Professional Development

NAA publishes fresh, new content every week covering a wide variety of topics related to the field of aftershool. Be sure to check in regularly.

5 Ways to Spark STEM Interest in Girls

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 10:01

The loss of interest and engagement in STEM programs and careers for girls is well documented. And while women make up half of the workforce, only 29 percent participate in STEM careers, with even lower numbers in computer science. Karen Peterson, CEO of National Girls Collaborative Project, shares her thoughts.

Managing Stress: A Proven Key to Success

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 09:31

The ability to identify and manage stress is key to succeeding in any leadership position.

Support Kids Less Than Queso? Don’t Think So.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 09:26

Part of my job at NAA is to communicate the importance of quality.

Afterschool and Summer Learning

Friday, 29 June 2018 10:49

The National League of Cities has announced a new set of tools to promote afterschool and summer learning.

Play and Exploration

Friday, 29 June 2018 10:23

Q&A with Jay Flores, Global STEM Ambassador, Rockwell Automation

The Softer Side of Joy

Thursday, 21 June 2018 16:31

You've heard of mindfulness, but do you know how deep and far it resonates? Join The Leadership Program's resident expert, Matt Flynt, on this exploration of one of the most powerful and complex human emotions—joy—and how mindfulness plays a bigger part than you might even realize.

A Summer Problem Is a Fall Opportunity: Building Hope Through the Summer

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 10:20

As for many members of the NAA Community, the summer camp months at my Boys & Girls Club are some of the most joyful, challenging and rewarding of our whole programmatic year.

Leadership and Service—Two Sides of the Coin

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 09:47

Experts agree that a key ingredient in getting young people really engaged in afterschool or out-of-school time programs is giving youth opportunities to develop as leaders. Service is another key ingredient that's intimately linked to leadership—like two sides of a coin, the coin of self-efficacy.

Screen Time: How to Create a Simple Digital Media Plan

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 09:43

Think back to your childhood: What are your fondest memories? Did you play outside? Did you use your imagination? Did you play in groups? How much time did you spend alone in front of a screen?

NAA: It’s More than a Convention ...

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 09:47

... It's a Professional Association and a Community

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