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.

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 00:00

Who Am I?

This is a question youth wrestle with, trying out different personas and experimenting with activities, attitudes and friend groups, trying to find something that fits with their personal assets and giftedness.

Youth crave physical experiences with heights, speed, and rough-and-tumble play, and as they mature, they seek more strong sensations, new experiences, and intense feelings.

As programs are planning and beginning to reopen, it’s important to think of ways to help young people stay healthy through social distancing and other best practices related to prevention of the spread of coronavirus.

"How can I get my children to do their homework and chores without a battle?"

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.

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