In 2018, NAA's Empowering Afterschool Professionals for Digital Learning report noted: "Afterschool professionals will need more tools and training to become effective facilitators of digital learning."
In these unprecedented times, nonprofit organizations can be challenged by unstable staffing structures, sudden changes in service delivery or capacity, or loss of revenue in the short term and long term.
NAA members are working hard to find ways to help educators and families with solutions for fun opportunities for learning at home.
Kenneth Jones, an NAA Executive Member with the Salvadori Center in New York City, recently shared that Salvadori is providing free STEAM lessons weekly and is making them accessible to you!
The current pandemic has many schools and daycares closed, and parents are scrambling to balance working at home and caring for their children. Cabin fever is setting in for everyone, making it especially difficult to keep children entertained. We sat down with two experts in childhood education and play to get their tips on how to keep homebound kids engaged in learning—and fun!
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.
Afterschool professionals are skilled, passionate, dedicated lifelong learners. If you're looking to grow your skills or the skills of others through professional development, try this daily plan using NAA's virtual resources.