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.

The Importance of Knowing Yourself and Having a Plan in 2020

Tuesday, 08 September 2020 10:03

Help youth hit the ground running this fall by developing a plan for their future and understanding their interests, passions, and strengths.

10 Leadership Skills to Teach Girls

Tuesday, 01 September 2020 09:36

No matter our age, there's often a clear distinction between assertiveness displayed between males and females.

Leading Youth with Equity and Inclusion

Tuesday, 01 September 2020 09:32

To successfully achieve equity in classroom and afterschool programs, leaders must start from a place of self-awareness: e.g., awareness of inequities, biases, and pseudo-comfort zones.

Turn Up the Music and Dance!

Tuesday, 01 September 2020 09:19

How OST providers can include the arts in virtual or in-person programs and why it matters.

Three Ways to Make Virtual Afterschool Easier for Youth and Families

Monday, 24 August 2020 16:27

March 2020 marked the genesis of unexpected, unprecedented shifts to virtual learning in K-12 educational and school programs.

Learn and Teach About Race and Anti-Racism with These Books

Monday, 24 August 2020 16:22

Numerous books—for adults and children—are great resources for learning about race, racism, structural racism, the history of racism, its implications for today's disparities, and embracing differences.

Thank You, Afterschool Professionals

Monday, 24 August 2020 00:00

Kelly Sturgis, Executive Director of NYS Network for Youth Success—NAA's New York State Affiliate—recently shared a letter thanking afterschool professionals for all the hard work and resiliency demonstrated throughout the field during the pandemic.

Think Ahead: Personalized Career Protection

Monday, 24 August 2020 00:00

Being an afterschool professional and leader is easier when you know you've got your bases covered.

Afterschool Program Changes Due to COVID-19 Prevention Efforts

Monday, 17 August 2020 15:05

A new report from Temescal Associates and the How Kids Learn Foundation examines how afterschool programs were adapting to new COVID-19 developments.

Skilled Professionals, Not Superheroes

Monday, 17 August 2020 14:59

According to Stan Lee, former editor and publisher of Marvel comics, a superhero is a person who does heroic deeds and has the ability to do them in a way a normal person couldn't.

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