Achievery Cohort Application

Thank you for your interest in applying to NAA and ATT’s Achievery Learning Cohort. 

ATT’s “The Achievery” helps connect students to a new world of digital learning through stories that spark curiosity and content that entertains as well as teaches. The platform features clips from some of the most popular, well-loved movies, TV shows, and cartoons from Warner Bros. and Cartoon Network, paired with lessons and learning activities that students can engage with everywhere they are – at home, in the community, and in the classroom.

ATT is interested in expanding the reach and use of The Achievery’s resources into the broad network of afterschool educators by building access for afterschool educators to better choose and use the free lessons within their own contexts and programs.

NAA is looking for a diverse group of OST professionals to lead the way in vetting online resources like The Achievery.  The cohort will learn from and share with peers about strategies for finding, adapting, and implementing free online resources. We need professionals like you who are eager to lead this work and influence curriculum development in programs across the country. In joining the cohort, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Work with peers to develop systems that will help you select, vet, modify, and apply free online resources in ways that are relevant to young people and align with your program goals.

  • Choose a problem or question around online resources that you want to explore with peers, and take the time to dig into that question.

  • Create a product (rubric, tip sheet, lesson plan, etc. - it’s up to you) that will help you and others in the field.

  • Test your product, and make revisions.

  • Share your product with the field.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Applications are due Monday, January 30 at 5:00pm PST/8:00pm EST. Review of the Achievery site and completion of the application will take about an hour plus – please plan accordingly.

We encourage you to use the application preview to draft your responses in advance. If you have questions about the application, please contact krista@developmentwithoutlimits.org .

APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS

This learning opportunity is designed for people in youth-serving organizations who select and develop curriculum for out of school programming. We need your ideas, curiosity and creativity.

To qualify for this program, applicants must:

  • Be responsible for decisions about program curricula and/or activities

  • Have support from your agency supervisor to participate in NAA and ATT’s Achievery Learning Cohort. 

  • Be able to attend ALL virtual and in-person sessions (see dates below).

Design of NAA and ATT’s Achievery Learning Cohort

Between March 2023 and November 2023, participants of this program will meet monthly. The first meeting will take place at NAA’s Convention on March 19-22, 2023, in Orlando, FL. Following monthly meetings will be held virtually. Through interactive, engaging, and thoughtfully facilitated sessions that will foster community and elicit dialogue and self-reflection, participants will:

  • Learn from and share with peers about strategies for finding, adapting, and implementing free online resources

  • Identify a question to research and explore through the creation of a product (rubric, tip sheet, curriculum plan, etc.)

  • Test their product throughout the summer and make revisions

  • Share products and reflections with the field through webinars or articles in the fall of 2023

COMMITMENT

Participants of the Learning Cohort are expected to attend all in-person and virtual sessions. Possible dates are noted below, along with the estimated time commitment.
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Email *
Do you have support from your agency and/or supervisor to participate in all cohort activities? *
Session Date options:
We are planning to schedule regular monthly meetings from April through November. Please indicate whether you could attend meetings on the days and times below.
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Day and Time (Eastern Time)
No
If Necessary
Yes
Second Tuesday of the Month - 12pm - 1:30pm
Second Tuesday of the Month - 1pm - 2:30pm
Third Tuesday of the Month - 12pm - 1:30pm
Third Tuesday of the Month - 1pm - 2:30pm
Third Wednesday of the Month - 12pm - 1:30pm
Third Wednesday of the Month - 1pm - 2:30pm
Please share any other context about your availability that might help us with scheduling

Total Estimated Professional Development Hours =

  • Monthly collaborative virtual Sessions ~ 90 minutes each

  • In-person Opening Retreat & Sessions at NAA20 Convention

  • Monthly work groups - approximately 1 hour per session

  • Project presentations - webinars or articles - 1 hour

Participation Costs and Stipend

Participants of this program will receive:

  • Complimentary registration to attend the NAA23 Convention in Orlando, FL ($600 value)

  • Meals - Welcome Reception on Sunday (food and drinks), lunch on Monday and Tuesday, coffee service every day and continental breakfast on Wednesday.  

  • $3,000 stipend to acknowledge time spent and offset travel costs, which include:

    • Travel to and from, and hotel at the NAA23 Convention

    • Meals not included in conference registration

Application Process & Notification
Applications are due by 5:00pm PST Monday, January 30. Review of the Achievery site and completion of the application will take about an hour plus. If accepted, you’ll be required to submit a participant agreement signed by you and your supervisor. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application on or by February 7.
Application - Part 1
Contact information
Full Name of Applicant *
Pronouns *
Phone Number *
Mailing Address line 1 *
Mailing Address line 2
City, State, and Zip Code *
Current Job Title *
As of January 2023, how long have you been in your current position? *
How many years have you worked in the youth development / afterschool field? *
Demographic Information

In this project, participants will create tools to share with others. We want those tools to be useful to people across various identities and communities, including those that are historically marginalized. With this intent, we are asking the questions below to help us select a diverse group of participants.

Note: demographic information gathered will be made public ONLY in aggregate, not on an individual basis.


With which ethnic and racial groups do you identify? (Select all that apply)
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Required
Gender Identity *
Sexual Orientation *
What is your employment status? (Mark only one) *
How many staff (include yourself in the number) implement curriculum or activities that you design or select?
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Application - Part 2
Agency Information
Name of Agency *
Agency Website
Agency Address line 1 *
Agency Address line 2 *
Agency City, State, and Zip Code *
What is the mission statement of your organization?
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Type of Agency (Mark only one) *
What is the largest source of your organization’s funding? (Mark only one)
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How would you describe the community or communities you serve? (Select all that apply)
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Required
With which age groups do you or your organization primarily engage? (Select all that apply)
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What is the geographic scope of your agency? (Select all that apply)
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Required
Application - Part 3
Participation in and Contribution to NAA and ATT’s Achievery Learning Cohort

Why are you interested in participating in NAA and ATT’s Achievery Learning Cohort? In 2-3 sentences, please describe specifically how you might benefit from this learning opportunity.

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In 2-3 sentences, please tell us about your experience with online curriculum. What do you currently use? What have you used in the past?

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What are the most important considerations for you when you are looking for free, online curriculum resources (for staff, for young people, in your own role) to ensure that the activity aligns with your program mission?
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When using free, online resources, how do you ensure that the activity comes to life for the unique group of young learners you serve?
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Working to meet the diverse needs of our field includes a commitment to address issues of equity and diversity as they arise. When vetting or using free, online resources, how do you ensure that the activity promotes equity?
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About the Achievery
Please go to The Achievery and create an account. You will see that resources are organized by category. Take a few minutes (we suggest no more than 30) to explore ONE of these categories, and think about how you could use (or support others in using) a resource or multiple resources in this category in your program.
Which category did you choose? (Mark only one)
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In a few sentences, describe how you would use the resources in your program.
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Application - Part 5
Referral Information

How did you hear about NAA and ATT’s Achievery Learning Cohort? (Mark only one)

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Thank You!
We will notify you about the status of your application on or by February 7, 2023.
For questions about this program, contact krista@developmentwithoutlimits.org 
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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