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.

Passion, Purpose, Persistence: Highlights from NAA19

Thursday, 21 March 2019 16:53

Last week, a record-breaking attendance of more than 2,000 afterschool professionals gathered in the Big Apple for four days of learning, networking and inspiration. Here are some of our favorite highlights.

Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences in Out-of-School Time

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 11:52

Out-of-school time (OST) programs can play a role in mitigating and preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), which are disruptive to a school-age child's academic and social development.

The Modern-Day Family & Your Program’s Registration Process

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 10:34

Who is the modern-day family? Well, they aren't quite as futuristic as the Jetsons, with their robot maid, but they are using smartphones and computers more than ever before.

SEL for Kids Begins with Adults

Tuesday, 12 March 2019 10:45

Research suggests structured, strengths-based afterschool programs that are coordinated with schools and communities and staffed with knowledgeable and competent adults are ideal settings to promote positive experiences and youth social and emotional development.

4 Keys to Successful School Partnerships

Tuesday, 12 March 2019 10:41

A successful partnership is built on a trusting alliance of two interests that share the same goals.

An Unexpected Take on Professional Enlightenment

Tuesday, 05 March 2019 10:52

It is a little too easy to hate on dating apps.

Four Things to Remember About Supporting LGBTQ Youth

Tuesday, 26 February 2019 10:25

Want to learn more about how to be supportive and inclusive of LGBTQ youth? Eileen Wise, a youth development specialist at Penn State Better Kid Care and primary author of the PYD series, shares four things to keep in mind.

My Afterschool Story: Tania Tauer

Monday, 18 February 2019 17:00

To build the capacity of the afterschool field, it's important for afterschool professionals and leaders to understand the variety of career pathways and opportunities available to them. Heidi Ham, NAA VP of Programs and Strategy, sat down with Tania Tauer, Ph.D., and asked her to share the story of her afterschool career path to date.

15 Quotes to See You Through a Hard Day

Monday, 18 February 2019 16:56

Every once in a while, we each experience a gloomy, no-good, terrible day—those days when everything seems to go awry, and it can be difficult to keep our heads up.

A Look Behind the Scenes: Creating a Convention Participants Love

Monday, 18 February 2019 16:54

The NAA Convention is an incredible four days, bringing together afterschool professionals and leaders for networking, learning and inspiration.

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