Professional Development

NAA publishes fresh, new content every week covering a wide variety of topics related to the field of aftershool. Be sure to check in regularly.

Tips to Incorporate SEL in Afterschool Programs

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 05:59

Afterschool programs across the nation are experiencing the many benefits of integrating social emotional learning (SEL) into their schedules—including improved communication, reduced bullying, and stronger peer relationships. Although afterschool programs tend to be less structured than the traditional K-6 classroom environment, they still present an opportunity to teach young students important life skills and character development.

Finding STEM Learning Opportunities that Inspire Young People to Explore, Discover and Create

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 05:42

The process of teaching and learning science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) offers youth opportunities to make sense of the world they live in and prepare them for the future workforce.

8 Simple Ways for Kids to Practice Kindness Every Day

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 05:38

In our busy lives, it's easy for adults to forget the importance of kindness—much less kids, who are focused on playing with friends or their new iPad app. Yet even the smallest act of kindness makes us happier.

What is STEM?

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 06:37

From colleges to preschools, STEM continues to be a hot topic for both formal and informal education. STEM education is being driven by our increasingly technical society, a fear that America is falling behind in innovation, a lack of STEM college graduates and the need to prepare today's youth for the jobs of tomorrow.

Finding Their Voice: Why Kids Should Journal

Friday, 17 March 2017 06:20

This is a photo of me, today, on my 47th birthday, holding my very first journal—written when I was 10 years old. My fifth grade teacher asked us to buy a notebook that inspired us and, every few days, she gave us a topic to write about.

Reflections on Disability Inclusion from a Recovering Therapist

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 08:59

Over 45 years ago, I graduated from college and excitedly embarked on a career in occupational therapy. I found myself drawn to pediatrics. I always loved children and had five younger brothers and sisters. I was sure I made the right decision.

2 x 2 in Afterschool: More Math!

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 08:55

Last month, Andy the Science Wiz provided 10 tips for providing math enrichment afterschool. Want to include even more math? Check out these additional ideas!

Empower Youth by Reading Aloud

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 08:40

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, and Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo are just a few well-loved, high-quality pieces of young people's literature. They are also great read-alouds—who doesn't love listening to a great story?

Professionalizing the Workforce in Out-of-School Time and School-Age Child Care

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 08:37

Join the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) in an informational webinar on workforce development in out-of-school time (OST) and school-age child care, hosted live in session from the National AfterSchool Association Convention in Dallas, Texas.

Tangible Evidence

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 04:54

A life is made of memories. When I was 20 years old, I traveled the world for two months with my best friend Kristin. It was a safer time then. Airport security was a breeze. Shoes stayed on. Everyone smiled. I had just acted in my first television show. My television was the only screen I owned.

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