This past year made us all question ... well, almost everything. The words "unprecedented" and "pivot" were used way too many times. While there will still be some pivoting, we know there is no question that we need to continue strengthening ourselves, our organizations, our programs and our profession.
How many times have you been aware of a mental, physical or emotional need of yours that you don't want to put off, but do because you feel like other items take precedence?
As 2020 came to a close, NAA asked afterschool leaders in its Reopening Afterschool Facebook group to share one lesson they'd like to pass along to other afterschool professionals and leaders. As we embark on a new year filled with hope and optimism, read what these leaders had to say.
During this unique time in history, afterschool professionals and leaders must meet the moment by finding new ways to connect, learn and grow. Because we can't gather in person at the NAA Convention, the new NAA Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) allow for us to connect virtually and with great intentionality!
A daunting array of free digital tools are available to educators and afterschool professionals. To navigate these tools, those in the field could reflect on connecting their best practices to the most appropriate digital tools.
Kindergartener Jae'Auna enthusiastically shared, "I like ducks! Kaitlyn likes ducks, too! We both do." Her words echo the "Finding My Story" curriculum's goal of helping students feel more comfortable with their peers with disabilities. The development of this inclusive curriculum came about unexpectedly.
With a new year comes plenty of new opportunities to learn and expand your knowledge as it relates to the afterschool field and your own professional development. To assist in this endeavor, NAA is proud to bring you a great educational lineup of webinars to kick off 2021.