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.

‘High Tech Plus High Touch’ Is the Winning Job Combination

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 00:00

There is no doubt that the job market is changing rapidly. Youth, their families and educators are struggling with how to prepare for the future. They wonder what jobs are going to persist and what jobs are not going to be needed in a changing economic environment.

Developing Social Emotional Skills with 'Black Belt Excellence'

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 09:42

When people hear that a person of any age is a black belt in martial arts, they immediately begin to visualize a "fighter" who trains to punch, kick, and grapple, and has the ability to cause harm to those around them.

How to Start the (After)School Year Off Right: Special Events!

Tuesday, 06 August 2019 11:17

Those in education say it every year: "How does the summer go so fast?"

The Genius of Play and NAA Bring Play to Local Communities

Tuesday, 06 August 2019 10:24

This year, The Genius of Play spread its message to afterschool professionals and parents through a new partnership with the National AfterSchool Association (NAA).

Gaining Funder, Investor and Policymaker Support

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 10:27

Funders, investors and policymakers want to know:

Supporting Youth Needs with a Case-by-Case Approach

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 10:25

How many times have you felt lost and frustrated when it comes to feeling confident in supporting children's and youth needs?

7 Summer Survival Tips for Youth Development Professionals

Monday, 15 July 2019 21:01

When school is out, Boys & Girls Clubs are IN, and in most of the country, summer programming is well underway.

Mediating Afterschool Program Disagreements

Monday, 15 July 2019 20:19

I remember standing between two school-age boys and blocking them from brutalizing each over a kickball game.

What’s Afterschool Listening to This Summer?

Monday, 15 July 2019 00:00

For many, summer brings thoughts of sun and cookouts with friends and family—and if you're like many educators and students, summer reading lists!

SEL Tips for Summer Programs!

Monday, 15 July 2019 00:00

We all know keeping youth engaged and excited to learn during the summer can be hard—but it doesn't have to be.

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