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.

My Afterschool Story: Tania Tauer

Monday, 18 February 2019 17:00

To build the capacity of the afterschool field, it's important for afterschool professionals and leaders to understand the variety of career pathways and opportunities available to them. Heidi Ham, NAA VP of Programs and Strategy, sat down with Tania Tauer, Ph.D., and asked her to share the story of her afterschool career path to date.

15 Quotes to See You Through a Hard Day

Monday, 18 February 2019 16:56

Every once in a while, we each experience a gloomy, no-good, terrible day—those days when everything seems to go awry, and it can be difficult to keep our heads up.

A Look Behind the Scenes: Creating a Convention Participants Love

Monday, 18 February 2019 16:54

The NAA Convention is an incredible four days, bringing together afterschool professionals and leaders for networking, learning and inspiration.

Program Staff Are Our Most Valuable Asset—Act Accordingly

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 15:22

Program staff are an afterschool program's greatest asset, yet many programs do not budget adequately for staff development.

5 Ways to Conquer Gender-Biased Practices

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 11:13

Hidden gender biases and gender roles' socialization lead to inequities.

Afterschool Workforce Focus: A Powerful Plan for Action

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 11:10

Research shows it: Quality afterschool programs make positive impacts on youth and well-prepared staff contribute to program quality.

Meet Melody Herzfeld: NAA19 Keynote

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 10:58

As NAA Annual Convention quickly approaches, we're excited to share a bit more about one of our keynote speakers and why you're not going to want to miss hearing her speak.

3 Ways Youth Voice Opportunities Lead to Success

Tuesday, 05 February 2019 10:32

As youth development professionals, our goal is to provide effective and relevant curriculum to meet the needs of youth in our communities.

Learn About Equity in Afterschool at NAA19

Tuesday, 29 January 2019 15:25

For afterschool to truly serve the needs of all young people, it is important to address equity, diversity, and inclusion intentionally, in a meaningful way.

Poetry—No Rules, Just Right! Four Modern Poetry Styles to Get Youth Writing

Tuesday, 29 January 2019 00:00

Poetry can be a tough literary form for youth to naturally gravitate toward, seeing as a lot of messages can be open to vast interpretation.

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