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.

The Importance of Soft Skills in Afterschool Programs

Tuesday, 01 October 2019 11:04

Afterschool programs have evolved. Today, parents and students alike expect these extracurricular programs to teach soft skills: those required for college admissions and career success.

Top 5 Trends in Disability Inclusion

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 10:36

Today, roughly 1 in 6 children has a diagnosed mental, behavioral or developmental disorder.

Are You an Effective and Efficient Communicator?

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 10:33

Imagine being in a room where all sorts of different languages were being spoken.

Increasing STEM Accessibility

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 00:00

How can you engage, amaze and expand STEM learning for your afterschool students? Introducing Siemens STEM Day, a free, standards-aligned online STEM program created in partnership with Discovery Education and Siemens Foundation.

NAA Resources in Spanish

Monday, 16 September 2019 00:00

In response to member requests, several NAA Resources are now available in Spanish! The Code of Ethics, Core Competencies Infographic, State of the Profession and HEPA Standards have been translated, to reach more afterschool professionals than ever before.

What Stories Do Your Scars Tell?

Monday, 16 September 2019 00:00

My son, who is 8, recently told me that he loves scars. We had gotten into a conversation, randomly, about how frequently he injures himself and he was doing a survey of the current bumps, scrapes, and bruises that are coloring his body like some beautiful piece of art.

Karen Pittman on a Life of Service and the Power of Educator–Student Relationships

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 11:24

Hear renowned sociologist and co-founder of the Forum for Youth Investment Karen Pittman discuss her lifelong dedication to the field and what is required to create optimal environments for learning.

We Know Your Worth. You Are Our People.

Tuesday, 03 September 2019 10:41

Have you ever been at an event and thought: "I've found my people!"

3 Reasons to Register NOW for NAA20

Tuesday, 03 September 2019 10:39

Did you know registration is open for NAA20? Here are the top three reasons to register today:

Recognizing and Practicing Core Values

Tuesday, 27 August 2019 12:54

Imagine a group of afterschool children who kindly welcome a new peer, include everyone when playing basketball and comfort someone when they've had a bad day.

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