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, 21 October 2014 05:11

Bullying Prevention Resources

A 2013 Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that those who are victims of bullying are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, and poor school adjustment, and those who bully others are at increased risk for substance abuse, academic problems, and violence later in life. Learn more about bullying and how to prevent it with materials from the Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children and Families.

The Walking Classroom addresses students' need to move. Whether for the energy-filled student who can't sit still or the student who needs encouragement to get his recommended daily amount of activity, incorporating walking into the classroom benefits everyone.

In support of Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is providing resources for families, teens, educators, clinicians, mental health professionals, and law enforcement personnel on how to recognize, deal with, and prevent bullying.

Monday, 22 September 2014 00:00

Adobe Youth Voices: Develop Youth Media Making

Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) is the Adobe Foundation's signature global initiative to increase creativity in education. To date, AYV programs are active in more than fifty-five countries, affecting 190,000 youth worldwide. For the first time, a free AYV online course will bring to the public all the key elements of this successful program. Now, any educator could integrate the core principles of this successful program and become an Adobe Youth Voices Educator.

Monday, 22 September 2014 10:30

Collective Insights on Collective Impact

Anyone working on collective impact strategies for children and youth won't want to miss the new issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review—the journal that helped to launch the collective impact movement.

Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families, and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year.

Monday, 25 August 2014 07:02

Non-Competitive Games and Resources

Non-competitive games help young people get to know each other, teach cooperation, and make all children feel welcome. The first day of a new program or days when new children visit your site are great times to utilize non-competitive games.

Over the past three years, the National Science Foundation has sponsored a series of STEM Smart Workshops, which have showcased promising practices and resources in support of effective K-12 STEM Education in schools and programs.

In January 2014, Jean Wiecha, PhD, and Michelle Barnes, MPH—both of RTI International, and Georgia Hall, PhD, of Wellesley College, published a report on the awareness and implementation by out-of-school time (OST) programs of the Physical Activity Quality Standards (PAQS) adopted by NAA in April 2011.

Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00

Healthy OST Resource BINGO

Wondering how to keep healthy living in the forefront of your afterschool program? Are you ready to play BINGO and build a healthier out-of-school time site? Print out this resource to use all year long!

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