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.

Add These Educational Webinars to Your Calendar!

Tuesday, 12 January 2021 09:20

With a new year comes plenty of new opportunities to learn and expand your knowledge as it relates to the afterschool field and your own professional development. To assist in this endeavor, NAA is proud to bring you a great educational lineup of webinars to kick off 2021.

Invest in Yourself and Your Development in 2021

Tuesday, 05 January 2021 10:10

Last week, I hosted a call with Dr. Jamie Freeny where we discussed self-care. I could see from the nods of attendees that Dr. Freeny's powerful words really resonated.

Implementing and Advocating for High-Quality Experiences for All

Tuesday, 05 January 2021 10:09

It feels great to be right! We always knew investing time in our afterschool program youth contributed to their success.

Making Meaning of 2020: Four Powerful End-of-Year Activities for Leaders

Monday, 21 December 2020 10:58

2020 is almost over. And whether you've spent most of your time making bread or Zooming in bed, staring at a ceiling or working on healing, marching in the streets or indulging in sweets, rallying votes or collecting winter coats—this is a year we'll remember.

Drop the Ball

Monday, 21 December 2020 10:57

If someone throws you a ball, you'll probably catch it. You'll probably at least reach for it. Even if there's no real reason for you to, you probably will.

Making Learning and Development Opportunities an Intentional Priority

Monday, 21 December 2020 10:55

What if opportunities for children and young people's learning and development were a much higher priority in our country and communities? What if we were more intentional about how opportunities to learn and develop were offered and by whom?

How SEL for Equity Can Move Us from Surviving to Thriving

Monday, 21 December 2020 10:54

Even during a pandemic when afterschool professionals have been pulled in every direction imaginable, meeting the social-emotional needs of the young people remains a top priority.

Put Your Own Oxygen Mask on First

Monday, 14 December 2020 15:04

Today's world brings a host of exhausting challenges that necessitate extra attention to the health and well-being of our field's professionals.

Member-to-Member Tip Off: Self-Care Tips

Monday, 14 December 2020 15:01

Self-care is often something that gets put on the back burner for many afterschool professionals. But that shouldn't be the case! Recently, NAA asked afterschool leaders in its Reopening Afterschool Facebook group for their best tips for practicing and prioritizing self-care.

Being a Culturally Responsive and Anti-Racist Youth Development Leader

Tuesday, 08 December 2020 09:32

In response to the outcry about systematic racism and police violence against Black people in the US, many educators and afterschool professionals are wondering what they could do to create a more just society.

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