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.

Level Up Your Support for Staff

Monday, 14 June 2021 08:38

In April, NAA members participated in our webinar that focused on the challenges afterschool programs experienced due to the pandemic and the many changes that have allowed them to continue to provide successful and safe student programs.

Stories That Shape Us: Mary McAllister

Monday, 14 June 2021 08:31

NAA's "Stories That Shape Us" series shines a spotlight on the authentic stories and varying career paths of the afterschool profession. Told from the perspectives of NAA members themselves, each story is unique and highlights the differences but also the commonalities of the dedicated professionals serving youth around the country in out-of-school time today.

Guidance with a Positive Mindset

Monday, 14 June 2021 08:29

Staying positive when working with kids can be difficult when we feel they "just won't listen," but a shift in mindset can change that. What if we stopped telling kids what to do and provided guidance on what they could do? Here's how.

What Today’s Kids Need for Tomorrow’s World

Monday, 14 June 2021 00:00

With so much changing so fast, the most in-demand jobs and skills of today may be obsolete by the time our youngest become adults. For youth to be ready for this new reality, they must acquire four critical "currencies" that will serve them well, whatever their future holds.

Celebrating Meaningful Connections and Intentional Growth

Monday, 07 June 2021 08:53

Earlier this spring, NAA launched new Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) so afterschool professionals and leaders could meet the moment by finding new ways to connect, learn and grow.

What Is Computing in Afterschool?

Monday, 07 June 2021 00:00

Computing in afterschool is more than just computer science (CS).

How NAA’s Podcast Club Is Spurring Reflection and Conversation

Thursday, 27 May 2021 10:48

NAA's Podcast Club is PD designed for busy professionals interested in gleaning ideas and inspiration from group discussions about our favorite podcasts. It's like a book club—without the time commitment!

Celebrating Summer Learning

Thursday, 27 May 2021 10:46

"No more pencils, no more books

Building Effective Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning

Monday, 24 May 2021 10:51

The new podcast series by The Wallace Foundation shares findings and early lessons from a RAND Corporation study of our Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI).

Supporting Disability Inclusion in Your Community

Monday, 17 May 2021 09:35

My first experience with the National Afterschool Association was in 2004, when I was accepted as a presenter at the annual convention. Kids Included Together—KIT—was a tiny startup at that time. Going to the NAA Convention to speak about disability inclusion was such a big deal that my colleagues presented me with a gift basket before I left for Florida.

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