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.

4 Ways to Bring Balance to Your Program

Friday, 12 February 2016 00:00

The afterschool space is more than just a safe place for students to wait for caregivers to pick them up. It's where you can challenge students and help them learn skills in multiple areas. As you work on improving and growing your program, consider the following areas as a framework for organizing your space and your curriculum to bring out the best in your afterschool students.

A New SEL Field Guide

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 06:36

An innovative guide called "Preparing Youth to Thrive: Promising Practices in Social & Emotional Learning" has been launched in an effort to help afterschool programs across the country bring social and emotional skill development to the youth they serve.

5 Tips for Cultivating Creativity and Curiosity

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 00:00

Providing high-quality STEM learning is bigger than simply presenting hands-on activities. The goal is to create an atmosphere of discovery where kids are engaged in creative and critical thinking. Asking good questions is an important part of creating the right environment. Through intentional questioning you can stretch young peoples' curiosity, reasoning ability, creativity, and independence.

Seven Tips for Positive Behavior

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 00:00

Positive behavior begins and ends with relationships—not with the rules. While systems and guidelines can provide structure for young people, cultivating an environment of meaningful connections between staff and youth creates a culture where positive behavior is part of the ongoing learning and development of youth.

Ready to Work!

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 05:27

How Afterschool Programs Can Support Employability Through Social and Emotional Learning

Understanding the knowledge, attitudes and skills that ultimately contribute to success in school, work and life is a priority for educators and employers. Young people need a variety of important skills to be ready to work, including understanding key work habits and having a strong work ethic.

STEM Gems are Here!

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 00:00

STEM Gems are short discovery-based experiences designed to engage young people in active experiential learning. They involve little or no materials and may be easily implemented by educators who are not STEM specialists.

How to Make a YouTube Video

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 10:45

YouTube is the hottest thing around-just ask any kid or teen you know! It's great for a laugh or to make us smile, and it's also a cool place to learn. YouTube videos can teach your afterschool students how to do new things and also share their knowledge with others. Learn how to make YouTube videos with help from Fidgets2Widgets.com, an innovative STEM afterschool program.

Explore Science with Explorakits!

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 04:29

Everyone knows teachers and afterschool directors spend hours preparing valuable lessons to present to their students. They want the best for their students, but their time is often limited.

SEL Skills and Employability

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 00:00

The research is clear: Employers are looking for skills that go beyond content knowledge. Recognizing the knowledge, attitudes and skills that ultimately contribute to success in the workplace is a priority for educators and employers. One aspect of employability that has gained attention in recent years is the need for strong social and emotional skills in order to be successful in the workplace.

10 Tips: Become a STEM Superstar

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 00:00

Do you want to have clear skin and lose weight? The secret is to teach STEM! Well, perhaps not, however, STEM continues to be a driving force in education. STEM is fun, it is an increasingly important part of education, and parents are placing it higher on their priority lists when selecting programs for their kids. Make STEM a priority this year. Both you and the young people you work with will evolve as learners, and who knows? It might even improve your skin and make you thinner.