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.

What You Need to Know About Trauma-Informed Practices: A Conversation with Dr. Jamie Freeny

Tuesday, 01 December 2020 13:18

You've heard about trauma-informed practices, but you may not be sure of what they are, the benefits, and how to integrate them into your work. Recently, Dr. Jamie Freeny from the Center of School Behavioral Health at Mental Health of America Greater Houston joined Gina Warner, President and CEO of NAA, to answer questions about supporting young people through use of trauma-informed practices.

Meet Young People Where They Are Through E-Mentoring

Tuesday, 01 December 2020 13:17

One of the main tenets of youth development is meeting young people where they are—in their development, interests, experiences and spaces. With the ubiquitous use of the internet, cellphones and social media among young people, adults need to consider translating traditional programs to digital technology, to meet youth where they are.

Expert Advice: It’s Time to Consider an Equity Audit

Tuesday, 01 December 2020 13:15

If you've been on a journey to create a more inclusive and diverse programs, you likely already know that equity must be made a priority in all facets of an organization. Difficult conversations, more transparency throughout the organization, and ensuring you're hiring leaders who understand equity and inclusion are critical. But how do you know if your organization truly fosters equity appropriately, if at all? The answers partly lie in conducting an equity audit.

Member-to-Member Tip Off: Socially Distanced Group Games

Tuesday, 01 December 2020 13:13

In NAA's Reopening Afterschool Facebook group, members have been asked questions covering a variety of relevant and helpful topics with the goal of offering an exchange of tips between leaders and professionals in the field.

Why SoLD Should Be at the Core of All PD

Monday, 23 November 2020 13:17

When considering professional development topics for afterschool professionals, neuroscience probably doesn't rise to the top. It sounds like something best left to brain surgeons and psychiatrists, perhaps among the few roles afterschool professionals aren't expected to fill.

Making Juan Smile: A Profile in LEGO® Confidence

Monday, 23 November 2020 13:14

The A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering is the fulfillment of a promise made almost 40 years ago to a community with a long history of poverty, crime and unemployment.

Member-to-Member Tip Off: Expressing Gratitude

Monday, 23 November 2020 13:12

In NAA's Reopening Afterschool Facebook group, members have been asked questions covering a variety of relevant and helpful topics with the goal of offering an exchange of tips between leaders and professionals in the field.

Stacey Abrams: "You have the ability to be truth-tellers."

Monday, 23 November 2020 00:00

Last spring, Stacey Abrams—one of the nation's leaders in voting rights whose work ahead of the 2020 election influenced record voter turnout in Georgia and beyond—joined NAA20 Reimagined Virtual Convention.

A Post-Election Message from NAA

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 21:47

Like many of you, earlier this month we stayed up late looking at election maps, watching and reading the news, and doomscrolling social media.

Member-to-Member Tip Off: Building Partnerships with Schools

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 10:11

In NAA's Reopening Afterschool Facebook group, members have been asked questions covering a variety of relevant and helpful topics with the goal of offering an exchange of tips between leaders and professionals in the field.

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