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.

Wednesday, 03 July 2019 00:00

What Makes a Good Digital Ad

We've all seen those ads while scrolling online that pull us in and makes us want to learn more.

Published in AfterSchool of Thought

Christine Javier, Educational Consultant for and Founder of the Learning Ridge, LLC, offers insight on her favorite hotspots near the Convention site at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

Published in Convention Articles

Christine Javier, Educational Consultant for and Founder of the Learning Ridge, LLC, offers insight on her favorite hotspots near the Convention site at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 08:49

Stop. Look Both Ways. Proceed with Caution.

As a teenage driver in a small rural town, life was simple: Stop. Look both ways. Proceed with caution.

Two things learned throughout my career:

1. Language is powerful.
2. Great leaders never stop learning.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 00:00

The Power of One Caring Human

Afterschool professionals know the importance of one caring adult in the life of a child. Research and anecdotes show that knowledgeable and skilled staff are crucial to quality afterschool programs that result in positive youth outcomes; relationships between adults and youth are key.

Thursday, 22 June 2017 10:43

Leading Through Transition

My daughter just finished her last year of elementary school. Next year, middle school will be a big, scary, exciting (fill in with any adjective you want—I think they all work!) transition for her and our family.

Lately I've had some great conversations with organizations who are considering marketing their offerings to the afterschool market. They've had success in other educational markets and see afterschool as a viable opportunity.

Published in AfterSchool of Thought

Last year I wrote a blog titled "What's Afterschool Reading this Summer?" That's what I intended to do before I got sidetracked reflecting on a recent change in my reading habits. Four times a year the National AfterSchool Association publishes AfterSchool Today, a magazine written by and for the afterschool field.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 00:00

Leadership: A Tale of Two Bird Teams

I was born in Washington state and spent most of my life in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by Seattle Seahawks fans. In 2006, I moved to the East Coast and married into a family who bleeds the green of the Philadelphia Eagles. Since then, I've had two favorite bird teams. The past couple of years have been especially interesting, not only because these two bird teams have gone head to head several times, but because of the focus on the leadership provided by the coaches of each organization.

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