Celebrating our successes: NAA declares Champions leader one of the best

Stacy PhotoPublic speaking is a challenge for many, but not for Stacy Silverman, senior quality and accreditation advisor for Champions. Earlier this year the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) named him one of their top 25 convention presenters of 2016.

“I could not be happier to see Stacy receive this recognition!” said Gretchen Yeager, Champions’ director of quality and accreditation. “He put a lot of time and thought into presenting relevant and meaningful content to NAA participants. I look forward to the future opportunities this recognition presents and [am] very proud that he represents Champions!”

The NAA is the leading industry organization for after-school professionals. Stacy lead a workshop at this year’s annual conference in Orlando titled “Active Learning: The 1-2-3 Step Approach.” His goal was to teach a simple, intentional approach to activity design to help teachers develop fun, engaging activities.

“After-school is the perfect place for fun, experiential learning,” he said. “However, all too often the steps necessary to create a memorable and meaningful learning process are skipped in traditional after-school settings. My hope was to shine a light on this and empower teachers to provide a framework that empowers children to make plans, have choices, and reflect on what they accomplished. When children have these opportunities, they learn more than just a new skill or technique, they learn about themselves.”

Originally from Flint, Michigan, Stacy began his career as a social worker before transitioning to education when he became a master trainer and field consultant for the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality in Ypsilanti, Mich., where he worked with out-of-school time systems and programs around the country, helping program leaders find the best way to serve their students. He joined Champions in 2014.

“I believe that after-school teachers have one of the most important jobs on the planet,” he said. “While I don’t have a green thumb, I do enjoy planting seeds and having the opportunity to watch dedicated professionals explore education strategies and develop their teaching styles over time. There is nothing more rewarding to me than helping people find success in their work and that is the heart of my job at Champions.”

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