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, 08 May 2018 10:05

Tips for Great STEM Afterschool

From preparing young people with the 21st-century skills they—and in turn, America—will need for the careers of tomorrow, to the unique talents and environment that afterschool provides for fun hands-on STEM enrichment that inspires excitement along with understanding, the case for STEM activities Afterschool is well documented and researched.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 00:00

STEM in Afterschool: Lead the Charge at NAA18!

Did you know that the National AfterSchool Association is a great resource for STEM professional development?

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Did you know that the National AfterSchool Association is a great resource for STEM professional development?

Across the nation, afterschool programs provide opportunities for young people to explore their interests and learn new skills. Afterschool programs are uniquely positioned to offer education and opportunity through hands-on, minds-on learning—without the pressures that sometimes accompany the school day.

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.

Over the past three years, the National Science Foundation has sponsored a series of STEM Smart Workshops, which have showcased promising practices and resources in support of effective K-12 STEM Education in schools and programs.