices 101

PT. 3 | Wednesday, December 2, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For Executive members
Trauma Informed Practices 102

Self-Care 2-Part Series

PT. 1 | Tuesday, December 8, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For all NAA members
Put Your Own Oxygen Mask on First, Self-Care for Afterschool Professionals: A Conversation with Dr. Jamie Freeny

PT. 2 | Wednesday, December 9, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For Executive members
Self-Care for Afterschool Professionals

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Preparing Your Site to Support SEL Today

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For all NAA members

The out-of-school time field has widely recognized the power of social-emotional learning (SEL) in recent years. But today, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and a national reckoning with chronic racial injustice, SEL takes on newfound importance. And complication.

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Afterschool 2020: Timely Ways to Market Your Offerings

Thursday, October 29, 2020, 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET (12 PM CT, 10 AM PT)
For all NAA Advocate members

It’s 2020 and the new world we're living in has brought a lot of change to the role of afterschool programs and professionals. In addition to safety and funding challenges, they're also faced with reimagining learning environments, cultural responsiveness, youth engagement, family communication, and school relationships.

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STEAM Learning for Afterschool Programs in a Time of Change

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET (12 PM CT, 10 AM PT)
For all NAA members

How do afterschool programs ensure engaged learning and activities in these times of change? LEGO® Education solutions are designed with the whole child development in mind, offering playful STEAM learning experiences via the highest quality, engaging portfolio of STEAM learning solutions for after school programs and competitions. Join this webinar to learn how these solutions have been adapted for our current environment, learn some success stories and hear from educators programming Houston ISD’s summer STEM camp.

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Playlist to Adapt Your Afterschool Summer Programming

Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 1 PM EST (12 PM CT, 10 AM PT)
Join BellXcel and The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati for Playlist to Adapt Your Afterschool and Summer (or even school day!) Programming. This webinar covers:

  • Essential ingredients for remote learning: Lessons learned from BellXcel’s innovations for remote summer learning—including programmatic design, learning environment, social-emotional enrichment, outcome metrics, quality, and strong professional development
  • Summer success story: How the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati brought a strong summer remote learning experience to their community achieving scholar gains in Math and ELA
  • Innovating for afterschool: Applying our learning to strengthen onsite programs for school-aged distance learners

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Live Virtual Event: STEAM Learning Experiences Through Purposeful Play

Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 1 PM ET (12 PM CT, 10 AM PT)
For all NAA members

As schools settle back into new routines and afterschool programs adjust how they support their communities, it is even more important to provide meaningful learning experiences that help build resilience. For 40 years, LEGO® Education solutions have been purposefully designed to increase student engagement and confidence for all learners, in or out of the classroom. LEGO Education solutions provide an environment that encourages students to develop and practice important skills, while keeping learning engaging and exciting. Join this webinar to learn more how LEGO Education’s STEAM learning experiences for students preK-12 spark creativity, critical thinking, and build confidence in learning through purposeful play.

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Leadership Developments - A Live Conversation from the Afterschool Field

Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 1 PM ET (12 PM CT, 10 AM PT)
For all NAA members

The National AfterSchool Association's immediate past chair of the board of directors, Tracey Lay, along with current chair Tommy Brewer, will discuss with Gina Warner, President & CEO, the ups and downs, crises, pivots, and transitions, that have recently transformed the field of afterschool. They'll examine where we've landed, where we're going and what elements will be critical to the future.

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Talking with Youth About Racism

Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 12 PM ET (11AM CT, 9AM PT)
For all NAA members

Save July 29th at noon EST for “Talking with Youth About Racism” - a live conversation with Dr. Jamie Freeny, Director of the Center for School Behavioral Health at Mental Health America of Greater Houston and Gina Warner, President and CEO of the National AfterSchool Association.

Join to hear Dr. Freeny’s suggestions for and answers to your questions about engaging young people in discussions about race, racism and injustice. This event is presented by NAA in partnership with State Affiliates: Texas Partnership for Out-of-School Time, Illinois Afterschool Network, New York State Network for Youth Success, Indiana Afterschool Network, Utah Afterschool Network, the Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance and the North Dakota Afterschool Network.

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No-Cost Digital Resources to Support STEM Teaching & Learning at All Grade Levels with Discovery Education and the TGR Foundation

Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 1 PM ET (12PM CT, 10AM PT)
Explore comprehensive, standards-aligned resources to support STEM teaching and learning in the afterschool and summer camp environment with no-cost, high-quality content from Discovery Education and its corporate and community partners.

Global companies and foundations have funded the creation of digital materials for supporting these efforts. These include resources for hands-on STEM activities, career exploration resources, student challenges, professional development and resources for parents – all available at no cost. Materials include, interactive websites, virtual field trips, grab & go activities, self-paced modules and more. Dive deep into powerful, effective programs to help your students discover the power of STEM.

