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, 02 February 2016 00:00

Seven Tips for Positive Behavior

Positive behavior begins and ends with relationships—not with the rules. While systems and guidelines can provide structure for young people, cultivating an environment of meaningful connections between staff and youth creates a culture where positive behavior is part of the ongoing learning and development of youth.

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 00:00

Get Your Staff Motivated!

Keeping your staff motivated is a challenge, especially when YOU don't feel motivated.

Tuesday, 01 December 2015 00:00

Build a Solid Team

It's not just about cooperation, it's about making every team member feel valued and important.

Quality is certainly on the forefront of afterschool/youth development programs across the country. You can be an important coach to support your staff in growing their capacity towards recognizing and incorporating youth program quality.

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 00:00

TurnkeyPD: Tips for Transitioning with Kids

Transitions can be hard on a child. With these helpful tips, you can make it easier on your students to easily switch between activities. For all situations, make sure to in a positive manner tell children ahead of time where they are going, what they are going to do, and what behavior is expected of them.