Knowledge of STEM processes and content and social emotional intelligence are skills for success. Young people who build these skills, experience success in school, careers, and in life. Leaders and their teams should join NAA’s 2017 Virtual Convention featuring experts from the NAA Community (including top rated workshop presenters from the in-person Convention) to be inspired, connected, and equipped to provide STEM and SEL opportunities for kids – let’s band together to build bright futures for our youth!
6 workshops, 2 keynotes, 1 surprise appearance, endless networking!
Dr. Calvin Mackie
Dr. Calvin Mackie is an award-winning mentor, inventor, author, an internationally renowned speaker, and a successful entrepreneur. A lifelong resident of New Orleans, Dr. Mackie graduated from high school with low test scores requiring him to undertake special remedial classes at Morehouse College. He completed his degree in Mathematics at Morehouse in 1990, graduating Magna Cum Laude and a member of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society.
Dr. Mackie founded STEM NOLA, a non-profit organization founded to expose, inspire, and engage communities about the opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). STEM NOLA designs and delivers activities, programs and events that bring inspiration, motivation and training to all STEM stakeholders (especially students) across entire communities. Since December 2013, STEM NOLA has engaged over 7,000 K-12 New Orleans students in hands-on project based STEM activities. Dr. Mackie’s is the author of two award winning books: A View from the Roof: Lessons for Life and Business and Grandma's Hands: Cherished Moments of Faith and Wisdom.
Dr. G - Deborah Gilboa, MD
Popularly known as “Dr. G,” Deborah Gilboa, MD, is a family physician and youth development expert. With regular appearances on The Today Show and Good Morning America, Dr. G shares her passion for raising kids with character with techniques that are easy to use and resonate with youth. A mom of four boys, she inspires audiences with relatable stories and easy tools to develop crucial life skills in youth ages 2-22.
Dr. G is a board certified attending family physician at Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill Health Center, caring for diverse patients from 100+ countries, speaking 47 different languages. Her work with the deaf community has received national recognition and was the focus of her service as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow.
Dr. G is the author of multiple books including Teach Resilience – Raising Kids Who Can Launch and Get the Behavior You Want, Without Being the Parent You Hate!
All workshops target NAA Core Knowledge and Competencies Content Areas 1-6, Levels 1 and 2.
Integrating Stories with STEM in Afterschool
High-quality children’s literature is a powerful tool when providing STEM education afterschool. Participants will learn how to seamlessly incorporate their favorite books into lessons with experiments that are easy to replicate, inexpensive (or free) and can be used for young people from Kindergarten through middle school! No need to have to have a strong science background with these lessons - everyone can teach and instill a love for STEM! Complete lesson plans and booklists will be provided.
Presenter: Meredith Fraysure, Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County
Social Emotional and Mindful Learning in Afterschool
How much time do you spend helping young people understand their emotions, recognizing a friend’s perspective, resolving conflict in a positive way, and helping them make safe choices? Discover the why and how of bringing social emotional learning (SEL) to your program. Create peace paths, cool down areas, and embrace group meeting times to give kids a better chance of understanding themselves and building relationships with others.
Presenter: Jaime Garcia, Extend-a-Care for Kids
Blending STEM and Wellness: Simple Resources and Tools
Are you challenged by competing priorities? Are you surviving on a lean budget and searching for tools to share with your team? The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the National Girls Collaborative Project have joined forces to bring you a fun interactive workshop that will explore innovative ideas for blending STEM and wellness. All designed to help all young people succeed. Participants will leave with easy-to-implement ideas and evidence-based resources along with talking points for building support with school administrators. The workshop will feature a new resource, "STEM and Wellness: A Powerful Equation for Equity," developed in partnership with the National AfterSchool Association and the Afterschool Alliance.
Presenters: Daniel Hatcher, Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Erin Hogeboom, National Girls Collaborative Project
SEL in Practice: An Online Toolkit
Social and emotional learning (SEL) includes learning to be aware of and manage emotions, work well with others, and persevere when faced with challenges. The SEL in Practice Toolkit is a flexible set of practical tools, templates and activities that can be used with staff and youth to increase intentional practices to support SEL.
Presenters: Margo Herman and Kate Walker, University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development
Great Art Practices: The A in STEAM
This Hands-On Workshop will give you great ideas for making the most of Art in your STEAM program. We will explore best practices for integrating art and design projects into great STEM curriculum. Participants will leave with clear strategies for relating art, science, inquiry and creative thinking.
Presenter: Rachel Kessler, OregonASK
Helping Youth Develop Coping Skills
Have you ever wondered why some youth seem to bounce back from stress easier than others? Youth learn to bounce back or cope at varying levels, and through social-emotional experiences. Youth face many social demands during their school day and during out-of-school time such as following a routine, responding to social cues, communicating with others, and making appropriate choices. Many times, youth do not have the skills necessary to handle these stressors and require adult assistance to find a solution. Participants will learn new tools and strategies to teach youth how to cope and become more resilient during stressful times. As a result, youth are better able to self-regulate, become self-aware, build relationships skills, and make better decisions.
Presenter: Heather Wojciuch, Kids Included Together (KIT)