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Afterschool in a Virtual World: What It Means and How to Do It

April 22, 11 AM EDT | April 29, 11 AM EDT | May 6, 2020 11 AM EDT
A three-part webinar series for all members

Afterschool professionals and leaders everywhere are being asked to “go virtual” to provide opportunities to share, learn and connect with youth, families and each other. What does that mean and how do you do it? NAA has partnered with its State Affiliates and NAA Top Presenter, Eric Rowles, President & CEO of Leading to Change, to provide a three-part virtual series for all members.

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Level Up: How Automation & Technology Can Improve Program Management & the Parent Experience

April 28, 2020, 1 PM ET
Schools across the country are turning to technology to automate traditionally manual tasks. For afterschool professionals, a program management solution can be a vital tool for streamlining routine processes from registration to billing. Level up your program and join us to learn how key technological trends are shaping parent preferences and how your program can meet these changes head on.

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Leadership Re-Learned: Building the Morale of Your Team... Virtually

April 28, 2020, 1 PM ET
Executive members only
This fast paced, interactive, and tool filled zoomcast will provide organizational leaders with takeaway tools that they can use with their staff.

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Summer Learning Toolkit & Recruiting and Engaging Students

March 31, 2020, 1 PM ET
Summer learning programs offer invaluable spaces to engage youth in learning and development during the months when many students lose ground. High-quality programs keep kids safe and can produce measurable benefits in math, reading and social and emotional learning, however good attendance is critical for kids to experience those positive benefits.

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Ease Operational Headaches with EZChildTrack Afterschool Management Software

March 26, 2020, 1 PM ET
Simplify your afterschool program so you can focus on things like growth, empowering staff and youth enrichment!

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How to Introduce Fun and Playful STEM Robotics in Your Afterschool Program

November 12, 2019, 1 PM ET
The early grades are a wonderful time to spark young people's interest in coding, robotics, and engineering but it requires age-appropriate tools and hands-on concrete activities. What better place to introduce easy, engaging and fun robotics than in your afterschool setting?

With robotics, children integrate creative STEM/STEAM learning while collaborating and creating with arts and crafts, gaming, hands-on science projects, storytelling and more!

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Webinar: Computational Thinking in Afterschool

September 11, 2019, 1 PM ET
Have you ever heard a participant in your program say, “I am a computational thinker”? Perhaps not, but after this webinar, you may hear it. Computational thinking builds on other problem-solving strategies to help youth prepare for their future. Computational thinking can be a game changer for young people when they learn problem solving skills with computers.

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ExecutiveWebinar GraphicforWeb Webinar Series: SEL for Kids Starts with the Adults

June 12, July 9, July 16, July 30, August 13, 2019, 1 PM ET
Understanding our SEL begins with the adults. It is essential that leaders understand and develop their own social and emotional competencies because of their influence on the overall environment. This summer webinar series will dive into the reports that support SEL in afterschool, offer tips for choosing SEL curriculum and guide leaders how to assess their own EQ and determine next steps to grow.

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Webinar: Maximizing Your Participation at the NAA 2019 Annual Convention

March 7, 2019, 1:00 PM ET
If you’re exhibiting at the 2019 NAA Annual Convention, you won’t want to miss this pre-event webinar! Please join us for and informal yet informational webinar about how to make the most of your time and investment at the NAA 2019 Annual Convention coming this March in New York City!

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ExecutiveWebinar GraphicforWebWebinar Series: Beat Turnover: Afterschool Insights and Solutions That Stop the Churn

January 30, February 6 and February 13, 2019, 1:00 PM ET
This 3-part webinar series will address the challenge of staff turnover that many leaders in afterschool face. Participants will learn important insights and uncover actionable ways to drive improvement; management mindsets and motivation that influence turnover; and key steps that lead to fast and oftentimes dramatic results!

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Webinar: Making Digital Learning a Reality

December 13, 2018, 1:00 PM ET
We want to hear from you! In this interactive, idea-sharing session, we'll open the lines and ask attendees about where they are in their digital learning journey. We want to know:

  • How are you integrating technology into afterschool?
  • How is your program or organization using the Afterschool Tech Toolkit to support digital learning?
  • What are your challenges?
  • What are your successes?

Join us to learn from your colleagues in the industry about the process of making digital learning a reality in your program.

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Webinar: Engaging with the Afterschool Market
A special webinar for NAA's Advocate members only

October 25, 2018, 1:00 PM ET
Please join us for an informal yet informational webinar where we’ll share more about the state of afterschool, the latest happenings with NAA and ways you can better engage our members to grow your brand awareness!

