Author Archives Elise Scott

  • Hello, friends of After School! Today is Lights On Afterschool, a day focused on nationwide advocacy and celebration of the after school field.  We here at the CT After School Network were talking about how powerful the impact of our field can be, and our Executive Director, Michelle, told me this incredible story that really […]

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  • As you may know, the Network created a brand new Professional Development Catalog full of creative, exciting, and unusual learning activities for after school professionals. And today was our very first First Friday, Making Homework Time Work.  We were expecting it to be fun, and it was even better than we’d hoped! We explored group […]

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  • The other day, I had a conversation with Ken Anthony, our Director of PD and Research. Ken is an expert in after school program quality, and challenges us all to think more creatively about how to engage children in learning. One of his central messages is that we need to start from the interests of […]

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  • Soft Skills.  You’ve heard the phrase, but turning it into something meaningful and straightforward, something that impacts your day-to-day interactions with children, is another matter. Soft skills, sometimes called emotional intelligence or social-emotional learning, is a catch-all phrase for the kinds of non-academic skills that are linked to success in school and in life. It […]

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