All professional societies share common characteristics. Among them are a body of knowledge and skills, culture, a code of ethics, and public recognition. The NAA Core Knowledge and Competencies have been developed to enable afterschool and youth development practitioners to demonstrate expertise and gain a higher level of recognition within their communities–particularly from school officials–that has long been sought after.
The competencies are grouped into ten content areas:
Core Knowledge and Competencies
Core knowledge and competencies serve to establish agreements across programs and funding streams about what it takes to work with and on behalf of children and youth.
Core Knowledge and Competencies Assessment Tools
These tools serve to help professionals self-evaluate and develop a personal Professional Development Action Plan.
As NAA celebrates its 30th Anniversary at the upcoming 2018 Annual Convention, NAA President & CEO Gina Warner will reflect on the history of NAA and the afterschool field. Her keynote will also include stories of BOLD afterschool leaders and programs. Who do you know who has been an inspiration to the field?
President and CEO, National AfterSchool Association
Gina Warner is president and CEO of the National AfterSchool Association (NAA). Gina began her afterschool career as a teen in 4-H programs in rural Alabama, and has continued to work at the intersection of education, youth development, public policy, and non-profit leadership throughout her career. She relies on her experience as a classroom teacher, an attorney, a U.S. Senate staffer, and a citywide out-of-school time leader to guide her work. As the leader of NAA, Gina works to meet the needs of both emerging and experienced afterschool professionals through enhanced training and development, increased communication, outreach, and membership engagement.
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Proposal Submission, Review and Selection
When will the Call for Presenters Open?
The Call For Presenters is open September 4 - October 14, 2019. Download the Educational Session Proposal Template to plan out your proposal. When you’re ready, submit it via the Presenter Portal.
When will the Call for Presenters informational webinar take place?
The Call for Presenters informational webinar will take place on Wednesday, September 18th at 1:00pm ET / 10:00am PT. You can register here.
How many sessions do you plan to accept?
Due to space and schedule, we are anticipating accepting up to:
Proposals are only accepted through the Presenter Portal. Submit your proposal by 11:59pm ET on Tuesday, October 14, 2019. We do not accept proposals via email and can not extend the deadline.
What presentation formats are offered at NAA Convention 2020?
There are five educational session formats available at NAA Convention 2020:
What are your presenter requirements?
I’ve submitted my session proposal. When will I hear if my session was accepted?
We will contact all submitters and presenters via email on Friday, November 16, 2019 with the status of your proposal (accepted, alternate, or declined).
I received an email that my session proposal is being considered as an alternate. What does that mean?
Unfortunately, we cannot accept all session proposals to be included in NAA Convention 2020, and there are some that we consider as alternates in the event that we need additional sessions or have cancellations. We will contact all submitters and presenters of alternate sessions with the final status of your session by the end of January 2020.
Do presenters receive a discounted rate for registration?
Yes, lead presenters receive a $200 discount off of registration fees. We are not able to offer the discount to co-presenters, panelists, or facilitators.
My session will include a product or service available to Convention participants. Do I need to also purchase exhibit space in the Learning Expo?
If you will be demonstrating or sharing products or services for purchase by participants, you will need to purchase exhibit space in the Learning Expo in order to have your proposal considered. We have a select number of sessions set aside for exhibitors, but it is still a competitive process and workshop content will be considered.
If you will be sharing free products or services, we encourage you to purchase exhibit space in the Learning Expo to reach the breadth of Convention participants. Either way, your proposal will be considered as part of the competitive review process and there is a chance you may be asked to purchase an exhibit space in order for your proposal to be accepted.
Can exhibitors present sessions?
Yes! We have a select number of sessions set aside for exhibitors, but it is still a competitive process that we take seriously, based on the quality of your session proposal.
If you are an exhibitor and would like to still submit a session proposal, please contact our Exhibitors and Sponsorships Team at email@example.com.
Confirmed exhibitors are welcome to submit their session ideas through the call for proposals. There is a question in the form that asks if you are sharing products or services for purchase or for free. Please make sure to answer that question accurately. If you have a product for purchase, you will need to purchase exhibit space in the Learning Expo in order to have your proposal considered.
I am an exhibitor and I have already submitted a session proposal. When will I hear back about the status of my proposal?
Exhibitor sessions are reviewed separately as part of the exhibitor track. We will confirm all exhibitor sessions by the end of January.
Submitting a Session Proposal
The Call for Presenters is open September 4 – October 14, 2019!
Download the Educational Session Proposal Template to plan out your proposal. When you’re ready, submit it via the Presenter Portal. Submit your proposal by 11:59pm ET on Tuesday, October 14, 2019. We do not accept proposals via email and can not extend the deadline.
What are some general tips and reminders for creating a competitive educational session proposal?
See some of our top tips below.
Will I be able to edit my session proposal once I’ve submitted it?