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Webinar: Fostering Responsible Screen Use

November 24, 2018, 12:00 PM ET
We know that too much screen use can be bad for kids, but when used thoughtfully as part of the teaching and learning in your program, you can help students build skills and level the digital equity playing field. In this webinar, we'll explore how programs are setting policies and procedures to ensure screen time is used effectively and safely in programs.

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Webinar: Access Technology and Devices for Your Program

October 24, 2018, 12:00 PM ET
If you want to facilitate digital learning in your program, you're going to need real devices and / or equipment for youth to explore. It can be challenging to decide what equipment and support you should invest in, and how to fit these into your budget.

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Webinar: Rubik's Cube Clubs: STEM and SEL in AfterSchool

September 27, 2018, 1:00 PM ET
Using the Rubik's® Cube in afterschool programs will engage your students in a variety of ways! Rubik's Cube units and lessons address a variety of STEM concepts and critical thinking skills. They also foster positive peer collaboration and helps teach many life lessons such as following directions, perseverance, memorization and focus.

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Webinar: Embed Technology into Your Program

September 13, 2018, 12:00 PM ET
Digital learning happens when technology is seamlessly woven into the fabric of a great program - a powerful tool to help you get to positive youth outcomes; not an end in itself.

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Webinar: Promote Digital Learning in Afterschool

August 13, 2018, 12:00 PM ET
Implementing digital learning in meaningful ways requires the support and effort of all of your stakeholders. In this session, you will learn how to create a communication plan in order to promote and to gain support for digital learning in your afterschool program. In addition, you will practice creating or improving your messaging about digital learning in your program and learn to tailor your message to varied audiences.

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Staff Up! Recruiting and Retaining Quality People  |  June 28, 2018
Presented by Marissa Badgley, ExpandED Schools

Given high rates of staff turnover in afterschool programs across the country, this webinar will provide an overview of best and promising practices for recruiting and retaining the “right” people in school and afterschool settings. We will explore systems and policies that get in the way of doing this work effectively and how to improve these systems and policies in ways that ensure sustainability and long-term success of our programs.

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Leading with Focus - How to Engage Your Employees  |  July 26, 2018
Presented by Stacy Litteral and Ann Tancioco, Kids' Country

 Leadership is a journey, not a destination. In this session, you will learn how to navigate that journey to ensure you engage staff at the highest level possible, making the greatest impact on those you serve.

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Proactive Management - Preventing Program Fires  |  August 2, 2018
Presented by Justin Hensley, Tori Schwarzlose and Jeff Miller, After-School All-Stars

With our programming experience, we can put out any “program fires” ourselves. But have we developed the tools and practices that help minimize their chances of occurring, or empowered and equipped our staff to do it themselves? In this session, we’ll dive into the approaches, habits, and best practices that define proactive managers.

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Webinar: Train Staff to Use Technology in Your Program

July 25, 2018, 12:00 PM ET
Technology is a constantly changing field. In this session, we’ll explore ways to connect emerging and changing technology to your team’s daily goals and their work with students. We’ll help you create professional development for digital learning that allows staff to learn new material, practice skills and reflect on experiences. You’ll leave this session with an understanding of key digital learning competencies, a plan for capitalizing on existing staff expertise and experiences to build professional development and strategies to incorporate digital learning into your hiring processes.

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Webinar: Data-Driven Decision Making: From Myth to Reality

July 19, 2018, 1:00PM ET
Presented by Hello Insight

Many afterschool programs today are expected to serve more young people with fewer resources than ever before. How can program evaluation data help you make good decisions and use resources wisely?

Join us for a virtual workshop on becoming a high-impact learning organization! We'll review strategies for making sure feedback obtained from program evaluation finds its way into daily practice easily and effectively.

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Webinar: Recognizing the Benefits of Cloud-Based Childcare Software

June 19, 2018, 1:00PM ET
Presented by EZChildTrack

Utilizing web-based software helps afterschool programs increase parent involvement, empowers staff and streamlines operations.

If you’ve considered switching to a web-based software you won’t want to miss this informative webinar!

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Webinar: Vision Setting for Digital Learning in Your Program

June 22, 2018, 12:00PM ET
Access to meaningful digital learning is a key component in preparing young people for academic and post-secondary success in the 21st century. In order to successfully integrate digital learning into afterschool activities, programs should identify a vision that drives planning and ongoing learning. Through hands-on activities and discussion during this webinar, afterschool practitioners will explore the process ofcreating a shared vision for digital learning in their afterschool programs. You will leave the webinar having identified the first step in a visioning process.

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Expert Perspectives: Building Social and Emotional Skills in Afterschool (Webinar with Afterschool Alliance)

June 6, 2018
OST programs can have a huge impact on youth through SEL skills development. In this webinar co-hosted by NAA, Afterschool Alliance and National League of Cities, we'll dive deep into research and identifying cost-effective strategies for improving SEL in OST programs.

