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.

Are You Ready to Be Counted?

Tuesday, 09 February 2021 00:00

Your voice matters. Your voice can make a difference. It's your workforce—be heard by being counted.

Vaccine Priority and Reopening Afterschool

Tuesday, 02 February 2021 10:11

Much has changed as it relates to out-of-school time workers and their vaccine eligibility, not to mention a new executive order that impacts the reopening of afterschool programs. Read on for the latest developments afterschool professionals and leaders should be aware of.

The Professional Development You Need to Move Forward

Tuesday, 02 February 2021 10:09

This past year made us all question ... well, almost everything. The words "unprecedented" and "pivot" were used way too many times. While there will still be some pivoting, we know there is no question that we need to continue strengthening ourselves, our organizations, our programs and our profession.

A Five-Point Checklist for Going from Surviving to Thriving

Tuesday, 02 February 2021 10:08

How many times have you been aware of a mental, physical or emotional need of yours that you don't want to put off, but do because you feel like other items take precedence?

Member-to-Member Tip Off: Lessons for Others

Tuesday, 26 January 2021 11:05

As 2020 came to a close, NAA asked afterschool leaders in its Reopening Afterschool Facebook group to share one lesson they'd like to pass along to other afterschool professionals and leaders. As we embark on a new year filled with hope and optimism, read what these leaders had to say.

Connect, Learn and Grow—Together

Tuesday, 26 January 2021 00:00

During this unique time in history, afterschool professionals and leaders must meet the moment by finding new ways to connect, learn and grow. Because we can't gather in person at the NAA Convention, the new NAA Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) allow for us to connect virtually and with great intentionality!

5 Fun Ways to Upgrade Your Technology Toolbox Today

Monday, 18 January 2021 15:35

A daunting array of free digital tools are available to educators and afterschool professionals. To navigate these tools, those in the field could reflect on connecting their best practices to the most appropriate digital tools.

The Triumph of Hope Over Experience: Thoughts on a New Administration

Monday, 18 January 2021 12:05

It's been said that remarriage is "the triumph of hope over experience."

Promoting Inclusive Thinking

Friday, 15 January 2021 12:52

Kindergartener Jae'Auna enthusiastically shared, "I like ducks! Kaitlyn likes ducks, too! We both do." Her words echo the "Finding My Story" curriculum's goal of helping students feel more comfortable with their peers with disabilities. The development of this inclusive curriculum came about unexpectedly.

Engaging Youth in Computer Science

Tuesday, 12 January 2021 09:21

In December 2020, was launched by the Click2SciencePD team to increase access to Computer Science (CS) programming in out-of-school time (OST).

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