Virtual PD

NAA offers a variety of opportunities for professional development through meaningful content, conversations, and connections. These opportunities are designed to strengthen the afterschool workforce and youth program quality by ensuring afterschool professionals and leaders are equipped to support young people, families, and communities.

Building Back Stronger: Using SEL Resources to Enrich Your OST Program

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As OST providers plan for the new school year, many are looking to social-emotional learning (SEL) to respond to the needs of children, staff and the communities they serve. 

In this webinar we'll explore:

  • How the traumatic events of recent years have affected kids and how SEL can help
  • The concept of holistic SEL and how it relates to the importance of SEL in OST environments
  • The Weikart Center’s SEL Program Quality Assessment (SEL PQA) as a resource to strengthen your program
  • Second Step® Out-of-School Time, a practical, research-based SEL program from Committee for Children that helps support K–5 children in your community


Committee for Children is a global nonprofit dedicated to helping children thrive. Our Second Step® family of programs creates brighter futures for kids everywhere through a holistic approach to social-emotional learning (SEL). For more than 40 years, our research-based, teacher-informed, and classroom-tested SEL curricula have helped transform schools into empowering, successful learning environments uniquely equipped to support every child. We’ve recently expanded our curricula to include digital programs for Grades K–8 as well as new programs for out-of-school time and adult SEL to help strengthen learning communities across the globe.

The Weikart Center helps communities and networks build quality improvement systems that ensure out-of-school time (OST) programs are places where children and youth thrive. Using an approach grounded in research and practice, the Weikart Center supports OST networks and youth programs to create safe, supportive, and productive learning environments for young people.
Amy Walker, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Committee for Children
A national expert on implementing systemic social-emotional learning in large school districts, Amy Walker has spoken at dozens of conferences in the United States and abroad about SEL, violence prevention, bullying prevention, and child protection. At Committee for Children, she works to develop and maintain partnerships with businesses, organizations, and individuals to help expand our reach and impact.
David Martineau, Director of Design and Innovation, the Forum for Youth Investment’s David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality 
David Martineau leads efforts to design and deliver powerful learning experiences and scalable quality improvement systems that strengthen practice and programs for young people. Dave has more than 25 years of experience in youth development, social justice education, group facilitation, and social services.