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.

Behind the Scenes: Creating a Convention Participants Love

Tuesday, 02 January 2018 15:17

The NAA Convention is an incredible four days, bringing together afterschool professionals and leaders for networking, learning and inspiration. Year after year, we hear from participants that their No. 1 reason for attending Convention is the learning opportunities.

Be a Leader People Trust

Tuesday, 02 January 2018 15:14

Leadership development is a lifelong quest; it's an art, a discipline, a balance of many traits. One challenge for leaders is how to be authentic in the difficult situations we face each day.

A Look at Literacy: Raider’s ARK

Tuesday, 02 January 2018 13:51

The Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with Dollar General Literacy Foundation, recently honored Raider's ARK in the Arcadia School District in Arcadia, Wisconsin, for demonstrated excellence in helping develop literacy skills of English language learner students.

Just Listen

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 05:48

If you're reading this, chances are you're an educator who has a deep level of concern for our young people and how they're thriving or—more important—how they may NOT be thriving these days. The statistics* and our firsthand experiences tell a sad story about our teens today.

Out and About in Atlanta: A Local’s Favorite Spots

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 05:42

Christine Javier, Educational Consultant for and Founder of the Learning Ridge, LLC, offers insight on her favorite hotspots near the Convention site at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

Afterschool Programs: A Solution to Technology Access and Learning for Young People

Monday, 18 December 2017 11:39

Technology can change lives—and afterschool programs are an untapped solution to ensure youth have the access and supports they need to succeed with technology.

4 NAA18 Workshops to be Excited About

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 08:38

Workshops—the heart of the NAA Annual Convention—offer over 11.5 hours of professional development. Here are some of the workshops we're most excited to bring you in Atlanta!

Project-Based Learning and STEM Afterschool

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 07:09

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." —Benjamin Franklin

A Look at Literacy: ourBRIDGE for KIDS

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 06:25

The Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with Dollar General Literacy Foundation, recently honored ourBRIDGE for KIDS in Charlotte, North Carolina, for demonstrated excellence in helping develop literacy skills of English language learner students.

Why the School Meal Flexibility Rule Matters for Afterschool

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 06:19

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently published a new School Meal Flexibility Rule that will weaken nutrition standards aimed at reducing sodium and increasing whole grains for meals provided under the USDA's National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

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