NAA's goal is to inspire, connect and equip afterschool professionals and leaders. Our Annual Convention is all about the participants and their experience. Every year at Convention, people come up to me and ask, "How's it going?" I always say, "Convention is for you, so you tell me." Here's a sampling of what I heard at NAA17.
All of us at Every Monday Matters are thrilled to share that we have now reached over 800,000 students with our YOU MATTER K-12 Curriculum and Club programs. Even better, these students represent 49 states and six countries ... in just two short years.
Our brains are wired for novelty. We know this because we are alerted each time a stimulus in our environment feels out of the ordinary. This has always been a wonderful advantage, and an aspect of human brain development that our survival as a species depends on. It's time to change up the dull routine of incoming information that arrives via predictable, tedious, well-worn roadways.
Afterschool's current leaders and our next generation of leaders have unique needs—for inspiration, connections, and the opportunity to build or share knowledge.
Are you are interested in becoming a Certified Healthy Out-of-School Time Trainer? Do you live in Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, North Carolina, Nevada, Maryland, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee,Texas, Utah or Virginia? Complete the online application by Friday, September 29, 2017.
A new major national afterschool project from the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) is seeking organizations to participate in a free, innovative, video-based coaching curriculum in STEM—with an exclusive opportunity for NAA members.
Two things learned throughout my career:
1. Language is powerful.
2. Great leaders never stop learning.
How many books have been written on the topic of leadership? How many lectures/workshops/presentations have you been offered to help you become a "better" leader? How many TED talks have you watched that showed you a three-point plan toward more effective leadership?
All over the country, afterschool leaders and professionals like you are standing up to promote tolerance and inclusion—fighting for safe places now, and for peaceful and prosperous futures free from bigotry and hate.