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Meet the Moment!

Have you heard about the new NAA Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)? Because we can’t gather in person at the NAA Convention, the new PLCs allow afterschool professionals and leaders to meet the moment by finding new ways to connect, learn and grow.

The NAA PLCs are designed to inspire meaningful connections where participants join expert facilitators for collaborative guided learning experiences focused on the most important topics in afterschool. Over six-eight weeks starting mid-March, each PLC experience includes: a minimum of five hours live virtual facilitated interactive learning; up to five hours of self-paced learning activities; an NAA certificate of completion showing 10+ PD hours; and an end of PLC celebration.

Spring PLCs start mid-March and run for up to eight weeks depending on topic and facilitator design.

“This past year made us all question … well, almost everything. The words ‘unprecedented’ and ‘pivot’ were used way too many times,” said Heidi Ham, Vice President of Programs and Strategy, NAA. “While there will still be some pivoting, we know there is no question that we need to continue strengthening ourselves, our organizations, our programs and our profession. The NAA PLCs are designed to do just that.”

The cost to participate is $150 per PLC and the registration deadline for spring cohorts is March 5, 2021. Participation is limited, so register today!


  • Superpowers for Supervisors | Facilitator: Marissa Badgley, Founder & CEO, Reloveution | CKCs Content Area 10; Community Designed For CKCs Level 3, Emerging and Developing Leaders.
  • Developing Essential STEM Facilitation Skills | Facilitator: Perrin Chick, ACRES Project at Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance | CKCs Content Areas 1-5; Community Designed For CKCs Levels 2 and 3, Developing and Proficient Professionals.
  • Leading with an Equity and Inclusion Mindset | Facilitators: Jen Siaca Curry, Ed.D. and Darise JeanBaptiste, Change Impact; Chris Hudson, Camp Highlight | CKCs Content Areas 6, 9-10; Community Designed for CKCs Level 4, Advanced Professionals and/or Developing Leaders.

Learn more by visiting the NAA Professional Learning Communities page.

Courtesy of NAA.