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.

Landmark Report Offers Recommendations for Improving Quality, Equity and Effectiveness of Summer Programs

Thursday, 17 October 2019 12:04

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has released Shaping Summertime Experiences: Opportunities to Promote Healthy Development and Well-Being for Children and Youth, a comprehensive report examining the state of the evidence on summer learning in America.

Increasing STEM Literacy

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 11:42

An Army Educational Outreach Program, eCYBERMISSION (eCM) is a free web-based STEM competition for students in grades six through nine.

Put Families, Schools, and Community Members on Your Afterschool Inclusion Team

Tuesday, 08 October 2019 10:57

Inclusion is a topic that tugs at the heartstrings of families and educators.

Supporting SEL Efforts (and Academics) in Afterschool

Tuesday, 08 October 2019 10:53

Many afterschool and summer learning programs are implementing social and emotional learning initiatives, but not all afterschool professionals feel prepared to discuss SEL.

What You Need to Know About Background Checks

Tuesday, 01 October 2019 12:15

The physical safety of young people is a basic tenet of quality afterschool programs. Because staff and volunteers are key to providing quality programs, a logical—and necessary—starting point is pre-employment background checks.

The Importance of Soft Skills in Afterschool Programs

Tuesday, 01 October 2019 11:04

Afterschool programs have evolved. Today, parents and students alike expect these extracurricular programs to teach soft skills: those required for college admissions and career success.

Top 5 Trends in Disability Inclusion

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 10:36

Today, roughly 1 in 6 children has a diagnosed mental, behavioral or developmental disorder.

Are You an Effective and Efficient Communicator?

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 10:33

Imagine being in a room where all sorts of different languages were being spoken.

Increasing STEM Accessibility

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 00:00

How can you engage, amaze and expand STEM learning for your afterschool students? Introducing Siemens STEM Day, a free, standards-aligned online STEM program created in partnership with Discovery Education and Siemens Foundation.

NAA Resources in Spanish

Monday, 16 September 2019 00:00

In response to member requests, several NAA Resources are now available in Spanish! The Code of Ethics, Core Competencies Infographic, State of the Profession and HEPA Standards have been translated, to reach more afterschool professionals than ever before.

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