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, 16 January 2018 09:37

6 Tips to Survive Work with THAT Person

We all know THAT Person at work—the one whose personality doesn't really click with yours. Or anyone else's, for that matter, which makes spending an entire work day, a portion of the day, or even the 20-minute morning brief with them ... difficult. Instead of suffering through another long day, here are six tips to help you survive working with THAT Person, to ensure you have a good day.

Did you use the 4Cs today?

Of course you did.

But how?

Published in Executive Extra
Tuesday, 09 January 2018 10:53

Team Up for Collaboration

"Two heads are better than one."

This age-old adage contains a lot of wisdom when related to incorporating best teaching practices for STEM: The ability to collaborate is essential in our modern, information-rich workplace.

One of my 2-year-old daughter's favorite activities is playing with blocks. She enjoys exploring their shape and texture as well as sorting them by color and size. Her ultimate fun is tower-building. Since her ability to stack began to bud, she's spent countless hours stacking and stacking, working her hardest to build an ever-taller tower. As she stacks blocks on top of one another, I can see the range of emotions crossing her face and, when each tower ultimately comes crashing down, these feelings, particularly frustration, are often magnified.

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.

Technology has had a huge impact on today's employment landscape. One of the key changes is the increasing necessity to be able to work as part of a team.

"Pop Music tells you everything's OK, while rock music tells you that it is not OK, but you change it."
—Bono

This past summer, members of the National AfterSchool Association spent time with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and other organizations in Ireland as part of their annual International Learning Exchange.

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 04:51

Teaching Cooperation Through Crafting

In a world where technology has shortened the distance between people, it's critical for children to develop interpersonal skills. Communication skills are essential to high achievement in academic pursuits, and are essential to a productive and fulfilling career.