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  • Afterschool Alliance - The Afterschool Alliance is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for more afterschool investments to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. This site has a wealth of resources about afterschool issues, research, advocacy and more.
  • Foundations, Inc. - As the resource for building educational capacity, Foundations provides a wide range of services and products, from professional development and customized technical assistance to business services and targeted program materials. Foundations' Center for Afterschool and Expanded Learning supports K-12 educators in making out-of-school time a dynamic time for learning and healthy development.
  • Generator School Network​National Youth Leadership Council. The Generator School Network is an online community of more than 5,000 youth and adult members who have discovered how they can change the world through service-learning. The GSN is the leading resource for fast and easy sharing, service-learning professional development, and networking.
  • The IRIS Center - Developed in collaboration with nationally recognized researchers and education experts, IRIS resources are designed to address instructional and classroom issues of great importance to today’s educators, issues like response-to-intervention (RTI), classroom behavior management, and early childhood instruction, among many, many more.
  • Know Thyself: Developing Your Inner Leader - One of the most important skills you could develop as a leader is self-awareness—continuously being aware of your thought process and your reactions to those thoughts.
  • National AfterSchool Association - NAA is the membership association for professionals who work with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours.
  • NAA Expert Hub - Finding the right person to conduct a workshop or work on a consulting project can be a lengthy and stressful process.The NAA Expert Hub works with programs to help  articulate exactly what you need and leverage our national network of out-of-school-time leaders, professionals and consultants to match you quickly and reliably with experts who have what it takes to successfully deliver your project.
  • Reading Bear - Reading Bear is a fun way to learn to read. They teach more than 1,200 vocabulary items and have 50 presentations cover all the main phonics rules. All free and nonprofit.
  • Watch Know Learn - Free educational videos.
  • You for Youth - Online Professional Learning and Technical Assistance for 21st CCLCs. Y4Y helps afterschool professionals connect and share resources with colleagues, provides professional development and technical assistance opportunities, and offers tools for improving program practices.
  • Youth Program Quality Methods - A series of workshops hosted by United Way of Greater Chattanooga. The Youth Work Methods are powerful strategies for working with young people, bringing over fifty years of experience and the latest research in positive youth development. These hands-on courses provide participants with practical skills that are geared to improve the quality of interactions with youth.​
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