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.

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 10:53

Team Up for Collaboration

"Two heads are better than one."

This age-old adage contains a lot of wisdom when related to incorporating best teaching practices for STEM: The ability to collaborate is essential in our modern, information-rich workplace.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 07:09

Project-Based Learning and STEM Afterschool

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." —Benjamin Franklin

Are you happy with your program's approach to STEM? If you are struggling to provide a cohesive-trained STEM curriculum, you might try Project-Based Learning (PBL) to achieve some of your STEM goals.

Today we find ourselves in the midst of an information revolution—the internet has grown and weaved itself completely into our lives. Work, communication, shopping, banking, news and education are all increasingly only available with an internet connection. The internet has grown from being something nice to have, to being something that is essential.

Technology has had a huge impact on today's employment landscape. One of the key changes is the increasing necessity to be able to work as part of a team.

Spatial thinking, or reasoning, is the capacity to mentally or physically understand the location and movement of objects and ourselves in space. It is not a single ability or process, but a number of concepts, tools and processes that work together.

STEM is often thought of as quite dull. When asked about STEM, many people picture smart old white men, who wear white coats and work alone in sterile labs. These men explain things using long, complicated words and math symbols that might as well be hieroglyphics.

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 00:00

#NAA17 Top 25 Presenters

The National AfterSchool Association leadership team is excited to announce the list of NAA17 Top 25 Presenters.

Published in Convention Articles
Tuesday, 11 April 2017 06:37

What is STEM?

From colleges to preschools, STEM continues to be a hot topic for both formal and informal education. STEM education is being driven by our increasingly technical society, a fear that America is falling behind in innovation, a lack of STEM college graduates and the need to prepare today's youth for the jobs of tomorrow.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 08:55

2 x 2 in Afterschool: More Math!

Last month, Andy the Science Wiz provided 10 tips for providing math enrichment afterschool. Want to include even more math? Check out these additional ideas!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 05:56

In Defense of Science

Working in the private and public sectors, I have been involved in science education for over 20 years. From parents and principals, to CEOs and administrators, I am passionate and accustomed to fighting for STEM. Today, I need to speak about something more fundamental.

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