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.

Who Let the Dogs Out? (And How They’re Helping Afterschool Programs.)

Tuesday, 03 October 2017 08:15

A 10-year-old boy struggles to coordinate his body, racked by Cerebral Palsy. Physical therapy (PT) is long, painful and fraught with tears and frustration until the boy is joined with a therapy dog.

Smart Solutions for Afterschool Programs

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 07:50

The school year is in full swing, with numerous afterschool programs from tutoring classes to sports, crafts and music. The day-to-day management of afterschool activities can be overwhelming for both the providers and parents.

A Look at Literacy: Columbus State Community College's ESL Afterschool Communities

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 07:24

The Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with Dollar General Literacy Foundation, recently honored the Columbus State Community College's ESL Afterschool Communities (ESLAsC) for the program's demonstrated excellence in helping develop English language learner (ELL) students' literacy skills.

Share Your STEM and HEPA Success During Lights On Afterschool

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 07:06

Across the nation, afterschool programs provide opportunities for young people to explore their interests and learn new skills. Afterschool programs are uniquely positioned to offer education and opportunity through hands-on, minds-on learning—without the pressures that sometimes accompany the school day.

The Future of Work is Already Here

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 06:53

"From this point forth, we shall be leaving the firm foundation of fact and journeying together through the murky marshes of memory the future into thickets of wildest guesswork."
—Albus Dumbledore (cross-outs and italics my own)

Stop. Look Both Ways. Proceed with Caution.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 08:49

As a teenage driver in a small rural town, life was simple: Stop. Look both ways. Proceed with caution.

What Afterschool Is. And Can Be.

Tuesday, 05 September 2017 10:14

Hi there!

My name is Maddie, and this summer I worked for NAA as an intern.

Language is Powerful. Great Leaders Never Stop Learning.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 07:46

Two things learned throughout my career:

1. Language is powerful.
2. Great leaders never stop learning.

NAA's Expert Hub—Success from the United Way of El Paso County

Monday, 28 August 2017 05:09

Recently, the NAA Expert Hub helped connect the United Way of el Paso County with two valuable trainers, resulting in a successful workshop on family engagement. Here's how:

Leadership is Magical … Because YOU are Magical

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 06:16

How many books have been written on the topic of leadership? How many lectures/workshops/presentations have you been offered to help you become a "better" leader? How many TED talks have you watched that showed you a three-point plan toward more effective leadership?

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