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.

Out-of-School Time and Social and Emotional Learning: A Federal Policy and Funding Review

Tuesday, 05 November 2019 10:33

Congress is back from its late summer recess, so it's a good time for an update on federal policy related to social and emotional learning (SEL), especially the learning that happens when school has just begun and young people are looking forward to new opportunities to grow, learn and have fun.

6 Benefits of Using Coding and Robotics with Young Learners in Afterschool Programs

Tuesday, 05 November 2019 09:50

Early childhood is a wonderful time to sparks kids' interest in coding, robotics and engineering.

Baltimore OST Inclusion Collaborative

Tuesday, 29 October 2019 15:11

Professional Development is an essential ingredient to high program quality and improving youth outcomes.

The Science of Learning and Development in Afterschool Systems and Settings

Tuesday, 29 October 2019 00:00

Over time, there has been an increased value placed on supporting children and youth as a whole in out-of-school time settings, whether through research, policy, or practice.

Landmark Report Offers Recommendations for Improving Quality, Equity and Effectiveness of Summer Programs

Thursday, 17 October 2019 12:04

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has released Shaping Summertime Experiences: Opportunities to Promote Healthy Development and Well-Being for Children and Youth, a comprehensive report examining the state of the evidence on summer learning in America.

Increasing STEM Literacy

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 11:42

An Army Educational Outreach Program, eCYBERMISSION (eCM) is a free web-based STEM competition for students in grades six through nine.

Put Families, Schools, and Community Members on Your Afterschool Inclusion Team

Tuesday, 08 October 2019 10:57

Inclusion is a topic that tugs at the heartstrings of families and educators.

Supporting SEL Efforts (and Academics) in Afterschool

Tuesday, 08 October 2019 00:00

Many afterschool and summer learning programs are implementing social and emotional learning initiatives, but not all afterschool professionals feel prepared to discuss SEL.

What You Need to Know About Background Checks

Tuesday, 01 October 2019 12:15

The physical safety of young people is a basic tenet of quality afterschool programs. Because staff and volunteers are key to providing quality programs, a logical—and necessary—starting point is pre-employment background checks.

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.

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