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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.

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.

A Glimpse of Youth Workers’ Experience During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, 08 September 2020 10:14

A little over a month after COVID-19 was characterized as a global pandemic, the University of Pittsburgh School of Education and United Way's Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time partnered to address the question:

The Promise of the Science of Learning and Development for Afterschool Professionals

Tuesday, 08 September 2020 10:12

The Science of Learning and Development (SoLD) Alliance uses SoLD as a driver for equity and excellence in the education ecosystem, ensuring all youth can realize their potential to thrive in school and life (SoLD Alliance, 2019).

The Importance of Knowing Yourself and Having a Plan in 2020

Tuesday, 08 September 2020 10:03

Help youth hit the ground running this fall by developing a plan for their future and understanding their interests, passions, and strengths.

10 Leadership Skills to Teach Girls

Tuesday, 01 September 2020 09:36

No matter our age, there's often a clear distinction between assertiveness displayed between males and females.

Leading Youth with Equity and Inclusion

Tuesday, 01 September 2020 09:32

To successfully achieve equity in classroom and afterschool programs, leaders must start from a place of self-awareness: e.g., awareness of inequities, biases, and pseudo-comfort zones.

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