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 January 2018 13:51

A Look at Literacy: Raider’s ARK

The Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with Dollar General Literacy Foundation, recently honored Raider's ARK in the Arcadia School District in Arcadia, Wisconsin, for demonstrated excellence in helping develop literacy skills of English language learner students.

Monday, 21 November 2016 06:55

Nominate a Program to Win $10,000

Know a program that excels in improving its students' reading, writing and critical thinking skills? For the third year in a row, the Afterschool Alliance and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation seek nominations for the $10,000 Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award.

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Many of us are aware that daily reading and literacy activity can enhance vocabulary, increase comprehension and develop an understanding about story structure, among other skills.

Last year I wrote a blog titled "What's Afterschool Reading this Summer?" That's what I intended to do before I got sidetracked reflecting on a recent change in my reading habits. Four times a year the National AfterSchool Association publishes AfterSchool Today, a magazine written by and for the afterschool field.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 00:00

12 Ways to Make Summer Reading Fun

"No more classrooms, no more books, no more ..." Waaaait a minute. No more books? As children, reading was one of our favorite summer activities—but we know that's not the case for many kids, especially when they are outside of school.

Tuesday, 07 July 2015 10:06

Reading is a Superpower!

ABDO′s Reading Is A Superpower! program includes graphic novels from Marvel and Star Wars, along with a curriculum that includes lesson plans, discussion questions, and vocabulary guides.

I often look forward to the holidays as a time to sneak in a little extra reading. Whether you are reading for business or pleasure, I hope you’ll enjoy these books I’ve read this year. Feel free to send me your suggestions, too! I’m always looking for a good book!

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The Finance Project's LEARNING TO READ: A Guide to Federal Funding for Grade-Level Reading Proficiency is a first of its kind. This guide helps state and local officials, leaders of community-based and national organizations, school leaders, and private investors find funding to strengthen and sustain grade-level reading programs and services for children from birth through third grade. It identifies more than 100 federal funding sources that can be used to address the root causes of failing to read, to help fund remediation strategies, and to build cohesive infrastructure and systems necessary to effectively train and guide professionals.

Libraries provide a lifeline for teens, their families and communities across the nation by providing a safe and supervised space for adolescents to engage in creative, educational activities with caring adults and mentors. But a variety of significant developments point to a need for libraries to change in order to successfully meet the needs of today’s teens.

Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00

Ten Books for the Afterschool Professional

I often look forward to the holidays as a time to sneak in a little extra reading.  Whether you are reading for business or pleasure, I hope you’ll enjoy these books I’ve read this year.  Feel free to send me your suggestions, too!  I’m always looking for a good book!

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