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, 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?

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 06:07

STEM vs. STEAM: Why the “A” is Essential

In recent years, there has been momentum to include the arts in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 08:45

Advice to Boost the Success of Inquiry

Over the past 10 years there has been a focused and well-researched shift for STEM education to be based on hands-on, inquiry-type activities. The afterschool environment is perfect for implementing these types of activities.

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.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my visit to our NAA storage facility to go through years and years of organizational files. With NAA's 30th anniversary coming up in 2018, I find myself spending more and more time thinking about how to honor the past of our work, while also looking toward the future.

The process of teaching and learning science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) offers youth opportunities to make sense of the world they live in and prepare them for the future workforce.

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.

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 06:04

2 X 2 in Afterschool: Yikes, Math!

Yikes, math! Unfortunately, the sentiment is often shared by young people and adults alike. Math has a bad rap in the United States, and this attitude reflects in the country's test scores.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 04:54

"E" is for Engineering

WHAT IS ENGINEERING?
Scientists study what already exists. They examine the world around them to understand how it works.

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