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.

Stories That Shape Us: Marhonda Williams

Tuesday, 06 July 2021 00:00

NAA's "Stories That Shape Us" series shines a spotlight on the authentic stories and varying career paths of the afterschool profession. Told from the perspectives of NAA members themselves, each story is unique and highlights the differences but also the commonalities of the dedicated professionals serving youth around the country in out-of-school time today.

Now Is the Time to Advocate for Job Quality

Tuesday, 06 July 2021 00:00

In partnership with our State Affiliates, NAA has fostered positive youth outcomes by supporting, developing and advocating for afterschool professionals and leaders for over 30 years.

NAA Welcomes New Board Members

Tuesday, 29 June 2021 00:00

NAA is welcoming five new board members to its national board! Keep reading to learn more about these dedicated afterschool professionals, who start their terms on July 1.

Stories That Shape Us: Elaine Metcalf

Thursday, 24 June 2021 13:42

NAA's "Stories That Shape Us" series shines a spotlight on the authentic stories and varying career paths of the afterschool profession. Told from the perspectives of NAA members themselves, each story is unique and highlights the differences but also the commonalities of the dedicated professionals serving youth around the country in out-of-school time today.

Examining the Future of SEL

Thursday, 24 June 2021 08:23

Early Lessons from Schools and Out-of-School Time Programs Implementing Social and Emotional Learning, a report by the RAND Corporation, offers early lessons for schools and out-of-school-time programs on how to carry out high-quality social and emotional learning instruction.

What Today’s Kids Need for Tomorrow’s World

Thursday, 24 June 2021 00:00

With so much changing so fast, the most in-demand jobs and skills of today may be obsolete by the time our youngest become adults. For youth to be ready for this new reality, they must acquire four critical "currencies" that will serve them well, whatever their future holds.

5 Things You Can Do Today to Support LGBTQ Youth

Thursday, 24 June 2021 00:00

For LGBTQ folks, June is an important month of celebration and awareness. While commemorating the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York, Pride also serves as a reminder of the fearless existence of LGBTQ people.

Empower LGBTQ Youth Through Inclusive Practices

Monday, 21 June 2021 08:15

I grew up in a rural town. My parents were super strict and held many traditionally conservative values. From an early age, I remember feeling different from family and friends in a way that I couldn't quite articulate, but I sensed that it wasn't safe to explore or examine my identity.

Stories That Shape Us: Stephanie Ladieu

Monday, 21 June 2021 08:13

NAA's "Stories That Shape Us" series shines a spotlight on the authentic stories and varying career paths of the afterschool profession. Told from the perspectives of NAA members themselves, each story is unique and highlights the differences but also the commonalities of the dedicated professionals serving youth around the country in out-of-school time today.

The Role of Coaches in Promoting Social and Emotional Learning

Monday, 21 June 2021 08:10

The new podcast series by The Wallace Foundation shares findings and early lessons from a RAND Corporation study of our Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI).

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