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.

Self-Management Skills Youth Need to Accomplish Goals, Overcome Obstacles and Succeed

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 17:10

One of the most challenging aspects of the pandemic for youth is the change in their weekly structure—or lack thereof. The good news?

Next Gen Leaders: Where Are They Now? AJ Frigillana

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 00:00

When AJ Frigillana first received the news she was being honored as part of the 2019 class of NAA's Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders, she was filled with immeasurable joy and gratitude.

Powerful Trauma-Sensitive Practices You Need to Know

Monday, 28 September 2020 17:26

American youth are in the midst of a psychological crisis.

I Do, You Do, We Do.

Monday, 28 September 2020 17:21

Tasha Franklin Johnson, Ph.D., Senior Director, Character Development Learning Institute, YMCA of the USA, firmly believes there's a strong partnership between teaching within the classroom and the afterschool space.

Adapt to Employee Behaviors, Combat Turnover

Monday, 28 September 2020 17:18

Turnover is a perennial problem within the afterschool workforce, with national turnover rates for afterschool professionals ranging between 30% and 40%.

4 Things an Agent of Hope Can Do Amid COVID-19

Monday, 21 September 2020 13:45

Wow! We find ourselves as educators and practitioners in a very unfamiliar place.

Walking in the Footsteps of Others: Coaching for Empathy Excellence in Action

Monday, 21 September 2020 12:13

At the YMCA, empathy is defined as accepting, relating, and integrating other perspectives, experiences, and realities to yourself and others.

Building Belonging in Afterschool Staff Teams

Tuesday, 15 September 2020 14:10

We are living in a moment in which people are fighting for survival. We long for feelings of safety and security, for predictable outcomes and strategic plans that respond to the volatile, insane, and sometimes downright hostile conditions of 2020.

Next Generation Leaders: Where are They Now?

Monday, 14 September 2020 21:54

Each year, NAA recognizes the Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders—showcasing young emerging leaders who have a proven passion for professional development and demonstrate influence and efforts to elevate the field.

The Role of OST Workers During the Pandemic

Monday, 14 September 2020 21:48

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have brought many changes to the delivery strategy for school-day and out-of-school time (OST) programs.

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