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Making Real World Connections for Your Students – Project based Learning

There are so many issues facing young people today.  From poverty to climate change it will take creative problem solving to come up with viable solutions in the next millennium.  To prepare students for this type of challenge requires innovative, cutting edge pedagogy designed to encourage critical thinking while teaching life skills.    Project Based Learning […]

Social Emotional Learning

Meeting Your Kid’s Needs Learning is not confined to academics, it goes beyond that. Children need skills to understand, cope with and manage their emotions. This phenomenon termed as social-emotional learning or SEL is one of the essential skills children need to be successful.   Social emotional competencies support children in effective problem solving, resiliency […]

School Age Care Credential- Light at the End of the Tunnel

Introduction Credential programs are much more than just a certificate you receive at the end of a training program. It goes beyond that by allowing you to reflect on your current practices and identifying gaps that can be bridged. It is a great way to broaden your critical thinking that is extremely important in solving […]

School Age Care Credential: The Challenges of Managing Compliance

Introduction Ask any educator or program director and they will tell you that one of the single biggest factors to consider when looking to enhance instruction and by extension student learning is solid professional development. This is something all educators and program directors can agree on. There is no denying that when you invest in […]

Challenges of being a Director of a New York City After School Program

After school programs for youth have become increasingly popular as policymakers are suggesting it as a solution for various juvenile problems. But there are certain challenges unique to such programs. There is a need on the part of policymakers, federal government and financiers to balance their expectations of these programs with the realities which they […]

Creating a Learning Culture-Quality After-School Program in NYC

Creating a learning culture among your staff is crucial for the growth and stability of your quality after-school program in NYC. With a learning culture, you can encourage progressive learning. You can also develop beliefs with your staff that systems can impact each other. The constant process of learning elevates the status of the employee […]

Creating SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures)

What are Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)? Standard Operating Procedures, or SOPs, are a set of instructions that have been clearly defined at a business, organization or institution that have to be followed to achieve optimal quality and efficiency at the work place. These guidelines are crucial in ensuring that the staff are performing as per […]

Conducting a Performance Analysis to Understand Your Staff.

Analyze and Understand Your Staff! As the director, you need to ensure that you carry out routine performance evaluations to check the performance levels of your staff. This way, not only will your staff know that you are serious about their work but are also serious in ensuring that everyone is up to the mark […]

Understanding Your Workforce

Understand the Needs of Your Staff! The most important assets of any institution are your employees. They are the ones who work day in day out to make sure that everything is working optimally. It is for this reason that it is important to analyze their feelings and requirements, to understand their needs and strengths […]

Building Your Team for an After-School Program – Knowing Your Why!

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins A majority of people live life as it happens. We wake up in the morning, get ready for work, go about our routine job, face our boss, and come back home, make money, manage problems of personal life, go […]

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