A 10-year-old boy struggles to coordinate his body, racked by Cerebral Palsy. Physical therapy (PT) is long, painful and fraught with tears and frustration until the boy is joined with a therapy dog.
The school year is in full swing, with numerous afterschool programs from tutoring classes to sports, crafts and music. The day-to-day management of afterschool activities can be overwhelming for both the providers and parents.
The Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with Dollar General Literacy Foundation, recently honored the Columbus State Community College's ESL Afterschool Communities (ESLAsC) for the program's demonstrated excellence in helping develop English language learner (ELL) students' literacy skills.
Across the nation, afterschool programs provide opportunities for young people to explore their interests and learn new skills. Afterschool programs are uniquely positioned to offer education and opportunity through hands-on, minds-on learning—without the pressures that sometimes accompany the school day.
"From this point forth, we shall be leaving the firm foundation of fact and journeying together through the murky marshes of memory the future into thickets of wildest guesswork."
—Albus Dumbledore (cross-outs and italics my own)
Two things learned throughout my career:
1. Language is powerful.
2. Great leaders never stop learning.
Recently, the NAA Expert Hub helped connect the United Way of el Paso County with two valuable trainers, resulting in a successful workshop on family engagement. Here's how:
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?