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.

Reflections on Disability Inclusion from a Recovering Therapist

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 08:59

Over 45 years ago, I graduated from college and excitedly embarked on a career in occupational therapy. I found myself drawn to pediatrics. I always loved children and had five younger brothers and sisters. I was sure I made the right decision.

2 x 2 in Afterschool: More Math!

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 08:55

Last month, Andy the Science Wiz provided 10 tips for providing math enrichment afterschool. Want to include even more math? Check out these additional ideas!

Empower Youth by Reading Aloud

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 08:40

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, and Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo are just a few well-loved, high-quality pieces of young people's literature. They are also great read-alouds—who doesn't love listening to a great story?

Professionalizing the Workforce in Out-of-School Time and School-Age Child Care

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 08:37

Join the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) in an informational webinar on workforce development in out-of-school time (OST) and school-age child care, hosted live in session from the National AfterSchool Association Convention in Dallas, Texas.

Tangible Evidence

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 04:54

A life is made of memories. When I was 20 years old, I traveled the world for two months with my best friend Kristin. It was a safer time then. Airport security was a breeze. Shoes stayed on. Everyone smiled. I had just acted in my first television show. My television was the only screen I owned.

EZCare Empowers Families to Help Children Succeed in School

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 07:10

When parents participate in their children's education, everybody wins.

Rock Afterschool with Three Fundamental Values of Music Education

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 06:53

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

In Defense of Science

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 05:56

Working in the private and public sectors, I have been involved in science education for over 20 years. From parents and principals, to CEOs and administrators, I am passionate and accustomed to fighting for STEM. Today, I need to speak about something more fundamental.

2 X 2 in Afterschool: Yikes, Math!

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 06:04

Yikes, math! Unfortunately, the sentiment is often shared by young people and adults alike. Math has a bad rap in the United States, and this attitude reflects in the country's test scores.

4 Projects to Help Meet Your Goals in 2017

Thursday, 26 January 2017 04:33

What are your organizational resolutions for the New Year?