Yes! You can log back in and edit your proposal any time between September 4 – October 14. We close the platform at 11:59pm PT on October 14, so make sure to fully complete your proposal and finish any editing before midnight.
I’ve never presented before. Can I still submit a session proposal?
Yes! We encourage staff of all levels of experience to submit a proposal. It takes a lot of work to present at Convention, but it’s an excellent opportunity to highlight the important work you do, gain valuable leadership experience, and build the afterschool profession.
Please note that two-hour leadership intensives are intended to be led by experienced trainers and leaders.
I can only present on a specific day during Convention. Can I still submit a proposal?
All potential presenters should plan to attend all of Convention, and be prepared to present on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. If accepted, we’ll share your exact presentation date and time in December. If you have an extenuating circumstance, please contact presentation managers at Presenters@naaweb.org.
Where can I learn more about NAA’s Core Knowledge and Competencies (CKCs)?
Click here to learn more about NAA’s CKCs.
Question not covered here? Contact our presentation managers at Presenters@naaweb.org.
We have a brand-new type of session for NAA Convention 2020!
The Community Showcase format is our version of TED talks. These brief 5-15 min prepared presentations will have a clear story arc, a compelling message and dynamic delivery and will be given from the main stage to our full audience of 2,000 participants during a general session. We’re seeking to highlight inspiration, takeaways, and innovations from our community.
Submit a proposal to be a part of the first-ever Community Showcase:
Do you know someone, under the age of 30, who is an afterschool champion and a believer in the power of afterschool? Someone who is starting to design programs, professional development and other contributions that will influence their programs and organizations—with the potential to provide broad and long-term impact?
Join us for a brief webinar that will explain more about NAA's 2018 Next Generation of Afterschool and the application and selection process.
September 14, 2017
Hosted by Gina Warner, President & CEO of NAA
Hy Schwartz, Co-President of S&S Worldwide
The National AfterSchool Association (NAA), a professional membership organization governed by a Board of Directors, is seeking candidates to fill open board positions beginning July 2017. The primary focus of this year’s board applications is on leaders whose work and professional expertise can further the goals of NAA.
NAA Board Priorities
The National Board believes that all board members, present and future, must:
NAA Board Candidate Qualifications
NAA is committed to creating a diverse board of leaders from a broad spectrum of organizations and agencies. Appointed members are chosen by the Board to reflect a broad knowledge and awareness of the issues facing the Association. Candidates for election are chosen for their ability to objectively consider a variety of perspectives inherent in decisions affecting the Association's future, not to represent a group, region, or interest.
NAA's election process seeks to recruit and elect qualified leaders who will further our commitment to our mission and excellence in the afterschool profession. The Board is particularly interested in maintaining a diverse perspective and individuals who have influence within their professional circles.
These qualifications are designed to ensure that elected Board members are prepared to fulfill their designated responsibilities, including:
In addition, NAA continues to seek applications from individuals who have a commitment to the afterschool profession and interest in serving on the national board. Candidates should:
NAA Board Time and Financial Commitments
Board members are both elected and appointed for a three-year term. An additional (optional) three-year term is available to board members upon approval of the Board. In-person meetings are held prior to the NAA Annual Convention, with video or audio conference calls four to six times a year. Board business may be conducted by e-mail, shared drives, conference calls, or additional meetings. Most board members may also be asked to serve on a board committees or task forces. Board members are expected to support 100% board giving with a personal financial contribution. While board members do not receive compensation for their service, travel and other related expenses associated with Board service are reimbursed by NAA. In addition, candidates must be able to make the necessary commitment of time and other resources to serve effectively as a board member and to serve as effective representatives for the Association.
NAA Board Applications and Elections Process
Candidates interested in serving on the NAA National Board of Directors should use this planning document to answer the application questions. Candidates need a professional headshot, up-to-date resume, two references that support the application, and record a short (less than two minutes) campaign video.
Interested candidates should complete the online application including a headshot, resume and campaign video URL no later than May 18, 2017.
A board member committee will review applications to determine the eligibility of potential candidates. After candidates are identified and screened, the nominating committee recommends a slate of qualified candidates for approval by the full Board. Potential candidates will be contacted with their application status during the week of May 22, 2017. The election will be held between June 5 and 16, 2017. Current NAA Executive, Ambassador, and Advocate members are eligible to vote. The two candidates receiving the largest number of votes will be elected to the board and will begin their board service in July 2017.
NAA Board Applications are now closed.
In honor of Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week, and thanks to our generous sponsors, we pleased to offer you these special rewards. Consider it just another way to say “thanks!” for all you do!
You CAN do the Rubik's Cube
Afterschool Professionals are invited to borrow a set of 2x2 Rubik’s® Cubes from the You CAN Do the Rubik’s Cube Lending Program for 6 weeks at no charge! The first 500 to respond will also receive a pre-paid shipping label to return the cubes.* There is no cost or obligation.
Research confirms that the involvement of families in their children’s education is critical to students’ success. Two special offers are available.
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