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 October 2015 10:13

Dabbling in the Data

Over the past few years, there's been an explosion of interest in using data to inform continuous quality improvement—yet the resources to help organizations make meaning of their data have lagged behind.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 09:25

AIR Releases SEL Resources

American Institutes for Research (AIR) recently released a new resource on social and emotional learning (SEL) for the afterschool field.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 08:38

PCS Edventures’ Afterschool Curricula

Looking to bring more variety to your current afterschool program?

PCS Edventures has recently created a series of curricula that is perfect for afterschool settings, clubs, and more. Known as LABCards, these newly developed units cover topics ranging from exciting robotics and programming to 3-D printing, computer coding, and so much more.

How Will We Fund Services for the Next Generation?

We are excited to announce this introductory webinar to learn more about a new movement to organize locally to address the funding crisis in children and youth services. Join us on September 11, 2015, from 1 – 2 p.m. EDT.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 12:57

10 Tips: Building Relationships with Youth

Building positive relationships with youth is an essential task and a foundational component of good instructional practice.

Youth grow and thrive in the context of close and dependable relationships that provide love and nurturance, security, and responsive interactions.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 12:55

Keeping Students Safe Online

It's back-to-school time around the country. For many kids, that means using digital devices in order to complete homework, stay connected with working parents, or communicate with teachers and friends.

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 09:26

Connecting Kids With Nature

Afterschool is reading How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature, by Scott D. Sampson.

What's the key to raising a child who's connected to nature? Spend time outdoors.

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 00:00

Eating Healthier and Moving More in OST

Out-of-school time (OST) programs serve more than 10 million young people per year, which provides a significant opportunity to promote healthy eating and physical activity. Until fairly recently, however, the field has lacked a comprehensive set of operationalizable standards for healthy eating and physical activity (Childhood Obesity 2012).

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 05:32

Feeding Hungry Minds and Bodies

Think of opportunity as a faucet. During the school year, the faucet flows for our country's young people, offering access to public education, structured afterschool activities for many students, caring mentors or adults, and daily subsidized breakfast and lunch for those in need—all resources critical to ensuring positive outcomes for youth.

This summer, families are invited to blast off to space with the help of Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry (MSI).

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