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 New First Aid We Should All Be Practicing

Monday, 26 October 2020 15:26

Afterschool professionals and leaders have a responsibility for providing healthy and safe environments, for young people and those who work with them.

What Drives Learning: Young People’s Perspectives on the Importance of Relationships, Belonging, and Agency

Wednesday, 21 October 2020 11:24

To better understand young people's perceptions of the conditions that support their social, emotional, and academic learning and development, the Center for Promise at America's Promise Alliance conducted a survey, for which findings are outlined in the new report What Drives Learning: Young People's Perspectives on the Importance of Relationships, Belonging, and Agency.

Member-to-Member Tip Off: Building Enrollment

Monday, 19 October 2020 22:42

In NAA's Reopening Afterschool Facebook group, members have been asked questions covering a variety of relevant and helpful topics with the goal of offering an exchange of tips between leaders and professionals in the field.

Ways to Go Contactless to Support the Safety of Your Afterschool Program

Monday, 19 October 2020 22:38

Beyond Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health department guidelines, there are additional measures afterschool programs can take to help allay parents' worries and demonstrate their commitment to the well-being of the kids in their care.

Next Gen Leaders: Where Are They Now? Angel Gomez

Monday, 19 October 2020 00:00

Angel Gomez says being honored as an NAA Next Generation of Afterschool Leader in 2015 has made a tremendous impact in his life, both personally and professionally.

‘We Are the Ones That We’ve Been Waiting For.’

Monday, 19 October 2020 00:00

The National AfterSchool Association's immediate past chair of the board of directors, Tracey Lay, along with current chair Tommy Brewer II, recently joined Gina Warner, President & CEO, NAA, to discuss the ups and downs, crises, pivots, and transitions, that have recently transformed the field of afterschool.

Bringing Learning, Care and Compassion to Youth and Families

Tuesday, 13 October 2020 10:43

Though the 2020 back-to-school season has looked unlike any other, afterschool professionals continue to offer their best to the youth and families they serve. Gina Warner, President and CEO of NAA, shared an uplifting message of thanks in the NAA Reopening Afterschool Facebook group.

Inspiring Empathy in Programs and Communities During a Global Pandemic

Tuesday, 13 October 2020 10:32

How We Can Help Support Those We Serve Who've Been Diagnosed with COVID-19

Keeping Afterschool Students Active and Engaged in Virtual and Socially Distanced Environments

Tuesday, 13 October 2020 00:00

Your creativity is working overtime to recreate fun afterschool programs and activities in our new normal. Making it all work means:

Empathy Matters

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 17:16

Youth workers continuously shift focus and learn new skills to accommodate the latest trends in youth development research.

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