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.

Implementing SEL and Why It Matters

Wednesday, 02 December 2020 09:05

Social and emotional learning has long been shown to be beneficial for young people, and out-of-school time programs are a prime example of where that learning and development takes place. A recent report by the RAND Corporation dives in even further.

Developing Partnerships with Schools to Advance SEL Efforts

Wednesday, 02 December 2020 00:00

Partnerships between schools and out-of-school time (OST) programs are an integral facet to supporting youth development, especially due to the high potential to accelerate children's social and emotional development.

Meet Young People Where They Are Through E-Mentoring

Tuesday, 01 December 2020 13:17

One of the main tenets of youth development is meeting young people where they are—in their development, interests, experiences and spaces. With the ubiquitous use of the internet, cellphones and social media among young people, adults need to consider translating traditional programs to digital technology, to meet youth where they are.

Expert Advice: It’s Time to Consider an Equity Audit

Tuesday, 01 December 2020 13:15

If you've been on a journey to create a more inclusive and diverse programs, you likely already know that equity must be made a priority in all facets of an organization. Difficult conversations, more transparency throughout the organization, and ensuring you're hiring leaders who understand equity and inclusion are critical. But how do you know if your organization truly fosters equity appropriately, if at all? The answers partly lie in conducting an equity audit.

Member-to-Member Tip Off: Socially Distanced Group Games

Tuesday, 01 December 2020 13:13

In NAA's Reopening Afterschool Facebook group, members have been asked questions covering a variety of relevant and helpful topics with the goal of offering an exchange of tips between leaders and professionals in the field.

What You Need to Know About Trauma-Informed Practices: A Conversation with Dr. Jamie Freeny

Tuesday, 01 December 2020 00:00

You've heard about trauma-informed practices, but you may not be sure of what they are, the benefits, and how to integrate them into your work. Recently, Dr. Jamie Freeny from the Center of School Behavioral Health at Mental Health of America Greater Houston joined Heidi Ham, Vice President of Programs and Strategy of NAA, to answer questions about supporting young people through use of trauma-informed practices.

Why SoLD Should Be at the Core of All PD

Monday, 23 November 2020 13:17

When considering professional development topics for afterschool professionals, neuroscience probably doesn't rise to the top. It sounds like something best left to brain surgeons and psychiatrists, perhaps among the few roles afterschool professionals aren't expected to fill.

Making Juan Smile: A Profile in LEGO® Confidence

Monday, 23 November 2020 13:14

The A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering is the fulfillment of a promise made almost 40 years ago to a community with a long history of poverty, crime and unemployment.

Member-to-Member Tip Off: Expressing Gratitude

Monday, 23 November 2020 13:12

In NAA's Reopening Afterschool Facebook group, members have been asked questions covering a variety of relevant and helpful topics with the goal of offering an exchange of tips between leaders and professionals in the field.

Stacey Abrams: "You have the ability to be truth-tellers."

Monday, 23 November 2020 00:00

Last spring, Stacey Abrams—one of the nation's leaders in voting rights whose work ahead of the 2020 election influenced record voter turnout in Georgia and beyond—joined NAA20 Reimagined Virtual Convention.

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