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Webinar: Bring Digital Learning Equity to Your Program

May 31, 2018, 12:00PM ET
It has become imperative for youth to have access to digital resources and learning to fully participate in 21st Century social, civic and economic life. During this webinar you will learn about the digital divide, which describes the socio-economic disparities that arise from lack of access to digital resources and learning and how lack of equity impacts young people’s future outcomes. You will leave with steps you can implement immediately to bring digital learning equity to your school and program with help from strategies provided by the Afterschool Tech Toolkit, made possible by support from Google for Education.

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Webinar: Be a Digital Learning Champion in Your Program

May 22, 2018, 12:00PM ET
Meaningful digital learning is a critical component in preparing young people for civic, academic and post-secondary participation in the 21st century. Yet, there are wide disparities in digital access between young people from lower-income communities and their higher income peers. Join us for a lively panel discussion to learn about the importance of digital learning in increasing educational opportunities for young people and how afterschool programs can play a key role in increasing digital access and use.

You will also be introduced to an exciting new tool, the Afterschool Tech Toolkit, to assist you in starting, expanding, and/or deepening digital learning in your program. The Afterschool Tech Toolkit is made possible by support from Google.

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

March 8, 2018, 1:00PM EST
Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix is Responsibility.org’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.

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Webinar: Best Practices for Implementing Robotics and Coding Into Your Afterschool Program

February 20, 2018, 1:00PM EST
There's no question that Robotics and Coding are critical in education for today's youth. The statistics speak for themselves. In the coming decade, millions of jobs will be lost to technology, while millions of new jobs will be created. The afterschool environment is a great setting for teaching robotics and coding but where do you start? Join Mimetics, inventor of the Jade Robot, for this free webinar.

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Webinar: 4 Easy Strategies to Build Supportive Afterschool Relationships

January 30, 2018, 1:00PM EST
Learn easy routines and fun activities from the Sanford Harmony SEL Program to build supportive relationships in your afterschool program!

We’ll share how to gather your students for “Meet Up” to increase respect, kindness and teamwork and how to use “Buddy Up” activities to help your students build new friendships. You’ll also enjoy free giveaways and discover how to bring Harmony materials and training to your afterschool program for no cost!

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December 7, 2017, 1:00PM ET
Tired of gambling on your own development or maybe you’re just tired? As leaders, we know that professional development is important, but many times we leave our development up to someone else or to chance. In this session, Go All-In on Your Own Development, NAA Vice President, Heidi Ham, will talk about the turning point in her own leadership journey, address why it’s so hard for leaders to focus on their own development and why it’s so important, and share tips and tools that will motivate you to go all-in to continue to build the knowledge and skills needed to lead successfully.

This webinar is only available to Executive level members. To join or upgrade to the Executive level, click here.

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ExecutiveWebinar GraphicforWebWebinar: Leadership: It's Lonely at the Top

May 4, 2017, 1:00PM EST
Let's face it - it's tough to be a leader. Managing staff conflicts, worrying about funding, struggling to build positive Board relationships - too often leaders feel that have no one they can turn to for ideas, support and encouragement. Join this webinar to discuss strategies to build your connections as a leader - both in your local community and in the broader field of afterschool.

This webinar is only available to Executive level members. To join or upgrade to the Executive level, click here

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February 23, 2017, 1:00PM EST
In the game of leadership are you playing to win or playing not to lose? Strong Afterschool Leaders lead Strong Teams who run Strong Programs that deliver positive results for children and youth. But how do you develop as a strong leader? What do you need to do? How do you need to be?

This webinar is only available to Executive level members. To join or upgrade to the Executive level, click here.

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Using Data and Systems to Measure and Improve Youth Progress
October 18, 2016, 1:00 EST
Presented by Exponent Partners

Afterschool organizations are increasingly finding that tracking and managing data is crucial to improving programs, increasing organizational efficiency, and ensuring fidelity to your program model. Funders also are increasingly asking for proof, based on results and outcomes, that your work is making an impact. These complex data requirements necessitate processes and systems that help your staff collect and analyze data without taking them away from their work with youth for too long. Whether you are just getting started tracking data about your programs or looking to put a system in place, this webinar will cover how to formalize your processes for tracking data, use systems to analyze that data, and incorporate learnings into your programs. We’ll also hear a case study from Urban Initiatives about their data journey.

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ExecutiveWebinar GraphicforWebEffective Budgeting for your Afterschool Program
September 29, 2016, 1:00 EST
Presented by FMA

Effective budgeting is one of the key ways to ensure that your afterschool program is using your resources in the most strategic way and that your organization is financially sustainable into the future. This webinar offers many tips on budgeting and tips. This webinar is only available to Executive level members. To join or upgrade to the Executive level, click here

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15-Minute Webinar Series

April 2015
Engaging Youth in Langauge and Literacy.

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