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.

APAW 2019: A Show of Appreciation

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:00

April 22 – 26, 2019, was Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week—and you came out in full force!

A Celebration of Leadership: Ellen Gannett

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 11:08

Ellen Gannett of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) was recently honored during the Celebration of Leadership Reception at the National AfterSchool Association Annual Convention.

Self-Care to Avoid Burnout

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 11:05

Twice in my nearly 20-year career in youth development, I have wanted to walk away from working with students and never return.

Positive Behavior Supports in a Bag of Tricks

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 11:02

It has been over 20 years since I was a day camp director, but this time of year I always wistfully remember the anticipation, excitement and energy that's unique to planning summer programs.

Building Education Career Pathways in Afterschool

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 10:04

Operating in partnership with NYC Men Teach, the cohort-based ExpandED Schools Pathways Fellowship program is designed to recruit, support, and train men of color interested in pursuing education or youth development careers.

Battling Boredom in Afterschool: How to Get Kids Engaged in Learning While Being Physically Active

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 09:55

Afterschool programs can contribute greatly to boosting academic performance, promoting physical activity, and providing kids with a safe and nurturing environment.

National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment Shares Research on Adverse Childhood Experiences

Tuesday, 09 April 2019 09:38

To build awareness of research and promising practices in the field of school-age child care, the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) has shared Adverse Childhood Experiences and the School Age Population: Implications for Child Care Policy and Out-of-School Time Programs.

Save the World: A TEENsy Bit at a Time

Tuesday, 09 April 2019 00:00

On Sundays in Los Angeles, if I'm not at an awesome afterschool conference somewhere else in the country, I pick up my golden turmeric latte from my local corporate coffee chain establishment and sit down with two sections of The New York Times: Review and Business.

Taming Turnover: Is Manager Mindset Thwarting Your Success?

Tuesday, 02 April 2019 09:10

I love the game "2 Truths and a Lie." Let's play! Spot the falsehood:

Finding Your Purpose and Potential with Click2Science

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

I bet you know the purpose or mission of your program.

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