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.

Stories That Shape Us: Brandis Stockman

Monday, 19 July 2021 15:20

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.

The Future of Supporting the Afterschool Profession

Monday, 19 July 2021 14:47

For over 30 years, NAA has fostered positive youth outcomes by supporting, developing and advocating for afterschool professionals and leaders.

Examining Stability and Change in Afterschool Systems

Monday, 19 July 2021 14:44

Coordinated afterschool systems provide high-quality programs to youth who stand to benefit most. A new report from The Wallace Foundation finds that more than three-quarters cities with afterschool coordination studied since 2013 were still coordinating in 2020. This suggests the value large cities have placed on afterschool coordination, even before the pandemic.

Effective Strategies for Afterschool Program Budgeting and Pricing

Monday, 19 July 2021 00:00

You love serving youth and assisting in their development. You don't love bookkeeping. We get it!

Why You Should 'Show the Salary'

Wednesday, 14 July 2021 10:08

Have you ever wondered how much money some of your colleagues in the field make, but then felt bad for even wondering such a thing? Well, there's nothing to feel bad about. Why? Oftentimes, salary secrecy is used to mask discriminatory practices and gaps in pay.

Social and Emotional Learning In and Out of School

Wednesday, 14 July 2021 10:04

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). The five-episode series features in-depth conversations with school/district and afterschool/out-of-school time leaders about their experiences working together to help children develop social and emotional skills.

Stories That Shape Us: Dr. Roclande White

Monday, 12 July 2021 16:15

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.

Essential Reading List for Nonprofit Leaders

Monday, 12 July 2021 16:11

What are the books that have helped you grow both personally and professionally over the course of your career? Recently, Gina Warner, President and CEO, NAA, hosted a conversation with NAA Executive members examining this question.

Be Brave, Be Yourself, Be Kind.

Tuesday, 06 July 2021 00:00

I found my way to youth development by way of youth sports and was hooked within the first 20 minutes. Not because it was easy—coaching kindergarten T-ball practice may be one of my more complex assignments to date—but because I was deeply engaging my mind and my heart at nearly every turn.

Stories That Shape Us: Marhonda Williams

Tuesday, 06 July 2021 00:00

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.

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