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 December 2015 00:00

Creating Order from Chaos

When you work with information—student data, activity plans, your own education—finding what you need can be seamless, or it can feel like a wild goose chase. It all depends on how you organize your files.

Tuesday, 01 December 2015 00:00

STEM Help is On the Way!

We asked. You answered. We deliver.

Last spring, through the annual AfterSchool Today reader's survey, the NAA community expressed interest in additional resources to support science, technology, engineering and math—the subjects known as STEM.

Monday, 23 November 2015 00:00

Technology and Fitness in Afterschool

Get excited about moving!

Technology comes with a price tag many afterschool programs cannot afford—and if they can afford it, the idea of a child "running with" technology is perhaps nerve-wracking. Technology is the here and now, however, and when we can use it to boost physical fitness, sometimes we have to step outside of our comfort zones and try.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 00:00

Empowering People and Teams

In afterschool, great leaders often rise from within the ranks—in part because of inspirational leadership at all levels. What can you do to help your young staff members reach their leadership potential? Empower them!

"Empowerment can have a greater impact on your bottom line than any other strategy you implement," said leadership consultant Michelle Steffes, CPLC.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 00:00

What’s Wrong with Ideas?

As designers of engineering curriculum for children and young teens, we are frequently asked if our materials are "hands-on." In fact, we get this question more than any other. This obsession with hands-on perplexes us. We think people ask for two reasons—first, because they believe hands-on results in better learning; second, because they believe hands-on is essential to student engagement and learning.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 00:00

Win a Healthy Playground Makeover

Could your school use a $30,000 grant and a brand new playground? Anyone can enter to win the Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes from the Together Counts™ program.

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 00:00

The Power of Family Relationships

Search Institute recently released "Don't Forget the Families," a major study that finds that the quality of parent-child relationships is 10 times more powerful than demographics (race, ethnicity, family composition, and family income) in predicting whether children are developing critical character strengths such as being motivated to learn, being responsible, and caring for others.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 00:00

Identifying Prospective Board Members

"The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders, and continually develops them." —John Maxwell

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 00:00

Book Review: I am Jackie Robinson

With the World Series underway, Brad Meltzer's book I am Jackie Robinson is more relevant than ever. Champions @ Dugan Elementary site director Anne Leonardi gave this book a test run in her afterschool program. Read her review, below.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 00:00

Full STEM Ahead Report

Afterschool programs are embracing STEM as a natural fit for the afterschool setting.

In 2014, Afterschool Alliance conducted a nationwide survey that included asking parents about STEM in afterschool and summer programs.

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