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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.

‘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.

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%.

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