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.

Add These Educational Webinars to Your Calendar!

With a new year comes plenty of new opportunities to learn and expand your knowledge as it relates to the afterschool field and your own professional development. To assist in this endeavor, NAA is proud to bring you a great educational lineup of webinars to kick off 2021.

STEMulate Your Afterschool Program | January 21, 2021
Webinar sponsored by STEMfinity

Afterschool professionals face enormous challenges to support students in the STEM fields, especially during the recent pandemic. But STEM can be successfully implemented when educators are supported with hands-on resources and curriculum that are based on best practices. Join us in this exciting hands-on workshop and learn how to integrate STEM in your afterschool program or at home. Bring your problem-solving skills as we construct several STEM activities and learn how to create a blended learning environment. We'll highlight several inexpensive, hands-on resources that integrate STEM. These STEM activities exemplify the benefits of project-based learning to enable youth to transfer their knowledge and skills to real-world problems, to be motivated to learn, and to improve their math and science scores. Register here.

No-Cost Digital Resources to Support Social, Emotional and Physical Wellness | January 26, 2021
Webinar sponsored by Discovery Education

High quality digital resources addressing SEL, physical health, substance misuse and community engagement are essential to supporting youth achievement. Global corporate and community partners have joined forces with Discovery Education to fund curriculum development in these key areas for youth in grades K-12. Resources include interactive modules, videos, virtual field trips, student activities, parent resources and more. This session will include an overview of these meaningful programs, many of which are available in English and Spanish. Participants will be provided with both digital and print summaries of the programs reviewed, along with links to all of the content. Register here.

Virtual Strategy Session: Create a Comprehensive Equity Strategy | January 28 – February 18, 2021

This four-part series will provide participants with an overview of key components of what it takes to create an equity strategy and provide tools and resources to begin or continue to deepen equity and anti-racists efforts. Register here.

Courtesy of NAA.