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Professional Development

NAA publishes fresh, new content every week covering a wide variety of topics related to the field of aftershool. In addition, NAA offers a variety of opportunities for virtual professional development (PD) through meaningful content, conversations and connections. Click here to see full descriptions of virtual PD offerings.

10 NAA19 Sessions Leaders Won't Want to Miss!

Are you a current or emerging leader in the field of afterschool?

The 2019 NAA Convention in New York City is designed to build and support leaders, like you! NAA19 will offer inspiration, connections, and opportunities for leaders to rise up and share their passion, purpose, and persistence that strengthens the overall profession. Here are some of the leadership-focused workshops you won't want to miss!

It's Time to Address Equity in Leadership

So, you're ready to address issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion in your organization and in the field, but you don't know where to start. You're aware that leadership isn't reflective of the young people served and know more can be done to create change. You see the glass ceiling we're perpetuating and are ready to break it. If this describes you, join us for this session!

Presented by Jimena Quiroga Hopkins, Development Without Limits West, and Ruth Obel Jorgensen, California School-Age Consortium

Beat Turnover: Afterschool Leader Must-Knows

Back by popular demand! Hear surprising results from a multiyear national study on one of afterschool's greatest challenges: staff turnover. Learn how a leading provider used data insights to empower frontline managers, ultimately beating costly turnover and winning at retention. Participants will learn what knowledge, skills, motivation and organizational influences affect afterschool staff turnover. Then they'll actively engage with specific strategies in mindset, leadership, and organizational resources, and will come away with next steps to positively impact their team's retention. A must for leaders wanting to stop employee churn and elevate program quality, child outcomes, parent confidence and bottom line.

Presented by Mina Patel and Michele Wilkens, Right At School, LLC

Sponsored by Eleyo.

Emotional Intelligence as a Key to Leadership

We spend a lot of time training on the "hard" leadership skills. But are we paying attention to the impact of emotional intelligence on our leadership? Growing studies show that perhaps above all else, our emotional intelligence determines our effectiveness as leaders. Come learn what emotional intelligence is all about and how it has a direct impact on your leadership and your organizational effectiveness.

Presented by Erika Petrelli and Greg Shamie, The Leadership Program

SEL to the Core: Competencies for Professionals

Social-emotional learning for kids starts with adults. Join us to learn more about NAA's latest resource, SEL to the Core, and to discuss how the Core Knowledge and Competencies are foundational to effective SEL practice.

Presented by Jessica Newman, American Institutes for Research

Finding Your ART in Leadership 2.0: Level Up!

Finding Your ART in Leadership is back, with some new content and the same fun! Join us to engage your creative potential to enhance your leadership. This session is designed to bridge leadership development and theater arts to enhance your leadership quality in life and the workplace. In this hands-on and engaging session, you will explore how to be an effective communicator, become an active listener, evoke empathy through a professional lens, and dig deeper into our leadership as supervisors, managers, and directors. We want to create a more effective and affective workplace environment for both the leader and the employer.

Presented by Jessica Vann, Creative Spaces

Virtualizing Your Professional Development

Don't let time, distance and budget be barriers to engaging your staff in professional learning! Learn what it looks like to virtualize your professional development—but not in the standard "webinar" way. We'll showcase tools and techniques for connecting with educators, including small group work, hands-on activities, and reflective peer-coaching.

Presented by Perrin Chick, Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance

Finding Life Balance: Setting and Achieving Priorities

Our lives are busy. In both our personal and professional lives, we must structure our time and energy around our values to achieve life balance. Great leaders know how to take control of this and make it happen. Join this interactive session to learn how to achieve your priorities through hands-on leadership skill development training.

Presented by Lisa Kaslon, University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension

The Next Step in Leadership: Innovative Leaders

This session focuses on developing a systematic approach to sustainable leadership development. Participants will learn how to build a tailored framework and mindset focused on employee retention, growth, and career advancement. We'll share best practices to collaboratively create the systems to build competencies and the internal capacity for continuous leadership development.

Presented by Jeanette Cruz and Angelina Hernandez, Think Together

Fund Development 1-2-3: Where, What, and How

When it comes to fund development, where are you? What do you need? How do you get there? Whether you need to raise $500 or $50,000, join this interactive session for evaluation, tools, and strategies. Fund development might not always be as fun as the name implies, but it doesn't have to be awful either. Fund development, fundraising and sustainable business models are on everyone's minds. What can you do to diversify your revenue streams? Join us to learn and share tips and strategies.

Presented by Beverlee Wenzel, The ROCK Center for Youth Development

Data Transformation ⇔ Strategic Revolution

Transform your data and revolutionize your afterschool program strategy! This session will offer a thoughtful and comprehensive program evaluation plan that will generate well-developed strategies to support continuous program improvement. Take your program from good to great!

Presented by Katherine Gray, Saint Paul Public Schools

Learn more about our more than 150 educational sessions at NAA19 or register today.