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, 12 November 2019 09:38

What Works in Reducing Peer Aggression

Peer aggression is a problem in almost all settings involving large numbers of children.

There is no doubt that the job market is changing rapidly. Youth, their families and educators are struggling with how to prepare for the future. They wonder what jobs are going to persist and what jobs are not going to be needed in a changing economic environment.

Monday, 13 May 2019 21:51

Are You Up for an Adventure?

How can youth intentionally build life skills like critical thinking and adaptability, while engaged in adventures like overnight camping or deconstructing an appliance?

Want to learn more about how to be supportive and inclusive of LGBTQ youth? Eileen Wise, a youth development specialist at Penn State Better Kid Care and primary author of the PYD series, shares four things to keep in mind.

Tuesday, 04 December 2018 12:23

Afterschool Magic

What's the secret to getting children excited about afterschool activities? Some afterschool professionals seem to have a magic touch: They know just what to do to engage and challenge youth. And the proof of their wizardry is that children keep coming back for more!

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 11:28

Sharing Power With Youth

Attitudes have changed in recent years about how to best engage youth (particularly older youth) in out-of-school programs.

Experts agree that a key ingredient in getting young people really engaged in afterschool or out-of-school time programs is giving youth opportunities to develop as leaders. Service is another key ingredient that's intimately linked to leadership—like two sides of a coin, the coin of self-efficacy.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 09:41

7 Steps to Youth Engagement

Youth development professionals can tell when youth are engaged in a meaningful and challenging activity.