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.

A Summer Camp that Goes Beyond Building Baseball Skills

Tuesday, 05 June 2018 10:42

Many families look forward to an annual summer vacation. Yet for kids living in underserved communities, the excitement of leaving their city or town at all—let alone for a vacation—seems unfathomable.

Advancing Student Wellness Through Out-of-School Time, School and Community Collaboration

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 10:04

What happens when a student eats fresh fruit in his or her school cafeteria—and then learns about the importance of consuming produce through nutrition education in their afterschool program?

We are Bold. We are Brave. We are Brilliant.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 16:16

This is a transcript of the keynote address delivered in March 2018 by NAA President, Gina Warner, in recognition and celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the National Afterschool Association. The theme of NAA's 30th Anniversary Convention was "Leading the Charge: Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Brilliant"

5 Ways to Get the Word Out About Your Summer Programs

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 09:29

Those end-of-year events are sneaking up on schools with AP exams, proms and graduation right around the corner. What's next? Summer programs!

Adapting SEL Programs to Your OST Program

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 09:24

While the goals of social and emotional learning (SEL) and out-of-school time (OST) programming are well-aligned, relatively few OST programs focus primarily on developing SEL skills.

How Setting Unrealistic Goals Could Transform Lives

Tuesday, 08 May 2018 10:13

Most goal-setting experts and programs would tell youth to set realistic goals for their future, yet one company's programs are empowering the next generation of leaders by instructing them to shoot for the unrealistic.

Tips for Great STEM Afterschool

Tuesday, 08 May 2018 10:05

From preparing young people with the 21st-century skills they—and in turn, America—will need for the careers of tomorrow, to the unique talents and environment that afterschool provides for fun hands-on STEM enrichment that inspires excitement along with understanding, the case for STEM activities Afterschool is well documented and researched.

Do the WRITE Thing!

Tuesday, 01 May 2018 09:27

"Students, today I will be utilizing approaches from the crypt of dry curricula I am mandated to implement in the classroom and you are going to write about something you don't feel connected to, can't see any point in, and which will live in 'the cloud' forever after I grade it to assess skills you've never actually been taught." —Said out loud by no teacher ever

Planning Tips to Make the Most of Your Full Day Program

Tuesday, 01 May 2018 09:25

Out-of-school time program leaders are experts at scheduling and planning for part-time programming. That's what you do best! But what happens when a full day of programming is needed?

10 Tips for Aligning the Learning Day

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 13:03

In many learning communities, one of the biggest challenges facing the afterschool profession is the process of aligning programs with the regular school day. Conceptualization of an aligned learning day involves sharing a mission, vision, turf, resources, and core beliefs about where children and youth can learn.

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