September 25, 2018
At an early age, I discovered a talent for drawing and painting. I recall my Kindergarten classmates telling me, "You should be an artist when you grow up." Over many years, that talent grew into a passion. However, as I got older I had a difficult time seeing potential careers within my passion for the arts and creativity. I ended up pursuing a career in graphic design.
September 11, 2018
Recently, STEAM has caught on as a buzzword in K-12 and afterschool learning. Short for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math, STEAM is more than a subject area. It is meant to be an interdisciplinary way to develop creative problem-solving skills in youth. The arts have a profound impact on youth, educators, and educational environments (Fiske, 1999). In fact, the arts have the ability to:
August 30, 2018
Read a New Book Month Month of September It's read a new book month! The perfect time to add a few books to your STEM afterschool program! Here are four titles I love that take on STEM topics and practices.
August 21, 2018
Everyone wants to get new employees onboard and working effectively with youth as quickly as possible. What does it really take to prepare a new employee to work in out-of-school time programs?
August 14, 2018
Across the country, August can be a time of transition and stress. Starting the school year is a change for the whole family. Here are some tips to share with the families in your summer programs to help them prepare for these changes.
August 7, 2018
Summer is winding down, and everyone's gearing up for the next school year. It always seems to go by so fast! I feel like every summer I have a long to-do list, both personally and professionally, and it never fails that I don't complete everything on my list (or like this summer any of the things on my list).
July 31, 2018
National Back to School Month, Inventor's Month, World Scout Scarf Day, World Wide Web Day, Sand Castle Day, Farmwork Appreciation Day, Skyscraper Appreciation Day, Internation Youth Day, Rollercoaster Day, and more!
July 23, 2018
By some measures, there are more youth of color in the U.S. than white students, yet the afterschool and K-12 workforce remains largely white, middle-class, and female. It's more important now than ever to think about ways to make sure you are including all of your youth.
July 12, 2018
Almost every afterschool setting should be prepared to support students and families whose first language is not English. Although there are many factors to consider when working with English-language learners, I wanted to share a few tips and tricks to help you prepare yourself and your program to welcome and include ELL's.