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.

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.

Afterschool Tech Trends 2016

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 08:24

The impact of technology on afterschool professionals is significant. Through technology, afterschool professionals can more effectively interact with one another, grow their afterschool wheelbase, and receive flexible and personalized learning.

My New Year's Resolution. What's Yours?

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 00:00

I was in my late 20s when my boss at the time referred to me as "a woman in a hurry." Feeling that was appropriate recognition for my hard work and initiative, I glowed with the praise.

It wasn't until this year that I realized her "compliment" maybe wasn't quite as positive as I had interpreted it to be.

Get Your Staff Motivated!

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 00:00

Keeping your staff motivated is a challenge, especially when YOU don't feel motivated.

Easy Group Management During STEM

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 00:00

It's EASY!

Group management is a skill that is imperative when working in youth programs, and especially so when implementing STEM. It is important the adult leader carefully plan and prepare in advance in order to create the necessary structure for STEM learning—to make this process EASY, focus on the Environment, Activities, Schedule, and Your relationships and interactions.