Professional Development

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SEL Starts with YOU at NAA19!

Young people across the nation are experiencing the many benefits the integration of social-emotional learning (SEL) into afterschool.

Through SEL in afterschool, young people learn how to manage their emotions, set and achieve goals, overcome obstacles, and develop healthy relationships—all skills necessary to succeed in school, be prepared for the workforce, and lead positive and healthy lives.

NAA's 2019 Annual Convention (NAA19) features a variety of educational sessions focused on SEL. During these sessions, presenters and participants will have opportunities to share insight and new ideas that can be implemented right away! Here are a few of the many SEL-related learning opportunities coming to NAA19, March 15 – 18, 2019, in New York City. Register today!

Meaningful SEL through Intentional Integration
Hear from leaders of youth-serving organizations who are working to intentionally integrate social-emotional learning practices into their programming. From academic supports and recess to health and wellness and beyond, learn more about strategies to identify opportunities for intentional SEL integration and discuss lessons learned.

  • Jennette Claassen, Playworks
  • Mike Di Marco, Higher Achievement
  • Jessica Newman, American Institutes for Research (AIR)
  • Lauren Puzen, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

SEL to the Core: Competencies for Professionals
SEL 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.

  • Jessica Newman, American Institutes for Research (AIR)

Playful Ways to Bring SEL to Afterschool
Social-emotional learning is critical to young people's success, in and out of school, and has the power to positively change the trajectory of their lives. But how do you bring SEL to a group of kids who are weary of learning after a day, or year, of school? Join us for an open exchange—including lessons learned from the field—of fun ways to integrate SEL.

  • Angela Fountas, Committee for Children
  • Tricia Maas, Committee for Children

Reframing Behavior Management: Linking SEL Skills
Do you struggle with how to prevent or manage undesirable youth behavior in your program? Would you like to learn a way to facilitate social-emotional skills for youth when they display negative behavior? This interactive and fun session shows you how to get intentional about infusing best practices for SEL to promote positive behavior.

  • Katherine Gopie, Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc.
  • Jennifer Jones, Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc.

SEL for Teens: Lessons Learned from Doing It Wrong
Implementing social-emotional learning for high school youth is even harder than it sounds. After School Matters will share lessons learned from doing it wrong and how we're making it right. This session focuses on our chapter in the recently published book, Social and Emotional Learning in Out-Of-School Time: Foundations and Futures.

  • Mary Ellen Caron, After School Matters
  • Jill Young, After School Matters

You Matter: A Curriculum for Lasting Change
Do the youth in your program really believe they matter to themselves, the people in their lives and the world? Join us to explore the Every Monday Matters K-12 curriculum, a flexible, hands-on social-emotional learning program created to help students understand how much and why they matter. Discover how to use this no-cost program with students of all ages in your afterschool programs, classes, clubs and more.

  • Matthew Emerzian, Every Monday Matters
  • Kristin Lorey, Every Monday Matters

Youth Civic Engagement: Amplifying Voices
When youth are encouraged to embrace their voice, it has a positive impact on how they view their ability to advocate—from now into the future. This session will focus on understanding the benefits of youth civic engagement, particularly through SEL competencies.

  • Mallory Deprey, YWCA New Britain
  • Marisa Paipongna, Afterschool Alliance
  • Laticia Vacca, Stratford Public Schools