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.

Get Moving at Home for Physical Fitness Month

Tuesday, 19 May 2020 08:48

It's important to keep active all year-round. May—Physical Fitness Month—celebrates that.

Empowering Afterschool Professionals for Digital Learning

Tuesday, 19 May 2020 08:43

In 2018, NAA's Empowering Afterschool Professionals for Digital Learning report noted: "Afterschool professionals will need more tools and training to become effective facilitators of digital learning."

We All Need Space

Tuesday, 12 May 2020 09:06

Even before social distancing, we've always needed space. Space to share, learn, connect, and be inspired. That's what the NAA community provides for each other and for those in our networks.

How Research Supports Practices in OST

Tuesday, 12 May 2020 09:04

Afterschool programs provide a lot of things for young people. Now, brain science proves the work being done in afterschool programs supports the development of youth in a variety of ways.

Navigating COVID-19 for Nonprofits: From Financial Triage to Scenario Planning

Tuesday, 12 May 2020 09:01

In these unprecedented times, nonprofit organizations can be challenged by unstable staffing structures, sudden changes in service delivery or capacity, or loss of revenue in the short term and long term.

Project-Based STEAM Lessons at Home

Tuesday, 05 May 2020 08:49

NAA members are working hard to find ways to help educators and families with solutions for fun opportunities for learning at home.

Kenneth Jones, an NAA Executive Member with the Salvadori Center in New York City, recently shared that Salvadori is providing free STEAM lessons weekly and is making them accessible to you!

How to Keep Homebound Kids Engaged in Learning During Uncertain Times

Tuesday, 05 May 2020 08:47

The current pandemic has many schools and daycares closed, and parents are scrambling to balance working at home and caring for their children. Cabin fever is setting in for everyone, making it especially difficult to keep children entertained. We sat down with two experts in childhood education and play to get their tips on how to keep homebound kids engaged in learning—and fun!

Free Standards-Aligned Digital Resources for Positive Afterschool Experiences

Tuesday, 05 May 2020 08:44

Discovery Education, which recently partnered with the National AfterSchool Association to launch the Virtual Learning Response Fund, offers free standards-aligned digital resources that afterschool professionals could use to engage and introduce young people to careers and new experiences. Resources focus on hands-on STEM activities, social and emotional learning, health and wellness, career exploration, and financial literacy.

MMSA’s Video Conference Survival Guide

Monday, 27 April 2020 14:56

Whether you're new to video conferences or a veteran, it always helps to learn some tips for being an engaged participant.

Make Time for Professional Development

Monday, 27 April 2020 14:53

Afterschool professionals are skilled, passionate, dedicated lifelong learners. If you're looking to grow your skills or the skills of others through professional development, try this daily plan using NAA's virtual resources.

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