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.

Build up Your Program with Lights on Afterschool

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 09:55

The 19th annual Lights on Afterschool, the only national celebration of afterschool programs, takes place on October 25.

Sharing Power With Youth

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 11:28

Attitudes have changed in recent years about how to best engage youth (particularly older youth) in out-of-school programs.

NAA Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards Streamlined in Version 2.0

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 09:32

Studies show that healthy, active children learn better, perform better academically and experience fewer behavioral problems.

Enrichment Management Made Easy With 6crickets

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:00

When Helen Wang launched in 2014, her goal was to help parents like herself find the best enrichment for their children during the out-of-school time hours.

Giving Youth More Voice and Choice: Simple Strategies, Significant Results

Tuesday, 21 August 2018 11:35

What happens when educators and leaders give youth the opportunity to use their voices and make choices? Perrin Chick, STEM Education Specialist and ACRES Project Manager for Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, offers her perspective.

Visual-Spatial Possibilities in Afterschool Spaces

Tuesday, 21 August 2018 10:44

As a young person, I didn't feel smart in school. Each day I struggled with auditory-sequential instruction in the classroom—unable to articulate the internal frustrations that created.

Get Geared Up: Financial Planning Resources from The Wallace Foundation

Tuesday, 14 August 2018 11:07

As a new school year approaches, planning ahead financially is usually in the front of every afterschool leader's mind—though finding helpful resources can sometimes be a challenge.

Diving Into the Unknown

Tuesday, 14 August 2018 11:02

Running head-first into the new school year can be a stressful time for the whole family. See what Erika Petrelli, The Leadership Program's Vice President of Leadership Development, has to say about confronting the unknown and the fear of "what if."

4 Tips for Afterschool Program Cultivation

Tuesday, 07 August 2018 10:49

Whether your 21st Century Community Learning Center (21CCLC) program is funded for the foreseeable future or not, it can still be a challenge to expand on current program offerings or keep lights on due to budgetary limitations.

Guide to Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports in Afterschool

Monday, 06 August 2018 22:56

Postive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is widely used in schools because it works.

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