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.

Resources for Learning and Teaching About Race and Anti-Racism

Monday, 17 August 2020 14:56

Many afterschool professionals and leaders are looking for resources to build their knowledge about racism and to learn more about how to effectively address racism and integrate anti-racist practices into their work.

Building Back Better and Broader—Together

Wednesday, 12 August 2020 11:32

The field is seeing and hearing a lot about school reopening plans—from full reopening to staggered schedules, to all e-learning, or hybrid arrangements.

The Value of Mentoring for Early Career Professionals and Beyond

Wednesday, 12 August 2020 10:50

Frontline staff have always been the life essence in the HEART of afterschool.

5 Things Youth Can Do to Stay on Track This Summer

Tuesday, 11 August 2020 11:16

"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength." —Mahatma Gandhi

What Does It Mean to Be an Afterschool Professional During a Global Pandemic?

Tuesday, 11 August 2020 10:10

Recently, Gina Warner, President and CEO, National Afterschool Association, spoke as part of the U.S. Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Center Summer Symposium and touched on what it means to be an afterschool professional in the midst of a global pandemic.

Let’s Get Physical! But How, During COVID-19?

Tuesday, 11 August 2020 00:00

Youth crave physical experiences with heights, speed, and rough-and-tumble play, and as they mature, they seek more strong sensations, new experiences, and intense feelings.

Compassion and Fighting the Good Fight

Monday, 03 August 2020 18:52

"Mr. Jansen, I might be dying. I got diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. In case I pass away, I want you to be there."

A Facilitator’s Guide to Remote and Socially Distanced SEL Instruction in Out-of-School Time

Monday, 03 August 2020 18:49

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many young people need meaningful connection and social-emotional support—now more than ever before.

Let’s Talk the Future of Afterschool: Open for Summer, Preparing for Fall

Tuesday, 28 July 2020 11:19

NAA's fifth Let's Talk the Future of Afterschool conversation, held July 1, 2020, welcomed Ann Tancioco, Executive Director of Kids' Country, and focused on how the organization opened its sites in early June, including the steps it took to reopen and what's being planned for fall.

Reimagining Staff Development in the World of COVID-19

Tuesday, 21 July 2020 11:53

No matter what happens in your region in terms of reopening in the fall, the COVID-19 pandemic has likely forever changed the youth development and afterschool landscape for communities, families, students, and staff alike.

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