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Micro Credentials

STEM Micro Credentials and Badges

Ready to get credit for what you already know? Ready to get a fresh perspective on facilitating STEM learning? Ready to get ahead in your career? Then you are ready for micro-credentials!

NAA's OST STEM PD micro credentials recognize facilitators delivering the high-quality STEM programs that produce positive youth outcomes.

What is a Micro Credential?

A micro-credential is a short, competency-based recognition that allows afterschool professionals to demonstrate mastery in a particular area. NAA and its partners have created a national, research-based OST STEM PD and credentialing system just for afterschool professionals. Currently, there are 3 micro credentials to choose from.

Get Started with Micro Credentials

Register online at the Digital Promise Micro-Credential Marketplace. Then, select a micro credential and get started learning and sharing.

What Credentials are Available?

STEMLearningEnvironmentCreating informal STEM learning environments
The badge earner demonstrates they create effective informal STEM learning environments through organization, providing appropriate and appealing materials, and space utilization

 

STEMRelevanceEstablishing STEM identity and relevance
The badge earner demonstrates they provide opportunities for youth to establish STEM identity and relevance through diverse examples and discussions that connect the STEM activity with an idea, occurrence, phenomena, or experience in the youth’s personal lives, other subject areas, or community/careers.

STEMReflectionsFacilitating STEM reflections and connections
The badge earner demonstrates they engage youth in explicit reflection about their experiences during the STEM activity and about the STEM content they are learning by providing prompts and opportunities (discussion, writing, etc.) for reflection and by encouraging youth to explain their learning.

NAA's STEM credentialing system will eventually include 10 micro-credential badges. A facilitator earning all 10 micro-credentials will be eligible for a Comprehensive STEM Facilitation Digital Credential.

What are Digital Badges?

Once you earn a micro credential, you will be given a digital badge, which is a visual representation of your achievement. Many use the digital badge in their email signature, online bios and resumes.

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Partners

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Code of Ethics

NAA Code of Ethics for AferSchool Professionals 1The purpose of the NAA Code of Ethics is to raise awareness of our personal commitment to ethical conduct as we carry out our professional responsibilities, conforming to accepted professional standards of conduct. Our Code of Ethics adheres to the highest standards of integrity and honesty in all public and personal activities to inspire public confidence and trust in the afterschool profession.

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State of the Profession Report

StateoftheProfessionReport CoverWho is an afterschool professional? Research from the NAA proves we are well-educated, experienced and committed to our careers.

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SEL for Kids Starts with the Adults

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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.

This is an exclusive offering for Executive members. Not yet an Executive member? Upgrade today!


Part 1: SEL Afterschool: What We Know and How to Grow
June 12, 1 pm ET

The field of social and emotional learning (SEL) is growing, both in and out of school. We know more about the impact effective SEL can have on young people and we know more about what it means to engage in SEL effectively. Recently, there has been an explosion in the attention to (and reporting on) SEL practice – from the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development’s report “From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope,” to research by Stephanie Jones and colleagues “Navigating SEL from the Inside Out.” Where do you begin? What do you need to know and how do you use it in your programs? Join Jessy Newman from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to learn more about NAA’s recent report, SEL to the Core, and hear key takeaways from the many SEL reports and how other afterschool leaders are supporting SEL in their programs.

Register here


Part 2: Choosing SEL Curriculum for Your Program
Date announced soon!

Based on the Wallace Report, NAVIGATING SEL FROM THE INSIDE OUT, this webinar will help leaders understand the key process to find the right SEL curriculum for their programs. Hear from other afteschool leaders about the SEL curricula they’ve chosen and how it’s working for them.


Part 3: Leading with Emotional Intelligence
Date announced soon!

It is essential that leaders understand and develop their own social and emotional competencies because of their influence on the overall environment. In this session, you’ll have an opportunity to quickly assess your own EQ and determine next steps to grow. You’ll also learn more about NAA’s Leading with Emotional Intelligence Professional Learning Community to be offered October-March.

Additional webinars will be added soon!

 

SEL for Kids Starts with the Adults

SELWebinarSeries Social3


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.


Part 1: SEL Afterschool: What We Know and How to Grow
June 12, 1 pm ET

The field of social and emotional learning (SEL) is growing, both in and out of school. We know more about the impact effective SEL can have on young people and we know more about what it means to engage in SEL effectively. Recently, there has been an explosion in the attention to (and reporting on) SEL practice – from the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development’s report “From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope,” to research by Stephanie Jones and colleagues “Navigating SEL from the Inside Out.” Where do you begin? What do you need to know and how do you use it in your programs? Join Jessy Newman from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to learn more about NAA’s recent report, SEL to the Core, and hear key takeaways from the many SEL reports and how other afterschool leaders are supporting SEL in their programs.

Register here


Part 2: Choosing SEL Curriculum for Your Program
Date announced soon!

Based on the Wallace Report, NAVIGATING SEL FROM THE INSIDE OUT, this webinar will help leaders understand the key process to find the right SEL curriculum for their programs. Hear from other afteschool leaders about the SEL curricula they’ve chosen and how it’s working for them.


Part 3: Leading with Emotional Intelligence
Date announced soon!

It is essential that leaders understand and develop their own social and emotional competencies because of their influence on the overall environment. In this session, you’ll have an opportunity to quickly assess your own EQ and determine next steps to grow. You’ll also learn more about NAA’s Leading with Emotional Intelligence Professional Learning Community to be offered October-March.

Additional webinars will be added soon!

 

SEL to the Core: Building from Foundational Youth Development to Support Social and Emotional Learning

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NAA survey findings suggest that, while organizations and programs value SEL and many professionals implement SEL practice, many do not feel knowledgeable talking about SEL.

The Afterschool Guide to Social and Emotional Learning

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The Afterschool Guide to SEL is a compilation of a variety of resources to help afterschool professionals better understand SEL, the competencies and the role SEL plays within afterschool programs.

Summer to Discover 2019

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Afterschool programs often play a critical role in keeping kids learning, safe and healthy during the summer months, too.

Webinar: Maximizing Your Participation at the NAA 2019 Annual Convention

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Date:
March 7, 2019

Time: 1:00pm

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!

Topics we'll cover include:

  • Schedule overview, set up and tips for how to make the most of the scheduled time with participants
  • Making your exhibit space work for you!
  • Lead generation
  • Networking tips for outside of the learning expo
  • Post-convention follow up & marketing tips

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Presented by:

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Gina Warner
President & CEO
of NAA

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Jayme Washam
Director of Event Services
at Event Planning Concepts

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Jill Carroll
NAA Marketing & Media Consultant
with Serendipity Media

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